Vanderbilt defeated two top-ranked teams and earned the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship, which begins Friday in Wickliffe, Ohio.
On Thursday, the Commodores went 5-2 through two qualifying blocks to claim the top spot in the eight-team tournament.
After knocking off top-ranked Arkansas State and No. 2 Farleigh Dickinson, Vanderbilt opens the first round of elimination play on Friday morning against No. 8 seed Valparaiso.
The Commodores, competing in their seventh straight NCAA Championship, lost to Maryland-Eastern Shore in the championship match last year. They own Vanderbilt’s only national title in any sport, winning in 2007.
“We played everyone in our lineup for [at least] two games,” coach John Williamson told ncaasports.com. “I feel like we have one of the most balanced teams out there and our thought when we came in here [Thursday] was that we were going to be positive about everything we did, whether we were the eight seed or the one seed.”
On Wednesday night, three Commodores earned All-American honors from the National Ten Pin Coaches Association.
Senior Brittni Hamilton was named to the first team for the third time in her career. She averaged 207.04 pins this season in addition to making five all-tournament teams. Junior Jessica Earnest earned her second consecutive second-team honor after averaging 205.43 pins. Senior Samantha Hesley received honorable mention status after averaging 199.96 pins.