Vanderbilt’s pursuit of an NCAA bowling championship took a familiar turn Thursday.
On the first day of competition at New Brunswick, N.J., the Commodores earned the No. 3 seed among the eight competing teams for double-elimination play, which begins Friday.
This is the fifth straight year Vanderbilt has made the championship field. The last time it came out of Day One seeded third was 2007, when it ultimately won the university’s only national championship in any sport.
“I don't know how much stock to put into a seed,” coach John Williamson said. “The only thing a seed guarantees you is your first opponent and every team here is very capable. Playing well (Thursday) doesn't assure you will play well (Friday) and playing poorly doesn't mean all hope is lost.”
Vanderbilt will face No. 6 Maryland-Eastern Shore when play resumes Friday morning.
“The second half of the day gave us momentum; we're in a good position with our seed,” captain Josie Earnest, a four-time All-American, said. “We got off to a slow start because we weren't making good shots but … we were pretty good the last five games.”