PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M bowling team started the 2010-11 season on the right foot this past weekend by winning the “Strike Out For Breast Cancer Tournament” hosted by Louisiana Tech University in Bossier City, La.
The Lady Panthers suffered an early setback in the opening match as they fell to Texas Southern (807-750) but regrouped in a big way as they closed out the first day with wins over Louisiana Tech (781-769), Southern (842-813) and Grambling State (894-785). After a good night’s rest, the Lady Panthers came out on fire in Baker format as they began the morning with a 4-3 win over TSU. Prairie View continued to get stronger as the day went on with 4-1 wins over Louisiana Tech, Southern and Grambling State before closing out the match with a 4-0 shutout over TSU.
Prairie View placed two members on the five-member All-Tournament Team in senior LeJewlia Lewis and sophomore Cynthia Veney. Veney also posted the tournament’s highest game with a score of 233 while head coach Glenn White selected Lewis as the team MVP for the tourney.
“This was a great start to the season,” stated White. “We started off a little shaky with nerves but I’m really proud of the way the ladies refocused and battled through a very grueling two-day event.”
On Oct. 9, the Lady Panthers made history and bowled the first-ever collegiate match versus bowling power Maryland-Eastern Shore at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. Even though the Lady Panthers fell on the short to UMES by a pin count margin of 1815-1496, the experience gained served the team well.
“The information that we received from the last two days of training was far more important than the match itself,” said White. “Receiving the caliber of training and information from the top coaches in the sport is an opportunity that we’re privileged to take advantage of and one that many teams can’t. The training has already paid off as what we applied in practice and conditioning carried over to the Bossier City Tournament.”
The Lady Panthers return to action this weekend in the annual UCM Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo. On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Lady Panthers will participate in the inaugural “Bragging Rights” Bowling Tournament held at Tomball Lanes at 1 p.m. in Tomball, Texas.