Oct. 9, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB bowling team has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season. The Blazers will compete in two fall tournaments and six spring tournaments in their third year as a program. In the first two seasons, UAB has gathered 37 and 35 wins, respectively.
“I am very excited about our schedule this season,” said head coach Michelle Crews. “We are returning to a few of our favorites but have added two new tournaments this season. We are hoping to see some new schools this year that we do not normally cross paths with. This year is the toughest and strongest schedule the girls will have competed in thus far, however I'm still very confident we will reach our goal of having a winning season this year and reaching 50 matches won.”
The team will open up the season with the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind. from Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10. Then they will travel just down the road to Montgomery, Ala. for the Hornet Classic from Friday, Nov. 15 until Sunday, Nov. 17.
UAB will have a break until January, when it picks back up with the Mid-Winter Invitational (Jan. 17-19), Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 7-9), Kat Klash (Feb. 14-16), 2014 Aggie Masters (Feb. 22-24), UCM Invitational (Feb. 28-March 2) and the Columbia 300 Music City Classic (March 7-9).
Postseason tournaments will begin with USBC sectionals March 15-17, followed by the NCAA Championships that will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from April 10-12. The team will also have the opportunity to qualify for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Reno, Nev. from April 15-18.
The Blazers are returning six letter winners from last season’s squad. They will have five juniors in Marissa Ferreira, Leah Walker, Cybil Long, Jennafer Mellott and Qituwrah King along with sophomore Marisa DiPonio. Ferreira and Walker return as the top-scorers after averaging 182.56 and 176.07 respectively.
In addition to the returners, UAB will have two newcomers this season. Lauren Douglas, a three-time state and regional champion, and Bailey James, who finished first in her region in 2013, will add depth to UAB’s roster.