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Dores Finish Third – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Website

Dores Finish Third – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Website

SMYRNA, Tenn. — Vanderbilt brought home a third-place finish in its own Music City Classic and then celebrated Senior Day with salutes to the graduating Amelia Kiefer and Mabel Cummins during an emotion-packed Sunday at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

Sam Houston State defeated McKendree, 4-0, to win the championship in the 30-team field that was brimming with nationally ranked teams.

The Commodores were markedly sharper than they appeared Saturday and needed to be in facing strong units from Louisiana Tech and Sam Houston. Vandy topped the Lady Techsters in the day’s opener, 4-1, in best of seven baker play before losing a tense, highly competitive match to the eventual champion Bearkats, 4-3.  In a quick rematch in the consolation final, Vanderbilt rallied after dropping the first two games to defeat Tech, 4-3.

“It’s the time of year when you are playing good teams,” head coach John Williamson said. “In the Louisiana Tech match, we were able to capitalize and take advantage on some mistakes they made, and I felt Sam Houston took advantage of a mistake we made in Game 1 that was the difference in that match. You can’t give people outs; you will end up paying for it more times than not and our mistake cost us a chance to bowl for a championship.

“Overall, we bowled well and competed well,” Williamson continued. “Our goal is always to compete at a level that will win a championship, and this is the time of year you need to do that. To me it’s good for next week and the future.”

Vanderbilt used its usual lineup of late – Amanda Naujokas, Alyssa Ballard, Caroline Thesier, Victoria Varano and Mabel Cummins, substituting Paige Peters for Thesier in the second Louisiana Tech match.

Senior Day is typically filled with emotion and today was no exception. With the conference and national tournaments coming up fast, the Commodores celebrated their two seniors after play concluded.

Director of Athletics Candice Lee was on hand to watch (for the second day) and present the special awards. Kiefer was remembered as one of the program’s best leaders and Cummins’ incredible resume of bowling, academics and service was cited in detail.

Afterwards, Cummins brushed away the tears as she summarized what her collegiate career has meant to her.

“Senior Day is the culmination of hard work for the past four years,” the All-American honor student said. “It’s a big deal, maybe not as much to the underclassmen because I don’t expect…

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