Sam Houston State bowling will host their fourth annual TRACK Kat Klash at Emerald Lanes in Alief this Friday through Sunday.
This is the second straight year the tournament has been hosted in Alief, an outer community of Houston, after the tournament was originally hosted in Huntsville.
With the first two tournaments being so successful, a change of scenery was mandatory to expand and grow the event.
“This is our indirect homage to them by bringing the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship title back to Texas,” head coach Brad Hagen said.
Hagen explained some of the reasons why the tournament will be held at Emerald Lanes, which include facility arrangements, space and team interest.
Five teams ranked in the top 10 nationally will compete at the TRACK Kat Klash.
“No team will be taken for granted,” Hagen said.
Hagen expects the team to act and play like it is any other tournament, even though the Kats will play host for the mid-season event.
“We treat everything the same and stick to our routines,” he said. “This is an event for us take advantage of our surroundings and the local support. The more people we can get out there to Emerald Lanes the better off we will be.”
Besides for bringing the championship back to Huntsville, Hagen has high expectations for his Bearkats.
“Our focus for our event is to shut off the minds, think as little as possible, enjoy the moment, and take care of as many wins as possible,” he said. “This event is an opportunity for us to finish the first half on a very positive note, build momentum moving in to the second half, and subconsciously enjoy the fact we are competing in Texas.”
Competition will begin a little after 10 a.m. on Friday at Emerald Lanes and will finish with the award presentations around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The entire tournament will be streamed live on www.bowl.com.