Bowling Heads to Music City Before MEAC Tourney
GREENSBORO (March 15, 2017) – North Carolina A&T bowling will prepare for their final tournament before the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament as they compete this weekend at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., on March 17-19 at the Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Aggies clinched the MEAC Southern Division Title on March 4 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and look to follow up that performance against 19 of the top 20 ranked programs in the country competing this weekend. The Aggies (78-64) are No. 18 in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll.
In addition to N.C. A&T, 34 teams will be competing including No. 2 Arkansas State who will be defending their tournament title. Other featured teams include Adelphi, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Franklin Pierce, LIU Brooklyn, McKendree, Maryland Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Prairie View A&M, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin-Whitewater. Other MEAC teams represented are Bethune-Cookman and Howard.
Toward the back end of the season, the team’s two seniors have been leading the way for N.C. A&T as MacKenzie Robinson averages 193.90 and Kristin Shinn follows closely behind with 193.83. Robinson hit a season-high 268 in the third MEAC Southern Division tournament hosted by Bethune-Cookman, earning her the MEAC Bowler of the Week honors.
The tournament will open with five, five-game Baker matches on Friday. Mar. 17 starting at 9:40 a.m. On Saturday, the Aggies will compete in five traditional matches before Sunday’s finale which will feature best four-of-seven Baker formats.