GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team faced a tough afternoon on the lanes and went 2-3 on the opening day of the first MEAC Meet at AMF Lanes on Saturday.

“We need to execute and make spares,” head coach James Williams said. “Our communication was good all day but the consistency changed at times. Consistency changes with the lanes. I’m not disappointed in our performance but I think the biggest thing heading into tomorrow’s games will be rest and starting fresh tomorrow.”

The Aggies (9-6) won their first game against Florida A&M, 938-744. Sophomore Emily Strombeck led the Rattlers with 208 followed by senior Cherise Poole (201).

Poole claimed her second game over 200 when she finished with 204 in A&T’s 992-799 loss to Bethune Cookman. The Aggies went the distance with N.C. Central but fell short by a pin, 857-856. Strombeck was the Aggies leader with 200. Freshman Kristin Shinn tossed 196.

In a bye game, sophomore Najah Owens turned in an impressive performance with a team-leading 213 and Shinn rolled 201.

In its final game, A&T suffered a 910-883 setback at the hands of Norfolk State. Freshman MacKenzie Robinson capped off the day with 213 over the Spartans.

Poole, who appeared in her first games on Saturday led the Aggies overall with a 186 average. Strombeck followed closely with a 185.2. Poole and Strombeck were fourth and fifth respectively out of 28 bowlers.

BCU and Florida A&M posted 4-1 records on the day, followed by Norfolk State (3-2) and NCCU (2-3). The Aggies tallied the third highest pinfall (4361).

The final day of the MEAC meet will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 10 with baker games starting at 9 a.m.