EAST GREENSBORO (February 8, 2019) –The National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) released its latest poll this week and it found the North Carolina A&T bowling in the top-10 nationally after an impressive start to 2019 for the Aggies. N.C. A&T is 44-29 overall and 8-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
“Breaking into the top-10 has been something we have been working toward this season,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “With each week our confidence grows as we continue to work towards being our best come March.”
N.C. A&T has accumulated seven wins against top-10 teams since the last NTCA poll was released in December.
The Aggies started 2019 by traveling to Limerick, Pa., to compete in the Kutztown Invitational, January 18-20. During the tournament, N.C. A&T downed fifth-ranked Sam Houston State 1,018-924. They then went on to defeat third-ranked Vanderbilt 4-3 in bracket play earning themselves a sixth-place finish out of 28 outstanding teams.
In their next tournament, the Aggies competed in was the Prairie View A&M Invitational, February 1-3. The Aggies went on to down two top-10 teams in No. 9 Stephen F. Austin and MEAC rival in No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore. They defeated SFA 951-869 while edging out MDES, 1,020-1,011.
On Feb. 2, they continued their onslaught of top-ranked competition with a win over seventh-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson 897-804 in traditional play. Their next victim was second-ranked Nebraska in a 952-882 victory. The following day, the Aggies beat Nebraska during bracket play with a swift 4-1 win in the best of seven Bakers format.
N.C. A&T earned another sixth-place despite eight of the nation's top-10 teams competing. The Aggies have been one of the best teams in the country over the past five seasons. They have two NCAA tournament appearances, one ITC national championship, one MEAC championship and four regular-season Southern Division championships in that span.