CHESAPEAKE, VA. – The 11th-ranked North Carolina A&T bowling team defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, the top seed at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Championship Tournament, to advance to the conference championship match for the second straight season. The Aggies will face the winner of the MDES versus Delaware State elimination match scheduled for Sunday morning at 7:30.
N.C. A&T will face the winner at 2 p.m. at the Chesapeake AMF Lanes. The championship match will be aired on ESPNU. The Aggies will be after their sixth MEAC championship.
The Aggies will be defending their title after winning the championship in 2018. A win on Sunday would give the Aggies an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Aggies started the day with a tough 931-925 loss to MDES in the traditional format. Sophomore Cameron Strombeck led the team with a 206 while sophomore Ana Olaya came in a close second with a 200 score. Freshmen Pamela Warr and Ericka Quesada each bowled a 186.
After the defeat, the Aggies rallied in Bakers format by winning 989-941. They jumped out to an early lead over the Hawks taking the first game 187-150 for a 37-pin lead. The second game was tight with the Aggies edging out the Hawks, 222-218. The Aggies opened up their lead in the third winning 198-169 to give N.C. A&T a 70-pin lead heading into the fourth game.
The Hawks won the third game 225-212 narrowing the Aggies lead to 57, but it was not enough as the Aggies only lost the fifth game 179-170. This put the match series at one apiece leading to a best of seven Bakers format game. N.C. A&T used the momentum to sweep the Hawks going 4-0 in the best of seven series with scores of 214-196, 193-181, 191-189 and 185-178.