A&T Travels for MEAC Meet #1 This Weekend
EAST GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team travels north to Glen Burnie, Md., for the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) meet of the season this weekend.
Last season, the Aggies tied for first with Alabama-Birmingham with a 15-3 conference record.
Entering the tournament, five teams in the MEAC are nationally-ranked. Maryland Eastern Shore is the highest-ranked team at No. 7, followed by the Aggies at No. 8 and Delaware State at No. 15.
UAB is ranked No. 19 and Monmouth is the last team ranked at No. 25.
The Aggies start the tournament with five baker matches Friday against Morgan State, Monmouth, UAB, Florida A&M and also receive a bye.
Saturday features the top-ranked MEAC teams in traditional games. N.C. A&T faces Norfolk State, followed by Howard, Delaware State, Coppin State and Maryland Eastern Shore.
Sunday will be bracket play and the seedings are based upon the rankings after the first two days.
The Aggies are coming off a successful weekend where they placed fifth at the TRACK Kat Klash in Houston, Texas last weekend. The tournament featured five of the top-six teams in the country.
Junior Ana Olaya led the team with 1,045 total pins for an average of 209.00 pins to finish seventh and bowled three of the five games of 225-plus. For her efforts, Olaya was named the MEAC bowler of the week on Tuesday.
Junior Cameron Strombeck finished 11th with 1,027 total pins for an average of 205.80 as she bowled four games of 200-plus. Senior Tyra Merritt was the last Aggie to finish in the top-20 with 1,000 total pins for an average of 200.00 to finish in 17th place and bowled four games of 190-plus.
This season, Olaya leads the team with 2,011 total pins in 10 games and with an average of 201.10. She also has recorded the highest game of 235 and is second on the team with four games of 200-plus. Strombeck is 21 pins behind Olaya with 1,990 total pins for an average of 199.00. Strombeck’s season high is 232 and she leads the team with six games of 200-plus.
The Aggies continue the three-week tournament streak with the First Annual Vernell Stallings Women's Bowling Invitational from Nov. 15-17 at the AMF Lanes.