GLEN BURNIE, Md. – North Carolina A&T struggled on the final day of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Meet No. 1 to finish in fourth place.
The Aggies started bracket play in third place and fell to No. 15 Delaware State 4-2 as the Hornets won the first three games, 222-189, 202-181 and 225-222. N.C. A&T won the fourth game 224-221 and the fifth game 223-162 but lost the final game 243-227.
The loss pitted the Aggies against No. 25 Monmouth. Monmouth won the first game 170-167 and the second game 213-153 to take a 2-0 lead. N.C. A&T cut the lead in half by winning 194-191 in the third game, but Monmouth won the fourth game 220-168 to increase the lead to 3-1. The two teams both scored 174 in the fifth game, but Monmouth won the final game 190-182 to win 4.5-1.5 to finish third, while the Aggies dropped to fourth.
A round of traditional play was played before the bracket play. Junior Cameron Strombeck led the Aggies with 1,261 total pins after scoring a 193 for an average of 210.17 to finish second. Sophomore Cristina Acosta finished seventh after a total of 1,178 pins for an average of 196.33.
Senior Tyra Merritt finished 16th with a total pinfall of 1,073 pins for an average of 178.83. Sophomore Pamela Warr finished 30th. She helped with a score of 204 to total 1,018 pins and a 203.60 average.
Junior Ana Olaya finished 47th, totaled 722 pins and averaged 722.
On Saturday, the Aggies North Carolina A&T moved up a spot to finish the day in second place after posting a 4-1 record on the day.
The Aggies started the day with a 1,011-968 loss to No. 7 Maryland Eastern Shore but won the final four games on the day. N.C. A&T bounced back with a 946-758 win against host Coppin State and defeated Howard 978-834.
N.C. A&T recorded the best game of the day against No. 15 Delaware State winning 1,035-899 and finished the day with a 993-813 win over Norfolk State. The Aggies started the day 161 pins behind Delaware State but outscored the Hornets by 175 pins on the second day to jump DSU by 14 pins.
Junior Cameron Strombeck led the Aggies Saturday with 1,068 total pins for an average of 213.6. Acosta was second with 1,018 total pins for an average of 203.6.
Strombeck recorded three 200-plus games and started with a 222 followed by a 183 in the second game and a 188. She finished strong with a 217 and a season-high 258 in the fifth game. Acosta started off strong with back-to-back 200-plus games. She bowled a 228 and a season-high 229 to open. Acosta recorded a 199, a 179 and a 183.
Merritt recorded 919 total pins for an average of 183.9. She started with a 215 followed by a 165 and a 191. Merritt finished the day with a 179 and a 169. Sophomore Pamela Warr finished fourth on the team with 814 total pins for an average of 203.5. Olaya finished fifth on the team with 573 total pins for an average of 191.00.
The Aggies host their only meet of the season this weekend with the First Annual Vernell Stallings Women’s Bowling Invitational from Nov. 15-17.