Sun, Feb 3

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (February 3, 2019) – The North Carolina A&T bowling team finished the Prairie View A&M Invitational in sixth place after going 1-1 during bracket play. 


The Aggies started Sunday morning facing nationally ranked and multiple national champion, the second-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. N.C. A&T took the the first three games 189-167, 223-171, and 198-193. They came up short in the fourth game, 227-152. The Aggies recovered to put away the Cornhuskers 182-161 in Game 5 to seal the win in the best of seven format.


N.C. A&T then moved on to face fifth-ranked Sam Houston State. The Aggies dropped the first game 223-151 but were able to tie SHSU in the second game at 183. In Games 3 and 4, it was the Bearkats who won 211-192 and 192-170. N.C. A&T fought back, however. They defeated the Bearkats 201-194 and 204-196. SHSU took Game 7, 202-185 giving them the win. 


The Aggies entered the final day of the Prairie View A&M Invite in seventh place after going 2-3 on Saturday. The Aggies finished out the day with a total pinfall of 4,634 giving them a total pinfall of 9,361 over the first two days.


Freshman Ericka Quesada had another great performance bowling a 1,057 and a 211.40 average to put her in fourth place in the individual standings. Quesada rolled a career-high 243 during Game 1 against tournament host Prairie View A&M. Despite bowling a career-high game, it was not enough for the Aggies to win as they fell to the Panthers 930-912. Quesada’s performance also increased her season average to a 202.82 which is the highest on the team.


Junior Mia Pope who set a new career high during last year’s event with a 261 was able to set a new season-high with a 225 during the third game. Pope had a total pinfall of 985 with a 197.00 average on the day for a 17th place finish in the individual standings. Pope was the only other Aggie to break into the top-20 in the individual standings.


Sophomore Cameron Strombeck had a total pinfall of 953 with a 190.6 average while sophomore Ana Olaya had an 825 total pinfall and 165.0 average.


During the second game, N.C. A&T defeated seventh-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson 897-804. The Aggies then fell victim to the top-ranked team in the nation in McKendree 1,055-978. N.C. A&T then rallied back to defeat Nebraska 952-882. Facing fourth-ranked Arkansas State in the final game of the day, N.C. A&T came up short again as they fell 1,019-895.


N.C. A&T will return to the Lonestar state in two weeks to compete in the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Invitational, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17.