ORANGEBURG, S.C.- Sophomore Cherise Poole had another strong performance against MEAC division competition, but the North Carolina A&T bowling team finished the MEAC Southern Division #2 meet with a 1-9 record, collecting a win against Bethune-Cookman in bakers play on Sunday.
The Aggies (13-44, 3-17) went 0-5 in individual games on Saturday, and 1-4 in bakers games on Sunday. Poole, who bowled a season-high 235 in the first MEAC Southern Division meet this season, bowled a team-best 211 against host S.C. State on Saturday. She led the team with 870 pinfalls and bowling average of 174 on Saturday. Poole finished the tournament 10th amongst all athletes with a 174 average. Senior April Terry was second on the team with 778 pinfalls and a 155.6 average in five games on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Aggies lost to Norfolk State, who ended the weekend 10-0, by a final of 882-665. Terry led the team with a 158 score. The Aggies next took on S.C. State and lost 747-675. In the third match, Terry again had the best game on the team, scoring 165, but Bethune-Cookman defeated N.C. A&T 809-721. The Aggies were next pitted against Florida A&M and lost a close match 822-770. Junior Amber Brown led the team in the fourth game with a 177 game, which was her best on the day. N.C. A&T finished Saturday with a close loss, 829-823, to N.C. Central, in which Poole bowled 191 to lead the team.
On Sunday, the Aggies competed in five bakers games. The Aggies dropped the first two games, before winning the third, and losing in the final two. N.C. A&T had losses to Norfolk State, S.C. State before beating Bethune-Cookman 661-610. Florida A&M next felled the Aggies 688-557 before the day ended with a 620-596 loss to the N.C. Central Eagles.
The Aggies will take a long break following this weekend, as their next tournament is not until Jan. 20-22.