GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team moved up three spots in the National Ten Pin Coaches Association poll. The Aggies are ranked 17th in the nation after going 18-10 between Friday's poll and the last poll released in December. 

"Moving up in the rankings is a great feeling," head coach James Williams said. "But again it is just a byproduct of the hard work the ladies have been putting in and their understanding of what it is going to take to maintain their goals."

The Aggies (47-20 overall) were previously ranked 20th in the last poll but they’ve been on the move in their last few tournaments, taking down some top-ranked teams.

At the Wildcat Invitational in DeLand, Fla., last weekend A&T defeated No.1 Arkansas State 952-902. The Aggies also captured a 984-932 win over No. 15 McKendree. A&T posted the best record at the tournament by going 10-3 and finished in third.

In their first tournament of 2014 A&T competed at the Kutztown Invitational where they claimed victories over then-ranked No. 9 Kutztown (1014-966), No.18 Monmouth (937-931) and No. 13 Adelphi (803-762).

Arkansas State (51-26) still tops the poll, receiving 21 first place votes. Nebraska is second (38-17), UMES (60-13) and Fairleigh Dickinson (56-14) are tied at third. Central Missouri (48-14) rounds out the top five.

A&T will host the Aggie Master’s Challenge on Feb. 21-23.