GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team will compete in the 2014 MEAC Bowling Championships, March 21-23, at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Virginia.

No. 13 A&T(72-30 overall) qualified for the tournament with a 17-7 league record behind Norfolk State (19-5) who captured the MEAC Southern Division title for the fourth straight year.

Bethune-Cookman (10-14) and Florida A&M (8-16) will complete the qualifiers for the southern division as Coppin State (11-19), Delaware State (21-9), Maryland Eastern Shore (28-2) and Morgan State (19-10) qualified from the northern division.

Maryland Eastern Shore, a three-time NCAA champion, had the best record in the nothern division for the fifth straight season. 

Only the top four teams from each division are eligible to compete in the championship tournament. Howard (11-41), Hampton (9-63), and N.C. Central (36-53) were eliminated from postseason play.

The Aggies are led by sophomore Emily Strombeck who has posted a 202.2 pinfall average. Additionally, Strombeck, seniors Cherise Poole and Courtney Crook, along with sophomore Najah Owens were named to the 2014 Women’s Bowling All-Academic team.  The MEAC recognized student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

The tournament begins Friday, March 21 at 9:15 a.m., with a qualifying round of traditional play to determine seeding. The action continues on Saturday with teams competing in a best-of-seven Baker series in a bracket format starting at 10 a.m.

The 2014 MEAC Bowling Championship will conclude on Sunday, March 23 beginning with the semifinal round at 9:30 a.m. and concluding with the championship final.  The championship finale will air tape-delayed on ESPNU on Monday, March 31 at 10:30 p.m.