Greensboro, NC- This weekend the North Carolina A&T women's bowling team will do something it normally doesn't get to do - bowl at home. The Aggies will host the MEAC Southern Division #1 Invitational Tournament. The tournament will take place at Gate City Lanes in Greensboro Nov. 12-13.
The tournament starts Saturday morning at 8. The teams return on Sunday at 9 a.m., to conclude the tournament. Both days will be streamed live on ncataggies.com.
"It means a lot to have a home tournament," said N.C. A&T head coach James Williams. "We don't have as many home opportunities as the other sports, so when we do have one it's a big deal for us.
The Aggies come into this weekend's tournament 10-16 overall. This will be their first opportunity to compile conference wins, however. The Aggies have some impressive wins over S.C. State this season, but will have to contend with the tough competition from the Southern Division.
"You would like to think that just bowling at home gives us an advantage," said Williams. "But that advantage has nothing to do with the lanes or the bowling alley. The advantage would come from the fans cheering and pushing the ladies to higher levels.
This group is learning how to feed off each other's positive energy," he added. "The more positive energy the better they bowl. So for us to have a real home advantage, we need an abundance of fan support."
The MEAC is one of the best bowling conference in the nation. Norfolk State leads the MEAC South with a 10-3 record, followed by N.C. Central (16-10), Bethune-Cookman (10-9) and Florida A&M (7-7). The Aggies are led by April Terry's 174.5 average. She has bowled a 227 this season, while teammate Amber Brown has games of 201 and 224.
"The ladies are overly excited about this weekend's tournament," said Williams. "I think they have had the date circled on their calendars since I gave them schedule. They really want to do well and prove some doubters wrong.
Williams added that this weekend will prove to be entertaining. Every frame is crucial to the outcome of the tournament.
"In my opinion, bowling is the ultimate individual team sport," said Williams. "Five individuals have to function as one, while still staying true to their individuality. Every shot is important."
Every fan is important too.