GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team had another terrific outing on the lanes at the Kutztown Invitational and posted a 5-1 record during Saturday’s traditional team games at Hiester Lanes.
The 20th-ranked Aggies improved to 37-14 overall following Saturday’s games. The Aggies remain in fifth place with a pinfall of 10,356 and an 8-4 record during the tournament. The Aggies will enter Sunday’s competition in a bracket-style formant featuring best-of-seven baker games. A&T will face No. 17 Valparaiso in its first game.
"Doing well in this tournament has been another milestone for us," head coach James Williams said. "We have been saying we just wanted another chance to be at the top in a major tournament. Tomorrow we have that opportunity. We have to continue doing what we have been doing all weekend and make the proper adjustments when needed."
After dropping its first game to No.11 St. Francis 1000-924, A&T rebounded and won its next five games.
Freshman Kristin Shinn led the Aggies with a career-high 245 in their 977-735 win over Pitt-Bradford. Freshman MacKenzie Robinson also pinned a solid 222 in the win. A&T also took down No. 9 Kutztown, 1014-966 behind the efforts of senior Cherise Poole's season-high 248. Sophomore Emily Strombeck also posted a 223 against the Golden Bears.
Robinson (220), Shinn (213), Stombeck (210), and Poole (210) all rolled 200-plus games in A&T’s 1035-904 victory over St. Francis-NY. Najah Owens led the Aggies with a 213 in their 884-531 win over New Jersey City. The Aggies closed out the day by defeating Monmouth, 937-931 where Strombeck led them with a 247.
Strombeck led the Aggies in pinfall (1212) in the traditional team games, followed by Shinn (1185), Robinson (1139), and Owens (1090).
Sunday’s games will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the tournament.