SMYRNA, TENN. (March 17, 2019) – The 10th-ranked North Carolina A&T bowling team earned a fourth-place finish at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic to close out the three-day event
“Today didn’t go as well as we planned, but I couldn’t be happier with the improvement we have made as a team the last few tournaments,” said coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “But we are not done, we have more to do.”
The Aggies went 1-2 today falling to fourth-ranked Arkansas State twice. N.C. A&T started the match by winning the first two matches with scores of 184-171 and 233-215. The Red Wolves won the next four matches giving them the 4-2 win in the best of seven Bakers format. N.C. A&T then faced sixth-ranked Stephen F. Austin. After switching lane, the Aggies won the first game 209-187 before losing the second 190-170.
Games 3 and 4 went to N.C. A&T, 192-170 and 179-169 respectively. The Aggies lost Game 5, 216-192, but bounced back to take Game 6 204-171 to seal the win.
Arkansas State got a return match against N.C.A&T after the Aggies lost to tournament host Vanderbilt. The Red Wolves put the Aggies away in four games.
On Saturday, the Aggies jumped up two spots to third place after an impressive second-day performance. The Aggies went 4-0 and were 8-1 heading into bracket play. N.C. A&T had a combined pinfall of 10,248 and an average of 205 average over the first two days.
Freshman Ericka Quesada set a new career-high not once but twice on the day. Quesada bowled a 253 during Game 3 surpassing her career high of 243 to help N.C. A&T down the No. 1 team in the nation in McKendree by a score of 1,068-1,018. She then bowled a 259 in Game 5 to help the Aggies defeat North Central 996-763. Quesada also set a new career-high in total pinfall at 1,170 for a 234 average. Her performance landed her a second-place finish in the individual standings.
Sophomore Cameron Strombeck set a new career-high in total pinfall at 1,086 for an average of 217.20 which landed her in 10th. Junior Mia Pope also had a career day bowling a career-best 1,073 in total pinfall (214.60) to finish 12th. She also bowled a season-high 236 during the first game of the day to help the Aggies defeat sixth-ranked Stephen F. Austin 1,068-932. Other scores came from sophomore Ana Olaya (971, 194.2 avg.) and freshman Pamela Warr (911, 182.2 avg.).
N.C. A&T will return to action Friday, March 22 as they attempt to defend their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship at the 2019 MEAC Bowling Championship Tournament in Chesapeake, Va.