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HARAHAN, La. – North Carolina A&T women’s bowlers Ana Olaya and Cameron Strombeck finished in the top 20 on the second day of the All State Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational Saturday.

Olaya led the No. 8 team in the National Tenpin Coaches Associaton (NTCA), the N.C. A&T Aggies with 966 total pins in five games for an average of 193.20 to finish in 17th place. Olaya finished the day strong with her best game of the day, a 233 in her fifth game.

Strombeck finished five pins behind Olaya with 961 for an average of 192.20 to finish 18th.  Her best game was a 213 in the fourth. Sophomore Ericka Quesada finished the day in 64th place with 581 total pins for a three-game average of 193.67.  Quesada started the day with a 164 in the first game and then a high of 225 in the fourth and a 192 in the fifth.

Senior Mia Pope with 521 total pins for a three-game average of 173.67. Pope bowled 171 in the first game, a 173 in the second and a 177 in the third. Senior Tyra Merritt finished with 518 total pins for a three-game average of 172.67.  Pope bowled a 170 in the second game, a high of 195 in the third and a 153 in the fourth.

Sophomore Christina Acosta finished with 518 total pins and a three-game average of 172.67.  Acosta bowled a 174 in the first game, a high of 198 in the second and a 146 in the third.

Sophomore Pamela Warr recorded 336 total pins for a two-game average of 168.00. Warr recorded a 159 in the fourth game and a 177 in the fifth. Senior Kayli Christ recorded a one-game 188 in the fifth.

The Aggies started the day with a loss to No. 13 Lincoln Memorial 1,010-889 but bounced back with a 935-865 win over Southern in the second game. N.C. A&T fell to MEAC foe and 19th-ranked UAB 976-854 in the third game. They defeated tournament host and 14th-ranked Tulane 924-876 in the fourth game before closing out with a 987-925 win over Alabama State.

The Aggies went 3-2 on the second day and is sporting an 8-2 record thus far in the first two days of the tournament.  After recording 4,800 in the bakers matches Friday, N.C. A&T recorded 4,589 in the traditional matches Saturday for 9,389 total pins for an average of 187.8. 

The final day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the three best 4-out-7 baker matches. The Aggies start with No. 3 Stephen F. Austin, the defending NCAA national champions. The winner faces the loser of Lincoln Memorial and MEAC foe Maryland Eastern Shore, the seventh-ranked team in the NTCA poll. The loser faces the winner of Jackson State and Tulane. 

The Aggies faced SFA Friday and defeated the Lumberjacks 973-938 in the fourth game of the day.