HARAHAN, La. – In a tough field that featured five top-10 teams from the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, the No. 8 North Carolina A&T bowling team opened the season with a fifth-place finish after moving up two spots on the final day of the All State Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational Sunday.
The Aggies started the day defeating No. 3 Stephen F. Austin, the defending NCAA national champions, for the second time this weekend, 4-3-1. N.C. A&T lost the first game 213-207 but battled back to win the second game 199-143 to take a 2-1 lead after winning the third game, 183-148.
SFA won the fourth game, 212-204 to tie the match. It stayed tied after both teams totaled 194 pins in the fifth game. The Lumberjacks took a 3-2-1 lead after a 200-171 win in the sixth game, but N.C. A&T tied it after winning the seventh game 236-222.
In the eighth game, the Aggies defeated SFA 110-85 to advance to face No. 13 Lincoln Memorial.
Lincoln Memorial won the first game 175-164, but the Aggies won the final four games to win the series, 4-1. N.C. A&T won 187-180, 231-180, 182-150 and 202-179 to secure the series. They would advance to play No. 19 Alabama-Birmingham, an opponent from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
In the rematch from Saturday’s game, the Aggies won the series 4-0 with scores of 187-167, 228-190, 180-164 and 198-181.
Overall, the Aggies recorded the sixth most pins with 12,542 for an average of 190.0. N.C. A&T recorded 4,800 total pins Friday in the bakers matches and 4,589 total pins Saturday in the traditional matches. They recorded 3,153 total pins on Sunday.
The Aggies return to action in the first weekend of November with the TRACK Kat Klash in Houston, Texas from Nov. 1-3, hosted by Sam Houston State.