A&T Places Fourth after First Day
HOUSTON, Texas – In a difficult field that consists of five of the top-six teams in the NCAA, North Carolina A&T women’s bowling team sits in fourth place after a 2-3 record Friday at the TRACK Kat Klash.
N.C. A&T recorded 4,746 total pins on the day for an average of 189.8 and trails No. 5 Sam Houston State by 63 pins for third place. They are up by 16 pins over No. 6 Arkansas State in fifth place. After dropping the first three games, the Aggies finished the day strong scoring more than 1,000 pins in the final two games.
The Aggies opened the day with a loss to No. 2 McKendree 1,114-92. Junior Mia Pope earned a 191-187 win in the second game, but N.C. A&T fell in the other four games. Sophomore Pamela Warr fell 270-203 in the first game, while sophomore Ericka Quesada fell to 202-181 in the third.
In the second game, N.C. A&T fell to Arkansas State 1,011-887, where Olaya won her game 198-189 and Strombeck won hers 179-178. Sophomore Cristina Acosta lost by seven pins, 179-172, in the first game, while Warr fell 248-147 and Pope fell 217-191 in the third game.
N.C. A&T lost to No. 14 Tulane, 920-890 in the third game of the day. Acosta won 213-199 in the first game, while senior Tyra Merritt won 172-167 in the third. Pope fell 172-148 in the third game, while Olaya fell 211-196 in the fourth game and Strombeck fell 171-161 in the fifth.
The Aggies picked up their first win of the day against No. 17 Louisiana Tech 1,003-853 as N.C. A&T won all five games. Acosta won 183-146 in the first game, while Pope posted the best score against Tech winning 222-194. Merritt also recorded 200-plus with a 214-185 win in the third game, while Olaya won 193-156 in the fourth game and Strombeck won 191-172 in the fifth game.
In the final game of the day, the Aggies defeated Alabama State 1,039-830 and won fourth of the five games. Pope posted her second consecutive 200-plus game with a 235-141 win in the second game, while Merritt won 198-178 in the third game.
In the fourth game, Olaya won 192-173 in the fourth game and Strombeck recorded the best score of the day for the Aggies winning 249-141 in the fifth game. Acosta fell in her match 197-165 in the first game.
Saturday doesn’t get any easier for the Aggies with four of the fifth teams against ranked opponents. N.C. A&T faces Sam Houston State, No. 4 Nebraska, who is leading the tournament, No. 23 Youngstown State, No. 3 Stephen F. Austin and Prairie View A&M.