N.C. A&T Bowling Begins Conference Play
North Carolina A&T Bowling at MEAC Southern Division Conference Meet #1
Venue: AMF Lanes Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Va.
Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 12
The Aggies (10-15) have had two tournaments to prepare for the first MEAC Southern Division matchup. The 18th-ranked Aggies finished their opening tournament, the Brunswick Bearcat Open, 4-8 with a 182.2 team average. The second tourney, SHSU Track Kat Klash, was not any easier competition wise, but the Aggies were able to walk away 6-7 with a team average of 181.3.
Freshman Ana Olaya has been a consistent contender thus far. She leads the Aggies with 112 total strikes on the season. Olaya has a 188.9 average with a season-high game of 234. Senior Brianna Boze had a 20th place finish at the Bearcat Open with a career-high 258 and a 196.4 average. Freshman Cameron Strombeck was the top performer at the Track Kat Klash, finishing 21st individually with an average of 195.8 and a game-high 238. Additionally, Strombeck is the only other bowler to break the 100-strike mark with 103. Another freshman, Candyce Bradley, also starred at the Track Kat Klash. She finished 24th, averaged 193.6 and posted a game-high 220.
Despite having MEAC Northern Division foe Maryland Eastern Shore in both tournaments this season, the Aggies have yet to face them. MDES beat the Aggies for the MEAC championship title last season. N.C. A&T did go against another northern division foe in Delaware State during the Track Kat Klash with the Hornets coming out on top 944-895.
Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats are 1-10 after their season opener last weekend in the FDU Jamboree. Their one win came against Wilmington (DE). Senior Tensley Amyre led the team with a 174 individual average with her top scoring standing at 200.
Florida A&M: The Rattlers went 8-5 in their opening tournament at the Tulane Invitational. They defeated two National Tenpin Coaches Association preseason top-25 teams in No. 20 Prairie View A&M and No. 25 Duquesne which they defeated three times during the weekend. Freshman Keondra Eaton led the team finishing 16th individually with a 206.4 individual average, and a top game of 244.
Norfolk State: The Spartans had a strong start to the 2017-2018 season with a 7-2 start at the Hampton Roads Invitational. They went 3-0 in head-to-head competition and 5-2 in baker-format play with both losses coming at the hand of Morgan State. Senior Briana Gardner had the high game of 216 while redshirt junior Alexa Rodriquez finished with the highest average, 188.7.