GREENSBORO (February 25, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T bowling team won their fourth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division title in a manner that gave reason to why they have dominated the division recently. The Aggies went 3-0 Sunday afternoon at Greensboro’s AMF Lanes in the final conference meet of the season. What made the triumph even sweeter was that the Aggies clinched the title at home in front of their hometown crowd filled with supporters, family and friends.
The Aggies (50-41, 14-4 MEAC) clinched the division championship after the first two games of the day. First, the Aggies matched up against second-place Norfolk State. The Aggies came on big in the first game of five with a significant lead. The Spartans closed the gap a little taking the next two games, but the Aggies still had the lead with the total pinfall. The Aggies had another great game in the fourth game, pulling well ahead before finishing off the Spartans in the fifth game to win the match, 963-870.
It was the next matchup against Bethune-Cookman that A&T secured the title. The Aggies swept all five games, annihilating the Wildcats 1,018-794.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our players today and their performance,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “Bringing home our fourth straight MEAC Southern Division championship is a testament to this season and how each week we’re getting better.”
In the third matchup, the Aggies faced Florida A&M which had moved into second place after Norfolk State lost twice earlier in the day. This was a hard-fought match with the decision going to the final frame in the fifth game. It was freshman Cameron Strombeck who came up big for the Aggies, throwing two strikes then a 9-pin in the tenth frame to seal the victory for the Aggies with a 907-904 win.
N.C. A&T will now start preparing for postseason play with the USBC Sectionals being the first tournament. The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites on March 10-11 - 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas. The top four women's teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC, which will be held April 18-21 at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.
N.C. A&T is in the Smyrna, Tenn., sectional along with Alabama-Birmingham, Alma, Bethel, Cumberlands, Emmanuel, Florida State, Huntington, Lindsey Wilson, Martin Methodist, Maryland Eastern Shore, Pikeville, Robert Morris-Illinois, Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah, St. Francis-Illinois and Union.
The sectional format consists of 32 Baker games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. Total pinfall for the 64 games will determine which teams advance to the ITC finals. The championship rounds at the ITC will be taped for broadcast April 21 and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network on April 24. The women's team final will air May 8 at 8 p.m. eastern.