WILMINGTON, DEL. (November 11, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T finished second in the season’s first MEAC bowling meet. The Aggies posted an 8,897 total pinfall and had a 177.9 team average. The Aggies went 8-2 throughout the two-day meet.
Sophomore Ana Olaya led the way winning the individual prize with 1,214 total pinfall and a 202.33 average over six games. She bowled a season-high 242 during the fourth game of the day. She was 98 pins better than second-place Laird Olivia of Delaware State.
“The lane conditions were very challenging, and we didn’t adjust very well the first day,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “Today was a different story. We worked hard to stay positive and this definitely allowed us to stay in every match.”
N.C. A&T went 4-0 on Day 2’s Bakers format. The flawless second-day performance moved the Aggies up one spot from Day 1’s standings to grab the No. 2 position. The Aggies started the day by annihilating the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 899-662. After a bye that allowed the Aggies to make adjustments, they had another dominating outing with a 927-769 win over the Morgan State Bears.
Their next match wasn’t as easy. Florida A&M put up a fight with N.C. A&T winning by a tight one, 862-844. For the last match of the day, the Aggies took on host Delaware State and defeated the Hornets 972-878.
N.C. A&T went 4-2 during traditional play on the first day of the tournament. The Aggies had a strong start to the day with wins over Norfolk State (818-743), Howard (995-900) and Coppin State (914-803). Olaya led the Aggies against NSU with a 204. She followed that strong showing with a 233 showing against Howard. Sophomore Cameron Strombeck contributed with a score of 200. Freshman Pamela Warr bowled a 208 in the win over Coppin State.
The Aggies suffered their first loss in a back-and-forth battle against Monmouth 885-856 where Olaya bowled her 242. N.C. A&T recovered with an 896-816 win over the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Olaya led the way with a 197 and freshman Ericka Quesada stepped in for her first game of the day and posted a 196. The Aggies dropped their last match of the day to Maryland Eastern Shore, 949-758.
Strombeck finished fifth in the individual standings with a total pinfall of 1,042 and a 173.67 average over six games. Warr was the only other Aggie to finish in the top-25 finishing 22nd with an 876 total pinfall and 175.2 average over five games. N.C. A&T will head back to Delaware Friday to compete in the UMES Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del., Nov. 16-18.