MILLSBORO, DEL. (November 18, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T bowling team completed the Hawk Classic in eighth place after going 5-7 overall and 3-5 over the last two days of the tournament. “Not the way we wanted to end the first half of our season, but we definitely played better today,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney.
N.C. A&T entered the third and final day in 10th place after getting a subpar Day-2 performance. During bracket play Sunday, the Aggies moved up two places to finish eighth after going 2-1. They started off the day by downing Duquesne in six games. After a slow start that saw the Aggies drop the first game, 177-137, the Aggies found their groove and bowled two 200-plus games. N.C. A&T took the next three games 232-189, 217-167 and 172-167. Duquesne took the fifth game before N.C. A&T won Game 6, 213-197 to seal the win in the best of seven Bakers play.
N.C. A&T faced Monmouth next and downed the Hawks in six games. Monmouth took the first two games. The Aggies won the next four games for the win. The only loss of the day was a six-game defeat to Lincoln Memorial.
In traditional play, it was junior Tyra Merritt who lead the Aggies with a 962 total pinfall and a 192.40 average to finish 30th. Sophomore Ana Olaya and junior Mia Pope were the only other Aggies to finish in the top-50. Olaya finished in 41st-place with a 934 total pinfall and 186.8 average while Pope came in 50th with a total pinfall of 901 and a 180.2 average. Freshman Cristina Acosta bowled a career-high 246 against Kutztown in the fourth game of the day. Graduate student Justice Davis bowled her first two games as an Aggie. She bowled a 167 against Monmouth and a 191 against Sam Houston State.
N.C. A&T will not return to action until after the New Year when they travel to Limerick, Pa., to compete in the Kutztown Invitational.