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EAST GREENSBORO  – The 10th-ranked North Carolina A&T bowling team heads to Chesapeake, Va. to defend their title at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowling Championship Tournament. The action begins at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22 at AMF Chesapeake Lanes. Saturday's action also starts at 9 a.m., with the championship game starting 8 a.m., Sunday. 


The Aggies are looking for the second straight MEAC title after they claimed their first title in 14 years last season. The Aggies are also seeking the MEAC's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship.


Sophomore Ana Olaya leads the team in total pinfall (10,090) with 53 games played and a 190.38 average. Sophomore Cameron Strombeck is right behind her with an 8,554 total pinfall in 45 games for a 190.09 average. Freshman Ericka Quesada has improved throughout the season. She has bowled 38 games for a total pinfall of 7,592 and a 199.79 average. Quesada also has the highest game of the season. She bowled a 259 at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic last weekend.  


N.C. A&T goes into the weekend 75-43 overall and 15-3 in conference play. Seventh-ranked Maryland Eastern Shore enters the tournament 63-40 overall and 13-5 in conference play with the highest total pinfall in conference play over the two meets at 17,485. N.C. A&T is second at 17,430 with Delaware State (17,139), UAB (17,070), Monmouth (16,345), and Howard (16,104) rounding out the six teams who will compete for the conference title. 


The MEAC tournament is a six-team double-elimination tournament. On opening day, third-seed DSU will face sixth-seeded Howard while fourth-seed UAB will face fifth-seed Monmouth. The Aggies, the second seed in the tournament, will get the winner of the DSU/Howard matchup while top-seeded MDES will get the UAB/Monmouth winner.

Day 2 will feature the semifinals. Four more matches will be played Saturday until the final two teams remain.