CHESAPEAKE, VA. – The 11th-ranked North Carolina A&T won their opening match of the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowling Championship Tournament on Friday at the Chesapeake AMF Lanes with a win over Monmouth.
Sophomore Ana Olaya had the top game with a career-high 245 in the individual standings. Sophomore Cameron Strombeck bowled a 222 for third place and freshman Ericka Quesada had a 211 putting her in the eighth spot.
Matches start with one traditional game. That follows five Baker matches for total pins. If a tiebreaker match is needed, the teams will bowl a best of seven Bakers format. N.C. A&T faced off against the Monmouth Hawks after the Hawks defeated the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
After getting off to a slow start the Aggies rallied in the last three frames to have a chance. It came down to the 10th frame with sophomore Ana Olaya hitting her spare to earn one more frame. On Monmouth’s first ball of the 10th, they downed nine pins leaving the six-pin standing. Monmouth left the frame open and the door open for an Aggies victory.
Olaya needed five pins to tie or six to win. She stepped up and threw a strike for the 1,008-1,003 win.
N.C. A&T used the momentum to carry them into Bakers format where they were able to put away the Hawks. The Aggies jumped out to an early lead taking the first two games 220-179 and 223-169 to take a 95-pin lead going into Game 3. N.C. A&T won the next two games 199-159 and 186-181. In the end, the Aggies won with a total pinfall of 979-863.
N.C. A&T will face Maryland Eastern Shore 2 p.m., Saturday with the winner playing in the championship game noon Sunday. The loser will play in an elimination round Sunday at 8 a.m. with the winner playing in the championship game.