GREENSBORO (June 16, 2017) – North Carolina A&T bowling coach Kim Terrell-Kearney announced on Thursday her first recruiting class as Aggies head coach by signing three outstanding bowlers to represent N.C. A&T starting in the 2017-18 season.
Candyce Bradley (Farmington-Harrison HS, Detroit, Mich.), Jewel Dumond (Jacquelin M. Walsh School for Performing and Visual Arts, Pawtucket, RI) and Ana Olaya (Aspaen Gimnasio Iragua HS, Bogota, Colombia) will be added to a N.C. A&T program that has built an excellent reputation for winning nationally as of late. Their arrival will be important after the Aggies graduated two first-team all-conference bowlers in MacKenzie Robinson (a former All-America) and Kristin Shinn.
"Our coaching staff is very excited about the talented group of players we have added to the A&T bowling program,” said Terrell-Kearney. "If we continue to build our team with this caliber of bowlers we are destined for success.”
Bradley led all Oakland County bowlers with a 208.66 average in league games as a senior. She won the Oakland County tournament, and she finished sixth at the Oakland Activities Association singles and 13th at regionals. She led the conference in scoring average four times and was a four-time first-team all-conference performer. She was a second-team All-State selection in 2014 and ‘15 and a first-team selection in 2016. She also finished her prep career with four youth titles, and she placed fourth in the state in 2016. She was the Metro Detroit TNBA Female Junior Bowler of the Year.
Dumond was a member of the Rhode Flyers Junior Bowling. She bowled 290 at WTBA Beijing in March of 2016. Throughout her career she averaged 216 with a high series of 823. Dumond was a perennial champion at the Rhode Island state level and in 2014 she placed 19th at Junior Gold (U15). She plans to major in mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T.
Olaya has competed on the national level for her country. She comes to Aggieland with a career average of 226. Her career high is 279, and she has a high series of 760. At the age of 8, she made the El Rancho club team, leading her to represent her hometown of Bogota. From 2010-15 Olaya won Bogota classificatory tournaments. She started representing her country at 14 years old, representing Colombia in events such as Iberoamericano (bronze medal), PACcon (two gold medals, two bronze medals) and Centroamericano (five gold medals, one silver). In 2016, she made the national team again where she won three gold medals and three silvers at Suramericano and three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes at Centroamericano.