Fairview Heights, Ill. (October 29, 2017) – The eighteenth-ranked North Carolina A&T Aggies bowling team finished their first tournament of the 2017-2018 season, the Brunswick Bearcat Open, in 14th-place. The Aggies were 4-8 at the three-day Brunswick Bearcat Open after going 0-3 in bracket play on Sunday.
N.C. A&T closed out Day 2 with the 11th seed, and therefore started the day against St. Francis College (Pa.). St. Francis defeated the Aggies 964-859. The other two losses were to Prairie View A&M 1089-920 and Monmouth University 1210-1086.
“It is good to have the first weekend under our belt,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrel-Kearney. “We are learning what we need to work on to get better”
The Aggies opened the tournament on Friday where they went 3-2 in Baker format play to have a 10th-place finish. The Aggies opened the tournament by ousting Youngstown 951-841. They followed that with a win over Central Missouri 982-931. The third win of the day came against St. Francis Brooklyn, 908-771.
N.C. A&T’s two losses were close ones as Lincoln Memorial defeated the Aggies 925-910 and Valparaiso were 940-910 total pinfall winners against N.C. A&T.
“I was very pleased with the first day because we gave ourselves a chance to win in every match,” said Terrell-Kearney. “Sophomore Mia Pope had a career day as a Lady Aggie and was instrumental in settings up our anchor bowler to win a number of times.”
Day 2 featured traditional-format play with the Aggies finishing 1-3. They started the day with a win over North Central College 865-676. The next three matches were against opponents in the top-5 of the National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. The Aggies were 0-3 against those foes with losses to Nebraska (953-855), Vanderbilt (918-895) and Sam Houston State (1,021-989). N.C. A&T finished Day 2 with a total pinfall of 8,272.
Senior Brianna Boze led the team with career-high 256 which was good enough for a fourth-place tie for highest game of the day. Boze finished 20th for the tournament with a total pinfall of 982 and a 196.4 five-game average. Freshman Ana Olaya, who placed 25th, was the only other Aggies to break into the top-25. Olaya collected 969 pins for a 193.8 average and a high game of 214.
The Aggies next contest will come in less than a week as they head to Houston, Texas to compete in the SHSU Kat Klash, Nov. 3-5.