TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 3, 2017) – North Carolina A&T did enough to remain in first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division following the second MEAC Meet at Gallimore Bowling Lanes in the Florida A&M University Student Union.
The Aggies went 2-1 on Day 1. N.C. A&T then played six Bakers game on Day 2 with only three counting toward their conference record. The MEAC Southern Division teams decided during the offseason to add three additional non-conference games to the MEAC Meets. The additional games are needed to give southern division teams enough games played to qualify for a USBC sectionals bid in March. The Aggies went 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play on Day 2 to finish the weekend 4-2 in MEAC play and 32-24 overall. The Aggies, ranked 18th in the National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, are 9-3 in the MEAC this season.
“We still must work on playing with a sense of urgency out of the blocks on Sunday mornings,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “But overall it was a good weekend, and we look forward to the rematches when we meet in Greensboro.”
N.C. A&T will host the third MEAC Meet Feb. 24-25 at AMF Lanes on Holden Road. They could clinch their fourth straight MEAC Southern Division title there.
The Aggies set up that scenario through their performance at the second meet where they won their first two matchups of traditional play defeating Norfolk State 893-848 and Bethune-Cookman 866-814. A&T lost to Florida A&M 950-917 for their only defeat in traditional play. Senior Brianna Boze led the way by bowling a 205, while freshman Cameron Strombeck took the lead in the win over BCU with a 229. Freshman Ana Olaya had a good showing against FAMU with a 222 total pinfall.
N.C. A&T had a slow start on the second day in Bakers play, falling to Norfolk State 815-782. The Aggies found their groove with wins over BCU and Florida A&M. Norfolk State took down the Aggies again in Bakers play with a 960-911 win. But the Aggies eased to a 933-598 win over the Wildcats before taking down the Rattlers 912-857.
Four Aggies finished in the top-10 of the meet. Olaya led the way for the Aggies with a fourth-place finish that included a 573 total pinfall and a 191 average. Strombeck placed fifth with a 572 total pinfall and 190.67 average. Boze finished eighth with a 525 total pinfall and a 175 average, while freshman Candyce Bradley had a ninth-place finish with a 507 total pinfall and a 169 average.
The Aggies will return to action after the holiday break with a tournament in Reading, Pa., on Jan. 19-21, as they compete in the Kutztown Invitational.