GREENSBORO (February 14, 2018) – North Carolina A&T, the 17th ranked team in the nation according to the National Tenpin Coaches Association, will be back in the Lonestar state for the second time in three weeks as they will compete in the SFA Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic, Feb. 16-18 at Copperfileld Lanes in Houston, Texas. Two weeks ago, the Aggies faced nine out of the 10 teams in the NTCA poll at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
This week, the Ladyjacks will have a little mercy on the Aggies. They only invited eight of the top 10 teams in the country.
The Aggies are coming off a ninth-place finish at the Prairie View A&M Invite with a 5-8 record and a total pinfall of 12,571. The Aggies did, however, beat the No. 1 team in the nation in the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
“Although we didn’t walk away from the last tournament with a lot of wins, I believe this team is beginning to believe,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “I can see it each day at practice. We are going in the right direction.”
Freshman Cameron Strombeck is showing improvement. She set her career high twice two weeks ago with a 255 game followed by 258 pinfall. Her total pinfall (1,326) was also a career best for a five-game series. Strombeck’s seventh-place finish helped her claim MEAC Bowler of the Week honors. Freshman Candyce Bradley also bowled marvelously. She posted a career-best 239 as a part of a 1,028 total pinfall, a career-high in a five-game series. Another Aggie freshman, Ana Olaya, also set a five-game series career best in total pinfall at 1,039.
In her first tournament of the new year, sophomore Mia Pope set a new career-high by bowling a 261 at the Prairie View A&M invite two weeks ago. Pope’s previous career best was 224.
N.C. A&T will face another solid field including the top five teams in the nation in Nebraska, McKendree, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State. Tournament-host Stephen F. Austin is the No. 7 team in the nation followed by eighth-ranked Maryland Eastern Shore and No. 9 Tulane.