North Carolina A&T Bowling at MEAC Southern Division Meet #3 Venue: AMF All-Star Lanes located at 910 S Holden Rd., Greensboro
Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, Feb. 24 (10am)-Sunday, Feb. 25 (10am)
GREENSBORO (February 23, 2018) – Ahead of hosting their only bowling tournament of the season, the North Carolina A&T bowling team received good news as they qualified for the 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships sectionals sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate. The Aggies won the 2015 ITC to win a national championship. They also made the sectionals in 2016.
The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites on March 10-11 - 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas. The top four women's teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC, which will be held April 18-21 at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.
N.C. A&T is in the Smyrna, Tenn., sectional along with Alabama-Birmingham, Alma, Bethel, Cumberlands, Emmanuel, Florida State, Huntington, Lindsey Wilson, Martin Methodist, Maryland Eastern Shore, Pikeville, Robert Morris-Illinois, Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah, St. Francis-Illinois and Union. USBC-qualifying Aggies will host the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division’s third meet at AMF All-Star Lanes on 910 S. Holden Rd., in Greensboro. The Aggies come into the weekend 43-39 overall and 9-3 in the MEAC, a game ahead of second-place Norfolk State in the South. N.C. A&T is battled tested for the weekend after competing against multiple National Tenpin Coaches Association top-25 foes lately including eight top-10 nationally-ranked opponents last week at the Stephen F. Austin Stormin’ Ladyjacks Classic in Houston. The 17th-ranked Aggies have won three straight MEAC Southern Division titles.
Saturday will feature the honoring of lone senior Brianna Boze who was a part of the national championship team as well as the team that earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Bowling Championships where the Aggies finished third. Senior Day will take place at approximately 9:45 a.m., before action starts at 10.
To stay atop the division, the Aggies will need their three freshmen – reigning co-rookie of the week Ana Olaya, Cameron Strombeck and Candyce Bradley – and lone senior to continue to lead the way. The foursome has managed to accumulate a combined total of 1,668 strikes this season. Strombeck leads the team with 353 total strikes while Olaya has the highest spare conversion percentage at 72.6 percent.
After their home meet over the weekend, the Aggies will head to the USBC sectionals. Sectional assignments are based on Team Ranking System (TRS) points earned throughout the USBC Collegiate season. USBC Collegiate attempts to place no more than two of the top eight schools and no more than four of the top 16 schools in a sectional based on the final TRS totals. Sectional qualifier fields take geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration. The sectional format consists of 32 Baker games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. Total pinfall for the 64 games will determine which teams advance to the ITC finals. The championship rounds at the ITC will be taped for broadcast April 21 and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network on April 24. The women's team final will air May 8 at 8 p.m. eastern.
In the meantime, the Aggies are scheduled to be in Smyrna Tenn., again to participate in the Vanderbilt Columbia 300 Music City Classic, March 16-18. The MEAC Championships are March 23-25 in Chesapeake, Va., as the Aggies will try to win their first MEAC title in 14 years.