HARAHAN, La, (October 19, 2018) – The 11th-ranked North Carolina A&T bowling team completed the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational hosted by Tulane University on Friday with a 5-0 record in Bakers play. The Aggies are in fourth place in total pinfall (4,494) with a 179.8 average heading into Day 2.
“Junior Tyra Merritt and Sophomore Ana Olaya had stellar performances on the day,” said assistant coach Linda Grace. “The freshmen also performed well during their first collegiate tournament and was very supportive of each other as we had to rotate them in and out as the lanes changed.”
N.C. A&T started the 2018-19 season by facing Southern University and wasted no time in securing their first victory defeating the Jaguars 931-859 before moving on to face the Alabama A&M Bulldogs. The Aggies downed the Bulldogs, 885-720. N.C. A&T then moved on to face No. 10 Tulane. Stepping up their game, the Aggies were able to down the Green Wave, 972-909.
In the biggest margin of victory of the day for N.C. A&T, the Aggies defeated Grambling State 846-678 before knocking off another top-20 team from the National Tenpin Coaches Association poll in No. 17 Louisiana Tech, 860-820. Sophomore Cameron Strombeck showed up big closing out the 10th frame with three consecutive strikes to give the Aggies their highest game of the day at 254.
“Strombeck struggled at times today but we had faith in her and she showed up big when we needed her which is what she does,” said Grace. "A lot of the team is still working out the kinks that are always there during the first tournament of the season. But I like what I have seen today and our potential.”
Day 2 will consist of traditional play. The teams will continue to play head-to-head matchups with the emphasis on total pinfall. Total pinfall will determine how the teams are ranked heading into bracket play on Sunday. Sunday’s bracket play will consist of three best of five Bakers matches to determine the overall standings.