EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T women bowlers Ana Olaya (JR, Bogota, Columbia) and Ericka Quesada (SO, Heredia, Costa Rica) were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason team.
“It’s certainly an honor for both of them to be selected to the preseason All-MEAC team,” N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney said. “They both worked really hard over the summer, and I expect them to have a great season.”
Olaya was named first-team All-MEAC last season and was a National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) honorable All-American after leading the Aggies with 10,090 pins and with 19 200-plus games. Olaya was second on the team with an average of 190.38 pins and won the first MEAC Meet in Wilmington, Del., in November. She was also named bowler of the week twice last season by the MEAC. Olaya was the 2017-18 rookie of the year in the MEAC, and she helped the Aggies reach the NCAA tournament in 2018.
Quesada had a successful freshman campaign averaging a team-best 199.79 pins and recorded 16 out of 38 games played of 200-plus. She was third on the team with 7,592 pins and finished the year strong averaging 234.00 pins during her last five games including bowling 200-plus in each of those matches. Quesada was named the co-bowler of the week during the final week of the season.
The Aggies were picked to finish second in the conference behind Maryland Eastern Shore who bested the Aggies for the 2019 MEAC championship a year after the Aggies bested them for the tournament title in 2018. UMES received 17 first-place votes for 228 points while the Aggies received two first-place votes for 216 points.
UAB (185), Delaware State (179) and Monmouth (160) round out the top-5 as DSU received two first-place votes.
“We’re looking forward to getting started and showing that we can be in the discussion of the top teams in the country,” Terrell-Kearney said.
Olaya and Quesada had a great offseason bowling internationally. The two bowlers finished in the top-8 of the PABCON Youth Championships Under-21 in Dominican Republican last August. The Aggies begin the season in Harahan, La., with the Tulane Sugar Bowl Invitational from Oct. 18-20.