GREENSBORO-In their last tournament of the calendar year,
the North Carolina A&T bowling team will be taking on MEAC divisional
opponents in the MEAC Southern Division #2 tournament in Orangeburg, S.C. this
The Aggies (12-35, 2-8) will be looking to improve upon
their 2-8 finish in the MEAC Southern Division #1 Tournament, which they hosted
from Nov. 12-13. The Aggies will be
taking on division foes Norfolk State, N.C. Central, Bethune-Cookman, Florida
A&M and S.C. State in the tournament.
"I'm looking forward to see how the ladies respond after
their not so good finish at the first Divisional match," said head coach James
Williams. "My expectation is to have a better record than we did in the first
N.C. A&T is last in the Southern Division, while
Bethune-Cookman sits in first place with a 7-3 record. Norfolk State and N.C. Central are tied at
6-4, while S.C. State is 5-5. Florida
A&M holds a 4-6 record. The Aggies
rank sixth in the MEAC with a 846.4 average in conference-only play.
The Aggies have a great opportunity this weekend to gain
some ground in the Division rankings, and to claim either the third or fourth
spot in the Division to qualify for the MEAC Championships in March. The team will take on Southern Division
opponents just once more after this weekend.
"Wins are a hard to come by within the Southern Division,"
Williams said, following the MEAC Southern Division #1 tournament. "The good
thing is that no one team is dominating the South."
The key to success this weekend at the MEAC Southern
Division #2 meet, Williams said, is better accuracy. That's something the team has been working on
in practice in the last couple of weeks, as well as working on generating more
power and drive from the bowling ball. Those were issues that the team faced at the
"We needed to be more accurate with the first ball,"
Williams said. "We needed more revolutions, power, and drive from our first
ball. We need to not leave as many splits and multi-pin attempts."
The team has been steadily improving upon their single pin
spare percentage this season, which means that the team has been throwing
better first shots and getting better opportunities to score more points. However, Williams has noted that the team has
had trouble with their multiple pin conversion rate in their last two
tournaments. Williams also added that
they had too many splits at the Hawk Classic, which is something the team will
work to eliminate from their game in Orangeburg, S.C. this weekend.
The Aggies will take a long break following this weekend, as
their next tournament is not until Jan. 20-22.
Williams hopes his student-athletes will take some time during the
holidays to hone their skills.
"Hopefully they will take it upon themselves to practice and
work on the things that we have been doing in practice," he said.