Chesapeake, Va.-The North Carolina A&T bowling team had
a strong start in the second MEAC Southern Division Tournament, hosted by Norfolk
State, at the AMF Lanes on Saturday, putting together a 3-1 record on the day
to advance to 14-10 overall and 8-4 in the MEAC.
"All in all it was a good day. Our single pin spare
percentage was down a little from the last tournament, but we compensated by
throwing more strikes," said A&T head coach James Williams. "The ladies did
a fine job today of managing the pocket. We nearly doubled our pocket
percentage since the MEAC #1, which results in more strikes. They battled hard
all day, and won matches that were heavily contested."
The Aggies opened the day with a 940-830 win over N.C.
Central. Junior transfer Courtney Crook
helped lift the team to victory with a 243 performance. The Aggies continued action with a 905-871
win against Florida A&M. In that
head-to-head match, junior Cherise Poole led the Aggies with a 245 game.
The Aggies then defeated Bethune-Cookman 1068-929, as four bowlers
bowled over 200 to lift A&T to their third win on the day. Senior Amber Brown threw a 229, while Poole
was close behind with a 227 game.
Freshman Emily Strombeck bowled a 216 game and Crook bowled 206 to help
take down the Wildcats.
The Aggies dropped the final match of the day to Norfolk
State 1081-918. Poole ended the day with
a 202 average, while Crook finished with a 199 average. The Aggies also showed their continue
improvement with a strong performance against a difficult oil pattern. The
Aggies will look to turn in a strong performance in the second day of the
tournament on Sunday.
"Going 3-1 is a great way to start the weekend. Tomorrow is
baker matches, and I'm hoping
that momentum will carry over. The ladies threw the ball with confidence and I
loved every minute of it," Williams said.