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Spartans tie for 1st during MEAC Southern Divisional

Spartans tie for 1st during MEAC Southern Divisional

Spartans tie for 1st during MEAC Southern Divisional (photo courtesy of

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State bowling team finished in a tie for first with North Carolina A&T after the first MEAC Southern Divisional of the year this weekend at Spartan Lanes on the campus of NSU.

The Spartans went 6-2 over the course of the two-day event, including a victory over the Aggies on Sunday to avenge their loss on Saturday. Bethune-Cookman held a 4-4 record, while Florida A&M and Hampton each went 2-6. This weekend marked the first of three divisionals on the season that will ultimately decide the regular season standings in the South.

NSU posted a 3-1 record on Saturday during traditional play, led by the duo of senior Carrie Hickey and freshman Alexa Rodriguez. They finished second and third, respectively, among regular bowlers on the day in terms of average. Hickey surpassed her previous career high by more than 15 pins per game as she averaged 218.0 for the tournament. Rodriguez, not to be outdone, knocked down one less pin over the four games and ended with a 217.8 average.

Six different players who bowled all four games averaged at least 200 on Saturday. Ivory Miles of Bethune-Cookman led all players with a 219.5 average, while MacKenzie Robinson of North Carolina A&T bowled in two games and averaged 235.0.

Rodriguez had games of 242 and 241 in the first two matches, the first a 1,010-837 win over rival Hampton, which was competing in the Southern Divisional for the first time after moving from the North prior to the season. In the second game, though, North Carolina A&T handed NSU its only loss of the day, 989-953.

In the next two games against the Florida-based schools, the Spartans downed Florida A&M, 902-884, and Bethune-Cookman, 951-897. The Spartans also had a bye in the fifth round. The Aggies, meanwhile, had a 3,861 pin total for the day, ahead of NSU’s 3,816 total.

Sophomore Briana Gardner rolled a career-best 212 in the match against Bethune-Cookman for a 190.5 average in four games. NSU’s other two bowlers, sophomore Meagan Marciano and freshman Yarelis Burgos, averaged 164.3 and 163.5, respectively, in four games as well.

The Aggies had two more matches on Sunday during Baker play in which they scored at least 1,000, but NSU was able to hand them their second loss of the weekend with a 959-944 win in the fourth round. Norfolk State bowled a pair of 202 games during the last two games to secure the tight victory. Baker play includes five games against each team.

The Spartans started the day with a bye and followed that with a victory over Bethune-Cookman, 969-848, and Florida A&M, 1,006-985. A score of 230 in the fifth game allowed NSU to escape FAMU by the 21-pin margin.

After the triumph over the Aggies, the Spartans suffered a loss against Hampton, 874-838, in NSU’s worst performance of the weekend by far. That allowed North Carolina A&T to finish with the best pinfall total again, 3,957 to 3,772 for the Spartans.

Norfolk State will next compete in the three-day UMES Hawk Classic beginning on Friday.

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