TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tied with North Carolina A&T for the division lead heading into Sunday, Feb 28, the Norfolk State bowling team dropped three of its four matches on the last day of the MEAC Southern Divisional. The Aggies went a perfect 8-0 on the weekend to take the regular season crown and cap the third and final divisional of the season.
The No. 18 Spartans held a two-game lead coming into the tournament, but NSU went 2-2 on Saturday, Feb 27, to force the tie in the standings with A&T. Norfolk State finished 16-8 in the MEAC this season, while the Aggies won the title with a 19-5 mark. Bethune-Cookman ended up in third at 12-12.
The tournament, held at the Galimore Lanes and hosted by Florida A&M, saw a gutsy performance from freshman Yarelis Burgos. Battling injury and having to change her approach, Burgos nevertheless finished with a 200.8 average in four games on Saturday, ranking her sixth among individual players at the divisional.
Sophomore Briana Gardner posted a 182.5 average in those four traditional games, while senior Carrie Hickey carded a 180.8 average. Freshman Alexa Rodriguez (177.8) and sophomore Meagan Marciano (173) also competed in all four games as well.
The tournament began on Saturday with NSU tallying its second-highest score of the season. The Spartans defeated Florida A&M, 1,028-943, aided in part by a career-high 245 by Burgos and 200 games from Gardner, Hickey and Rodriguez.
NSU fell to Bethune-Cookman in the next game despite 200 games from Burgos and Gardner, 975-958, as well as to North Carolina A&T, 900-793. The Spartans finished out the day by topping Hampton, 880-834.
Norfolk State could not get going on Sunday in Baker action, dropping its first three matches of the day. It included a narrow loss to start, 880-862 against FAMU. The Spartans were soundly defeated by A&T, 912-801, and B-CU, 1,009-889, before rebounding in the last match. There, NSU had its second-best score of the season for a Baker match in a 1,016-817 triumph over Hampton.
FAMU (5-3) and B-CU (4-4) finished second and third, respectively, in the tournament based on record.
NSU will head to New Jersey to take part in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Sectionals, taking place March 12-13 in Stratford, N.J. It will mark the last competition for NSU before the MEAC tournament, which starts on March 24.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.