Three MEAC bowling teams earned berths in the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships after qualifying in sectionals tournaments this year.
The field for the nationals was determined at sectional qualifiers at four sites with the top four teams in each division advancing.
MEAC Champion Delaware State placed third at the Stratford, NJ sectional. Maryland Eastern Shore finished third at the sectional qualifier in Allentown, Pa. while N.C. A&T placed third in the Smyrna, Tn. sectional giving all three teams berths in the national tournament, April 20-23 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, KS.
After a day of qualifying at the national tournament, Delaware State was seeded fifth, UMES sixth and defending champion N.C. A&T was seeded tenth in the 16 team field using a double-elimination format.
The Lady Hornets began play Thursday afternoon shutting out St. Ambrose, 4-0 before falling into the elimination bracket with a 4-2 loss to Florida State.
DSU defeated Newman, 4-2 before being eliminated by Webber International 4-3 in their elimination bracket contest.
After a 2-0 start on Thursday, North Carolina A&T advanced to Round 5 in hopes of becoming repeat USBC Intercollegiate National Champions. Unfortunately, the Aggies were eliminated during the second day of competition after losses to Wichita State and Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Aggies started their day against the No. 3 Wichita State Shockers. Several close games ultimately ended in a 4-1 Shocker victory.
MEAC opponent UMES was up next for the Aggies in Round 6. UMES, who clawed their way through the elimination bracket throughout the morning, managed a 4-2 victory over the Aggies eliminating A&T from the tournament.
Maryland Eastern Shore
The Hawks dropped their first match to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-2, and drew Wright State in the opener on Friday.
After dropping the first two games, the Hawks would win games three and four, then sank the Raiders in the sixth with five strikes in a row.
Notre Dame Ohio would be the team’s next foe, and the Hawks and Falcons would fight to a 2-2 tie through four games. But in the fifth, UMES took a 189-161 victory for a 3-2 lead. When the Falcons tossed a turkey in the sixth game to force seven, Maryland Eastern Shore responded with seven strikes in a row to win 264-172 and advance again.
Then came North Carolina A&T. The Aggies had once again proven to be tough with their second straight quarterfinal appearance. But this would be the Hawks’ day as they defeated the Aggies in six games to advance to the semifinals, denying their conference foes a chance to repeat.
The next opponent in the semis would be the Wichita State Shockers, competing in their hometown and to this point a first place finisher in every tournament they competed in. It was here that the Hawks would meet their match, as the Shockers downed the Hawks in four, capped off by scores of 253, 257 and 260.
Witchita State lost to top-seeded Webber International in the championship game.