No. 20 Wildcats Travel to MEAC Championships
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The 20th-ranked Bethune-Cookman bowling team heads to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships this weekend at the AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. The tournament begins Friday, March 22, extending through Sunday, March 24.
Finishing the 2012-13 regular season with a record of 56-60 (10-14 MEAC), Bethune-Cookman advanced to the title match of last year’s MEAC Championships before falling to Norfolk State. This season, the Wildcats have been led for the most part by senior Staci Hilliard, in addition to sophomores Felicia Baker and Natalee Armstrong.
“This is it,” said B-CU head coach Tony O’Neal. “That’s exactly what I talked about to my team – ‘This is it’. I mentioned the other night that last year we were able to make it to the championship match, but we didn’t complete the job. This time, we won’t be able to sneak up on anybody.”
The 2013 MEAC Championship field includes Delaware State, Hampton, Maryland Eastern Shore and Morgan State from the northern division, while B-CU, Florida A&M, Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T qualified from the southern division. Howard and Morgan State each finished the season tied at 12-18 in northern divisional play. The Bears won the tiebreaker to advance to the championship tournament.
Only the top four teams from each division are eligible to compete in the championship tournament. Howard (44-62), Coppin State (2-58), and North Carolina Central (36-51) were eliminated from postseason play.
Friday’s portion of the championships includes five Traditional team games for each squad. Bethune-Cookman will face four teams from the northern division before concluding the day with a final match against a designated team from the southern division. B-CU will face Norfolk State as its southern division opponent.
All matches will serve as seeding opportunities for Saturday’s play which consists of a best-of-seven Baker series in elimination matches. The 2013 MEAC Bowling Championship will conclude Sunday, March 23 beginning with the semifinal round at 10 a.m. and concluding with the championship final. The championship finale will air tape-delayed on ESPNU on Monday, April 1.
Maryland Eastern Shore captured the northern divisional title with a 27-3 mark in MEAC play and an overall record of 89-19. The Lady Hawks posted a conference record of 14-1 in team games and 13-2 in Baker play in their division to secure the title.
Norfolk State finished atop of southern divisional play with a 21-3 record en route to the southern crown. The Spartans were 11-1 in team play and 10-2 in Baker games during southern division action.
“There are some other teams playing well right now,” continued O’Neal. “We have to have our ‘A’ game this weekend.”
For more information on the 2013 MEAC Bowling Championships, please log on to MEACsports.com.
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