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Bowling Takes No. 6 Seed at MEAC Championships

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The 20th-ranked Bethune-Cookman bowling team finished the first day of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships on Friday at the AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. The tournament continues through Sunday, March 24.

Friday’s portion of the three-day tournament featured Traditional matches that served as seeding for Saturday’s elimination format in a best-of-seven Baker series. Bethune-Cookman finished Friday as the sixth seed and collected a total pin count of 4,270.

The two-time defending NCAA Champion Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks earned the top seed heading into tomorrow’s action with a 5-0 mark and will face Morgan State in match one. The Delaware State Lady Hornets earned the second seed with a 4-1 record and 4,772 pinfall. DSU will meet Hampton in match three.

The Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman got solid play from two-time All-MEAC selection Staci Hilliard (Port Huron, Mich.) as she rolled a high game of 241 to conclude the day for B-CU against southern division rival Norfolk State. Sophomore Felicia Baker (Marietta, Ga.) also bowled well Friday with a 195 game in the Wildcats’ second match of the day (vs. Hampton).

With its No. 6 seed in place, B-CU will face No. 3 seed Florida A&M on Saturday for its bracket-opener. If successful, the Wildcats would advance to play the winner of No. 2 Delaware State and No. 7 Hampton.

“I thought the team was very relaxed today, and we bowled better as we progressed throughout the day,” commented B-CU head coach Tony O’Neal. “We’re sitting right where we were last year, and we are going against our rivals tomorrow.”

Overall on Friday, B-CU registered a 2-3 record. The Cats earned wins against Delaware State and Morgan State, respectively.

Second day action resumes tomorrow at 8:20 a.m.

“I feel pretty good about where we are and the progress of the team,” said O’Neal. “We know we have to come out tomorrow ready to go because it’s ‘do or die’ and one bad game sends us home.”

The MEAC bowling championship wraps up on Sunday at 10 a.m. beginning with the semifinal round and concluding with the championship final at 11:45 a.m. The championship match will be televised in a tape-delayed format and will air on ESPNU on April 1 at 10:30 p.m.

Admission to the bowling championship is free and open to the public.

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