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Wildcats End Run at MEAC Bowling Championship

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Bethune-Cookman University bowling team saw its run at the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships end Saturday, finishing the day with a 2-2 record overall. The MEAC Championships are being housed at the AMF Chesapeake Lanes.

Ranked 20th in the latest national poll, Bethune-Cookman began Saturday’s bracket format as the No. 6 seed, taking on rival Florida A&M in the opener. The Wildcats fell to the Rattlers, 4-2, in the best-of-seven Baker series, falling into the consolation bracket.

B-CU downed Delaware State by a 4.5-to-3.5 count in its first elimination match, followed by a defeat of southern division foe North Carolina A&T immediately after taking down the Hornets. The Cats eliminated the Aggies by a score of 4-2.

Trying to battle out of the elimination bracket, the Wildcats took on Hampton from the northern division in what would be the last match for B-CU in this year’s tournament – and the fourth match overall on the day for the Maroon and Gold. The seventh-seeded Pirates claimed the 4-1 victory en route to an appearance in Sunday’s semifinals in which they’ll take on Florida A&M for a chance to face two-time defending national champ Maryland Eastern Shore later that afternoon.

“We were up and down all season, but I thought the ladies bowled well today and fought like Wildcats,” expressed B-CU head coach Tony O’Neal. “We bowled really well in the loser’s bracket fighting to come out of it, but Hampton bowled a bit better in that last match. I think we just ran out of steam down the stretch having a tough uphill climb from the loser’s bracket today.”

Bethune-Cookman will now wait to see if the Cats are picked as an at-large selection to the upcoming NCAA Championships, currently holding a season record of 60-65.

The 2013 MEAC Bowling Championship concludes Sunday at 10 a.m. beginning with the semifinal round and wrapping up 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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