March 21, 2014
DURHAM, NC - Fayetteville State holds a narrow lead over defending champion Bowie State in the seeding round of the CIAA Bowling Championships held at AMF Durham Lanes on Friday, March 21, 2014.
The Lady Broncos are ahead by a mere 19 pins over the Lady Bulldogs in team matches after day one. FSU knocked down 4,047 pins followed by BSU, with a pin count of 4,028.
The Lady Broncos were sparked by Crystal Mujica (Fayetteville, NC), who rolled a 178 average in five matches. The duo of Jasmin Aponte (Fayetteville, NC) and Ashley Cooper (Rocky Mount, NC) each bowled an average over 160 pins in five matches.
Bobby Henderson was selected CIAA Coach of the Year for leading Fayetteville State to the Southern Division title. Aponte was chosen CIAA Rookie of the Year with a 180.03 average on the season.
Fayetteville State placed a league-high four bowlers on the All-CIAA team. Ashley Cooper, Crystal Mujica, Megan Maynor (Fayetteville, NC) and Jasmin Aponte highlight the team which also included Shayla Lightfoot, Keyandra Bankston and Ambrianna Bankston of Bowie State; Nicole Sciortino of Saint Augustine's; and Melissa Borum of Elizabeth City State.
Both Fayetteville State and Bowie State accepted their awards as the Division champions, along with all other award winners during the league awards ceremony, prior to the start of the Tournament.
The Lady Broncos regained the top spot from the Lady Bulldogs after defeating Shaw 767-618 in the fifth and final team match of the day. The Lady Bulldogs beat Virginia Union 701-692 in the last match, but their score was 66 pins less than the Lady Broncos.
The seeding round continues Saturday morning with Baker matches starting at 9 am. The team with the highest combined pin count total from Friday's team matches and Saturday's Baker matches will gain the top seed in the Baker double-elimination tournament, which begins Saturday at 3 pm. The Baker tournament format will determine the conference champion.
Virginia State heads into Saturday in third place with a 3,965 pin count. Elizabeth City State is fourth (3,778) and Saint Augustine's is fifth (3,610) while Winston-Salem State is sixth (3,573). Virginia Union is seventh (3,399) and Shaw is eighth (3,276).
Both Fayetteville State and Bowie State won four of five team matches on Friday, but the best record belonged to Virginia State. Rebecca Clements helped the Lady Trojans post a 5-0 mark with a 170 average.
Clements was named CIAA Bowler of the Year during the awards ceremony before the championships started. She bowled a league-high 204.53 average during the regular season.
Virginia State won the CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average award for bowling with a 3.17 GPA.
Sunday's double-elimination matches including the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals can be seen on www.livestream.com/ciaa; starting at 10 am.