March 23, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Defending CIAA champion Fayetteville State University finished the first day of the CIAA Women's Bowling Championships Tournament with the highest pin count total in the seeding round at AMF Durham Lanes on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Championship qualifying teams played five team-matches. The Lady Broncos knocked down 4,296 pins to move into first place after the fifth match. Bowie State University is second with 4,216 pins and Saint Augustine's University, which led through four matches, is third with 4,202 pins.
Virginia State University is fourth (4,096) and Winston-Salem State University is fifth (4,064) after the first day. Elizabeth City State University is sixth (3,896) followed by Virginia Union University (3,892) and Shaw University (3,404).
Both Fayetteville State and Saint Augustine's posted the best records in team match play, winning four of their five matches. Bowie State and Virginia State also had winning records as they both were 3-2.
The Lady Broncos were led by Crystal Mujica (sophomore - Fayetteville, NC), who's 194.4 average in five team matches was the best among CIAA bowlers.
FSU defeated Virginia Union to open the day 812-724. Mujica led with a 192 while De'Andrea Bethea (junior - Raleigh, NC) followed with 188 pins. Fayetteville State took down Virginia State 935-845 where all FSU bowlers finished with 180 or more pins. Kiara Reid (senior - Rocky Mount, NC) finished one pin shy of 200 to lead all in the match. As the day stretched, Elizabeth City State went the distance with the Lady Broncos but failed 891-802. Mujica rolled the highest game (243) of the day. Ashley Cooper (freshman - Rocky Mount, NC) had 208 pins. A heated shootout followed in the fourth matchup of the day against Bowie State. The Lady Bulldogs prevailed 889-783. Fayetteville State rebounded in its final match of the day with an 875-618 win over Shaw.
Nicole Sciortino of Saint Augustine's rolled the second-highest average (194.2) and Shayla Lightfoot of Bowie State had the third-best average (190.2). Briana Evans of Bowie State (189.6) and Amber Slater of Virginia State (184.75) rounded out the top five bowlers on Saturday.
An awards ceremony was held before the tournament began on Saturday morning. The All-CIAA tournament team was honored as well as the champions from the Northern Division (Bowie State) and Southern Division (Fayetteville State).
The All-CIAA players are Lightfoot of Bowie State, Sciortino of Saint Augustine's, Evans of Bowie State, Paneisha Eure of Elizabeth City State, Kelly Dove of Virginia State, Melissa Borum of Elizabeth City State, Slater of Virginia State, Ambrianna Bankston of Bowie State, Mujica of Fayetteville State and Kiara Reid of Fayetteville State. Lightfoot and Evans received their awards as the CIAA Bowler of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Coach Jeremy "Jody" Williams of Elizabeth City State was named Coach of the Year.
Action continues Sunday with Baker matches starting at 9:30 a.m. The highest pin count total from team matches and Baker matches combined determines seeding for double-elimination bracket play, which begins Sunday afternoon. The tournament concludes Monday, March 25th with bracket play featuring the quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship round.