March 25, 2013
DURHAM, NC - Fayetteville State entered the 2013 CIAA Bowling Championships as the Southern Division Title holder but exited without the coveted three-peat championship title. Sophomore bowler Crystal Mujica (Fayetteville, NC) averaged 194.4 in five games which landed her on the CIAA All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Broncos finished the first day with the highest pin total and the number one seed for day two; despite a team match loss to eventual champion Bowie State. FSU surrendered the number one ranking after a 768-658 loss to Elizabeth City State in the first section of day two play; which set the seeding for the double-elimination rounds. Before the day could end, the two-time defending champions hit its first bump in the road.
Fayetteville State faced off against Elizabeth City State and won the first best of seven games 186-156. The Lady Vikings pinned a 211 in game two to even the series 1-1 after FSU rolled a 154. The momentum continued with ECSU as they took games three through five: 194-174, 202-161 and 193-145. The loss meant that Lady Broncos would have to return on the final day and beat all for the championship title.
On the high side of day two, the Lady Broncos took revenge of an earlier loss to Bowie State with a 724-631 victory. FSU also had wins over Virginia Union (669-561), Virginia State (670-667) and Shaw (673-576). Fayetteville State opened the elimination round with a 4-1 win over the Lady Panthers of VUU.
Fayetteville State faced the task when it lined its bowling balls up against eventual runner-up Virginia State. The Lady Broncos rolled a 188 to the Lady Trojans 169. The next two games came down to the final frames with VSU winning 167-164 and 183-181. The victories propelled Virginia State to a 222-147 game four decision. Down 3-1 in the best of seven series, FSU could not find its rhythm and ended the championship run with a 138-144 loss.
The team celebrated its only senior Kiara Reid (Rocky Mount, NC) and will be honored for its divisional accomplishments on April 22 at the university's annual athletics awards ceremony.