Nov. 13, 2012
LAUREL, MD - The Fayetteville State bowling team kicked off its 2012-13 campaign by going 11-4 during the CIAA Southern Divisional Meet I at AMF Laurel Lanes. The Lady Broncos finished in third place out of six teams after tallying 10,568 total pins during the three-day event, and posted a 7-3 record as a team in match play and a 4-1 mark in Baker games play.
FSU battled through the opening event despite having to deal with numerous injuries to four of its five players.
"This past weekend was probably the most unexpected that I could ever have," said head coach Bobby Henderson. "Four of my five players were injured, and a lot of freak accidents came up. We just had one of those weekends where injuries played a part of our bowling aspirations."
Fayetteville State began competition by going 4-1 as a team on the opening day. The Lady Broncos opened with a 702-601 victory over the Shaw Bears, but then fell to the Winston-Salem State Rams 840-724. FSU responded from the defeat by capturing its final three matches of the day against the Livingstone Blue Bears (812-527), Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (746-589) and Saint Augustine's Falcons (759-697).
The Lady Broncos came back on day two of the event and posted a 3-2 record. They began the day with a 756-688 defeat to the Falcons, but won their next two matches over the Golden Bulls (782-610) and Blue Bears (789-505). Fayetteville State split its final two matches of the day falling to the Rams 744-690 and defeating the Blue Bears 774-592.
Crystal Mujica (So. Fayetteville, NC) led Fayetteville State in team match play with 1,635 total pins for a 163.50 average. Kiara Reid (Sr., Rocky Mount, NC) posted the second-highest score for the Lady Broncos with 1,610 total pins and a 161.00 average for the weekend. Megan Maynor (So., Fayetteville, NC) finished with 1,517 total pins for a 151.70 average, and Ashley Cooper (Fr., Rocky, Mount, NC) added 1,502 total pins in her first collegiate event for a 150.20 average. Renee Guischard (Fr., Fayetteville, NC), also participating in her first collegiate bowling event, had 1,202 total pins and posted an average of 120.20.
FSU answered back with a 4-1 record in Baker games play on the final day. Fayetteville State won its first two matches of the day against Livingstone (530-436) and Johnson C. Smith (674-458), but then fell to Saint Augustine's 641-600. The Lady Broncos then picked up their last two matches with a 573-493 victory over Shaw and 624-579 against Winston-Salem State.
The Rams finished first in the CIAA Southern Divisional Meet I with a 13-2 record followed by the Falcons in second with a 12-3 mark. The Bears placed behind Fayetteville State in fourth at 5-10, and the Golden Bulls (5th, 3-12) and Blue Bears (6th, 1-14) rounded out the competition.
The Lady Broncos will return to action Jan. 25-27, 2013 as they participate in the CIAA Southern Divisional Meet II. The event will be hosted by Shaw and take place in Durham, NC.