Nov. 15, 2010
CHARLOTTE, NC - It didn't take long for the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos to assert themselves as the class of the CIAA's Southern Division in bowling.
Over the course of three days in Charlotte, the Lady Broncos finished the weekend unbeaten in 15 matches, cruising to a 15-0 mark after a series of matches against its Southern Division rivals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Led by Akira Turner's (Sr., Detroit, MI) 194.8 average, Fayetteville State placed all five of its bowlers into the top 14 individuals in the CIAA, with four placing among the top 6. Jamie Donnelly (So., Fayetteville, NC) rolled an average of 178.1, De'Andrea Bethea (Fr., Raleigh, NC) averaged 171.0, Kelly Wakerhauser (Jr., Portage, WI) averaged 168.1 and Daisy Weishman (Fr., Fayetteville, NC) averaged 155.3 over the course of the events.
"I'm a little surprised, considering we are a young team, and with these being our first matches of the season," said FSU head coach Bobby Henderson
. "For the first time being under the gun, we did well."
On Friday, Fayetteville State defeated Winston-Salem State 914-683, with the Lady Broncos' Turner and Donnelly pacing the team after rolling a pair of 211s. The 914 score was the highest pin total of all the teams in Event 1 on Friday.
FSU kept rolling from there, getting a 185 from Donnelly and a 183 from Bethea in an 886-671 victory over Livingstone. Wakerhauser had a 179 while Turner went for 176 in FSU's 822-592 win over St. Augustine's, and Turner's 188 and Bethea's 180 paced the Lady Broncos past Johnson C. Smith 801-614. Fayetteville State capped the first event with an 847-659 victory over Shaw, getting a 213 from Bethea and a 176 from Turner.
Event 2 on Saturday closely resembled Day for the Lady Broncos. FSU opened with an 862-638 win over Shaw, with Turner rolling a 193 and Wakerhauser adding a 191 and Donnelly a 180. FSU beat Johnson C. Smith 871-707 in the second match, with Turner anchoring the Lady Broncos with a 199.
Fayetteville State recorded the highest team score of the weekend in the third match when it drubbed Livingstone 957-676. Turner rolled a team-high 227, while Bethea (184), Donnelly (183), Wakerhauser (149) and Weishman (135) rounded out the scores.
FSU topped St. Aug's 878-722, with Turner rolling another 227 while Bethea added a 184 and Donnelly a 183. The Lady Broncos then clipped Winston-Salem State 835-833 in the weekend's closest match, with Donnelly's 190 leading the way to go with Turner's 180.
The Lady Broncos continued their torrid pace on Sunday, winning five more times. Using four player scores, FSU beat Livingstone 702-520, St. Aug's 642-519, Johnson C. Smith 681-516, Shaw 692-480 and Winston-Salem State 765-545.
Three teams - Winston-Salem State, Johnson C. Smith and St. Augustine's - finished the matches 8-7 while Shaw was 4-11 and Livingstone was 2-13.