March 23, 2017

Fayetteville, NC - The Fayetteville State University women's bowling team will compete in the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Bowling Championships held in Chesapeake, VA on Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26 at the AMF Western Branch Lanes. The Lady Broncos enter the tournament as the Southern Divisional Champions.

Fayetteville State has claimed their 13th consecutive and 15th overall divisional title this season. FSU enters the conference tournament with an overall record of 54-8, CIAA record of 50-1, and a divisional mark of 36-0. The Lady Broncos only conference loss took place during the roundup by three pins (831-828) against Bowie State.

The top eight (8) CIAA teams will come together to compete for the 2017 championship title.  The defending champion Bowie State Bulldogs (29-4) have claimed the 2017 CIAA Northern Division Title. BSU and FSU will be joined by Chowan University, Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine's University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union this upcoming weekend.

In their most recent event, Fayetteville State completed the CIAA North-South Divisional III with a 12-0 record; finishing 8-0 in team matches and 4-0 in baker's competition.

Freshman Brittany Worthy (Durham, NC) averaged 190.42 this season and will be in the running for CIAA Rookie Bowler of the Year. Senior Jasmin Aponte (Fayetteville, NC) has been strong this year with a 178.45 average in team matches. Freshman Savannah Starling (Fayetteville, NC) has the third highest team average of 175.64 in 33 games bowled.

Junior Devondra Bazemore (Fayetteville, NC), sophomore Veronica Colon-Santiago (Hope Mills, NC), freshman Paige Brayboy (Maxton, NC), and senior Lola Neal (Wilson, NC) will be the other core Lady Broncos attempting to win the title. Colon-Santiago and Brayboy have averages of 163.19 and 162.16, respectively. Neal and Bazemore are just a shade under 160 with averages of 159.17 and 158.33, respectively. Worthy, Starling, and Brayboy have all received CIAA Rookie of the Bowler of the Month honors.



"We have to be consistent and put together three-day of quality bowling," said head coach Bobby Henderson. "Our team has worked hard all season, now is the time to execute and put forth a total team effort."

In addition to their competition at the lanes, the CIAA bowling teams will engage in the local community through the Special Olympics of Chesapeake.

Fayetteville State has the opportunity to capture their fourth CIAA Championship in school history. FSU won the title in 2007, 2011, and 2012.

A video stream will be available via YouTube (CIAA TV) featuring the championship match on Sunday. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. The championship is free and open to the public.

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