HOUSTON, TX- North Carolina A&T had another stellar day at the Sam Houston Kat Klash Bowling Tournament hosted by Sam Houston State University (SHSU) at the Emerald Bowl on Saturday. A day after going 5-0 in Baker play, the seventh-ranked Aggies went 4-1 in traditional play.
The Aggies (18-4) will enter Sunday’s game as the No. 2 seed after the second year Chloe Newberry led the Aggies with an eighth-place finish. She bowled 1,077 for a five-game average of 215.40 and bowled three 200+ pin games on the day.
Senior Lauren Tomaszewski ranked 11th with 1,056 total pins for a five-game average of 211.20. Second year Melanie Katen bowled 1,017 at a five-game average of 203.40 to finish 14th. Junior Laura Garcia played in four games Saturday for an average of 211.50.
A&T started the day with a 1,033-808 win over Alabama A&M. Katen picked up the win, hitting a career-high 259 to lead the Aggies. Tomaszewski added a score of 216, followed by Newberry’s 212. Grace Stulwho was participating in his first tournament of the season, shot a 203.
The Aggies again topped 1,000 pins in their next game against host SHSU. But the Bearkats beat the Aggies 1,061-1,011 with Katen leading the Aggies for the second straight time, with a 221. Tomaszewski followed with a 216. Garcia entered the lineup for the first time and threw a 206 .
After the heartbreaking loss, the Aggies bounced back nicely beating 24th Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), 1,065-889. Garcia hit a career-high 258 to help the Aggies win. Tomaszewski assisted with a 214 and Katen posted a 201.
After beating LMU, the Aggies encountered familiar foe Louisiana Tech. Both schools have a history of forging tightly contested battles, and Saturday was no different. The Aggies outlasted the Bulldogs, eighth, 967-955, led by Newberry’s 206. Tomaszewski and Garcia each contributed 200 pins.
Finally, the Aggies closed out Saturday with a decisive 1,049-897 win over Tulane. Newberry had one career game, posting an eye-catching 269 in the win. Stull also had one career game with a 216. Tomaszewski played 200 or better in every game Saturday, including his 215 against 17th-ranked Tulane.
Stull helped the Aggies with 986 pins for a five-game average of 197.20. Jada Bassette threw a 143 against Alabama A&M in Game 1.
Friday’s 5-0 day for A&T included a 1,068-1,027 win over No. 3 Nebraska. A&T ended day one bowling four straight 1,000-plus pins. The Aggies bowled 5,182 on day one to place third with an average of 207.3.
A&T will start bracket play on Sunday against the nation’s No. 1 team at McKendree. The winner advances to the championship game, while the loser faces the SHSU winner and No. 15 Maryville. McKendree is 9-1 after the first two days and leads the tournament with 10,554 pins for a 10-game average of 211.1. The Aggies bowled 10,307 for a 10-game average of 206.1.