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Bowling has a perfect day at Music City Classic

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SMYRNA, Tenn. — North Carolina A&T had a great second day at the 19th Annual Music City Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University on Saturday at Smyrna Bowling Center. According to the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, the Aggies, the nation’s seventh-ranked team, went 4-0 on Saturday in traditional team play.

Senior Lauren Tomaszewski led the way for A&T with one of the best performances in traditional team play of her season. Tomaszewski bowled 1,192 on Saturday, topping 200 in the five games she bowled. She passed 250 pins twice and averaged 238.40. Tomaszewski had the most individual bowling total of the day and will take all-tournament honors on Sunday.

As a team, the Aggies moved from ninth place Friday to fifth place Saturday. A&T bowled 5,186 that day, the third-highest total behind the nation’s top-ranked team McKendree (5,460) and ninth-ranked Sam Houston State (5,333). The Aggies are 6-3 for the tournament, bowling 10,066 total for a nine-game average of 201.3.

The teams will play three Baker best-of-seven games on Sunday, with the Aggies entering as the No. 5 seed. They will face the No. 6 seed and fourth-seeded Arkansas State. A&T can finish third.

Another Aggie finished in the top 15 as sophomore Chloe Newberry. Newberry bowled 1,080 for a five-game average of 216.00. Senior Jada Bassette bowled over 200 multiple times and bowled 1,041 in five games for an average of 208.20.

The Aggies started the day with a 1,071-944 win over No. 17 Central Missouri, with Newberry leading with a 255. Tomaszewski posted a 227, and Bassette and second Maya Avilez added 204 and 200, respectively. . Next, A&T beat another ranked opponent with a 1,086-981 win over No. 19 Lincoln Memorial. Again, Tomaszewski’s 258 led the way, followed by Bassette’s total of 244 and Avilez’s 213.

A&T came just under 1,000 in their third game with a 963-796 victory over Aurora. Newberry posted a 227, followed by Tomaszewski’s 225. The dominance continued with a resounding 1,087-740 win over Belmont Abbey College. All five Aggies topped 200, led by Aviez’s 234. Tomaszewski bowled 228 and Newberry 215. Bassette and junior Melanie Katen added 208 and 202 respectively.

The Aggies bowled in an exemption game to close out the day, bowling 979 pins. Tomaszewski ended his day with a 258. Bassette added 215 to add to his season totals. The Aggies are 83-31 this season as they prepare to wrap up their final regular-season tournament on Sunday.


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