Fayetteville State Leads CIAA Bowling Championships After First Day
March 19, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Fayetteville State stampeded to an early first-day lead Saturday in the 2011 CIAA Women's Bowling Championships held at AMF Durham Lanes.
The Lady Broncos head the CIAA pack with a total pin average of 858.83 after six matches. The Southern Division champs put some distance between themselves and contenders Bowie State (816.17) and Saint Paul's (800.00), who are second and third, respectively, in the team standings.
Elizabeth City State is fourth (796.67) and Virginia State is fifth (739.83) while Saint Augustine's College is sixth (726.83). Johnson C. Smith is seventh (724.50) followed by Winston-Salem State (707.83). Virginia Union is ninth (706.17) followed by Shaw (686), Lincoln (670.83), Chowan (666.50) and Livingstone (606.50).
The Lady Broncos were led by Akira Turner, who was named CIAA's most valuable bowler Saturday prior to the tournament's start. Turner sits atop the individual standings with an average score of 199.17 after day one.
After a slow start, defending CIAA champion Bowie State climbed to second place behind the efforts of Verra Diggs, who averaged a score of 181.83. The Lady Bulldogs, the Northern Division champs, leaped over Saint Paul's and Elizabeth City State, two teams which stayed near the top of the team standings for most of the day. Shanice Watkins, whose 185.83 scoring average was second to Turner, sparked ECSU early before they finished fourth. Saint Paul's jumped out to a quick start behind Tiffany Ball, who rolled a 173.50 score.
The Lady Broncos were steady much of the day, however, as they got solid bowling from Turner, Jamie Donnally (175.33) and Kelly Wakerhauser (165.67). All three Lady Broncos are on the All-CIAA team which was announced Saturday.
Other bowlers with standout performances Saturday include Sasha Thornhill of Johnson C. Smith (182.83), Amber Slater of Virginia State (182.80), Latoya Gee of Virginia State (175.20), Miranda Day of Winston-Salem State (171.67) and Zhene Jarrett of Saint Paul's (169). Thornhill along with Ball, Day, Watkins and Diggs are All-CIAA performers.
The Championships resume Sunday at 9:35 am with Baker matches, Baker match elimination and the start of the double-elimination bracket tournament. The three-day event concludes Monday with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game in the double-elimination bracket.