Virginia Beach, Virginia (March 23, 2018) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Bowling Championship started today at AMF Lynnhaven Lanes in Virginia Beach, VA. The top eight teams in the conference battled to advance to championship Saturday. The bowling teams took the lanes for day 1 and competed in a double-elimination battle. Each Bakers Match is made up of the best 4 out of 7 games to determine who advances to the next round of play.
Among the eight teams who competed today only nine advanced to championship Saturday; no. 1 Fayetteville State University, no. 2 Bowie State University, no. 3 Virginia Union University, and no. 4 Virginia State University
The opening round of the championship was met with a matchup between no. 1 Fayetteville State (FSU) verses no. 8 Livingstone (LC) , no. 4 Virginia State (VSU) verses no. 5 Shaw (SU) , no. 3 Virginia Union (VUU) verses no. 6 Elizabeth City State (ECSU), and no. 2 Bowie State (BSU) verses no. 7 Chowan (CU).
Sweeping the lanes with a 4-0 round 1 record were the top seeds of each matchup. Moving on to the round 2 winners bracket were FSU, VSU, VUU and BSU, while LC, SU, ECSU and CU battle it out in the losers bracket in hopes of bowling another day.
In the round 2 matchup between Fayetteville State and Virginia State, the FSU Broncos outlasted the no. 4 seed VSU with a 4-2 round record. Bowie State remained consistent on lanes taking the 4-0 win over Virginia Union.
Shaw took down Livingstone with a 4-1 record, eliminated the LC Blue Bears, while Elizabeth City State rolled short taking an eliminating upset from Chowan after a 4-2 round record.
The CIAA Northern and Southern division champs, FSU and BSU, would face off in the round 3 winner’s bracket while Virginia Union and Chowan matchup in the loser’s bracket. VSU and Shaw enter the loser’s bracket to have a day 1 rematch.
After a hard-fought battle between Fayetteville State and Bowie State, the Bulldogs held off the no. 1 seed Broncos to earn their way to the championship game on Saturday. BSU and FSU were neck and neck for most of round 3 and in game seven the Bulldogs took the 4-3 victory.
Virginia Union took the victory over Chowan as they pulled off a 4-2 victory, while Virginia State and Shaw went pin for pin as both teams battled to stay alive. In the end, VSU came out on top with a 4-3 round 3 record.
After an intense first day at the 2018 CIAA Bowling Championship, Fayetteville State, Bowie State, Virginia Union and Virginia State will advance to day 2 of the championship. Competition will resume tomorrow, Saturday, March 24 at the AMF Lynnhaven Lanes. Teams will hit the lanes at 10:45a.m. to warmup and will being to battle 11:20a.m. in hopes of claiming the 2018 CIAA Bowling Championship Title. Tomorrow’s final championship day will streamed live on TheCIAA.com.