MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama A&M went 4-6 this past weekend at the Hornet Invitational hosted by Alabama State from November 18-20.
The first match featured the Bulldogs facing off against Alabama-Birmingham in a Baker-style match. UAB came out on top 892-758 with Montanya Walton leading the way as she collected a total of 171 pins in the opening set of frames.
In the second match A&M came out on top of Tusculum, with the Bulldogs racking up a total pinfall of 882 to the Pioneers 811. Nariya Jackson paced the team this time around, racking up 192 pins. Not far behind her was teammate Tamyra Long, who knocked down 188 pins of her own.
The momentum gained from their victory in Match Two carried over to the third Baker match, with the Bulldogs topping Florida A&M, 880-748. This time it was Asya White’s turn to lead the charge, breaking the 200-pin mark in the round and finishing with an impressive 214 total for the highest of any Bulldog in Baker play on the weekend.
A&M cruised to a third consecutive Baker victory, easily topping Grambling State 860-637 with a pair of bowlers surpassing the 200-pin mark in this round. Those would come in the form of Walton (205) and Jackson (201). Baker play concluded with an 878-794 loss at the hands of the homestanding Hornets.
Traditional play opened with a defeat at the hands of Jackson State, 931-843, with Long leading the way with 199 pins and Rose Ugbinada contributing 188. The Maroon and White returned to the win column in the second match as they edged Southern by an 830-814 margin. Ugbinada paced the Bulldogs with a total pinfall of 205 in that outing.
Match Three would see Ugbinada lead the way once again as she collected 189 pins in an 863-819 loss to FAMU. UAB then took down the Bulldogs 890-786 before the final traditional match would see Tusculum get revenge for the loss in Baker play, emerging on top 976-772.
On Championship Sunday, Alabama A&M faced off once again with Jackson State. In a close battle, Jackson State emerged on top with all frames being closely contested affairs, even though the Bulldogs achieved a higher total pinfall, 1,207-1,124.
The Bulldogs are now off until the New Year when they head to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) West Regional. That tournament will be held from January 13-15 in D’Iberville,…
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