Dover, Del. (Feb. 26, 2017) --- The defending MEAC champion Delaware State bowling team achieved one of its season goals in its bid for back-to-back league titles. The Hornets clinched the 2016-17 MEAC North championship after winning six of eight matches in the final division competition of the season this weekend.
The Hornets were 3-1 in regular team games and Baker matches to finish divisional play with a 20-4 record this season. DSU’s only losses during the weekend competition were to Maryland-Eastern Shore, which is ranked ninth in the February National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 poll, one spot behind the Hornets in the balloting.
After falling to Maryland-Eastern Shore in Saturday’s regular team play opener (856-954), the Hornets ran off consecutive wins against Morgan State (940-869), Coppin State (933-790) and Howard (946-844).
Individually, senior Amoni Knight had DSU’s best average on the day at 208.0, posting a total pinfall of 624 in three games. Knight had two 200-plus games, including 219 in the Morgan State, tops for the Hornets for the day. The Saturday performance raised her season average to 192.5.
Olivia Laird led the Hornets with a total pinfall of 773 in four games for an average of 193.3. Laird topped the 200 mark in two games, with a high of 206.
In the Baker contests, Delaware State defeated Coppin State in the opening match (1003-773) before falling to UMES (926-973). The Hornets bounced back to defeat Howard (1014-824) and Morgan State (944-857).
The MEAC champion is determined during the annual league tournament. This year’s tournament is set for Mar. 24-26 in Chesapeake, Va.
The Hornets defeated Norfolk State 4-1 to win the 2016 championship, the team’s first since 2010 and third overall.