Chesapeake, Va. (Mar. 25, 2017) --- Delaware State’s one-year reign as MEAC bowling champions has come to an end. The Hornets were eliminated from the 2017 MEAC Tournament after dropping two Baker matches to Morgan State at AMF Lanes today.
Delaware State, seeded third in the bracket play, opened today’s competition with a 4.5-to-1.5 loss to No. 6 seed Morgan State.
The Hornets stayed alive in the tournament with a 4-3 victory over No. 7 Florida A&M in an elimination round contest. DSU trailed 3-2 in the match before winning the last two games.
The win set up another meeting with Morgan State in the elimination round.
The Bears won the match, which included two ties, four games to two. Morgan State began the clinching contest with seven strikes en route to a score of 249.
Delaware State, winners of the MEAC North regular season race with a 20-4 record, ends its season with an overall mark of 75-33.
This season’s highlights under first-year head coach Kayla Stamm also included an invitation to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate sectional competition. The Hornets fell one place short of qualifying for the USBC national championships.
Delaware State freshman Alexis Neuer qualified for April’s USBC singles national championship after finishing third out of 196 bowlers in the sectional competition.
Neuer was also selected as a 2017 MEAC Co-Rookie of the Year, while Elizabeth Burholder (jr.) was named to the All-MEAC First Team and Chelsey Merklinger (jr.) was an ALL-MEAC Third Team honoree.
Amoni Knight is the lone senior on the 2016-17 Delaware State bowling team.