HARAHAN, La. (Oct. 18) – The FAMU Women’s Bowling Team will open their 2018-19 season this weekend in the New Orleans area, as they will compete in the Tulane (La.) University Invitational, to run Friday through Sunday.
FAMU, which finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 40-25 record, placing second in the MEAC Southern Division, returns five performers from last year’s club, along with two first-year prospects.
Coach Karen Brown’s contingent will be led by a trio of juniors – Monique Ragland (Flint, Mich.), Destiny Williams (Chicago, Ill.), and Demetria Bethen (Piscataway, N.J.), along with a pair of talented sophomores – Keondra Eaton (Baton Rouge, La.) and Bethany Noel (Lawrenceville, Ga.).
Monique Ragland returns as the club’s top performer after turning in a 190.04 average, followed by Keondra Eaton, who had a dazzling freshman debut, at 187.12 and a team-high game of 244.
Bethany Noel (177.11), Demetria Bethel (176.66), and Destiny Williams (166.75) also turned in solid performances a year ago, as FAMU made strides toward becoming one of the MEAC’s top clubs with a late season surge.
The two Rattler newcomers at the lone Sunshine State natives on the squad, LeAnn Militscher (Brooksville, Fla.) and LeAnne McLaughlin (Cocoa, Fla.).
FAMU’s “Seven Samurai” will face a remade Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bowling set up, as the former Northern and Southern divisions have been eliminated and replaced with two in-season tournaments featuring all member schools.
Part of the new look MEAC will be two new associate members, UAB and Monmouth College (N.J.), both Top 25 teams which should bolster the league’s national standing, as three members – Maryland-Eastern Shore, North Carolina A&T and Delaware State, were all Top 25 members as well.
WHAT’S ON TAP: The FAMU Women return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, opening Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, in first of two full member regular season meets. The Fall event will be at Wilmington, Delaware, hosted by Delaware State.