Chesapeake, Virginia (March 24, 2017) – Elizabeth City State University’s Ja’Na Boyd has been named 2017 CIAA Bowler of the Year while Fayetteville State University’s Brittany Worthy earns Rookie of the Year and Bobby Henderson has been selected Bowling Coach of the Year, as announced by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Bowling Coaches Association during this morning’s championship opening ceremony.
Elizabeth City State senior Ja’Na Boyd leads the conference with 5,789 total pins in 30 games for an average of 192.97 pins per match. During the CIAA Bowling Event II, Boyd marked her personal season-high game with 244 pins. The event proved to be her best of the season as she hit an average 206.20 for a total of 2,062 pins.
Brittany Worthy, a freshman from Fayetteville State University, has been named Rookie Bowler of the Year due to her performance throughout the season. Worthy ranks third overall in the conference with a total of 6,284 pins and an 190.42 average. She bowled a total of 33 games during the regular season.
Fayetteville State Head Coach Bobby Henderson led his Lady Broncos to a perfect 36-0 division record to secure the CIAA Southern Division Title. FSU rounded-out the regular season 50-1 in conference play and 54-8 overall. Henderson guided three of his student-athletes to earn All-CIAA First Team accolades including Worthy, Jasmin Aponte, and Savannah Starling.
2017 All-CIAA First Team
|Ja'Na Boyd||Elizabeth City State|
|Rebecca Clements||Virginia State|
|Brittany Worthy||Fayetteville State|
|Ariel Haith||Virginia State|
|Sarah Morris||Johnson C. Smith|
|Jasmin Aponte||Fayetteville State|
|Diamond Carter||Bowie State|
|Savannah Starling||Fayetteville State|
|Sierra Davis||Bowie State|
|Charity Bickcom||Virginia State|
Virginia Union University has received the CIAA Team Academic Award with the highest cumulative team grade point average. The Lady Panthers’ dedication in the classroom earns the team a 3.412 grade point average.
The three-day CIAA Bowling Championship will extend through Sunday, March 26 when the 2017 Champion team will be announced. The event, held at AMF Western Branch Lanes in Chesapeake, Virginia, is free and open to the public.
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