MEAC round-up 9/17-9/23

Your weekly news from around the MEAC!
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This week the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference covered all the bases for an exciting and eventful week of college sports. From the track to the hardwood, it seemed every possible sport had a highlight.

Usually when you think of the hardwood, basketball is your first thought. This week came with a twist. Yet again MEAC alums are continuing to excel in professional sports. This week former University of Maryland Eastern Shore bowler Maria Rodriguez won her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title.  Rodriguez is not new to winning titles, as she was a member of the 2008 and 2011 championship teams at Maryland Eastern Shore.

With Cross Country heating up across the conference, the Florida A&M Rattlers continued their hot streak this past week. Led by David Too, FAMU Men’s Cross-Country won the 2018 Mountain Dew Gator Cross Country Invitational at the University of Florida.

Too with a time of 24:11.58 finished first, 16 seconds faster than Kipkirui Sammy of Tennessee Tech. FAMU had all six racers finishing in the top 15.

With volleyball heading this week into conference play, the season is likely to get a lot more interesting within the standings. Not much changed as Morgan State and Bethune Cookman still sit atop their respective conferences. Which is not at all a surprise considering that BCU and Morgan State are the only teams at .500.

The first game of conference play with be Bethune Cookman at North Carolina Central on Sept. 28. An important game for BCU as they hope to go above .500 for the first time this season.

Keeping with North Carolina Central University, senior tennis player Gabriel Cucalon put on another tremendous performance after winning the HBCU National Championship Singles Title for the second time in his career.

He is a three-time MVP, and it showed on his route to the title. Especially after his brilliant       6-1,6-2 victory in the final against Andrey Alawi from Jackson State University.

This past week Bethune-Cookman took home the first HBCU national Tournament Men’s Tennis title. Victor Bravo won his title match over teammate Victor Castro. The Wildcats also added a doubles title through Juan David Navarro and Phillip Lynch.  

Bravo’s title was their first tournament win since Greg Almeida in 2014.

MEAC college football took an interesting turn this week as front-runner NCAT dropped to the No. 2 seed after Howard University began conference play with a win over BCU 41-35.

NCAT seen as the clear leader over the conference just last week fell after Morgan State pulled off an impressive 16-13 victory over the Aggies. It seems fans should start to give other teams the recognition they deserve as the pattern of underdog victories in sports continues.