HAWKS TAKE THIRD AT NEW YEAR'S KNOCKDOWN
Jan. 23, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - New head coach Kristina Frahm had her Hawks bowling in New York over the weekend. The team rose to the occasion, posting an 8-2 mark and taking third overall, after earning the second seed. Anggie Ramirez (Bogotá, Colombia) and Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) led the charge with Ramirez earning All-Tournament Team honors.
The Frahm led Hawks bowled well overall in their first meet under a new coach. They opened day one with a 4-1 record in team games, posting wins over No. 14 St. Francis (PA.) (1088-1001), host and No. 20 St. Francis (N.Y.) (962-955), No. 10 New Jersey City (1005-950) and No. 12 Delaware State (995-974). Their lone loss on the day was to No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson 1081-1056 by just 25 pins.
Ramirez rolled the high game of the day for UMES with a 245 in the FDU loss and averaged a 209.4 over five games. Her pinfall of 1,047 was the fifth best in the event, earning her All-Tournament honors. Right behind her was Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) in sixth place. Buja averaged a 206.60 over five games, tallying a 1,033. Her high game was a 220, also in the FDU loss.
While not as high in pinfall, the high average belonged to Vilas, who bowled just four games, knocking down 872 pins. She would average a 218 with a high of a 238 in the Delaware State win. She also posted a 235 in the SFU (PA) win.
T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) bowled solid, standing 11th overall. She averaged a 201 with a 1,005 pinfall in five games. Falbo posted a 235 in the SFC (NY) win.
Heading into day two UMES trailed FDU by just 32 pins, despite leading the first four games of day one, they were outscored by the Knights by 86 in game five to lose the lead. The eight team tournament featured five team matches on Saturday and two quad Baker matches on Sunday in a full round-robin format, with win/loss records setting the seedings for Sunday afternoon's "Super Bracket," a three-round set of quad Baker matches which determined the final tournament standings.
Nonetheless, the Lady Hawks headed into the second day with three straight wins. In a four-game Baker format UMES topped Long Island (871-701), Hampton (771-615) and No. 10 New Jersey City (779-742). UMES was one win away from taking on FDU for the tournament title but faltered to the host Terriers 732-831, vaulting them into a match for the tournament title. They would fall to FDU to claim second and UMES would have to top SFU (PA) 846-808 to take third overall.
"I think we bowled well at times," said Frahm. "I think we need to work on coming up big when it matters. We are a good team, one of the best in the nation, we just need to show that consistently."
UMES will get a chance to prove that next weekend when they travel to Reading, Pa. for the Kutztown Invitational, the biggest NCAA Bowling Tournament in the nation for the last three years. 28 teams will be in attendance, including 16 of the nation's top-20 ranked programs.