HAWK BOWLING STRUGGLES TO 3-3 ON DAY TWO AT KUTZTOWN; REMAINS IN FOURTH PLACE
Tatiana Munoz averaged over a 210 today.
Tatiana Munoz averaged over a 210 today.

Jan. 25, 2014

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READING, Pa. - The UMES women's bowling team struggled in team games on day two of the 2014 Kutztown Invitational, going 3-3 overall. The god news for the Hawk faithful however was that the struggles really didn't impact the team's standings as they remained in fourth place heading into the bracket finals tomorrow with a chance to bowl for the event's championship.

UMES opened the day with the red-hot Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson. FDU was sensational all day and started that off topping the Hawks 1050-915, despite Mariana Alvarado's (Leon, Mexico) 247. The Hawks rebounded to top Penn State-Altoona 979-797 with Alvarado leading the charge again with a 232. After that UMES was heartbroken at the hands of Saint Francis (Pa.) as the Terriers topped the Hawks by four pins. The 11th ranked team in the country took advantage of tough outings from Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) and Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) who both tallied an uncharacteristic 161 in the match.

The Hawks rebounded nicely in game four, besting the host Kutztown 1043-970. The Hawks were on for the match as no one threw less than a 190 with Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) tossing a team-high 249. Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) pitched in with a 216. UMES then picked up another win with a 1048-782 defeat of No. 18 Monmouth. Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) led the charge in that game, posting a 236. Riggin stayed hot, tossing a 219 while Alvarado had a 215.

The Hawks closed out the day with No. 20 Long Island. UMES couldn't get it together in their final match, the best coming from Alvarado with a 199. They fell 967-904.

The top five teams remained the same from day one, with FDU claiming the top spot and bumping Wisconsin-Whitewater down to second. Those two will meet to open the bracket finals on day three. UMES, the four seed, will face third seeded Vanderbilt. The winner of that match will face the loser of the FDU and UWW match for a chance to bowl for the championship. North Carolina A&T bowled well again on day two and held on to fifth place. They will face sixth seeded Valparasio.

FDU, the one seed, went a perfect 12-0 over the first two days and amassed an 11, 281 pinfall. Wisconsin-Whitewater was 11-1 and tallied 10, 979, 302 pins out of first. Vanderbilt was also 11-1 and posted a 10,837 while UMES went 9-3 and tallied 10, 568 pins, 269 pins out of third.

Individually, Alvarado was in seventh place overall with a total pinfall of 1,267 over six games. She averaged a 211.17 for the day. Pelayo was 34th in pinfall with a 193.83 average. Munoz, who bowled just five of the six games averaged a solid 210.4 on the day.

The Kutztown Invitational concludes Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the best-of-seven Baker format. All the action will be streamed live on Bowl TV at youtube.com/bowltv