HAWKS BOUNCE UP & DOWN ON DAY TWO IN TEXAS
Feb. 2, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) came one pin shy of having a first place day, rebounded from yesterday's tough outing, to post4,909 pins, one pin less than first place Arkansas State's 4,910. The Hawks also jumped one spot in the overall standings to third. They improved their record by going 3-2 on the day.
UMES opened the day with Vanderbilt. The two teams went back and forth in the head-to-head matchup, but in the end, it again was one pin that hurt the Hawks. After mounting a lead, UMES left several open frames in the ninth and tenth and set up a dramatic ending. Hawks anchor T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) needed the 6/10 to ensure a tie, but got just one, giving Vandy the 922-921 win instead of the two squads tying.
It didn't get any easier, as UMES had to face Nebraska next. The two most decorated programs in NCAA Women's Bowling history entered a slugfest, but it was the Hawks in the end rebounding for a 992-955 win, it was the highest game shot to that point in the event. As she was last week, senior Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia) was the spark, subbing in at the lead-off spot and rolling a 231.
UMES then posted another high game to that point in the tournament, as they rolled over Stephen F. Austin 1062-845, getting a 237 from Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and a pair of 222s from Falbo and Mariana Alvarado (Leon Mexico).
The Hawks then faced Valparaiso and shot their worst game of the day with an 871. Valpo took advantage of the poor outing to post a 904 and pick up the win. It was the only game that no UMES bowler broke 200.
UMES used fellow MEAC school, Bethune-Cookman to round out the day and close with a win. They took the 1063-870 win. It was the second highest tally of the day, only trailing Arkansas State's 1127. UMES was the only school to shoot two games over 1,000 on the day. In the match Ramirez posted an impressive 279 while Kristie Lopez (Ponce Puerto, Rico) came back in the lineup to shoot a 237.
Ramirez totaled a 1076 over the five games to average a 215.2 on the challenging shot. She would lead the field of 60 women. Fellow senior Falbo was seventh and totaled 999 pins, again just one shy of the mark. She averaged a 199.8. Alvarado was 14th and the only other Hawk to shoot all five games. Collazos and junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill) both finished top 30, shooting four games each.
The much improved pinfall pushed UMES to third overall with 8,635. They trailed Vanderbilt in second by 74 pins with a 8,709. Arkansas State maintained their lead with a 8,957 total. Nebraska fell to fourth with 8,442 pins and Central Missouri is in fifth with 8,376. Norfolk State was in sixth, the last team to break the 8,000 mark with an 8,203 pinfall.
Ironically, despite solid bowling, UMES posted just a 3-2 mark, totaling 5-5 over the two days. In contrast, ASU was 9-1, Vandy and Nebraska were 8-2 and Central Missouri was 7-3.
"We just got bad breaks," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "We weren't throwing the ball badly, but our opponent was just better twice today. One pin to Vandy and our down match to Valpo let them both get the win and that hurt us, but we still finished with a shot to win this whole thing and that is what is important."
UMES will bowl Louisiana Tech in the morning in a best-four-of-seven Baker match, the only team they have not seen so far this tournament. Each team will face the one school they haven't seen so far to open the day. They then fall into bracket play where UMES faces second seed Vanderbilt while top seeded Arkansas State faces fourth seed Nebraska. A win means UMES bowls for the title against the ASU/Nebraska winner, a loss means they bowl for third/fourth against the loser of that match. They can finish no worse than fourth in the event.
In other action Central Missouri faces Prairie View A&M in the 5/8 match and Norfolk State vs. Valparaiso in the 6/7 match while Stephen F. Austin takes on Bethune-Cookman in the 9/12 match while Alabama State faces La. Tech in the 10/11 match.
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