UMES TAKES MORGAN STATE INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kristie Lopez tallied three 200 plus games on Saturday to earn All-Tournament honors.
Kristie Lopez tallied three 200 plus games on Saturday to earn All-Tournament honors.

Feb. 17, 2013

TOWSON, Md. - For the seventh time this season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) claimed an event championship, this time knocking off Nebraska and Arkansas State, both 4-1, to take first-place at the 2013 installment of the James Brown Invitational, hosted by Morgan State University.

After overcoming a rough day one, finishing in sixth place, the Hawks rebounded to finish day two in third place. That set up a match on day three with second-seeded Nebraska in the best four-of-seven Baker series.

UMES got off to a game one win with a 225-168 score. The Huskers rebounded to win game two 258-203, but the Hawks would rally to take the next three games, 200-189, 206-143 and 216-153, and the match 4-1. The line-up of Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia), Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) put all five games of the match above 200.

That same line-up then took on fourth-seeded Arkansas State for the championship. The Red Wolves defeated the top seed Jennies of Central Missouri in the first round. UMES took game one by a pin, 194-193. That gave the Hawks momentum into game two to win 215-157. Game three saw the Red Wolves rebound and post a 191-176 win but that is the only win they would get. Trailing in game four the Hawks got a break and closed out the game 246-231. They then posted a 246-230 win in game five to take the match and the tournament championship, the second in the last two weeks.

 

 

Freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) was named to the All-Tournament Team for her outing yesterday, taking fourth overall with a 211.4 with a 1,057 pin fall over five games. Falbo was the next highest finisher for the Hawks in 24th, averaging a 196.8.

The Red Wolves took runner-up honors while Nebraska topped top-seeded Central Missouri for third, giving the Jennies a fourth place finish. Sacred Heart topped Norfolk State to take fifth and hand the Spartans a sixth place finish. Delaware State, Saint Francis (Pa.), Faireligh Dickinson and Long Island-Brooklyn rounded out the top ten.

Bethune-Cookman, St. Francis-Brooklyn, New Jersey City, Hampton and Kutztown were the next five finishers.

UMES is now off until March when they will compete in a conference divisional match-up.