HAWKS DROP A PAIR IN MEAC NORTHERN DIVISION MEET
March 3, 2013
HYATTSVILLE, Md. - The Hawks got back to the lanes this weekend, heading off to their third Northern Divisional meet for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. While a little shorthanded with illness and injury, UMES persevered, posting an 8-2 record over the weekend, dropping one match each day. They maintained their divisional lead and move to 27-3 in conference and 89-20 overall.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) keglers opened the event with team games, dropping an 847-858 decision to Hampton, the only other team to defeat the Hawks in conference play this season. The match was close and had Falbo struck out the Hawks could have tied, but she was unable to pick up the team and the Pirates got the upset win. UMES then rattled off four straight wins, topping Delaware State (903-857), Coppin State (914-759), Howard (957-810) and Morgan State (1012-903).
In team games, the Hawk veterans stepped up, getting a 1,004 pinfall over five games from Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia). Ramirez posted three games over 200, with a 237 against Howard and a 226 against Morgan State, both were the two highest Hawk games of the day.
Junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) tallied a 966, also with three games over 200, including a pair of 203s in the final two matches. Both Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) and T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) also were solid, totaling an 898 and 896 respectively. Jones posted a 201 in the Hampton loss and Falbo a 202 against Coppin State and a 203 vs. Morgan State.
On day two UMES faced the same five teams in Baker-play. The Hawks opened with three straight wins, topping Delaware State (755-626), Hampton (764-634) and Howard (732-598).
Morgan State then upset UMES in game four 735-732 by just three pins. The anchor role sees a lot of pressure and often has the chance to pick up the team at the end. This often falls on Falbo, and, as one of the best closers in collegiate bowling, usually can help the Hawks pull out a win. But this weekend it wasn't to be in their two losses. Had Falbo struck in the 10th she could have closed out the Bears, but her shot, while on target, got a bad break, leaving the eight-pin. Morgan State doubled in their tenth to pull out the close win and give UMES their third MEAC loss on the year.
The Hawks closed the day with a win over Coppin State (737-668).
UMES juggled several lineups throughout Baker play, with Jones leading off each match and Buja and Ramirez bowling third and fourth respectively. The second spot however was occupied by Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia). Falbo anchored each match but saw Munoz sub in for her in matches ones and three.
"We were definitely challenged by limited depth today," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "One of our biggest strengths as a team is that we have girls who can fill in at any spot. But this weekend we were down basically three players and that limited our options. Still, we came together and made the most of it, getting eight important MEAC wins."
UMES is off until next weekend when they head to Las Vegas for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sectional qualifier, hoping to take a top four finish earning a trip to the USBC Collegiate Championships in April.