UMES CLINCHES MEAC NORTH CROWN WITH 9-1 OUTING IN DOVER
March 7, 2012
DOVER, Del. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) claimed their third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division title with a 9-1 outing this past weekend. Missing a perfect conference by one match, UMES went 29-1 in MEAC play to secure their second straight divisional crown and first for interim head coach Kristina Frahm.
"I was lucky to win a couple of these as a player" said Frahm. "As a coach in my first year, it means a lot. It is always special to win your division, now we have to get ready to win the tournament title and then hopefully make a run at another NCAA Championship."
UMES suffered their first and only defeat in MEAC play in the third match of the day on Saturday, March 3. Rival Delaware State managed to blemish the Hawks perfect season with a 990-919 win. The Hawks however easily cruised by their other four opponents with wins over Howard (893-839), Coppin State (982-708), Hampton (1040-785) and Morgan State (978-955).
UMES rebounded on day two's Baker games to defeat No. 13 Delaware State (830-771) and the rest of the field to go 5-0. They topped Coppin State (694-595), Howard (740-623), Hampton (754-721) and Morgan State (773-764).
"A perfect conference season would have been nice," said Frahm. "But this may be good for us, Delaware State is a top 15 team in the nation and we have other solid teams in the league. It is a good reminder that we have to bowl our best every time out if we are going to win the MEAC in a couple of weeks."
In team games, the oil pattern threw the Hawks off a little. They got solid outings from MEAC pre-season Player of the Year Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) who tallied a 996 pinfall over five games. Averaging just under a 200, she posted three games over 200 with a 208, 214 and 222. The latter came in the Hampton win.
Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Guanajuanto, Mexico) was also solid. The MEAC Rookie of the Year candidate posted a 964 pinfall with a 204 against Delaware State. The pattern threw others for a loop. T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) struggled, opening with a 150 and 159 before adjusting to roll a 193, 197 and 247. All-America selection Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) managed a 223 against Coppin State but only tallied a 941 total to average a 188. Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) had the second-best team high game with a 245 in the Hampton win.
UMES improves to 89-29 on the year, heading next to the USBC Sectional Qualifier in Allentown, Pa. March 9-11. Taking top four in that event will give them a birth to the USBC Championships in April where they will defend their 2011 Championship. The Hawks will head to the MEAC Championship the following weekend, March 16-18 in Greensboro, N.C.