MUNOZ & ALVARDO EARN SPOTS IN THE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
March 14, 2014
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team will be well represented at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC) in Reno, Nev. Juniors Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) and Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) qualified third and fourth respectively in the Allentown, Pa. sectional to earn a berth in the championship field.
Munoz was solid all day over the six games. After four games she stood in sixth place but made a late charge over the next two games to finish third. Alvarado, who wasn't even among the top ten bowlers after four games, rallied to earn her spot in the National Championship.
Munoz tossed a high game of a 245 in the second game of the day. Four of the six games she threw were above the 200 mark. She tossed a 221, 245, 212, 181, 219 and 193 to tally a 1,271.
Alvarado struggled in game one with a 158, then rebounded to throw a 235. She went back down in game three with a 182 and then again peaked with a high game of a 242. She closed her day with a 233 and 203. She tallied a 1,253 overall.
Both trailed Danielle McEwan of Fairleigh Dickinson who exhausted her NCAA eligibility last season. She tossed a game one 300 and cruised from there to tally a 1,390. Webber International's Diana Zavjalova was second with a 1, 298, just 27 pins ahead of Munoz and 45 over Alvarado.
Other Hawks doing well included senior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) who was vying for her second trip to the event. She would miss the cut, taking tenth overall with a 1,215, 38 pins shy of Alvarado. She tossed a high game of a 214 along the way.
In the Smryna, Tenn. sectional, UMES graduate Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia), finishing up her collegiate career while attending graduate school at Lindenwood, took 54th in their 120 woman field.
The pair of Hawks will be two of the 16 women participating. They are just the fifth and sixth Hawks in the history of UMES Bowling to earn a spot in the ISC field. Previously Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) participated in 2011 and advanced all the way to the third round while Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.) and Buja earned a trip before being eliminated in the first round. Previously Ariel Givens (Newark, Del.) made the field in 2005 but was also eliminated in the first round.
The Intercollegiate Singles Championships will take place April 14 and 18 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., with the men's and women's finals broadcast on CBS Sports Network in May. Twenty-four men and 16 women earned a spot in the field.
Munoz and Alvarado will lead the Hawks into the Intercollegiate Team Qualifier tomorrow, looking for a top four finish, which will earn them a trip the Intercollegiate Team Championships, or the USBC Collegiate Bowling National Championship. UMES won the event last season and in 2011.
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Qualifying for the national finals was held in Allentown, Pa.; Addison, Ill.; Smyrna, Tenn.; and Fort Worth, Texas. All participants bowled six games with the top four women at each site advancing. The number of men's advancers was based on entries in each sectional. Seven men from Allentown, six from Smyrna and Addison and five from Fort Worth moved on to bowl for the national title.
On the women's side, Team USA member Danielle McEwan of Fairleigh Dickinson bowled a 300 game en route to taking the top spot in Allentown with 1,390 (231.6 average). Also advancing were Diana Zavjalova of Webber International and Tatiana Munoz and Mariana Alvarado of Maryland Eastern Shore.
In Addison, Jackie Carbonetto of Robert Morris-Illinois fired 1,411 (235.1 average) to earn herself a spot in Reno. Three Wisconsin-Whitewater bowlers took the other spots with Jaymi Watson, Amanda Vanduyn and Katherine Kleinmaier advancing.
Samantha Johnson of Lindenwood shot 1,319 (219.8 average) to lead the field in Smyrna. Makayla Douglas of Lindenwood, Chelsey Stephens of Campbellsville and Elise Bolton of Nebraska also moved on.
The Fort Worth sectional belonged to the Wichita State women as they took all four spots. Alexis Ijams led the way with 1,366 (227.6 average) and was joined by Kelsey Muther, Heather Melvin and Tanya Roumimper.
For more information and complete results from the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships and the Sectional Qualifiers, visit BOWL.com/ISC.