UMES BOWLING STANDS THIRD AFTER DAY ONE OF SECTIONALS
March 15, 2014
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team is in qualifying position for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) after finishing in third place today at the ITC Sectional in Allentown, Pa.
In order to qualify for the ITC field, a team must take fourth place or better in each of the four sectionals going on across the nation. The top four men's and women's teams will advance to the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships in Reno, Nev., next month to compete for national titles.
UMES struggled early on today, standing in seventh place among the 15 teams after 16 games. The teams all bowl 32 games each day and are ranked by total pin fall in the Baker game format.
Webber International leads the field after 32 games with Davenport in second place. Wright State stands in fourth. NCAA teams made up the next several spots as Ursuline, Kutztown, St. Francis (PA.), Norfolk State and Sacred Heart are five through nine. Bowling Green is in tenth.
In total, UMES tallied 6,215 pins to put them in third in the Allentown sectional and 10th overall among teams in all four sectionals. They are 102 pins out of second place in Allentown and 555 pins behind first-place Webber.
On the back 16 UMES made a big charge, collecting 3,265 pins, the second most in the block, only to Webber. They tossed an event high 288 in game 30. It was the highest game shot by men or women in Allentown. The Hawks flirted with another team perfect Baker game tossing nine straight strikes before Alvarado, bowling anchor, stepped up. She struck on the first ball before leaving the ten-pin on the second ball and then missing the single pin spare to shoot that 288. It was an impressive game nonetheless.
They shot in the 220s three times in the second block.
In the first block the Hawks shot 2,948 and only mustered six games of 200 or better. They even shot a horrific 124 in game 16 to end the block, the lowest total of any team bowling. That, however, proved to be the wake-up call they needed as the back 16 games saw them tally 10 games of 200 or better.
UMES hopes for more of the same tomorrow as they will bowl 32 more games before the final standings reveal who makes the championship field.