UMES BOWLING TAKES THIRD AT SECTIONALS TO EARN A SPOT AT ITCs
March 16, 2014
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team held on to third place after 32 more games and with it earned a spot in the Intercollegiate Team Championship field. The event will be held in Reno, Nev. April 16-18 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and offers the Hawks a chance to defend their 2013 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate National Championship.
UMES is just one of 16 women's teams still in the hunt for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championship title. Sixteen men's teams also advanced.
The field was determined at sectional qualifiers at four sites - Allentown, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Addison, Ill.; and Smyrna, Tenn. - with the top four teams in each division advancing.
All teams bowled 64 games of Baker competition over two days for the right to advance to the National Championship field. The men's and women's finals will be broadcast in May on CBS Sports Network.
The Hawks ended yesterday in third place, trailing Webber International and Davenport. Today those two teams, along with Sacred Heart and Kutztown all battled back and forth exchanging the top five places on numerous occasions.
After the first 32 games of day two, UMES dropped to fourth place, shooting 3,137. That score was the fourth highest of the block, but the Hawks fell behind Sacred Heart who surged into second place.
They were four pins behind the Pioneers in fourth and 27 pins out of second place. In that block UMES tossed seven games of 200 or better, including a 244 in the 42nd game.
After a lunch break the Hawks returned to the lanes and started out well. They moved into a tie with Sacred Heart for second place early on after they rolled a 203 and 217 in two of the first three games. UMES was still in second place heading into the final four games of the day.
Sacred Heart however took second with a commanding four-game set in the final games that included a 244, 234, 225 and 256.
The Hawks would go on to toss four more games of 200 or better, six in all, including a 241 in the 58th game. But it wasn't enough as the Hawks would toss the fifth highest block in the final 16 games and hold onto third place to ensure their spot in the championship. They totaled 12,463 pins over the 64 games, an average of just under 195 on the difficult sport pattern.
The most exciting part of the final block was the contest between Kutztown and Davenport. Davenport finished day one in second place, but struggled on day two. They appeared to have fourth locked up and needed just eight pins in the tenth and final frame but left the "Greek Church" and got just three. That meant they would finish with 3,003 pins in the final block and 12,380 total pins. That would be just one pin less than Kutztown, who tallied a 3,093 in the block to advance.
That made three NCAA teams advancing to the ITC finals from the Allentown, Pa. sectional. St. Francis (Pa.), Ursuline and Norfolk State, all NCAA schools in Allentown, took, 7th, 8th and 10th respectively.
Other NCAA teams advancing include Stephen F. Austin, who took second in the Fort Worth, Texas sectional, Adrian, who took fourth in the Smyrna, Tenn. sectional and McKendree, who took fourth in the Addison, Ill. sectional.
UMES will head to Chesapeake, Va. this weekend, March 21-23, 2014 to defend their 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship.
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Webber International, which swept the national titles in 2012, dominated the sectional qualifier in Allentown, Pa. The Webber women's team fired a 64-game total of 13,362, which was nearly 800 pins ahead of the field. Sacred Heart, defending champion Maryland Eastern Shore and Kutztown also advanced. The Webber men shot 12,907 and advanced along with Wisconsin-Whitewater, Purdue and Rochester Tech.
There was another sweep in Fort Worth as Wichita State led the way. The Shockers won the men's division with 13,237 and moved on along with Midland, Fresno State and Marian. Wichita State's women's team shot 13,159 and snapped up nationals spots along with Stephen F. Austin, Midland and Newman.
Lindenwood also swept the top spots in its sectional with both teams easing to nationals spots in Smyrna. The Lindenwood women fired 12,181 to move on with Bellarmine, Notre Dame-Ohio and Adrian. In the men's division, Lindenwood totaled 13,002 to advance along with San Jose State, Urbana and Morehead State.
In Addison, the defending men's champions, Robert Morris-Illinois, had little problem winning its sectional with 13,131. McKendree, Calumet and Clarke also advanced for the men. Pikeville dominated the women's division and advanced with Robert Morris-Illinois, Grand View and McKendree.
For more information on the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships and complete sectionals results, visit BOWL.com/ITC.