HAWKS HAVE LEAD AT MUSIC CITY HEADING INTO FINAL DAY
March 16, 2013
SMYRNA, Tenn. - The Hawks are on pace to win their final regular season tournament, a great momentum builder heading into post season play, as they lead the field after two days at the Colombia 300 Music City Classic by almost 100 pins. The host Commodores of Vanderbilt University are in second and will face UMES in the first match of the day on Sunday.
Vanderbilt had an impressive lead of 225 pins after adding Saturday's first four games with Friday's six Baker matches but that's when things began to go south for the host. In a win over Tulane, Vandy rolled just an 889 and UMES posted an 1101 over Nebraska and then put up over 1000 again in match six to take the lead, despite being in second after day one.
The second day, consisting of six team games, saw the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) open with a tough loss to Arkansas State 1045-985 but the 60 pins loss sparked a fire in the Hawks and they would go on to rattle off five straight wins and put up impressive pin fall totals that catapulted them into first place.
The maroon and grey topped Sam Houston State (959-952), Wisconsin-Whitewater (993-980), Louisiana Tech (1075-815), Nebraska (1101-1071) and Texas Southern (1091-911).
Senior All-American Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) once again paced the Hawks, earning All-Tournament Team honors, taking third overall with a six game total of 1,346 to average 224.3. She would post a 258 against the Huskers, stepping up for the big match. Five her six games were over 200, which also included a 239 in the La. Tech win and a 235 vs. Texas Southern.
The high game of the day belonged to Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) who came off the bench in the fourth game to post a 279 against La. Tech. She would go on to finish off with a 210 against Nebraska and a 238 against TSU to average a 242.3 over three games. Lopez's 279 was an event high, tying with Nicole Parkhurst of Stephen F Austin who posted her 279 in game one.
T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) continued her recent high-rolling, coming on strong last week in Las Vegas. Falbo took 12th overall in the 178 woman field. She tallied a 1,255 a 209.17 average. Shoe posted four games over 200 including a pair of 236s in the loss to Arkansas State and the win over Wisconsin-Whitewater. Junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) also rolled well, taking 23rd overall and averaging a 202. Buja finished strong with a 247 and 224 against Nebraska and TSU.
Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia) posted a pair of games over 200 with a 214 against ASU and a 201 against UW-W. Mariana Alvarado had (Leon, Mexico) a tough day, but still managed a 217 in the Sam Houston win.
Central Missouri's Natalie Jimenez won the individual championship.
On day one the Hawks also went 5-1 but would finish in second to the host by 111 pins, aiding them was the odd number team field allowing Vanderbilt to bowl just five matches and one against a bye.
Just like they did on the second day, UMES dropped its opening match. This time was more of an upset as unranked Alabama State topped the Hawks 785-827. Like it did on day two, the loss sparked UMES to five straight wins and some impressive pin fall. The Hawks went on to top Stephen F. Austin (810-742), Univ. Alabama Birmingham (UAB) (804-725), Alabama A&M (868-744), Tulane (836-617) and Valparaiso (785-671).
Their highest Baker average came against Alabama A&M with a 217 while they averaged a 209 in the Tulane win. They rolled a 246 against Valpo, a 233 against A&M and a 232 against SFA.
The 10-2 mark improves UMES to 99-21 on the season and win number 100 in the first match on Sunday will ensure the Hawks a first or second place finish.
Heading into the final day Vanderbilt is in second and will face UMES first. Arkansas State will take on Nebraska in the third vs. fourth place match, Fairleigh Dickinson will face Central Missouri in the fifth vs. sixth place contest, Sam Houston State will take on Wisconsin-Whitewater in the seven vs. eight match and Stephen F. Austin will battle Sacred Heart in the nine/ten match.
One other historic feat was achieved on day one, as New Jersey City head coach Frank Parisi picked up career victory number 750, becoming only the third coach in the history of the sport to reach that milestone. The other two? FDU's Mike LoPresti and UMES legend and new MEAC Hall of Fame Sharon Brummell previously earned the honor.
Action gets underway Sunday at 8:30 a.m. CDT and is being streamed by bowl.com. The Vandy/UMES winner will get an automatic berth into the championship game while the loser falls into another round of games.