HAWKS EARN TOP SEED AFTER DAY ONE OF MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Justyne Falbo was third overall in average on the day.

Justyne Falbo was third overall in average on the day.

March 21, 2014

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team showed their tournament mettle today, earning the No. 1overall seed after five traditional team games, going 5-0 and tallying 4,834 pins at the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships held at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va.

The eight-team field bowled head to head in five games to determine the seeding for day two of the event, which will feature the best-of-seven Baker game format.

UMES will face the eighth-seeded Coppin State Eagles in round one of the event at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The Hawks tallied 198 more pins than the second-seeded North Carolina A&T State Aggies, who went 3-2 on the day. They will face the seventh-seeded Morgan State Bears in the opening round.

UMES bowled one of the two 1,000 matches today, and the highest of the event, shooting a 1,018 in the fourth match against Norfolk State. They also posted a 992 in the win over Florida A&M and a 989 in the win over Coppin State. Those two tallies were the third and fifth highest tallies on the day.

Individually All-MEAC selection Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) paced UMES with 1,000 total pins, an even 200 average for the day. She tossed a 242 vs. FAMU and a 220 against NCAT. Senior Megan Buja (Rockford,Ill.), another All-Conference selection, wasn't far behind, knocking down 997 pins to average just under 200 (199.4). She tossed a 201 vs. FAMU, a 233 vs. Norfolk State and a 211 vs. Coppin State. Jones was fifth overall in total average while Buja was sixth. Both bowled all five games for UMES.

Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) and newly minted MEAC Rookie of the Year Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) both were on fire. While the pair only bowled four games each, they led UMES in average as Falbo was third overall with a 204.75 and Pelayo was fourth with a 204. Falbo, who didn't start for UMES, entered match two and tossed a 168, but head coach Kayla Bandy had a feeling and left the freshman in the lineup. From there she dominated to toss fames of 211, 235 and 205. Pelayo, who started game one and only managed a 166, sat game two, but returned game three to toss a 213, 204 and 233.

Jones' 242 was the high game of the day while Falbo's 235 was the second highest.

Not lost on the day was UMES adding five wins to their tally to improve to 83-19 on the season. They picked up wins over Florida A&M (992-880), Bethune-Cookman (872-808), North Carolina A&T (963-960), Norfolk State (1018-874) and Coppin State (989-696).

Rival Delaware State earned the MEAC Championship's third seed and will face No. 6 seeded Florida A&M while Norfolk State earned the fourth seed and will face fifth-seed Bethune-Cookman.

Matches begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with teams competing in a best-of-seven Baker series.

The MEAC bowling championship wraps up on Sunday at 10 a.m. beginning with the semifinal round and concluding with the championship final at 11:45 a.m. The championship match will be televised in a tape-delayed format and will air on ESPNU on March 31 at 10:30 p.m.

Admission to the bowling championship is free and open to the public.