HAWKS TOP ARKANSAS STATE TO CLOSE FIRST BLOCK ON DAY ONE
Megan Buja (04) gets high fives after one of her many strikes in the opening block at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Megan Buja (04) gets high fives after one of her many strikes in the opening block at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

April 11, 2013

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CANTON, Mich. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) struggled in the opening block of the NCAA Championships first day, posting a 1-3 record. While the results were not what the Hawks wanted, they produced good pinfall in each match and closed the block with a convincing win over Arkansas State.

"We didn't bowl all that well," said interim head coach Kristina Frahm. "We left too many opens and didn't close in the ninth and tenth when we were ahead. But we finished with a win and hope the break does us some good."

UMES opened with a 1005-983 loss to upstart Wisconsin-Whitewater and then dropped a 1045-1019 decision to Nebraska. The Hawks led into the ninth frame of the contest but as Nebraska surged, UMES left open frames.

"That was a tough one," said Frahm, we thought we had it, but faltered and Nebraska is too good to leave the door open."

UMES then took on the eighth-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. UMES had the lead heading into the tenth, but were unable to strike in the final game of the last frame. NTCA Player of the Year Danielle McEwan needed a pair of strikes to be in a position to win. She got them then needed six more and got all ten to fill the tenth. FDU topped UMES 971-966.

In the fourth match it was within a few pins the entire time but the Hawks surged ahead at the end and got the 977-948 win over Arkansas State.

Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was dominant for the Hawks. She posted three of the four games over 200 to post an 889 for a 222.3 average. That stands fourth best among the 49 woman who have seen action today. Her 247 against FDU was the Hawks high of the day and one of the five best in the field. Bowling in the second position, Buja topped her counterpart on the other team each time.

T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) was also bowling strong. Standing in 14th overall, Falbo averaged a 201 over her four games with a high of a 207 in the ASU win. Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) was also solid. The sophomore All-American topped her counterpart three of the four games and averaged a 191.

The teams bowl again at 6 p.m. tonight for three more games to finalize the standings for tomorrow's double elimination bracket.