UMES MOVES ON TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
April 23, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ga. - All the Lady Hawks had to do was win once in two matches. They have a flair for the dramatic though, but pulled through when it mattered to advance to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITCs) finals. They did it with a 4-2 win over Central Florida. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will face Lindenwood, who defeated Adelphi 4-3 to advance as well.
Both Lindenwood and UMES were in the winner's bracket, meaning they would have to win just once in two tries to get to the finals. The Lady Hawks made it scary for the hawk faithful as they dropped the early morning contest to the Knights 4-0 (224-203, 203-198, 201-177, 216-207).
"I know what happened, we were trying to play the outside and make it work, but we had to play the middle, we figured that out for the second match. We didn't get it going in time for the first match," said head coach Sharon Brummell.
But UMES has responded all year when their backs were against the wall. They did again in the next match.
Forced to take on Central Florida again UMES got down 186-167 but rebounded for their first win over UCF with a 188-186 win in game two. The Knights took game three 223-213 but the back and forth continued with the Hawks taking game four 190-160. Knotted at two games each either team was now just two wins away from the finals. It would be UMES prevailing though, with a 202-170 win in game five and a dominating 203-149 win in game six.
"We just had to relax the girls," said Brummell. "We were trying to play like Central Florida was in game one, but they have more hand on the ball so once we shot the middle we got on track and started rolling."
It was almost an all NCAA team final as Adelphi, who didn't even make the NCAA Championship field, took Lindenwood to a second semi-final match as well. Adelphi got down 2-0 in that second semi, but rebounded to go up 3-2 before Lindenwood prevailed, winning the final two games, taking a 4-3 victory.
The Hawks now face the Lions in the women's final, as UMES vies for a second national championship this season. The championship matches, which are taped for replay on ESPN 2 on May 15, feature the men's final of Fresno State and Webber International starting at 2:00 p.m. while the women follow, immediately after. Live Scoring is available at umeshawks.com but video is invaluable due to the television taping.