LADY HAWK'S BOWLING HEAD TO NEWARK LOOKING TO BETTER LAST SEASON'S SUCCESS
Oct. 2, 2003
Princess Anne, MD - PRINCESS ANNE, MD-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks Bowling Team wrapped up a great first meet of the season last weekend by going 3-0 and taking first place in the MEAC Northern Division. They bowled in Columbia, MD at a meet hosted by Morgan State University. The team, now looking a little different is stronger than ever and anticipating a National Championship.
The team now consists of eight members with only three familiar faces. Senior Vicky Gay leads the returnees while junior Sandra Maresca, ranked, at one point last season, as the top bowler in the country, leads a talented staff. Sophomore Maryetta Lewis also returns as one of Head Coach Sharon Brummell's talented trio. They, however, are not the only ones with talent. Newcomers Erin Fagan, a transfer from Hudson Valley Community College, one of the top Junior College Programs in the country, is a strong addition to the squad. Freshman Krista Cutler is another strong bowler out of Newton, NJ. Both are prized recruits. 'Those five are incredible," said Brummell; "but don't count out my other three bowlers either, we have, without question, one of the strongest program in the country." Indeed they do as pools last year placed them as high as eight nationally and they competed in the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships (IBC) in Tulsa, OK. "The best 16 teams in the country were there so we know we got better, and we can safely say we will be a challenger for the new NCAA Championship," added Brummell.
The Championships she speaks of are new this season. Women's Collegiate Bowling was a provisional sport previously but the NCAA has declared it a full-fledged sport this season and the top eight collegiate teams will contend for the National Title at the end of the season. In the IBC last season it allowed all bowling programs, including club teams to compete. This season only 42 teams are recognized by the NCAA narrowing the Hawks chances of winning by better than half from last season.
"We miss the girls from last season," said Brummell. Krista King and Lori Rumping graduated while Ariel Givens is studying in a campus exchange program and will return next year. This season the Hawks added more talented depth beyond the starting five in the form of two transfers and one freshman. Jody Fetterhoff came from a solid club program at Shippensburg University while Megan Raymond transferred in from Frostburg State University. The other is Kristie Minnis from Upper Marlboro, MD. Those three give Coach Brummell options in the line-up. "It is great to have depth," said Brummell; "we have three young ladies that can come on bowl and help us if someone else isn't bowling well. All are good enough to start for most programs; we are just lucky to have such a talented team. This is the reason we have high expectations. We know that we have improved form a great 2002-2003 campaign."
This past weekend all eight Hawks got to show what they have to offer as they defeated Coppin State College (20-3), Delaware State University (18-5), and Hampton University (19-4). Maresca is trying to regain her number one ranking and rolled a high game of 238 against Coppin State. Lewis twice rolled in the 200s against the Eagles and added a 223 against the Lady Hornets of Delaware State. Gay notched two 200 games while Fagan tallied two of her own. "It was a great showing for the Lady Hawks. We won all three of our matches, everyone got to bowl and they all bowled well. We will be ready for this weekend," concluded Brummell. UMES participates in the Blue Hen Open at the University of Delaware Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Newark, DE.