BANDY TOPS VANDY; NEW UMES BOWLING COACH STARTS 4-0
Nov. 1, 2013
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and new head coach Kayla Bandy opened the 2013-14 season with a statement as the Hawks gave Bandy a warm welcome, starting day one of the New Jersey Jamboree, a perfect 4-0.
UMES' first match was against rival Vanderbilt, the nation's second-ranked team, and the Hawks gave Coach Bandy the win, posting a 714-705 win over the Commodores. A line-up that featured senior Megan Buja (Rokford, Ill.) leading off, Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) second, Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) third, Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) in fourth and All-American Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) in anchor, took advantage of a slow Vandy start to seize the win.
While Vanderbilt took game one 196-188, UMES posted a 200 in game two while Vandy trailed with a 193. Down a single pin heading into game three of the four-game Baker match, the Hawks took advantage of a Vandy 157 with a 179 of their own, gaining a 21 pin lead. Game four saw Vandy take the win 159-147 but the 12 pin difference allowed UMES to open with the nine pin win.
Game two saw the Hawks take on New Jersey City. Under new coaching this season, the young Gothic Knights struggled against the Hawks. Coach Bandy, eager to see what her roster could do, inserted freshmen Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) into the second spot and Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) into the third spot. She left freshman Juliana Franco (Pereira, Colomba) in fourth after she subbed in during game one and moved Jones to anchor. While both Riggin and Alvarado would sub back in during the match, Coach Bandy got a good look at her entire eight-woman roster during the first two matches.
UMES cruised to a 741-572 win (159-105, 172-120, 201-119, 209-128).
Game three pitted UMES against seventh-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), the tournament host. Buja, Munoz, Riggin, Jones and Franco, with some help from Pelayo and Falbo, would dispatch the Knights 753-730 in the Hawks' highest output of the day.
FDU opened with a game one win, 218-170, putting some distance between them and the Hawks. UMES quickly rebounded to roll an impressive 256 in game two while FDU tallied a 191. That quickly turned the tables and gave the Hawks a 17 pin lead. The Knights won game three 175-155 to take the lead right back but UMES rebounded to win the fourth and final game 172-147.
The Hawks faced a bye in game four. With an odd number of teams the bye cycles through the field and UMES saw it in game four. While they don't get a win, the pins help in the standings and they posted a 744. The lineup of Buja, Munoz, Alvarado, Pelayo and Jones, with some help from Riggin and Falbo would roll a 169, 146, 203 and 226.
Finally, in game five, the Hawks battled Salem International University. Munoz, Riggin, Falbo, Pelayo and Jones, along with Franco subbing in for Riggin, would easily top the Tigers 733-556. UMES posted wins of 179-158, 169-138, 211-139 and 174-121.
While UMES went an impressive 4-0 to open the season, they lacked the total pinfall they wanted. After day one the Hawks stood in ninth place with 3,685 total pins. They trailed the overall and pool leader, Stephen F. Austin by 254 pins. The 19-team field is divided into two brackets and UMES is in the Red Pool, standing in fourth overall. Vanderbilt and Kutztown are second and third in the Red Pool.
The order, following Stephen F. Austin (4-1), is FDU (4-1), Arkansas State (5-0), Wisconsin-Whitewater (2-3), Vanderbilt (2-2), Sam Houston State (4-1), Sacred Heart (1-4), Kutztown (2-2), UMES (4-0) and Valparaiso (4-1) to round out the top ten. Arkansas State is a perfect 5-0 to lead the field in record while UMES is the only other undefeated team after day one.
"I'm excited to have the first day under our belts," said Bandy. "But we left a whole lot of pins out there today. We will come out tomorrow and make our spares more consistently, if we do that we should have an even better day."
UMES returns to the lanes tomorrow morning for a long day of traditional team games.