HAWKS JUMP TO FIRST PLACE WITH SOLID SHOWING ON DAY TWO
Nov. 16, 2013
MILLSBORO, Del. - After a great showing on day one of the 2013 UMES Hawk Classic sponsored by Brunswick, UMES got even better on day two. The Hawks jumped up one spot to first place by the end of the day and are boasting a 4-1 mark for the day and standing at 9-1 overall for the event.
UMES opened up with a familiar foe in the first match of the day, a position round pitting teams from within each pool against each other. The Hawks drew Delaware State, the second-place team in the maroon pool. They rolled past the Hornets by more than 100 pins, 1096-962. All-America honoree Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) led the charge, tossing a career-high 279. She got help from Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) who rolled a 218 and Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) who posted a 212.
The Hawks then faced off with the nation's third-ranked team, the University of Central Missouri, who handed UMES their first loss in the event. Forty pins proved to be the difference, 1006-966, despite senior Megan Buja's (Rockford, Ill.) best effort with a 249. Freshman Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) tossed her best effort as well, tying a career-high with a 216.
The Maroon and Grey were victorious again in game three, topping Saint Francis (PA). 915-908. While the pin total wasn't anything to tweet about, the game was important to get UMES back in the win column and get Alvarado going again. The junior rebounded from a 168 against Central Missouri to post a 214.
The Hawks then got going in game four, topping Kutztown 1038-992. Buja tossed a 231, Alvarado a 201 and freshman Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) led the Hawks with a 268. Falbo, who came off the bench to sub in during game three, tossed the best game of her young career and threw the highest game of anyone during the fourth session. In fact she was the third Hawk to do that, as Alvarado's 279 in game one and Buja's 249 in game two, were the highest of all bowlers in those sets as well.
Game five saw the Hawks pick up their final win of the day, an 898-853 over Adelphi. While it was their lowest output of the day, UMES was led by Buja with a 202 and Falbo with a 191. They managed to top the Panthers by 55 pins.
Buja tallied 1,048 pins on the day, good enough for second place overall and trailing Robyn Renslow of Vanderbilt by 28 pins for first place. Buja averaged over a 209. Alvarado was sixth with a 1,013 count, averaging a 202.6. Renslow's 215 was the highest of any bowler who rolled all five games. Second overall was Falbo, who despite rolling just three games, averaged over 214.
The Hawks took the tournament lead after game one but relinquished it to Central Missouri in their loss to the Jennies. After that, UCM struggled and the Hawks reclaimed their lead when UCM shot in the 800s the next three games.
By the end of the day, the Jennies had dropped to fourth overall in the standings, 234 pins out of first. Fairleigh Dickinson University used strong bowling to move up to second, trailing UMES by 118 pins. Kutztown moved to third, 199 pins behind UMES and Vanderbilt improved to fifth place overall, trailing 273 pins to the Hawks.
Delaware State, Norfolk State, Saint Francis (PA), Long Island and Sacred Heart rounded out the top ten. Adelphi, St. Francis-Brooklyn, Monmouth, Howard and New Jersey City were the final six teams. Hampton University will finish in 17th place, withdrawing before game three due to injury.
Play resumes tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with bracket play. Each seed pairs off and faces their respective pairing, one vs. two, three vs. four, etc. The winner of match one (1 vs. 2) will face the loser of the 15 vs. 16 match in the second round and, regardless of the result, will advance to the finals. UMES will face Fairleigh Dickinson. Admission to the Hawk Classic is free to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend and can call G. Stan Bradley at 410-845-6782 to arrange interviews and photos. The event features a live stream, social media updates throughout the day, tournament updates on umeshawks.com.