HAWKS STAY ON TOP, GO 5-0 & HOLD 1st PLACE AFTER DAY TWO OF HAWK CLASSIC
Nov. 17, 2012
MILLSBORO, Del. - In her first Hawk Classic, freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) led all UMES bowlers, averaging a 217.2 over five games and totaling 1,086 pins to push the Lady Hawks to a perfect 5-0 on the day and more importantly maintaining first place heading into the final day.
Not far behind was All-American Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia). A two-time MVP of the Hawk Classic, Ramirez was 11th overall but averaged a 216.2 in her five games, rolling a 1,081, just five pins less than Lopez who was eighth overall.
The advantage that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has over many teams in the strength of their lineup and bench. One-through five UMES is strong and when someone has an off-day, there is a quality bowler to take her place. That happened yesterday as sophomore Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) stepped in for pre-season All-Conference performer Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.). Today, Buja was on. She was the third highest Hawk, finishing in 20th place and averaging a 200.8 with a pinfall of 1,004.
Mid-Eastern Athletic pre-season Player of the Year, T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) was fourth for UMES in 24th place, averaging a 197.6 over five games with a pinfall of 988. Reigning MEAC Rookie of the Year Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) was the fifth Hawk but was 41st overall in the 114 bowler field. She averaged a 185 with a pinfall of 925.
"A great team effort today," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "We bowled well top to bottom and never had to take anyone out. We were hitting on all cylinders and that is why we were able to maintain our lead and go 5-0."
While the Hawks still lead, the gap was closed slightly. Up 28 pins after day one, they now lead by 23 pins, but instead of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in second, the Jennies of Central Missouri University now look up at the Hawks. The two teams will face off tomorrow morning in the first round of bracket play. It will look like déjà vu to some however, as the two met to start day two. UMES got the win, 1069-1037, including a 266 from Buja, a career best. The 225 from Lopez didn't hurt either as the Hawks picked up a big win over the nation's no. 6 team. In the second match of the day UMES took on Monmouth University and came away with a big 993-897 win. In that match they got a 256 from Lopez and a 211 from Falbo.
The third match pitted UMES against no. 8 Sam Houston State. The Bearkats tried to keep it close but a 236 from Lopez and 227 from Ramirez dismissed them by a total of 1021-905. The fourth match saw more of the same as the Hawks bested no. Saint Francis College (NY) 956-943, getting a 232 from Ramirez and a 210 from Buja.
In the final match of the day UMES topped no. 10 Stephen F. Austin 1045-972 thanks to a career-best 279 from Ramirez and a 215 from Falbo.
"I think a lot of the girls felt good throwing the ball today," said Frahm. A couple of career bests and Kristie [Lopez] bowling well really helped us along. Now we just need to maintain it on the final day."
No. 4 Vanderbilt slipped into third place thanks to the highest count on the day, a 5296, a little over 200 more than UMES. FDU fell to fourth after shooting a 4717 but are still in position to play for the title tomorrow. Sam Houston State is fifth, Adelphi, who made a big jump is sixth thanks to the fifth highest total on the day. Stephen F. Austin is seventh, Valparaiso is eighth, Sacred Heart is ninth and St. Francis is in tenth.
Kutztown, New Jersey City, Monmouth, Norfolk State, Delaware State, Hampton, Howard and Morgan State round out the field.
"Play starts at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow on the final day of the Eastern Shore Hawk Classic, sponsored by Hammer Bowling. The format for the bracket play is best four-of-seven Baker Game matches. Admission is free to Millsboro Lanes.