UMES HEADS TO KUTZTOWN FOR NATION'S LARGEST EVENT
T'nia Falbo was an All-Tournament Team selection at last year's event.
T'nia Falbo was an All-Tournament Team selection at last year's event.

Jan. 24, 2013

READING, Pa. - At this point in the 2011-12 season UMES was coming off their first tournament not coached by Sharon Brummell in 14 years. Newly appointed head coach Kristina Frahm just coached her first tournament, the New Year's Knockdown, where they took second on day one. They went to the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational looking to make a statement, and they did. They used a fourth place finish on day one, to a second place standing on day two, to a finals victory over Fairleigh Dickinson to win their first event of the season. The win's momentum carried them all the way to a second-straight NCAA Championship.

One year later, Sharon Brummell is retired and being inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame, Frahm, no longer a rookie coach, has a National Championship under her belt and, ironically, coming off a second place finish in the New Year's Knockdown, is set to use the nation's largest NCAA Women's Bowling event as another springboard to an unprecedented third-straight NCAA title.

"We will see," said Frahm. "We always want to win, but the season is young, and we are just getting a lot of questions answered. I want to come away knowing how we stand against everybody. We won our own Hawk Classic, but how do we do against the top teams on the road? I think we can bowl with anybody and this will be a good test."

The second-ranked Hawks will see how they stand in Reading Pa. at Heister Lanes, Friday January 25th-Sunday, January 27th. The event is the fifth-annual and will feature a 28-team field.

As they did last season, the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will provide three full days of live streaming from one of the top NCAA Women's Bowling events when they broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

Coverage will begin Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the opening day of the event, which will consist of six four-game Baker matches. On Saturday, competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern with six traditional five-player game matches. The event will conclude Sunday with the Baker bracket-style matches starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

 

 

BowlTV provides free live coverage of bowling events across the country. Bowling fans can tune in by visiting BOWL.com or YouTube.com/BowlTV when events are in progress.

Fifteen of the nation's top-20 ranked teams, along with nine of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) 13 members will be present. The teams scheduled to compete in the Kutztown Invitational are Adelphi, Bethune-Cookman, Cheyney, Coppin State, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Salem International, Howard, Kutztown, Long Island, Medaille, Maryland Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Morgan State, New Jersey City, Penn State Altoona, North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.), Stephen F. Austin, St. Peter's, Southern, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The competition will be stiff as those 28 teams hail from as far as Texas, Wisconsin, and Florida and compete for the KU Invitational title, one UMES plans on not giving up.

"We want to win every event, every time out," said Frahm. "We feel have one of the best bowling programs in the country, so at this point in the season, wins and losses are important, but so is pinfall and consistency. We put all that together, we will be successful."

UMES is coming off a win in the Quad-Baker Tournament on day two of the New Year Knockdown and a second-place overall finish, So far this season, the Hawks have won eight of the nine days they have bowled.

BOWLTV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday - 11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Six four-game Baker matches Saturday - 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Six traditional five-player game matches Sunday - 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Bracket matches

USBC Media Relations contributed to this release.