UMES DROPS TO THIRD IN LATEST NTCA POLL
The Nation's third-ranked Hawks.
The Nation's third-ranked Hawks.

Feb. 15, 2014

NASHVILLE - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team dropped one spot to third in the latest poll from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA). The Hawks fell victim to a rough outing and seventh-place tournament finish earlier this month in the Prairie View A&M Invitational. Still, their ranking was high after previously winning four events in a row, including the Kutztown Invitational, the nation's largest NCAA Collegiate Bowling event.

The Hawks were tied for third in the poll with 558 points with the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University. That despite UMES besting FDU five out of the six times they have faced off this season. FDU earned one first-place vote in the poll and have a 56-14 record. UMES is currently 60-13.

Arkansas State remained in first place with 698 points and stands at 51-16. They earned 21 out of the 24 first-place votes. Nebraska moved up to second place and is 38-17 with 613 points.

The rest of the top ten included Central Missouri (48-18; 554 points), Stephen F. Austin (54-25; 430 points), Sam Houston State (61-29; 408 points), Vanderbilt (52-27; 378 points), Wisconsin-Whitewater (47-22; 368 points) and St. Francis (PA) (46-19; 272 points).

Fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State and Delaware State were also in the poll at 17th, 18th and 20th respectively.

UMES was unable to bowl this weekend at the Kat Klash in Houston, Texas due to weather canceling flights out of the region. They bowl again in the third MEAC Northern Division meet March 1 & 2 in Baltimore, Md.