HAWKS TO PLAY ON MUSIC CITY CLASSIC STAGE FOR FIRST TIME
March 14, 2013
SMYRNA, Tenn. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will head to their first ever Columbia 300 Music City Classic this weekend when they fly to Nashville to the event hosted by Vanderbilt University. This is the ninth year of the tournament and this year features the most teams ever, 29 in all, including first-timers, UMES.
The event will feature six four-game Baker matches on Friday, six team games on Saturday and three best-of-seven Bakers on Sunday. Practice begins at 9:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The event will be broadcast live on Bowl.com with Lucas Wiseman on hand to call all the action on BOWLTV. Vanderbilt will also be providing social media updates of the entire event on twitter at vandybowling and on facebook at Vanderbilt Women's Bowling. Results will be posted on vucommodores each day and of course on umeshawks.com
"This is the largest and strongest field in the nine year history of our tournament," says Vanderbilt Coach John Williamson. "As some teams view this as a final tune-up of the regular season or a last chance to improve their NCAA chances, this has become one of the most competitive tournaments of the year with virtually every Top 20 team is represented (17)."
Those teams alphabetically are: Adelphi, Alabama A&M, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Bethune Cookman, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Hampton, Louisiana Tech, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Nebraska, New Jersey City, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis Brooklyn College (NY), Saint Francis University (Pa), Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Tulane, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Southern.
Last season Nebraska topped Arkansas State in the finals to claim the Music City Championship.
UMES won the Kutztown Invitational earlier this season, which at the time was the nation's largest event with 28 teams. However, with the 29-team field in Smyrna, UMES will have a chance to again win the nation's largest event.
The event is the final regular season competition for UMES before they head to the MEAC Championship, NCAA Championship and USBC Collegiate Championship.
"This is a great tune-up for us before the post season begins," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "We really want to have some confidence before heading into the championship season and we hope we can gain that in Tennessee this weekend."