HAWKS STAY FIFTH IN CURRENT NTCA POLL
March 15, 2012
HACKENSACK, N.J. - The latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll has come out and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has stayed put in the fifth position. The Hawks, as well as the top-ranked Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) are, however, the only teams in the top ten not to reposition in the March poll.
UMES amassed 526 points and sport a 94-29 overall record. They trailed the new No. 4 team Vanderbilt by 66 points. The Commodores are up three spots from seventh in the last poll. Arkansas State is the new number two team in the nation with 700 points and seven first place votes. They are up three spots as well, previously being No. 4. The Red Wolves trial FDU by 46 points. The Knights had 19 first place votes.
Nebraska is the new No. 3 team, sporting 602 first place votes; they are up five spots from eighth. They have bowled only 74 matches total this season and are 57-17.
Valparaiso, Central Missouri, Sacred Heart and Sam Houston State round out the top nine teams while Norfolk State and Stephen F. Austin tied for tenth. Valpo dropped three spots, UCM one spot and Sacred Heart seven spots. The Pioneers were the biggest mover in the latest poll. NSU was up one spot.
Delaware State and Morgan State are both ranked in the latest poll from the MEAC, giving them four teams in the top 20 in the nation. The Bears return to the poll for the first time in a few months to 20th while DSU dropped one spot to 14th.
The Hawks are currently ranked in four polls, standing at 15th in the BWAA poll, 12th in the NCBCA tally and fifth in the NTCA Media poll.
UMES is coming off of a second place finish in the USBC ITC Allentown sectional where they qualified for the Intercollegiate Team Championships. They are hoping to defend their National Championship at that event. This weekend the Hawks are off to Greensboro, N.C. where they are looking for their sixth MEAC Championship and second straight title. Play starts Friday the 16th and continues through Sunday.