HAWKS DROP TO THIRD IN LATEST NTCA POLL
March 19, 2013
NASHVILLE - In what should come as a surprise to Hawk fans, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) dropped one spot to third in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. The poll, released earlier this week, concluded its voting before UMES won the last regular season tournament, the Music City Classic.
What is more surprising with the voting is that the Hawks have not finished lower than second in any event this season, making their ranking lower than they have finished at an event. In fact, counting last weekend's Columbia 300 Music City Classic, UMES won nine of the 12 events they entered this season and took second in the other three. Nonetheless, the Hawks fell and a new Number One team was crowned.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers took over the top spot for the March poll. While their rise to the top is not surprising, the Huskers won three of their last four events at the time of voting, it was Central Missouri staying above UMES that surprised many in the collegiate bowling world.
The Jennies earned five first place votes, despite taking, fifth, fourth, second, and sixth in their last four events. In contrast, UMES earned six first place votes, one more than UCM, and won two of those same events and took second in another.
Nebraska received 14 of the 23 first place votes cast, recently winning the Ozark Invitational. They tallied 698 total points, Central Missouri had 657 and the Hawks tallied 646 points.
"I thought we had a shot at being number one," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "I am not surprised Nebraska is though, they beat us for the Prairie View title and are a very good team."
Voters kept the same fourth through eighth teams in the polls as, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Sam Houston State and Fairleigh Dickinson stayed put. Stephen F. Austin and Saint Francis (Pa.) were nine and ten. MEAC rival Norfolk State earned their highest ever ranking, going to 11th, as Sacred Heart, Kutztown, Adelphi and Long Island were the next five teams.
Delaware State tied at 18th and Bethune-Cookman was 20th while North Carolina A&T earned votes, all representing the MEAC.
UMES begins their post-season this weekend in Chesapeake, Va. looking for a sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.
"I told the girls, polls don't determine how good we are, we determine how good we are. We felt slighted by the polls going into the NCAA championship last season and were able to prove we were still the best."
This weekend the Hawks will need to start proving that again.