UMES LOOKS TO DEFEND CONFERENCE TITLE THIS WEEKEND
March 20, 2014
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Media and Coaches' polls respectively, will look to defend their 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship this weekend, March 21-23 in Chesapeake, Va.
The event, held at AMF Chesapeake Lanes, located at 112 E. Medical Parkway, represents a chance for UMES to win their second straight conference championship and third in four years. It would be the team's seventh overall MEAC Championship. 2014 marked the team's fifth Northern Division title in seven seasons.
The Hawks enter the event at 78-19 overall and are 28-2 in MEAC play with only one loss in team games and Baker games respectively, both coming to Delaware State. They claimed five first place finishes this season, including three conference events as well as the Hawk Classic and the Kutztown Invite. They took third overall in their last two events, the Music City Classic and the Allentown, Pa. sectional for the Intercollegiate Team Championships.
MEAC Championship competition begins Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony. The teams then bowl from 9:15 a.m. through 4 p.m. with five traditional team games. The total pinfall will then determine the seedings for day two.
Day two begins on Saturday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m. with best-of-seven Baker game format. The double-elimination bracket will have rounds one and two in the morning followed by rounds three and four in the afternoon.
Sunday, March 23 is the final day with the semi-final round starting at 10:00 a.m. The finals, which will be recorded for a later broadcast on ESPNU will start at 11:45 a.m. If a second match is required it will begin at approximately 1:15 pm.
The tape delayed broadcast will air on ESPNU on March 31 at 10:30 p.m.
"I am just very excited to go in and coach this team in what is my first MEAC Championship," said head coach Kayla Bandy. "The girls have worked very hard all season are ready for this opportunity."
UMES will face divisional foes from the north including Coppin State, Morgan State and Delaware State and southern foes Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. Hampton, Howard and North Carolina Central were eliminated from the championships via record.