UMES RANKED 11th IN LATEST COLLEGE BOWLING COACHES' POLL
Coach Kayla Bandy has her Hawks in the top 11 of all four polls in college bowling.
Coach Kayla Bandy has her Hawks in the top 11 of all four polls in college bowling.

April 24, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) entered their last national championship ranked 11th in the nation by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA). The organization released their poll prior to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships and the Hawks had their highest ranking of the season.

UMES was ranked 13th in the previous poll, released in March and 12th in the first poll released in January. This is the final poll from the coaches for the season.

The Hawks earned 154 points in the poll, finishing just seven points out of tenth to Grand View, ironically, the team that eliminated them from the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC). As they were last month, the Shockers of Wichita State were ranked in the top spot. Webber International, Lindenwood, Robert Morris (Ill.) and Pikeville rounded out the top five. Robert Morris (Ill.) would go on to defeat Pikeville in the finals of the ITC.

Both Wichita State and Webber International would be eliminated early in the championship and finish worse than the Hawks.

In the April poll Midland, Notre Dame, Newman and Wright State would be ranked sixth through ninth. UMES defeated Midland and Newman along the way but would be eliminated by tenth ranked Grand View. Fellow NCAA schools Sacred Heart, McKendree, Stephen F Austin, Kutztown and Adrian would also be ranked in the top-20 in the poll. Contrary to the media poll, three of the NCAA schools were ranked in the previous polls, which were Sacred Heart, Kutztown and Stephen F. Austin.

As one of only two women's bowling programs in the nation to win both an NCAA and USBC Collegiate Championship and the only to win both in the same year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks are ranked in several polls each season and are currently standing at third in both the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches and media polls.

To be included in the coach's poll, teams must be members of the USBC and have competed in sanctioned events throughout the season. Many of the NCAA teams ranked in the NTCA polls are not members of the USBC, thus excluding them from the polls. Others, like UMES, have bowled mainly NCAA events, not USBC specific ones, lowering the amount of events they can be evaluated at against USBC only schools. UMES finished the season at 95-23, taking fifth at the USBC and third at the NCAA National Championships.