UMES PICKED TO WIN MEAC NORTH; ALVARADO & BUJA EARN PRE-SEASON HONORS
Oct. 17, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team was selected to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Northern Division in 2013-14, the league announced yesterday. The predictions, voted on by the conference's head bowling coaches and sports information directors, saw UMES earn 14 of the 19 first place votes.
The Hawks earned 209 total points while Delaware State was predicted to finish second with 177 points and three first place votes. Hampton, Howard, Morgan State and Coppin State rounded out the predictions for the north. Morgan State garnered the other two first place votes.
Last season UMES won their fifth National Championship and sixth conference title. They finished with a 120-26 overall mark and went 27-3 in MEAC play.
In the southern division Norfolk State was predicted to finish first with 209 points and 15 first place votes. North Carolina A&T was second with 159 points, Bethune-Cookman was third with one first place vote and Florida A&M was fourth with three first place votes. North Carolina Central rounded out the five teams in the southern division.
The preseason selections also named the Hawks' Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and Megan Buja (Rockwood, Ill.) as preseason first-team All-MEAC selections. Joining the pair on the team was Carrie Hopkinson of Florida A&M, Emily Strombeck of North Carolina A&T and Thea Aspiras of Norfolk State who was also named the preseason Bowler of the Year.
Buja, the lone senior on the team, had an outstanding junior campaign. From the conference she earned All-MEAC honors, a MEAC Bowler of the Week nod and was named to the Commissioner's All-Academic Team. Nationally, she earned her second straight NCAA Elite 89 Award, the highest academic award given out in each sport by the NCAA, was an NCBCA All-Academic selection, earned Capital One Academic All-District II honors, was an Academic All-NTCA recipient and became the schools' second ever CoSIDA Academic All-American. She also was a starter on the team that won the school's fifth National Championship. She averaged a 198.67 over 60 team games and rolled a high game of a 266.
Alvarado had her best season to date at UMES. She earned her first ever NTCA All-America honor. The MEAC selected her as an All-Conference selection and a Commissioner's All-Academic Team member. She was an NCBCA and an NTCA All-Academic honoree. She averaged a 195.43 over 46 team games and rolled a 277 season high in the DSU Capital Classic, where she also earned All-Tournament Team honors. Alvarado was also a starter on the team that won the school's fifth title, the 2013 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships.
Alvarado and Buja lead the Hawks into action this season starting on November 1, 2013 at the New Jersey Jamboree hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.