HAWKS START SEASON NO. 2 IN NATION
The 2009-10 Hawks finished ranked second in the nation, the 2010-11 team will start in the same place.

The 2009-10 Hawks finished ranked second in the nation, the 2010-11 team will start in the same place.

Nov. 2, 2010

TEANECK, N.J. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team will start the season ranked the same place they finished the previous campaign, second in the nation. This is according to the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. UMES received 749 points and five first place votes. The pre-season poll ranks the reigning National Champion, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), first with 823 points and 19 first place votes.

Despite the poll being labeled a preseason poll, three of the top 20 teams have played matches. UMES is 2-0, along with 7th ranked Delaware State. Morgan State, who starts the season 16th is 0-2, with both losses coming at the hands of the Hornets. UMES topped Prairie View A&M in October at the International Training Center in a dual match, the same place where Delaware State and Morgan State faced off earlier in the month.

Nebraska is picked third to start the season with 738 points and two first place votes. Vanderbilt is picked fourth, earning three first place votes and 719 points. Central Missouri is fifth with 603 points.

The rest of the top ten is Arkansas State, Delaware State, New Jersey City, Kutztown and Sacred Heart. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is well represented in the poll. In addition to UMES and DSU, Morgan State is 16th, Florida A&M is 18th and Norfolk State is 19th.

UMES finished the 2009-10 season 103-37, tying for fifth at the NCAA Tournament where they made their seventh consecutive appearance. They play their first tournament November 5-7 at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree which features seven of the top ten teams in the nation.