UMES CLIMBS TO SECOND IN THE LATEST NATIONAL POLL
Dec. 9, 2013
NASHVILLE - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) women's bowling team climbed three spots to second overall in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Coach's poll, the NTCA released today. UMES garnered 628 points, just 31 shy of new number one Arkansas State University.
While UMES was second in the poll, they received 11 first place votes, one more than the new No. 1 Red Wolves. ASU moved up from fourth in the preseason poll while UMES was fifth.
UMES had a tough start to the season, finishing ninth place in the New Jersey Jamboree but still posting a 9-3 record. After that the Hawks got rolling, taking first place in their conference Northern Division meet with a 9-1 mark, then taking first-place in the UMES Hawk Classic, sponsored by Brunswick. That tournament, featuring many of the nation's top teams, showed the Hawks' mettle as they led from start to finish. They followed that up with another first-place victory this past weekend at the second conference northern division meet, going a perfect 10-0.
UMES is now 40-5 overall.
The University of Central Missouri maintained its place as the nation's No. 3 team, earning 572 points and one first-place vote. Fairleigh Dickinson University was fourth with 538 points and Stephen F. Austin was fifth, earning 532 points. FDU climbed up from seventh while SFA jumped up from ninth place.
Nebraska was sixth with a pair of first-place votes while Wisconsin-Whitewater, Vanderbilt, Kutztown and Sam Houston State rounded out the top ten.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rival Delaware State earned its first ranking of the season, coming in 15th. Fellow conference schools North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman all received votes in the poll.
Other news of note includes the highest ranking ever for both Alabama State and McKendree, which appeared 16th and 19th respectively. Lastly, New Jersey City became unranked for the first time in 42 consecutive polls, not showing in the top 20 for the first time in school history.
UMES has concluded its 2013 campaign. They will return to the lanes January 24-26, 2014 in Reading, Pa. at the Kutztown Invitational.