Hawks split Day 1 of Midwinter Classic with 2-2 record
Jan. 13, 2017

JONESBORO, Arkansas -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore finished Day 1 of the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro Arkansas on Friday (Jan. 13) with a 2-2 record in Baker matches after picking up wins against Valparaiso and Monmouth.

Eastern Shore opened with losses to Vanderbilt (935-834) and Stephen F. Austin (1030-932) at the Jonesboro Bowling Center.

We had a rough time getting things started today, Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said. We had to figure out a lineup that could put some strikes together. Once I found the right group that could relax and settle down to make shots, things got better. We lost 200 pins on the field in our first two matches. We were competitive the last three matches keeping ourselves in contention.

The Hawks then topped the Crusaders 996-871 and grounded Monmouth 954-835.

They put up a 904 in the bye (Match 5).

Alexandra Hernandez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) continued to build on a strong week of practice with a 191.35 Baker average, a 46.27 strike percentage and a single-pin conversion percentage of 75.

Alexandra filled the anchor spot today for us very nicely, Hawks Bandy said. She made great shots to keep us grounded at times when shot making was at a minimum."


 

 

Junior Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) had a strong showing as well posting a 177.67 Baker average and a 90 percent single-pin spare percentage. Freshman Cayla Hicks (Richmond, Virginia) had a 174 Baker average, a struck 37.25 percent of the time and converted all of her single-pin spares.

Thashaina Seraus (Orangestad, Aruba) struggled a bit early and finished with a 165 Baker average, despite the slow start and converted single pins at 91.67 percent.

Sophomore Kaci Collins (Mint Hill, North Carolina) was the final piece the lineup that finished the day strong as she converted all her single-pin spares and had made strikes 20 percent of the time.

Jackie and Cayla were close behind filling frames and making shots, Bandy said. It was a grind today for Thashaina, as she worked back to her normal self in matches 3-5. Tomorrow, we have to do a better job on the fresh oil to control the pocket and make spares.

Saturday will feature five team games and on Sunday the squad will be looking to close out the event with a strong showing in bracket play.

Competition begins Saturday at 9:35 a.m., when The Shore will face off with Central Missouri in a position-round, matchup within their pool.

The Hawks will then face Alabama State, Arkansas State, Jackson State and Louisiana Tech to finish out the day.

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