Valentina Collazos came off the bench to post the fourth highest average in the field.

Jan. 26, 2013

READING, Pa. - It was another first place outing for the Lady Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), who posted a 6-0 day in team games and maintained their first place standing by nearly 200 pins (184). T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.), bowling in her home state, paced her Hawks with an 1182 pinfall and a 197 average.

Falbo was 18th overall, and while that wasn't good enough for an All-Tournament Team nod, the Hawks were consistent with their lineup in the first through fifth spots. Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) posted an 1140 pinfall and a 190 average. Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia), coming off the bench after one game, was throwing well. Despite bowling just five of the six games, she posted a pinfall of 1076, good enough for 50th in a 188 woman field. Her average of 215.2 was the fourth highest in the field and her play was critical to the Hawks success.

"Valentina was huge for us today," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "When we brought her in she was lights out and her average shows that."

Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) rolled four games on the day for an average of a 183.5 while Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) rolled three games and averaged a 210.3, getting two solid games in the fifth and sixth after a slow start. Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) also rolled three games in the third through fifth and averaged a 207.7, which included a 223 and 246, a team high, but ended with a 145 to lower the average.

All eight Hawks in uniform saw action and they combined for 13 games of 200 or better.

More importantly, UMES posted another 6-0 day to improve their record to 50-7 overall and maintained their lead in the event.



No. 3 Vanderbilt trails the Hawks by 184 pins with a 10,689. No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater (10,666), No. 14 Norfolk State (10,458) and No. 12 Sacred Heart (10,402) rounded out the top five teams after two days. No. 11 St. Francis (Pa.), No. 10 Kutztown, RV Monmouth, No. 13 Stephen F. Austin and No. 5 Fairleigh Dickinson were the rest of the top ten teams.

On the day the Hawks topped Penn State-Altoona (957-579), FDU (998-882), Cheyney (1034-767), No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn (874-929), St. Peter's (1013-948) and Salem International (1005-666).

The first-place finish sets up a match-up tomorrow with rival Vanderbilt. A win moves them straight to the finals, rolling for their second straight Kutztown Invitational title. A loss to the Commodores pits UMES against the winner of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Norfolk State. A win there also puts them into the finals. The Hawks can finish no worse than fourth in the 28-team field.

"We feel good about our chances," said Frahm. "We have bowled pretty well on the whole and hope to keep it going for one more day." Sunday will be bracket play with Baker best four-of-seven matches.

The event takes place at Heister Lanes in Reading, Pa. and starts Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Two matches per block will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV. All are free of charge and links are available on umeshawks.com.

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