Megan Buja was clean throughout the day on Sunday.

Feb. 2, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) went 2-1 on the final day of the 2014 Prairie View A&M Invitational. They lost a heartbreaker to the University of Central Missouri 4-3, the seventh game by just two pins, to send them to the bottom of the bracket where they would finish in seventh place for the event.

"We really didn't bowl very well this weekend," said head coach Kayla Bandy. "We struggled a lot and didn't adjust to the lanes very well. Things didn't go the way we hoped so we need to get back to the lanes, have some good practices and get ready for the next event."

UMES opened up with a win against conference rival Norfolk State 4-3. While they were able to secure the win, the Hawks allowed the Spartans to bowl with them. In fact, in all seven games, the Hawks hit 200 just once, scores very that were very uncharacteristic. UMES won game one 181-178 but struggled in game two, 189-145. The team rebounded in game three to shoot the 200 and win 211-191. Norfolk State took advantage of the struggles in games four and five, winning 175-170 and 160-150. UMES hung on to win 175-171 in game six and then roll a solid 192-157 in the seventh for the win.

In the 211 third game Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) spared in the first frame and the fifth. Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexcio) was also clean with a strike and spare. Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) tossed strikes in both her third and eighth frames and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) struck in the fourth and ninth. Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) opened in the fifth but spared and struck in the tenth. UMES only had one open in the game, but in the match Buja was the only bowler of the seven who saw action not to open.



After facing NSU, the only team the Hawks didn't see the first two days, bracket play began and the Hawks took on the nation's third-ranked team, the University of Central Missouri. They topped UCM yesterday, but today the fifth seeded Hawks and eighth-seeded Jennies squared off with a different outcome.

The two heavyweights slugged it out, each bowling well. UMES took game one 201-168 but UCM rattled off wins in games two, three and four (227-183, 223-192, 223-209). The Hawks came back in game five with a solid 217-188 win and in game six both teams struggled with UMES getting a win 176-174.

Coming down to game seven the two teams went back and forth. For UMES, Buja opened with a spare and Jones followed with the same and so did Pelayo and Munoz. Alvarado finally broke through with a strike and Buja followed that with another spare. Jones struck, Pelayo spared and Munoz followed with a spare.

All the while, Central Missouri matched the Hawks, staying clean. It would come down to the anchors. Alvarado needed a strike to win, but got a spare and seven, giving UCM the two-pin 200-198 win and the match 4-3.

That loss sent UMES down to the bottom of the bracket which meant that the Jennies could bowl for fifth, while the Hawks could do no better than seventh.

They would get that spot with a 4.5-0.5 win over Valparaiso, avenging yesterday's one-pin loss. The Hawks rolled in the first match 183-149 before the Crusaders tied them in game two at 177. After that is was all Hawks. UMES took game three 259-173, 224-206 and 204-186. UMES was quickly the first to four and out shot Valpo by 156 pins.

Nebraska, whom UMES topped yesterday, would go on to win the tournament. Vanderbilt, who UMES topped on Friday was second. No. 1 Arkansas State finished third while Sam Houston State was fourth. Stephen F. Austin, another one of the Hawks eight wins on the weekend, took fifth while Central Missouri was sixth. Valpo was eighth behind UMES while Prairie View A&M and Jackson State were ninth and tenth. Norfolk State and Texas Southern rounded out the field.

UMES takes a weekend off before heading back to the lone star state for their first Kat Klash in Houston February 14-16.

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