Mariana Alvarado earned All-Tournament Team honors and a career-high 277.

Feb. 9, 2013

DOVER, Del. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) picked up 10 much needed wins over the past two days and sit in first place heading into the finals and bracket play on Sunday Feb. 10 at the Brunswick Zone Doverama Lanes. UMES dominated the 12 team field, leading by 434 pins over second-place Fairleigh Dickinson University, setting up a match between the two for a trip to the finals for the winner.

UMES opened day one with five quad-Baker games on Friday afternoon. The Hawks got off to a good start, winning three of the four games and topping the Knights of FDU 844-806. They would then top Adelphi (876-700), New Jersey City (955-820), St. Francis-Brooklyn (818-793) and then close out the day with an 831-713 win over North Carolina Central. UMES put up a daily high and very impressive 268 against the SFNY Terriers in the fourth match of the day. The 955 against NJCU was a tournament high.

Today, the Hawks picked up five more wins, topping Cheyney, Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, Hampton and Howard.

Against Cheyney the Hawks put up a 1089=741 win and got a 248 from Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and a 238 from T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.). They topped Delaware State 1078-850 with a 235 from Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and NCAT 1100-867 with a 277 from Alvarado and a 233 from Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.). Alvarado's 277 was a career-high and team-high for the day.

In the final two matches the Hawks posted an 1008-891 win over Hampton and an 1154-925 win over Howard. Jones had a 233 against the Pirates while Ramirez posted a 258 and Alvarado a 248 against the Bison. The 1154 was the high for the tournament.



Only six players shot better than 1,100 on the day with Ramirez and Alvarado included. They would both earn spots on the All-Tournament Team. Ramirez tallied 1,118 and Alvarado one pin less to earn their sports.

FDU's Dannielle McEwan will earn MVP honors, shooting a 1,203 while teammate Michelle Hynzaker tallied a 1,125. Adelphi's Holly Zonk also shot a 1,117 to round out the All-Tournament Team.

Tomorrow's first round will feature UMES vs. FDU, NJCU vs. Adelphi, Delaware State vs. SFNY, NCAT vs. NCCU, Hampton vs. Howard and Morgan State vs. Cheyney. All of those matches will be best four-of-seven-Baker game format.

Action resumes tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Dover and will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. Admission is free.

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