Paula Vilas led the Hawks individually in 24th place.

March 12, 2012

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - In a bid to make the United State Bowling Congress' (USBC) Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC), all eight Hawks competed in the sectional qualifier in Allentown, Pa., vying for one of the top four spots. While three Hawks made the field last season, no UMES bowler made it this season with Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) finishing the highest at 24th.

Vilas tallied an 1140 over six games with a high of 200 in the opening game.

Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) was 31st with a tally of 1122 and a high of 201 in game two. Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) took 35th with an 1112 and a high of a 197 in game three. Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) was 37th with an 1108 and a high of a 204 in game one and a 202 in game four.

Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Guanajuanto, Mexico), T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) were 50th, 51st, 55th and 60th respectively in the field of 114 bowlers.

Qualifying for the national finals was held in Allentown, Pa.; Euless, Texas; Fairview Heights, Ill.; and Smyrna, Tenn. All participants bowled six games with the top four women at each site advancing to compete for the national titles.

Brooke Bower of Kutztown led the women's division in Allentown with 1,286 (214.3 average) and advanced along with Amelia Tonyes of St. Francis-N.Y., Brittany Hart of Long Island and Chelsea Essenmacher of Adrian. Essenmacher finished the six games tied with Katie Thornton of Webber International but won the ninth and 10th frame roll-off, 60-26, to advance.



Last season's collegiate player of the year Jazreel Tan of Wichita State blew away the field in Euless with 1,344 (224 average). Also moving on was Nicole Parkhurst of Stephen F. Austin, Jordeen Koizumi of Arizona State and Rachel Schalow of Viterbo.

Elise Bolton of Nebraska took the top spot in Fairview Heights with 1,382 (230.3 average). Kaitlin Quinn of Bellarmine, Amanda Dodd of Calumet and Georgia Drewes of Newman also advanced.

In Smyrna, Sarah Lokker of Arkansas State finished on top with 1,315 (219.1 average) and will be joined at nationals by Addileen Pointer of Alabama A&M, Brandi Branka of McKendree and Katelyn Zwiefelhofer of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In all, nine of the 16 bowlers to make the championship were from NCAA schools.

For more information and complete results from the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships and the Sectional Qualifiers, visit

Portions of this release appear compliments of the USBC.

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