Hawks on to USBC nationals after 3rd place at sectional
March 12, 2018

SMYRNA, Tennessee -

The University of Maryland Eastern locked up another trip the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships on Sunday (March 11) at Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee.

After Friday’s singles competition, the Hawks battled through 32 Baker team games on back-to-back days and when the dust settled they had taken 3rd place right behind St. Francis (Illinois) and Savannah College of Art and Design. The top four teams from each sectional will head to the Championships be held April 18-21 at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Alabama-Birmingham finished out the Top 4 in Smyrna.

Bandy a Pikeville graduate, saw her alma mater finish in 5th place just out of advancing.

“We had to knock out the alma-mater to do it but I now bleed maroon and grey, so can't feel too terrible,” Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said.

Total pin fall for the 64 games determined which teams would advance to the ITC. The Shore averaged 191.88 for the entire event.

It was a bit of a rough start for the Hawks, who ended the first quadrant of 16 Baker games in sixth place, 295 pins behind the leader St. Francis and sported a 189.19 average. The squad moved up one spot — to fifth place — after the second quadrant and at 6,122 pins (191.31) were still nearly 300 behind St. Francis.

“The field was scrappy, but the pattern was hard,” Bandy said. “It was conducive to players that spin the ball and for once that is not our strength. It was really hard to get the ball through the friction in the heads, but we nailed the surface adjustments and made it work.”



The final day of competition was moving day for Eastern Shore, which jumped into the Top 4 after 48 games. Their 9,272 (193.17)  score put them just two pins behind third place Alabama-Birmingham.

Eastern Shore finished out the final quadrant strong and jumped UAB into third place.

The sectional at 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey was won by Sacred Heart (12,779). Delaware State (12,735) finished second, while Notre Dame (Ohio) was third with a 12,560 and Schenectady County Community College (12,267).

Lindenwood grabbed the top spot at the St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois with a 13,424. Grand View (13,061), Stephen F. Austin (13,055) and St. Ambrose (12,798) finished out the Top 4.

At the USA Bowl in Dallas, Wichita State (12,435), McKendree (12,175), Newman (12,040) and William Penn (11,758) grabbed the four slots.

The championship rounds at the ITC and ISC will be taped for broadcast April 21 and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network starting April 24.

The women's singles show will air April 24, and the men's singles broadcast will air May 1. The women's team final will air May 8, and the men's ITC on May 15 will conclude the collegiate broadcasts.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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