Megan Buja was solid today in the second slot of Bakers.

March 23, 2013

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - It wasn't always pretty, but the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) earned a bye into the championship match for the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women's Bowling title, with three wins on day two of the event.

They will bowl the winner of Hampton vs. Florida A&M, the latter the Hawks knocked off in their third match of the day by a 4-3 margin in a back and forth affair. UMES started a lineup of Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico), Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico), Anngie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.). That line-up secured a game one win, 197-178, but the lead quickly evaporated as the Rattlers rebounded to take game two, 189-163.

UMES missed spares and didn't seem to get the ball reaction that FAMU was getting. The Rattlers were throwing strikes, getting Brooklyns and carry that the Hawks just weren't getting. Head Coach Kristina Frahm made some moves. She inserted Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia) in for Lopez and moved a few players a few boards. The Hawks were throwing good shots, but not getting the results and Frahm had to make a change.

Game three went the Rattlers way again, 193-183, but things were better. Falbo chopped a spare in the tenth that could have secured a win, but missed, and FAMU got the win. Game four though saw the Hawks take advantage of Rattler opens to win 181-178. A missed FAMU spare in the tenth allowed the Hawks to seal the win. In game five, the fresh oil, put down during the lunch break, was wearing, and the Hawks were taking advantage. They cruised in game five 207-191, using the momentum of the last game win and the emotion of the FAMU sudden loss before, to surge ahead.



It looked like the Hawks could seal the win in game six, but FAMU strung together strikes and UMES did not, falling badly, 223-182. Game seven though was all Hawks. Getting lane choice and forcing FAMU off of the left where they were hot, the Hawks saw their foe roll the lowest game of the match, a 165, while Falbo sealed the win in the tenth for a 187 total.

Earlier in the day, the defending two-time NCAA Champions Hawks topped the eight-seeded Bears of Morgan State in the first match of the day 4-1 (214-143, 153-179, 190-118, 203-147 and 181-126). They then made quick work of North Carolina A&T by the same score (161-129, 257-187, 187-167, 171-182, 201-182). They led the last match 3-0, but missed a mark in the tenth to seal game four and to go one extra game.

UMES, currently ranked in four different collegiate polls and as high as second, will arrive at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. at 10:00 a.m. to start their media requirements for the televised match. While the Hawks meet with the television talent, the Rattlers and Pirates will face off for the right to bowl UMES. The championship match is expected to start at 11:45 a.m. and will be recorded for broadcast on ESPNU on Monday April 1 at 10:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day five MEAC schools were eliminated as the bracket took shape. The Rattlers, the third overall seed, topped sixth seeded Bethune-Cookman 4-2 and seventh seeded Hampton by the same score.

The defending MEAC Champion Norfolk State Spartans, the fifth overall seed who are ranked 11th in the latest NTCA Coaches poll, were eliminated after a first round loss to NCAT and then a second round loss to rival Hampton. The Lady Pirates trailed 3-2 but rebounded to bounce their Tidewater rival. Hampton then went on to eliminate the B-CU Wildcats in the final match of the day, 4-1 for the right to bowl FAMU.

Earlier in the day the second seed and 18th ranked Hornets of Delaware State faced early disappointment, falling to Hampton and then Bethune-Cookman to end their tournament early.

Admission to the Championships is free and open to the public.

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