Hawks earn No. 1 seed for bracket play at MEAC Championship
March 24, 2017

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore continues its quest for a ninth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title on Saturday (March 25) morning as the No. 1 seed in best-of-seven Baker style bracket competition after finishing Friday's competition with the day's top total pinfall from the eight-team field.

Seeding was decided based on the total pinfall of five traditional games played at AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Maryland Eastern Shore, by virtue of its 4,887 total pins over the five games, will be the No. 1 seed on Saturday.

The Shore earned the top seed despite a rough start to the day that saw a, 969-742 win against Florida A&M followed up with tough losses to Norfolk State (959-905) and North Carolina A&T (1,017-975).

"It took us a while to get started today," Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said. "Once we began executing shots and found the personnel that had the best look on the high friction surface things began to turn around."



The Hawks (77-38, 19-5 MEAC) rebounded to finish 3-2 on Friday after topping Bethune-Cookman (997-777) and Howard (1041-831) to close out the day. They will take on No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman at 9 a.m. North Carolina A&T State, which totaled 4,713 pins, earned the No. 2 seed.

The Lady Aggies will take on No. 7 seed Florida A&M to open Saturday's action.

From there, the teams will advance through a pair of double-elimination brackets in order to determine the two teams that will meet in Sunday's championship match. Matches on Saturday are also scheduled for 10:40 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. (if necessary).

The 2017 MEAC Bowling Championship wraps up on Sunday with the championship final at 12 p.m. The championship match will be televised via tape-delay on ESPNU on Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Eastern Shore graduate student Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba) led the Hawks finishing Friday with a 206.4 average over five games.

Sophomore Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) averaged 204.8 also over five games.

Sophomore Danielle August (Mililani, Hawaii) averaged 195.6 over five games.

Classmate Alexandra Hernandez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) averaged a 210 over the three final games of the day to help the team to a strong finish.

After the MEAC Championships, Eastern Shore will be waiting to find out on March 29 if it earned a bid to the NCAA Championships (April 13-15). They already have a spot secured at the USBC Championships (April 20-22).

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