Hawks perfect on opening day of Track Kat Klash
Nov. 3, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Bowling squad rolled through the opening day of competition at the Track Kat Klash with a perfect 5-0 slate at Emerald Lanes on its way to a second-place standing heading into Day 2.

After averaging 190.2 in Illinois last week in Baker play, the Hawks bowled a 197.28 average in five matches and trailed only NTCA No. 2 Nebraska's 200.5.

After a slow start, the Hawks pulled out their opening match against Stephen F. Austin 954-932 with the help of a strong Game 4.

"On the fresh we struggled to find our rhythm, but came alive after we caught a 257 In Game 4 against SFA for the first win of the day," head coach Kaylan Bandy said.

They followed that up with a 952-879 win against Alabama-Birmingham before taking down Jackson State 945-753.

"The second match, we traveled to the high end of the bowling center and found significantly different conditions. However, the ladies stayed patient, made quality shots, converted spares, and came out with a second win against UAB," Bandy said. "From there, the pins began to fall in our favor."

Eastern Shore continued the strong play against MEAC rival Delaware State as they topped the Hornets 1,035-953.

But patience was the word of the day for the Hawks as they worked to pull out a 1,026-1,025 win in the day's final match against Tulane.

"Matches four and five were tough to say the least," Bandy said. "The pattern did not hold up as we had hoped and ended up transitioning a great deal forcing us left. The last match, we didn't pull ahead until the last frame of the last game against Tulane. The ladies knew they were scoring well, throwing the ball well, doing the things they needed to do to be successful and remained patient until the last shot."



The Hawks got another consistent day out of seniors Melanie Copey (Ontario, New York) and Jalesa Johnson (Delmar, Delaware) who are quickly becoming the rocks of the lineup.

"Alexandra (Hernandez) rebounded from a less than optimal performance last week to delivering shots that we needed in the anchor position," Bandy said. "Cayla Hicks was back with us (after not making the trip to the Bearcat Open) and helped us out on the fresh. Danielle (August) and Brigitte (Jacobs) didn't see playing time today, but were key contributors to our success with added support in the settee and extra eyes through transition."

The Track Kat Klash picks up at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with Traditional matches.

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

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