Freshman Sara Pelayo tallied an 1158 over six games on Saturday.

Nov. 2, 2013

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) struggled to find the consistent pay they needed on day two of the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Overall, they would go .500 on the day, but again struggled with pin count and ended the day in ninth place heading into the third and final day.

UMES started out well, topping Adelphi in traditional team games, 975-907. Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) led the charge with a solid 225 while freshman Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) tossed a 201. The rest of the lineup struggled and Coach Kayla Bandy used all three reserves in the match, trying to find the hot hands.

In game two the lack of those hot hands hurt the Hawks. Stephen F. Austin, who would finish the day in first place, tossed an impressive 1103. UMES mustered just a 902 with only Pelayo topping 200 with her 216. Again Bandy tried all her subs, but the combinations weren't there.

It was more of the same in game three, although UMES got better against the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. ASU tossed a 1035 to best UMES' 990 but it came down to the tenth frame for the bowlers before deciding the match. This time it was Valerie Riggin's (Vista, Calif.) 223 leading the way while Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) rolled a 203. Pelayo was the third highest in the match with a 194.

Kutztown was the next team up and a team UMES should have beaten. The Golden Bears rolled just a 965 but the Hawks posted a 948. The scores were better in some areas with Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) tossing a daily high for UMES with a 229. Riggin stayed hot with a 208 and Pelayo shot 204. The problem again was consistency because Jones, coming off a plus 200 score only tallied a 152 and Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) a 155. Again, the bench all came in, but the right combinations never appeared.



Next up for the Hawks was familiar MEAC foe Bethune-Cookman. More struggles, but Munoz posted a 210 and Juliana Franco (Pereira, Colombia) made her first start of the day and shot a 203. While Alvarado had a 181, two other Hawks shot in the 150s, but it was enough as UMES salvaged the win 901-872.

In the final match of the day the Hawks saw Valparaiso. While no one shot over 200, Franco tossed a 194, Pelayo a 192 and Alvarado a 191 to again give UMES enough to slide by the Crusaders 908-798.

UMES' pinfall on the day wasn't enough to push them out of ninth place, which means they cannot advance up the standings on day three tomorrow. The 3-3 mark however pushed their record on the young season to 7-3 with another pair of matches tomorrow.

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