Hawks get ‘team effort’ on Day 2 of Trak Kat Klash
Alexandra Hernandez averaged a 181.40 over five Traditional games on Saturday at the Track Kat Clash.
Nov. 4, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore finished 3-2 on the second day of competition at the Track Kat Klash and stands in fourth place headed into Sunday’s bracket round. Highlights of Saturday (Nov. 4) Included wins against National Tenpins Coaches Association No. 5 Sam Houston and No. 19 Prairie View A&M.

The Hawks opened the day with a position round battle with first-place Nebraska, but fell in that one 998-976.

“The match came down to the final frame and we didn't close enough boxes for the win,” Hawks head coach Kayla Bandy said. “However, today we were more successful at scoring on the fresh.”

In the second match of the day, the Hawks turned their attention to Prairie View A&M eager to rebound from the loss to the Huskers. The result was a 957-882 victory.

“Despite coming off a tough loss to Nebraska we rebounded with a solid performance,” Bandy said.

The Shore then fell 991-869 to NTCA No. 1 McKendree and topped Sam Houston 895-846 before finishing off the day with a solid 935-610 win against Grambling State.

“Matches three and four were not our best performance of the season to say the least,” Bandy said. “The transition took us so far left that we were unable to execute consistent shots and utilize the skills that we are good at. We will look to build on the skills needed to score on similar conditions in the future.

“The last match the ladies controlled the pocket and made spares. We faced Grambling and knew we had to have a solid set to put ourselves in contention to win the event in bracket play on Sunday.”



Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) led the Hawks individually with a 191 average in five games — good enough for 28th place.

Melanie Copey (Ontario, New York) stood at 33 with a 189.20 average over five — highlighted by a pair of 213 games.

No. 49 was Alexandra Hernandez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) whose five-game average was 181.40.

The Hawks got a key 247 from senior Jalesa Johnson (Delmar, Delaware) in match 2 against Sam Houston, while freshman Brittany-Ann O’Connell (Beavercreek, Ohio) posted a 220 in the final match of the day.

Day two the team averaged 185.28 in the five traditional games.

“That was a good bit below the scoring pace of the first day (190.20),” Bandy said. “But It was a complete team effort today.  It speaks volumes that we will have zero individuals in the Top 10, but we finished as a team in the Top Four throughout the first two days of the event so far.”

The Track Kat Klash picks up on Sunday morning with bracket play. Eastern Shore will open against NTCA No. 4 Arkansas State.

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

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