UMES is in the top 20 of four different polls this season.

Feb. 14, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - As one of only two women's bowling programs in the nation to win both an NCAA and USBC Collegiate Championship and the only to win both in the same year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks are ranked in several polls each season. Currently at second and first in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches and media polls respectively, the Hawks are also ranked in the current United States Bowling Congress (USBC) coaches' and media polls.

The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) and International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) both released their second poll of the season today.

In the first NCBCA poll, back in December, UMES was ranked 10th with 240 points. Despite winning six of eight events this season, all NCAA, they dropped in the latest poll to 13th overall. While UMES has not bowled any of the other 19 teams ranked in the poll to date, explaining their lower ranking, they accumulated 171 points, dropping three spots. Wichita State, Robert Morris-Illinois, Webber International, Midland and first-year NCAA team Midland were the top five teams in the current poll. No other NCAA team was ranked but Kutztown and Wisconsin-Whitewater both received votes.

In the latest IBMA poll, formerly the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA), UMES fell all the way to 18th from being 11th previously. Robert-Morris-Illinois, Wichita State, Webber International, Lindenwood and Midland were the media's top five. NCAA school McKendree was eighth as the only ranked NCAA school, however UAB, Kutztown, St. Francis-PA. and Wisconsin-Whitewater are all NCAA schools who received votes in the current IBMA poll.

UMES currently stands at 72-14 and 19-1 in the conference. The Hawks are coming off a championship in the DSU Capital Classic and they bowl this weekend in Towson, Md. at the Morgan State Invitational.

To be included in the coaches and writer's polls, teams must be members of the USBC and have competed in sanctioned events throughout the season. Many of the NCAA teams ranked in the NTCA polls are not members of the USBC, thus excluding them from the polls.



Both the bowling coaches and writers will release one more poll this season.

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