March 18, 2010

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Championship will begin on Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m. at the Gate City Lanes in Greensboro, North Carolina. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, recently named the nation's number one team, will head there looking for their fifth conference championship.

It won't be easy however, despite their current ranking in the latest National Tenpins Association Coaches (NTCA) poll, they did not win the conference's northern division. Early on UMES had trouble with Delaware State, currently fifth in the poll, and the Hornets secured the divisional title. All of the conference matches are completed by the beginning of December, since that time UMES has seen DSU just twice, both were wins.

"We didn't bowl well early," said Head Coach Sharon Brummell, fresh off her fifth MEAC Coach of the Year honor. "We didn't gel early, but lately we have been bowling very well. We won four of our last six events, swept the conference honors and even had some time to work at the International Training Center in Texas. I think we have it going in the right direction now."

Junior Maria Rodriguez and freshman Anggie Ramirez were both just named the MEAC Player and Rookie of the Year respectively. Three other Hawks also earned All-Conference honors, Paula Vilas, Martha Perez and Kristina Frahm.

Delaware State, UMES, Hampton and Morgan State qualified from the northern division, while Florida A&M (FAMU), Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State will compete from the southern division.

FAMU, Norfolk State and Morgan State are all ranked in the latest poll, 18th through 20th respectively.



Only the top four teams from each division are eligible to compete in the championship tournament. Howard (7-23), Coppin State (1-29) and North Carolina A&T (4-20) will not compete in the championship tournament.

The tournament begins Friday with a qualifying round. After teams are seeded they will compete in a second qualifying round with Baker matches and placed in a double-elimination bracket. Play continues on Saturday with teams competing in a best-of-seven Baker series.

The 2010 MEAC Bowling Championship will conclude on Sunday, March 21 beginning with the semifinal round at 9:50 a.m. and concluding with the championship final at 11:45 a.m.

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