The nation's fourth ranked Hawks.

April 30, 2014

NASHVILLE - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team dropped one spot to fourth in the final coaches' poll from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA), released earlier this week.

The Hawks entered the 2014 NCAA Championships ranked third in the March poll and earned the championships' top seed. They fell in the semi-final round to eventual champion Sam Houston State and finished essentially in third place as they were the highest seed out at that stage of the event. Despite that finish, the Hawks still fell in the poll to fourth, one spot behind Arkansas State, whom the Hawks beat twice in the event and were then eliminated by UMES in the quarterfinals. The Red Wolves, who were ranked first in the polls most of the season, earned two first place votes and 473 points, seven more than the Hawks.

UMES finished the season at 95-23, a winning percentage of 81 percent and the highest of any team in the poll.

The Bearkats, who claimed the school's first NCAA title with the win, earned 17 of the 20 first place votes and 562 points. Nebraska, who was the runner-up to the title earned one first place vote and 518 total points. Vanderbilt was ranked fifth with 376 points while Wisconsin-Whitewater, the other semi-finalist with UMES, was sixth with 374 points, the highest ranking for the WarHawks in school history. Central Missouri and Fairleigh Dickinson were seventh and eighth respectively.

All of the top eight were the same schools that made the NCAA Championship field.

Stephen F. Austin, who made a good run at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate Championships was ninth and St. Francis University (Pa.) was tenth. Kutztown and Sacred Heart, who also made the USBC field were 11th and 12th.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe North Carolina A&T was 13th, LIU Brooklyn was 14th and Valparaiso was 15th. Other MEAC schools Delaware State and Norfolk State were ranked 17th and 19th respectively in the poll.



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