Tatiana Munoz (right) poses with former Hawk Paula Vilas at the 2014 Central American Games.

May 1, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - In former UMES Bowling All-American Paula Vilas's home, current Hawk, Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) bowled like it was her house this past week in the 2014 Concecabol, or the Central American Games. She took gold medals in doubles and trios as well as the all events team gold. She took silver in the individual all events as well. It was a good showing for the junior who is coming into her own as a top bowler both in her country and among the collegiate ranks in the United States.

The event, held April 27-May 1, 2014 in the Dominican Republic, saw Munoz struggle a little in singles, taking eighth place overall in the 19 woman field. Much like she did in the collegiate singles championships, Munoz started slow with a 149 in game one, but quickly found her lane, shooting a 222, 201 and 200 along the way.

It was doubles however, where she shined. Along with partner Laura Plazas, who bowls for Wichita State, she set a new Central American Record, shooting a whopping 2747 over six games to average a 228.917. The second place team, Puerto Rico, was almost 600 pins behind them, averaging a 181. Along the way Munoz shot a 278, 234, 249, 216, 200 and a 197 to tally 1374 by her lonesome to average a 229. That combined with Plazas' 228.833 average, which was just one pin less, made for a dominating gold medal performance from the pair.

There was more where that came from in trios, as Munoz, Plazas and Alexandra Mosquera Jimenez shot 3,687 for the three to average a 204.833. Munoz herself knocked down 1,257 pins over six games and averaged a 209.5. Puerto Rico was again second, averaging just under a 196.

While the singles finish hurt her, Munoz still took the silver medal in the all events competition. She tallied 3742 pins and trailed Plazas by 172 pins overall. Plazas, who had 196 pins more than Munoz in singles, trailed her by one pin in doubles and 23 in trios.



Munoz claimed her third gold medal as part of the Colombian delegation in the event as they tallied 11,028 pins as a group, 818 pins more than second place Puerto Rico.

"Gold medals and a Central American record in doubles, this is crazy!" said Munoz in a Facebook status.

Munoz qualified for the event back in December of 2013 when she took second in the Under-23 Division at the Colombian Team Trials. That finish qualified Munoz for this event, the Iberoamerican Championship which will also be in the Dominican Republic. She also qualified for the Central American Youth Championship which will be held in Panama, as well as the South American Youth Championship in Chile and the World Youth Championship held in Hong Kong.

"I could not be happier for Tatiana Muñoz, her doubles partner, Laura Plazas and other teammates for winning so many gold medals at the tournament," said UMES head coach Kayla Bandy. "Tatiana is a true class act, on and off the lanes."

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