The team huddles at the 2011 NCAA Championship.

Oct. 25, 2011

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) has released its first poll of the 2011-12 season and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) sits on top. Winners of the 2011 NCAA and USBC Collegiate National Championships the Hawks earned 11 first place votes out of 20 and amassed 514 points to earn the top spot.

Vanderbilt, whom the Hawks beat to capture the NCAA crown, totaled 504 points and garnered five first place votes. Fairleigh Dickinson was third with 464 points, Central Missouri, who had one first place vote, had 456 points while Nebraska was fifth with 448 points and three first place votes.

UMES was also picked to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Northern Division after capturing that crown also in 2011. Fellow conference school Delaware State was picked 12th with 155 points while Norfolk State, picked to win the MEAC south was 15th with 105 points. Bethune-Cookman, Hampton and Morgan State also all received votes.

"I am honored to be chosen first," said head coach Sharon Brummell. "But we have a lot of work to do. We return some great players and have some great new ones, but our three seniors were a part of three national championships and will be hard to replace."

Gone are four-time All-America selections Kristina Frahm and Maria Rodriguez and two-time All-America nod Martha Perez. Rodriguez was the National Player of the Year last season with all three having numerous tournament, conference and other national awards. UMES returns All-Americans Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) as well as T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) and Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) who both saw action in the national tournaments last year.



The Hawks start their season November 4 at the FDU Invitational in Elmwood, Park, N.J.

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