Nov. 6, 2003

Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks Bowling Team is heading to Dover, DE tonight for the start of what they hope is a MEAC Championship run. They kick off tonight with a banquet and then start early tomorrow morning looking for their second championship in four seasons.

This is the first year the Lady Hawks, and every other collegiate team, are also bowling a highly competitive NCAA schedule. The sport of women's bowling has been considered provisional up until this season and now that it is a full fledged NCAA sport the Hawks hope that a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship this weekend is the start of a run at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championship title and the NCAA title.

"We are excited heading into this weekend," said Head Coach Sharon Brummell. "This is probably the most talented group of bowlers I have ever coached and I think this is a year to bring home a championship," she added. The Hawks last won the MEAC title in 2000 but fell to the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A & T State the last two seasons. "A&T is a team that we out bowled all year both of the last two seasons," said Brummell; "but we couldn't close the door at the MEAC Championships. This year is going to be a different story."

The Lady Hawks have been bowling well this season standing in first place in the MEAC Northern Division and holding the best pin fall of the entire conference. They are 8-1 on the season with the one loss coming to the second place Lady Bison of Howard University. The Hawks hold the edge having won 23 games and 41 matches over Howard who has won 22 games and 31 matches.

Sophomore sensation Maryetta Lewis is leading the way for the Lady Hawks with 4,085 total pins followed by freshman Krista Cutler with 4,042 pins. Megan Raymond holds the high game for the bowlers with a 266 on the season and Junior College transfer Erin Fagan has the high series with 709, five pins better than Lewis.

"We are excited," said Brummell. "We think this is the start of something big and that UMES will bring home that trophy come Saturday." The action kicks off Friday morning at 9:30 am and continues through the day. Friday is for singles and doubles bowling, both of which add to the tem scores. Saturday, starting at 9:00 am is team bowling, where the Hawks really shine. The action is held at the Dover Bowling Lanes in Dover, DE and hosted by Delaware State University in conjunction with the MEAC.



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