Hawks looking to rebound in 2nd MEAC event of year
Dec. 1, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore never found the success it wanted during the first MEAC North event of the season — finishing second to Delaware State in Baltimore back on Nov. 11-12.

The Shore (29-17, 6-2 MEAC) lost just two matches over that two-day stretch, but one to Morgan State and another to the first-place Hornets sealed the deal.

On Saturday (Dec 2.), the Hawks take another shot at their MEAC North foes — this time in the friendly confines of their home lanes in Millsboro, Delaware — as they host the North’s second meet of the season.

“We look to have a much stronger performance than we did at the first MEAC event of the season,” Hawks head coach Kayla Bandy said. “We have worked diligently since competing at Millsboro Lanes on the same pattern at the Hawk Classic. We have a plan to attack the lanes effectively this weekend and we will be relentless in filling frames each time we step on the approach.”

The Hawks will be just 13 days removed from a sixth-place finish at the Hawks Classic and  

Bandy said they staff is expecting another strong performance from the five bowlers who lead the team in filled frames so far, this season. Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) has a fill rate of 87.5 percent, while Jalesa Johnson (Delmar, Delaware) at 86.4 percent and Alexandra Hernandez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) comes in at 84.5 percent.


 

 

Sophomore Cayla Hicks (Salem, Virginia) and senior Melanie Copey (Ontario New York) come in next at 82.4 and 81.7 percent respectively, but she’s also looking for other to step up.

Sophomore Brigitte Jacobs (Freeport, Illinois) has been hanging around just behind at 79.5 percent as well and could improve on that this weekend.

Freshman Brittany O’Connell (Beavercreek, Ohio) — filling at an .807 rate — will miss time recovering from an injury and the timetable for her return is unknown, so this weekend is a great time for other to step up.

Classmate Pauline Torres (Ponce, Puerto Rico) us expected to see more action after being off the lanes since the season opener in Illinois.

“Several student athletes worked diligently over the Thanksgiving Break, it seems, while they were taking a break from team obligations,” Bandy said. “They will have their opportunity to lead the team this weekend.”

Competition will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

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