UMES Women's Bowling earns second straight MEAC Championship
March 26, 2007
NORFOLK, Va.-It was eerily similar to last season's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women's Bowling Championship. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) cruised through the preliminary rounds and faced a school in the championship final having to beat them just three out of five games for victory.
But last year Morgan State beat UMES in the first three of five series and forced a second in the double elimination format. This year it was the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University (B- CU) that did that to the Hawks. They beat UMES three games to two in the opening match (the fifth game by one pin) but also like Morgan State couldn't do it twice, as the Lady Hawks captured their second straight MEAC title and third overall.
Freshman Marion Singleton earned Most Outstanding Performer (M.O.P.) honors while Jessica Worsley, last year's M.O.P. was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
"As both a freshman and as the anchor on this team I had to prove myself. I believe we bowled the best we have all year in today's MEAC championship," said Singleton who was the team's anchor bowler. We played as a team and came in to defend the title." She knocked down 862 pins and averaged a 215.50 in the event.
The event, held in at AMF Military Lanes in Norfolk, Va. saw the two teams go back and forth in the opening Baker style match. UMES took game one 236-189 and appeared to be headed for an easy win in a match recorded by ESPNU for air in early April. But B- CU stormed back and took game two 182-179. The Hawks rebounded for a game three win 209-127 and the Wildcats took game four 190-166. It was game five that went either way and B-CU took the win 205-204.
In Baker style matches five bowlers alternate bowling frame after frame with the first bowler bowling frames one and six and the second bowler frames two and three and so on. With the win the Wildcats forced another Baker style match for all the marbles.
It was more of the same in the second match. The bowling was more comparable to a heavyweight boxing match with each team taking the other's best punch. Round one went to the Hawks with a 195-143 win while game two was the Wildcats' 167-155.
Round three was scored clearly in favor of the defending champs, 257-185. In the fourth game, a must win for B-CU, they rolled five strikes in a row, winning, 243-181.
In game five UMES regrouped and showed why they were the top seed; taking the game, the match and the trophy by a score of 213-164.
Head Coach Sharon Brummell, who was named Outstanding Coach, was thrilled with the win. "There was a lot of pressure to repeat, because everyone is after you. I told my girls that whoever gets the most strikes and handles the spares would win." said Brummell. "Bethune- Cookman played very well. They were in a rhythm after winning this morning's semi-final [with Morgan State]."
Joining Singleton on the All- Tournament team is teammate Worsley and North Carolina A&T's Shea Stark. Bethune-Cookman's Anglea Murrell and Sarah Circle completed the team.