WICKLIFFE, Ohio-Sometimes a team just has your number. That was true today for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), who battled back from an opening loss to Sam Houston State, to face them in a rematch in the semi-final round that would end the Hawks' championship hopes in third place.
UMES returned from the lunch break firing on all cylinders. They were taking on the nation's top-ranked team and No. 2-seeded Arkansas State University (ASU). The Red Wolves battled with the Hawks, but in the end there was just too much fire power from UMES.
"I can't complain," said Bandy. "I wanted to win and it's hard to talk about right now, but I think overall we bowled the best weekend of the whole season. We were amazing on Thursday and today we really dominated in our wins, but for some reason Sam Houston State gets amped to bowl us and while we had a few tough games against them we never bowled bad. But today was their day and I give them credit for making the finals, my hat is off to them."
The loss ends the NCAA Championship hopes of the Hawks in third-place in the semi- final round. It also ends the NCAA portion of the season for the lone senior Megan Buja.
She had a pretty good run in the event, winning the title in 2011 and 2012 and this season shooting the high average and high game on the team games. She finished third her other two appearances, collected three NCAA Elite 89 awards and an All-America honors along the way.
But it is not over for the Lady Hawks, who leave Sunday for Reno, Nev. to bowl in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships. Last season, after being bounced in the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships, they went to the USBC Collegiate event and claimed their fifth National Championship in school history.
They have one senior that can think of no better way to finish her career than with a sixth title.