Lady Hawk bowlers strike down Pikeville to win ITC national crown
LINCOLN, Neb. — (April 20, 2013) — The UMES women’s bowling team claimed the Intercollegiate Team Championship title today at the school year’s final national tournament, a win that solidifies the university’s reputation as one of the country’s premier bowling programs.
The Lady Hawks topped the University of Pikeville (Ky.) 2-0 in a best-of-three final at Sun Valley Lanes, recorded for a tape-delayed broadcast May 18 on the CBS Sports Network.
The win eased the frustration for the 2012-13 squad, which finished third a week earlier in the NCAA’s Division 1 tournament. The Lady Hawks were the two-time defending champions.
The 2013 ITC title is UMES’ second U.S. Bowling Congress collegiate championship in three years. The 16-team event was open to institutions of all sizes, including community colleges and club teams.
To be eligible for this version of the national championship, teams must post a qualifying score in a “sectional” event much the way golfers earn an invitation to play in the U.S. Open.
UMES defeated Newman University (Fairview Heights, Ill.), Wichita State University and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (which fell to the Lady Hawks at the NCAA tourney a week earlier) to qualify for the ITC finals sponsored by xbowling.
In both games, Pikeville bolted out to an early lead only to see UMES storm back with a finishing kick in the final frames led by team anchor, T’nia Falbo.
Falbo and fellow senior Anggie Ramirez were named to the all-tournament team, and Falbo also came home with the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award.
“This feels amazing,” said Falbo, a three-time All-American. “It’s great to go out with a championship!”
Ramirez, a four-time All-America selection, said, “My last day of collegiate bowling couldn’t be any more perfect.”
Head coach Kristina Frahm said, “To accomplish what they have is nothing short of incredible. The team is so phenomenal. A national championship in each of the last three years? Wow, what a feat.”
Summary courtesy of the UMES athletics department.