Lady Hawks' bowling team wins 2011 NCAA title
Seniors Kristina Frahm, Martha Perez and Maria Rodriquez ended their careers on the UMES bowling team the way they started – with an NCAA championship.
A victory in the final match over Vanderbilt University of the Southeastern Conference marks the second time in four years the university has brought home the coveted Division 1 title.
Rodriquez, Perez and Frahm were freshmen on the 2008 NCAA national championship team. Frahm, a dean's list student in accounting who earlier this month received the university's top all-around student honor - the Bernstein Achievement Award - was named the 2011 tournament's Most Outstanding Performer.
UMES won nine of its 13 matches – coming out of the losers’ bracket of the round-robin / double-elimination tournament to win the collegiate sport’s top prize. The Lady Hawks defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University, the nation’s top-ranked squad, three times in this year's tournament and Vanderbilt twice to do the trick.
Other members of the Lady Hawks’ championship roster are: junior Paula Vilas, sophomores T’nia Falbo and Anggie Ramirez and freshman Megan Buja.
The Lady Hawks overcame a two-games-to-one deficit to win three consecutive games and the best-of-seven match.
UMES grabbed the lead with a 215-197 win in the opening game but Vanderbilt answered with a 193-164 win in game two. The Commodores recorded strikes in each of the first six frames en route to a 248-201 win in game three.
The Lady Hawks rebounded with a 30-pin win to pull even in game four.
UMES regained the lead for good with a commanding 235-166 victory in the fifth game. Game six was a back-and-forth affair into the 10th frame, when a Vanderbilt miscue opened the door for the Lady Hawks. Rodriguez, the 2011 national bowler of the year and the UMES team anchor, tallied 29 pins in the final frame to secure the championship.
Some material for this report courtesy of The NCAA.
Watch the 2011 Lady Hawks bowling team clinch the NCAA Division 1 championship in this 12-minute video excerpt of the final match from ESPN.