NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Despite taking first place in all three events of the fall season and amassing a 30-3 overall record, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore dropped to second place in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association poll that was released late last week.
The Hawks tallied eight first place votes and 659 total points, trailing the nation's new No. 1 team, the University of Central Missouri. The Jennies earned their first ever top ranking with 16 first place votes and 683 total points.
"Central Missouri has been bowling really well," said UMES head coach Kristina Frahm. "They took a match from us at our tournament before we topped them in seven games for the title. I know they have had a great season so far."
The Jennies went 41-5 in the fall season and led the nation in winning percentage and RPI, something that hurt the Hawks.
"Hurricane Sandy hurt us," said Frahm. "Not being able to bowl the N.J. Jamboree event didn't give us a chance to bowl against some of the other top teams. We obviously won our Hawk Classic, an event with 13 of the nation's top 20 teams, but other than that we only had two MEAC divisional meets and I think several voters felt like we hadn't proved ourselves as much as UCM had. Congratulations to them, they have always been one of the best NCAA bowling teams in the country and they deserve a number one ranking."
Coming in third was Vanderbilt who rose from fourth place. Sam Houston State was the new fourth place team, up from eighth for their highest ever ranking.
Fairleigh Dickinson, Nebraska, and Arkansas State rounded out fifth through seventh. The Red Wolves fell from second overall while FDU was third and Nebraska stayed put.
Adelphi and Wisconsin-Whitewater were eighth and ninth respectively for both programs' highest ever ranking and Kutztown rounded out the top 10.
The MEAC saw Norfolk State drop from 11th to 14th and Bethune-Cookman fall from 17th to 19th. NCAT and Delaware State both received votes.
UMES is idle to mid-January when they return to lanes at the New Year's Knockdown in Brooklyn, N.Y.