By Christian Fazzini
READING, Pa.- After winning their second-straight NCAA Championship, the UMES Women's bowling team travels to Kutztown University to prepare for what is being tabbed as the nation's largest NCAA Women's bowling event.
Under new coach Kristina Frahm, who took the place of Hall of Fame coach Sharon Brummell, the Hawks took first place in the event last year, and are looking to do the same this year.
"We want to win every event, every time out," said Frahm. "We feel have one of the best bowling programs in the country, so at this point in the season, wins and losses are important, but so is pinfall and consistency. We put all that together, we will be successful."
The women's bowling team is ranked second in the nation and look to send a message in Reading Pa. at Heister Lanes, Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 27, where the Kutztown Invitational will take place.
The Hawks have had nine matches this year, eight of them have resulted in a first place finish.
Let's face it, the Hawks have dominated this season right out of the gate. Not letting the success get to her team, coach Frahm continues to be humble about her stellar team.
"We won our own Hawk Classic, but how do we do against the top teams on the road," said Frahm. "I think we can bowl with anybody and this will be a good test."
Fifteen of the top 20 nationally ranked teams, along with nine members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will be present at the tournament. The 28 teams consist of, Adelphi, Bethune-Cookman, Cheyney, Coppin State, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Salem International, Howard, Kutztown, Long Island, Medaille, Maryland Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Morgan State, New Jersey City, Penn State Altoona, North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.), Stephen F. Austin, St. Peter's, Southern, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin- Whitewater.
Coverage of this event will begin Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern, when six four-game Baker matches will take place. Saturday, coverage will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern with six traditional five-player game matches. On Sunday, the event will come to a close when the Baker bracket-style matches starting at 8:30 a.m.Eastern are completed and a champion is crowned.