ARLINGTON, Texas - While the wins didn't pile up like they had hoped they would, the
Prairie View A&M Invitational turned out pretty well for the Lady Hawks of the University of
Maryland Eastern Shore. After finishing day two with the third seed, the Hawks battled to seven games with Vanderbilt, before avenging their loss one day earlier and then fell in the finals to Nebraska to take runner-up honors at the event.
"We certainly were up and down this weekend," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "But this was a good event for us, I think we learned a lot about each other, I learned a lot about the team, and we learned what it means to never give up."
UMES never did stop fighting, despite putting up good numbers and getting good pin counts,
they were bested by opponents who seemed to raise their game when battling the Hawks.
"Coach Brummell used to tell us as players that when you are the champs, everybody wants to
beat you and everybody will give you their best," said Frahm. "I think we saw that this weekend, we got a lot of teams better games, and at times we didn't rise to the occasion, I think we learned a lot that way, but on the last day we battled through some of that to come back and bowl in the championship match, so I think we are still growing."
UMES opened the day with a win over Louisiana Tech in Baker play. The match did not count
for bracket play, but was simply on the schedule so that every team played each other at least once in the event. They went up 2-0 before La. Tech rebounded for the third game win. They would then split the next three matches with UMES taking game six 218-192 and the win.
They would then move into the bracket and face second-seeded Vanderbilt. UMES dominated
the first game 194-164 but the Commodores would take game two 193-171 and UMES responded
with a 177-155 win. The two heavyweights then settled in and found their spots. Vandy tied the match at two with a 219-185 win in game four and took a 3-2 lead 257-135. The Hawks
regrouped from the poor outing to take a one-pin win 200-199 and gain some momentum. Game
seven was back and forth. Tournament MVP Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) opened in the
ninth and Vandy answered with a strike. At that point, the game was on the anchor bowlers. The maximum score if everyone struck out gave UMES a one-pin lead. Vanderbilt couldn't do it however and got nine. T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) answered with her own nine and that
guaranteed a win. She picked up the spare and gave UMES a 182-180 win and a spot in the
In that match UMES ran into Nebraska who was 10-2 in the tournament so far. While one loss
was at the hands of UMES a day earlier, the Hawks were determined to hand them another. It
wasn't to be. The Huskers rolled to wins in game one and two, the latter by 90 pins. As they had against Vandy, UMES responded with a game three win 190-180. Nebraska would then get a pair of wins to close out the 4-1 win and hand UMES a second place finish.
UMES will return to the lanes a little closer to home when they attend the Morgan State
Invitational on Feb. 15-17 in Perry Hall, Md.