NASHVILLE- Last weekend's National Championship in the United States Bowling Congress' Intercollegiate Team Championships reminded many that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is still one of the best teams in the nation, at any level. And one voter in the National Tenpins Coaches Association poll thought enough of the Hawks to give them a first place vote in the final NTCA Coaches poll for the 2012-2013 season.
UMES was ranked third in the final poll, where they finished in the NCAA Championships earlier this month, held in Canton, Mich. The semifinalist almost made another run at the NCAA title but missed it by one heartbreaking pin. Nonetheless, the Lady Hawks took all that emotion and disappointment to Lincoln, Nebraska where they claimed their fifth National Championship in school history at the ITCs.
In the final NTCA poll the Hawks tallied 324 points and that one first place vote to come in third. National Champion Nebraska was first with 384 points and 13 first place votes. Runner-up Vanderbilt was second in the poll with 348 points. Arkansas State, who was also a semifinalist, was fourth for the third straight poll, this time with 300 points. Central Missouri rounded out the top five with 268 points. Fairleigh Dickinson, who made an impressive run, was sixth with 256 points, Sam Houston State and Wisconsin-Whitewater were seventh and eighth respectively. Stephen F. Austin and Adelphi rounded out the top 10.
Since the NCAA Championships were the only event since the last poll, spots 11-20 remained unchanged. The coach's poll counts towards the Capital One Cup standings. Nebraska will earn 20 points for their spot in the poll and all DI teams in the top ten will earn points in the cup standings. Vnaderbilt earned 12 points while UMES garnered 10. Currently the Hawks are 32nd in the nation among women's teams in the cup standings.