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UMES Wins Third Straight Kutztown Title

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READING, Pa.- For the third consecutive time, the UMES women's bowling team is victorious at Heister Lanes in Pennsylvania. The Hawks have also won the tournament for the fourth time in the six years Kutztown has held the event.

UMES notched an individual and team 300 at those lanes and a second-place finish to solidify their number one spot.

However, this year was no cakewalk for the Hawks, heading into the final bracket they were seeded fourth and had to knock off the second seed, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-2, in the finals, and along the way the Hawks defeated top-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, and third-seeded Vanderbilt.

"Our girls are tough", said head coach Kayla Brandy. "I'm proud of them, they never stopped fighting, they have a killer instinct and a never say die attitude."

In Baker matches UMES now stands at 33-0, undefeated in the team format. Coach Brandy attributes that to the unit's bench, "we have a great bench, our six, seven, and eight bowlers are always ready and can compete with other teams starters".

The Hawks were in a heated battle with third-seeded Vanderbilt and the two teams lived up to the rivalry. The Commodores took game one 204-193, the Hawks won game two 235-213. Vandy took game three and UMES tied the match with a game four win. The Hawks then took the lead in game five but needing a spare in game six, UMES failed to convert and game six was tied at 190. Vanderbilt slipped by the Hawks in game seven winning 168-160 and forced a tiebreaker. UMES emerged victorious from the five-frame set 129-103 and advanced to the second round.

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