ARLINGTON, Texas- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's bowling team dropped one spot from 14th to 15th in the latest International Bowling Media Association poll.
The IBMA recently released their second poll of the season with UMES ranked 15th with 68 points. Wichita State, Robert Morris-Illinois, Webber International, Lindenwood, and Wright State were the top five teams with Wichita State receiving seven first place votes tallying 412 points and Robert Morris (Ill.) receiving one first place vote. No other NCAA team was ranked in the poll, but six NCAA schools did receive votes, including: Adrian, Sacred Heart, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Ursuline and Wisconsin-
As one of only two women's bowling programs in the nation to win both an NCAA and USBC Collegiate Championship and the only to win both in the same year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks are ranked in several polls each season. Currently standing at third and second respectively in both the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches and media polls.
UMES currently stands at 78-19 overall.
To be included in the writer's polls, teams must be members of the USBC and have competed in sanctioned events throughout the season. Many of the NCAA teams ranked in the NTCA polls are not members of the USBC, thus excluding them from the polls.
Others, like UMES, have bowled mainly NCAA events, not USBC specific ones, lowering the amount of events they can be evaluated at against USBC only schools. The IBMA will release one more polls this season.
UMES heads to the USBC Sectionals this weekend in Allentown, Pa., bowling for a chance to make the 16-team field of the Intercollegiate Team Championships and a chance to defend their 2013 National Championship.