NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The National Ten Pin Coaches Association has announced that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the winner of the third annual team grade point average award. First year head coach Kayla Bandy had her Hawks compile an impressive 3.66 cumulative GPA from its eight members in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The NTCA recognized 20 institutions for having a team GPA over 3.2 for the academic year (13-14). This is the third straight year UMES has made the list, and the first time it has won the award. The women’s bowling team also posted the highest GPA of any team at UMES, winning that award for the 13th time in 14 years, including 12 straight. The Hawks graduated just one player from last year’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship team, that being Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) who graduated with a perfect 4.0 and won the last three NCAA Elite 89 Awards, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the championship site of each sport. Buja recently finished in the top 10 of all 89 winners for 2013-14 in an online poll from the NCAA.
“I am very proud of our team,” said Bandy. “We worked hard on the lanes and in the classroom. The dedication that the girls put in was phenomenal and we intend to work that hard each season.”
The list also included fellow MEAC schools North Carolina A&T State with a 3.45 in ninth place, Delaware State with a 3.36 in 13 th place and Norfolk State with a 3.27 in 17 th place. Adelphi University trailed UMES for second place with a 3.63 while Alabama State was third with a 3.6.
UMES returns to the lanes in late October at the New Jersey Jamboree.