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Hawks take nation's No. 1 ranking to NCAA Championship
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Women's Collegiate Bowling
UMES makes seventh straight trip to Nationals this weekend.
Seven is a number that seems to follow the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) when it comes to NCAA Championships. This happens to be the seventh trip for the Lady Hawks to the event which has been held seven times.
They also like to finish seventh at the event. In all of their trips to nationals UMES has finished seventh every time, except of course 2007 and 2008. In 2008 they brought home the title, the year before they were runner-up. They hope their seventh trip will satisfy their seven fix and result with a trophy.
UMES (100-30) looks for their second National title this weekend in North Brunswick, N.J. at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes. The event starts Wednesday when UMES leaves at 6 a.m. to make the four hour ride north. They will practice from 1:45 to 3:45 in the afternoon, check in each player's bowling balls (they are allowed five each) and then head back to the hotel to get ready for an NCAA banquet.
The action will start on Thursday at 9 a.m. when each team will practice until 9:30 when the seeding round commences. Each of the eight teams at the event will bowl seven games, one against every program, in a team game format. Best win-loss percentage gets the highest seed, right down to the eighth team.
While the Lady Hawks are currently ranked first in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, that won't matter as all eight team go in as at-large bids and bowl on Thursday for seeding.
Once seeded, the teams begin a double-elimination style bracket on Friday.
While seeding is important, it isn't everything. 'The year we won we were seeded seventh,' said Head Coach Sharon Brummell. 'We had a terrible first day, but the girls got it out of their system and worked hard to get back in the mix and eventually won the whole thing. Still, the higher the seed, the easier the road, in theory.'
Brummell knows there are no easy outs in the tournament. It features every past National Champion, from UMES, to Farleigh Dickinson, to Vanderbilt. And let's not forget about Nebraska, the reigning champs have won three of the six titles.
'It is a tough field,' said Brummell. 'We have beaten every team in it, but most of them have beaten us this year too. No matter what seed, everybody can beat anybody else. We just have to be sharp.'
The field also features rivals Delaware State, who beat the Hawks for the second straight year for the MEAC title, host New Jersey City, Central Missouri and Arkansas State, the team UMES beat in 08 for the title.
'We feel good about our chances,' concluded Brummell. 'We know we can beat them, we just have to go out and bowl. We have a great bunch of young ladies that know how to win. when we won, they know what it takes.'

The matches on Friday and Saturday morning will be broadcast live on www.NCAA.com. The finals will be carried live on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and repaired on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in ESPN.



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