Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team was ranked No. 1 in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. The Lady Hawks received 16 of 25 first-place votes in the December poll for a total of 704 points.

Since the last poll, UMES claimed its first-ever Hawk Classic title, a 20-team annual event the Lady Hawks host. The 2010 tournament included 13 of the country's top 16 teams. The Lady Hawks overcame a rough opening day to dominate the field over the final two days while setting a school record for team game scores. The Hawks also took home a second-place trophy at the New Jersey Jamboree to open the season.

UMES owns a 19-1 record in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play and holds a six-game lead over rival Delaware State. UMES is 41-7 overall and is tied for the most wins among ranked teams, alongside No. 7 Kutztown and No. 10 Adelphi.

This is the third time UMES has been ranked No. 1. The Lady Hawks were also No. 1 in the March 2010 poll and earned their first-ever No. 1 ranking in October of 2008.

Defending national champion Fairleigh Dickinson, which won the Jamboree title against UMES to start the year, is ranked second after collecting four first-place votes. Nebraska is ranked third and received the remaining five first-place votes while Central Missouri, who the Hawks beat to win the Hawk Classic, is fourth and newcomer Sam Houston State, a first-year program, earned its first-ever ranking at fifth.

NTCA Poll
Rank School Record Points Previous
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin-Whitewater; Fayetteville State; Prairie View A&M; SUNYIT; St. Francis (PA).
1. Maryland-Eastern Shore (16) 41-7 704 2
2. Fairleigh Dickinson (4) 40-9 666 1
3. Nebraska (5) 19-3 643 3
4. Central Missouri 26-14 515 5
5. Sam Houston State 28-13 469 NR
6. Arkansas State 26-10 465 6
7. Kutztown 41-13 443 9
8. Sacred Heart 35-14 429 10
9. New Jersey City 36-13 411 8
10. Adelphi 41-18 283 13
11. St. Francis (NY) 33-16 165 15
12. Vanderbilt 13-17 161 4
13. Valparaiso 27-20 158 11
14. Alabama A&M 11-5 154 12
15. Stephen F. Austin 15-13 140 NR
16. Norfolk State 28-15 119 19
17. Delaware State 24-22 101 7
18. Florida A&M 21-12 89 18
19. Minnesota State-Mankato 19-18 80 16
20. Louisiana Tech 27-17 52 20