UMES captures fifth MEAC title
Vilas named tournament's Most Outstanding Performer
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- As the careers draw to an end for three Maryland-Eastern Shore seniors it is ending up the same as it started, with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship.
The Lady Hawks captured the 2011 title Sunday in Greensboro, their fifth overall and the second for three All-American seniors in Kristina Frahm, Martha Perez and Maria Rodriguez.
UMES defeated Morgan State, 4-0 in the final to capture the crown.
The Hawks, rolling all the way through the winner’s bracket, made short work of the Bears, 4-0 (206-162, 161-157, 170-138, 187-134) to capture the match in straight games.
“What took us over was the fact that we were able to make our spares. I constantly drive into the young ladies that we have to make spares and it proved to be worth it today,” said head coach Sharon Brummell.
Despite the solid play of the three seniors, it was a junior, Paula Vilas who came up big, being named the Most Outstanding Performer of the championship.
“It feels amazing, I did not expect this award,” stated Vilas, “When they called my name, I was in shock, but I appreciate the honor.”
Vilas aided her team throughout the tournament and bowled a high of 193 against Norfolk State during the qualifying rounds.
Also claiming an award was Brummell, who was named Outstanding Coach of the championship. It was her fifth time receiving this honor.
“This fifth championship was very special for me because of our three seniors [Frahm, Perez and Rodriguez]. This was their last MEAC Bowling Championship. They were a part of the 2008 National Championship team and they really wanted to go out with a win and they were able to achieve that,” Brummell said.
Morgan State, the sixth seed, topped second-seeded Delaware State earlier in the day in the semi-final round, 4-2. They were led in the tournament by Danielle Hale, Devin Revels and Keisheena Waldron. Hale averaged a 181 in the event while Revels and Waldron were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Perez joined Vilas on the All-Tournament Team to go along with both Morgan State players and Jazmyne Hefflefinger from Delaware State.
|Jazyme Hefflefinger||Delaware State|
|Devin Revels||Morgan State|
|Paula Vilas||Maryland-Eastern Shore|
|Keisheena Waldon||Morgan State University|
|Maria Rodriguez||Maryland-Eastern Shore|