By William Darden Jr.
Even if the Hawks were to win it, they would need help from division rivals. The Hawks trailed Delaware State in the division rankings and would need the Hornets to suffer some losses throughout the weekend so they could overtake them.
On the first day of competition, the Hawks were able to defeat the Bison by a score of 930-796, Coppin State 911-535 and Morgan State 882-847. However, they lost to the Hornets 877-809, giving them a 3-1 record for the day.
After losing to Delaware State on the first day, the Hawks would need to defeat the Hornets and hope for them to suffer a pair of losses on the second day to claim the division title.
The Hawks started the second day well with a 880-793 win over Howard, and a 937-865 win over Morgan State. In that same stretch, Delaware State suffered two losses to the Bison and Bears.
The Hawks then faced the Hornets in what turned out to be the division-clinching match. The Hawks trailed early but came roaring back, and won handedly 975-795. The win guaranteed the Hawks at least a tie in the division. The Hawks were able to defeat Coppin State convincingly, by bowling a 956. With their win over Coppin State the Hawks were guaranteed the division championship.
Sophmore Melanie Copey led the individual field with a 772 series, while also scoring a game high of 225 pins. Senior Thashaina Seraus, sophomore Jalesa Johnson and freshman Danielle August were among the other Hawks who earned top ten spots.
Next, the Hawks will compete in the USBC sectionals in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 11th to the 13th.