HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Valerie Riggin (pictured) led the women's bowling team to a first-place finish at the MEAC North Division meet
Valerie Riggin (pictured) led the women's bowling team to a first-place finish at the MEAC North Division meet

Nov. 12, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The maroon and grey represented their colors admirably this week as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program had five programs post solid results. The bowling team went 9-1 at the MEAC North Division meet, while the golf team placed fifth at the Tiger Invitational and volleyball went 1-1 on the week. Also, the basketball teams played well in their respective matches.

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:

BOWLING

The bowling team went 9-1 this past week at the MEAC North Division meet in Millsboro, Del. The women went 5-0 on day one, before they concluded the tournament with a 4-1 record in Baker Play.

UMES smoked Delaware State to open Baker Play, before the team fell to Hampton. The Hawks recorded three straight wins to conclude play in the tournament, including an 844-582 victory over Morgan State in the fourth game.

The Hawks went 5-0 on day one as they had two women record pin falls of over 1,000. Sophomore Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) paved the way for the Hawks with three scores over 210 and a total pin fall of 1,030 and senior T’nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) finished with 1,001 total pins taken down.  

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Hawks opened the week with a gutsy preseason performance against Salisbury University at the Hytche Center. UMES grinded out a 76-66 win over the Sea Gulls and were led by Donald Williams, who came off the bench to register 18 points behind a 7-for-14 effort from the floor. Williams was one of four Hawks with double-digit point totals.

Following the victory, the team traveled to Honolulu, Hi., to begin the regular season. The Hawks opened up their 2012-13 campaign on Saturday night, but would fall to Hawaii, 76-64.

The team fell behind by as many as 19 points in the game, but rallied back to bring the game within single digits. Their effort was cut short as a revamped Hawaii squad used a balanced attack to close out the game. UMES was led by senior Troy Snyder, who posted 17 points and seven rebounds. Francis Ezeiru just missed a double-double with a 10 point, nine rebound effort from the floor.

The men continue play in the Rainbow Classic through Monday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Much like the men, the women participated in their first live action of the season this past week. The women engaged in a battle with Wilmington University in Princess Anne, where the Hawks won 72-52. UMES was benefitted from a vicious rebounding attack as the women had over 50 rebounds in the game.

The team was led by freshman Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who had a double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds. UMES was led offensively by senior Sha-Kiyla Finney’s (Portsmouth, Va.) 13 points and fellow classmen, Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The women open up their season on Tuesday night with a match at George Mason in Fairfax, Va.

GOLF

The men traveled to Savannah, Ga., to participate in the Tiger Invitational this past weekend. The team opened up play on Saturday with a ninth-place finish. Juniors Mike Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) and Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) each shot team-lows of 82, while junior Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.) finished at 85. Junior Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) rounded out the top-5 with a score of 88.

The entire team improved on their scores from day one on Sunday. It was Veverka who once again led the team with a career-best 73, but Raad totaled a 78 to add insurance to the Hawks score. Cecil bettered his score by two points from the day before and Toney improved by five. The work by the four allowed UMES to make the biggest jump of anyone school at the event, four places up to No. 5.

The event was the final tournament for the Hawks this fall.

VOLLEYBALL

The women posted a 3-2 victory over Norfolk State on Friday night, before they fell 3-1 to the hands of Hampton on Sunday afternoon.

UMES opened up the week with a victory over Norfolk St. The Hawks had three players notch double-digit kills, including sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.), who had 24. Sophomore Jessica Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) notched a game-high 54 kills, while Iosia capped off a double-double with 13 digs.

The Hawks saw junior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hill, Texas) record 17 kills against Hampton, but it was not enough as the women fell to the Pirates in four sets.

The loss ended UMES’ 23-game winning streak in the MEAC.

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