UMES `bowls more like a team' to improve their final standings.
UMES bowling has been hosting a decade worth of quality events.
Senior laden squad looks to put their mark on the program with another National Championship.
Hawks take three of the five spots in the preseason poll.
Megan Buja and Mariana Alvarado earn Second-Team honors.
See photos from the 2014 Hawk Classic, including senior day!
UMES Hawks volleyball wins, men's and women's basketball kick off 2014-15 season (Photos by Joey Gardner)
7-game match with UMES where the Hawks won 4 games to 3.
See some of the action from practice and the matches with Sam Houston State and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Like many of the other international bowlers at UMES, Alvarado has competed all over the world. "We have become known for our international bowlers," said former head coach Sharon Brummell, who recruited her. "But you can't beat that experience, they bowl in different countries all the time, there is national pride and bragging rights on the line constantly. It is a big situation and when they come here they bring that with them. Mariana's very talented but combine that with her experience, and she will be a big part of our success this season."
Personal: Born September 21, 1992 in Mexico...Daughter of Gerardo Alvarado and Martha Nava...Has one sister Daniela and one brother Gerarado...Majoring in Aerospace Engineering...Best advice received is "always give 100%"...Favorite book is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel...Goals for this year help her team make history again.
Memorable Moments: Mariana Alvarado (San Carlos, Mexico) is another international standout and the first in UMES' program from Mexico. Alvarado bowls for Team Mexico and will go to Thailand in 2012 representing her country. She has over 100 national awards in bowling and was in Finland at the world youth championships last year where she finished in the top 50. She was the 2008 under 16 Pan-Am Games Champion in San Salvador and in the 2011 games, took gold in trios and silver in teams when it was held in the Dominican Republic.
2011-2012: Named the schools second ever MEAC Bowling Rookie of the Year... Recorded a 9,683 total pinfall...Averaged a total 189.86 for the season...High game of 247.
2012-2013: All-Tournament Team at the DSU Capital Classic...All-MEAC Second-Team selection...Named to MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Named Honorable Mention All-American...NCBCA All-Academic selection...Honorable Mention Academic All-NTCA...Recorded a 8,990 total pinfall...Averaged a total of 195.43 in 46 games...High game of 277 rolled in the DSU Capital Classic
2013-2014: NTCA Second-Team All-America selection...All-MEAC First-Team selection...NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection...Two-time MEAC Bowler of the Week...UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week (1/27/14)...Pre-season All-MEAC selection...Kutztown Invitational All-Tournament Team...Qualified and bowled in the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships, one of 16 in the nation to do so...Part of the 2014 MEAC Championship Team... Named as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award winner...The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) named her to their All-Academic Team for having a GPA of a 3.5 or above...The National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) named her 2nd-Team All-Academic (3.4 GPA or higher)...Named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Totaled 9,964 total pins...Averaged 199.28 in 50 games...High of 279 at the UMES Hawk Classic (Tournament High Game)...Bowled in 61 Baker games.