Hawks go 6-1 on Thursday and will bowl the eight-seed Sam Houston State.
Hawks fall to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the opening match.
Hawks eliminate top-ranked Arkansas State before falling to Sam Houston State.
UMES stands in first place after the first four games.
Hawks fight through a tough day to claim their second-straight conference title.
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.
See a few shots from the send-off party for UMES Bowling as they leave to play for the 2014 National Championship!
See Megan Raymond's shots of the 2014 Bowling Championships.
Personal: Valerie Riggin joined the Hawks as a mid-year freshman in 2011-12, hailing from Vista, California...She is the daughter of Maria and Richard Riggin, whom Valerie lists as her biggest supporters...She attended Rancho Buena Vista High School where she earned academic honors in 2010 and 2011 and played volleyball the same years...Her bowling squad was league champions in 2010 and made the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Playoffs as a top-four seed in 2010 and 2011, winning in 2010...She won the 2011 JBT Las Vegas Main Event before starting her career at UMES...She volunteers her time with Youth Bowlers for Success and Invisible Children...Her favorite saying is "It's More important to look ahead then look back," and her favorite book and movie are Mind Gym by Gary Back and The Blind Side, respectively.
2011-2012: Riggin appeared in five team games and averaged a 199 and knocked down 995 pins....High game of a 222 in the Morgan State Invitational...Bowled in nine Baker games.
2012-2013: Named UMES Athlete of the Week on Nov 12...MEAC Bowler of the Week on Nov 13...Totaled 1,267 total pins...Averaged 211.17 in 6 games...High of 237 at the MEAC Northern Division Event 2...Bowled in 16 Baker games.
2013-2014: Part of the team that captured the school's 7th MEAC Championship and made their 11th straight trip to the NCAA Championships...Totaled 7837 total pins...Averaged 195.93 in 40 team games...High of 266 at the NCAA Championships...Bowled in 55 Baker games.