JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick announced Tuesday that Haley and Jordan Richard have transferred into the program and will be eligible to compete for the Red Wolves during the 2015-16 season due to the NCAA’s one-time transfer rule.
The twin sisters are natives of Tecumseh, Mich., and played for the University of Central Missouri last season. Jordan led the Jennies in average pinfall a season ago with 206.97 pins per game, while Haley was third on the squad with a 199.51 average. Jordan was named the National Tenpin Coaches Association Division II/III Player of the Year for 2014-15 and was a second-team NTCA All-American, while Haley was a NTCA Honorable Mention All-American. Both bowlers helped UCM reach the NCAA Tournament, where the team finished tied for seventh place.
“We are very excited to be adding two high-quality players in Haley and Jordan to our program,” Kostick said. “Both of them already have college experience and championship experience so adding them to our already talented team makes us really strong for next season.”
Before competing for Central Missouri, Jordan was a two-time Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) Individual State All-Events Champion (2012-13) and was named MHSAA All-State three times (2011-13). She anchored the Tecumseh High School team to three regional championships (2011-13) and also won the individual regional championship in back-to-back seasons (2012-13). Additionally, she was a three-time All-Conference selection (2011-13) and was the 2013 Michigan Junior Master Association (MJMA) Bowler of the Year.
Haley also racked up several awards in high school, including three All-State selections (2011-13) along with helping THS to three regional championships. She earned All-Conference honors from 2011-13 and was the Michigan State Schildroth Invitational Tournament Champion in 2013. Her other accolades include being a two-time MJMA titlist and five-time United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold qualifier, finishing as a semifinalist in 2010 and 2013.
The Richard sisters will be joining a Red Wolves team that advanced to its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament in the 2014-15 season and registered a final record of 76-34.