Jessica Worsley gives her acceptance remarks at the luncheon.
Jessica Worsley gives her acceptance remarks at the luncheon.

July 24, 2008

NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) Jessica Worsley was named the 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year during an awards luncheon held at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.

"This is such an accomplishment and an honor," said Worsley in her acceptance remarks. "It is a very prestigious award and a nice recognition of sorts for the four years of hard work and effort put into academics and athletics."

The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Worsley's bowling coach and Senior Woman Administrator at UMES, Sharon Brummell, was excited by the award. "I am so proud of Jessica. Not just this year, but all four years she has represented the department of athletics, the school and our conference well. She has been a shining example of a true student-athlete, a success in the classroom and on the lanes."

2008 MEAC Woman of the Year, Jessica Worsley.

Worsley led her team to a 4-2 victory over Arkansas State University to win the 2008 NCAA Women's Bowling National Championship. It was the first Division I national championship in both conference and school history and the first women's DI title for a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). She earned All-Tournament honors and was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2008 NCAA Women's Bowling Championship.

Worsley was also recently named a Third-Team All-American by the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA).

During her senior season, Worsley, played in 78 games for the Lady Hawks last season and averaged a 181.23 pinfall including a game-high 257.

The two-time University of Maryland Eastern Shore Female Athlete of the Year (2007 and 2008) spent time off the lanes volunteering at the NASCAR Volunteer Food Services, tutoring at the Salvation Army as well as serving as a volunteer coach at a bowling center.

Worsley, a MEAC and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Academic All-American, compiled a 3.0 GPA and graduated in May with a degree in Chemistry. She will represent the MEAC at the NCAA Woman of the Year luncheon in the fall.

"I have to thank everyone who has helped me reach this level of success," Worsley continued. "My parents especially pushed me as a child to be the best I could be. I also wouldn't be here without the efforts of my coach, Sharon Brummell, I have her to thank for a lot of this. We also have a wonderful athletic department at UMES that allowed me to grow into the person I am today"

Morgan Maxwell of Howard University was named the runner-up to the award. North Carolina A&T's Renecia Lovelace was the MEAC's inaugural recipient in 2006, while Howard's Courtney Smiley was awarded the honor last year.

WTKR NewsChannel 3's Weekend Anchor Domonique Benn served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

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