UMES CONTINUES ASSAULT OF PRESEASON AWARDS, PREDICTED TO WIN MEAC NORTH
Oct. 23, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Awards have been released and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore bowling team was selected to win the MEAC North. The Hawks also saw senior T'nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) named Preseason Bowler of the Year and had two others named to the All-MEAC preseason team.
The honor is the most recent of several Hawk preseason honors, as last week UMES was named No. 1 in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Preseason Media and Coaches Polls. The preseason poll and all-conference team selections are voted on by the MEAC's head bowling coaches and sports information directors.
UMES claimed the top selection after they received 22 first-place votes. The women look to capture their fourth NCAA women's bowling title in the past six years this year and are coming off a 108-36 overall mark last season. The team defeated Farleigh Dickinson, 4-2, to win the title last season and return four starters to the current team. UMES was also 29-1 in conference play a year ago.
The Hawks secured three of the five selections on the Preseason All-MEAC team. In addition to Falbo, senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) were selected. The trio was the most from any institution in the conference and the only ones selected from a MEAC North school.
Falbo, the reigning MEAC Player of the Year, averaged a 202.91 pinfall in 60 head-to-head matches last season for the Lady Hawks. The senior recorded a total pinfall of 12,238 and bowled a season-high 280 at the Prairie View Invitational. Last year, Falbo was named to the All-MEAC First Team and was a National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Third Team All-American.
Ramirez, who was the 2011 MEAC Preseason Bowler of the Year, was an All-MEAC selection and second team All-American last season. Buja was selected to the All-MEAC team last season, as well as being named the UMES Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-District II honoree.
UMES was followed in the preseason poll by Delaware State (187 points). Hampton was third with 163 points and Morgan State had 161. The top-five was rounded out by Howard (142 points) and Coppin State (117). Norfolk State was chosen to win the MEAC South.
The Hawks begin their season at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree in Elmwood Park, N.J., on Nov. 2. The event will last three days until Nov. 4.
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