Maria Rodriguez named NTCA National Player of the Year


    Women's Collegiate Bowling

    UMES Senior earns nation's top NCAA Bowler award and a fourth All-American honor

    2011NTCAPotYMariaRodriguez.jpgColombian national team member Maria Rodriguez of Ibague Tolima, Colombia, has a big hand in the success of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) women's bowling program and she was recognized last night for it with the NCAA sport's highest honor.

    Rodriguez was named the Division I Player of the Year by the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) at the NCAA Tournament Banquet on the eve of the championship.

    Head Coach Sharon Brummell poses with Maria Rodriguez after she was named National Player of the Year at the 2011 NCAA Championship Banquet.

    "What an honor," said Rodriguez. "I am truly humbled by this; it is great to be recognized by the coaches who have driven this sport to where it is. For me it justifies all the hard work, all the sweat, blood and tears that have literally gone into my college career. It is an awesome feeling."

    Rodriguez is the first National Player of the Year UMES has ever had since becoming a Division I program and, along with teammate Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.), one of two four-time All-Americans in school history.

    "I am so proud of Maria," said head coach Sharon Brummell. "I know she feels vindicated. She gave up a lot to come here and start her bowling life anew but in the end it has been great for her and great for our program and university. She has been a driving force in elevating this program to the status we have today. She deserved this award."

    Frahm joined Rodriguez as a First-Team All-American, the second selection of her career and fourth overall. Martha Perez (Bogota, Colombia) was a Second-Team All-American and Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) earned her first All-American selection being named to the Third-Team.

    Rodriguez earned her third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year award earlier this season and finished with an average of 210.44. She was named to three All-Tournament Teams this season, was a MEAC Bowler of the Week and even had time to earn the honor of top bowler in her nation's Team Trials. She also earned her third All-MEAC award this season and posted the second highest pinfall of any women's bowler at any ISC sectional.

    2011 National Tenpins Coaches Association All-America Teams

    First Team
    Kristina Frahm, Oswego, Ill (Senior) University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
    Tracy Ganjoin, Brick, NJ (Senior) Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Natalie Jimenez, Rowland Heights, CA (Sophomore) University of Central Missouri
    Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, NY (Sophomore) Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Maria Rodriguez, Ibague Tomina, Colombia (Senior) University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

    Second Team
    Thea Aspiras, Chesapeake, VA (Freshman) Norfolk State University
    Jessica Earnest, Vandalia, IL (Sophomore) Vanderbilt University
    Brittni Hamilton, Webster, NY (Junior) Vanderbilt University
    Martha Perez, Bogota, Colombia (Senior) University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
    Nicole Trudell, Coventry, RI (Freshman) Sacred Heart University

    Third Team
    Joely Carrillo, Clifton, NJ (Junior) Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Samantha Hesley, Wellington, FL (Junior) Vanderbilt University
    Sara Litteral, Chesterfield, MI (Senior) Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Addileen Pointer, Highland, MI (Junior) Alabama A & M University
    Anggie Ramirez, Bogota, Colombia (Sophomore) University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

    Honorable Mention
    Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, IL (Junior) Valparaiso University
    Kelly Daunno, Carteret, NJ (Sophomore) New Jersey City University
    Verra Diggs, Fort Washington, MD (Senior) Bowie State University
    Emily Fravel, Tomball, TX (Senior) Arkansas State University
    Dayna Galganski, West Palm Beach, FL (Junior) Sam Houston State University
    Kayla Jones, Johnstown, PA (Junior) Kutztown University
    Kara Richard, Tecumseh, MI (Freshman) University of Central Missouri
    Samantha Santoro, Reinholds, PA (Junior) Kutztown University
    Danilelle van der Meer, Hilversum, Netherlands (Senior) University of Nebraska
    Kim Wallace, Richmond, TX (Junior) University of Central Missouri

    Players of the Year
    Division I - Maria Rodriguez, Ibague Tomina, Colombia (University of Maryland - Eastern Shore)
    Division II/III - Natalie Jimenez, Rowland Heights, CA (University of Central Missouri)

    Rookies of the Year
    Division I - Nicole Trudell Coventry, RI (Sacred Heart University)
    Division II/III - Kara Richard, Tecumseh, MI (University of Central Missouri)

    Coach of the Year
    Division I - Mike LoPresti (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
    Division II/III - Joe Ambrose (Kutztown University)