T'nia Falbo, 2013 MEAC Woman of the Year.

June 10, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) today named recent University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) graduate T'nia Falbo the 2013 MEAC Woman of the Year. Falbo will be presented the award in a special on-campus ceremony during the next athletic year.

The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership. Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) is the third UMES student-athlete to earn the honor in the eight years it has existed. Both previous winners, Jessica Worsley (2008) and Kristina Frahm (2011) were also a member of the women's bowling team.

Falbo averaged 198.5 pins during her senior campaign. She participated in 63 games and 76 Baker games and led the Lady Hawks' to its second United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) and sixth MEAC Conference title. She was instrumental in the team's national championship and as the team's anchor she tossed a clutch double in the final frame to take the come from behind victory in game two.

Falbo was selected to both the USBC and MEAC All-Tournament teams for her postseason play. She was also recognized in March as an MEAC Bowler of the Week and was selected to the 2013 Jim Brown Classic All-Tournament team bowling after bowling a 196.8 average in five individual games. This past season the four-time National Champion earned her second straight All-America nod from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA).

Falbo's composure off the lanes were recognized at the ITCs where she was awarded the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes the male or female collegiate bowler who best exemplifies true sporting behavior and the highest degree of character on and off the lanes. The award is presented annually at the ITC and is voted upon by the collegiate coaches.



The 2012 MEAC Bowler of the Year, Falbo has accumulated a host of honors throughout her collegiate career including conference weekly honors (four), MEAC all-tournament team selections (2012, 2013), and the All-MEAC First-Team (2012). She was named the 2012 UMES Female Athlete of the Year, the 2012 Outstanding Performer at the NCAA Championship and was a finalist for the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) Collegiate Bowler of the Year award in 2012.

Falbo has performed successfully in the classroom as well. In May 2013, she graduated with a 3.78 GPA in Accounting. Her scholastic accolades include three NTCA All-Academic Team recognitions (2010-2013) and the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team (2009-2013). She also received three National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-Academic awards, which require a 3.5 GPA through the Fall semester.

She will continue that journey in the Fall, enrolling at nearby Salisbury University in pursuit of her M.B.A.

Off the lanes Falbo volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, the Life Crisis Center, the Night of the Living Zoo and coached youth sports.

Other leadership roles included serving as the UMES bowling team captain from 2011-2013, tutoring from 2012-2013 and the team's travel coordinator from 2010-2013.

Falbo will represent the MEAC as its nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 23rd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletic achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

Norfolk State University senior volleyball student-athlete Charlotte Armstead was the 2013 MEAC Woman of the Year runner-up.

MEAC Woman of the Year Honorees
2006 Renecia Lovelace, North Carolina A&T (Softball)
2007 Courtney Smiley, Howard (Basketball)
2008 Jessica Worsley, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2009 Loreal Smith, North Carolina A&T (Track and Field)
2010 Kalyn Washburn, Delaware State (Bowling)
2011 Kristina Frahm, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2012 Jazmyne Hefflefinger, Delaware State (Bowling)
2013 T'nia Falbo, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)

The MEAC Media Relations office contributed large portions of this release.

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