Seraus (left) and Alvarado (right) pose with All-America awards at The Harry's.
June 24, 2015

NASHVILLE - All-America teammates Mariana Alvarado and Thashaina Seraus headline the 2014-2015 National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic Team, released recently by the organization. They are joined by third-team selection Tatiana Munoz and Honorable Mention honoree Melanie Copey.

The quartet of Hawks are among 174 women’s bowling student-athletes representing 32 NCAA bowling schools. To be selected to a first, second or third team, the student-athlete must have had a minimum of a 3.4 GPA and have earned votes in the All-America voting process from the organization. The remaining student-athletes who did not earn an All-America votes were named Honorable Mention selections.

All four Hawks were recognized as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Academic selections and combined to help the Hawks win their third straight and eighth overall conference championship in March.

Alvardo (Leon, Mexico) and Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba) were joined on the first team by another pair of teammates in Melanie Hannon and Liat Vizenfeld of Fairleigh Dickinson. Jodi Gawlik of McKendree also earned the honor.

Seraus, who was a first-team All-America honoree for her bowling, had an outstanding first year with the Hawks. She earned the MEAC Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-Conference honors and to the MEAC Championship All-Tournament Team.

Seraus was named to five All-Tournament Teams, was MVP of the SFA Jacks Invitational, earned six Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week honors and three MEAC Bowler of the Week honors. The success in her first year of collegiate bowling is unprecedented, as she finished second in the nation in team game average. She was named a finalist to the College Bowler of the Year Award, the only NCAA player on the list and earned National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) All-America honors.



Alvarado capped a stellar career with her third straight All-America honor and earned a pair of ECAC Bowler of the Week honors, three MEAC Bowler of the Week accolades, the MVP award at the Kutztown Invitational, and three All-Tournament Team honors (Mid-Winter Classic, Kutztown Invitational, ECAC Championships). Alvarado was also part of the lineup that bowled a perfect 300 Baker game this season, also at Kutztown. It was the second time in her career she reached that feat.

Alvarado was named a First-Team All-MEAC player this season as well as garnering pre-season All-MEAC honors. This season she matched a career high with a 279 game tossed at Kutztown. She helped guide UMES to their third straight MEAC Championship in mid-March and, like Seraus, earned All-MEAC academic honors. She was a finalist for the MEAC Bowler of the Year.

She was recently named a nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year. Alvarado graduated with honors with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia), who just missed out on All-American honors, earned third team All-Academic recognition as one of the top 15 student-athletes in the sport. The recent Rehabilitation Psychology graduate had the best bowling season to date. She earned All-MEAC First-Team honors, averaging over a 200 for the season. She won MEAC Bowler of the Week, ECAC All-Tournament Team accolades. She recently earned a prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award, the first ever by a UMES student-athlete.

Fellow seniors Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) and Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) both graduated as well this past May and both also earned All-Academic honors from the MEAC, making it a clean sweep for the entire team.

Copey (Ontario, N.Y.), who saw limited action in her first year, still garnered several academic honors and will be one of just two key returners this coming season.

“I am excited for all four of these young ladies that were honored,” said head coach Kayla Bandy. “I am thrilled that half of our team earned the prestigious All-Academic honor and that both of our returners were recognized for their academic prowess. We work hard on the lanes and in the classroom and it is very important to our program that we all do well academically and graduate on time prepared for the next phase of their life. Our entire team is academically strong and I am proud of them all.”

UMES Women’s Bowling won the Team of Scholars award again this season at the school, recognizing the highest combined GPA of any team. They continued a long tradition with the program winning the award, having done so 14 of the last 15 years.

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