April 13, 2010
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Nebraska’s Cassie Leuthold was named the Division I “Player of the Year” at the annual NCAA Awards Banquet tonight with Central Missouri’s Amanda Falk and New Jersey City’s Nicole Drejerwski earning Division II and Division III Player of the Year honors respectively.
Leuthold was the top vote getter after balloting by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association, who also selected the official All-America teams and Rookies of the Year. The Cornhusker senior led the NCAA with a 209.3 average over 51 games this season. In the process, she had six Top 5 finishes in eight tournament outings and won four events.
Joining Leuthold on the All-America first-team are two Vanderbilt repeaters from 2009, senior Josie Earnest and sophomore Brittni Hamilton. Hamilton was second in the nation in scoring average at 202 in 53 games with five Top 5 finishes in seven tourneys while Josie Earnest earned a first-team berth for the third consecutive year after averaging 197.7 with four top 5’s.
Rounding out the first-team are Maryland-Eastern Shore junior Maria Rodriguez, who had a 201 average with one tournament win and two Top 5 finishes and Central Missouri’s Falk, who also won a tournament. Falk’s big year also earned her Division II Player of the Year honors. The senior from Tucson, Ariz., was all-tournament in four of her seven tournaments while placing in the Top 10 five times.
Nicole Drejerwski, the Division III Player of the Year, was a first-team all-Northeast Conference selection and a two-time NEC Player of the Week selection. She earned selection to two all-tournament teams.
The second-team All-America unit contains three sophomores, a senior and one freshman. Erica Perez of Fairleigh Dickinson is the lone senior with second-year performers Paula Vilas of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Natalie Cortese of Valparaiso and Samantha Santoro of Arkansas State and freshman Jessica Earnest of Vanderbilt.
The third-team has Angela Reynolds and Martha Perez of UMES, Angela Reynolds and Sara Litteral of FDU, Ashley Clinchoc of Minnesota State and Natalie Jimenez of Central Missouri.
Vanderbilt newcomer Jessica Earnest was voted the Division I Rookie of the Year, an award won last year by teammate Brittni Hamilton. Jessica Earnest, younger sister of Josie, averaged 196 pins over 50 games.
Central Missouri’s Natalie Jimenez was the Division II Rookie of the Year and Jennifer Daunno of New Jersey City was the pick for Division III Rookie of the Year.
Jimenez is a freshman from Rowland Heights, Calif. Her season was highlighted with four Top 15 finishes including the MVP award at the Holiday Classic. She had a 192.9 average.
Kelly Daunno is the second consecutive member of her family to win the Division III Rookie of the Year—her sister Jennifer Daunno won in 2009. Kelly Daunno was a starter from the first tournament of the season. Daunno earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Terriers New Year Knock Down.
Cassie Leuthold Nebraska Senior
Brittni Hamilton Vanderbilt Sophomore
Maria Rodriguez Maryland Eastern Shore Junior
Josie Earnest Vanderbilt Senior
Amanda Falk Central Missouri Senior
Paula Vilas Maryland Eastern Shore Sophomore
Erica Perez Fairleigh Dickinson Senior
Jessica Earnest Vanderbilt Freshman
Natalie Cortese Valparaiso Sophomore
Samantha Santoro Arkansas State Sophomore
Angela Reynolds Delaware State Junior
Martha Perez Maryland Eastern Shore Junior
Sara Litteral Fairleigh Dickinson Junior
Ashley Clinchoc Minnesota State Senior
Natalie Jimenez Central Missouri Freshman
Keisheena Waldon Morgan State Sophomore
Alexandra Stein Saint Francis Senior
Brittany Garcia Vanderbilt Senior
Adriana Jamie Delaware State Sophomore
Marissa Martinek Arkansas State Senior
Joely Carrillo Fairleigh Dickinson Sophomore
Danielle McEwan Fairleigh Dickinson Freshman
Nicole Drejerwski New Jersey City Junior
Kristina Frahm Maryland Eastern Shore Junior
Savannah Zientara Sacred Heart Sophomore
Player of the Year:
Division I Cassie Leuthold, Nebraska
Division II Amanda Falk, Central Missouri
Division III Nicole Drejewski, New Jersey City
Rookie of the Year:
Division I Jessica Earnest, Vanderbilt
Division II Natalie Jimenez, Central Missouri
Division III Kelly Daunno, New Jersey City
Coach of the Year:
Division I Sharon Brummell, Maryland Eastern Shore
Division II Ron Holmes, Central Missouri
Division III Frank Parisi, New Jersey City