Follow These Keglers

Brittni Hamilton
Vanderbilt
Senior

Key Notes:
• Was voted Vanderbilt's female athlete of the year for 2010-11
• Became the first collegian named to Bowling Journal's  All-America first-team, which includes both amateur and pro players

Anggie Ramirez
Md.-Eastern Shore
Junior

Key Notes:
• Chosen as Preseason Bowler of the Year by the MEAC
• Averaged 202.91 in 49 head-to-head matches last season for the Lady Hawks including a 278 at the UMES Hawk Classic
 

Danielle McEwan
Fairleigh Dickinson
Junior

Key Notes:
• Named NEC Player of the Year last season after averaging 208.64 for the season.
• Was named an NTCA first-team All-American and first-team Academic All-American
 

Kayla Johnson
Nebraska
Senior

Key Notes:
• Highest average among returning Cornhusker keglers (200 last season)
• Averaged 214 for seven games at last year's NCAA tournament.
• Academic All-Big 12 selection last season
 

Kayla Jones
Kutztown
Senior

Key Notes:
• Led her team with a 199.1 average in 2010-11 as Kutztown made its first NCAA tournament appearance
• Through her first 10 games this season, is fifth in the nation with a 201 average.

Keep an Eye on These Programs

Maryland-Eastern Shore

Noting UMES:  The defending national champions return two All-Americans in Columbia native Anggie Ramirez and Paula Vilas from the Dominican Republic. However, they also lose three All-Americans in Kristina Frahm, Maria Rodriguez and Martha Perez -- a trio that combined for 10 All-American nods during their collegiate careers. "We return some great players and have some great new ones, but our three seniors were a part of three national championships and will be hard to replace,"  head coach Sharon Brummel said. Ramirez averaged 202 last season and this season has been named the preseason MEAC Player of the Year. The Lady Hawks were chosen first in the NTCA preseason rankings with 11 first-place votes.

Vanderbilt

Noting Vanderbilt: The Commodores have four players back from last year's squad which lost in the national championship match. They include Brittni Hamilton, Vanderbilt's 2010-11 female athlete of the year, Jessica Earnest and Samantha Hesley, two stalwarts that earned All-America honors a year ago, and junior Sarah O'Brien, who had corrective hip surgery a little more than a year ago, but returned and competed in the NCAA tournament. She had a second procedure right after the tournament but is back and expected to be a big contributor this season. The Commodores also say hello to freshman Nicole Mosesso, who was last year's Alberta E. Crowe award winner, given to the nation's top high school player.

Fairleigh Dickinson

Noting FDU: The Knights won the ultra-competitive Northeast Conference last year with a 111-21 record and they've advanced to the national semifinals four times in the past seven years, winning the championship twice. The Knights return five from the 2010-11 NCAA Final Four team including All-Americans Danielle McEwan and Joely Carrillo. McEwan is the reigning NEC Bowler of the Year. “We are a very proud program, and like every season, we have high expectations for the upcoming season,” head coach Mike Lopresti said.   

Others to Watch:  Central Missouri, Arkansas State, Nebraska, Kutztown, Sam Houston State, Sacred Heart, New Jersey City.

Keep an eye on These Events

Nov. 4-6 -- No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson hosts the FDU New Jersey Jamboree

Nov. 18-20 -- No. 1 Maryland-Eastern Shore hosts the UMES Hawk Classic

Jan. 19-21 -- No. 5 Nebraska hosts Big Red Invite

Jan. 27-29 -- No. 8 Kutztown hosts Golden Bear Invitational

March 16-18 -- No. 2 Vanderbilt hosts Music City Classic

All photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.