BATON ROUGE, LA---A trio of Vanderbilt bowlers were recognized for outstanding performance at the annual NCAA Bowling Awards Dinner Wednesday night.
Giselle Poss and Maria Bulanova were named first-team All-Americans upon voting conducted by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association (NTCA), becoming the sixth and seventh Commodores to earn the lofty honor. Bulanova was also named the national Rookie of the Year - Vanderbilt's sixth rookie honoree - and sophomore Kristin Quah was accorded with honorable mention All-America status.
Poss, a senior from Montgomery, Ill., has been a mainstay in Vanderbilt's lineup throughout her career but saved her best until last. She won the Kutztown Invitational and was named its Most Valuable Player and ranked among the NCAA Top 10 in six major categories.
Poss' first-team status realized one of her long-time goals while noting that there is still a major goal to focus upon.
"I feel relieved, I feel very good and I'm proud that I was able to accomplish one of my goals in my last year," Giselle said. "I tried not to think about this too much. I am actually more happy that there are three of us from Vanderbilt again that were All-Americans."
Bulanova, a freshman from Moscow, Russia, was Vanderbilt's anchor bowler and had a dominating season in which she ranked third nationally in overall scoring average. Like Poss, she also was ranked high in many other NCAA statistical categories.
The Vandy newcomer admitted that she was unaware of the Rookie of the Year award when the season began and that she was caught somewhat by surprise when named to the first team.
"I was hoping to make the second team, I could never expect the first-team," Maria said afterwards.
Quah, a sophomore from Singapore, overcame a mid season slump to finish strong. The engineering honors student ranked among the NCAA's Top 25 in three categories. The NTCA selected 15 bowlers for honorable mention accord.
The remainder of the All-America first-team consisted of Julia Bond (Nebraska), Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) and Player of the Year Jordan Richard (Arkansas State).
Prior Vanderbilt first-team All-Americans were Michelle Peloquin, Josie Earnest, Brittni Hamilton, Jessica Earnest and Robyn Renslow.
Prior Commodore Rookies of the Year were Peloquin, Hamilton, Jessica Earnest, Renslow and Quah.
The first qualifying rounds of the team championship begin Thursday afternoon.