NORFOLK, Va., – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s T’Nia Falbo was named the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year, the conference announced today. Falbo will be awarded the honor during a special on-campus event to be announced at a later time.
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 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 straight United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championship 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 the USBC All-Tournament team and named to the MEAC All-Tournament team 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.
Falbo’s composure off the lanes were recognized by the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) 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.
Falbo has performed successfully in the classroom as well. In May 2013, she graduated with a 3.78 GPA in Accounting. Her scholastic accolades includes the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-American (2010-2013) and the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team (2009-2013). She also received the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-Academic award, which requires a 3.5 GPA through the Fall 2012 semester.
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.
Flabo 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.