By Kathleen Murphy
NORFOLK, Va.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's bowling senior Mariana Alvarado was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Week, the league announced today. Hailing from Leon, Mexico, Alvarado has earned this honor for the second straight week.
She dominated the field at the Kutztown Invite this past weekend and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Performer. Alvarado also earned All-Tournament Team honors at the event along with teammates Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba) and Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.). Only 11 bowlers were honored at the 2015 Kutztown Invitational, one MVP and ten All-Tournament Team performers. UMES was the only team to have more than one bowler awarded.
Individually, Alvarado averaged over a 226 over six games and matched her career-high of a 279 in the victory over Morgan State on Saturday. The tournament aired live on BowlTV where she bowled no game lower than a 212, bringing her total to 1,358 pins. Her stellar performance earned her two accolades, including the MVP.
Alvarado was a key component in the 4-0 triumph over No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater anchoring her team to a third place finish on Sunday. She bowled the final three strikes of the perfect Baker game in the second game in the win over UWW and was part of the program's last perfect Baker game back in 2013.
For the weekend, the tournament MVP had a strike percentage of 62%, marked in 89% of her frames and made 97% of her single-pin spares, missing just one all weekend.
The UMES bowling team hopes to carry the positive momentum of this tournament to Arlington, Texas for the Prairie View A&M Invitational that will occur this weekend at the International Training and Research Center.