Seven Coppin State student-athletes named to MEAC All-Academic bowling team


— Seven Coppin State women’s bowling student-athletes were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Academic team. Overall, 44 student-athletes were honored from the conference’s 13 institutions who achieved academic success during the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Representing Coppin State were Brionca Beard, Alethia Edwards, Maribel Lovos, Shelby Mendoza, Kristen Sharpe, Danielle Smith and Kache Woods. Coppin State had the most student-athletes of any MEAC institution named to the All-Academic Team. It was the second sport this season in which Coppin State had the most MEAC All-Academic Team selections of any school in the conference. Volleyball had 10.

Woods led Coppin State with a 166.1 pinfall average during the season. Woods had her best showing on Jan. 31 at the Red Flash Invitational where she topped 200 three times during the tournament, including a career-high 241 against Cheyney. She finished second overall at the event and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Sharpe had a 161.2 average and bowled over 200 six times this season, which upped her career total to nine. Lovos averaged 112.8 pins and rolled 136 against Morgan State. Beard, Mendoza and Smith made contributions this season. Beard’s best performance occurred at the FDU Jamboree on Oct.31 in which she finished with a 194 game against Valparaiso.

Mendoza and Smith recorded their best showings at the Kutztown Classic Jan. 24. Mendoza rolled a career-high 153 against Medaille and Smith posted a career-best 177 against Cheyney.

The MEAC recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

“I applaud our bowling student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the current academic school year,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “In addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of these student-athletes, I also would like to recognize the athletic academic support staff, personnel and coaching staffs who contributed to the academic success of these student-athletes.”