For the first time in four years, the NCAA Bowling Tournament will commence without multiple Northeast Conference members in attendance.
Fairleigh Dickinson, a former two-time National Champion, is the NEC’s lone representative in the eight-team championship bracket, but there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that the Knights’ home conference is the best in the nation.
Once again, the Northeast Conference is home to more than 30 percent of the nation’s All-Americans. With FDU anchor bowler Danielle McEwan headlining the list, five NEC student-athletes were honored as NTCA All-Americans on the eve of the 2013 NCAA Championship.
For the second year in a row, McEwan earned the organization’s top individual honor. The two-time Team USA Trials Champion again added the NTCA Division I Bowler of the Year award to her bulging trophy case. The three-time Northeast Conference Bowler of the Year became only the second bowler in history, joining former Vanderbilt great Josie Earnest, to twice win the prestigious NTCA accolade.
Sacred Heart anchor Jackie Carbonetto stood alongside McEwan on the First Team in 2012, but settled for a second team selection this time around.
Doubling FDU’s All-American representation, sophomore Liat Vizenfeld made her way onto the Second Team. The Israeli-born bowler’s selection allowed the Knights to continue a rather remarkable streak. In all five years the Northeast Conference has sponsored a bowling championship, charter member FDU has been home to multiple All-Americans.
PHOTO: FDU’s Liat Vizenfeld (L) and Danielle McEwan (R)
In 2012, McEwan (First Team) and Joely Carrillo (Third Team) accounted for FDU’s representation. One year earlier, four of FDU’s five starters earned All-America status – McEwan (First Team), Tracy Ganjoin (First Team), Joely Carrillo (Third Team), Sara Litteral (Third Team).
Seniors Kelly Daunno (New Jersey City) and Samantha Morlack (Adelphi) rounded out the NEC’s All-America representation by claiming spots on the Third Team. The former earned all-NEC first team honors in March, while Morlack settled for a second team selection.
Morlack, however, led her team in capturing the NEC’s ultimate prize. The senior anchor and her Adelphi teammates completed a perfect 4-0 run to capture the 2013 NEC Tournament title at New Jersey’s Parkway Lanes on March 25.
Morlack, who filled 89 percent of frames bowled and converted 92 percent of her non-split spare attempts, was named the NEC Tournament MVP by a vote of the league’s head coaches. She averaged 19.66 pins per frame at the two-day tournament, whose entire eight-team field was ranked in the latest edition of the NTCA Top 20 Poll.
2013 National Tenpins Coaches Association All-Americans (from NEC)
Danielle McEwan (Fairleigh Dickinson), NTCA Player of the Year, All-America First Team
Jackie Carbonetto (Sacred Heart), All-America Second Team
Liat Vizenfeld (Fairleigh Dickinson), All-America Second Team
Kelly Daunno (New Jersey City), All-America Third Team
Samantha Morlack (Adelphi), All-America Third Team
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