May 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB bowling head coach Michelle Crews announced the signing of high school standout Jessica Mellott to a National Letter of Intent on Monday.
“I have been lucky enough to know Jessica over the years, she is the sister of senior Jennafer Mellott, and to see the amazing strides she has made on the lanes has been amazing to watch and hear about,” said head coach Michelle Crews. “I always imagined her being recruited by a national championship program but when she approached me about her interest to join our program and help us build a national championship caliber team, needless to say I was ecstatic.”
A five-year member of the Coral Springs Charter School bowling team, she amassed numerous achievements throughout her high school career. During that time she recorded 20 tournament victories with multiple city and Florida state tournament titles.
She recently won the Kegel Youth Point Series (KYPS) end of the year tournament, defeating Katie Stark who has signed with Vanderbilt for next season. Kegel is one of the leading bowling training and research facilities in the country. In her career, she owns 13 Kegel Youth Point Series titles.
Mellott is currently the under-20 KYPS point leader, which puts her in contention to be a member of the Kegel Elite team that will compete at the Junior World Team Challenge this summer.
A two time Pepsi Youth Champion (2011 & 2012), Mellott shot her first perfect 300 game at the 2014 Pepsi tournament on May 4 to take over second place in the girls scratch division.
She also finished second at the FHSAA singles championship in 2013 and was the runner-up at the Teen Masters Grand National Championship, which is the premier event for high school bowlers.
Mellott has also gained experience on the national circuit, as she has participated in the Jr. Team USA trials and Team USA Trials.
“She brings so much competitive experience to the lanes but she is also a standout in the classroom and is a young lady who believes in serving her community too,” remarked Crews. “She is a triple threat and I'm excited to see the amazing things she will do over the next four years.”
Mellott, a native of Coral Springs, Fla., will join her sister Jennafer Mellott as a member of the UAB bowling team for the 2014-15 season.