June 13, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Marisa DiPonio of Grand Blanc, Mich., has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the UAB bowling program and will join the Blazers as a freshman for the 2012-13 season.
DiPonio bowled for three years on the varsity team for coach Ken Kudziel at Grand Blanc High School, where she maintained a 175 average as a senior last season.
She becomes the first bowler to ever sign an National Letter of Intent with UAB, a program entering its second season of competition in 2012-13. The Blazers completed their roster for last year's inaugural team after the signing period had ended.
"We are very excited to have our first-ever NLI signingwith Marisa DiPonio," UAB head coach Michelle Crews said. "She has a wonderful background in high school bowling and brings a lot of excitement and energy to the table, which can help our young team create momentum in the bowler's circle. We are thrilled to add her to our squad and can't wait to see what she bringsto thelanes in August."
DiPonio helped Grand Blanc to a regional championship in 2010, a regional runner-up finish in 2011 and an appearance in Michigan's Division 1 state finals both years. Her 2010 team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state championship.
DiPonio also competed in the 2010 individual state finals as a sophomore after finishing sixth in the region tournament. She was a first-team all-conference selection that year and team MVP as a junior in 2011. She finished 11th in the region tournament as a senior last season, missing out on qualifying for the state tournament individually by just one spot.
Outside of high school bowling, DiPonio competed in Michigan Junior Masters Association events in 2010 and 2011 and has also participated in Junior Tournament Bowling Association competition. She owns a career-high game of 279.
On UAB's roster for 2012-13, DiPonio joins a group of five returning bowlers who helped the Blazers to a pair of tournament victories last year in the team's first season.