Five Youngstown State bowlers have been named to the inaugural Southland Bowling League All-Academic Team that was released on Monday.
The five Penguins on the team are junior Emily Dietz, sophomore Emma Dockery, senior Rachel Ellis, junior Ashley Kolb and junior Nikki Mendez. Youngstown State ranked second in the SBL with the five honorees on the 25-member team.
To be recognized on the all-academic team, bowlers must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average, have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution prior to the season in which the nomination occurs, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's tournaments during the most recently completed season.
Dietz is a medical laboratory science major from Westland, Mich., who ranked fourth on the team in average at 185.29 over 34 team games. She bowled 11 games over 200 with a high of 225, and she was YSU's top finisher at the Track Kat Klash with a 193.40 average over five games. Her 18.58 average per frame in Baker play was the second-highest mark on the squad, and she led the Penguins in single-pin spare percentage.
Dockery is an accounting major from Ravenna, Ohio, who ranked second on the team in average at 189.00 over 34 team games. She bowled 12 games over 200 during the season with a high of 254, and she was among YSU's top three finishers at each of the first seven tournaments of the season. She bowled in a team-high 670 Baker frames and averaged 18.50 pins per frame. Dockery ranked second on the team in fill percentage while ranking third in spare conversion percentage.
Ellis is a forensic science major from Westerville, Ohio, who was the lone senior on the squad in 2018-19. She topped 200 six times in team games, and she was YSU's second-highest finisher in two tournaments. Ellis also bowled in 476 Baker frames, which ranked fifth on the squad.
Kolb is an accounting major from Westland, Mich., who averaged 183.29 over 17 team games and topped 200 five times. She bowled in 220 Baker frames as well. Statistically, Kolb ranked fourth on the squad in fill percentage, and she was YSU's best in split conversion percentage.
Mendez is a psychology major from Homer Glenn, Ill., who was Youngstown State's MVP and an Honorable Mention All-Southland selection in 2018-19. She led YSU in scoring average with a 189.40, and she topped 200 a team-best 15 times. Mendez was the Penguins' top individual finisher in three of the final four tournaments of the year and at five tournaments overall, and she earned two top-20 finishes in the spring. Mendez led the Penguins in fill percentage, strike percentage and spare conversion percentage.