ASU Bowlers Samantha Santoro and Marissa Martinek Receive All-America Honors

North Brunswick, N.J. (ASU) – Arkansas State women bowlers Samantha Santoro and Marissa Martinek earned All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship banquet Wednesday night. Santoro received second-team honors, while Martinek was an honorable mention.

"Both Samantha and Marissa had a great year this year," said ASU head coach Justin Kostick.  "I am very proud of them both and hope we can carry their momentum into competition this weekend."

Santoro, a sophomore from Reinholds, Pa., held the team-high average for the year at 195.04 in her 48 games bowled.  Santoro was named to three all-tournament teams this season, including the Greater Ozark Invitational and Mid-Winter Invitational where she finished fourth and the Big Red Invitational and Shrewsbury Invitational where she finished third.

Martinek, a senior from Albany, N.Y., knocked down a team-high 9,745 total pins on the year for a 191.07 average in 51 games bowled and earned all-tournament honors at the Capital City Classic where she finished second and the Music City Classic where she finished fifth.

The Red Wolves' 2010 appearance at the championship will be their third in the past three years.  ASU finished the regular season at 72-36 for their third straight 70-win season and finished in the top-five at six of their eight tournaments this season, including four runner-up finishes at the Greater Ozark Invitational, Big Red Invitational, Capital City Classic and Shrewsbury Invitational. Arkansas State did not finish lower than eighth place this year.

The seventh annual championship tournament will be hosted by New Jersey City University and will be played at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J.  The remainder of the tournament field is comprised of Central Missouri, Delaware State, Farleigh-Dickinson, Maryland Eastern Shore, Nebraska, New Jersey City and Vanderbilt.

Competition begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m. CST.