Bulanova Honored by Tennessee Sports HOF

Vanderbilt bowling senior adds to long list of honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt bowler Maria Bulanova will be named the amateur female athlete of the year at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony as part of notable honorees, the organization announced Wednesday.

Bulanova will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony Aug. 1 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Bulanova was named the Southland Bowling league Bowler of the Year in 2019 and 2020. She was the Southland Bowling League Bowler of the Month for her performances in January and won the individual championship and was named MVP at the Ladyjack Hammer Classic while also being named the Northeastern Invitational MVP.

A member of the Mid-Winter Invitational and Columbia 300 Music City Classic all-tournament teams as well, Bulanova was the 2019 NCAA Player of the Year.

Vanderbilt’s 2019 baseball team will also be honored at the event as the male amateur team of the year while Vanderbilt sophomore pitcher Kumar Rocker will be recognized as the co-amateur male athlete of the year.

Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame enshrines and honors athletes, teams, coaches, sports writers and sports administrators who have made an impact on the history of Tennessee sports. The Hall serves as a platform to connect athletes, coaches, sports fans, and supporters by acknowledging life achievements implemented through sports.