Maria Bulanova - Bowling - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#13 Maria Bulanova Season 2019-20

Class Senior
Height 5'5''
Hometown Moscow, Russia

Student-Athlete Features Bulanova Finishes as One of the Best

As a Senior (2019-20):

  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame female amateur athlete of the year
  • NTCA first team All-American
  • Southland Bowling League first team all-conference and Bowler of the Year
  • Finished seventh at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic
  • Columbia 300 Music City Classic all-tournament team
  • Mid-Winter Invitational all-tournament team
  • Southland Bowling League Bowler of the Month (January 2020)
  • Northeastern Invitational MVP
  • Individual champion and MVP at the Ladyjack Hammer Classic
  • Finished sixth at the Prairie View Invitational
  • Finished 14th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational
  • Finished 20th at the Stormin Blue and White Classic
  • Finished 46th at the World Bowling Championships

As a Junior (2018-19):

  • 2019 NCAA Player of the Year and first-team All-American
  • 2019 Southland Player of the Year
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame female amateur athlete of the year
  • Made five all-tourney teams and was twice the tourney MVP
  • Second in NCAA in overall average (21.09), Baker double (54%), makeable spares (89%)
  • Competed for her native Russia at 2019 World Championship

As a Sophomore (2017-18)

  • Voted second team NTCA All-American
  • Made two all-tournament teams
  • Individual winner at Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Led the nation in baker double percentage (58.2)
  • Ranked third nationally in 10thframe anchor double (30.2)
  • Was No. 7 in overall scoring average (206.78)
  • 6 in the nation in strike percentage
  • Went to quarterfinal round of World Youth Championship in July (highest ever for a Russian bowler)

As a Freshman (2016-17)

  • First team All-American
  • National Rookie of the Year
  • All-Southland Tournament team selection
  • Southland Bowler of the Month (December 2016)
  • Sugar Bowl Classic MVP
  • Led Southland anchor bowlers with a 36.8 doubles percentage
  • Was third nationally in overall scoring average (20.97)
  • Second nationally in baker average
  • Fourth nationally in strike percentage (53.3)

Junior Highlights

  • Considered one of the top players on Federation of Bowling of Russia (FBR)
  • Held title of Russian champion since 2013
  • First Russian in history to win European Bowling Tour title
  • Fifteen-time prize winner at European Youth Championships (three gold, six silver, six bronze)
  • Youngest player ever (at 14) to win at European Bowling Tour title
  • Was the first Russian to win gold in an international adult event in 2015 after winning the European Champions Cup
  • Set record over six games winning European Youth Championship with an average of 245