October 2, 2014

Husker bowling falls short in the championship

The Nebraska women’s bowling team came up short for their fifth NCAA National Championship Saturday night at Game of Wickliffe Bowling Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Huskers lost to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the championship match.

“It seemed like we were hunting grizzly bears with a little stick,” Nebraska Head Coach Bill Straub said. “We have a good bunch of people, today we just could not win the battle.”

Despite two early open frames, NU managed to keep the pressure on SHSU by rolling six spares in-a-row before losing the first game 181-166.

NU started to heat up in the second game, rolling four strikes and six spares, beating the Bearkats 187-182. The Huskers lost the third game 193-190 to give the eighth-seeded underdogs a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth game.

Nebraska took the fourth game, beating Sam Houston State 197-189 to tie the match 2-2. The Huskers used four-straight strikes starting in the seventh frame to beat the Bearkats.

The Bearkats opened up game five hitting four-straight strikes on their way to a 205-191 win, leaving the Huskers down 3-2 in the best-of-seven-match.

In the decisive sixth game, Nebraska left three open frames and strung together two strikes in-a-row in the fifth and sixth frame, but that would not be enough, as SHSU won 195-165.

NU bowling gets the sixth seed at nationals heading into match play

The 2nd ranked Nebraska women’s bowling team completed the qualifying round of the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The Huskers compiled a 2-5 record, giving them the sixth overall seed heading into Friday’s double-elimination match play.

The Huskers will start Friday mornings competition facing off against third seeded Vanderbilt, a rematch of last year’s National Championship Match.

NU opened up Thursday’s competition losing to Vanderbilt, 1031-1011. The Huskers picked up their first win of the day beating Central Missouri 1053-1019. The Huskers dropped two consecutive games to end the first round of qualifying games.

NU lost to Fairleigh Dickinson University 969-919 in their third game of the day, and then faced off with top-ranked Arkansas State, losing 1024-1015. Nebraska opened up the second qualifying round beating Sam Houston State 1019-937. NU then faced Wisconsin-Whitewater losing 1004-975.

Here’s a great article from NCAA.com on coach Bill Straub who is back with the team after a near death experience earlier this year.

NU releases statement on bowling coach

On January 9, Head Coach Bill Straub had successful emergency surgery for an aortic dissection. He is taking a leave of absence indefinitely pending his full recovery. Coach Straub, his wife Kim and daughter Meghan would like to thank the many well wishes and prayers that have been sent their way.

Coach Straub is confident that the team’s development to this point, along with Interim Head Coach Klempa’s leadership, will help the Huskers continue to successfully move forward.

The team finished 3rd out of 13 in their first tournament this past weekend at the Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


NU bowling coach Straub hospitalized

University of Nebraska Athletics confirmed that Women’s Head Bowling Coach Bill Straub has been hospitalized since late last week. Nebraska Assistant Head Coach Paul Klempa will serve as the Huskers’ Interim Head Coach in his absence as the bowling team begins its spring schedule with the Midwinter Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.

Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst gave his full support to Coach Straub and Coach Klempa. “On behalf of the entire athletic department, our priority is for Bill to make a complete recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, his wife, Kim, and their daughter, as he begins the recovery process. We know that our student-athletes are in the capable hands of Coach Klempa, who has been with our bowling team assisting Coach Straub since our program began.”

Bowling has been sanctioned by the NCAA for the past 17 seasons.  In 22 years as the only head coach, (with the first five being a club team) Straub has led the Huskers to 11 championships in the sport.

Husker bowling is a preseason #1 selection

The defending NCAA champion Nebraska bowling squad topped the 2013-14 preseason poll conducted by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association released Wednesday.

The Cornhuskers received 19 of the 26 first place votes to tally 744 poll points, well ahead of second-place Vanderbilt, who was last year’s national runner-up. NU returns four starters from the national championship team, including All-American and Junior Team USA member Liz Kuhlkin, as they begin their chase a fifth national title since the sport since the NCAA began sponsorship in 2003-04.

Kuhlkin returns as one of the top bowlers in the country after recording a team-high 214.9 average throughout her sophomore season. She had a pinfall average of 219.8 at the 2013 NCAA Championships, earning the NCAA Championship Most Valuable Bowler honors.

Senior Yan Ling also returns for the Huskers, and could be one of the key bowlers as Nebraska looks to repeat as national champions. The senior from Singapore came through in a big way on the season’s biggest stage at the NCAA Championships in 2012-13. She finished with a 200.5 average in the NCAA title match.

The Commodores received two first-place votes and had 671 points. Central Missouri, which was No. 1 much of last season, came in third and received three first-place ballots while Arkansas State was fourth after receiving the other two first-place votes. Maryland-Eastern Shore was fifth. Rounding out the Top 10 were Sam Houston State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Stephen F. Austin and Saint Francis University.

The poll marks the beginning of the 2013-14 NCAA bowling season, as the Huskers opened up practice at the Nebraska East Campus Bowling Facility Monday afternoon. The Huskers’ first competition is Nov. 8, when they travel to the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind.