February 6, 2016

Nebraska bowling…National Champs!

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

The Nebraska women’s bowling team won its fifth NCAA title in school history Saturday night, as the top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis.  The Huskers have won five NCAA titles since bowling became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2003 and in the first 12 years of NCAA sponsorship, the Huskers have finished first or second seven times.

Husker freshman Julia Bond of Aurora, Ill., won Most Valuable Player in the NCAA National Championship match, as senior Liz Kuhlkin also made the all-tournament team.

“This is literally the definition of hard work pays off, that match was so tough, and when we got behind there for a bit, we just continued to believe and work hard,” Bond said. “To win the national championship is really important to us, again, it just shows our hard work pays off.”

In game one, the Huskers beat SFA 237-232. In game two, Stephen F. Austin threw seven- consecutive strikes to defeat the Huskers 253-178.  Bond threw a strike and Kuhlkin was able to close the game out with a spare, as the Huskers crushed the Ladyjacks 201-171 in game three.  SFA evened the match at 2-2 with a 188-179 win.  to even the match up 2-2. In game five, NU was able to close out SFA after clutch shots from both Bond and Kuhlkin, as the Huskers took game five 205-201.  The Huskers closed out the championship in six games with Kuhlkin throwing the final spare.

“For the school this is our 10th title overall, and fifth NCAA title since the sport become sponsored by the NCAA in 2003. 10 is sure a nice number, I am certainly not discounting the five NCAA titles, 10 just sure does make a nice round number,” said head coach Bill Straub.


Top ranked Husker bowling goes 4-1 on opening day of NCAA championships

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The top ranked Nebraska bowling team went 4-1 in team matches at the opening day of the NCAA championships at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo.  The Huskers had the highest pin total and highest average of the eight schools in attendance, but sit in second place behind Stephen F. Austin, who also went 4-1 on the day, but beat the Huskers in the head to head.

Nebraska has two more preliminary matches today before teams are reseeded for bracket play.

NCAA Bowler of the Year, Liz Kuhlkin, had the second best average at 223.4 and finished the day with a 268 game, second highest of the day.

NU Bowling

Husker bowling voted number one by coaches

The Nebraska women’s bowling team was voted the number one nationally rated team by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Wednesday afternoon. NU received 11 of the 23 first-place votes in the poll (664 points), in front of second-place Arkansas State (four first-place votes, 613 total points). Defending NCAA champion Sam Houston State was third with seven first place ballots (572 points), followed by Vanderbilt, which had the remaining first place vote and 542 points.

Senior Liz Kuhlkin returns to the Huskers after another dominating season, culminating in her second NTCA First-Team All-American honors. Kuhlkin led the Huskers to a second-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Wickliffe, Ohio (April 10). She solidified the Huskers’ first win of the tournament with a strong total pinfall of 247. She also led the Huskers to a victory over top-ranked Arkansas State with a 237.

The Huskers are set to hit the lanes this afternoon for their first official practice of the 2014-15 season. NU will open up their season at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind., on Nov. 7-9.

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.