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.