Former Nebraska bowling All-American Kayla Johnson earned a spot on Team USA Sunday after finishing second to Carolyn Dorin-Ballard at the United States Bowling Congress Summer Team USA Trials at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
The top two players in each division after 15 games earned the automatic spots on Team USA in 2014. The remainder of the Team USA roster will be determined and announced at the 2014 USBC Team USA Trials in January.
Johnson, a native of Washington, Ill., posted a 15-game total of 3,193 behind tournament champion Dorin-Ballard’s dominating 3,407 score. Johnson edged out former Husker All-American andnational champion Shannon Pluhowsky by 10 pins to seal second place, earning a spot on the upcoming 2014 Team USA.
In an interview after competition with Bowl.com, Johnson was ecstatic with her performance and can’t wait to be a member of Team USA.
"I don't even have words because it is everyone's dream to make Team USA," Johnson said, "I'm super excited for the learning portion of Team USA. I can't wait for the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest coaches in the game."
Current Husker Elise Bolton, a member of the Junior Team USA finished 16th with a 15-game total of 2,901.
The Summer Trials featured a 59 person field, including 31 men competitors and 28 women competitors.