Huskers Travel to Nashville for Season Finale
The Nebraska bowling team will conclude its 2012-13 season this weekend at the Music City Classic, held in Nashville, Tenn. The tournament will be hosted by Vanderbilt University and will feature a 28-team field, 17 of which are ranked in the top 20 in the country. The tournament begins Friday at 9 a.m. and will conclude Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (CT)
With such a large field competing this weekend, Head Coach Bill Straub hopes the team will be prepared for the long days of competition, and noted there will be plenty of time for the team to rest before the NCAA Championship on April 11-14.
“There are a lot of great teams that are going to be there. Friday and Saturday will be long days of competition. “Straub said, “I believe we have had good preparation for the long days. Spring break is next week so the team can rest then.”
Check back on Huskers.com for updates after each day of competition. Below is the schedule for the entire weekend of competition, as well as the teams competing at the Music City Classic.
Travelers: Elise Bolton, Beth Hedley, Amanda Burau, Kristi Mickelson, Liz Kuhlkin, Yan Ling, Andrea Ruiz
Participating Teams (29): Adelphi, Alabama A&M, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Bethune Cookman, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Hampton, Louisiana Tech, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Nebraska, New Jersey City, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis Brooklyn College (NY), Saint Francis University (Pa), Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Tulane, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Southern.
Tourney Format: Friday: Six, 4-game Baker matches (practice at 9 a.m. CDT)
Saturday: Six team games (practice at 11 a.m.)
Sunday: Three best-of-seven Bakers (practice at 8:30)
Last Time Out
The Huskers went 12-0 in competition at the Central Missouri Women’s Collegiate Invitational held in North Kansas City, Mo. NU used a strong team effort in beating Arkansas State 4-0 on March 4 to take the tournament title.
Sophomore Liz Kuhlkin added to her already impressive 2012-13 campaign by winning the individual tournament title. Kuhlkin averaged a staggering 238 average throughout the weekend.
“Liz’s performance throughout the year has been the most pleasant thing to watch this year.” Straub said, “She thrives under pressure, she does her best when it comes down to the wire. Liz has been tremendous.”
Also making the all-tournament team was senior Kristi Mickelson. Mickelson recorded an average of 218, placing her fourth overall in the individual standings. Mickelson bowled a high score of 267.
Other individual performances to note were Sophomores Elise Bolton and Andrea Ruiz. Bolton posted a 208.8 average placing her eighth overall in individual standings while Ruiz averaged 202.6 throughout the weekend, placing her 13th.