Year: Senior
City/State: Washington, Ill.
High School: Washington Community
Other College: Illinois Central


Honors & Awards

  • NTCA First-Team All-American (2012)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012)

2011-12 (Senior)
Kayla Johnson led the Huskers to a third-place team finish at the NCAA Championships and claimed NTCA first-team All-America honors as a senior in 2011-12. The Illinois native posted a team-best 216.2 average at the 2012 NCAA Championships, including 74 pocket hits at the tournament.

Johnson's 210.4 average through 43 games on the season led the Huskers, while her 239 average at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas, was a career best and the highest single tournament average by a Husker during the year.   

Johnson consistently performed at a high level for the Huskers throughout the season, recording a 200 or better average in six tournaments.

2010-11 (Junior)
Johnson became one of Nebraska's most consistent bowlers during her junior season. She bowled in 36 team games in her second season with the Huskers, while producing a 200 average on the year, which led the team. Johnson was outstanding at both the Mid-Winter Classic and the 2011 NCAA Championships. At the Mid-Winter Classic, Johnson recorded a total pinfall of 1,073 and hit the pocket 82 times on her way to matching a season high with a team-leading 214 average. She equalled that performance with a 214 average over seven team games at the 2011 NCAA Championships to help Nebraska to the semifinals.

A strong performer in the classroom as well, Johnson earned first-team academic All-Big 12 accolades in 2011, while claiming a spot on the 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll. 

2009-10 (Sophomore)
Johnson participated in one tournament during her sophomore season, appearing in six games for Nebraska. In those six games at the Big Red Invitational, she averaged a solid 183 pinfall.  

Before Nebraska
Johnson owns a career-high 300 game and a career-high 802 series. Johnson graduated from Washington Community High School and attended Illinois Central College prior to choosing Nebraska. Johnson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.


Kayla was born June 8, 1989, to Tom and Tracy Johnson in Peoria, Ill. Kayla has one brother, Ben. An art major (graphic design/photography major), Kayla earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, after claiming first-team academic All-Big 12 honors in 2011 along with two appearances on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
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