Kristi Mickelson led the Huskers and earned MVP honors of the Music City Classic.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Win Music City Classic

By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska women's bowling team won its final regular season competition, the Music City Classic, held in Smyrna, Tenn. The Huskers defeated Arkansas State, 4-3, in the event's baker format finals.

Nebraska entered Sunday's final round as the three-seed and was paired with four-seed Fairleigh Dickinson in the first match of the day. The Huskers were able to find a way to take care of business against FDU, winning the match, 4-2. Nebraska then swept the two seed, Central Missouri, 4-0. The Huskers then faced off with top-seeded Arkansas State in the bracketed finals to determine the event's winner. The match went all seven games, with Nebraska overpowering the Red Wolves in the end, 4-3.

Kristi Mickelson earned a first-place finish individually and the event's MVP award during Saturday's competition. Mickelson shot games of 185, 188, 258, 235, 238 and 234 for a 223 average and 1,338 total pinfall through the event's six traditional games. Liz Kuhlkin finished twelfth individually as well, rolling her way to a 1,181 total pinfall through six games for a 196.8 average. Nebraska set a blistering pace on Saturday, going 6-0 in team games on the afternoon and 13-2 overall to set up Sunday's tournament title.

The Huskers will now await a bid to the NCAA Championships, held from April 12-14 in Cleveland, Ohio. The NCAA selection show will be streamed live on on March 29.

Sunday's Bracketed Results:

(3) Nebraska vs. (4) Fairleigh Dickinson:
193-176 (NU)
187-197 (FDU)
175-160 (NU)
159-192 (FDU)
228-199 (NU)
172-149 (NU)

(3) Nebraska vs. (2) Central Missouri
180-204 (NU)
180-181 (NU)
160-213 (NU)
224-267 (NU)

(3) Nebraska vs. (1) Arkansas State
208-204 (Ark)
178-236 (NU)
178-170 (Ark)
189-238 (NU)
195-205 (NU)
212-155 (NU)
198-248 (NU)

Music City Classic Final Results:
Champion - Nebraska
Runner-Up - Arkansas State
Third: Fairleigh Dickinson
Fourth: Central Missouri
Fifth: Sacred Heart


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