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 NCAA.com on March 29.
Sunday's Bracketed Results:
(3) Nebraska vs. (4) Fairleigh Dickinson:
(3) Nebraska vs. (2) Central Missouri
(3) Nebraska vs. (1) Arkansas State
Music City Classic Final Results:
Champion - Nebraska
Runner-Up - Arkansas State
Third: Fairleigh Dickinson
Fourth: Central Missouri
Fifth: Sacred Heart