The Nebraska bowling team will take
part in its ninth-straight NCAA Championships from April 12-14 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The team learned of its selection on the NCAA Bowling Selection Show streamed
on NCAA.com Wednesday, March 29. The Huskers have a history of strong
performances at the NCAA Championships, including three national titles since
2004, the event's inception. The Huskers most recently took home the NCAA Championship
Schedule - April 12-14
April 12 Qualifying (9 a.m.-1 p.m.;
April 13 Qualifying (9 a.m.-1 p.m.;
April 14 Playoff (Noon-2:10 p.m.)
April 14 Championship (8 p.m.)
Huskers Ranked Third
Heading into NCAA Championships
Nebraska is ranked third in the final
rankings before the NCAA Championships. The Huskers check in with 602 points on
the season. March's rankings are led by Fairleigh Dickinson with an NCAA
leading 746 points. The Knights are followed by
Arkansas State (700).
Bowling Rankings as of March 13, 2012
1 Fairleigh Dickinson (19) 92-19 746 1
2 Arkansas State (7) 68-20 700 4
3 Nebraska 57-17 602
4 Vanderbilt 76-31 592 7
5 Maryland-Eastern Shore 89-29 526 5
Seven Other Squads to Compete at NCAA Championships
Other teams invited to 2012
championships include Arkansas State, University of Central Missouri, Fairleigh
Dickinson University, Maryland Eastern Shore, Sacred Heart, Valparaiso and
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be
looking to earn their fourth NCAA Championship since 2004, and ninth national
title under Head Coach Bill Straub and Assistant Coach Paul Klempa. The Huskers
last won the title in 2009, after winning back-to-back in 2004-05. NU finished
in third-place in 2011.
Every round of Friday and Saturday's
NCAA bowling championship will be available on NCAA.com streaming live at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/bowling/d1.
The NCAA Championship Final will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT) on
TV and Online Viewing
Matches held on Friday, April 13 will
be streamed live on NCAA.com. The championship final will take place on
Saturday, April 14 and will be aired live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT). The
championship final will also be aired on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. (ET).
Time Out: Huskers Win Music City Classic
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
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.
NCAA Championships: Nebraska Earns Third-Place Finish
The Nebraska women's bowling team fell
to Vanderbilt 4-1 on Saturday morning in the fifth-round of the NCAA
Championships, held at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. The Huskers were one baker
series away from ESPN's televised championship baker match.
The Huskers came out firing, taking
the first game against the Commodores, 193-168. After the first game, it was
tough for the Huskers to get any sort of momentum on their side. The
Commodores took the second and third games, 203-163 and 222-157.
In the fourth and fifth games, the
Huskers seemed poised to strike back in each tightly contested game, but fell
to errors at inopportune times. In the fourth game of the match, the Huskers
needed a mark in the tenth frame to seal the victory, but a costly chop of the
6 and 10 pin provided Vanderbilt with the victory, 216-212. The fifth game also
went down to the wire, and it looked as if the Huskers were going to pull back
to 3-2, but again, Vanderbilt was able to string together strikes in one of the
highest scoring matches of the day for the victory, 254-245.
Vanderbilt was able to defeat Nebraska
in back-to-back days, ousting them from the NCAA Championships.