Nebraska bowling team finished its first day of competition at the NCAA
Championship on Thursday evening. The Huskers, searching for their ninth
national championship in program history, finished the day with an overall
record of 4-3, good enough for the two-seed heading into the Friday's action.
The Huskers will face off with seven-seed Central Missouri on Friday morning at
earned the top seed going into Friday morning's first-round. The Commodores
went 5-2 on the day, with the team's only losses coming to Sacred Heart and
Friday's Round One: 8:50
Vanderbilt vs. #8 Valparaiso
Maryland Eastern Shore vs. #4 Sacred Heart
Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #6 Arkansas State
Nebraska vs. #7 Central Missouri
matches will be a best-of-seven baker format where all five bowlers alternate
frames of the match. The first team to win four games will advance.
action saw the Huskers bowl a traditional game against each of the other squads
in the championship field.
Huskers started the day hot, winning each of the team's first four matches
against Maryland Eastern Shore (1,173-880), Valparaiso (1,018-981), Fairleigh
Dickinson (948-931) and Vanderbilt (1,009-962) before dropping three-straight
to Central Missouri (1,009-1,036), Sacred Heart (962-970) and Arkansas State
for the Huskers, Kayla Johnson led the way with a 216.3 average through seven
games, shooting a high game of 245 on the day. Her performance was good enough
for second-overall on the day, second only to Valparaiso's Natalie Cortese
(218.4). Kristi Mickelson finished ninth through seven games with a 201.43
other Huskers bowled their way to top-twenty individual performances.
Individual Results: (Seven Games)
Kayla Johnson, 1514 total pinfall, 216.3 average.
Kristi Mickelson, 1410 total pinfall, 201.4 average.
Valerie Calberry, 1392 total pinfall, 198.9 average.
Yan Ling, 1359 total pinfall, 194.1 average.
Liz Kuhlkin, 1351 total pinfall, 193 average.
Friday's action can be watched live and in its entirety on NCAA.com beginning at 8:50 a.m.(CT)