Andrea Ruiz
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
High School: Colegio CIEDI

Honors & Awards

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014; Spring 2013, 2014)

2014-15 (Outlook)
Andrea Ruiz joins Lizabeth Kuhlkin as senior leaders for the Nebraska bowling team in 2014-15. A consistent contributor for the Huskers during her career, Ruiz hopes to help the Huskers back to their third consecutive NCAA Championship match, while taking aim at their second NCAA title in the past three seasons.

On the lanes, the senior from Bogota, Colombia, tallied an impressive 192 average as a junior. She also performed well in the classroom and the community, earning academic All-Big Ten honors and a prestigous Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2014. 

2013-14 (Junior)
In her second season as a Husker, Ruiz delivered several solid performances as one of Nebraska’s leaders. Ruiz contributed to a win over Central Missouri on the first day of the NCAA Tournament by tallying an impressive 217 to help the team to a second-place finish overall.

Ruiz delivered an impressive start to the third day of the Big Red Invitational, Nebraska’s lone home meet of the season, as she bowled a solid 225. Her performance contributed to a victory for the Huskers.   

Ruiz produced a strong total pinfall of 1,048 to help the team to a third-place finish among 13 teams at the Mid-Winter Invite in Jonesboro, Ark.

Succeeding on and off the lanes, Ruiz earned academic All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She earned the Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award, which honors exceptional leadership, consistent and dedicated community service, and positive influence on the team. She was also named to the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, which honors student-athletes for their outstanding commitment to community service.  

2012-13 (Sophomore)
A newcomer to Nebraska in 2012-13, Ruiz made herself a mainstay in the starting lineup throughout the season. She posted a 190.9 average including a 183.2 average at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Ruiz shined in Nebraska's NCAA Championship match victory over Vanderbilt, rolling her first strike in the eighth frame to seal a crucial Husker win.

Ruiz posted a pair of stellar performances in back-to-back regular-season tournaments. She notched a season-high 202.6 average at the Central Missouri Women's Bowling Invitational (March 1-3). Ruiz produced 100 pocket hits with only 12 open frames in the tournament. Her effort at Central Missouri followed her 200.8 average to help the Huskers at the Morgan State Invite (Feb. 15-17).

A solid performer in the classroom, Ruiz earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

Before Nebraska (Bogata Central College)
Ruiz came to Nebraska after competing as one of the top players in Colombia. A member of the Colombian National Team, Ruiz has represented Colombia in international competition and won medals at several events around the world.

The daughter of Nicolas Ruiz and Ayda Luiz Valencia, Andrea was born July 24, 1992. Andrea is majoring in history with a mintor in theatre at Nebraska. Andrea captured academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014, and has earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the last five semesters. She claimed a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award and was named to the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.