NU Bowling team headed to NCAA Championships


Nebraska Makes Eighth Straight NCAA Championship Appearance

The Nebraska bowling team will once again be competing among the field of eight invited to the 2011 NCAA bowling championships at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Michigan. The Huskers will be looking to earn their second NCAA title in three years, and their fourth NCAA Championship since bowling became an NCAA-sanctioned sport in 2004. The field of eight was announced on the bowling selection show that aired on March 30. The NCAA Championships feature two rounds of qualifying on Thursday, followed by Rounds 1-4  on Friday. The event will conclude with the final match on Saturday afternoon, set for 3:40 p.m.  


The Huskers earned four first-place finishes on the year (Crusader Classic, Capital City Collegiate Classic, Morgan State Invitational, Music City Classic). It marks the twelfth straight year Nebraska has reached the four tournament win mark, dating back to 1998-99.


Other teams to receive bids to the 2011 NCAA Championships include: Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kutztown, Maryland Eastern Shore, Sam Houston State and Vanderbilt.


Competition begins with qualifying rounds in which each team will bowl one five-person regular team game against each of the other seven teams participating in the championship for a total of seven games. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record during the qualifying rounds.


Teams will then compete in best-of-seven-games Baker matches in a double-elimination tournament. In the Baker format, each of the five team members, in order, bowls a complete frame until a complete (10-frame) game is bowled. A Baker match tied 3½ games to 3½ games after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format. 


NCAA Championship Schedule April 14-16

Match Times

Round 1: (Matches 1-4) Friday, 9:50 a.m.

Round 2: (Matches 5-8) Friday, 11:20 a.m.

Round 3: (Matches 9 & 10) Friday, 3:40 p.m.

Round 4: (Matches 11 & 12) Friday, 5:20 p.m.

Round 5: (Matches 13 & 14) Saturday, 10:40 a.m. (if necessary)

Match 1 Round 6: (Championship Final) Saturday, 3:40 p.m. Providing Championship Coverage in its Entirety

Every round of the NCAA bowling championship will be available on streaming live. Watch every match from Friday morning's matches through Saturday's championship final. The final will also be broadcast (on tape delay) Sunday, April 17 on ESPN. The event will air at 1:30 CT.


TV and Online Viewing Schedule:

  • Qualifying Rounds held on Thursday, April 14 will be streamed live on Click here to view the stream. 
  • Matches held on Friday, April 15 will be streamed live on Click here to view the stream. 
  • Championship Final will take place on Saturday, April 16 but will be aired on tape delay on ESPN 2 on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm (EST). 



To order tickets call: 313-291-6220

All Sessions (Including Finals on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.)





Thursday, April 14





Friday, April 15





Saturday, April 16 (Finals at 3:30pm)






Huskers Ranked Fifth Heading into NCAA Championships

Nebraska is ranked fifth in the final rankings before the NCAA Championships. The Huskers check in with 543 points on the season.

March's rankings are led by Fairleigh Dickinson with an NCAA leading 800 points. The Knights are followed by Maryland Eastern Shore (705), Central Missouri (669) and Vanderbilt University (613).

   * 1. Fairleigh Dickinson – 800 (25)

    * 2. Maryland Eastern Shore – 705

    * 3. Central Missouri – 669

    * 4. Vanderbilt University – 613

    * 5. Nebraska – 543

    * 6. New Jersey City – 485

    * 7. Kutztown – 471

    * 8. Arkansas State – 417


Experienced Huskers Return to Familiar Ground

Eight current Huskers have been on a Husker bowling squad during at least one NCAA Championship. Five Huskers were on the team in both 2009's championship run and 2010's runner-up finish.

  • 1. Katie Ann Sopp – (2009, 2010)          
  • 2. Jasmine Laugerman – (2009, 2010)
  • 3. Kayla Stram – (2009, 2010)                 
  • 4. Valerie Calberry – (2009, 2010)
  • 5. Danielle van der Meer – (2009-10)   
  • 6. Kristina Mickelson – (2010)
  • 7. Kayla Johnson – (2010)                         
  • 8. Shalima Zalsha – (2010)


Big 12 Conference Honors Six Huskers on Academic At-Large Team:

The Big 12 Conference announced on April 12 their selections for the 2011 Big 12 Academic At-Large team. Among the 161 student-athletes honored, six Nebraska bowlers were selected to the first-team. Those Huskers included were:

  • Jr. Valerie Calberry – Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science/Dietetics
  • Jr. Kayla Johnson – Art
  • Jr. Kristina Mickelson – Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Sr. Danielle van der Meer – Sociology
  • Sr. Katie Ann Sopp – Business Administration/Management
  • Sr. Kayla Stram – Veterinary Science/Biochemistry

The students were nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the academic at-large squad consisted of 128 first team members combined with 33 on the second team.  First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

2009-10 NCAA Championship Recap: Nebraska Earns Runner-Up Finish

In one of the closest games in NCAA history, the Nebraska bowling team fell 4-3 to Fairleigh Dickinson University at the 2010 NCAA Championship tournament on Saturday night. The Huskers, who finished second at the 2010 NCAA Championships, fell only pins short of capturing back-to-back NCAA titles.

NU and FDU were evenly matched throughout the finals and were forced to head into the seventh game for just the second time in NCAA finals history. The Huskers, who had never lost a match in the finals prior to the 2010 NCAA Championships, held an 11-2 record over the tournament.

Fairleigh Dickinson was a powerhouse throughout the entire tournament, earning a spot in the finals after going undefeated in Friday's bracket play. Nebraska's journey to the finals was anything but easy. The Huskers defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of bracket play, but were sent to the elimination bracket by Fairleigh Dickinson early on Friday. NU worked its way back through the elimination bracket to notch a spot in the finals, where the Huskers fell to FDU 4-3.


2010-11 Nebraska Bowling Schedule

Date             Opponent/Result                      Location

Nov. 12-14    Crusader Classic/1st                                  Valparaiso, Ind.

Dec. 3-5         Capital City Collegiate Classic/1st           Brandon, Miss.

Jan. 14-16      Mid-Winter Classic/5th                          Jonesboro, Ark.

Jan. 20-22      Big Red Invitational/3rd                               Lincoln, Neb.

Feb. 18-20      Morgan State Invitational/1st                 Baltimore, Md.

Feb. 25-27      Holiday Classic/8th                                     Bessemer, Ala.

Mar. 18-20     Music City Classic/1st                             Nashville, Tenn.

Apr. 14-16      NCAA Championship                                     Taylor, Mich.


2010-11 Nebraska Bowling Traveling Roster

Name                             Yr.                         Hometown

Calberry, Valerie        Jr.                   Brampton, ONT

Johnson, Kayla          Jr.                     Washington, Ill

Laugerman, Jasmine Sr.          Brooklyn Center, MN

Mickelson, Kristina   So.                      Bellevue, Neb.

Sopp, Katie Ann        Sr.                  Circle Pines, MN

Stram, Kayla               Sr.            Grand Rapids, Minn

van der Meer, Danielle Sr. Hilversum, Netherlands

Zalsha, Shalima          So.               Jakarta, Indonesia