NCAA Bowling

Huskers Claim 2023 Northeast Classic Title

Huskers Claim 2023 Northeast Classic Title

“This was an outstanding win for the team,” Head Coach Paul Klempa said. “An absolutely loaded field of 33 teams with 23 of the top 25 in the rankings competing. To win this event and have a 13-0 record in match play shows tremendous progress that the team has made in the past couple of months. I am proud of them for their dedication and commitment to making themselves and each other better. I am looking forward to the upcoming events and watching them continue on their journey.”

After two days of qualifying baker and traditional matches, the Big Red went undefeated (10-0) to lock up a No. 3 seed for Sunday’s championship bracket. The Huskers first faced the No. 4 seed of Stephen F. Austin in Round One on Sunday morning. The Huskers began the best-of-seven play with a pair of losses (226-164) and (211-187) before NU pulled a reverse sweep (191-176), (223-190), (278-190), and (201-198). With the win, the Huskers advanced to the next round of the championship bracket against McKendree.

No. 1 McKendree received the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. The Huskers started the baker match with a win (214-200). McKendree then answered back with a pair of wins (213-201) and (178-161). NU then claimed game four (204-196) and McKendree took game five (213-194). Nebraska was able to tie game six (227-227) before winning game seven (188-157), tying both teams at 3.5, forcing a roll off. The Huskers sealed the match with a win (118-105) and a final score of 4.5-3.5 to advance to the championship match against Vanderbilt.

No. 3 Vanderbilt was the No. 1 seed of the tournament and fell to Nebraska in the first two matches (225-228) and (193-169), but then came back with wins in game three and four: (194-192) and (235-181). The Big Red answered back in game five (204-191) and defeated Vanderbilt in game six (243-214) to win the…

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