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Two Baker Sweeps Earn NU A Third-Place Finish

Two Baker Sweeps Earn NU A Third-Place Finish

Jonesboro, Ark. – The Nebraska bowling team went 9-4, with two 4-0 sweeps in bracket play on Sunday, to claim third place at the 2023 Mid-Winter Invitational. The Huskers finished the tournament, which featured eight of the top 10 collegiate bowling teams in the country, with a total pinfall of 13,476 and are now 65-27 on the year.     

After 10 games of qualifying baker and traditional matches, the Big Red had secured the fifth-place seed leading into the final bracket play.  

The Huskers first faced the No. 6 seed of the tournament, Maryville, in round one on Sunday morning. NU began the best-of-seven play with a win (226-198) before Maryville answered back with a victory in game two (202-195). NU and Maryville then went back and forth with Maryville (203-197) winning game three and Nebraska taking game four (245-185). The Big Red then sealed the first-round victory with a pair of wins in game five and six (223-213) (236-182) to advance to round two against No. 9 Sam Houston.  

Sam Houston received the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament. The Huskers dominated against the Bearkats with a strong performance in all four games. Nebraska won games one and two (234-205), (231-211) before winning game three by a single pin (199-198). The Big Red then sealed the win against the Bearkats in game four (255-236) to face host team No. 4 Arkansas State for third place.  

The Huskers continued to bring the heat in final round of bracket play with a second sweep against the Red Wolves. Nebraska won all four games, each with scores above 200 (208-200), (277-195), (214-159) and (257-188) to defeat the Redwolves and lock up third place.  

Four Huskers sat in the top 25 individual standings overall. Redshirt Junior Kayla Verstraete lead the Huskers in 10th with a total pinfall of 1,067, good for a place on the second All-Tournament Team. Freshman Jillian Martin followed behind Verstraete in 11th with a total pinfall of 1,082. Senior Kendyl Hofmeister tied for 16th with Megan George from Stephen F. Austin University with a pinfall of 1,069, and senior Crystal Elliott rounded out the Huskers with 1,043 pins. 

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