Fairview, Illinois. – The Nebraska bowling team swept a pair of seven-game thrillers on Sunday to kick off the 2021-22 campaign by winning the Bearcat Hammer Open.
The Huskers, who are the defending NCAA champions, started Baker’s games on Sunday with a relentless 4-3 win over Arkansas State. The victory sent the Big Red to the championship game to face hosts McKendree.
Nebraska started strong with a win in Game 1 (245-233), before the Bearcats struggled to win Game 2 (232-203). The Big Red regained control with a 200-166 win in Game 3, before McKendree tied the game at two apiece with a 222-210 win in Game 4. Nebraska got back in the driver’s seat with a 210-202 win, before the Bearcats forced the winner to Game 7 with a 220-210 win in the sixth.
The Huskers took the tournament crown with a dominant 216-180 victory to take the series 4-3. Nebraska finished 9-4 overall for the tournament with a total of 12,943 falls.
“I’m extremely happy for the team to be able to win this weekend’s event,” Nebraska head coach Paul Klempa noted. âThe lane conditions were very demanding all weekend and the players continued to fight to get to the championship game. McKendree are such a talented and well-trained team and they took us to a seventh and final title game.
Senior Cassidy ray (average 200.2) and junior Kendyl hofmeister (196.6 on average) secured spots on the Bearcat Hammer Open tournament all-star team for their impressive season opener performances.
“I am proud of the squad for their determination and determination to take the shots necessary to win in a title final game,” said Klempa. âWe took stock of what we need to improve as we move into this weekend’s tournament. We will go home and work on those aspects before hitting the road again in two weeks. good start for Husker Bowling. “
Nebraska returns to the lanes Nov. 5-7 at Track Kat Klash in Houston, TX.
Bearcat Hammer Open final ranking
3. State of Arkansas
8. Central Missouri
10. Wesleyan of Kentucky
15. North Central College (Illinois)
16. Alabama A&M