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Nebraska Bowling Begins Pursuit of Another National Title This Weekend

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The Nebraska Bowling team begins defense of their national title in Rochester NY this weekend (Photo courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

April 8, 2022
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The second-ranked Nebraska bowling team travels to Rochester, N.Y. to take on Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Bowling Championship Regionals today at the Bowl-A-Roll Lanes.

"The team has prepared very hard and well over the course of the past few weeks," said Head Coach Paul Klempa. "They are anxious to get back to competition and a chance to defend their National Championship from last season. This weekend is the first step in that quest to defend and we welcome the challenge. I look for spirited competition in our region and it should be a fun week."

NU enters the post-season with the most tournament titles from the 2021-22 season with five. Starting strong, Nebraska brought home three-straight titles with wins at the Bearcat Hammer Open, Track Kat Klash, and Motiv Ladyjack Classic. Nebraska most recently won the Mid-Winter Invitational, and its lone home tournament, the Big Red Invitational.

The Cornhuskers earned a second-place seed in the competition which will feature a double-elimination format. In the first round, NU will face Wilmington in a mega-match, where the winner will be determined by using a best-of-three match format in the following order: five-person team match, baker total pinfall, and a best-of-seven baker match play. Based on the results, the Cornhuskers will move on to face either No. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson or No. 16 Sacred Heart.

The winning team from each region (Erie, Pa., Rochester, N.Y., Lansing, Mich., and Arlington, Texas) will advance to compete for the 2022 National Champion title, which is scheduled for April 15-16 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.

Nebraska is joined by 15 teams including 11 of the top-25 ranked teams. Bowling in the 2022 NCAA Tournament will be No. 1 McKendree, No. 3 Sam Houston State, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 North Carolina A&T, No. 6 Arkansas State, No. 7 Louisiana Tech, No. 8 Stephen F. Austin, No. 9 Youngstown State, No. 11 Mount St. Mary's, No. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 16 Sacred Heart, Medaille, Wilmington, Bowie State and Alabama State.

Match 1: Huskers vs. Wilmington (9 am ET)

Match 2: Fairleigh Dickinson vs Sacred Heart

Regional Matchups:

Region 1: Erie, Pa.

No. 1 McKendree

Bowie State

Mount St. Mary's

Medaille

Region 2: Rochester, N.Y.

No. 2 Nebraska

Wilmington

Fairleigh-Dickinson

Sacred Heart

Region 3: Lansing, Mich.

No. 3 Vanderbilt

Alabama State

Arkansas State

Youngstown State

Region 4: Arlington, Texas

No. 4 Sam Houston State

Stephen F. Austin

Louisiana Tech

North Carolina A&T

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