D2′s Central Missouri takes runner-up in Bowling

The Nebraska bowling team was crowned the 2009 NCAA National Bowling Champion Saturday night at Super Bowl Lanes here. The Huskers earned an unprecedented third national title in six seasons. The Huskers defeated the University of Central Missouri, 4-1, for the crown.

With the 2009 NCAA Championship title, Nebraska has captured five national titles (three NCAA and two IBC) since the program was elevated to varsity status in the 1997-98 season.

Junior Cassandra Leuthold, anchor for the NU team, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2009 Championships.

The Huskers are no strangers to Central, as the two teams met in both 2004 and 2005 at the NCAA finals. NU prevailed in both years for its first two NCAA Championship titles.

Nebraska commanded the lead early in the first game with a 200-185 win over Central. However, NU left several open frames in the second game and fell, 198-149, to the Jennies. The Huskers picked up momentum again in the third game with a 201-168 win over UCM.

In the fourth game, freshmen Danielle van der Meer and Valerie Calberry came out strong in the eighth and ninth frames with two strikes in a row, setting Central Missouri down 31 pins as Leuthold entered the 10th frame. The Huskers defeated UCM in the fourth, 201-177, and led Central 3-1 heading into the fifth game.

The Huskers came out swinging in the fifth game, as sophomore Katie Ann Sopp rolled her third strike in five frames. Van der Meer and Calberry earned two more strikes for the Huskers in the third and fourth frames. Nebraska held tight to the momentum and defeated UCM, 190-135, in game five for the title.

–Courtesy Nebraska Athletics

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