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2015 National Collegiate Bowling

NCAA bowling may still be in its infancy, but one program has grown up quickly.

On April 11 in St. Louis, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, defeated Stephen F. Austin State University to capture its fifth NCAA national bowling title since the championship’s 2004 inception. Last year, Nebraska fell in the championship match against Sam Houston State University. This year, though, Nebraska came armed with a dominant freshman: Julia Bond, a third-team All-American, was dubbed the tournament’s most outstanding player. 

The Cornhuskers, who entered the NCAA championship as the nation’s top-ranked team, finished first in all but three of their competitions throughout the season, regularly finding themselves at the top of fields boasting 15 or more opponents. Nebraska coach Bill Straub credited his team’s dominant run through the regular season for readying it for the rigors of the championship.  

“My hat goes off to Stephen F. Austin; they are a tremendous team,” he said. “But I just think the endurance of being so prepared for a long struggle that required emotion management and fundamental preparation and then the delivery of those fundamentals – those are the reasons that got the W for us.” 

The Results
2015 National Collegiate Bowling

CHAMPIONSHIP
Nebraska 4, Stephen F. Austin 2

SEMIFINALS
Stephen F. Austin 4, Wis.-Whitewater 2
Nebraska 4, Sam Houston St. 2

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Julia Bond, Nebraska

ELITE 89 HONOREES
Carly Thomas, Central Mo.

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