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Huskers women’s bowling tops national preseason poll as defending champs

Nebraska's Gwen Maeha during last year's National Championship series against Arkansas State.
Nebraska's Gwen Maeha during last year's National Championship series against Arkansas State.
Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:36 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska Cornhusker women’s bowling team finds themselves sitting atop the 2021-22 National Ten Pin Coaches Association (NTCA) Preseason Poll.

Defending national champion Nebraska received 34 of the poll’s 50 first-place votes to finish ahead of McKendree, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, and North Carolina A&T - to round out the top five.

The Cornhuskers are coming off a 7-1 season and retain several key bowlers from last year, including the National Player of the Year in Crystal Elliott. Not to mention the return of All-Americans Kayla Verstraete and Cassidy Ray, alongside Head Coach Paul Klempa who was also named National Coach of the Year last season.

The poll comes just a few days after the Huskers bolstered their coaching staff with the addition (or return) of Husker legend Julia Bond. Bond was a four-time All-American at Nebraska, graduated in 2019, and helped win one national title along with two runner-up finishes.

Nebraska’s first contest is slated for Friday, Oct. 22. The Cornhuskers will be tested very early as they take on second-ranked McKendree. They will travel to Fairview Heights, Illinois, to compete in the McKendree Bearcat Open.

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