Lizabeth Kuhlkin
Year: Freshman
City/State: Schenectady, N.Y.
High School: Schalmont
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Honors & Awards

  • NTCA Bowler of the Year (2015)
  • NTCA First-Team All-American (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • NCAA Championship Most Valuable Bowler (2013)
  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2013, 2015)
  • Nebraska Best Female Athlete (All Sports, 2015)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013, 2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2014-15 (Senior)
One of the most prolific bowlers in Husker history, Lizabeth Kuhlkin capped off a tremendous senior season that culminated into being announced as the NTCA Bowler of the Year in 2015. Kuhlkin was the seventh Husker to capture the award, and the first since Cassandra Leuthold in 2010.

Kuhlkin compiled a staggering season pinfall average of 218.6 per game, leading NU to its fifth NCAA title and earning her a spot on the NTCA First-Team All-American team for the third time in her career. In the championship tournament, Kuhlkin led the Huskers with a 216.1 game average with only 12 open frames.

The 2013 MVP of the NCAA National Championship match, Kuhlkin started the 2015 season with a bang, as she led the Huskers to a first-place finish at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind. Kuhlkin performed valiantly, winning the individual competition with a 209.3 game average with a high score of 240. With her performance Liz earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Kuhlkin continued her winning ways at Nebraska’s lone home tournament of the season, at the Big Red Invite held at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln. Kuhlkin again earned a spot on the all-tournament team, compiling a staggering game average of 222.5 while leading the Huskers to their second tournament victory of the season.

The hot-streak continued for Kuhlkin as the Huskers traveled to Texas to compete in the Track Kat Klash in Houston, as Kuhlkin led NU to its third consecutive tournament victory to start the 2015 season. Liz was again named to the all-tournament team, as she finished third in the individual competition, rolling a 215.5 game average with a high score of 277.

After nearly a month off of competition due to Christmas break, Kuhlkin and the Huskers traveled to Jonesboro, Ark., to compete in the Mid-Winter Classic hosted by rival Arkansas State. Kuhlkin was on top of her game again, as she placed second in the individual competition, leading the Huskers to a third-place finish. Kuhlkin averaged 219.8 during the weekend’s competition with a high score of 258.

Kuhlkin again led the Huskers to a tournament victory the following week, as NU took home the tourney title at the Prairie View A&M Invite. Kuhlkin provided a steady performance throughout the weekend, as she compiled an average game score of 209.3.

The following week, Kuhlkin led NU to a second-place finish at the Stephen F. Austin LadyJack Classic in Houston. Kuhlkin finished in 10th in the individual competition, as she averaged 213 with 1278 total pinfall in six games.

Liz was at her best at the Central Missouri Women’s Invitational, as she averaged a staggering 234.3 game average throughout the weekend, with a total pinfall of 2812 in 12 games. With the performance, Kuhlkin placed first in the individual competition---earning a spot on the all-tournament team for the fifth time in her senior campaign.

In the final regular season tournament of her collegiate career, Kuhlkin helped lead the Huskers to an 11-3 match play record, including a 4-0 mark on the final day of competition (there was no team rankings due to inclement weather). Liz was second-rated Husker during the competition, placing 12th individually with a 213 average.

2013-14 (Junior)
Kuhlkin captured first-team All-America honors for the second straight season after leading Nebraska back to the NCAA Championship match for the second straight season.

Kuhlkin sealed NU's first win of the NCAA Tournament with a strong total pinfall of 247. She also led the Huskers to a victory over top-ranked Arkansas State with a 237.

The native of New York entered her third season as a Husker after an impressive summer where she earned a spot on the Junior U.S. National Team with an outstanding performance at the Junior Gold Tournament.

She captured all-tournament honors at three of the seven invitationals throughout the 2013-14 season, including the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind. (Nov. 8), the Central Missouri Invitational (Feb. 28- March 1), and the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. (March 7-9).  

Kuhlkin got off to a strong start as a junior by averaging an impressive 206 at the Big Red Invitational (Nov. 21-23). She finished second in the overall individual standings.

She continued her success at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., where she won the individual competition and pushed the team to a 10-3 overall record at the tournament. She posted an impressive 222.8 average through five games (1,104 total pinfall) in the individual competition, including a high score of 258 in her first game.

Kuhlkin contributed to an outstanding win at the Central Missouri Invitational by finishing second in the individual standings to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. She posted a 224.4 average over the weekend, including a high score of 245.

She produced another strong performance at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn., where Kuhlkin finished fifth overall in the individual standings. She averaged 210.2 in six traditional team games, including an impressive high score of 234. Kuhlkin earned a spot on the Music City Classic All-Tournament Team.

Kuhlkin continued her standout role off the lanes by capturing academic All-Big Ten honors and earning a spot on the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She was also a member of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

2012-13 (Sophomore) 
Kuhlkin led Nebraska's run to the 2013 NCAA title as a first-team NTCA All-American and the Most Valuable Bowler of the NCAA Championships. She recorded a team-high 214.9 average throughout the season, before taking her game to an even higher level with a 219.8 average at the NCAA Championships.

During the 2012-13 regular season, Kuhlkin captured a team-best four all-tournament selections, including the Mid-Winter Classic (Jan. 11-13) where Kuhlkin bowled a 218.8 average with total pinfall of 1,094. At Nebraska's next tournament, the Prairie View A&M Invite (Feb. 1-3), Kuhlkin continued to dominate with a 209.8 average (1,049 total pinfall).

Kuhlkin helped the Huskers sweep the field at the Central Missouri Women’s Bowling Invitational (March 1-3), with a season-high average of 238.4. In the final tournament of the regular season, Kuhlkin powered the Huskers with a 221.8 average at the prestigious Music City Classic (March 15-17).

A standout in the classroom as well, Kuhlkin claimed academic All-Big Ten honors, while earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

2011-12 (Freshman)
Kuhlkin was a significant contributor to Nebraska's third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. She recorded a 193 average with 73 pocket hits at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

Her postseason performance followed a strong regular season that included a career-best 217.8 average at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas. She added a 215.6 average at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln. Kuhlkin opened her collegiate career with a 202.4 average with 62 pocket hits at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind.

She recorded a 197.4 pinfall average for her freshman year, bowling 43 games.

Before Nebraska
Kuhlkin graduated from Schalmont High School in New York as one of the most decorated youth bowlers in the nation. Kuhlkin bowled an 835 series and was honored as a Times-Union Female Athlete of the Month. In 2009-10, Kuhlkin was honored as the USBC youth female high average winner. Kuhlkin also was a member of the Schalmont Sabres Section II Class B State Championship team. Kuhlkin has been bowling since age six and also played softball at Schalmont.

The daughter of Mark and Ricki Kuhlkin, Lizabeth was born on Sept. 15, 1993. Lizabeth has one brother, Derek. Lizabeth is a news-editorial major at Nebraska and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013 and 2014. She also claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012 and the spring semester of 2013 and 2014.