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 (Outlook)
One of the most prolific bowlers in Husker history, senior Lizabeth Kuhlkin hopes to close her tremendous collegiate career by leading Nebraska to the school's fifth NCAA title and second in her NU career.

Kuhlkin, a two-time NTCA First-Team All-American and MVP of the 2013 NCAA Championships, led the Big Red with a 206.7 average as a junior in 2013-14. She also helped the Huskers to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2014. 

“Liz is without a doubt, the best player in the country," Nebraska Coach Bill Straub said. "The easiest part for her this year is that she is going to be surrounded by people who are really good. Not that she wasn’t before, but this year on paper her supporting cast is going to be better.”

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 tTurnament 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.