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Harlem grad Kayla Verstraete wins bowling national title with Nebraska

Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIFR) - Harlem grad Kayla Verstraete helped lead the University of Nebraska to its first national championship since 2015, defeating Arkansas State 4-1 in the best-of-seven series on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers trailed the championship match 1-0 before winning the next four baker games. Verstraete was part of the starting line-up that led Nebraska to the title.

Verstraete went on a personal journey to get through the bracket on the way to the championship. She faced her former high school teammate Rebecca Hagerman and McKendree University in the semifinals on Friday.

Verstraete and Hagerman were vital pieces to Harlem’s back-to-back state championship bowling teams in 2017 & 2018. The duo capped off their high school careers finishing second at state their senior year. They also won three high school national championships together at Harlem.

Verstraete’s Cornhuskers prevailed, and went on to win the program’s sixth national title since 2004.

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