Vanderbilt defeated the Nebraska bowling team in a best-of-seven tiebreaker 4-2 in the national semifinals Saturday in Wickliffe, Ohio.
The Commodores won the traditional match 992-947. Vanderbilt grabbed an early lead that the Huskers chipped away at through the later frames, trailing just 810-808 entering the 10th. All-American Adel Wahner finished with five straight strikes as the Commodores escaped with the win. Estefania Prieto led the Huskers with a match-high 226.
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It was the Huskers who had the fast start in the Baker match, winning the first game 203-146 on their way to a 984-913 victory.
In the best-of-seven Bakers, the Commodores won the first two games, followed by the Huskers winning two to tie. The Commodores regained the edge with a 200-181 win in the fifth game before securing the match 267-195 in the sixth.
Later Saturday, Stephen F. Austin defeated Vanderbilt 4-1 for the championship, ending the Commodores' quest for a repeat title.