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Crusaders Close Hawk Classic in Tenth Place
Ashley Busiel and the Crusaders finished in tenth place. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Busiel and the Crusaders finished in tenth place. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The #9 Valparaiso bowling team concluded the UMES Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. on Sunday, finishing the 18-team tournament in tenth place.

The Crusaders dropped all three matches in bracket play, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, on Sunday. A game of 214 in the opener of the first match of the day wasn't enough to take a lead against #10 Stephen F. Austin, as SFA rolled a 221. Valpo closed to within 2-1, taking game three, 195-188, but the Ladyjacks took the final two games to earn the 4-1 win.

Valpo struggled to find its groove in its final two matches of the tournament, falling 4-0 to both #7 Sacred Heart and #12 Kutztown. The Crusaders' highest game over their last two matches was a 193, while their opponents broke 200 in five of the eight games.

Valparaiso (12-18) returns to the lanes in two weekends, traveling to Huntsville, Texas to compete at the Track Kat Classic. The three-day tournament begins on Friday, Nov. 30.