Crusaders Split Eight Matches on Final Two Days at Alabama A&M
Alyssa Alvarez and the Crusaders split eight matches on the final two days.
Alyssa Alvarez and the Crusaders split eight matches on the final two days.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The #15 Valparaiso bowling squad split eight matches in its final two days of competition this weekend at the Holiday Collegiate Classic in Bessemer, Ala., hosted by Alabama A&M.

Saturday's action was contested in the traditional team format, with the Crusaders going 3-2 over that day's five matches. Valpo opened with a 922-891 win over UAB before falling 844-822 to #4 Arkansas State and 1043-938 to #5 Vanderbilt. The Crusaders rebounded, closing the day with wins over host Alabama A&M (844-804) and #RV Alabama State (971-869).

Redshirt sophomore Alyssa Alvarez (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) was the only Crusader to bowl all five matches, averaging a 183, including a high game of 211 against Vanderbilt. Sophomore Sadie Jasinski (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) posted Valpo's top average, averaging a 204 over her three matches, including the team's best game of the day with a 233 in the win over Alabama State.

Sunday saw the Crusaders go 1-2 in best-of-seven baker action. Valpo dropped a seven-game decision to Texas Southern in the opener and fell 4-1 to Tulane in the day's second match. The Crusaders closed the tournament on a high note, sweeping Jackson State in four straight games.

Valparaiso (48-53) returns to the lanes next weekend at the Central Missouri Women's Invitational in Kansas City, Mo. The three-day event starts on Friday, Mar. 1.