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Crusaders Return to Action at Music City Classic
Krystyna Johnson paced Valpo with a 192.7 average Friday. (Aran Kessler)
Krystyna Johnson paced Valpo with a 192.7 average Friday. (Aran Kessler)

Friday, March 12, 2010

The #10 Valparaiso bowling team returned to competition for the first time in nearly a month on Friday afternoon at the Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., posting a 4-2 record on the day.

#2 Vanderbilt is hosting the weekend tournament, which features 17 teams ranked among the nation’s top-20 in the 20-squad field.  Through the first day, the Crusaders sit in 11th place with a total pin count of 5,279 pins.

“Today was a challenging day, but I was pleased with our record on the day,” said Crusader head coach Stephen Anthony.  “Our goal was to focus on each match and to get results today; to go 4-2 on the day against a field consisting of 17 of the top 20 was a positive day.  We certainly look forward to tomorrow and the opportunity to move up in the standings.  We need to be more complete as a team as we move into the baker round, but we have shown this season that we can continue to improve as the tournament progresses so I'm looking forward to day two.”

Valpo’s slate of foes for its traditional-format matches on Friday kicked off with #12 Kutztown, and while the Crusaders struggled in their opener, they did just enough to pull out a 793-723 victory.  #16 Florida A&M was next up for Valpo, and this time the Crusaders needed their best team total of the day to register a 960-937 win, led by a 225 from Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) and a 203 by Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]).

Next up was the Crusaders’ highest-ranked opponent of the day, #8 New Jersey City, and the nailbiter went right down to the final frame before Valpo prevailed by an 839-833 count, paced by a 206 by Amanda Cortese.  The Crusaders would fall for the first time in their fourth match of the day, dropping a 939-869 decision to #15 Alabama A&M despite games of 224 from Natalie Cortese and 206 from Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]).

Valpo bounced back against Hampton with a solid 906-810 victory, led by its individual single-game high on the day of 231 by Johnson.  Johnson would surpass 200 for the third straight game, rolling a 221 in the day’s finale versus #13 Sacred Heart, but it would not be enough as the Crusaders fell to the Pioneers, 927-912.  Johnson ended the day with the Crusaders’ best individual average as well, posting an average of 192.7 over the six traditional games.

Valparaiso (64-41) returns to action on the second of three days of competition on Saturday, as the Crusaders take to the lanes at noon for six baker-format matches.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay