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Valpo Third After Day One of Crusader Classic
Ashley Busiel and the Crusaders went 3-2 on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Busiel and the Crusaders went 3-2 on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hosting the third annual Crusader Classic at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, the #18 Valparaiso bowling team ended the first day of competition with a 3-2 record and in third place in the nine-team tournament field.

The Crusaders ended the first day, which consisted of five five-game baker matches, with 4,667 total pins for their third-place standing.  #6 Arkansas State sits atop the leaderboard with 4,834 total pins, while #5 Nebraska is just behind at 4,817 total pins and was the only team to go undefeated in Friday’s action.

Valpo opened tournament action on Friday against #20 Prairie View A&M and looked poised for an opening victory, as back-to-back games of 214 and 211 midway through the match helped the Crusaders to a 55-pin advantage with just one game remaining.  But Valpo fell 188-128 in the finale, suffering a heartbreaking 887-882 loss in the opener.  The Crusaders rebounded in their second match, utilizing their best game of the day, a 236, to down #14 Alabama A&M by a 956-887 count.

A buzzsaw in the form of #17 UW-Whitewater awaited Valpo in the day’s third match, as the Crusaders fell 1005-896.  But the Crusaders closed the opening day strong, rolling five games of 200 or better over the final two matches as Valpo claimed a 944-670 victory over Elmhurst and a 989-759 win against Alabama State.

Valparaiso (15-3) hosts the second day of action from Stardust Bowl II, consisting of five traditional matches, beginning at noon on Saturday.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler