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Valpo Places 18th at Music City Classic
Krystyna Johnson and the Crusaders finished in 18th place. (Ashley Busiel)
Krystyna Johnson and the Crusaders finished in 18th place. (Ashley Busiel)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

#11 Valparaiso concluded action at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, finishing the three-day event in 18th place.

The Crusaders opened Sunday's bracket play, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, against #19 Minnesota State-Mankato.  A 175 was enough for Valpo to take the opening game, but Mankato won the next three games to take control of the match.  The Crusaders posted a 191 in game five to close to within 3-2, but Mankato came out on top 186-157 in game six to earn the 4-2 victory.

Valparaiso (52-48) would have no such troubles in its second match of the day, taking down Southern in four straight games, capped by a 219 effort in game four for the sweep.  The Crusaders concluded tournament play against Monmouth, taking an early 2-0 lead thanks to 154-147 and 194-144 wins.  Monmouth won the next two games to even the match before Valpo moved within one game of the victory in game five, winning 196-169.  But Monmouth took game six 230-188 and then came out on top in game seven, 193-185, to hand the Crusaders a narrow 4-3 defeat.