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Crusaders Continue Play at Mid-Winter Invitational
Amanda Cortese posted the Crusaders' top average Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Amanda Cortese posted the Crusaders' top average Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

For the second straight day, #1 Valparaiso went 3-2 in action Saturday at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. and will enter Sunday's bracket play in tenth place.

The Crusaders started Saturday's competition, contested in the traditional format, against #6 Vanderbilt and came out with a big win, downing the Commodores 1021-962. Senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) paced Valpo in the opener with a 224 game, while sophomore Kaity Galka (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) rolled a 221 and senior Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) posted a score of 210 as well in the win.

Valpo made it two wins in a row with a 921-837 victory over Jackson State, led by another game of 210 from Amanda Cortese. The Crusaders then earned their second win of the day over a fellow top-10 team, downing #5 Sam Houston State 926-901. Redshirt junior Ashley Busiel (Elk Grove Village, Ill./James B. Conant [Harper College]) led Valpo with a 215 in that contest, while Natalie Cortese rolled a 200.

Despite a 201 from Amanda Cortese in the next match, Valpo would lose for the first time on the day, falling to Elmhurst 981-885. Redshirt freshman Alyssa Alvarez (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) came off the bench to roll a team-high 205 in Saturday's finale, but it was not enough, as the Crusaders lost the closing match to #8 Nebraska by a 985-929 count.

Valparaiso (36-12) closes out play at the Mid-Winter Invitational on Sunday morning starting at 8:30 a.m.