Valpo Third Through Two Days at Greater Ozark Invitational
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Valpo Third Through Two Days at Greater Ozark Invitational
Amanda Cortese registered a trio of 200+ games Saturday. (Aran Kessler)

The #11 Valparaiso bowling team enters the final day of competition with a shot at the Greater Ozark Invitational championship after closing the second day of action Saturday in third place in the 10-team tournament field.

Rolling in the traditional five-bowler format Saturday, the Crusaders kicked off action against #17 Minnesota State-Mankato.  Valpo actually posted its best score of the day against the Mavericks, with junior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) rolling a 245 and freshman Kaity Galka (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) posting a 226 to lead the way.  But the Crusaders eventually suffered a narrow 1025-994 defeat in the opener.

The Crusaders rebounded in a big way, edging tournament host #5 Central Missouri in their second match, 940-932.  Galka paced Valpo against the Jennies with a 219 game, while junior Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) rolled a 204 against her former squad.  Cortese would follow with another 204 in Valpo’s next match, but the Crusaders dropped a 961-935 decision to #RV Prairie View A&M.

Natalie Cortese registered a 224 game in the fourth contest of the day to go along with a 207 game from sophomore Katie Shumaker (Trafford, Pa./Penn-Trafford [Maryland Eastern Shore]) as Valpo defeated #RV Stephen F. Austin, 945-903.  Amanda Cortese closed the day with her third 200+ effort, recording a 224 game in the finale, but the Crusaders fell in their positional round matchup against Prairie View A&M, 939-842.

Valparaiso (6-4) is actually tied with Central Missouri in the tournament standings, leading to a matchup to kick off Sunday morning.  The Crusaders can capture the tournament championship with three straight victories on Sunday, with bowling slated to begin at 8 a.m.