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Valpo Fourth After Two Days at Hawk Classic
Natalie Cortese paced Valpo with a 196.2 average Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Natalie Cortese paced Valpo with a 196.2 average Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

#18 Valparaiso went 4-1 on the second day of competition Saturday at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. and will enter Sunday with the chance to win its fourth consecutive tournament, as the Crusaders currently sit in fourth place in the strong tournament field.

In a field that features 10 of the nation’s top-12 squads, Valpo accumulated 8,416 pins through two days of action to rank fourth in the 19-team field.  Even more impressively, the Crusaders trail just the nation’s top-three ranked teams in the form of Vanderbilt, Fairleigh Dickinson and host Maryland Eastern Shore.

Valparaiso begin bowling on Saturday, which was contested in the traditional team format, against #10 New Jersey City University and earned a narrow 917-914 victory, thanks in large part to a season-best 245 from senior Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]), which was also the Crusaders’ best game of the day.  Valpo then posted the best team match of the day among the tournament field in a 1042-802 rout of St. Peter’s.  Johnson again paced the team with a 221, while senior Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) posted a 220 and sophomore Kaity Galka (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) tallied a 213 game.

Facing #11 Adelphi in the third contest of the day, the Crusaders won almost as easily, rolling to a 954-779 victory.  Senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) led the way against the Panthers with an effort of 227 and was helped out by a 202 from Amanda Cortese as well.  The Crusaders would drop the fourth match of the day to Monmouth, 870-846, with a 192 by Natalie Cortese leading the way.  Valpo ended the second day of action against #9 Sacred Heart, getting a 210 from Natalie Cortese in a 761-761 draw.  In the tiebreaker, contested in a modified baker format, the Crusaders came out on top, ending the day with the 4-1 record.

“We started off well today with three straight wins,” said Crusader head coach Matt Nantais.  “The fourth match, we struggled with spares and dropped that match in a tough loss.  We did a nice job bouncing back in the fifth match to win the tie-breaker, though.  We have our work cut out for us tomorrow, having to beat FDU, UMES and Vanderbilt to win the title.  But I think we have a good chance to win this tournament, and we are looking forward to getting back on the lanes.”

Valparaiso (28-7) enters Sunday’s bracket action, to be contested in the best four-of-seven baker format, as one of four teams with a shot at the tournament championship.  The Crusaders open the bracket play against host Maryland Eastern Shore, and would need to defeat Vanderbilt and Fairleigh Dickinson in addition to the Hawks to earn the crown.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo