The #19 Valpo bowling team picked up a trio of wins in the second day of competition Saturday at the Railsplitter Classic in Harrogate, Tenn., hosted by Lincoln Memorial University. Freshman Isabella Palamaro (Thiells, N.Y./North Rockland) especially impressed for the Brown and Gold, coming off the bench to average a 215.3 over Valpo’s final three matches of the day.
How It Happened
- Saturday’s action, contested in the traditional team format, kicked off for Valpo with a matchup against Spalding. In the end, it was the Brown and Gold with a slim victory, as they edged out an 831-827 victory, led by a 194 game from sophomore Noelle Doody (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew).
- Valpo dropped a 954-800 decision to Mercyhurst in the second match slot of the day, and then fell to host #11 Lincoln Memorial 1059-903 despite a 207 game by Doody.
- A rematch with Mercyhurst went Valpo’s way in the fourth match slot, as it cruised to an easy 979-842 victory. Freshman Addy Bates (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) helped guide Valpo to the win with a 227 game, while Palamaro posted a 216 effort in the victory.
- The final match of the day was a positioning round, and based on the standings, it resulted in a third meeting in one day with Mercyhurst — the first time in program history Valpo has faced the same team three times in one day. Valpo took the rubber match on Saturday 928-889 behind a 236 game from Palamaro, the team’s single-best game of the day.
- Valpo closed the day in fifth place out of eight squads in the team standings, amassing 8,775 total pins through two days of competition. Palamaro’s 215.3 average was the third-best among individuals who started at least three traditional matches on Saturday.
Valpo (16-15) closes out the Railsplitter Classic on Sunday morning.