Valpo bowling junior Noelle Doody (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) enjoyed one of the best single-day performances in program history on Saturday, including matching the third-best single-game score in program history, to lead the Beacons as they competed on the second day of action at the MOTIV Penguin Classic in Struthers, Ohio.
How It Happened
- The day’s action, which was comprised of five traditional team matches, opened with a 1014-848 loss to #11 Duquesne. Doody posted a team-best 191 in the opener, an innocuous start to a strong day on the lanes.
- Valpo dropped a close decision to Mercyhurst, 948-933, in the second match slot of the day. Doody led the way with a 223 in that contest, while sophomore Addy Bates (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) rolled a 207.
- Doody notched a 212 in the next match, while freshman Lilu Smith (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) recorded a 196 in a 1005-878 loss to Morgan State.
- The fourth match slot was the charm for Doody, who put it all together for an impressive career-best game of 279. The 279 matches the score of a Kendra Tryniski game from November 2015 for third-best in program history, bested only by a 290 from Natalie Cortese in October 2009 and a 280 from Krystyna Johnson in November 2010.
- Buoyed by Doody’s 279 game, Valpo earned a 996-977 victory over Lewis, posting the top team score of the tournament field in that match slot.
- A 203 from Doody in the day’s final match wouldn’t be enough to lift the Beacons to another win, as #11 Duquesne earned a 971-848 victory.
- Doody’s average of 221.6 on Saturday was not only among the best single-day averages in program history, it topped the entire tournament field by nearly three full pins.
- As a team, Valpo closed the day in seventh position with 9,095 total pins, just three pins out of sixth place.
Valpo (4-6) closes out action from Ohio on Sunday with a trio of best-of-seven baker bracket matches, starting against Walsh at 7:25 a.m. CT.