Bowling Season Comes to Close at SBL Championship
Friday, March 24, 2023
Bowling Season Comes to Close at SBL Championship
Noelle Doody bowled in her final collegiate tournament Friday.

The Valpo bowling team saw its 2022-23 season come to an end Friday afternoon at the Southland Bowling League Championship in Rowlett, Texas.

How It Happened

  • As the eighth seed in the double-elimination event, Valpo opened the league tournament Friday morning against top-seeded #2 Vanderbilt. Each match featured a traditional team game, followed by a five-game baker set. If the two teams split those contests, a best-of-seven baker round decided the match.
  • The Beacons dropped the traditional team game to the Commodores, 1046-834. Freshman Jen Patz (Naples, Fla./Naples) paced Valpo with a 199 game in the opener.
  • Valpo broke 200 twice in the five-game baker match, but it wouldn’t be enough to take down the top seed, as Vanderbilt completed the 2-0 win with a 1080-929 decision.
  • The loss dropped the Beacons into an elimination matchup against fourth-seeded #6 Youngstown State.
  • The Penguins bested the Beacons in the traditional team game, 926-791.
  • Valpo trailed YSU by 12 pins entering the final game of the five-game baker match, but topped the Penguins by 24 pins in the finale to close out an 886-874 win and force the decisive best-of-seven baker match.
  • Valpo and YSU split the first two games of the best-of-seven contest, but the Penguins took each of the final three to earn the 4-1 victory and advance in the bracket.
  • Friday marked the final collegiate competition for Valpo senior Noelle Doody (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew). Doody started 119 traditional team matches in her four-year career, leading Valpo in 27 matches and breaking 200 on 23 occasions — highlighted by a career-best 279 game during her junior season, tied for third-best in program history.