Bowling Earns Win Over Nation’s Top Team Friday at Nebraska
Friday, March 3, 2017
Bowling Earns Win Over Nation’s Top Team Friday at Nebraska
Former Valparaiso University President Alan Harre and his wife, Diane, with the Valpo bowling team Friday.

With former Valparaiso University president Dr. Alan Harre and his wife, Diane, in attendance Friday, the #25 Crusader bowling team posted a 3-1 record in action at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., including a victory over the nation’s top-ranked team.

How It Happened

  • The Crusaders opened the day, which was contested in the traditional team format, with a bye. Senior Marianna Guerrieri (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) led Valpo in the opener with a 180 game.
  • Valpo ran into a buzzsaw in their first contested match of the day, as the five bowlers for #3 Arkansas State averaged nearly a 250 apiece as the Crusaders fell 1247-943. Senior Savannah Carr (Buckeye, Ariz./Youngker) paced Valpo as she rolled a 222.
  • The Crusaders edged out #RV Maryville in their next match, 900-889, thanks to games of 216 from Guerrieri and 202 by senior Alyssa Meade (Chesterfield, Mich./L’Anse Creuse North).
  • Valpo then defeated the nation’s top-ranked team, taking down #1 McKendree by a 1013-970 final. Sophomore Kendra Tryniski (Fulton, N.Y./Fulton) rolled the Crusaders’ best individual game of the day, posting a 248, while Meade registered a 202 for the second straight game.
  • The Crusaders ended the day on a three-match winning streak, earning a 991-816 victory over Lincoln Memorial in their finale. Meade and fifth-year senior Olivia Wirtz (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek [Vanderbilt]) led the way with matching games of 210, while Tryniski closed out the day’s action with a 204 game.
  • Guerrieri recorded the Crusaders’ top average of the day, averaging an even 197 over the day’s five matches.
  • The Crusaders have tallied 8,509 total pins through two days of action and enter Saturday’s final day of competition in sixth place.

Next Up

The Crusaders (40-41) close out the Big Red Invitational on Saturday from Lincoln. Action is slated to begin at 8:25 a.m.