Valpo Places Fourth at Crusader Classic
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Valpo Places Fourth at Crusader Classic

The Valparaiso University bowling team finished up hosting of the Crusader Classic on Sunday at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill., concluding the three-day event in fourth place.

How It Happened

  • Valpo opened bracket play, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, against Lewis. Valpo won the opening game, but Lewis averaged a 194.5 over the final four games to earn a 4-1 win.
  • The loss dropped Valpo into a matchup against Drury in its second match of the day. This time, it would be Valpo posting high scores across the board, averaging a 193.8 over five games, including a 218 game three and a 208 clinching game five for the 4-1 win.
  • Valpo’s final match of the tournament came against #21 UW-Whitewater, and much like the traditional team game battle on Saturday between the two squads, it would go right down to the wire. Valpo rolled a 193 to take a 1-0 lead, but the Warhawks came back with three straight wins to go up 3-1. Valpo then edged out UWW in game five, 203-200, to extend the match, and a game six win for the Crusaders forced a winner-take-all game seven. But the 202-188 decision in the decisive game seven went UWW’s way, as Valpo fell 4-3.

Tournament Wrap

  • Kentucky Wesleyan earned the team championship over runner-ups Lewis, winning the title match 4-2.
  • Kailee Tubbs of UW-Whitewater was named Tournament MVP after posting the top average over Saturday’s five traditional team matches (217.8). She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Lewis’ Kristine Countryman and Kylie Johnson, Drury’s Madisyn Juenger and Elmhurst’s Meghan Wenninger.

Next Up

Valpo (18-20) concludes its fall schedule next weekend at the Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis., hosted by UW-Whitewater. The three-day event begins Friday morning.