Tremendous day-long performances from sophomores Hannah Forton (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) and Payton Bertermann (Grayslake, Ill./North) led the #RV Valparaiso University bowling team on Saturday in the second day of action at the Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.
Valpo picked up three victories on Saturday in the middle day of competition, moving up four spots in the team standings. Meanwhile, Forton earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team and both Forton and Bertermann surpassed 200 in all of their games on Saturday.
How It Happened
- Valpo opened the day, contested in the traditional team format, against #5 Sam Houston State and dropped a narrow 964-940 decision. Despite the loss, sophomore Sam Perez (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) set a new career best with a 232 game, while Forton rolled a 210.
- Valpo picked up its first win of Saturday in its next contest, taking down #24 Central Missouri, 962-909. Forton rolled a 225 and was matched by junior Morgan Peacha (Henderson, Nev./Foothill), who set a new collegiate best. Bertermann posted a 203 in her first match of the day as well.
- Valpo made it back-to-back victories with a 957-928 win over #14 Louisiana Tech in its next contest. Bertermann set her career high with a 234 in the win over the Lady Techsters, while Forton posted a score of 203.
- For the first time all day, Valpo didn’t have a bowler set a career best in its fourth match of the day, but still came out 943-889 victors over #RV Jackson State – led by a 205 from Bertermann and a 204 from Forton.
- Bertermann saved the best for last, breaking the career high she had set just two matches prior and rolling Valpo’s best game of the day in the finale with a 255, but it wouldn’t be enough, as Valpo fell to #22 Maryville by a 1005-944 final to close Saturday’s action. Forton capped a day where she broke 200 in all five games with a final game of 213.
- Forton earned her spot on the All-Tournament Team with a 211 average on Saturday over Valpo’s five matches. Meanwhile, Bertermann actually registered the tournament field’s second-best average of anybody who bowled at least two matches with a 224.3, but since she did not bowl all five matches, was not eligible for the All-Tournament Team.
- Valpo ended the day in 11th place, jumping four spots in the team standings as the Crusaders tallied 9,150 pins through the first two days of action.
Valpo (26-34) closes out action at the Mid-Winter Classic with bracket play on Sunday morning.