Valpo Bowling Earns Pair of Wins On Second Day of Big Red Invitational
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Valpo Bowling Earns Pair of Wins On Second Day of Big Red Invitational
Mirica Yancey led Valpo on Saturday with a 201 average.

The Valpo bowling team continued action from the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, earning a pair of victories, including a dramatic one-pin win over a top-10 Youngstown State squad.

How It Happened

  • Valpo opened the day, contested in the traditional team format, against Texas Southern and earned a 945-895 victory. Junior Mirica Yancey (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) led the way in the opening win with a 211 game.
  • Valpo then engaged in a slugfest with #8 YSU in the second match slot, as both teams surpassed the 1000-pin mark. When the dust settled, the Brown and Gold edged out the Penguins by one pin, 1017-1016. Junior Sam Perez (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) paced Valpo with a 235, while freshman Alexis Roof (Flint, Mich./Kearsley) rolled a 215 and Yancey a 214.
  • The one-pin win tied for the third-closest victory in traditional team action in program history and was the closest win since a one-pin triumph over Nebraska in January 2017. The only two matches which were closer were ties that saw Valpo prevail in a modified baker format tiebreaker.
  • Valpo broke 1000 again in the third match slot, but ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the hosts, #3 Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers earned an 1141-1002 win. Junior Hannah Forton (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) led Valpo in the defeat with a 217, while Perez posted a 214 and Yancey broke 200 for the third straight match with a 213.
  • Valpo dropped its final two matches of the day, falling 926-870 to #5 Arkansas State and 945-866 to Augustana.
  • The Brown and Gold ended the day in sixth place in the eight-team field with a total pinfall of 9,343.
  • Yancey led Valpo in individual average on Saturday, posting a 201 average over the day’s five matches.

Next Up

Valpo (37-47) closes out the Big Red Invitational on Sunday with a trio of bracket-play matches. Action is slated to begin at 8:55 a.m.