Rookies Lead Valpo Bowling On Second Day at McKendree
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Rookies Lead Valpo Bowling On Second Day at McKendree
Addy Bates finished Saturday ranked fourth in the tournament field.

A pair of freshmen led the Valpo bowling team on the second day of action at the Bearcat Hammer Open Saturday, highlighted by the placement of Addy Bates (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) within the top-five of the individual standings, as the Brown and Gold registered a trio of victories.

How It Happened

-        Valpo opened Saturday’s action with a strong victory, taking down #7 Stephen F. Austin by an 894-817 final. In the first traditional match of her collegiate career, Bates rolled a 241 to lead the way in the win.

-        It didn’t matter which of the other seven teams Valpo faced in the second match slot, as it posted the tournament’s top score in that slot in a 990-906 win over Lewis. Bates posted her second consecutive team-best game with a 229, backed up by a 210 from sophomore Alexis Roof (Flint, Mich./Kearsley) and a 201 from freshman Kaylee Hodson (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn).

-        Valpo came up just shy of extending the winning streak to three matches, dropping a narrow 930-912 decision to host #1 McKendree in the third match of the day. Hodson led the Brown and Gold in that contest with a game of 207.

-        The fourth match slot saw Valpo get back to its winning ways, cruising to an 866-724 victory over Upper Iowa. Roof paced the victory with a 192, while Hodson was right behind her with a 190 game.

-        #18 Maryville bested Valpo in the final match of the day by a final score of 898-874. Freshman Claudio Santiago-Ramos (Coamo, P.R./Academic Ponce Interamericana) posted a 189 to lead the way versus the Saints, while senior Payton Bertermann (Grayslake, Ill./North) recorded a 188.

Inside the Action

-        Bates finished Saturday in fourth position among the bowlers who started all five traditional games with a 195.8 average, while Hodson started each of the final four matches and posted a 191.0 average.

-        As a team, Valpo finds itself in sixth place after the second day of action with a total pinfall of 4,310 pins.

-        Bates’ 241 in the opening win over Stephen F. Austin stood as Valpo’s top score of the day and was the day’s third-best individual game in the tournament field.

-        The win over the Lumberjacks marked the highest-ranked opponent taken down by the Brown and Gold since beating then-#6 Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 19, 2018 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational.

Next Up

Valpo (5-5) will close out its season-opening tournament on Sunday beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. One last traditional team match will be followed by a pair of bracket best-of-seven baker matches to determine the final standings.