The #19 Valpo bowling team got big performances up and down its lineup on Saturday, including a top-10 single-game effort in program history from senior Payton Bertermann (Grayslake, Ill./North) and a 211.6 average over five games from freshman Addy Bates (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park), as it captured three victories on the second day of action from the Flyer Classic in Lockport, Ill.
How It Happened
- Bates opened the day by rolling a 244, which proved to be her high effort of the day, but it wouldn’t be enough as Valpo dropped the opener in traditional team action to #23 Kentucky Wesleyan, 924-883.
- Bates led the Valpo effort again in the second match slot, posting a 199 to help propel Valpo to a top-10 victory, as it edged #9 Maryville, 908-900.
- Three of Valpo’s five bowlers cracked the 200 barrier in the third match of the day as Valpo took down #RV Upper Iowa by a 1036-962 final — its top traditional match total this year. Sophomore Alexis Roof (Flint, Mich./Kearsley) led the way with a 246, Bertermann rolled a 222 and Bates registered a 214.
- For the third time in the first four games on Saturday, Bates surpassed 200 as she recorded a 203 to lead Valpo as it fell to #1 McKendree, 967-894.
- Valpo nearly matched its effort against Upper Iowa to close Saturday’s action, as it rolled to a 1027-806 win over Dominican. Bertermann posted Valpo’s high game of the season with a 268, while freshman Isabella Palamaro (Thiells, N.Y./North Rockland) tallied a 201 to finish out Saturday.
- Valpo accounted for two of the tournament field’s four 1,000+ matches on Saturday, with top-ranked McKendree accounting for the other two.
- Bertermann’s effort of 268 in Saturday’s finale was not only a career best for the senior, it also is tied for the eighth-best individual game in Valpo program history. It is the best game by a Valpo bowler since Kendra Tryniski rolled a 279 in November 2015.
- Bates ended the day with a 211.6 average, good for second in the tournament field. As a team, Valpo owns a total pinfall of 9,260 pins to sit in fourth position — just 30 pins out of third and 77 away from second.
Valpo (23-21) concludes the Flyer Classic with a trio of best-of-seven baker bracket matches tomorrow. Entering bracket play as the fourth seed, Valpo will have a chance to claim the tournament title if it can win all three matches.