The Valpo bowling team put together one of its most dominant performances on the final day of a tournament in program history, including a single-match effort which ranks among the program’s best all-time, as it closed out the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic in Kenosha, Wis., putting a bow on the Beacons’ fall semester competition.
How It Happened
- Valpo opened the day’s action, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, against #24 Marian and dominated from the outset, posting scores of 232 and 246 — the team’s high single-game score of the day — to jump out to a 2-0 lead en route to a 4-0 sweep.
- It was Valpo’s first 4-0 sweep of a nationally-ranked team in the best-of-seven baker format since taking four straight from #17 Saint Francis (N.Y.) on Nov. 2, 2014.
- The Beacons posted a 207.75 average in their four games in the sweep of Marian, tied for seventh-best in a best-of-seven match in program history.
- There was no letdown for Valpo facing #RV Lewis in its second bracket match. The Beacons opened with games of 198 and 193 to take the first two games, edged Lewis by seven pins in game three, and then closed strong with a 241 in game four to complete a second consecutive 4-0 sweep.
- It is the first time in program history Valpo has swept back-to-back opponents in the best-of-seven baker format.
- The victory over Lewis moved Valpo into a matchup with #21 UW-Whitewater for ninth place. A 221 gave Valpo the opener, and the Beacons claimed game two by 25 pins as well.
- Valpo finally dropped its first game in its 11th game of the day, as the Warhawks claimed games three and four to level the match at 2-2. But the Beacons came back with efforts of 221 and 196 to close out the 4-2 victory and finish in ninth place.
- This marks the second time in four tournaments this fall that Valpo won all three of its best-of-seven matches on the final day of the tournament.
- It is also the second time in program history it has dropped just two games total over three best-of-seven matches, joining the 2011 Crusader Classic.
Valpo (21-29) will resume competition after the turn of the calendar to 2022, as its next tournament is slated to be the Peacocks Classic from Waterloo, Iowa Jan. 21-23.