The Valpo bowling team set a program record for score in a traditional team match in a victory against Augustana on Saturday, the highlight of a perfect 4-0 day for the Beacons at Upper Iowa’s Peacock Classic in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Record-Setting Match
- It occurred in the fourth match slot of the day and the Beacons’ second matchup against Augustana on Saturday.
- Bowling in the traditional team format, four of Valpo’s five bowlers easily surpassed 200, led by senior Noelle Doody (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew), who rolled a 259.
- Junior Isabella Palamaro (Thiells, N.Y./North Rockland) was next in line with a 243 game, while sophomore Alli Eible (Burton, Mich./Kearsley) registered a 228 and freshman Jen Patz (Naples, Fla./Naples) posted a 227.
- Add it all up, and Valpo defeated Augustana by an 1145-869 final. The Beacons’ 1145 bested the program’s previous mark in a traditional team match which had stood for nearly nine years, an 1129 in February 2014.
How It Happened
- As mentioned, the record-setting match was Valpo’s second meeting with Augustana on Saturday. The Beacons also earned a victory to open the day over the Vikings, emerging with a 955-889 win as sophomore Lilu Smith (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) led the way with a 231.
- Valpo had a bye in the day’s second match slot and recorded a 903 team score, paced by Smith’s 210.
- Smith made it three straight matches leading Valpo to open the day with a 213, while Eible posted a 200 as the Beacons took down Elmhurst, 910-827.
- Eible led the way in the day’s final match with a 194 game as Valpo completed the perfect 4-0 day with an 890-750 win over Carroll.
- Smith finished Saturday with Valpo’s top average, as her 206.0 average over the five games ranked fifth in the tournament field.
- Valpo jumped two spots in the team standings on Saturday into third place out of the nine teams, as its 9,120 total pinfall through two days was only 74 pins out of second position.
Valpo (23-27) concludes competition in Waterloo on Sunday with bracket play. Entering the day in third place, the Beacons are still alive to capture the tournament title for a second straight season.