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Valpo Goes 3-2 Saturday at Greater Ozark Invite
Natalie Cortese rolled a team-high 290 Saturday in a victory over Central Missouri. (Aran Kessler)
Natalie Cortese rolled a team-high 290 Saturday in a victory over Central Missouri. (Aran Kessler)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Led by Natalie Cortese’s (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Univ. of Central Missouri]) 290 game against her former Jennies squad, the Valparaiso bowling team went 3-2 Saturday against nationally-ranked competition at the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo.

“I was pleased with our second day of competition,” said Crusader head coach Stephen Anthony.  “We started off well in our first game, but lost our focus and our attention in closing out frames.  We rebounded well with wins over three nationally ranked programs.  I was particularly pleased with how we competed in three close games; staying focused on what was working for us.  We entered the tenth frame in all three games with the game on the line and were able to close out frames and maintain our lead.”

The Crusaders started the day against #7 Arkansas State, falling to the Red Wolves 1019-882 despite a team-high 217 game from Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./ Hoffman Estates [Univ. of Central Missouri]).  Valpo bounced back in its second showdown, downing #17 Elmhurst 926-856 behind games of 235 and 201 from Natalie and Amanda Cortese, respectively.  Valpo’s third game of the day saw the Crusaders defeat #12 Minnesota State-Mankato by a 962-901 count, getting 200+ games from Natalie Cortese (214), Amanda Cortese (204), and Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]) (201).

The Crusaders then posted their best cumulative game of the day in a defeat of #4 University of Central Missouri, defeating the host institution 1054-958.  Natalie Cortese went 9-spare in the first frame before striking out for her 290, while Nicole Hamilton (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) tied for the second-best game of the day with a 235 against the Jennies.  Valpo closed competition on Saturday, falling 1096-885 to #2 Vanderbilt.

“The final game was a good lesson for us as we need to learn how to sustain our level of play; following an emotional game vs. Central Missouri, we started off slow against Vanderbilt and were chasing the game from the very beginning,” said Anthony.  “But as we move through our first tournament, there are lessons in every game and I have been pleased with how we have responded to what we learned as a team this weekend.  Tomorrow will be another test and challenge as we strive to close out on a positive note and put three good days of competition together.”

Valparaiso (7-2) concludes action at the Greater Ozark Invitational on Sunday in Springfield, Mo.  Bowling is scheduled to commence around noon.
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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo