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Valpo Closes Kutztown Invitational In 11th Place
Amanda Cortese and the Crusaders finished 11th. (Aran Kessler)
Amanda Cortese and the Crusaders finished 11th. (Aran Kessler)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

#13 Valparaiso won two of its three bracket-round matches on Sunday at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa., closing the three-day tournament in 11th place out of 28 competing teams.

Junior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) earned All-Tournament Team accolades after posting a 218.9 average during Saturday's traditional matches, tied for the second-highest average in the field.  Cortese broke 200 in four of her six games Saturday, including three efforts of 235 or better.

Sunday's bracket play, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, opened with the Crusaders taking on #11 St. Francis (N.Y.) in a match that went down to the wire before Valpo earned the 4-3 victory.  Valpo's second match also went the distance, but the Crusaders came out on the short end of a 4-3 loss to #RV UW-Whitewater.  But the tournament ended on a high note for the Crusaders, as they earned a 4-1 victory in the 11th-place match over St. Peter's.

Valparaiso (48-37) now has over a month off before its next competition, scheduled for March 11-13 at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

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Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
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Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
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Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
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Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler