Crusader Bowlers Continue Play at Music City Classic
Amanda Cortese broke 200 three times and paced the Crusaders in average on Saturday. (Aran Kessler)
Crusader Bowlers Continue Play at Music City Classic
Saturday, March 19, 2011

The #11 Valparaiso bowling team continued action on the second of three days of competition at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday.

The Crusaders opened play Saturday against #18 UW-Whitewater, but despite a team-best 184 from Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]) dropped a 971-825 decision in the opener.  Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) paced Valpo in its second match of the day, rolling a 187, but it would not be enough, as the Crusaders fell in a narrow 857-838 match to #16 Alabama A&M.

Cortese rolled her second-best game of the year in the Crusaders' third match, tossing a 228, while sister Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) also broke 200 with a 204, but another narrow decision went against the Crusaders, as Monmouth took a 945-929 victory.  Valpo finally got on the winning side of the scoresheet against Texas Southern, as Morgan Sharp (Worth, Ill./Lockport Township) rolled a season-best 221, Amanda Cortese a 210 and Natalie Cortese a 209 to lead the way in a 992-858 victory.

Ashley Busiel (Elk Grove Village, Ill./James B. Conant [Harper College]) became the fourth different Crusader bowler to lead Valpo in its fifth match of the day, posting the Crusaders' best game of the day with a season-high 237, but #1 Fairleigh Dickinson proved to be too much, as Valpo fell 988-905.  Amanda Cortese, who paced Valpo with a 188.7 average on the day, broke 200 for the third time in the day's finale, rolling a 202, but it was not enough as Southern took a 900-878 decision to close the day.

Valparaiso (51-46) enters bracket play of the Music City Classic, which commences Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. CDT, as the 18th seed in the 20-team field.