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Valpo Bowling Remains Unbeaten, Sets Program Record For Most Consecutive Wins
Natalie Cortese posted the tournament's third-highest average on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Natalie Cortese posted the tournament's third-highest average on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The #18 Valparaiso bowling team remained undefeated in 2011-2012 Saturday afternoon, winning five more matches to start the season 10-0 and set a new program record for most consecutive victories as the team competed at the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo.

“Today was another exciting day because we were able to go undefeated yet again,” said Crusader head coach Matt Nantais.  “The girls have risen to the occasion in every match.  A few times, we struggled, but they pulled together as a team and got through it.  The team is excited to bowl tomorrow for the chance at a possible tournament championship.”

Valparaiso ended Saturday’s action, contested in the traditional format, with three of the tournament’s top-eight bowlers based on average.  Senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) ended the day ranked third with a 204.8 average, while sister Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) posted a 192.0 average, good for seventh place.  Redshirt junior Ashley Busiel (Elk Grove Village, Ill./James B. Conant [Harper College]) closed the day right behind the latter, finishing in eighth place with a 191.8 average.

The Crusaders began the day taking on #13 Stephen F. Austin and easily defeated the Ladyjacks by a 992-820 score, led by games of 235 from sophomore Kaity Galka (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) and 203 from Amanda Cortese.  Valpo then took two straight matches from #20 Prairie View A&M by scores of 916-812 and 945-828.  In the first match, the Crusaders were paced by a 226 by Amanda Cortese and a 225 from Natalie Cortese, while Busiel led the way in the second meeting with a 224.

For the second straight day, Valpo faced off against host #4 Central Missouri, and for the second straight day, it was the Crusaders who came out victorious, this time by a 949-875 score.  Redshirt freshman Alyssa Alvarez (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) paced Valpo against UCM with a score of 201.  Finally, the Crusaders closed the day with an 885-834 win over Louisiana Tech, led by a 218 game from Natalie Cortese as five different bowlers led Valpo over the day’s five matches.

Valparaiso (10-0) currently sits in second in the eight-team field in the tournament standings with 9,385 total pins.  The Crusaders enter bracket play tomorrow needing to win as few as two matches to earn the tournament championship.  Sunday’s bowling begins at 8:30 a.m.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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