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Crusaders Earn Five More Wins on Day Two at Kutztown
Alyssa Alvarez averaged a 195 on Saturday, including the Crusaders' best game with a 235.
Alyssa Alvarez averaged a 195 on Saturday, including the Crusaders' best game with a 235.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

#14 Valparaiso continued its strongest tournament performance of the year on Saturday, winning five of its six matches in closing the second day of action at the Kutztown Invitational in sixth place.  The Crusaders have a shot at finishing as high as third place in Sunday’s bracket play.

The Crusaders finished Saturday, contested in the traditional team format, in the same spot in the team standings that they closed out Friday, in sixth place out of the 26 competing teams with a pinfall of 10,329, just 27 pins shy of fifth-place North Carolina A&T.  Fairleigh Dickinson enters bracket play as the top overall seed, compiling a pinfall of 11,281 through two days of competition.

Despite starting slow in its opening match against Pitt-Bradford, Valpo came out with a 908-832 win, paced by a game of 204 from freshman Carly Larson (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville).  The Crusaders then took down tournament host #9 Kutztown 950-912 in their second match of the day, led by Larson’s 219 and an effort of 206 from senior Torrie Decker (Van Wert, Ohio/Van Wert [Robert Morris (Ill.)]).

The Crusaders peaked in their middle two matches of the day on Saturday, highlighted by their effort in the third match against #20 Long Island.  Valpo received games of 235 from redshirt junior Alyssa Alvarez (Antioch, Ill./Antioch), 228 from junior Sadie Jasinski (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) and 203 by sophomore Raychel Wolever (Charlotte, Mich./Charlotte) in downing LIU Brooklyn 1045-881.  The Crusaders’ score of 1,045 matched the program’s eighth-best effort in a traditional match all-time.

Valpo then nearly matched that effort in a victory over #18 Monmouth and needed nearly every pin it got to drop, as three Crusaders broke 200 in a narrow 1013-1006 win.  Alvarez led the way for Valpo for a second straight game with an effort of 225, while Wolever recorded a 221 game and Jasinski totaled a 200 in the victory.

The Crusaders saw their winning streak snapped in match number five on Saturday, dropping a close 957-940 decision to #12 Sacred Heart despite games of 232 by Wolever and 211 by Decker.  Valpo closed out Saturday’s action by cruising to an 893-518 victory over Medaille, led by a 193 from Wolever as the Crusaders posted their second-largest margin of victory in a traditional match in program history.

Wolever finished the day with Valpo’s top individual average, posting a 203.6 average in her five games.  Larson averaged a 198.4 in her five games, while Alvarez bowled all six games and averaged a 195.

Valparaiso (33-32) moved over .500 on the season on Saturday and will attempt to move up the bracket in a trio of best-of-seven baker matches on Sunday morning.  Entering the day as the sixth seed, the Crusaders can finish anywhere from third place to eighth place.

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