#15 Valparaiso closed out the FDU NJ Jamboree in style on Sunday morning, going a perfect 3-0 on the final day of action.
“We went in this morning determined to win all three matches, and that’s what we did today,” said Crusader head coach Matt Nantais. “We led every match from the get go and never gave the lead up in any of the three matches.”
With the three wins, the Crusaders moved up in the bracket to finish in ninth position out of the 26 competing teams. The perfect 3-0 day was Valpo’s first undefeated day on the final day of tournament play since February 2013 at Prairie View A&M’s tournament.
The Crusaders opened bracket play on Sunday, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, against Bethune-Cookman. Valpo and BCU alternated wins in each of the first six games of the match, with it going to a decisive seventh game despite a 220 effort from the Crusaders in game six. Valpo went one better in the final game, however, posting a 236 for its best game of the day and easily earning the 4-3 win.
The victory advanced the Crusaders in the bracket to face #10 St. Francis (Pa.). Valpo opened the match with a 211 in game one to claim the lead, and after dropping game two, used efforts of 195 and 226 to go ahead 3-1. The Red Flash rebounded in game five, but the Crusaders earned the win with a 201-168 victory in game six.
The final match of the tournament pitted Valpo against #16 St. Francis (N.Y). The Crusaders jumped out to the lead with a 227-202 win in game one and took each of the next two games to move to the brink of victory. Game four saw Valpo post a 211 game to finish off the sweep and the tournament.
Valparaiso (10-4) hosts the Crusader Classic next weekend at Inman’s. Tournament details will be available later this week at ValpoAthletics.com.