Highlighted by a game of 268 in the opener from senior Sadie Jasinski (Franklin, Wis./Franklin), the sixth-best single-game effort in program history, #15 Valparaiso continued play Friday at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Jasinski rolled her career-high 268 in the day’s first game, helping the Crusaders to an easy 1058-918 win over #16 McKendree. The senior was one of three Crusaders to crack 200 in the opener, as junior Katherine Sulaitis (St. Charles, Ill./East) rolled a 223 and sophomore Carly Larson (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) posted a 210 game.
Sulaitis would again break 200 in the Crusaders’ second match, but it wouldn’t be enough to down #8 UW-Whitewater, as Valpo fell by a 965-930 final. Sulaitis led Valpo in that contest with a 211, while fifth-year senior Torrie Decker (Van Wert, Ohio/Van Wert [Robert Morris (Ill.)]) registered a 200 game. Jasinski rolled a 205 and Sulaitis a 203 in the third match of the day as the Crusaders dropped a 1043-933 decision to #2 Arkansas State.
Jasinski paced the Crusaders in their fourth match, taking on host #1 Nebraska, but Valpo fell to the Huskers, 1046-907. In their next slot, the Crusaders had a bye and rolled a 1016 game as a team, led by a 258 from Sulaitis. Decker posted a 210 game, while Larson added a 204 in the penultimate match. No Crusader was able to break 190 in the final contest of the day, as #6 Central Missouri bested Valpo 1007-879.
“We started out well against McKendree, but then just couldn’t get anything going on the lanes the rest of the day,” said Crusader head coach Matt Nantais. “It just seemed like we were always one bowler short from having a good game – it wasn’t that we weren’t making adjustments, it was just being unable to get the right lineup or right equipment on the lanes at the same time. Our spare shooting also wasn’t as good as it was yesterday. Hopefully we come out tomorrow and are focused and ready to compete at a high level – this is probably one of the toughest tournaments of the year to bowl at, because there are no gimme wins at this tournament.”
The Crusaders were bowling in front of former Valparaiso University president Alan Harre and his wife, Diane, on Friday, as the couple made their way to Nebraska for the fourth straight year. Valparaiso (20-18) finishes out action at the Big Red Invitational on Saturday.