Valparaiso University bowling senior Kendra Tryniski (Fulton, N.Y./Fulton) finished Saturday’s traditional team action atop the tournament field at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational as Valpo posted the tournament’s second-best pinfall on the day and moved up three spots in the team standings.
How It Happened
- Valpo opened the day’s action against host #10 Tulane, but dropped a narrow 958-955 decision to the Green Wave despite a career-best game of 214 from sophomore Sam Perez (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) and a 207 game from sophomore Hannah Forton (Macomb, Mich./Dakota).
- Valpo rolled to a 952-662 win over Grambling in its second match of the day. Tryniski led the way with a 244 effort – the best single-game score by a Valpo bowler on Saturday and the third-best game of the senior’s Valpo career – and Forton backed Tryniski up with a 214 of her own.
- Valpo made it back-to-back wins, coming out victorious by a 908-878 final over #25 Texas Southern. Forton recorded her third straight game of 200 or better with a team-high 210, while Tryniski rolled a 196 in the win.
- The day’s second single-digit defeat prevented Valpo from picking up a third straight victory, as the Brown and Gold fell 951-949 to #16 UAB. Tryniski rolled a 222 to lead the way against the Blazers, and junior Becky Lohse (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) posted her best score of the day with a 215.
- Valpo finished up the day against #11 North Carolina A&T, falling 896-880 to close out Saturday’s competition.
- Tryniski posted an average of 204.8 over Saturday’s five matches to lead the tournament field, as second place came in with a 203.4. Forton also finished the day among the top-10 bowlers, placing ninth with a 191.0 average.
- Valpo tallied 4,644 pins over Saturday’s five matches, second only to Stephen F. Austin in the 14-team field. The performance allowed Valpo to leapfrog from ninth to sixth place in the team standings.
Valpo (5-5) opens bracket play on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a rematch of Saturday’s final showdown, as it takes on North Carolina A&T. Valpo has the potential to finish bracket action as high as third place.