The Valparaiso University bowling team finished up hosting of the Crusader Classic on Sunday at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill., concluding the three-day event in fourth place.
How It Happened
- Valpo opened bracket play, contested in the best-of-seven baker format, against Lewis. Valpo won the opening game, but Lewis averaged a 194.5 over the final four games to earn a 4-1 win.
- The loss dropped Valpo into a matchup against Drury in its second match of the day. This time, it would be Valpo posting high scores across the board, averaging a 193.8 over five games, including a 218 game three and a 208 clinching game five for the 4-1 win.
- Valpo’s final match of the tournament came against #21 UW-Whitewater, and much like the traditional team game battle on Saturday between the two squads, it would go right down to the wire. Valpo rolled a 193 to take a 1-0 lead, but the Warhawks came back with three straight wins to go up 3-1. Valpo then edged out UWW in game five, 203-200, to extend the match, and a game six win for the Crusaders forced a winner-take-all game seven. But the 202-188 decision in the decisive game seven went UWW’s way, as Valpo fell 4-3.
- Kentucky Wesleyan earned the team championship over runner-ups Lewis, winning the title match 4-2.
- Kailee Tubbs of UW-Whitewater was named Tournament MVP after posting the top average over Saturday’s five traditional team matches (217.8). She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Lewis’ Kristine Countryman and Kylie Johnson, Drury’s Madisyn Juenger and Elmhurst’s Meghan Wenninger.
Valpo (18-20) concludes its fall schedule next weekend at the Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis., hosted by UW-Whitewater. The three-day event begins Friday morning.