READING, Pa. — No. 1 Valparaiso continued its strong run of play at the Kutztown Invitational on Saturday, going 5-1 for the second consecutive day and ending the six-match day in third place out of the 28 competing teams.
The Crusaders tallied 4,801 pins in Saturday’s six matches and have totaled 10,444 pins over the first two days of competition. Fairleigh Dickinson leads the tournament field with 10,739 pins, while Maryland Eastern Shore (10,541 pins) is the only other squad ahead of Valpo.
Valpo started Saturday’s action, contested in the traditional team format, against No. 14 Monmouth and began the day with a 959-908 victory, led by a 242 game from senior Amanda Cortese, the Crusaders’ single-best game of the day. Valpo then downed No. 14 Norfolk State in its next match, 961-839, paced by a 235 from senior Krystyna Johnson and a 215 by junior Ashley Busiel.
The Crusaders continued their winning streak with a 943-920 victory against No. 13 St. Francis (Pa.) in the day’s third match, with Johnson rolling a team-high 211 and Cortese adding a 210. Valpo posted its top team score of the day in the fourth match, as Johnson led the way with a 202 in a 963-817 win against North Carolina Central.
Valpo then downed Howard in the day’s fifth match, 924-862, led by a 208 from senior Natalie Cortese. The day would end on a losing note for the Crusaders, however, as they took their only loss of the day in a tight 914-905 loss to No. 19 Adelphi.