The Sabres dominated CCIW action all season long earning the regular-season championship. Marian went 20-1 during the regular season breaking 900 eight times including a season-best score of 1,017 against Carthage during the opening weekend of the season. This earned the Sabres the top spot for the conference tournament where the Sabres just kept on rolling.
“It feels great to win a conference championship in just our second year of competition,” commented head bowling coach Dan Mueller. “The girls have been great all year pushing each other in practice and putting in the time needed to succeed. I’m very proud of this entire team for what we have accomplished this season.”
Marian opened the inaugural CCIW conference tournament with an 859-813 win over Aurora and followed that up with a 917-837 victory over Augustana (Ill.) to secure their spot in the championship match. Using a combined Baker and traditional score of 1,701, Marian was able to defeat Carthage to earn the conference tournament championship as well.
Freshman Alyssa Ritchie led the way for the Sabres in the traditional game portion bowling a 191, while Alexis Jacak also had a 188 to put Marian ahead 847-779 heading into the Baker portion. Marian started strong in the Baker games scoring a 177 and 193 in their first two games. Then in game five, Marian was able to put together a 174 to outscore Carthage 854-822.
Marian was deservedly well represented on the all-conference list with four Sabres earning a spot on the All-CCIW first team. Samantha Mueller led the Sabres all season long earning two CCIW bowler of the week selections and was named the CCIW player of the year to go with the second first-team all-conference selection of her Marian career. Ritchie also earned a CCIW bowler of the week award during the regular season and was named the CCIW newcomer of the year as well as a first-team all-conference selection. Also earning first-team All-CCIW recognition was Jenna Betts and Samantha Neilsen.