WARREN, Ohio - The women's bowling team competed in the AHIBC Championships on Saturday in Warren, Ohio. After bowling eight baker games the team received the 12th seed and would face the 10th ranked team in the nation, Marian University for their first match in a double-elimination bracket.
Both teams struggled the first game and the match would come down to the 10th frame. Marian's anchor forced sophomore Chelsea Essenmacher to need a nine-count spare and strike to win, but Adrian came up short losing 169-156. The second game was just as close but this time Adrian would strike in four out of their last five frames to shoot a 207 to Marian's 192. The third match would also come down to the 10th frame with Adrian needing two strikes and a nine-count to win by one pin. Essenmacher threw the first strike in the tenth and then threw another great shot but left a single pin standing giving Marian the win 184-176. With Marian up 2-1 in the best of five match, they would close out Adrian the last game in convincing fashion winning 230-156.
With the lost Adrian would drop to the loser's bracket and face Siena Heights. In the loser's bracket the format changes to best of three so the team knew they had to get off to a good start and did, winning the first game 190-171. The team struggled with spares in the second game and lost 142-175. Not wanting their day to be done just yet the team came back to win the third game and match shooting a 185 to Siena's 159. Next up Adrian would face Notre Dame College's "B" team.
The first game came down to the tenth and Notre Dame forced Adrian to strike in the second frame of the 10th but Adrian came up two pins short losing 170-172. The next game proved to be just as exciting and this time Notre Dame's anchor would come up short leaving a five-count on her fill ball to tie 170-170. Adrian would tie up the match winning the 3rd game 171-115. In the deciding game the team got off to a bad start opening in the first three frames and would lose 150-190, ending their tournament.
The team finished the regular season ranked 22nd in the nation and qualified for Sectionals for the third year in a row. The team will compete against 16 other teams in Allentown, Pa. on March 10 & 11. The team will need to finish in the top four in order to make it to nationals.