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Women's Bowling - Mon, Feb. 13, 2017

ST. LOUIS- [FINAL RESULTS] Missouri Baptist Women's Bowling concluded regular season play in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday and Sunday and finished 50th with a team total of 7369. 

The Spartans sat in 42nd after Saturday's events but fell a few spots on the leaderboard when the format switched to Baker on Sunday.

On the individual side, senior Tricia Naeger and junior LaTasha Cannon carried the Spartans. In her final regular season tournament, Naeger finished 95th in a field of more than 300 competitors. Her best game was a 215 in the fifth of six games on Saturday. Cannon was not far behind, finishing 107th. The junior couldn't quite crack 200 but still put in a solid performance with a 198 in game two and a 190 in game five.

Sophomore Kelsee Gilbert and junior Karissa Corbin finished neck and neck in 163rd and 165th, respectively. Gilbert was impressive with a 204 in game two and a 192 in the sixth and final game. Corbin's best output was a 208 in game three.

Gilbert's fellow sophomore, Erin Roach, gave the Spartans a timely boost in game five when she rolled a 196. She would go on to finish 182nd.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Spartans have been tabbed as a bubble team for the ITC Sectionals in mid-March. It will be a waiting game for MBU as the assignments will not be announced until later in February.

With their fate still to be determined, Head Coach Steve Solovic heaped praise on his team for a successful season.

"I am extremely proud of the progress the ladies made this year. They worked together as a team through adversity, and cracked a top 100 national ranking for the first time in a few years."

The Spartans will lose just one member of this year's team but it is a significant loss. Solovic called senior Tricia Naeger "the definitive team leader." Senior-to-be LaTasha Cannon will be relied upon to step into that leadership role next year. MBU will also welcome the return on Kelsey Pavlack, who missed this season due to injury.

With continued improvement from Kelsee Gilbert, Karissa Corbin, and Erin Roach, as well some talented incoming freshmen, the Spartans appear set-up to be a national contender again in 2018.