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Wills, Heim selected as January Sabres of the Month

Senior Derek Wills of Marian University men’s volleyball and senior Alyssa Heim of Marian University women’s ice hockey have been named the Sabres of the Month for January.

Wills (Dubuque, Iowa) had a dominating start to the season to earn Sabre of the Month recognition.  He was able to get the job done both offensively and defensively over the first four matches of the season.  Wills currently ranks fourth in the NACC with 3.71 kills per set and fifth in the conference with 3.14 digs per set.  At the Marian Invite, Wills had a double-double in two of the three matches going for 14 kills and 11 digs against Olivet followed by 13 kills and 14 digs against North Park.  His performance against the Vikings led the Sabres to their first victory over North Park in program history, a three-set sweep.  He would go on to earn NACC Defensive Player of the Week for his performances at the home invite.  In his most recent match, Wills would post 16 kills and 11 digs against Trine for his third double-double in four matches. 

Heim (Beaver Dam, Wis.) had a strong start to the second half recording seven points over seven games.  She opened the month with a four-point weekend against UW-Superior to lead Marian to its first wins over the Yellow Jackets in program history.  Heim opened the series scoring a pair of goals with an assist for a season-best three-point game.  One of her goals was short-handed and she also netted the game-winning goal.  She then netted a goal in the finale to close out a weekend that would earn her NCHA Star of the Week recognition.  Heim then had her second multi-goal game of the month against UW-Stevens Point where one of her goals came on a power play.  Heim leads the squad with six goals and 12 points on the campaign.

Marian women’s hockey and Sabre men’s volleyball both compete later tonight, Thursday, February 1, with hockey hosting CUW and men’s volleyball traveling to UW-Stevens Point.  Both are slated to begin at 7 p.m.


#12 Alyssa Heim

5′ 0″
UW-Eau Claire

#7 Derek Wills

6′ 4″

A hockey player and a volleyball player