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DDN: Wright State women’s bowling wins first tournament title since joining NCAA

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

It was more than a win for the Raiders, it was a much-needed morale booster.

The Wright State women won their first tournament since joining the NCAA ranks this season, winning the Raider Classic at Poelking Woodman Lanes on Sunday.

“It validates all the hard work we have put in for the past two months,” Raiders coach Jeff Fleck said.

The Raiders sat in second place from the field of 18 teams after completing five games of traditional bowling and 16 Baker games over two days. Trine University had a 725-pin advantage as the Thunder led all teams with 7,883. But the top four teams all advanced to the finals giving the Raiders (7,155), Notre Dame-Ohio (7,147) and Ohio State University (7,033) a shot at the title.

The Thunder continued their winning ways snagging a spot in the title match with a field-leading 794. The Raiders grabbed the second spot with 746. Ohio State and Notre Dame-Ohio finished third and fourth, respectively.

Wright State bowled its way to a slim eight-pin advantage in Game 1 against the powerhouse Trine team, 189-181, and managed to stay ahead in Game 2 to clinch the title, 376-360.

“It is definitely a morale booster and a confidence booster,” Raiders senior Zoe Paxhia-Poppaw said. “It has been a little jarring being around teams that are so much better than what we’re used to seeing.”