Fleck shuffled the lineup several times during the two-day, 64-Baker game sectional qualifier. All seven bowlers competed and Fleck used three different anchor bowlers.
“It was a great team effort,” he said. “We had some experience, but they all looked like veterans.”
Unlike past years that Fleck described as nail-biters, the Raiders had some breathing room this year. Wright State finished the final round with a 166-pin advantage over fourth-place Notre Dame College.
“It was kind of nice. The final round felt like a victory lap,” he said.
As is often the case, Wright State was the only non-scholarship team from the sectional to advance to the national tournament.
“Some people might look at it like we’re a Cinderella story or a blue-collar team,” Fleck said. “We look at like we’re a solid bowling program where people come to win.”
The Raiders will take that winning attitude to the Collegiate Club Championship April 8-9 in Indianapolis and the Intercollegiate Team Championships April 19-22 in Baton Rouge.
“You don’t have a tradition without having the confidence that you can beat everyone else,” Fleck said.
Urbana rolls on: With a second-place finish at the Smyrna, Tennessee sectional qualifier, the Urbana Blue Knights earned their fourth consecutive trip to the Intercollegiate Team Championships. The Urbana men's team finished second to Calumet.
Solo success: While Haley Cummings will compete with her Lindenwood University squad at the ITC, the Wayne High School graduate also qualified as an individual. Cummings' fifth-place finish at the Intercollegiate Singles Sectional Qualifier in Addison, Illinois earned her a spot in the Intercollegiate Singles Championship.