The Raiders were also having a good time on the lanes. Junior Tori Pappas placed first individually while teammates Colleen Hines and Alyssa Oster finished second and seventh, respectively. It was Pappas’ first Tier 1 win but she placed first in the Racers Classic, Falcon Classic and Toledo Classic this season.
“As an individual, I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years and learned so much and put it all together,” Pappas said. “Half the time, I don’t even know what I have at the end of the day. I’m more focused on the team score because team comes first.”
There was little time to celebrate their accomplishment as the holiday road trip continued the next day at the Keystone Quaker Classic. A tournament-high 20-game Baker block on the second day helped Wright State finish third, less than 50 pins out of first.
“We came from way behind (250 pins) and were right in it,” Fleck said.
The Raiders are hoping to maintain their momentum as the season kicks into high gear with three tournaments this month, starting Saturday.
“We just have to keep being hungry,” Fleck said.
And build on that strong camaraderie.
“Growing even more as a team will help us be stronger in the tournaments to come,” Pappas said.
• The trip to Allentown was also a good one for the Wright State men, who finished sixth at the Keystone Quaker Classic and eighth at the Lehigh Valley Classic. Freshman Conner Novak posted the best individual performance — fourth at Lehigh — while Hunter Schlegel and Brandon Fleming finished seventh and 11th, respectively, at Keystone.