Put a ring on it

The Wright State women’s volleyball team and men’s soccer team received their 2019 Horizon League championship rings during socially distanced ceremonies.

The volleyball team’s celebration took place in the McLin Gymnasium on Sept. 18. Players and coaches were treated to a highlight video of their championship season along with their championship rings.

“For the past couple of weeks we’ve had a couple of really neat and unique celebrations,” said Bob Grant, director of athletics.

In 2019, the volleyball team was the first team in Wright State athletics history to receive an at-large bid to an NCAA Tournament. The Raiders won 24 matches and claimed the volleyball program’s first Horizon League regular season championship.

The men’s soccer team received their championship rings at Alumni Field on Sept. 23. Players sat in the bleachers until their names were announced on the stadium speaker system. Coaches and President Sue Edwards presented each player with a ring.

“That is everyone’s goal to get that NCAA ring and to see the excitement on their faces is really, really rewarding,” said Grant.

Family and friends were unable to attend both events in person but were able to watch the ceremony via Facebook Live stream.

The men’s soccer team won the 2019 Horizon League tournament, earning the program’s first trip to the NCAA Championship. The Raiders upset Notre Dame 3–2 in the first round of the tournament before losing in the second round to Michigan on penalty kicks.

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