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Vanderbilt Commodores claim 2018 NCAA title

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In a drama-filled title game, the Vanderbilt Commodores rallied from an early deficit to top defending champion McKendree Bearcats, four-games-to-three, and to claim the 2018 NCAA Bowling Championship on Saturday night.

In a best-of-seven format, McKendree jumped out to a 3-2 lead and forced the Commodores to stage a comeback and claim two straight games and stave off a loss at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo.

Photos courtesy of vucommodores.com.

To view the highlights from Vanderbilt’s win over McKendree, click here.

The Dores took game six thanks in part to a clutch 10th frame from Maria Bulanova (right), extending the contest to a game seven. There, Vanderbilt drilled four straight strikes to build a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

The NCAA Championship is the second in Vanderbilt bowling history and the second for head coach John Williamson (left). The title is the fourth national championship in Vanderbilt Athletics history.

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