"I felt something inside - that I wanted to compete," she said. "I wanted to get in the ring. I knew I wanted to do it."
She threw herself into the endeavor. She was already working out twice a week with Mouser, but Moreale said the reality - and rewards - of the new commitment intensified when she adopted a strict Paleolithic Diet that focuses on meat and vegetables and began practicing four times a week with the club team.
From studying for school to training for a championship, Moreale said she handles everything in life the same way.
"I always do something with a goal in mind, with something to reach," she said. "When I'm writing a paper, I see that paper published. When I'm working toward my doctorate, I see myself with a Ph.D. When I train, I see myself in the ring fighting."
Although Moreale was passionate about the sport, she found the boxing world wasn't serious about female boxers.
As recently as August, Moreale said she and WVU Boxing Club head coach Brandon Lial were forced to go on road trips to other universities and gyms just to find partners to practice with.
On one such trip to spar with a fighter at a Pittsburgh gym last summer, Lial said he first mentioned the possibility of female inclusion in the national championships the following spring.
"She told me then, 'Coach, get me to San Francisco and I'll win a belt.' And she sure did," Lial said.
Moreale and Lial agreed the most challenging part of the championship was fundraising. Since collegiate boxing is no longer an NCAA sport, members of the club team have to raise money for their expenses. Through bake sales, car washes and promotions with local businesses, the club started a gofundme.com account and started receiving online donations.
Moreale said despite the team's best efforts, a week before the competition they were still several thousand dollars short of what they needed. Just days before it would have been too late, a grant from the university's Student Government Association and additional funds from its Diversity Office were donated, providing enough money for the team to buy airline tickets and book hotel rooms.
Sabrina Kehr, a member of the club team who also competed in the championship, said after all their efforts, she broke down into tears when she saw her teammate win.
"We worked together and trained together; that's the whole team's work," Kehr said. "But she earned it and she deserved it, with how much effort she put in to it and how much skill she has."
Moreale's coaches and teammates were not the only ones moved by her victory.
Angelo Merino, vice president of the USIBA, called her win groundbreaking for progress in the sport and said he hopes it will show other women they have options.
"Her win serves as a model. It shows that recognition doesn't only go on inside the ring," he said.
A lot has changed for Moreale since she won the national title.
Recently she was asked to serve as a panelist for a WVU-sponsored discussion on the role of women in sports. At the event, she sat beside industry leaders like Jeanette Robinson, of athletics clothing manufacturers Underarmour, and Kathy Killian,
vice president of the Philadelphia Phillies, and helped answer questions from an audience of students and academics.
In addition to sitting down for interviews, Moreale said the idea that she inspires people is one she's still not used to.
"It's an honor to inspire people, because other people inspire me and I know what that feels like," she said. "It's amazing to be able to inspire others just by doing what you love."
Moreale remains as driven and goal-orientated as ever. She plans to return to next year's national championship to defend her title but said she's already looking ahead beyond collegiate boxing to a run at the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
"When you achieve something, it's not done; if you want something more, then you've got to look for the next step," she said.
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