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Get to Know the GCU Bowling Team

The women’s bowling team at Grand Canyon University continues to grow and advance in the world of college bowling. It has tripled in size over the past two years and takes pride in welcoming new talented players. The team enjoys a nurturing environment for students to grow in skill on the team and as people in the community. It allows players to compete at the highest level, developing their talents and strategies as athletes. The GCU bowling team provides an exciting place for students to become part of a team with others who share a passion for the game.

Travel Team

The GCU Men & Women’s Bowling Travel teams compete in United States Bowling Congress (USBC) collegiate events in Arizona, Nevada and California.  A club designation allows the team to compete for two national titles each year. The GCU Women’s Bowling team has continued to raise the bar of success each season.  The Lopes have reached the postseason in each of the last three years, and in 2019, placed ninth at the Collegiate Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Lopes also won the Sin City Open for the first time ever last December, and swept the two back-to-back Las Vegas tournaments (the Sin City Open and the Rebel Classic) for their first time in their history as well. The team plans to continue to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

Academy Team

The GCU Women’s Bowling Academy teams competes in an in-house league on campus, and practices alongside the Travel Team.

Thunder Team

The GCU Bowling Thunder team is a brand-new recreational team that will compete on a weekly basis at Thunder Alley on the GCU campus.

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GCU Women’s Bowling Team Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/18/2019 5th Annual Grudge Match Thunder Alley, Phoenix, AZ 4:00 PM 12-14 L
vs Arizona State University
Sunday 11/17/2019 Challenge Match vs. Ottawa University Uptown Alley - Surprise, AZ 4:00 PM 8-10 L
Friday 12/06/2019 Challenge Match vs. Arizona Christian University Glendale (Bowlero Glendale) 6:00 PM W
Wednesday 12/18/2019 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV 4:00 PM TBA
Thursday 12/19/2019 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV 12:50 PM TBA
Friday 12/20/2019 Collegiate Shoot-Out Gold Coast Bowling Center - Las Vegas, NV 8:15 AM TBA
Friday 01/17/2020 Collegiate Experience Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 6:00 PM TBA
Saturday 01/18/2020 Devil's Duel Invitational Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 10:00 AM TBA
Sunday 01/19/2020 Antelope Shoot-Out Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 9:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/08/2020 Arizona Cup Glendale, AZ NA TBA
Saturday 03/28/2020 Collegiate Club Championships Championship Lanes - Anderson, IN NA TBA

GCU Women's Bowling Roster

  • Crystal Schwartzkopf
  • Kimberly Araujo
  • LeAnne Kommenich
  • Mackenzie Theophilus
  • Melanie Hall
  • Stephanie Vasquez

GCU Women's Bowling Team Coaching Staff

Ben Canfield

Head Coach
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Ben Canfield has been the head coach of the Grand Canyon University Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams since their inception four years ago, and continues to build the programs into championship contenders annually.  In 2019, Canfield was a finalist for the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award for the first time. Canfield made the direct transition from player to coach seamlessly after a very successful college playing career of his own.  Canfield is a four-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All-American, 2014-2015 Collegiate Club All-American second-team honoree, 2013-2014 Arizona Junior Bowlers Tour Bowler of the Year and winner of 23 JBT titles while playing at Arizona State University. He also placed fourth in all events at the USBC Open Championship in 2015.