Lopes take 3rd in Devil’s Duel, 1st in Antelope Shoot-Out
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
Mathew Adragna’s flawless 300 game highlighted a near-perfect weekend for the Grand Canyon University Bowling program, which placed third in Saturday’s Devil’s Duel Invitational before winning the Antelope Shoot-Out at Glenfair Lanes in Glendale.
Adragna’s 300 in the Devil’s Duel was just the second perfect game in GCU Bowling history, joining Correen Lieber’s 300 rolled in January of 2017.
Adragna placed second in the individual standings at the Devil’s Duel.
“It was really cool to see him get the 300,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield. “He’s always had the talent to shoot a perfect game, and it’s something he’s been striving to hit for a while. For him to get that monkey off his back was awesome to see.”
The Lopes had all three men’s teams – Varsity, JV 1 and JV 2 – in action at both tournaments for the first time this season. The Men’s JV 1 squad took first in both events, while the Men’s Varsity captured its third tournament win of the 2019-20 campaign with a narrow victory over Fresno State University (California) and Arizona State University in the Antelope Shoot-Out.
“Overall, I was pleased with how we performed,” Canfield said. “It was good to bounce back and get a win on Sunday. Having all three of our men’s teams bowl allowed some of our JV guys to get their first college bowling tournament experience. It shows how much we’ve grown as a program.”
GCU Co-Captain Kyle Gilbert capped off a solid weekend with a first-place finish in the individual standings at the Antelope Shoot-Out. Joshua Malloy placed third in the same event to help the Lopes win the tournament.
“It felt great to win the individual title because it helped the team,” Gilbert said. “I tried to trust my teammates about ball changes, and communication between everyone really helped me out.”
LeAnne Kommenich led a short-handed GCU women’s side with a second-place finish in Sunday’s Antelope Shoot-Out after placing third in Saturday’s Devil’s Duel.
Also bowling well for the Lopes at the Devil’s Duel were Michael McQuisten (1st, JV), Jared Brown (2nd, JV) and Jarrod Spangler (3rd, JV). Other top performers at the Antelope Shoot-Out included Spangler (1st, JV), Ben Laffoon (2nd, JV) and Kyle Lawrence (3rd, JV).
The Lopes will head to Las Vegas for the second time this season for the Sin City Open and Rebel Classic at The Orleans Bowling Center this weekend.
“To have success, we need to keep up the communication that we had on Sunday and make our spare opportunities,” Gilbert said. “Spares account for a lot of pins that really add up. If we make our spares and communicate with positive attitudes, we’ll do very well out there.”
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