Men win Sin City Open, Women repeat at Rebel Classic
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Bowling team continues to pile up accolades in what has become arguably its best season in program history.
A long but successful weekend at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas ended with tournament titles on both the men’s and women’s sides as the Lopes turned in big performances in the Sin City Open and Rebel Classic.
The GCU Men continued to roll, picking up their second straight tournament victory with a win at the Sin City Open before the GCU Women successfully defended their title at the Rebel Classic to cap off the big weekend.
The GCU Men were coming off a victory at the Antelope Shoot-Out in Glendale earlier in the month.
“It was a great weekend,” said GCU Head Coach Ben Canfield. “Competing in the local tournaments the weekend prior allowed us to keep our rhythm, and we kept the ball rolling in Vegas. Top to bottom, everyone on all of our teams came together and performed really well.”
The GCU Women were led by freshman Mackenzie Theophilus, who took second in the Rebel Classic’s individual standings to lead the Lopes to a tournament victory. GCU qualified second before winning two head-to-head matchups, including a championship victory over Colorado Mesa University to clinch the title for the second year in a row.
“We were successful because we communicated well,” Theophilus said. “After every shot, we figured out what we could do better for the next one to make it an even better shot. Being a freshman, I was really excited to be able to place second, especially since it was only my second big college tournament.”
The GCU Men won comfortably in the Sin City Open, which was the fourth tournament victory of the season for the team. The Lopes have also piled up wins at the Oak Tree Open, Floria Financial Services Open and Antelope Shoot-Out.
“The men started a bit slow, but really turned it on and chased down the couple of teams ahead of us later the day,” Canfield said. “Once we tracked down the teams ahead of us, it felt like we were going to get the win.”
The GCU Men also bowled in the Rebel Classic, qualifying as the top team before losing in the semifinal. Despite the loss in match play, the Lopes earned first-place ranking points for the fifth time this season because of their top qualifying position. That feat has never been accomplished in the program’s brief history.
Joshua Molloy led the Lopes with a second place finish in the Rebel Classic individual standings.
“The best part of the trip was being able to make memories with the entire team,” Theophilus said. “Of course, coming away with the trophy was also great.”
The GCU Men and Women will return to the lanes for the debut of the Arizona Cup on Feb. 8. The tournament, which doesn’t offer ranking points, will feature GCU, Arizona State University, Arizona Christian University and Ottawa University.
The Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) Section Qualifier at the USA Bowl in Dallas, Texas is slated for March 14 and 15.
“(The Arizona Cup) will be a good way for us to stay in shape,” Canfield said. “Because there aren’t any ranking points on the line, it will be more of a fun tournament. I expect we’ll have a good chance to win it.”
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