Lopes’ ‘B’ team also take first place in Silver Flight in Flagstaff
By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
Club Tennis history was made.
Heading to Flagstaff for the Northern Arizona University 2019 Axe Cup for a second consecutive year, the ‘A’ team of the Grand Canyon University Club Tennis team earned the No. 1 seed in the Gold Flight, which brought the Lopes to the finals for the first time in program history.
“Our ‘A’ team has been real competitive the last three years, but this is the first time in our club’s history we were in a Gold Flight finals,” said Lopes Head Coach Ed Prudhomme. “We ended up with second place, but real strong overall.”
Both the Lopes’ ‘A’ team, ‘B’ team and ‘C’ team competed in the event. In addition to the ‘A’ team’s second-place finish, the ‘B’ team made it into the Silver Flight and placed first in their bracket. The ‘C’ team walked off the court with a fourth-place finish in the Bronze Flight.
The Lopes ‘A’ team got out of the gates in blazing fashion with a pair of dominating wins over the University of New Mexico’s ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams, then defeated the ‘A’ teams from both NAU and the University of Arizona in tight matches to reach the Gold Flight Finals for the first time ever. However, the Lumberjacks got their second shot against the Lopes in the championship and defeated them, 26-17.
“This was our first tournament of the year,” said Prudhomme. “We are so young and have so many new players this year, I didn’t know what to expect at this event. Overall, it was a success having so many new players.”
The GCU ‘B’ team earned the No. 1 seed in the Silver Flight, taking them to the finals. With only one deficit, the Lopes beat Arizona State University ‘C’ team, 25-21, in the final match.
The GCU ‘C’ team were placed in a tough bracket only having one triumph against the University of New Mexico ‘D’ team, 22-18.
The Lopes next match will be at ASU for the Sun Devil Classic on Nov. 2.
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