By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Men’s Bowling team captured two second-place finishes over the weekend in the SLOTown Showdown and SLO Rollers Tournament at the Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria, California.
The tournaments served as the Lopes’ first competitive events of the 2019-20 season after narrowly losing to Arizona State University in a friendly head-to-head match two weeks ago.
“I knew going in that we had a chance to win both tournaments, and as it turned out, we did have a shot both days,” said GCU Head Coach Ben Canfield. “You definitely can’t be upset with two second-place finishes.”
Particularly when you don’t have access to one of your best bowlers.
GCU was without senior captain Joshua Mabry, who suffered a hand injury in the loss to ASU. Sophomore Jackson Speece picked up the slack, earning the individual title in Sunday’s tournament.
“It truly meant a lot to me knowing that my hard work over the summer and during practice has really paid off,” Speece said. “Winning the individual title has boosted my confidence and my awareness that I am capable of achieving great things like this.”
Speece posted an individual score of 1,604 (229.14 average) to lead all bowlers.
“This first tournament allowed me to think back as to why I love the game of bowling so much,” Speece said. “I’m grateful for the road trips with the team, the ability to build strong bonds with everybody and the opportunity to compete in the sport I’ve always enjoyed.”
San Jose State University won the SLOTown Showdown on Saturday before Arizona State took first place in the SLO Rollers tourney on Sunday.
GCU posted a team score of 5,876 (167.88 average) in the first tournament. The Lopes were led by Joshua Malloy’s individual score of 1,341 (191.57 average). The conditions of the lanes were far different in the second tournament, indicated by GCU’s improved team score of 7,148 (204.23 average).
“The vibe was really good and positive all weekend,” Canfield said. “The beginning of the season is about learning and seeing what we have as a collective team. It was great to see how everybody performed.”
The GCU Men’s team returns to action on Nov. 16 for a challenge match against Benedictine University in Mesa, then will be joined the next night by the GCU Women’s team as they both battle Ottawa University in Surprise.
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