Lopes will compete once again
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Finally time to break out the cleats.
For Grand Canyon University Club Softball, it could not come soon enough.
“We are tired of being cooped up,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Lindsey Collins. “They have not even seen the dirt since early last year.”
That doesn’t mean the Lopes haven’t been hard at practice since late summer. However, while the team normally holds practice on the softball field at North Canyon High School, due to COVID safety protocols, they’ve spent all their practice time on the turf at Colter Fields on the GCU campus. It’s been an adjustment for both players and coaches.
Dirt or no dirt, many of the players are arriving to practice early and staying late, eagerly awaiting the day that competing is a reality again.
The squad will finally taste the sweet familiarity of live competition and a regulation softball field at Dream Center High School in Glendale when they take on Arizona Christian University Saturday, February 13th at 10 am.
The Lopes have only a handful of returners this year. The usual returner-heavy roster is now dominated by freshmen and newcomers. Despite being outnumbered, the few veterans that remain have been a source of relief for Collins and guidance for the rookies.
“My returners help me with everything, and definitely lead by example,” said Collins. “They are doing a good job of showing the girls what the expectations are.”
Lopes’ junior Ashley Fuller is one of these rare returners that has stepped into a leadership role. After spending the fall semester helping the newcomers just get acclimated, Fuller has seen a shift in the team’s demeanor as game day draws near.
“In practice, we are taking things more seriously,” said Fuller. “You can see things are starting to come together.”
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