The Official Website of Grand Canyon University Club Sports.

Grand Canyon University Club Sports

GCU Bowling Defeats ASU in Roll-Off in Close Annual Grudge Match

October 29, 2018

GCU Bowling Defeats ASU in Close Battle

By David Carter/GCU Staff

A close matchup that came down to the wire.

GCU Men’s & Women’s Bowling faced off against Arizona State University this past weekend in the annual grudge match between the two teams.  The match came down to the closing moments-with both teams going into sudden death.  After finishing the scheduled matches in an 8-8 tie, the teams went to a “sudden death roll-off” to decide the match.  The Lopes won with a score of 271-220 in the roll-off to get the win in the annual matchup.

“It is super cool to grab a win in this match, and even up the overall record at 2-2,” said Lopes Head Coach Ben Canfield said.  “We have won it two years in a row, (but) we’ve never had it come down to a tiebreaker.”

Canfield also mentioned how well his new bowlers performed.

“Our freshmen stepped up and threw big shots when they needed to,” Canfield said.  “We can roll that confidence into the rest of the season.”

Canfield’s team captains both saw the confidence the win instilled in their teammates.

“We have a tournament coming up pretty soon and I think that this will be really good motivation to keep winning, “said Lopes’ Men’s Bowling captain Kyle Gilbert. “The feeling of winning is something that does not go away for a while. Keeping us in that mindset will be huge going forward.”

“It helps immensely because most of the bowlers are brand new and have not been in this situation before,” added Lopes’ Women’s Bowling captain Emily Ornelas.  “It helps them gain experience.”

The Lopes’ Men’s Bowling team now concentrates on the West Coast Collegiate Team Championships I and II on November 3 and 4 in Fresno, California, while the Lopes’ Women’s next matchup will be against Northern Arizona University on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Flagstaff.

Interested in learning more or joining GCU Bowling? Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to get connected!