Lopes Prepare for Upcoming Las Vegas Tournaments with impressive showings at Glenfair Lanes
By David Carter/GCU Staff
“It instills confidence in us.”
It is safe to say that GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield was impressed with the results from this weekend’s Devil’s Duel and Antelope Shoot-Out tournaments. The event was co-hosted by Arizona State University and GCU, and took place at Glenfair Lanes in Glendale. The event included seven universities participating, with a total of 12 teams represented for both the men’s and women’s events combined for both days.
Universities including Northern Arizona University, Washington State University (WSU), Colorado Mesa University (CMU), California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo State University, and Fresno State University competed in the men’s tournaments along with GCU and ASU. GCU and ASU were the only schools with men’s junior varsity team. GCU, WSU, and CMU had women’s teams competing in both events.
Devil’s Duel, Saturday, January 19
Saturday was an impressive showing for the Lopes, with the GCU Men winning the event, and the Lopes’ Women taking 2nd place.
“Saturday was higher scoring than most of our events,” said Canfield. “Our guys crushed it. The varsity team won by 900 pins, and our junior varsity team would have finished 4th in the varsity division on Saturday.”
Four GCU men’s bowlers placed in the top 5 of the individual standings. Joshua Mabry finished 2nd, Justin Song placed 3rd, Mathew Adragna earned 4th place, and Michael McQuisten rounded out the top 5.
Meanwhile, the Lopes’ Women finished in second place. GCU’s Emily Ornelas paced the way for the Lopes, placing 3rd individually.
Antelope Shootout, Sunday, January 20
The Lopes’ Men’s team followed up their Saturday tournament win with another 1st place finish on Sunday at the Antelope Shoot-Out. It wasn’t as easy to take the trophy on the second day – despite the fact they were still on the same lanes.
“The lane conditions were a bit more challenging, but the [men’s] varsity team still ended up winning by a sizable margin,” said Canfield. “Sunday was more of a struggle for the women’s team to find a bit of a rhythm.”
The Lopes’ Women used the momentum from their Saturday runnerup finish to take 3rd place on Sunday.
The Lopes were led on Sunday by bowlers Kyle Gilbert, Jackson Speece and Justin Song, who finished 1st, 3rd and 5th, respectively. On the women’s side, Emily Ornelas backed up Saturday’s 3rd place performance by taking the women’s individual title on Sunday.
Although the Lopes had two successful tournament performances, Canfield is mindful that they can’t celebrate for very long.
“We need to remain humble,” said Canfield. “Our tournaments next weekend in Vegas will be more challenging. Our toughest rivals from this season – the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and San Jose State – will be there.”
The GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams will head to Las Vegas, Nevada for their last two regular season tournaments this weekend as they compete in the Sin City Open on Friday, January 25, and the Rebel Classic on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27.
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