Lopes showcase improvements in final matches
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
The last hurrah.
Grand Canyon University Club Beach Volleyball capped off it’s season with a 1-3 record against Ottawa University last Friday at Scottsdale Ranch Park in an exhibition style face-off. The Lopes’ roster was shortened to just two pairs that each played in two matches. Though GCU notched only one win on the day, the progress made from their last competition was evident.
GCU’s Hannah Lechty and Teagan Brown dropped their first match against Ottawa, 21-6, 21-13, followed by another two-set loss, 21-7, 21-10. The outcome did not reflect the huge strides that Lopes’ Head Coach Mia Rivera noticed in the all-freshman duo.
“They applied the defense we had been working on,” said Rivera. “They moved their feet well and had better vision of the court.”
Lopes’ junior Kendall Nagai and freshman Adriana Ramirez encountered a tough three-set loss in their first contest against Ottawa, 21-13, 17-21, 8-15. Nagai and Ramirez showed their resilience when they bounced back to defeat the second Spirit pair that challenged them, 21-13, 21-13.
“Kendall and Adriana have skills that complement each other on the court,” said Rivera. “These skills and communication were the keys to their success.”
These final matches against Ottawa were the second – and last – taste of live competition for the Lopes. While the season was short, to Rivera, it was still a sweet ending.
“I am proud of them,” said Rivera. “Even with the losses they competed well and played smart.”
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