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GCU Club Bowling Earns 2nd Place Finishes at Arizona Cup

Bowling Team at AZ Cup
February 24, 2021

Lopes’ Molloy Nearly Misses Perfect Game

By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

The Grand Canyon University Bowling team almost found perfection in their first round of competition.  

Bolstered by a near-perfect 300 game, the Lopes’ men’s and women’s bowling teams competed in a pair of Arizona Cup Tournaments over a two-day span, against Arizona State University, Arizona Christian University, and Ottawa University. The Lopes played two five-team tournaments at Bowlero Glendale in Glendale.

Arizona Cup 1 (Saturday)

The Lopes traded pin leads throughout the day with ASU. While the Sun Devils eventually topped the Lopes, 5415 pins to 5291, a major contributor was Lopes’ sophomore Josh Molloy.

“We performed well as a team, considering it was our first competition of the season,” said Lopes’ Head Bowling Coach Ben Canfield. “Josh had a really solid individual performance to help the team.” 

Molloy earned individual honors, posting the highest individual score. He led the pack by a margin of 21 pins and an impressive average score of 242. Molloy’s striking performance was established in Game 2, missing perfection by just one pin, posting a single game score of 299.

“It’s a thrilling experience because – even though it is a team sport – there is this immense individual pressure in that moment,” said Molloy. “I wanted to get the 300 – not just for me, but so we could get more pins as a team.”

Arizona Cup 2 (Sunday)

On Day 2, the Lopes again traded leads early with Arizona State, but after the third game, the Lopes couldn’t break ASU’s pin lead, finishing 151 pins away from the Sun Devils in 2nd place.

The women’s team had a strong overall team performance, led by Mackenzie Theophilus and Leanne Kommenich. Kommenich posted the team’s highest individual game score of 245, while Theophilus earned individual women’s honors by posting the highest pin total with 959. Theophilus had a remarkable tournament high average score of 191.8 on Sunday.

 “It felt really good because this was my first major individual title,” said Theophilus. “I was happy my performance could help the team do well.”

While Canfield was satisfied with their two second place finishes, he and the team are already looking forward to the second set of Arizona Cup Tournaments on March 20 and 21. They will be played at the Lopes’ home bowling alley of Glenfair Lanes in Glendale. 

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