Lopes Individuals Have Strong Performances at Arizona Shootouts
By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Close, but not close enough.
The Grand Canyon University Bowling team finished off their 2021 schedule with a pair of second-place finishes at the two Arizona Shootout Tournaments this past weekend. The tournaments were hosted by the Lopes at GCU’s home facility of Glenfair Lanes, and pitted GCU against Arizona Christian University and Arizona State University.
Arizona Shootout #1 (Saturday)
The Lopes found themselves in familiar territory battling in-state rival ASU for the lead. The Sun Devils started off strong pulling ahead by almost 250 pins after the team game portion.
The Lopes found their rhythm during the Baker portion of the tournament and beat ASU in 7 of the 8 games. Even with the Lopes outscoring the Sun Devils, 1660 to 1520 pins, in the Baker section, GCU came up 100 pins short of the overall win.
GCU’s Mackenzie Theophilus received individual honors in the women’s division. Theophilus held the tournament high average for the women with 188, and also led the Lopes in total pin fall with 940.
Arizona Shootout #2 (Sunday)
The format for Day 2 was different as the teams bowled five team games and then were seeded for the bracket based off total pin fall.
Lopes’ team captain Mathew Adragna led the team with an astonishing 1168 pin total after the first five games. Adragna and the rest of the Lopes’ strong performance allowed them to defeat ASU by just 19 pins to take the number one seed moving into the bracket portion. It was the first time all season the Lopes were able to beat ASU.
“I really just matched up my game and equipment to the lane conditions on Sunday, and took advantage when I could score,” said Adragna. “It still came down to the 10th frame to clinch the top seed, and we all contributed to that team score.”
The Lopes then faced off in the finals of the bracket against ASU. The Sun Devils defeated the Lopes, 3-2, in the series. Adragna won individual honors for the men’s division after leading the field in tournament average and total pin fall, but was quick to credit his mates in their final performances of the year.
“We believe and trust in one another – no matter who is in the stating lineup,” said Adragna. “Those intangibles are very important for us so that we can start out next season as a gelled unit.”
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