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GCU Club Men’s Bowling Ends Weekend on Top

November 24, 2021

Lopes’ success continues with 3rd- and 1st-place victories

By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

Dominating weekend performances.

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Bowling team traveled to Diamond Bar, California last weekend, and placed high in both the Floria Financial Services Open and Oak Tree Open. The Lopes’ varsity team placed third in their division at the Floria, and won at the Oak Tree, while the junior varsity team placed first in both events for their division.

“My goal for the team was to confirm that we can compete at the level we did in San Jose, and I think we did just that,” said Lopes’ Head Bowling Coach Ben Canfield. “It was also important to allow our JV team to get their first experience of collegiate tournaments this year.”

Floria Financial Services Open

Close, but not close enough.

The first tournament of the weekend consisted of seven team games. The Lopes’ varsity squad averaged 1012 pins and finished with a total of 7084 pins overall. GCU was 26 pins away from California State University, Fresno and 63 pins off from Arizona State University, placing third.

Individually, the Lopes’ Joshua Molloy placed third overall with an average of 220, contributing 1537 total pin falls.

In the JV division, the Lopes finished with an average of 894 pins and a total of 6255 pins. The Lopes’ JV team placed first by a decisive margin of 344 pins.

Oak Tree Open

The second tournament was a combination of team games and baker games. The Lopes built a 142-pin lead during the team games. Despite falling short by 43 pins to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the baker portion of the tournament, the Lopes finished in first place with an average of 1022 pins and 7152 total pins. 

Molloy placed first overall individually with a 236 average and 1178 total pins.

“I left the weekend feeling impressed by the depth that we have this year,” said Canfield. “I also felt great about the ability of each member of the team to commit to the roles they’ve been assigned, which is always important as the season progresses.”

The Lopes’ JV team took first place in their division again with a 306-pin lead over their closest competitors finishing the day with a 6272 total pin fall.

“Our focus will now shift towards winning our Grudge Match with ASU,” said Canfield. “This will keep the team energized as we head into our first Tier 1 events of the season.”

The Lopes will be back in action on December 4 for their 6th Annual Grudge Match against ASU. The match will be held at Thunder Alley on the GCU campus, and will start at 11 am.  Admission is free.

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