By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
The season is not yet over for the GCU Men’s Bowling team.
After earning a 9th-place finish at the Collegiate Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, ten days ago, they have plenty to look forward to. This coming weekend, they will compete in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) Nationals in Dayton, Ohio. They qualified for the event after finishing 4th at the ITC Sectionals tournament in Dallas, Texas last month.
“We are pumped,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield on the team’s excitement in being a part of the 16-team tournament. “We’re really looking forward to experiencing the highest level of competition that collegiate bowling has to offer. We are going in with confidence, and we expect to make some noise while we are out there.”
Although making the trip to nationals is a first for the program, they’re not just heading to the Buckeye State to ‘make an appearance’.
“We are one of two teams making our ITC debut,” said Canfield. “It is a whole new experience for us. We are good enough to make it out there, and we do not want to set a goal of making less than a deep run at the tournament.”
“I look forward going out to Dayton, and bowling with some of my best friends to compete for an ITC national title for the first time in school history,” added Lopes’ bowler Joshua Mabry. “With the team we have, we can do some really special things, and we can carry that into next year as well.”
GCU enters the tournament ranked No. 32 on the 2018-2019 CollegeBowling.com’s final Online Team Ranking for the season. Some notable teams that will be competing at the ITC Nationals include No. 3 McKendree University (the defending ITC National Champions), No. 5 Wichita State University, and No. 10 William Penn University. All three of those teams finished ahead of the Lopes at the ITC Sectionals in Dallas.
In Dayton, the Lopes will bowl 24 baker games in qualifying which will seed them in a double elimination bracket at the tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20. Qualifying for the men’s final is Thursday morning, match play runs Thursday night and all day on Friday, with the finals set for Saturday.
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