By: K.J. Wylie/GCU Staff
Trying to strike when it counts.
The Grand Canyon University Men’s Bowling team has earned a stretch of rest after strong performances in two tournaments over the same weekend. The team placed second in both the Sin City Classic and Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The runner-up finish for the varsity squad is the fourth in a row for the Lopes. While Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield is pleased with the overall season success, he knows his team is capable of securing that elusive first place finish.
“Were taking a week off, and then it’ll be back to practicing the lane conditions for postseason events,” said Canfield. “The lane patterns for post season tournaments are challenging and designed for low scoring, but our chemistry has been strong all season, and we know we can win.”
Roster selections for the upcoming postseason tournaments for the team haven’t been finalized yet, and that’s mainly due to how well the JV squad has been bowling. The second squad on the program won each of the events in their respective bracket in Las Vegas-making it four tournaments in a row where they finished first.
“We have tons of depth,” said Canfield. “The great thing about our team is that everyone has an opportunity to move up with good bowl, and I’ll look at that and make some decisions about rosters soon.”
Individual highlight performances include Lopes’ bowlers Josh Mabry (211 average), Ronald Dela Torre (206.75), Kyle Reed (216.33) and Matthew Green (201.5)
GCU’S Ornelas Wins Sin City Open Women’s Individual title
The Lopes’ Women’s Bowling team also competed in both tournaments, and although they didn’t have as strong of an outing as the men’s team, Emily Ornelas won the individual portion of the tournament with the highest average of 211. The women’s team will also be competing in the post season this year, and will look to players like Ornelas to help secure a team win.
Grand Canyon’s next tournament is not until March 9 in which they will play in the ITC Sectionals in Dallas, Texas. The final roster for the postseason tournament will be announced in the coming week and will consist of eight men and five women
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