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GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling Dominate Las Vegas Tournaments

January 31, 2019

By David Carter/GCU Staff

Success epitomized the GCU Bowling teams this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The women’s team won both the Sin City Open on Friday and the Rebel Classic, which took place on Saturday and Sunday. The men’s team finished 2nd and in a 3rd-place tie, respectively, in the two tournaments.

Both tournaments were held at the Orleans Bowling Center, a well-known bowling alley in Las Vegas.  

Sin City Open

Eight schools from across the United States competed in the Sin City Open, including well-known colleges such as Weber State University from Utah, Colorado Mesa University (CMU) and Pennsylvania’s, Temple University.

However, it was a little-known NAIA school from the midwest that prevented the GCU Men’s Varsity team from taking home the title.

“The men had a chance to win,” said GCU Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield. “The men bowled well, but they got beat by Hastings College from Nebraska.”

Two of the GCU Men’s bowlers finished in the top 5 individually. Donovan Koff won the men’s individual title, and Joshua Mabry finished 4th.

The women’s team beat out CMU and San Jose State University (SJSU) to win the women’s division.

GCU’s Emily Ornelas won the individual title, and the Lopes’ LeAnne Kommenich placed 5th in the tournament.

Rebel Classic

The GCU Women’s team arrived Saturday morning to see the same familiar faces from the same two schools opposing them, and still came away with the same result, downing CMU and SJSU over the two days.

The Lopes has three top 5 individual finishes to pace the way.

Ornelas continued her torrid pace, blazing her way to her 2nd straight individual championship trophy.

GCU’s Kaylee Am-Khong finished right behind Ornelas in 2nd place, while Kimberly Araujo narrowly missed giving the Lopes a 1-2-3 finish by placing 4th.

On the men’s side, the 12-team Rebel Classic added four new opponents to the eight schools from the Sin City Open, including GCU’s archrivals, Arizona State University (ASU).

The men’s varsity team performed well on Saturday, qualifying for a semifinal matchup Sunday against a familiar foe: Hastings College.

However, Sunday did not go as planned for the Lopes, who finished in a tie for 3rd with ASU.

“They bowled well,” said Canfield. “We could not get anything going to catch up to San Jose State (who finished 2nd) and (eventual champion) Hastings. It was a good overall performance, but we definitely left some pins out there.”

Men’s bowler Mathew Adragna finished 6th in the individual standings.

Canfield was also pleased by the Lopes’ Men’s junior varsity team, who finished 2nd to San Jose State in the JV bracket of both tournaments.

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