By David Carter/GCU Staff
Finishing the year strong.
That was the theme for GCU Men’s & Women’s Bowling last week as the teams finished the 2018 side of their regular season schedule at a pair of back-to-back, two-day tournaments in Las Vegas, Nevada: the 2018 Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational and Collegiate Shoot-Out. Each program had reasons to celebrate by the time they headed back to Phoenix Friday.
“Our week in Vegas was a lot of fun, and the team learned a lot about what we need to work on moving forward,” said GCU Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield. “We had some success at both events, highlighted by the performance of the men at the Las Vegas Invitational, and Emily Ornelas at the Collegiate Shoot-Out.”
Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational
The Lopes’ Men’s team kicked off the week at the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational at the South Point Hotel, reaching the quarterfinal round of match play. The Lopes defeated Emmanuel College (Georgia), 3-0, in the first round of the finals before bowing to another Georgia-based college, Life University, in the round of eight.
Leading the way individually for the GCU Men’s Bowling team were Donovan Koff, Joshua Mabry, and Kyle Gilbert, who finished 21st, 22nd, and 24th, respectively.
The women’s team finished in 20th place and faced tough opponents from all across the country.
From there, the teams headed across town to the Gold Coast Bowling Center for the Collegiate Shoot-Out. While the Lopes struggled in the team standings during the two days, one bright spot from the event was GCU Women’s Bowler Emily Ornelas. Ornelas made the All-Tournament Team with an individual 3rd-place finish.
“It was amazing,” said Ornelas. “I did not think I had a chance but then I had a great 6th game and that helped me. It is a booster because it helps me reach my goal of being 1st team All-American by the end of the year.”
Ornelas’s performance helped the Lopes’ Women finish 16th overall.
“They rebounded,” said Canfield. “There were more women’s teams present at this event, and I am proud of their performance after a tough first tournament.”
Meanwhile, the Lopes’ Men couldn’t duplicate the magic from earlier in the week, finishing 18th overall. Kyle Gilbert led the way for the Lopes, finishing 25th individually.
“They struggled for the majority of both Wednesday and Thursday,” said Canfield. “We will look to use what we learned at this event to motivate us as we head into the remainder of the season.”
GCU Men’s & Women’s Bowling now have a full month to prepare for the Devil’s Duel and Antelope Shootout at Glenfair Lanes (Bethany Home Road & 59th Avenue in Glendale) on January 19 and 20.