By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
“Even though we came short of our goals, we still had a great time.”
Fighting rhythm and fatigue on the tournament’s final day, the GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling both finished tied for 9th at the Collegiate Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana Sunday. While the teams fell short of matching their top-5 finishes at the same tournament a year ago, Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield and his teams still found plenty of successful things to point to during the weekend.
Men’s Bowling Team
The Lopes’ Men’s team came in as the 6th seed, and even earned a first-round bye in the championship bracket by virtue of finishing pool play with a 4-2 mark. However, Canfield saw how hard the team had to work to get to that point.
“The men’s team struggled throughout the entire event,” said Canfield. “They never got into a rhythm. That ultimately led to our defeat in the bracket match play.”
On Sunday’s second round, the Lopes lost to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to drop them into the contenders’ bracket before bouncing back with wins over Iowa State University and Purdue University in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, to stay alive in the double-elimination format. The Lopes’ run ended in Round 5 at the hands of San Jose State University.
Women’s Bowling Team
The Lopes’ Women found themselves in one of the toughest groups in pool play, but were undaunted in knocking off the eventual tournament champs not once, but twice to also earn a 4-2 mark after Saturday’s action.
“They upset the No. 1 seed, Wright State University, twice,” emphasized Canfield. “The women bowled really well in pool play, and just ran out of steam when they got to the winner’s bracket.”
The Lopes couldn’t sustain the momentum of upsetting the top-seeded Raiders twice in Sunday’s winner’s bracket round, since they lost to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round Sunday; stayed alive with a win over University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Round 2, then were eliminated by University of Toledo in the third round.
“I am proud of the way the women’s team fought and bowled throughout the season,” said Canfield. “I am looking forward to using what we learned from this past weekend on the men’s side for the trip to Dayton.”
ITC Men’s Nationals
The GCU Men’s Bowling team will travel to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) National Championships beginning Thursday, April 18. The men qualified for the event when they finished in the top-four at the ITC Sectionals in Dallas, Texas last month.
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