By David Carter/GCU Staff
Reaching the Intercollegiate Men’s Team National Championships for the first time ever. Pulling off an impressive Sin City Open Women’s Tournament Championship.
And the awards keep coming.
Five different Lopes were given finalist awards, and two of those finalists reached prestigious All-American status.
First, Donovan Koff, Kyle Gilbert and Joshua Mabry were voted as finalists on the men’s side of the Club Team Bowling Coaches Association (CTBCA) Awards, while Emily Ornelas and Kaylee Am-Khong earned the same distinction on the women’s side. The CTBCA Awards are voted on annually by club team coaches.
Koff was voted as a Men’s 2nd Team All-American, and Ornelas was voted as a Women’s 1st Team All-American.
“The club team awards are great because it shows us where our players stack up compared to other schools,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield. “Emily has had a very successful collegiate career, and Donovan deserves recognition for his successful performances this year as well.”
“It feels great,” said Ornelas. “There are so many good women’s bowlers on the west coast, and my hard work and dedication paid off. It shows me that bowling in college was the right decision after receiving all these awards.”
Along with the CTBCA Awards, Koff, Ornelas and fellow GCU Bowler Mathew Adragna were also named in the West Coast Awards, which is based on the best collegiate club bowling teams in the west. Koff and Ornelas each earned a spot on the West Coast All-Star teams, and Adragna was voted as the West Coast Rookie of the Year.
The honorees were ecstatic by the accolade, but also quick to congratulate their teammates.
“Emily was amazing on the women’s side this year. She was very consistent,” said Koff. “Matthew Adragna continued to develop his game all year, and we loved having him on the team.”