By: K.J. Wylie/GCU Staff
If you want to build a house, start with a solid foundation.
Following their historic victory in the Grudge Match, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Bowling team posted a pair of top-3 finishes over two days in their first collegiate sanctioned event of the season in the West Coast Championship Tournament in Fresno, California. Out of the eight competing teams, the Lopes’ placed 2nd on the first day, and 3rd on the second day.
Despite not finishing in first place, Lopes’ Head Coach Ben Canfield saw plenty of positives the team could take away from the event.
“All the teams in Fresno will be there at nationals,” said Canfield. “We came out confident, and although we wanted to win it all, this is a great start to build off of. We want to work on performing under pressure situations, and that’ll come with more tournaments like this.”
Lopes’ bowler Kyle Simi also saw an aspect the team needs to improve on in order to secure the trophy next time around.
“We need to pick up our spare shooting,” said Simi. “(We) missed too many, and that often can decide the game. We’re still confident, though, and believe we can win every tournament we go to. We want to prove we are the best, and this gives us experience.”
The Lopes won’t battle it out on the lanes again until their next tournament in Anaheim, California on November 18. Until then, the team will undergo pressure simulations in practice to help better themselves in picking up the crucial spares Simi spoke of.