Lopes Upsets Top-10 Community College in 5
By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
For the past month, the Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Volleyball have been putting in hours of hard work, and showed the benefits with a pair of impressive performances over the last two weeks.
The Lopes won a five-set thriller over South Mountain Community College, 25-23,17-25,14-25,25-20, 15-13 last week at South Mountain. The Cougars are perennially ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Poll, and entered the match ranked No. 9.
“I threw and broke my clipboard. I was so excited,” said Lopes Assistant Coach Leigh Anne Braun. “These girls are awesome because you can get behind them. They want to rally, they get excited, and they want to work their tails off. They don’t have any fears when they play, and that is a really cool culture to be a part of. I was stoked, and I love that I get to be a part of it.”
The win helped the Lopes avenge a season-opening three-set loss to South Mountain a month ago. This time, the Lopes won the first set, and came back after losing the second and third set to win the match.
“We wanted to show them that we can at least take a set from them, and we weren’t going to go 0-3 this time.” said returner Liv Brunt. “For us to have that want and desire to do that, and not only get that from them, but to take three was awesome.”
With still trying to figure out teams before spring season, GCU Head Coach Kris Naber is already impressed with what she has seen on the court.
“It is not just getting the ball up, but getting better with each skill,” Naber said. “There are 40 girls all practicing at once, and I couldn’t do it without the help from Kat Pond and Leigh Anne Braun.”
GCU Battles in Close Loss against Benedictine
The Lopes dropped a close match against Benedictine at Antelope Gym 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 on Wednesday night.
“It is all about growth and development,” Lopes Senior Tea Scott said about the match. “We are all learning, all of us, and I love that these fall games give us exactly what we need in able to succeed in the spring.”