By: K.J. Wylie/GCU staff
Opening night. Historic win.
While Grand Canyon University Club Bowling team has defeated Arizona State in the past, for the first time in its short three-year existence, the Lopes won convincingly in the annual grudge match held at Thunder Alley on the GCU campus. The team looked to be in mid-season form as they picked up spares, moved at a fast pace, and cruised to a 10-6 win.
“It’s a great start to the season and we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Lopes’ head coach Ben Canfield. “We need to keep working hard the next couple of weeks, but it was good for the girls to get on the lanes and get the competitive juices flowing.”
Since ASU has been a dominant program dating back to the 80’s, a mere exhibition match before tournament play is hardly an identifier to which team will be crowned champions of Arizona. However, the win bodes well for the Lopes, who seem to be taking all the right steps as they approach their first season tournament this weekend in Dallas, Texas.
“Last year, we didn’t have our first women’s event until December,” said Canfield. “Being able to get something in this early allows us to make any improvements for the bigger tournaments in January. I feel good with where we’re at, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we brought back some hardware.”
“This was definitely a confidence booster,” said Lopes’ team captain Jenni Pheigaru. “Teams in the Midwest have tournaments almost every weekend, so being able to practice now and have a tournament as early as October will better prepare us for December.”
GCU Women’s Bowling now heads to Dallas, Texas to partake in the SWIBC tournament this weekend, Oct. 21- 22. This will be their first season matchup that will count for points on the season.