Vladimir Sverchkov, Maria Bulanova emerge as 2013 Russian National Champions

    12/06/13

    Russia

    Russian Field bowling center in St. Petersburg, Russia (December 2-3, 2013)

    2013RussianNCMariaBulanovaVladimirSverchkov.jpgVladimir Sverchkov from Krasnodar and fifteen-year-old Maria Bulanova (pictured left, r-l), who lives in Moscow but represented Nizhny Novgorod, captured the men's and women's titles in the 2013 Russian Tenpin Bowling Championships.

    The championship was held December 2-3 at 52-lane Russian Field bowling center in St. Petersburg and drew 24 women and 29 men representing the regional bowling federations of Russia.

    All player rolled two blocks of six games qualifying on Monday with the top 16 men and the top 12 women advancing to the second day.

    2013RussianNCAlexVasilenko300.jpgAlexey Vasilenko (right) from St. Petersburg used a 300 game in the fourth game to lead the men's division after the first block with 1357 or an average of 226.17. Russian national team member Nikita Koshelev, who was second with 1312 added a 1388 series in the second block to lead the top 16 with 2700 and an average of 225 for twelve games.

    Maria Bulanova, who became the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title when she won the RedExpress Russian Open in September, dominated the women's field from the beginning. Bulanova had six-game blocks of 1298 and 1285 and 2583 total, an average of 215.25, to out-average her nearest competitor, Polina Kosyakova (2380 )of Nizhny Novgorod, by almost 17 pins.

    The qualifying pinfall was dropped and the top 16 men and top 12 women bowled another six-game block on Tuesday to cut to the top 8 for round robin match play.

    Vladimir Sverchkov, who made the first cut in fourth place, posted a 1368 series (228 average) to take a 40 pins lead heading into round robin. Yan Korshak of Moscow was second on 1328 with Maxim Okorokov of Sambo-70, Moscow, in third on 1280. Qualifying leader Koshelev missed the cut in 12th place with 1145.

    2013RussianNCWomenTop3.jpgOn the women's side, Bulanova out-averaged her opponents by more than 30 pins finishing her six-game series with 1346 (224.33 average) including high games of 264 and 257. With the pinfall carried forward into match play, Varvara Gryaznova of Sambo-70, Moscow, was a distant second with 1145 (190.83).

    Bulanova (center) averaged 215 in match play and won six of her seven matches to cruise to the women's title with 2974 including 120 bonus, an average of 219.54 for 13 games. Trailing Bulanova by 395 pins to win the silver medal was Kosyakova (right) with 2579, while Gryaznova (left) took bronze with 2541.

    2013RussianNCMenTop3.jpgThough Sverchkov (center) went only 3-4 in match play he averaged 220 in round robin to win the men's title by 80 pins with 2968 total including 60 bonus and an average of 223.69 for 13 games.

    Sergey Starchenkov (left) of Alliance, Nizhny Novgorod won all but one match to leap from fourth to second place with 2888. Okorokov (right) maintained third place with 2847 and a 6-1 match play record, while Korshak fell to fourth with 2833.

    Photos courtesy of Maxim Bulanov/rusbowling.com.

     


    Men's Division - Final Standings after Round Robin


    20 pins bonus for each win, 10 for a tie.

     


    Women's Division - Final Standings after Round Robin


    20 pins bonus for each win, 10 for a tie.

     


    Men's Division - Round 1 Results


    The top 8 advance to round robin match play.

     


    Women's Division - Round 1 Results


    The top 8 advance to round robin match play.

     


    Men's Division after Qualifying


    The top 16 advance to the next round.

     


    Women's Division after Qualifying


    The top 12 advance to the next round.

     


    Men's Division after the first Block of Qualifying


     


    Women's Division after the first Block of Qualifying