USA, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Japan to bowl for Trios title at Women's World Championships


    2009 WWC

    2009WWCCarolynDorinBallardLizJohnsonStefanieNation.jpgTeam USA's Carolyn Dorin-BallardSingles World Champion Stefanie Nation and Liz Johnson (l-r) earned the No. 1 seed for the for the World Trios Championships in Las Vegas. The Americans felled 1942 on short and 1916 pins on the medium oil pattern to finish atop the leaderboard with 3858 pinfall total and an average of 214.33.

    2009WWCTangYaChunTsaiHsinYiYangHaoTing.jpgNation led the team with 1327 en route to move into fourth place in All Events after 18 games with 3901 (216.72). Clara Juliana Guerrero from Colombia held on to the lead with 3946 or an average of 219.22. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, is second with 3928 (218.2) with Rikke Rasmussen, Denmark, in third at 3909 (217.17). Dorin-Ballard currently holds the 16th and final spot to advance to the Masters on Sunday with 3783 (210.17).

    The underdogs from Chinese Taipei, Yang Hao-Ting, Tsai Hsin-Yi and Tang Ya-Chun (right), who led the morning squad landed in second place with 3798 (211.00).

    2009WWCRikkeRasmussenKamillaKjelldsenAnneGales.jpgDenmark reached its third final in as many events as Anne Gales, Kamilla Kjeldsen and Rikke Rasmussen (left, r-l) finished in third place with 3785 (210.28) behind the highest series this morning of 1898.

    2009WWCAngaJensenBrittBrondstedMaiJesnen.jpgTheir team mates Anja Ginge Jensen, Britt Brondsted and Mai Ginge Jensen (right, l-r) almost followed them into the finals but fell two pins short to settle for fifth place with 3765 (209.17). Japan's Maki Nakano, Ayano Katai and Nao Ohishi (below left, r-l) overtook the Danes in the game to secure the fourth and final spot with 3767 (209.28).

    Block 1 leader Colombia with Paola Gomez, Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo slipped all the way out of the finals to sixth place missing the finals by 15 pins with 3752 (208.44).

    2009WWCNaoOhishiAyanoKataiMakiNakano.jpgThe top four trios advanced to the semifinals, which will be held Friday at 5.00 local time (8.00 p.m. EDT).

    The No. 1 seed (USA) will bowl the No. 4 (Japan) and No. 2 (Chinese Taipei) takes on No. 3 (Denmark) in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title and the losers will share the bronze medal. All matches are one-game matches.

    The 2009 Women's World Championships consists of six disciplines. Players will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and Masters competition before the event concludes Sunday. Medals also will be awarded for All Events.

    The World Championships is being held on 60 specially constructed lanes inside Cashman Center and includes the world's largest mobile video scoreboard, an investment of nearly $6 million, spectator seating, office, vendor and pro shop space, a scale room, squad room, registration area and shipping department.

    USBC plans to live stream portions of the event on, and bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the finals and select semifinals.

    Photos © Bowlindigital/Beat Grauwiler


    Trios Preliminaries - Standings after preliminaries

    The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.



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    Squad 1 Results


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