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Alexandra Lopez, Anže Grabrijan win MBC Masters titles


Alexandra Lopes D’Andrade of France and Anže Grabrijan from the host country Slovenia concluded the 20th Mediterranean Bowling Championships with victory in women’s and men’s match play masters.

Lopes D’Andrade (right) won her fourth gold medal in this Championships with a 421-375 win over Sue Abela of Malta in two games total pins format. She also won gold in mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events and added bronze in singles and silver in doubles.

On her way to the title match, Lopes D’Andrade easily defeated defending champion Adile Sevgi Michajlow of Turkey in the Round of 8, 411-325, and Victoria Krivolutskaya of Slovenia in the semi-finals, 425-338.

Abela ousted her team mate Sara Xuereb, 419-345, and last year’s silver medalist Giola Pastou of Cyprus, 406-362, to advance to the title match. Abela, who was targeting for her 36th gold medal in the 20-year history of the event, had to settle for the silver medal while Krivolutskaya and Pastou shared the bronze medal.

On the men’s side, 2015 MBC masters champion Anže Grabrijan (right) fired games of 244 and 237 to beat Marco Reviglio of Italy in the gold medal match, 481-441. It was the second gold medal for Grabrijan after his victory in men’s doubles with Aleksander Koštric.

Grabrijan eliminated Gaetan Mouveroux, 443-397, and Mark Spiteri of Malta, 403-342, on his way to the title match. Reviglio sidelined all-events bronze medalist Evangelos Krizinis of Greece and then ousted four-time gold medalist and No. 1 seed, Valentin Saulnier of France in the semis, 379-356.

Reviglio received the silver medal and Saulnier and Spiteri got bronze.

France led the medal tally after 10 disciplines with six gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Lopes D’Andrade and Saulnier each earned four gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Slovenia was second with 2-3-2 followed by Malta with 2-1-2. Italy (0-2-2), Spain (0-1-1), Cyprus (0-1-1) and Greece (0-0-1) shared the remaining silver and bronze medals.

The 20th Mediterranean Bowling Championships 2017 (formerly the Mediterranean Challenge Cup) was held from March 27 through April 1 at Klub 300, a 16-laner in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It marked the second time after the year 2013 that Ljubljana and Slovenia hosted the MBC.

The Championships drew 50 bowlers 26 men and 24 women, from 13 countries, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, San Marino, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the host country Slovenia. Each country was represented by a team of two female and two male competitors, except Gibraltar which participated in the men’s division only.

Men and women will competed in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, All Events and Masters as well as in Mixed Doubles and a Mixed Team event.

The 21st Mediterranean Bowling Championships will be held April 15-22, 2018 at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey.

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20th Mediterranean Bowling Championships 2017 – Medal Tally

10 dicisplines; two bronze medals each awarded in men’s and women’s Masters

From left to right: Sue Abela (2nd), Alexandra Lopes D’Andrade (1st), Giola Pastou and Victoria Krivolutskaya (tied for 3rd).

20th MBC 2017 – Women’s Masters Match Play

Singles-elimination; two games total pins

From left to right: Marco Reviglio (2nd), Anže Grabrijan (1st), Mark Spiteri and Valentin Saulnier (tied for 3rd).

20th MBC 2017 – Men’s Masters Match Play

Singles-elimination; two games total pins

Herbert Bickel

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