Daria Kovalova on course to defend EYC titles in Singles and All Events


    2012 EYC

    Ukrainian shoots 1379 to lead Girls Singles preliminaries after Squad 1/2 and to practically seal the victory in All Events

    2012EYCLogo.jpg 2011 Girls Singles and All Events champion Daria Kovalova of Ukraine came closer to defend her titles in the 25th European Youth Championships as she posted a huge 1379 six-game series in the first squad of the Singles competition Saturday morning at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    Kovalova, who won the Singles title last year with 1357, fired games of 257, 210, 195, 258, 235 and 224 to lead the 32 player-field with 1379 total and an average of 229.83. She out averaged her nearest competitor, Sanna Pasanen of Finland, by more than 16 pins.

    Team champion Pasanen had six games between 200 and 235 to take second place with 1281 and an average of 213.50. Doubles gold medalist Bethany Hedley of England finished her series with 265, the highest game in the Singles event thus far, to jump into third place with 1245 (207.50).

    With the 30 players of squad 2 still to bowl their preliminaries. Fanny Lindahl of Sweden holds the fourth and last place to advance to the playoffs with 1227 (204.50). The Boys and Girls semifinals and finals are scheduled to start at 5.50 and 6 p.m. CET, respectively.

    Kovalova, who held a 110-pin lead in All Events (combined results of Doubles, Team and Singles preliminaries) after 12 of 18 games, improved her All Events total from 2011 (3922) by 72 pins to practically seal the victory in All Events with 3994 total and an average of 221.89.

    Her nearest competitor, Sweden's Jenny Wegner needs a 1480 series or a 246.67 average in Squad 2 to beat Kovalova's All Events total by one pin.

    The 25th European Youth Championships will be held from March 31 through April 9, 2012 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    The EYC 2012 is divided in two divisions - boys and girls. Each team consists of maximum four male and four female players, who must not have reached the age of 19 before August 31st, 2012.

    The players compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Teams, Singles, All Events (18 games) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games). Competition starts on Monday, April 2 with the Boys Doubles and ends on Easter Sunday, April 8, with the Boys and Girls Masters match play.

    For more information please download 2012 EYC Bulletin (MS Word document).


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    25th European Youth Championships - Girls Singles Preliminaries (Squad 1 of 2 only)

    The top 4 players will advance to the finals.


    High Games and High Series

    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Bethany Hedley, England, 265
    3 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 717
    6 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 1379


    25th European Youth Championships - Girls All Events after 18/18 games (Squad 1 only)

    The top 24 will advance to Masters match play.