Nati Volpart, Tali Itzhak win Israeli Bowling World Cup qualifier



     Nati Volpart and Tali Itzhak won the women's and men's finals of the Israeli World Cup Qualifier Saturday at "Bola" bowling center in Holon. For the first time in their career, the duo will represent Israel at the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Nov. 24 - Dec. 2, 2012 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    L-R Sarit Mizrachi, Oron Cohen, Nati Volpart, Tali Itzhak, Lior Koren, and Shir Azulay. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    42 players participated in the 23rd running of the Israeli BWC Qualifier. All players, men and women, bowled 18 games of qualifying over three days to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women for the single-elimination finals.

    The qualifying leaders, Oron Cohen and Itzhak were automatically qualified for the championship match, while the runner-ups, Aviv Alfital and Sarit Mizrachi, were seeded into the semifinals.

    The quarterfinal and semifinal matches were contested in best-of-five format on one lane condition.

    Three of six quarterfinals matches went the distance and the other three were decided in four games. Sara Aviram/Harlap, who won the women's title at the 2012 Israeli National Championships last month, came back from 2:0 deficit with games of 248, 228 and 233 to defeat last year's BWC rep Shahaf Antin, three-games-to-two.

    In the men's semifinals, Lior Koren swept Alfital, 3-0, while Volpart, seeded third, eliminated No. 6 Guy Hamra, 3-1. On the women's side, third-seeded Shir Azulay made quick work of Aviram/Harlap, while Mizrachi won three straight games to defeat Orna Karmazin, 3-1.

    The championship matches featured three games with the total pinfall to determine the winner. Nati Volpart started the men's finals with 236 and 258 to hold a 77 and 110-pin lead over Cohen and Koren, resp. He sealed the victory with 202 in game #3 and a 696 pinfall total. Cohen finished second with 606 and Koren was third with 566.

    Women's top seed, Tali Itzhak, averaged 180 only fort he first two games to trail Mizrachi by 22 pins. Itzhak finished with 215, the lone 200-plus game of the women's finale, to beat out Mizrachi (171) for the top spot by 22 pins, 575 to 553.

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    Men's Division Playoffs

    Quarterfinals and Semifinals in best-of-five games format; championship determined over three games total pinfall.



    Women's Division Playoffs

    Quarterfinals and Semifinals in best-of-five games format; championship determined over three games total pinfall.