Karen Marcano, Ildemaro Ruiz win 2013 Team Venezuela Trials



    Earn automatic spots on Team Venezuela and will represent the country at the 2013 World Championships

    2013VENTTKarenMarcano.jpgMultiple PABCON Champion Karen Marcano and PBA Tour player Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. won the 2013 Team Venezuela Trials Friday, February 2, at Mampote bowling center in Caracas, Venezuela, and will represent their country at the 2013 World Championships in Las Vegas.

    31 men and 23 women faced six lane conditions over six days in a long format that featured eight games per day. The player with the highest 48-game total was declared the winner. The top five men and top six women earned spots on Team Venezuela in 2013.

    2013VENTTPatriciaDeFaria.jpgKaren Marcano (pictured left), who won gold medals in Trios (2005), Singles (2009) and Masters (2010) at Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships, averaged 202.25 for her 48 games to win the women's division with 9708 pinfall total.

    Marcano had a 43-pin buffer over second-place Patricia De Faria (right, 9665), who was the only other woman to average over 200.

    Joining them on the 2013 women's national team are Karen's sister Alicia Marcano (3rd, 9570), Joan Gonzalez (4th, 9270), Francys Alvarez (5th, 9212) and Eny Diaz (6th, 9166).

    2012EBT12IldemaroRuiz2.jpgIldemaro Ruiz (left), a two-time Venezuelan Player of the Year, averaged 212.60 to emerge as the men's champion with 10205 total pinfall. The PBA Tour player scored two top five finishes during the 2011 World Series of Bowling and had career high finishes of second in Viper Open and fourth in Chameleon Open.

    Ruiz, whose best finish in a major was 10th in the PBA World Championship, beat out Richard Leon for the top spot by 63 pins. Leon finished second with 10142 (212.29). Reydnier Chavez was another 99 pins behind in third place with 10043.

    201213PBAAmletoMonacelli.jpgLuis Eduardo Rovaina and Eddy Antonio Fuentes took fourth and fifth place with 9863 and 9851, respectively.

    The men's Team Venezuela will be completed by PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (right), who earned the single automatic berth onto the team by the national federation due to his outstanding achievements.

    The 51-year-old right-hander has won 19 career PBA titles and more than $2 million in career earnings. He and Mika Koivuniemi of Finland are the only international players to be selected PBA Player of the Year (1989, 1990).

    Monacelli is the only international player to be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame (1997). In 2012 he was inducted into USBC Hall of Fame in 2012 and became the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year.

    In the youth divisions of the 2013 Team Trials boys and girls battled it out for the four spots on the Under-20 team and two spots on the Under-16 Team.

     The members of the youth teams (pictured right; click on the image to enlarge it.), which will represent Venezuela at the PABCON Youth Championships in Ponce, Puerto Rico in July are:

    U-20 Girls: Maria Pascoal, Angelica Mudo, Katherin Romero, Alexandra Hernandez
    U-20 Boys: Andres Rodriguez, Rosbert Infante, Alejandro Arenas, Lucas Mota
    U-16 Girls:Lisvier Cardenas, Gabriela Mute
    U-16 Boys: Massimiliano Fridegotto, Carlos Granados


    Men's Division - Final Standings after 48 games


    Women's Division - Final Standings after 48 games