Diana Zavjalova, Francois Lavoie win 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships


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    International bowlers dominate the men's and women's championships rounds

    2014ISCDianaZavjalovaFrancoisLavoie.jpg Webber International's Diana Zavjalova and Wichita State's Francois Lavoie (pictured, l-r) took home individual titles at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships on Friday.

    Zavjalova of Latvia, the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion, defeated Wichita State's Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 290-247, to claim the women's title at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, while Canadian Lavoie outlasted Midland's Perry Crowell, 217-188, to take home the hardware on the men's side.

    CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals and finals for the women on May 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern, while the men's broadcast will be on May 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

    Zavjalova nearly put on a perfect performance in the semifinals, starting with the first 10 strikes before leaving a 10 pin in her victory over Nebraska's Elise Bolton, 289-153. In the finals, the strikes kept coming for Zavjalova as she fired the last 11 strikes to claim the title over Roumimper.

    The Webber International senior was inspired by her teammates after a disappointing showing at the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships on Wednesday.

    "Two days ago I was very disappointed because we struggled as a team," said Zavjalova, who was part of Webber International's championship team in 2012. "That motivated me to bowl well here. I wanted to win for my team, because I knew they were behind me all the way. I heard them cheering after every shot. It was a great way to end my college career."

    Lavoie, who won the gold medal in Trios for Canada at the 2013 World Championships, stayed clean for both of his matches, which included split conversions in the seventh and ninth frames of the championship match. Crowell got back in the match after two early opens, but a 4 pin in the ninth frame ended his run at the title.

    After just missing the finals of the ITC on Thursday night, Lavoie was happy to share the title with his teammates.

    "We took about half an hour to deal with what happened yesterday," said Lavoie, a junior who made his third ISC appearance. "We just had to accept it and move on. That's all you can do. It means a lot to bring the title back to Wichita State. Every title is a team title. We do everything as a team, so this isn't just for me. This is for the whole team. "

    In the other women's semifinal, Roumimper defeated teammate Heather Melvin, 203-184, to advance to the finals for the second consecutive year. On the men's side, Lavoie eliminated Webber International's Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli, 244-206, while Crowell struck on his first shot in the 10th to advance past Notre Dame-Ohio's Chris Via, 201-183.


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    2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships

    Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. (April 14 and 18, 2014)

    Men's Championship Round:
    Semifinal Match 1: Francois Lavoie, Wichita State def. Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli, Webber International, 244-206
    Semifinal Match 2: Perry Crowell, Midland def. Chris Via, Notre Dame-Ohio, 201-183
    Championship: Lavoie def. Crowell, 217-188.

    Women's Championship Round:
    Semifinal Match 1: Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State def. Heather Melvin, Wichita State, 203-184
    Semifinal Match 2: Diana Zavjalova, Webber International def. Elise Bolton, Nebraska, 289-153
    Championship: Zavjalova def. Roumimper, 290-247.