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Diana Zavjalova leads qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open


2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova.jpg2015PWBATourMariaJoseRodriguez.jpgLatvia’s Diana Zavjalova finished with games of 265 and 264 to overtake Colombia native Maria Jose Rodriguez for the lead after 12 games of qualifying at the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Wichita Open.

After the opening six games of qualifying at Northrock Lanes on Friday, Zavjalova (left) was 11th but averaged 249 over the next six games for a 2,882 pinfall total to lead Rodriguez (right) by 14 pins.

Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo sits third at 2,790, followed by Sin Li Jane of Malaysia at 2,759 with United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard as the best U.S. bowler in fifth place at 2,731.

“When I came back in the afternoon, I really wanted to bowl well because I really want to win,” Zavjalova said. “Last week was a really disappointing finish at the USBC Queens but I feel like I have been very close the last four weeks. I’ve led a tournament but didn’t make the show so I’m really determined to make a show and win a title.”

Zavjalova, who won the 2013 USBC Queens, was seventh at this year’s event. She said being so close this year drives her.

“I hate losing, I’m a sore loser,” Zavjalova said. “I know it’s impossible to win every time you bowl, but that’s my mindset.”

Rodriguez actually had the bigger afternoon set, averaging 250, including a 298 game that ended with a 7-10 split. Dorin-Ballard had the first eight strikes in her final game before finishing with a 277.

2016PWBALogo.jpgThe PWBA Wichita Open continues Saturday with six additional games, with pinfall carrying over, to determine the 12 players who will advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.

At the end of match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

All qualifying and match-play rounds are on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. The finals of the PWBA Wichita Open will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championships and will air Tuesday, July 5 on CBS Sports Network.

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PWBA Wichita Open – Qualifying Results

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top 32 advance

1, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,822. 2, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,808. 3, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,790. 4, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 2,759. 5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,731. 6, Syaidatul Hamidi, Malaysia, 2,706.

7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,690. 8, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,664. 9, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,660. 10, Inngellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,658. 11, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,642. 12, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,640.

13, Olivia Sandham (a), St. Joseph, Mo., 2,624. 14, (tie) Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., and Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,615. 16, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,614. 17, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,601. 18, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,596.

19, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,595. 20, Kristina Rosberg, Ord, Neb., 2,592. 21, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,583. 22, (tie) Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, and April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,563. 24, Siti Rahman, Malaysia, 2,556.

25, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,554. 26, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,550. 27, (tie) Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., and Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,545. 29, (tie) Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,541.

31, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,538. 32, Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 2,537.

Missed Cut:
33, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,535. 34, Emily Eckhoff (a), Denver, Colo., 2,534. 35, (tie) Caycee Landers (a), Wichita, Kan., and Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,533.

37, Katie Garcia (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,527. 38, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,519. 39, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,518. 40, Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 2,508. 41, Suet Len Koh, Malaysia, 2,496. 42, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,491.

43, Sydney Brummett (a), Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,489. 44, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,477. 45, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,476. 46, Felicia Wong, Canada, 2,464. 47, Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 2,463. 48, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,452.

49, Ashlyn Herzberg (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,451. 50, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,446. 51, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,445. 52, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,436. 53, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,423. 54, Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,422.

55, (tie) Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, and Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,419. 57, Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, 2,418. 58, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,416. 59, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,412. 60, Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 2,407.

61, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,405. 62, Tatiana Munoz (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,401. 63, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,394. 64, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,389.

65, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,388. 66, Ayami Kondo, Japan, 2,385. 67, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,384. 68, Hollyann Johansen (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,362. 69, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,361. 70, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,357. 71, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,355. 72, Anita Arnett (a), Richmond, Texas, 2,350.

73, Ashley Purkey, Godfrey, Ill., 2,349. 74, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 2,337. 75, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,328. 76, Nora Lyana Norkamal, Malaysia, 2,325. 77, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,309. 78, Sarah Muench (a), Altoona, Iowa, 2,305.

79, Mochizuki Rie, Japan, 2,304. 80, (tie) Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, and Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,300. 82, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,298. 83, Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,273. 84, Jessica Abel (a), Rose Hill, Kan., 2,268.

85, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,265. 86, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,264. 87, Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,260. 88, Rochelle Hansen, La Vista, Neb., 2,243. 89, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,231. 90, Stephanie Mours, Franklin, Wis., 2,230.

91, Debby Oulicky (a), Dallas, 2,214. 92, Courtney Bolin, Katy, Texas, 2,192. 93, Tiffany Morris, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,175. 94, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo., 2,172. 95, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 2,159. 96, Jen Frank (a), Kansas City, Mo., 2,066.

97, Melanie McAllister (a), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,050. 98, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 1,988. 99, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 908 (WD).

Herbert Bickel

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