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Finland’s Eliisa Hiltunen leads top 16 women into Round 2 at ECC 2018

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Eliisa Hiltunen of Finland averaged 226.87 in the second block of qualifying to win the qualifying of the 41st European Champions Cup and to lead the top 16 women into the next round at bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany.

Hiltunen (featured photo) added the field-best 1815 eight-game series to the 1717 of the first block to lead the field of 37 women with 3532 total and an overall average of 220.75 for 16 games,

Hiltunen overtook first-block leader Mai Ginge Jensen (left) of Denmark by 16 pins. Jensen, who had the only other 1800-series in the first block (1808), added 1708 to sit in second place with 3516.

Solene Goron (right) of France leaped from fifth to third place with 1729 and 3427 total and was followed by Nadine Geissler of Germany, who rounds out the top 4 with 3406.

Defending champion Filippa Persson of Sweden moved from eighth to sixth place with 3306. Olha Pokotylo of Ukraine took the last place to advance with 3070 and an average of 191.88.

The top 16 women (pictured above) will bowl another eight-game block on Saturday before the cut to the top 8.

The European Champions Cup 2018 takes place from October 22-28 at 18-lane bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, featuring men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

The 41st edition of the event drew 38 men and 37 women from 40 countries. The defending champions, Filippa Persson and Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden, were automatically qualified for the event, but only Persson is on site to defend her title.

Men and women compete in separate divisions. All players roll two eight-game blocks of qualifying before the cut to the top 16 men and 16 women.

The Round of 16 consists of an additional eight games to determine the top 8 players who bowl four more games to cut to the top 4 who advance to the match play finals in best-of-three games format. In the semi-finals, No. 1 meets No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners of the semi-final matches bowl for the title.

Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.

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