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Israel, Canada hoist World Cup; USA top country

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications
Published: November 23, 2013 | Bowl.com
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KRASNOYARSK, Russia - Israel's Or Aviram and Canada's Caroline Lagrange emerged as the champions Saturday as the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup came to a close.

Aviram defeated top seed Guy Caminsky of South Africa, 2-1, in the title match, while Lagrange took down Cherie Tan of Singapore, 2-1, at Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center.

2013 World Cup Top Country 250Team USA's Danielle McEwan and John Szczerbinski won the award for top country as both players finished fourth in their respective divisions to give them the best combined finish by a country.

"We would have liked to have made it to the finals to have a chance to win the World Cup but finishing with the top country award is a big honor," Team USA coach Rod Ross said. "Team USA is all about team, so to win the team award is very special for our program."

In the men's final, Aviram took the first game 279-245 before dropping the second game 277-214. He pulled out a big win in the deciding game, 258-182, to hoist the World Cup for the first time.

"It was insane, and I'm speechless," said Aviram, who finished second at the World Cup in 2005. "It is an amazing feeling because the last time I was here, I finished second and I wanted to break the curse."

Lagrange, who won the event in 2009, had a much different path to victory. After winning the first game 242-207, she lost the second game 247-212.

In the deciding game, Lagrange had a chance to shut Tan out but left a 2 pin on her second shot in the 10th frame. Needing a double to win the World Cup, Tan threw the first one and then left a ringing 7 pin on her next shot.

"It's always special to win for your country," Lagrange said. "It was hard to sit and watch, knowing that she could beat me. She made a great shot and it just didn't strike."

Russia's Alexei Parshukov and the Dominican Republic's Aumi Guerra finished in third place after losing in the semifinals. Parshukov lost to Aviram, 2-0, while Guerra fell to Tan, 2-0.

As for Team USA, McEwan missed making the championship round by 66 pins, while Szczerbinski missed out by 58 pins after 40 games.

The 49th QubicaAMF World Cup featured bowlers from 78 countries and is the largest bowling event in the world in terms of participating countries. All rounds of the competition were broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

For more information on the World Cup, visit BOWL.com/WorldCup.

49th QUBICAAMF WORLD CUP
At Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Saturday's results

MEN

Semifinal: Or Aviram, Israel, def. Alexei Parshukov, Russia, 2-0 (213-171, 220-205)
Final: Aviram def. Guy Caminsky, South Africa, 2-1 (279-245, 214-277, 258-182)

WOMEN
Semifinal: Cherie Tan, Singapore def. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2-0 (214-208, 245-203)
Final: Caroline Lagrange, Canada def. Tan, 2-1 (242-207, 212-247, 215-213)

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