Korean girls earn top seed for team semifinals at WYC


HELSINKI, Finland -
Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and England advanced to the semifinals in girls team Friday morning at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships.

The Koreans shot 5,024 for six games, an average of 209.3, to earn the top position after qualifying and lead the top four teams into Saturday morning's semifinals at Tali Bowl. The United States finished seventh, 37 pins out of the semifinals.

Singapore qualified second with 4,971, while Malaysia was third with 4,844. England took the last spot with 4,774, edging Latvia by just four pins. In the semifinals, Korea will take on England, while Singapore and Malaysia will battle.

Junior Team USA entered the day in third place after the opening three games of qualifying, but opened Friday with games of 756 and 713 to fall out of contention. The team finished with 868, but was unable to overcome more than a 160-pin deficit to England in the final game.

Jenn Boisselle led the Americans with a six-game total of 1,255 and was followed by Christine Bator (1,221), Brittni Hamilton (1,185) and Kristie Petravich (1,076).

Korea's Moon-Jeong Kim took the gold medal in all-events with 3,922, an average of 217.9. England's Hayley White earned the silver with 3,905, and Latvia's Diana Zavjalova was third with 3,899.

The top 16 players in the all-events standings advanced to Masters match play, which begins Saturday afternoon and continues through Sunday. The United States will be represented by Boisselle, who was 15th with 3,704, and Bator, who took 16th with 3,694. Hamilton finished 21st in all-events with 3,667, while Petravich was 23rd with 3,624.

The United States Bowling Congress is working in cooperation with the Finnish Bowling Federation to provide live video streaming of the semifinals and finals of each event. Coverage will be available on BOWL.com, and the team event coverage is scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

A field of 46 countries are competing in the World Youth Championships for medals in five events - singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters match-play.

At Tali Bowl, Helsinki, Finland
Friday's Results


(Top 10, six games)

1, Korea, 5,024. 2, Singapore, 4,971. 3, Malaysia, 4,844. 4, England, 4,774. 5, Latvia, 4,770. 6, Netherlands, 4,749. 7, United States, 4,747. 8, Sweden, 4,717. 9, Colombia, 4,716. 10, Germany, 4,712.

(Top 10 after 18 of 18 games)

1, Moon-Jeong Kim, Korea, 3,922. 2, Hayley White, England, 3,905. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,899. 4, Jazreel Tan, Singapore and Shayna Ng, Singapore, 3,818. 6, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia and Yeon-Ju Kim, Korea, 3,800. 8, Seung-Ja Baek, Korea, 3,786. 9, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 3,767. 10, Bo-Hyun Shin, Korea, 3,742.