Team USA's Stretch, Street qualify for match play at 2024 IBF Youth World Cup

Women's Final Qualifying Standings
Men's Final Qualifying Standings

LIMA, Peru –
If you want to win a bowling tournament with multiple stages of competition, you have to start by making the first cut.

Junior Team USA bowlers Jenna Stretch of Auburn Township, Ohio, and Carter Street of Dublin, Ohio, checked that task off their to-do lists by finishing in the top 16 in their respective divisions after Wednesday’s third and final six-game qualifying round at the 2024 International Bowling Federation Youth World Cup, which is being contested at VIDENA Bowling Center of La Villa Deportiva Nacional (VIDENA) in Lima, Peru.

Stretch was the first to punch her ticket, putting up high scores of 235, 218 and 205 en route to an 1,136 block total during Round 3 of women’s qualifying Wednesday morning. That gave the American a three-day, 18-game tally of 3,425 (a 190.28 average), which put her in sixth place in the 14-player women’s field.

Swedish two-handed bowler Nora Johansson blistered the lanes during Round 3, coming in with 1,366 (201, 237, 223, 259, 209 and 237) for the day to push her overall total to 3,748 (a 208.22 average), which landed her in first place by more than 125 pins ahead of second-place qualifier Nur Hazirah Binti Ramli of Malaysia, who came in at 3,620.

The final spots in the women’s qualifying top five went to Colombia’s Sara Duque (3,607), Peru’s Yumi Yuzuriha (3,525) and Costa Rica’s Elena Weinstok (3,439).

Street, meanwhile, advanced to match play by qualifying 15th in the 21-player men’s field with an 18-game total of 3,510 (a 195 average), which included a score of 1,089 on Wednesday.

Sweden’s Robin Ilhammar authored a Round-3 total of 1,351 to finish atop the men’s qualifying standings with a three-day mark of 4,054 (a 225.22 average).

Colombia’s Samuel Calderon was second with 3,982, and Malaysia’s Megat Zaqrul Msiqal, who fired the tournament’s second perfect game during Game 3 on Wednesday, qualified third at 3,973.

The remaining positions in the top five were claimed by Singapore’s Aiman Raedyn Lim Jen (3,896) and Germany’s Zeno Jansen (3,810), but the spot all eyes were on was 16th place as that was the final qualifying position for match play.

When the final shots were thrown, Hong Kong’s Lam Ka Yiu secured lucky No. 16 by using a Round-3 score of 1,266 to finish with an 18-game mark of 3,415, which put him 20 pins ahead of Peru’s Daiki Eda for the final spot.

Now that they’ve completed Step 1 by qualifying for round-robin match play in their respective divisions, Street and Stretch will try to use what they learned during qualifying to take things to the next level on Thursday.

“I saw a lot of what not to do today,” Street said. “I fished around quite a bit and learned where I need to stay away from. There will be less transition tomorrow, so that will make it a little bit easier to know where to stay. I feel alright; I just need to be smarter.”

Stretch did her share of fishing on Wednesday as well, and she’s hoping that what she learned while doing so will bring more confidence and better ball reaction during match play.

“Today was really just about figuring out those pairs where I get caught in between where my ball is either hooking too much or not hooking,” Stretch said. “My confidence could be a bit better right now, but I think I just need to trust myself and the moves we’rere making and take it from there.”

Now that qualifying has been completed, all 14 women and the top 16 men have advanced to round-robin match play, which will be contested on Thursday.

Only eight men and eight women will survive round-robin play and remain in medal contention when best-of-three-game matches are contested during the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds on Friday, which will be the final day of competition at the 2024 Youth World Cup.

Quarterfinal-round matchups will see the No. 1 seed facing the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed battling the No. 7 seed and so on.

The four quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round while those that fall will be eliminated.

Once the semifinals are completed, the two winners in each division will advance to bowl for gold and silver. The bowlers who come up short during the semis will square off to decide who takes home the men’s and women’s bronze medals.

After all medals have been conferred, the day will end with athletes and coaches taking part in the closing ceremonies and banquet to officially bring the 2024 Youth World Cup to a close.

For tournament results, standings and information, visit the Peruvian Bowling Federation’s website,

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