Bulanova Starts Strong

Bulanova finishes 46th in elite field of 176

LAS VEGAS – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova is making her presence felt as the World Bowling Championships continue this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Bulanova, competing for her native Russia, finished 46th in an elite field of 176 during the singles competition and she continued her steady performance in Sunday’s doubles action with an impressive 12th against 87 other pairs.

“When you consider she is competing against professionals and the absolute best bowlers in the world for the first time on this big stage, she is bowling fine,” said Vanderbilt Coach John Williamson, who is coaching his NCAA Player of the Year there.  “In singles she began -24 (pins to 200 average) after two games and ended up plus-61. And she was leading her squad with partner Maria Koshel after one game before slipping a bit in the next two games and then rebounding strong.”

Bulanova had singles games of 175-201-244-238-219-184 and crafted doubles scores of 204-201-179-227-236-217, a 210.67 average.

The World Championships continue this week with trios, team of 5 and masters play.

Complete coverage of the World Bowling Championships can be found at 2019wwc.worldbowling.org.