When Sam Houston bowler Lynne Fishler competes in the Women’s European Championships in Brussels, Belgium this weekend, she will have a familiar face in her corner.
Fishler, representing her home country of Israel, will be coached by Sam Houston head coach Brad Hagen.
“I get the honor of serving as Lynne’s coach and the national teams head coach for this event,” Hagen said. “This is my first European women’s championship ever and my second European trip. The first time was when I served as the head coach for the USADSF team in Italy for the world championships which was a huge honor.”
Fishler, who earned all-tournament honors at this year’s NCAA Championships, will be one of 133 athletes from 26 countries competing in the event. She will team up with Sara Aviram who is one of those most decorated Israeli adult women’s bowlers in the country
Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in qualifying. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.
The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined results of the Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries) receive the medals in All Events. The top 24 in All-Events advance to single-elimination Masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.
In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.