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Gianotti-Block and Criss win mixed doubles

December 15, 1997

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Carol Gianotti-Block and Tim Criss won a tightly contested $200,000 Merit Mixed Doubles Championship Sunday at The Orleans Bowling Center.

Block, who won her third Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour title of the year, and Criss, who already had won twice this year on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, defeated the team of Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Pete Weber in the final position round match, 453-411, to collect the first-place team check for $40,000.

The team entered the all match play 24-team invitational event as the third seeds and finished with a match play record of 24-8 and 15,162 total pins.

``We were real consistent this weekend,″ said Gianotti-Block, from Australia. ``We didn’t have a lot of big games, but by the same token we didn’t have any really bad games.″

There were actually three teams within 100 pins of each other with one game remaining and a strong showing by Wendy Macpherson and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the final game moved them past Dorin-Ballard and Weber into second place (15,114). Macpherson and Williams, who entered as the top-seeded team, collected $22,000.

Dorin-Ballard and Weber ended up third, just one pin behind Macpherson and Williams, and earned $16,000. They posted the best team match play record with a 25-7 mark.

Finishing fourth was the team of Dede Davidson and Dave Arnold) and in fifth was the team of Cheryl Daniels and Wayne Webb.

The Merit Mixed Doubles Championship is the final event of the year for both the LPBT and the PBA. The LPBT starts its 1998 season February 1-5 in Lubbock, Texas, and the PBA starts its 1998 campaign in Brentwood, Calif., Jan. 20-24.