Johnson rallies, leads undefeated players at USBC Queens

    04/29/08

    United States

    Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, Mich. and Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. (April 26-30, 2008)

    2008USBCQLizJohnson.jpg After watching her opponent get dialed in and throw 11 consecutive strikes, it would have been easy for Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., to let a little doubt seep into her mind at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    Instead Johnson dug deep, got lined up and started throwing strike after strike to defeat Australian Carol Gianotti to lead a group of 16 undefeated players in three-game, double-elimination match play in the Queens at Super Bowl Lanes.

    Down 290-258 in the opening game, Johnson rallied to defeat Gianotti, 747-680, to keep her hopes alive for her first Queens title.

    "Even after falling behind in the first game, I threw a strike, a spare and an open to start the next game," said Johnson, who then put together a string of 17 strikes in 19 shots to come back and win. "At that point you have to think that eventually something is going to give and pins are going to stand for her but start falling for me. I just told myself to breathe, make good shots and just let the swing go so good things will happen, and they did."

    Johnson, a Team USA member, has 11 professional women's titles, a PBA regional title and a second-place finish in a Denny's PBA Tour event to her credit. Yet a Queens title has eluded her.

    "I've been very fortunate over my career to do a lot of things," said Johnson, who finished second in the 2006 Queens. "I've been a lot of places and I've won a lot of tournaments, but there's one blank spot on my resume sheet for the Queens. That's the goal this week, to fill in that blank."

    2008USBCQCorrineHam.jpg Joining Johnson in the winners bracket is Corrine Ham (right) of Cocoa, Fla., who knocked off defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 631-587, and then defeated Shannon O'Keefe of Brookfield, Wis., 619-579.

    "It seems like I'm always drawing the big names and I'm the underdog," Ham said. "But I went into both matches with the attitude that at any given time you can beat the other person, plus I had a few breaks along the way and so here I am."

    2007PBA04ShannonPluhowsky.jpg Shannon Pluhowsky (left) of Phoenix, who earned the top seed in match play earlier in the day by finishing as the high qualifier after 15 games, also remained undefeated. Pluhowsky knocked off Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 703-603, and Mandy Wilson of Dayton, Ohio, 669-585.

    In the contenders bracket late Monday, 32 of the 64 players in the match play field were eliminated from the tournament. Kulick kept her hopes alive of repeating as champion with contenders bracket victories over Keli Callahan (749-662) and Lesia Herider (635-615).

    Match play continues Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern. The tournament concludes with the top five bowlers (four from the winners bracket and the contenders bracket champion) facing off live on ESPN2 in the stepladder finals Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.


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    2008 USBC Queens - Match Play


    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall.

    OPENING ROUND


    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to contenders bracket.

    Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, def. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 703-603
    Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, def. Tamika Glenn, Belleville, Mich., 626-565
    Emily Maier, Wichita, Kan., def. Anita Manns, Hutto, Texas, 603-541
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, def. Darlene Dysart, Flint, Mich., 567-523
    Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., def. Lisa Barfield, Silverdale, Wash., 647-597
    Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., def. Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 565-512
    Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, def. April Ellis, Arlington, Texas, 631-584
    Lindsay Baker, Lincoln, Neb., def. Michelle Feldman, Mattydale, N.Y., 621-568

    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 632-585
    Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., def. Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, 605-536
    Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, def. Samantha Williams, Essex, Md., 576-572
    Clara Guerrero, Colombia, def. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 657-588
    Laurie Soto, Castaic, Calif., def. Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 561-552
    Stefanie Nation, Winter Springs, Fla., def. Crystal Schoneman, Orlando, Fla., 660-578
    Carol Gianotti, Australia, def. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 593-566
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Pam Marciniszyn, Sarnia, Ontario, 691-511

    Kim Terrell, Dover, Del., def. Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 638-588
    Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., def. Angie Trego, Huber Heights, Ohio, 578-574
    Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 674-614
    Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., def. Jennifer Murphy, Clarksville, Tenn., 579-489
    Maria Ward, Baltimore, def. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 652-512
    Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, def. Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., 602-552
    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Michelle Ewald, Clinton Twp., Mich., 667-558
    Brenda Viator, Lake Wales, Fla., def. Kristin Nieter, Homewood, Ill., 692-531

    Shannon O'Keefe, Brookfield, Wis., def. Patricia Contreras, Mexico, 638-596
    Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla., def. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 631-587
    Lesia Herider, Palmdale, Calif., def. Stephanie Beck, Dubuque, Iowa, 550-537
    Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., def. Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 630-607
    Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., def. Andrea Snyder, Pamona, Calif., 612-534
    Debbie McMullen, Denver, def. Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, 620-581
    Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., def. Julie Hall, Richville, Mich., 588-524
    Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., def. Dawn Fay, Manassas, Va., 598-463


    Winners Bracket - Round 1


    Pluhowsky def. M. Wilson, 669-585
    Maier def. Dorin-Ballard, 590-587
    Esterson def. K. Wilson, 623-582
    Baker def. Mack, 720-642
    Bellinder def. Tribbey, 602-599
    Kloempken def. Guerrero, 627-615
    Nation def. Soto, 678-648
    L. Johnson def. Gianotti, 747-680
    Terrell def. Current, 584-550
    Orlikowski def. T. Johnson, 672-603
    Ward def. Kinney, 582-576
    Barnes def. Viator, 636-598
    Ham def. O'Keefe, 619-579
    Stolz def. Herider, 680-569
    McMullen def. Hulsenberg, 647-634
    Reese def. Milligan, 568-543


    Contenders Bracket - Round 1


    Losers eliminated, earn $1,200

    Bishop def. Asbaty, 708-512
    Glenn def. Trego, 632-512
    Cheah def. Manns, 556-501
    Murphy def. Dysart, 589-541
    Aziela def. Barfield, 651-575
    Gongora def. Hardeman, 733-491
    Ewald def. Ellis, 607-572
    Feldman def. Nieter, 650-597
    Kelly def. Contreras, 579-537
    Kulick def. Callahan, 749-662
    Beck def. Williams, 578-572
    Martin def. Romeo, 645-612
    Daniels def. Snyder, 614-553
    Reid def. Schoneman, 643-537
    Macpherson def. Hall, 629-555
    Fay def. Marciniszyn, 538-521


    Contenders Bracket - Round 2


    Losers eliminated, earn $1,400

    Macpherson def. T. Johnson, 717-662
    Viator def. Fay, 665-551
    Bishop def. K. Wilson, 619-586
    M. Wilson def. Glenn, 598-583
    Gianotti def. Cheah, 683-575
    Murphy def. Guerrero, 639-607
    Mack def. Aziela, 643-604
    Dorin-Ballard def. Gongora, 666-604
    Milligan def. Kelly, 738-589
    Kulick def. Herider, 635-615
    Tribbey def. Ewald, 749-683
    Beck def. Hulsenberg, 663-630
    O'Keefe def. Martin, 698-672
    Feldman def. Soto, 649-518
    Daniels def. Kinney, 633-561
    Current def. Reid, 660-651


    Other Cashers after15 games


    65, Kerrie Ryan-Ciach, Mississauga, Ontario, 2,924, $750
    66, (tie) Sandra Schultz, Macomb, Mich., 2,921, $650
    Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 2,921, $650
    68, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,908, $500
    69, Sita Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 2,903, $500
    Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,903, $500
    71, Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 2,900, $400
    72, Felicia Wong, Wichita, Kan., 2,899, $400
    73, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,897, $400
    74, (tie) Jennifer Creno, East Syracuse, N.Y., 2,896, $400
    Melissa Legault, Sarnia, Ontario, 2,896, $400
    76, Colby Stejbach, Mattydale, N.Y., 2,895, $375
    77, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,894, $375
    78, (tie) Jackie Mitskavich, Dubois, Pa., 2,891, $375
    Linda Kogut, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,891, $375
    80, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 2,887, $375
    81, Kimberly Sisk, Brownstown Township, Mich., 2,884, $350
    82, Catie Jensen, Keller, Texas, 2,877, $350
    83, Jennifer Cupples, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,871, $350
    84, Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 2,867, $350
    85, Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2,866, $325
    86, Karen Collura, Toronto, 2,851, $325
    87, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 2,850, $325
    88, Eleanore, Rutledge, Flint, Mich., 2,848, $300
    89, Michelle Berryman, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,846, $300
    90, Angela Wilt, Westland, Mich., 2,845, $300
    91, Helen Waite, Gansevoort, N.Y., 2,830, $300
    92, Chris Gonos, Phoenix, 2,827, $300
    93, Tracy Anderson, Palatine, Ill., 2,824, $300
    94, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,821, $300
    95, Aesha Turner, Boonsboro, Md., 2,818, $300
    96, Melissa Brownie, Morehead, N.Y., 2,815, $300
    97, Jocelyn Scholl, Elma, N.Y., 2,810, $300
    98, Yoselin Leon, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, 2,803, $300
    99, Jessica Lesagonicz, St. Charles, Mo., 2,796, $300
    100, Paula Vidad, Crestline, Calif., 2,777, $300
    101, Lisa Beeksma, Pensacola, Fla., 2,758, $300
    102, Becky Decker, Honesdale, Pa., 2,731, $300