Tennelle Milligan is top seed for 2010 USBC Queens finals


    2010 USBC Queens

    Stepladder finals live on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT

    2010USBCQTennelleMilligan.jpgTennelle Milligan (pictured) of Arlington, Texas, was the only competitor to run through match play undefeated at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Queens and finds herself one victory away from claiming her second USBC Queens title.

    The 2005 Queens champion defeated USBC Hall of Famer Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., 793-598, to claim the top spot in the stepladder championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.

    Duggan, the 1994 Queens champion, is the second seed and will be joined on the live televised final by No. 3 seed Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., fourth seed and 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and No. 5 seed Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.

    Milligan also was the top seed in her 2005 victory when she defeated Duggan for the title, so she knows the importance of absorbing as much information as she can with the title being decided in one game, versus the format used throughout match play which consisted of three-game series with total pinfall determining who would advance.

    "The obvious advantage is that I only need to win one game," said Milligan, a five-time member of Team USA. "I also get to watch the games before I bowl. With only one game it's really important for me to learn as much as I can because it's do or die."

    The four-time PWBA titlist got stronger from match-to-match at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, as she averaged 234.83 throughout match play.

    After just getting by USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 661-659, in her first match Tuesday morning, Milligan went on to defeat Christine Bator of Warren, Mich., 741-605, and Bellinder, 763-741, before meeting up with Duggan.

    In the rematch of the 2005 Queens final, Milligan tossed the record ninth 300 game of the 2010 event.

    "There were a lot of tough matches over the past two days. The matches against Tish and Missy were really big," Milligan said. "Sometimes there is tension in these matches, but against Anne we both decided to go out and just relax and have fun. And you always have fun when you're throwing strikes."

    Knowing that a $25,000 first-place check is just one game away, she looks to enjoy the spotlight and make the most of the opportunity to take home her second tiara.

    "I'm going to go out there and have fun no matter what," Milligan said. "We don't get the opportunity to do something like this too often anymore, so we'll see what we can do."

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    2010 USBC Queens Match Play

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall

    Winners Bracket - Round 2

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

    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 724-601
    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 686-667
    Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, def. Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, 661-659
    Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., def. Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 667-594

    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 746-561
    Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 685-675
    Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., def. Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 553-512
    Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 666-658


    Winners Bracket - Round 2

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

    Bellinder def. Dorin-Ballard, 754-697
    Milligan def. Bator, 741-605
    Kulick def. Woessner, 766-626
    Duggan def. Feldman, 677-641


    Winners Bracket - Round 4

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers seeded third and fourth in the stepladder finals.

    Milligan def. Bellinder, 763-741
    Duggan def. Kulick, 637-605


    Winners Bracket - Round 5

    Winners earns No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals. Losers earns No. 2 seed.

    Milligan def. Duggan, 793-598


    Contenders Bracket - Round 3

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,500.

    Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., def. Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 726-649
    Geraldine Ng, Singapore, def. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 625-550
    Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., def. Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 706-694
    Sue Jeziorski, Tonawanda, N.Y., def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 587-579
    Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, def. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 709-649
    Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, def. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 673-592
    Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., def. Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 679-534
    Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 614-560


    Contenders Bracket - Round 4

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,900.

    Current def. Tribbey, 650-605
    Pluhowsky def. G. Ng, 647-614
    Johnson def. Martin, 735-728
    Boyd def. Jeziorski, 686-594

    Manns def. Tan, 750-664
    Guerrero def. Edwards, 607-585
    Wilson def. Hulsenberg, 681-666
    Miller def. Terrell-Kearney, 678-624


    Contenders Bracket - Round 5

    Losers eliminated, earn $2,400.

    Current def. Pluhowsky, 678-572
    Johnson def. Boyd, 708-638
    Guerrero def. Manns, 642-626
    Miller def. Wilson, 688-515


    Contenders Bracket - Round 6

    Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.

    Feldman def. Current, 665-657
    Bator def. Johnson, 653-584
    Woessner def. Guerrero, 719-665
    Dorin-Ballard def. Miller, 670-619


    Contenders Bracket - Round 7

    Losers eliminated, earn $3,700.

    Feldman def. Bator, 703-639
    Dorin-Ballard def. Woessner, 720-694


    Contenders Bracket - Round 7

    Winner earns No. 5 seed for the stepladder finals. Loser eliminated, earns $4,500.

    Feldman def. Dorin-Ballard, 695-602