Elysia Current earns top seed at USBC Queens


    2011 USBC Queens

    Parkin, Terrell-Kearney, Dorin-Lizzi, Macpherson to determine opponent

    2011USBCQElysiaCurrent.jpg2010USBCQMissyBellinder2.jpgNot long ago, Elysia Current (pictured left) of Ephrata, Pa., was a dominant collegiate bowler. Now, she's the top seed at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and one win away from officially proving herself against the best bowlers in the world.

    The 26-year-old right-hander averaged 228 on the way to a 6-0 match-play record at the Oncenter Convention Center, which included a 626-584 win Tuesday against former Team USA member Missy Parkin (right) of Lake Forest, Calif., in the battle for the No. 1 seed for Tuesday's ESPN2 telecast.

    2010PWCShannonOKeefe.jpg2011USBCQWendyMacpherson.jpgParkin, formerly Bellinder, earned the No. 2 seed for the show and is looking to avenge a heart-breaking loss to eventual champion Kelly Kulick in the second match of last year's stepladder, when she need a mark to advance, but left a 7-10 split and finished fourth.

    The two will be joined by No. 3 seed, USBC Hall of Famer Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas, No. 4 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, and No. 5 Wendy Macpherson (right) of Henderson, Nev., a USBC Hall of Famer who is looking to win a record fourth Queens title.

    Macpherson defeated Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe (left) of Arlington, Texas, 733-664, to advance out of the contenders bracket Tuesday night.


    "I'm just taking everything in as it happens and trying to enjoy being out here and competing," said Current, who was the 2003-04 Collegiate Player and Rookie of the Year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "When I'm not in a bowling center, I try not to think about bowling or talk about bowling. Tonight, I'm going to relax and enjoy the moment and just wait for the lights to go on tomorrow."

    After two successful seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson, Current transferred to bowling powerhouse Wichita State University and enjoyed some time under the TV lights while helping the Shockers to a win at the 2007 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

    That same year, the two-time Junior Team USA member also took home the women's title at the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships, which earned her a spot on Bowling's Clash of Champions in 2008.

    "I know they all have more experience, but I've been on TV twice before, and that's in the back of my mind right now," Current said. "I just love competing, and I'm excited about the opportunity to prove myself as a competitor at this level."

    The championship round of the 2011 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. EDT. The winner will take home the Queens tiara and a $20,000 first-place check.


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    2011 USBC Queens - Tuesday's Match Play Results

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

    Winners Bracket - Round 2

    Winners remain in the Winners Bracket, losers move to the Contenders Bracket.

    Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., def. Jacqui Reese, Roseto, Pa., 747-571
    Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 665-601
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 725-575
    Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., def. Cassie Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 739-641
    Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, def. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 703-675
    Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Tracy Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., 625-583
    Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 583-577
    Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., def. Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 721-599


    Winners Bracket - Round 3

    Winners remain in the Winners Bracket, losers moves to the Contenders Bracket.

    Dorin-Lizzi def. Feldman, 667-594
    Current def. O'Keefe, 756-724
    Terrell-Kearney def. Macpherson, 685-652
    Parkin def. Johnson, 688-622


    Winners Bracket - Round 4

    Winners remains in the Winners Bracket, losers earn No. 3 and No. 4 seed.

    Current def. Dorin-Lizzi, 629-521
    Parkin def. Terrell-Kearney, 654-638
    *Match-play pinfall determines that Terrell-Kearney is No. 3 seed and Dorin-Lizzi is No. 4


    Winners Bracket - Round 5

    Winner earns No. 1 seed for TV show. Loser moves to the Contenders Bracket.

    Current def. Parkin, 626-584

    Contenders Bracket - Round 3

    Winners advance, losers eliminated, earn $1,100.

    Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Kari Watson, Kettering, Ohio, 736-626
    Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 635-629
    Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., def. Felicia Goll, St. Clair, Mich., 626-507
    Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, 623-549
    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 733-709
    Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 675-619
    Kimberly Hogue, Akron, Ohio, def. Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 626-615
    Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., def. Tracy Luncsford, Des Plaines, Ill., 624-530


    Contenders Bracket - Round 4

    Winners advance, losers eliminated, earn $1,300.

    Woessner def. Galante, 637-598
    Hulsenberg def. Jensen, 694-671
    Dorin-Ballard def. Bolton, 721-543
    Romeo def. Ganjoin, 617-613
    Kulick def. Leuthold, 642-623
    Lunsford def. Martin, 719-559
    Asbaty def. Hogue, 653-598
    Reese def. Gomez, 591-534


    Contenders Bracket - Round 5

    Winners advance, losers eliminated, earn $1,500.

    Woessner def. Hulsenberg, 695-573
    Dorin-Ballard def. Romeo, 687-636
    Lunsford def. Kulick, 652-631
    Asbaty def. Reese, 702-599


    Contenders Bracket - Round 6

    Winners advance, losers eliminated, earn $1,900.

    L. Johnson def. Woessner, 763-717
    Macpherson def. Dorin-Ballard, 771-653
    O'Keefe def. Lunsford, 693-578
    Asbaty def. Feldman, 705-620


    Contenders Bracket - Round 7

    Winners advance, losers eliminated, earn $2,400.

    Macpherson def. L. Johnson, 698-694
    O'Keefe def. Asbaty, 688-640


    Contenders Bracket - Round 8

    Winner earns No. 5 seed, loser eliminated, earns $3,000.

    Macpherson def. O'Keefe, 733-664