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Birgit Pöppler takes second-round lead in USBC Queens

Germany’s Birgit Pöppler leads a field of more than 250 bowlers after two rounds of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

Pöppler used games of 236, 245, 267, 186 and 225 for a 1,159 total Sunday at The Orleans bowling center to bring her 10-game total to 2,397. Two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is in second place with 2,388, and Singapore’s Jazreel Tan is third with 2,324.

2015PWBA03JazreelTan.jpg2015WWCShaynaNg.jpgThe strong international contingent is well represented in the match play field after two of three qualifying rounds as seven out of the top 10 spots were taken non-U.S. bowlers, including Pöppler, J. Tan (left), Daria Pajak, Poland (4th; 2,321), Jenny Wegner, Sweden (6th; 2,298), Singapore’s Shayna Ng (right – 8th; 2,288) and Bernice Lim (9th; 2,265) and 2013 USBC Queens winner Diana Zavjalova, Latvia (10th; 2,263).

The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season, and the tournament’s stepladder finals will be televised live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Pöppler, who captured a gold medal in doubles at the 2008 World Youth Championships, rolled 806 in her final three games Saturday to finish the opening round in second place with 1,238. The 29-year-old right-hander used that momentum as she averaged nearly 250 for her first three games Sunday on her way to the top of the standings.

“I’ve just been trying to take it shot by shot,” said Pöppler, who fired a perfect game during qualifying of the 2015 Queens in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“I think I have had the right equipment in my hands so far. I really didn’t have to adjust that much yesterday and was able to use the same ball and move left. Today, I started farther to the right with something stronger and was able to do the same. I knew the scores were going to be high after the first block, so I’m just trying to keep it up and take it game by game, day by day.”

2016USBCQueensLogo.jpgCompetition continues Monday morning at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final round of qualifying. After 15 games over three days, the top 63 players in the field will join defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

2015PWBATourLizJohnson.jpgJohnson (right) is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket but can improve her seeding through qualifying. The USBC Hall of Famer fired a 1,134 set Sunday and is in 44th place with a 2,184 total.

The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches, with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.

All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.

For more information on the USBC Queens, click here.

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2016 USBC Queens – Standings after Round 2

Players with position, hometown and 10-game total

Complete Results:
Round 1
Round 2

1, Birgit Pöppler (a), Germany, 2,397. 2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,388. 3, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,324. 4, Daria Pajak (a), Babson Park, Fla., 2,321. 5, Sydney Brummett (a), Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,314. 6, Jenny Wegner (a), Sweden, 2,298.

7, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,290. 8, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,288. 9, Bernice Lim (a), Singapore, 2,265. 10, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,263. 11, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 2,262. 12, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,260.

13(tie), Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, and Kristin Quah (a), Singapore, 2,259. 15, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,258. 16(tie), Correen Lieber (a), Issaquah, Wash., Laura Plazas (a), Bel Aire, Kan., and Joey Yeo (a), Singapore, 2,254.

19, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,249. 20, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,247. 21, Verity Crawley (a), Babson Park, Fla., 2,235. 22, Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 2,230. 23, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,226. 24(tie), Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., and Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,221.

26, Hollyann Johansen (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,219. 27(tie), Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, and Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,215. 29, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,214. 30, Robyn Renslow (a), Brentwood, Calif., 2,208.

31, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,205. 32, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,204. 33, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Malaysia, 2,198. 34, Rina Asada (a), Japan, 2,196. 35, Keli Callahan (a), Las Vegas, 2,195. 36, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,194.

37, Katie Garcia (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,193. 38, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,192. 39, Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,190. 40(tie), Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, and Daria Kovalova (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,189. 42, Katelyn Simpson (a), Emmett, Idaho, 2,188.

43, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,186. 44, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,184. 45(tie), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, and Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,183. 47(tie), Dena Buxton (a), Australia, and Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 2,182.

49, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,180. 50, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,178. 51, T’Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,176. 52, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,174. 53(tie), Sandra Andersson (a), Sweden, and Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,169.

55, Inngellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,167. 56, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,163. 57, Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 2,161. 58(tie), Kristina Mickelson, Ord, Neb., and Clara Juliana Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,153. 60, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,152.

61, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,150. 62, Anita Arnett (a), Richmond, Texas, 2,143. 63(tie), Juliana Franco (a), Colombia, and Catherine Maher (a), Ottumwa, Iowa, 2,142. 65, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,141. 66, Kayla Stram, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,137.

67, Kimberly Power (a), San Leandro, Calif., 2,135. 68, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,134. 69(tie), Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, and Victoria Johansson (a), Sweden, 2,133. 71, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,126. 72, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,122.

73, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,120. 74, Anggie Ramirez Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,118. 75, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,117. 76(tie), Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,112. 78, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,111.

79, Emily Fagan (a), Berkeley, Calif., 2,110. 80, Jasmine Snell (a), Papillion, Neb., 2,104. 81, Sierra Kanemoto (a), Riverside, Ohio, 2,103. 82, Marcia Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 2,095. 83, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,091. 84, Lauren Pate (a), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,089.

85, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,087. 86(tie), Adrianne Barela (a), Henderson, Nev., and Katie Ann Sopp-Schroeder (a), White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,083. 88, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,081. 89, Narelle Baker (a), Australia, 2,078. 90, Jessica Abel (a), Rose Hill, Kan., 2,076.

91(tie), Miku Urano (a), Japan, and Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,075. 93, Ashley Purkey, Godfrey, Ill., 2,074. 94, Andrea Snyder (a), Henderson, Nev., 2,073. 95, Ida Andersson (a), Sweden, 2,071. 96(tie), Jennifer Mauri (a), Henderson, Nev., and Mariana Alvarado (a), Sacramento, Calif., 2,070.

98, Lori Grisanti (a), Greenfield, Wis., 2,069. 99, Elizabeth Sienicki (a), San Jose, Calif., 2,066. 100, Stephanie Schwartz (a), Racine, Wis., 2,065. 101(tie), Johanna Puentes (a), Colombia, and Kamilah Dammers, Aruba, 2,064.

103, Jennifer Russo (a), Monmouth Junction., N.J., 2,063. 104, Nina Flack (a), Sweden, 2,061. 105, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,058. 106, Diana Walter (a), Bellport, N.Y., 2,052. 107, Jennifer Sparks (a), York, Pa., 2,051. 108, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,050.

109, Trista Kimmes (a), Eagan, Minn., 2,047. 110, Shannon Sellens (a), Copiague, N.Y., 2,045. 111, Michelle Maly (a), Denver, 2,043. 112, Karen Boyd (a), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,034. 113(tie), Giselle Poss (a), Montgomery, Ill., Lilia Robles, Mexico, and Tara Quinlan (a), Streamwood, Ill., 2,030.

116(tie), April George (a), N. Las Vegas, Nev., and Estefania Cobo (a), Puerto Rico, 2,026. 118, Tina Becke (a), Carol Stream, Ill., 2,023. 119(tie), Yuki Akiyosh (a), Japan, and Taylor Bulthuis (a), Coral Springs, Fla., 2,020.

121, Ashlyn Herzberg (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,017. 122(tie), Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., and Genie Franklin (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,016. 124, Emily Peterson (a), West Fargo, N.D., 2,012. 125(tie), Danielle Schilling (a), Winnetka, Calif., and Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,011.

127, Rebecca Whiting (a), Australia, 2,010. 128(tie), Nora Lyana Norkamal, Malaysia, and Megan Buja (a), Rockford, Ill., 2,009. 130, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,008. 131, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,003. 132, Brittany Kolatzny (a), San Diego, 2,002.

133, Mary Wells (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,001. 134, Jasmine Coleman (a), Manteca, Calif., 2,000. 135(tie), Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, and Morgan Wilhelm (a), Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,998. 137, Jessica Mellott (a), Lauderhill, Fla., 1,996. 138, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 1,995.

139, Blair Blumenscheid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 1,994. 140(tie), Tania Yusaf (a), Babson Park, Fla., and Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,993. 142, Amber Vega (a), Orangevale, Calif., 1,992. 143, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 1,991. 144, Isabelle Hultin (a), Sweden, 1,990.

145, Tina Williams (a), Phoenix, 1,989. 146(tie), Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., and Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 1,988. 148, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 1,987. 149(tie), Erin Michelfelder (a), Belleville, Ill., Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., and Trisha Reid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 1,986.

152, Madeleine McDuff (a), Katy, Texas, 1,984. 153(tie), Cassandra Molbeck, Sussex, Wis., and Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 1,982. 155, Crystal Shaw-Wesby (a), Landover, Md., 1,980. 156(tie), Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., and Stacy Starry (a), McKinney, Texas, 1,979.

158, Stephanie Casey, Yonkers, N.Y., 1,978. 159, Justyne Falbo (a), Greensburg, Pa., 1,977. 160, Emily Eckhoff (a), Denver, 1,976. 161, Chelsea LeMond (a), Jasper, Ind., 1,972. 162, Casey Goettel (a), St. Charles, Mo., 1,971.

163, Valentina Collazos-Quintana (a), Austin, Texas, 1,968. 164(tie), Shawna Strause (a), Tucson, Ariz., and Sarah Muench (a), Altoona, Iowa, 1,965. 166, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,964. 167, Rebecca Czlapinski (a), Marengo, Ill., 1,961. 168, Alexa Wasmund (a), Red Wing, Minn., 1,960.

169, Christina Kinney (a), Las Vegas, 1,958. 170, Jordan Newham (a), Aurora, Ill., 1,957. 171, Ayano Smart (a), San Antonio, 1,956. 172(tie), Ashley Crowder (a), Tamarac, Fla., Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., and Jennifer DeWitt (a), Bremerton, Wash., 1,953.

175, Charly Boelter (a), Oshkosh, Wis., 1,952. 176, Melanie Crawford (a), Allen, Texas, 1,950. 177, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 1,948. 178, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 1,947. 179, Kristie Leong (a), Daly City, Calif., 1,946. 180, Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 1,941.

181, Catherine Rawsthorne, Lewiston, Idaho, 1,940. 182, Lisa Farwell, Elizabethtown, Pa., 1,938. 183(tie), Angela Boswell (a), New Zealand, and Ayami Kondo, Japan, 1,937. 185(tie), Kiyoko McDonald (a), McKinney, Texas, Nikki Stiteler (a), Medina, Ohio, and Stephanie Adams (a), Canada, 1,936.

188, Sarah Germano (a), Rochester, N.Y., 1,933. 189(tie), Leslie Bohn (a), Jackson, N.J., and Celina Broderick, Wallingford, Conn., 1,930. 191(tie), Bianca Tofilau (a), New Zealand, and Joely O’Grady (a), Matawan, N.J., 1,927.

193, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 1,925. 194, Anneli Blomqvist (a), Sweden, 1,923. 195, Michelle Abner (a), Cincinnati, 1,920. 196, Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 1,919. 197, Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,918. 198, Heather Melvin, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,915.

199, Chevi Panzanella (a), Patterson, N.Y., 1,908. 200(tie), Mariann Klosin (a), Windham, N.H., and Samantha Beers (a), Las Vegas, 1,903. 202, Jessica Aiezza (a), Mechanicville, N.Y., 1,900. 203, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 1,897. 204, Lori Eskew (a), Hillsboro, Ore., 1,896.

205, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 1,893. 206, Tracie Ball, Tucson, Ariz., 1,891. 207, Sandi Charles (a), Nolanville, Texas, 1,885. 208(tie), Kayla Ovesny (a), Norman, Okla., and Julie Oczepek, Saginaw, Mich., 1,878. 210(tie), Sabrina Duncan-Rose (a), New Orleans, La., and Mochizuki Rie, Japan, 1,874.

212, Karen Barcal (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 1,868. 213, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 1,864. 214, Isabella Correa (a), Austin, Texas, 1,860. 215, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,856. 216, Laura Rotter (a), Schenectady, N.Y., 1,855.

217, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 1,850. 218, Sara DiScioscia (a), Hampton, Va., 1,849. 219, Susan Carter (a), Austintown, Ohio, 1,847. 220, Jennifer Dovers (a), Sierra Vista, Ariz., 1,846. 221, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,845. 222(tie), Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., and Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,827.

224, Rebecca Sharp-Keegan (a), Carleton, Mich., 1,823. 225, Dawn Christ (a), Carson City, Nev., 1,820. 226, Patti TeNyenhuis (a), Saugerties, N.Y., 1,818. 227, Suzette Draper (a), Dumont, N.J., 1,806. 228, Robin Provenzano (a), Bristol, Conn., 1,805.

229, Rochelle Hansen (a), La Vista, Neb., 1,788. 230, Michelle Taylor (a), Brooklyn Park, Minn., 1,779. 231, Olivia Derico (a), N. Las Vegas, Nev., 1,765. 232, Krista Sandt, Bethlehem, Pa., 1,758. 233, Macy Mason (a), Rainsville, Ala., 1,753. 234(tie), Suzanne Wenzel (a), Australia, and Mandi Fournier (a), Braintree, Vt., 1,752.

236(tie), Tiffany Morris, Bel Aire, Kan., Tammy Hatfield, Fredericksburg, Va., and Emily Heintz (a), St. Charles, Mo., 1,743. 239(tie), Cheryl Robinson (a), Hemet, Calif., and Jenny Notman (a), Australia, 1,742.

241, Gina Hurst (a), Greenfield, Wis., 1,740. 242, Michelle Dragon (a), Gilbert, Ariz., 1,733. 243, Alice Driber (a), East Stroudsburg, Pa., 1,731. 244, Leah Glazer (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,719. 245, Cindy Mattingly (a), Puyallup, Wash., 1,714. 246, Denise Safford (a), Williamstown, Vt., 1,707.

247, Brittney Harper (a), Rainsville, Ala., 1,700. 248, Shaunteka St. Julian (a), Houston, 1,675. 249, Darlene Spann (a), Las Vegas, 1,667. 250, Heather Dettrey, Lincoln, Calif., 1,653. 251, Virginia Young (a), Vista, Calif., 1,641. 252, Kristin Stokes (a), Elk Grove, Calif., 1,635.

253, Jessica Peters, Toms River, N.J., 1,633. 254, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,595. 255, Karen Russell, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 1,571. 256, Christina Severino (a), Lake Zurich, Ill., 1,521.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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