Defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez among undefeated players at 2015 USBC Queens


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    Defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) of Colombia is getting more and more comfortable as time progresses at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens, a Professional Women's Bowling Association event, and she is one of 16 players still undefeated in match play.

    The 26-year-old right-hander made two late charges Sunday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley to sneak past Team USA member Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, (641-636) and fellow Team Colombia member Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, (606-590).

    Match play at the Queens continues Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern, and the event will conclude with the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. All match play rounds leading up to the TV show will be broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

    Against Restrepo, Rodriguez found herself down 56 pins heading into the finale of the three-game, total pins match, but four late strikes helped keep her in the winners bracket, where she'll continue her quest to become the fifth bowler in USBC Queens history, and first since Japan's Katsuko Sugimoto in 1982, to win titles in back-to-back titles.

    "I definitely am getting more and more comfortable as the week goes on," said Rodriguez, who defeated two-time Queens winner Kelly Kulick, 190-189, to win the title last year in Reno, Nevada.

    "I was nervous at the beginning, but being the defending champion is not in my head right now. I'm just one of the competitors out here trying to get on the show, and then I can start thinking about winning."

    Rodriguez entered the week guaranteed a spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket, but her performance during the 15 games of qualifying helped her to the No. 35 seed in the bracket. The three days of bowling also allowed her to try different strategies in attacking the 42-foot Sport Bowling-certified lane condition.

    "I may have had too many options during qualifying, and I didn't narrow them down enough, but I think I've got it figured out now," said Rodriguez, who averaged 211 during qualifying. "I changed surfaces and switched balls many times, and a lot of different things worked OK, but now I think I have a much better idea. And, I just want to relax and enjoy it."

    2012USWODCLeanneHulsenberg.jpg2014USBCOCShannonPluhowsky.jpgThe list of undefeated players at the 2015 Queens includes six past champions - USBC Hall of Famers Leanne Hulsenberg (left) of North Ogden, Utah (1999) and Kim Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas (2002) as well as Shannon Pluhowsky (right) of Dayton, Ohio (2006), Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (2009), Diandra Asbaty of Chicago (2012) and Latvian native Diana Zavjalova of Beavercreek, Ohio (2013).

    Top-seeded Verity Crawley of Babson Park, Florida, made a quick exit from the bracket, losing to No. 64 seed Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, 684-631, and Giselle Poss of Montgomery, Illinois, 587-530.

    More than 200 players bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who would join Rodriguez in match play. The player who survives the bracket to win the event will take home $20,000 of the estimated $125,000 prize fund.


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    2015 USBC Queens - Opening Round

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall. Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket

    (64) Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., def. (1) Verity Crawley, Babson Park, Fla., 684-631
    (33) Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., def. (32) Giselle Poss, Montgomery, Ill., 627-604
    (17) Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. (48) Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma, 681-617
    (16) Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. (49) Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 676-633

    (56) Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, def. (9) Laura Beuthner, Germany, 628-581
    (24) Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., def. (41) Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 696-653
    (40) Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, def. (25) Birgit Poeppler, Germany, 646-597
    (8) Kristin Quah, Singapore, def. (57) Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 699-591

    (5) Brittni Hamilton, Wood Ridge, N.J., def. (60) Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, 686-513
    (37) Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., def. (28) Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 614-530
    (44) Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., def. (21) Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 650-564
    (12) Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, def. (53) Jessica Abel, Wichita, Kan., 668-656

    (52) Karen Marcano, Venezuela, def. (13) Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 650-586
    (20) Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, def. (45) Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 588-579
    (36) Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., def. (29) Catherine Maher, Altoona, Pa., 731-656
    (4) Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. (61) Neishka Cardona, Puerto Rico, 612-577

    (3) Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, def. (62) Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 606-597
    (35) Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, def. (30) Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 641-636
    (19) Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, def. (46) Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 612-523
    (51) Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., def. (14) Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 684-596

    (11) Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., def. (54) Katie Anne Sopp, White Bear Lake, Minn., 586-512
    (43) Patricia de Faria, Venezuela, def. (22) Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 646-630
    (27) Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. (38) Emily Peterson, West Fargo, N.D., 715-677
    (6) Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, def. (59) Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 661-585

    (7) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. (58) Pamela Alvarez, Mexico, 676-601
    (39) Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, def. (26) Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., 607-568
    (42) T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., def. (23) Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa., 621-580
    (10) Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, def. (55) Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 655-625

    (50) Shannon Labinski, Wauwatosa, Wis., def. (15) Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 623-552
    (18) Brittany Smith, Des Moines, Iowa, def. (47) Kristin Warzinski, Lincoln, Calif., 631-532
    (31) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, def. (34) Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., 692-654
    (2) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. (63) Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 703-511


    2015 USBC Queens - Winners Bracket Round 1

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

    Cortese def. Caldwell, 597-555
    Woessner def. Parkin, 700-553
    Wendell def. Padilla, 678-587
    Quah def. Lomeli, 612-566

    McCarthy def. Hamilton, 657-654
    Asbaty def. Pate, 660-547
    Marcano def. Kloempken, 668-559
    Kearney def. Greene, 650-601

    Rodriguez def. Restrepo, 606-590
    Hulsenberg def. Germano, 690-655
    Kuhlkin def. De Faria, 630-551
    Zavjalova def. S. Johnson, 695-617

    L. Johnson def. Reid, 732-563
    Pluhowsky def. Falbo, 681-604
    B. Smith def. Labinski, 600-593
    Guerrero def. Kulick, 690-650


    2015 USBC Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 1

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,000

    Poss def. Crawley, 587-530
    Poeppler def. Martins, 700-608
    Duggan def. Galante, 614-575
    Beuthner def. Kovalova, 679-668

    Davidson def. Sutphin, 617-608
    Maher def. Cardona, 739-716
    M. Kelly def. Abel, 594-574
    Leuthold def. S. Kelly, 616-561

    Ayala def. Earnest, 636-629
    Zetter def. Peterson, 590-574
    Boomershine def. Lokker, 670-608
    Arnett def. Sopp, 592-567

    Alvarez def. How, 672-597
    Carbonetto def. K. Smith, 648-529
    Reese def. Boyd, 633-559
    Warzinski def. O'Keefe, 612-611


    2015 USBC Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 2

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,100

    Poss def. Germano, 595-560
    Poeppler def. De Faria, 690-541
    Restrepo def. Duggan, 778-609
    Beuthner def. S. Johnson, 657-644

    Davidson def. Falbo, 595-561
    Labinski def. Maher, 628-585
    Reid def. M. Kelly, 647-578
    Kulick def. Leuthold, 653-591

    Parkin def. Ayala, 616-604
    Padilla def. Zetter, 608-587
    Caldwell def. Boomershine, 672-648
    Lomeli def. Arnett, 634-592

    Alvarez def. Pate, 602-488
    Carbonetto def. Kloempken, 681-638
    Hamilton def. Reese, 678-578
    Greene def. Warzinski, 699-542