Rhode Island team takes commanding lead in Division 2 at the 2007 USBC Women's Championships

    04/21/07

    United States

    Northcross Lanes and AMF Carolina Lanes in Charlotte, NC (April 12 - July 2, 2007)

    20067USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg The Quack Pots of Coventry, R.I., rolled a 2,703 series to take the overall lead in Division 2 team competition Thursday at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships at Northcross Lanes.

    AnnMarie Robidas led The Quack Pots with a 607 series, her first-ever 600 set in tournament play, followed by Annie Gallant (596), Renee Martel (593), Kim Tourtellot (454), and Denise Dorothy (453).

    The team's three-game series was only 31 pins shy of last year's Division 2 team champion, Jax 1, of Jacksonville, Fla.

    The Quack Pots scored progressively better as the night went on, tallying team games of 829, 930, and 944.

    Captain Dorothy said the team never expected to record such a high score. Their objective is to just enjoy the Women's Championships experience.

    "We come here just to bowl the best we can."

    Gallant, competing in her 27th Women's Championships, almost didn't make the trip after recovering from shoulder surgery. Her 227 led The Quack Pots in their second game.

    Robidas said "it would be an honor" if The Quack Pots' score held up and they took home the Division 2 (for team averages of 746-845) team title.

    "That would be awesome," said Martel, who began her third game with four straight strikes, on her way to a 222. "I'd be in Heaven!"

    The Women's Championships, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will continue through July 2 at two suburban Charlotte bowling centers. Northcross Lanes in Huntersville, N.C., will host team squads each day while doubles and singles competition will take place at AMF Carolina Lanes in Matthews, N.C.

    The USBC Women's Championships is sponsored by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., as well as Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider.