Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, and top seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, earned the final two spots in the semifinals Wednesday afternoon at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.
Reid knocked off Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla., 245-217, while Dorin-Ballard defeated Clara Guerrero of Colombia as both winners moved on to Wednesday night's semifinals. Kim Terrell-Kearney of Dover, Del., and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia punched their tickets to the semifinals Tuesday night.
A ball change after the fourth frame in her quarterfinal match against Nation helped Reid, the lone left-hander remaining, advance despite trailing by 22 pins at the halfway point. Reid proceeded to string together seven consecutive strikes starting in the fifth frame to secure the victory.
"I was just telling myself to throw a good shot because I knew I had the right ball in my hand at the right speed and was in the right area of the lane," Reid said. "I knew there was nothing I could do but bowl good. I know I can hit the shot, it's just up to me to make the shots."
Even as Reid was surging, Nation hung on and led by two pins in the seventh frame, but a pocket 7 pin in the ninth frame allowed Reid to step up and throw the first strike in the 10th frame to lock up the win.
"I bowled well, but I didn't score very well that game," Nation said. "All you can ask of yourself is to make great shots and hope that the pins fall that day. I made great shots, and I can't really ask much more of myself. I just didn't bowl a game higher than she did."
In the afternoon's other quarterfinal matchup, Dorin-Ballard stepped up in the final frame needing a strike, a nine count and a spare to shut out Guerrero. She buried the first two shots for strikes to advance.
A critical shot for Dorin-Ballard, however, came in the fifth frame when she tripped the 4 pin into the 9 pin for a strike.
"I felt like I had a pretty good look and a shot like that changes the momentum of the match, and I was able to turn that break into a triple," Dorin-Ballard said. "Also, I watched the other quarterfinal matches leading up to mine to see how the lanes were playing, and I really think that helped."
In the Round of 16, Nation started strong, striking on nine of her first 10 shots to take a 265-192 victory over Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y. Reid advanced by defeating Jen Petrick of Canton, Ohio, 226-194.
Dorin-Ballard built an early lead and easily defeated Adrienne Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., 236-192, while Guerrero also had little trouble in knocking out Amanda Burgoyne of Greenfield, Wis., 256-171.
All of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN. The telecasts begin Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and continue for five consecutive weeks.
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2008 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
At Brunswick Zone XL, Romeoville, Ill.
ROUND OF 16
(Winners advance to quarterfinals, losers finish tied for ninth and earn $4,000)
(2) Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, def. (15) Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 245-217
(7) Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., def. (10) Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 265-192
(1) Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, def. (16) Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 236-192
(8) Clara Guerrero, Colombia def. (9) Amanda Burgoyne, Greenfield, Wis., 256-171
(Winners advance to semifinals, losers finish tied for fifth and earn $6,000)
(2) Reid def. (7) Nation, 245-217
(1) Dorin-Ballard def. (8) Guerrero, 249-215
CONTACT: Lucas Wiseman