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EL PASO, Texas - Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas, was the only competitor to run through match play undefeated at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Queens and finds herself one victory away from claiming her second USBC Queens title.
The 2005 Queens champion defeated USBC Hall of Famer Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., 793-598, to claim the top spot in the stepladder championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.
Duggan, the 1994 Queens champion, is the second seed and will be joined on the live televised final by No. 3 seed Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., fourth seed and 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and No. 5 seed Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.
Milligan also was the top seed in her 2005 victory when she defeated Duggan for the title, so she knows the importance of absorbing as much information as she can with the title being decided in one game, versus the format used throughout match play which consisted of three-game series with total pinfall determining who would advance.
"The obvious advantage is that I only need to win one game," said Milligan, a five-time member of Team USA. "I also get to watch the games before I bowl. With only one game it's really important for me to learn as much as I can because it's do or die."
The four-time PWBA titlist got stronger from match-to-match at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, as she averaged 234.83 throughout match play.
After just getting by USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 661-659, in her first match Tuesday morning, Milligan went on to defeat Christine Bator of Warren, Mich., 741-605, and Bellinder, 763-741, before meeting up with Duggan.
In the rematch of the 2005 Queens final, Milligan tossed the record ninth 300 game of the 2010 event.
"There were a lot of tough matches over the past two days. The matches against Tish and Missy were really big," Milligan said. "Sometimes there is tension in these matches, but against Anne we both decided to go out and just relax and have fun. And you always have fun when you're throwing strikes."
Knowing that a $25,000 first-place check is just one game away, she looks to enjoy the spotlight and make the most of the opportunity to take home her second tiara.
"I'm going to go out there and have fun no matter what," Milligan said. "We don't get the opportunity to do something like this too often anymore, so we'll see what we can do."
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PRIMROSE REMAINS UNDEFEATED AND LOOKS TO DEFEND SENIOR QUEENS TITLE
Defending USBC Senior Queens champion Janine Primrose of Gardnerville, Nev., is one match away from becoming the first competitor in Senior Queens history to win back-to-back titles.
She remained undefeated in match play for the second straight year and will face Char Hammel of Las Vegas in the three-game total-pinfall finals. With the double-elimination format, Hammel will have to defeat Primrose twice if she is to claim her first Senior Queens victory.
Primrose defeated Hammel to reach the championship match, 657-647, forcing Hammel to the contenders bracket. For the chance to face Primrose a second time, Hammel knocked out USBC Hall of Famer and 2009 Senior Queens runner-up Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., 642-615.
"For tomorrow, I'm just going to try and stay calm, avoid mistakes and hope to catch a few breaks, too," Primrose said. "I'm just so happy to be here. To go back-to-back would just be awesome."
The finals of the Senior Queens will be live streamed on BOWL.com starting at Noon EDT.
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2010 USBC QUEENS
At El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall
(Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 724-601
Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 686-667
Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, def. Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, 661-659
Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., def. Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 667-594
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 746-561
Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 685-675
Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., def. Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 553-512
Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 666-658
Bellinder def. Dorin-Ballard, 754-697
Milligan def. Bator, 741-605
Kulick def. Woessner, 766-626
Duggan def. Feldman, 677-641
Milligan def. Bellinder, 763-741
Duggan def. Kulick, 637-605
Milligan def. Duggan, 793-598
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,500)
Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., def. Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 726-649
Geraldine Ng, Singapore, def. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 625-550
Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., def. Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 706-694
Sue Jeziorski, Tonawanda, N.Y., def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 587-579
Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, def. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 709-649
Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, def. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 673-592
Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., def. Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 679-534
Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 614-560
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,900)
Current def. Tribbey, 650-605
Pluhowsky def. G. Ng, 647-614
Johnson def. Martin, 735-728
Boyd def. Jeziorski, 686-594
Manns def. Tan, 750-664
Guerrero def. Edwards, 607-585
Wilson def. Hulsenberg, 681-666
Miller def. Terrell-Kearney, 678-624
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,400)
Current def. Pluhowsky, 678-572
Johnson def. Boyd, 708-638
Guerrero def. Manns, 642-626
Miller def. Wilson, 688-515
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,000)
Feldman def. Current, 665-657
Bator def. Johnson, 653-584
Woessner def. Guerrero, 719-665
Dorin-Ballard def. Miller, 670-619
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,700)
Feldman def. Bator, 703-639
Dorin-Ballard def. Woessner, 720-694
(Loser eliminated, earns $4,500)
Feldman def. Dorin-Ballard, 695-602
2010 SENIOR QUEENS
At El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, El Paso, Texas
Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., def. Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 672-576
Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. Paula Vidad, Crestline, Calif., 656-644
Janine Primrose, Gardnerville, Nev., def. Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 614-575
Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 595-583
Hammel def. Powers, 650-589
Primrose def. Sandelin, 606-594
Primrose def. Hammel 657-647
(Losers eliminated, earn $450)
Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Debbie Wade, West Jordan, Utah, 716-555
Nancy Fehr, Cincinnati, def. Cathy Smith, Richmond, Va., 686-584
Elizabeth Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Virginia Norton, Cypress, Calif., 616-585
Shelley West, Omaha, Neb., def. Karen Boekemuehl, Bozeman, Mont., 635-513
Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, Wash., 614-573
Rose Hare, Sante Fe, N.M., def. Patti Schultz, Braidwood, Ill., 667-567
Melody Felton, Colfax, Iowa, def. Judy Vogel, Slidell, La., 688-587
Jeanette Porter, Omaha, Neb., def. Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 609-589
(Losers eliminated, earn $500)
Miller-Mackie def. Fehr, 771-556
Dawson def. West, 622-531
Hare def. Lawrence, 624-577
Felton def. Porter, 695-499
(Losers eliminated, earn $600)
Miller-Mackie def. Johnson, 688-646
Batt def. Dawson, 668-603
Hare def. Vidad, 602-582
Felton def Jones, 599-579
(Losers eliminated, earn $700)
Miller-Mackie def. Batt, 770-552
Felton def. Hare, 645-580
(Losers eliminated, earn $800)
Miller-Mackie def. Sandelin, 647-618
Felton def. Powers, 614-577
(Loser eliminated, earns $1,000)
Miller-Mackie def. Felton, 642-634
(Loser eliminated, earns $1,300)
Hammel def. Miller-Mackie, 642-615