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CENTREVILLE, Va. – The Phoenix Fury overcame a critical error by anchor Liz Johnson to defeat the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and become the first women’s team to win a match in PBA League history.
Phoenix won the Carter Division quarterfinals matchup, 2-1, at Bowlero Centreville despite Johnson’s shocking miss of the 3-6 spare in the final frame of Game 2. A spare would have given her team the victory immediately.
Instead, the match went to a sudden-death rolloff in the best-of-three points match where the Fury won in the second round when Maria Jose Rodriguez struck after Chris Via left a 10 pin.
Phoenix won the first game with ease, coasting to a 243-214 victory. In Game 2, Johnson’s open let Silver Lake survive a bit longer with a 216-212 win to force the rolloff.
For the first time, two teams made up of all PWBA stars were invited to join the PBA League, setting up the opportunity for the best women in the world to take on the best men in the world in a team environment.
In the other Carter Division quarterfinals matchup, the Las Vegas High Rollers took down the Brooklyn Styles, 2-0, in a match that had early fireworks.
Las Vegas leadoff bowler AJ Johnson loudly celebrated his strike in the first fame of the first game and Brooklyn’s Brad Angelo proceeded to strike and mock Johnson’s early celebration.
The High Rollers dominated the match, however, winning the first game 243-214, and locked up the match win when anchor Francois Lavoie struck on his first shot in the 10th of Game 2 for a 267-248 victory.
In the first round of matches earlier on Sunday in the Anthony Division, the Brew City Ballers survived a big comeback by the Miami Waves to advance with a 2-1 victory.
Miami looked down and out early in the match, losing the first game 234-182, but they rallied for a 234-219 victory to force a one-ball rolloff.
In the rolloff, Sean Rash struck for Brew City and Danielle McEwan had a chance to match his strike for Miami. McEwan, however, left the bucket on her shot to lose. After the match, she told FloBowling she felt “horrible.”
The NYC KingPins got out of the gates quick, striking on their first four shots, but it was all downhill after that as they were swept 2-0 by the L.A. X.
L.A. trailed at the halfway point of Game 1 but went on a striking spree to win 246-224. In the second game, L.A. continued to strike and overwhelmed NYC, 277-237.
In the semifinals, Brew City will take on the Motown Muscle and L.A. will face the Portland Lumberjacks. Those matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern on Monday live on FS1 (U.S.) and FloBowling (international). At 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Phoenix will take on the Dallas Strikers, while Las Vegas will battle the Philadelphia Hitmen.