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Match: No. 8 Sean Rash vs. No. 9 Francois Lavoie
Round: Round of 16
Broadcast Info: Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. Eastern on FOX (U.S.) and FloBowling (international)
Other Matches On This Show: No. 1 Jason Belmonte vs. No. 17 Jakob Butturff; No. 4 Anthony Simonsen vs. No. 20 Dick Allen; No. 5 Kris Prather vs. No. 12 Marshall Kent
Rash has had a solid season and edged out Lavoie for the No. 8 seed in the PBA Playoffs to earn a first-round bye. Now they will settle any debate between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds.
Rash picked up wins this year at the PBA Oklahoma Open and PBA Cheetah Championship, while also finishing fifth at the PBA Tournament of Champions.
In his opening-round match against Norm Duke, Lavoie’s ball reaction looked fantastic as he shot the highest score of anyone on that show, winning 256-193, despite missing a 10 pin.
Who has the edge? If Lavoie’s ball reaction looks as good this week, Rash could be in serious trouble. But keep in mind, Rash likes to play straight, too, and should have a similar look. Based on experience alone, the edge goes to Rash.