Sweden’s Andersson Earns Top Seed at 2016 USBC Queens

by Bob Johnson 0

LAS VEGAS - Sweden's Sandra Andersson went undefeated in match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens, which will air live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

AnderssonSandra_465Andersson is looking to become the sixth international player, and first since 2014, to win the USBC Queens. This year's stepladder includes bowlers from five different countries - Sweden, Singapore, United States, Malaysia and Germany.

As the No. 1 seed, the 24-year-old right-hander is one win away from capturing the coveted tiara and $20,000 top prize after defeating Singapore's Bernice Lim in the winners' bracket final Wednesday at The Orleans Bowling Center, 712-646. Lim will be the No. 2 seed for the show.

Andersson averaged under 210 in her first three wins in the double-elimination match-play bracket, but she left little doubt Wednesday as she cruised through her final three matches, averaging more than 241.

"Today, I promised myself I would repeat shots, focus on myself and make spares," said Andersson, who qualified in 61st for match play with a 3,199 total for 15 games. "I feel I'm getting more confident with every shot I'm making right now, which is a good feeling going into the finals tomorrow."

LimBernice2016QueensForWeb250x140Lim, a 24-year-old right-hander, was one of eight players from Singapore to advance to match play and turned in a 5-1 record. A total of 29 of the 63 international players competing this week in Las Vegas advanced to the bracket.

Team USA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, Malaysia's Sin Li Jane and Germany's Birgit Poppler are the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds for the stepladder, respectively, after advancing through a final shootout round Thursday.

McEwan rolled a 708 series to lead the round and earn the third spot. Sin shot 266 in her final game to jump into the fourth spot with 663, and she will face Poppler in Thursday's opening match. Poppler, the qualifying leader this week, earned the fifth seed with 662. Team USA's Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, finished with 627 and was eliminated, finishing in sixth place.

A total of 256 bowlers competed in three five-game blocks of qualifying over three days to determine the top 63 who would join defending champion and USBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

Each bracket match leading up to the stepladder included three games with total pinfall determining which player advanced.

The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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