PBA League’s Phoenix Fury Makes History
by jlaufer|Monday, September 28, 11:39 AM
L.A. X, Brew City Ballers, Phoenix Fury, and Las Vegas High Rollers advance to PBA League Semi-Finals
Centreville, Va. – All eyes were on the Phoenix Fury who made PBA history as the first all-women’s team to win a match in the PBA League and will advance to Monday’s Carter Division semi-finals to take on the No. 2 seeded Dallas Strikers.
Phoenix, the No. 6 seeded team in the Carter Division defeated No. 3 seeded Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-1. Phoenix won their first game, 243-214, but lost their second game, 212-216, due to a critical error from Liz Johnson in the last frame. Johnson failed to convert the 3-6 spare and forced a sudden-death roll-off. Maria Jose Rodriguez secured the win with a strike after Chris Via left a ten pin.
In the second quarterfinal match, the No. 4 seeded Las Vegas High Rollers, one of four expansion teams, defeated No. 5 Brooklyn Styles, 2-0, in games of 243-214 and 267-248. Lead bowler AJ Johnson’s first strike to start the game, fired up Las Vegas, who never backed down. Las Vegas moves on to play the No. 1 seeded Philadelphia Hitmen.
In the Anthony Division quarterfinals earlier in the day, L.A. X, the No. 3 seeded team defeated the No. 6 seeded NYC KingPins, 2-0. NYC had a strong look to start, but L.A strung a series of strikes in the second half of the game to win, 246-224. L.A dominated NYC in game two, 277-237 to advance to the Anthony Division semi-finals and will meet defending champion Portland Lumberjacks in a rematch of last year’s Elias Cup finals.
“We took out the defending champions last year and have experience in this arena,” said L.A. X team manager Andrew Cain. “Hopefully this is our time. Every team hopes its their time and I think this year it might just be it.”
In the second quarterfinal match between two expansion teams in the Anthony Division, the No. 4 seeded Brew City Ballers defeated the No. 6 seeded Miami Waves, 2-1. In game one, Brew City capitalized on Miami’s three open frames to win 234-182.
Miami rebounded in game two with a 234-219 victory to force the first sudden death roll-off. Brew City’s Sean Rash struck out first and Miami’s Danielle McEwan failed to respond leaving a 4-pin count.
Brew City advances to the Anthony Division semi-finals against the No. 1 seeded Motown Muscle.
The competition for the PBA League Elias Cup continues this week live on FS1.
PBA League Elias Cup: Anthony Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
Match 1: L.A. X vs. Portland Lumberjacks
Match 2: Brew City vs. Motown Muscle
PBA League Elias Cup: Carter Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
Match 1: Phoenix Fury vs. Dallas Strikers
Match 2: Las Vegas vs. Philadelphia Hitmen
PBA League Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
Matches to be determined after Division Semifinals
PBA League Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
Matches to be determined after Division Finals
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PBA League Elias Cup Quarterfinal Round Results
Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 3 L.A. X def. No. 6 NYC KingPins, 2-0 (246-224, 277-237)
L.A. X advances to semifinals against Portland Lumberjacks
Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Brew City Ballers def. No. 5 Miami Waves, 2-1 (234-182, 219-234, 10-6)
Brew City Ballers advance to semifinals against Motown Muscle
Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 6 Phoenix Fury def. No. 3 Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-1 (243-214, 212-216, 10-10, 10-9)
Phoenix Fury advances to semifinals against Dallas Strikers
Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Las Vegas High Rollers def. No. 5 Brooklyn Styles, 2-0 (243-214, 267-248)
Las Vegas advances to semifinals against Philadelphia Hitmen
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