Keeney and Tagley Win Big on Arizona Women
Keeney and Tagley Win Big on Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour
Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour / Tempe, AZ
by InsidePOOL Staff
A strong field of 25 women showed up to compete in the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour’s July 19-20 stop at Kolby’s Korner Pocket in Tempe, AZ. This event was a $500-added WPBA qualifier presented by J. Pechauer Custom Cues. The qualifier, which was for a paid spot in the Carolina Classic, was captured by Nicole Keeney, while the first-place spot went to Nina Tagley.
Sunday’s A-side matches started off with Keeney versus Kathleen Lawless and Samm Diep against Michelle Abernathy. Keeney and Diep won their matches and both advanced to the hot seat match, which Keeney won 7-4.
Meanwhile, Liz Bernreuter and Tagley dropped Trinh Lu and Susan Mello into seventh place, respectively. Tagley went on to oust Michelle Abernathy, while Kathleen Lawless sent home Bernreuter in a fifth-place tie with Abernathy. In the quarterfinal match, Tagley came out victorious against Lawless and went on to challenge Diep in the semifinals. Tagley was on a roll and advanced again to play Keeney in the finals.
Keeney had already won the WPBA qualifier spot going into the finals, so it was the money and pride being played for at this point. The final match started with Keeney winning the lag. Since this was a true double-elimination format, Tagley had to defeat Keeney in two races to 7. In a matter of just a few minutes, Tagley was up 3-1. She dominated the match, winning the first set 7-3 and the second set, again, 7-3.
1st Nina Tagley
2nd Nicole Keeney
3rd Samm Diep
4th Kathleen Lawless
5th Michelle Abernathy
7th Trinh Lu
9th Dawn Anderson