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Acerra goes undefeated to win Sport 9 season opener

Amy Acerra

Amy Acerra, whose pool-shooting career includes a victory over Janet Atwell on the Southeast Amateur Ladies Tour, back at the turn of the century, opened the Sport 9 Ladies Tour with an undefeated victory on the weekend of April 2-3. The $500-added event drew a short field of 11 entrants to Meucci Family Billiards in Byhalia, MS.
 
Accera advanced through to a winners' side semifinal versus Tina Frederick, as Patty Dietz squared off against Kim Housman. Accera moved into the hot seat match, following a shutout over Frederick, while Dietz was busy surviving a double hill victory over Housman. Accera claimed the hot seat with a double hill win over Dietz.
 
On the loss side, Frederick picked up Janeen Lee, who'd defeated LeAnn Marshall 7-2 and Sonya Hurst 7-5 to reach her. Housman drew Betty Lea, who'd eliminated Teresa Ballinger 7-5 and Kelly Jones 7-4.
 
Lee and Housman advanced to the quarterfinals. Lee handed Frederick her second straight shutout, as Housman locked up in her second straight double hill match; this time, emerging as the winner. Lee then ended Housman's weekend 7-4, and gave up only a single rack to Dietz in the semifinals. Accera put an end to Lee's loss side winning streak with a 7-4 victory in the finals to claim the event title.

Williams goes undefeated to take second stop on the Sport 9 Tour

Tara Williams worked her way through a very small field of 11 entrants, going undefeated to take the second stop on the Sport 9 Tour. The $500-added event,  held on Saturday, May 23, was hosted  by Lacy's Cue in Chalmette, Louisiana.
 
Williams and tour director Janeen Lee battled twice for the title. Williams sent Kim Housman to the loss side 9-4 in one winners' side semifinal, while Lee was busy shipping Susan Shinn over 9-5 in the other. Williams took the first of two against Lee 9-4 and sat in the hot seat, awaiting her return.
 
Housman and Shinn moved to the loss side and were immediately handed their second loss; Housman going down 7-6 to Jennifer Townsend, who'd gotten a first-round, loss-side bye and then defeated Patty Dietz 7-2, and Shinn falling 7-5 to Betty Lea, who'd defeated Kelly Jones 7-6 and Sonya Chbeeb 7-2.
 
Lea defeated Townsend 7-3 in the subsequent quarterfinals, leading to a Lee/Lea semifinal; the two, having finished 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the 2014 tour rankings. Lee prevailed 7-3, and got her second shot at Williams in the hot seat. Lee managed two more racks than she'd chalked up in the battle for the hot seat, but Williams completed her undefeated run 9-6 to claim the event title.

Dana Aft Wins Sport 9 Tour Stop

Dana Aft

Sport 9 Ladies tour stop #2 was held at Bumpers Billiards this past weekend, April 12th, 2014 drawing 16 players in both the women’s and the men’s events. Players from all over the southeast came to compete for points and prize money in the 9 ball events.
 
The ladies event began Saturday at noon and was played on eight 9' Diamond tables. The format was double elimination race to 7 on the winner’s side and race to 5 on the loser’s side. The comradery was boosted as well the level of competition as Sport 9 welcomed 3 new players. Many of the matches were very close going to the hill, however out of sixteen total players it was guest player Dana Aft who went undefeated and claimed tournament champion. Newcomers Ashley Nandresy, Kim Housman, and Betty Sessions came in second through fourth respectively. Several of the matches were recorded are can be viewed on Ustream.tv (Bumpers TV).
 
The men’s 9 ball bar table mini event was held in conjunction with the ladies event also producing some great matches and 16 talented players. The format was race to seven, alternate break double elimination. Rob Hall, owner of Bumpers Billiards, went undefeated after defeating 2nd place finisher, James Baraks for the hot seat and again in the finals. Robb Saez took 3rd place and Clifton Frederick took fourth after an amazing win over Justin Bergman.
 
Sport 9 would like to thank Robert Hall, owner of Bumpers Billiards @ Huntsville for hosting the event and providing such a wonderful opportunity for both events. Sport 9 would also like to thank Ozone Billiards, IngenPool, Professor-Q-Ball, AZBilliards, GoPlayPool, Pool-Trax, Kamui Tips, and Focus Gear for their continued support and contributions.
 
Be sure to plan for the next event, tour stop #3, at 6 Pockets Billiards in Decatur, AL May 17th weekend. Event is listed in the events page on the tour website.