WPBA Carolina Classic Day Two

Tiffany Nelson was a welcome addition to the undefeated club after day two

Six out of the top eight seeds remained on the undefeated side after the second day of competition Thursday at the 2007 Carolina Women's Billiard Classic in Rocky Mount, NC. They include Allison Fisher, Gerda Hofstatter, Ga-Young Kim, Monica Webb, Jeanette Lee and Karen Corr. Two other players, Xioting Pan of China and Tiffany Nelson round out the right side of the brackets.

Out of the field of sixty-four, a total of thirty players are still alive – seven unseeded. Notable eliminations include Jennifer Barretta and Melissa Herndon as well as Julie Kelly and Jennifer Chen who both suffered their second losses at the hands of Belinda Calhoun.

There were five hill-hill matches for the audience to enjoy: Rachael Abbink over Wendy Jans, Alice Rim over Darlene Stinson, Maureen Seto over Angel Paglia and Hsin Huang over Melissa Morris. In another close contest, Allison Fisher edged out Helena Thornfeldt by a 9-7 score.

The hometown crowd cheered enthusiastically for local player Jennifer Page who finished tied for 25th place. Playing in the event for the third year in a row by virtue of a sponsor's exemption, this is her best performance yet.

The top two seeds, Allison Fisher and Karen Corr are in separate brackets and seem to be headed for a showdown in the final match on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, the final eight players on the one-loss side will draw random pairings against the eight undefeated players. From that point forward, the format will be single elimination.

Complete brackets can be found at www.wpba.com.

This is the third consecutive year of the Carolina Women's Billiard Classic. Held at the Gateway Convention Centre in Rocky Mount, NC, it is the first stop on the 2007 WPBA Tour and will be televised worldwide on ESPN.

File photo courtesy of Roberta Case