WPBA Pacific Coast Classic Day Three

Jasmin Ouschan

The Quarterfinal matches are complete at the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic and the field has been trimmed to just four players who still have dreams on capturing this WPBA title.

The first match of the day saw Jasmin Ouschan facing Line Kjorsvik. Ouschan ran out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Line quickly pulled even at 2-2 and then took her first lead at 3-2. Oushcan drew even at 3 each, but Line again nosed ahead 4-3. Unfortunately for Kjorsvik, that would be her last lead as a poor position play left her hooked late in the next rack and Ouschan pulled event at 4-4. Jasmin regained the lead at 5-4 and then got a nice gift as Kjorskik mis-played shape on the 9-ball in the next game allowing Ouschan to the hill at 6-4. The next rack was a little ugly, but it was Ouschan making the final 9-ball for the 7-4 win.

The next quarter final match was Allison Fisher vs #1 ranked Ga Young Kim. Just as in the last match, a player raced out to a quick 2-0 lead. This time, it was Ga Young with the early advantage. Kim would not be able to celebrate that lead for long as Fisher came back to knot the match at 2-2. Allison continued her great play and went ahead 4-2 and then it was Kim's turn to come back and tie the match at 4 each. Kim regained the lead at 5-4, but could get no closer to the finish line as Fisher won the next three racks for the 7-5 victory.

While the first two quarterfinal matches were close ones, match #3 had a different complexion as Karen Corr happily welcomed Jennifer Chen back to the WPBA with a 7-0 whitewash. Chen appeared to be unable to get any momentum going and Corr happily took advantage of any opportunity offered in this one.

The final match of the day saw Gerda Hofstatter taking on Xiao-Ting Pan. Hofstatter was the one to take the early lead in this match as she claimed a quick 3-0 lead. Pan got back to within one at 3-2, but Gerda again moved ahead 4-2. A missed back by Pan in rack seven led to a 5-2 Hofstatter lead and a missed 3-ball by Pan lead to Hofstatter on the hill at 6-2. From this position, it looked like smooth sailing for Hofstatter. Unfortunately for her, Pan had other plans. Pan came back to tie the match at 6-6 and a scratch off of a kick on the 1-ball by Gerda in game thirteen was her final  shot as she was forced to sit and watch Pan run out the final rack for the 7-6 win.

Sunday matches will see Ouschan face Fisher and Corr take on Pan for the right to play in the finals later Sunday evening.