Jacqueline Rhoda advances to USBC singles championship semis
April 19, 2017

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) took her No. 1 seed at the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championship and ran with on Wednesday.

The sophomore took advantage of the first-round bye she earned on Tuesday, then picked up two victories in single-elimination bracket play to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

“I never thought in a million years that I would have an opportunity like this, so I feel amazing being in the top four that make it to the TV finals,” Rhoda said. “I need to keep my nerves under control and stay tight to the pocket to do well!”

Bracket matches featured three games with total pinfall determining the winner.

She opened the day by Estafania Cobo of Wichita State 536-506 in the second round after a first-round bye. She followed that up with a 596-506 win against Elizabeth Malley of Lindenwood.

Rhoda will be taking on Webber International's Taylor Bulthuis, and Wichita State's Sydney Brummett will face off against Stephen F. Austin's Stephanie Schwartz in the two semifinals.

Schwartz will make her second consecutive ISC show. After advancing to the semifinals at the 2016 event in Wichita, Kansas, the 2016 National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year lost in her opening match.



Rhoda was the only member of the Hawks to qualify to compete in the individual championships. She did so back on March 10 when she averaged a 205.3 over six traditional games at the Sectional qualifier in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The semifinal and final matches will take place at the River Center on Saturday, starting with the men's championship round at 9:45 a.m. Eastern. The women's finals will start at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Both shows will be taped for broadcast and will air on CBS Sports Network in May.

The women's show will be televised May 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern, and the men's final will air May 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Rhoda will now turn her attention back to the team.

The Hawks will compete in USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m. as one of the 16 USBC women’s qualifiers. The finals will be recorded and shown on CBS Sports Network on May 15.

BOWL.com's BowlTV will provide live coverage of the ITC leading up to the televised finals.

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