Pagulayan Wrests Hot Seat From Ulrich
U.S. Bar Table Championships / Reno, NV
Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan is sitting pretty in the hot seat of the 18th Annual U.S. Bar Table Championships, having just defeated Louis Ulrich in the 10-ball men’s division. The $25,250-added event is being hosted by Terrible’s Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV.
En route to the hot seat match, Pagulayan defeated Shawn Roy 7-1, Walter Glass 7-3, Leron Nevel 7-6, and Josh O’Neal 7-4. Once in the winners’ side final four, Pagulayan sent Stan Tourangeau to the one-loss side in a hill-hill match and moved on to the hot seat match.
No one got more than three games against Ulrich during his trek to the hot seat match, as he bested Chris MacDonald 7-2, Buddy Wood Jr. 7-2, Chad Sylvester 7-3, Johnathan “Hennessee” Pinegar 7-3, and Beau Runningen 7-3. He then handled Canada’s John Morra 7-3 but came up short against Pagulayan in the winners’ side final 7-4.
On the west side of the chart, Stevie Moore was eliminated at seventh place by Brandon Ashcraft 7-5, while Runningen tied with him after Mitch Ellerman defeated him 7-4. Ellerman went on to more success in the next round against Tourangeau in a double-hill feat, while Ashcraft foundered against Morra 7-5.
In the quarterfinals, it was Morra and Ellerman going head to head, with Morra narrowly winning 7-5. Facing him in the semifinal match was Ulrich. But Morra was primed and ready to go, and Ulrich fell into third place 7-4.
The final match between Pagulayan and Morra is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Winning the women’s 10-ball division and garnering $825 was Vivian Villareal, who won the final match over Brittany Bryant. Bryant went through the 16-player field without a loss, besting Andrea Wilson 5-1, Susan Williams 5-0, and Nicole Keeney 5-4 before defeating Villareal in the hot seat match 7-3. Villareal faced Williams in the semifinal match and came through with flying colors 5-2. In her rematch with Bryant, Villareal dominated, winning both sets of the double-elimination finals 5-2 and taking the title.
Women’s 10-Ball Results:
1st Vivian Villareal $825
2nd Brittany Bryant $450
3rd Susan Williams $250
4th Nicole Keeney $125
5th Bonnie Plowman $75
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