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Four area women claim victory at national pool table competition


Eau Claire Co. (WQOW) - Twenty years of perseverance and practice finally paid off for four Eau Claire area women.

Kriss Cleasby, a pool player on the team, Cuz We Can, said, "Everyone was relaxed, playing their games and I just said, 'We're going to do it this year.' And we finally have that motivation and everything was coming together, and we finally had all the rolls."

Four braving women shot to fame recently after making a solid victory in the 34th VNEA International Pool Championship, the world's largest pool table competition, that was held in Las Vegas.

Linda Sipple, one of Cleasby’s teammates, said, "It's very surreal. It still hasn't really sunk in yet, I don't think, for any of us.”

Tracy Reidt, one of Sipple’s teammate, said, "I knew that we had an awesome chance of getting there and I kept telling the team, 'Why not us?' 'Cuz We Can'."

The duo-sisters and paired friends have been pumping their A-game since 20 years ago when they met to play a league for Happy Hollow in Altoona.

Shelly Rauen, another team member said, "We've worked really hard for several years. We've always said, 'We're going to get a Charlie.' We haven't for several years, and we finally did it. I think shooting every day, knowing that we had to do it, knowing that we could do it. The adrenaline kept us going. With what we have going on here, with our families and friends, and our family makes us feel pretty special. We are a team, we are a family, we are best friends."

The family-friends of four can finally put their prestigious prize on display.

Rauen said, "It's something we can all cross off our bucket list because it's been a dream of all of ours to get a Charlie."

Kriss Cleasby, one of Rauen’s teammates, said, "It was just an awesome experience to be with three of the ladies that I have played on and off with for 20 years. They are my family and, love them all, and to be able to do this with them all, was pretty special."

Rauen said, "It was a lot of nerves, a lot of nerves, very exciting though. We've been there several times before, but this year was different because we all, we all knew because several times, I said, 'This is our year, we're going to do it. We're going to win a Charlie 'Cuz We Can'".

The women's team, Cuz We Can, was the only team from the Chippewa Valley to enter the international championship.

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