Monday, February 10, 2020

Murray & Morissette win at Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event

Samuel Murray and Michèle Morissette won the Men's and Women's divisions, respectively, at the second Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event of the season on the weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which was held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Keystone Classic. In their respective finals, Murray had to come back from a game down to defeat Coby Iwaasa, 8-15, 15-7, 11-1, and Morissette beat Christine Richardson, 15-6, 15-11. Their victories will help Murray and Morissette qualify for the 2020 World Championships to be held next year in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Murray, the #1 ranked men’s player in Canada and currently 8th on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), got off to a slow start in game one, as Iwaasa went out to a 12-0 lead. Murray came back to 13-8, so Iwaasa called a timeout, and was able to close out the game after that.

They were even early in game two with a tie at 5-5. From there, Murray went out to a 10-5 lead, and closed it out at 15-7. He carried that momentum into the tie-breaker, as Murray won it going away, 11-1.

Morissette played well against Richardson in the women’s final. She did have a bit of trouble closing out game two, as Richardson scored several points with Morissette on 14. But when Richardson got to 11, Morissette called a timeout. When play resumed, Richardson, who had been hitting drive Z serves to Morissette’s backhand, hit a serve to Morissette’s forehand, and it was returned for a winner. Morissette won the game and match on the next rally, as Richardson skipped a backhand return.

This is the second event in the qualification process for the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Scott and Carson win at 2020 USAR National Doubles Championships

Hollie Scott put herself in the driver’s seat to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in August, as she won Women’s Singles at the 2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships Sunday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Scott hung on to outlast Erika Manilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-9, in the final. Players make the Worlds team based on performances at the 2019 US Open, this weekend’s US Team Singles competition, and the 2020 US National Singles Championships in May.

By our calculations, if Scott gets to the final at National Singles, she’ll be on the team. In fact, if she loses in the semi-finals, Scott will still make the team unless Manilla loses the final to either Rhonda Rajsich or Kelani Bailey-Lawrence. Manilla will be on the team if she gets to the final at National Singles.

Both Rajsich and Bailey-Lawrence can get a spot on the team with a win at National Singles. If either fail to win, they will need help to make it.

Rocky Carson won Men’s US Team Singles in Tempe by defeating Alejandro Landa, 15-6, 15-14, in the final. But Landa is still ahead of Carson in the points race for the team, as Landa did much better than Carson at last year’s US Open (a semi-final versus a Round of 16 result). But if either Carson or Landa make the semi-finals, he will be on the team, unless the other one loses to either Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn in the final at National Singles.

A win at National Singles is probably what Bredenbeck or Horn need to get on the team, unless both Carson and Landa lose early at National Singles, which seems unlikely. Thomas Carter or Adam Manilla could make the team with a win at National if either Carson or Landa fail to make the semis.

On the other hand, Charlie Pratt would likely need to win National Singles and have a lot of help, if he’s going to make the Team USA.

If you missed any of the action from Tempe check out the USA Racquetball LiveStream channel. The next USA Racquetball event will be the 2020 National High School Championships in Portland, Oregon, February 26 to March 1. The 2020 USA National Singles Championships will be May 27-31 on the campus of Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.

2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
February 5-9, 2020 - Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions


Men’s Singles

Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson d. 2) Alejandro Landa, 15-6, 15-14

3rd place

3) Jake Bredenbeck v. 4) David Horn, double forfeit

Women's Singles

Final - Sunday

3) Hollie Scott d. 4) Erika Manilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-9

3rd place

1) Rhonda Rajsich, d. 2) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-11, 15-4

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Landa & Monchik and Manilla & Ruiz are the 2020 USA National Doubles Champions

Alejandro Landa and Sudsy Monchik won a 3rd straight tie-breaker 11-9, and this victory got them the title at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships Saturday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, as they won Men’s US Team Qualifying Doubles division with a win over 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz in the final, 15-13, 4-15, 11-9. The win gives them the right to represent the USA at the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in August.

It will be Monchik’s 2nd consecutive IRF World Championship, as he and Rocky Carson were the US Team that took home silver in Men’s Doubles two years ago in Costa Rica. Landa will represent the USA for the first time, as he recently changed affiliations from Mexico to the USA. Landa is a dual USA-Mexico citizen.

Women’s top seeds Erika Manilla and Aimee Ruiz defeated 3rd seeds Hollie Scott and Lexi York, 15-6, 15-9, to win the Women’s US Team Qualifying Doubles division. It’s the first win for Manilla, but a bit of old hat for Ruiz as it’s her 12th US Women’s Doubles title. Manilla is the fourth partner Ruiz has won with, and is in good company, as Ruiz’s previous partners are Laura Fenton (twice), Jackie Paraiso (5 times), and Janel Tisinger-Ledkins (5 times).

Singles Play

There were two upsets in Women’s Singles, as 4th seed Erika Manilla held on in a tie-breaker to defeat top seed Rhonda Rajsich, 15-3, 12-15, 11-7, and 3rd seed Hollie Scott came back from a game down to defeat 2nd seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 12-15, 15-12, 11-3.

But in Men’s Singles, it will be #1 versus #2, as top seed Rocky Carson defeated 4th seed David Horn, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6, and 2nd seed Alejandro Landa beat 3rd seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-4, 15-13.

You can watch the singles finals live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball website. The Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals will be Saturday afternoon with the Singles finals on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain Standard Time.

2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
February 5-9, 2020 - Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles


Final - Saturday

5) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-13, 4-15, 11-9

Women's Doubles

Final - Saturday

1) Erika Manilla & Aimee Ruiz d. 3) Hollie Scott & Lexi York, 15-6, 15-9

Men’s Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson d. 4) David Horn, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6
2) Alejandro Landa d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-4, 15-13

Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson v. 2) Alejandro Landa - 12:15 PM

Women's Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Erika Manilla d. 1) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-3, 12-15, 11-7
3) Hollie Scott d. 2) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 12-15, 15-12, 11-3

Final - Sunday

3) Hollie Scott v. 4) Erika Manilla - 11:10 AM

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