Sunday, August 20, 2017

Longoria defeats Parrilla to win 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

Paola Longoria won the 2017 Paola Longoria Experience Tournament - the first event of the 2017-18 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season on Sunday, when she defeated 2nd seed Jessica Parrilla in the final, 11-7, 11-5, 11-0, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Longoria, the #1 LPRT player, served well in the match, hitting 10 aces compared with Parrilla’s 4, and even when her serves weren’t aces, Longoria often forced weak returns from Parrilla.

They were close early in game one, when Parrilla actually scored the first two points to lead 2-0. But Longoria then scored 10 unanswered points to lead 10-2. Parrilla fought of two game points, and then scored five points of her own, including back to back drive serve aces - one to the right and one to the left - that made the score 10-7. However, a Longoria forehand got her the serve back, and she finished game one with a drive serve ace to the left side: Parrilla’s backhand.

Game two followed the same pattern as game one with Parrilla taking the early lead; this time it was 3-0. Then Longoria ran off 10 unanswered points to make it 10-3. Parrilla again fought off two game points before Longoria closed it out at 11-5, when Parrilla skipped a forehand shot.

Game three was all Longoria as she led from start to finish, and managed to keep Parrilla off the score board. Parrilla only served three times in the game. Longoria had more ace serves than that, as she hit four in game three, including back to back drive serve aces to the left side that closed out the game and match.

Longoria also won the doubles event, as she teamed with Monserrat Mejia to defeat Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros in the final, 15-8, 15-14. It looked like it was going to go tie-breaker, as Amaya and Riveros led for most of the second half of game two, but Longoria and Mejia managed to eke out the second game, although perhaps not without controversy.

Longoria and Mejia had tied it up at 14-14 after a Longoria backhand cross court pass. On the next rally, the ball was hit into the back right corner, and the ball seemed to bounce twice before either Longoria or Mejia could get to it, and they both went down to try to do so. The referee called sideout, which gave the serve back to Amaya and Riveros.

But Longoria and Mejia appealed claiming that they’d held up in attempting to hit the ball, as Amaya and Riveros were between where the ball was and the front wall. It seemed to that the referee had made the right call, especially as both Longoria and Mejia appeared to really try to hit the ball. However, the line judges both supported Longoria and Mejia’s claim, so they disagreed with the referee’s call.

On the next rally, the ball again went over into the back right corner, and there seemed to be a bit of confusion between Amaya and Riveros about who was going to retrieve it. Riveros did go for it, but her shot - presumably a ceiling ball attempt - ended up going out of the court, giving the rally, and thereby the game and match, to Longoria and Mejia.

Amaya and Riveros could have got it to a third game if Amaya had not skipped shots on back to back rallies when they led 14-12. And even those rallies were their third and fourth game point opportunities. You can’t let that many opportunities to slip by if you want to beat the best player in the world.

The LPRT will next be in action next weekend when the Toreneo Milenio 2017 Racquetbol event happens in Tijuana, Mexico, August 25-27. If you missed any of this weekend’s action, check out the LPRT YouTube channel.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 2) Jessica Parrilla, 11-7, 11-5, 11-0

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia d. 2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-14

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Longoria & Parrilla to face-off in final of 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), will take on 2nd seed Jessica Parrilla on Sunday in the final of the 2017 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico after they won their respective semi-final matches Saturday night. In one semi-final, Longoria defeated Gabriela Martinez, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9, in what was a replay of last year’s World Championship final, which Longoria also won.

In the other semi-final, Parrilla beat Monserrat Mejia in four games, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8, 12-10. Late in game four, it looked like Majia would force a tie-breaker, as she was up 10-7. However, Parrilla fought off a couple of game points, and tied the score at 10-10. She closed out the game and match with two drive serve aces to Mejia’s backhand.

Longoria won in three straight games, but Martinez was in game one early, as they were tied at 6-6 and Martinez actually led 7-6 before Longoria put together a run of five points to win it. Game two wasn’t close, as Longoria had a 8-1 lead before winning 11-5.

Game three was also close early, but Longoria led throughout and got to match point at 10-4. Martinez staged a comeback and got to within one at 10-9, but it was too little, too late as Longoria got the serve back, called a timeout, and came in with a good drive serve to the left that Martinez returned with a backhand cross court shot, which gave Longoria an opportunity to put the ball away, and she did so with forehand pinch shot winner.

In doubles, the 2nd seed team of Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros came back from a game down to defeat 6th seeds Carla Muñoz and Sofia Rascon, 14-15, 15-13, 11-2. Amaya and Riveros were also down in game one, 14-7, and almost pulled it out, only losing by one point at 15-14. Game two was similar, as Muñoz and Rascon were up 12-6 before Amaya and Riveros put a run of points together and force a breaker by winning game two 15-13.

As often happens after two close games, the tie-breaker turned out to be lop-sided. In this case it was Amaya and Rascon who piled up the points early with a 9-0 lead, so they went on to win comfortably. Amaya forced the winning point as she drove serve to Rascon on the right side, and Rascon skipped the return.

Amaya and Riveros will face top seeds Longoria and Mejia, who comfortably defeated Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-0, 15-6, in the other semi-final.

You can watch the finals via the LPRT YouTube channel or their Facebook page https://www.lprtour.com. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final afterwards.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 12) Gabriela Martinez, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 11) Monserrat Mejia, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8, 12-10

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Jessica Parrilla - 2 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia d. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-0, 15-6
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon, 14-15, 15-13, 11-2

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia v. 2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 3 PM

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Juniors win in quarters at 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

More upsets at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2017 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as the 3rd and 4th seeds fell in the quarterfinals. Fourth seed Rhonda Rajsich lost to 12th seed and Girl’s U16 World Junior Champion Gabriela Martinez, 11-5, 11-3, 3-11, 11-5, and 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera was beaten by Monserrat Mejia, who was runner-up to Martinez at World Juniors last year, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5.

In the semi-finals, Mejia will face 2nd seed Jessica Parrilla, who defeated Jenny Daza, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9, while Martinez plays #1 seed Paola Longoria, who beat Natalia Mendez, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lprtour/. The semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM with the doubles semis to follow. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final afterwards.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Natalia Mendez, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1
12) Gabriela Martinez d. 4) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-5, 11-3, 3-11, 11-5

11) Monserrat Mejia d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 23) Jenny Daza, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 12) Gabriela Martinez - 6 PM
2) Jessica Parrilla v. 11) Monserrat Mejia - 5 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….