Thursday, April 18, 2019

Doubles Quarterfinals at 2019 Pan American Championships

The current World Champions will play the three time former World Champions in the semi-finals of Women’s Doubles Friday at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, where the top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas of Mexico - three time International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Doubles World Champions - will faceoff with the current IRF World Champions from Bolivia: Valeria Centellas and Yazmine Sabja. In the quarterfinals, Longoria and Salas defeated 8th seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina, 15-7, 15-6, while Centellas and Sabja beat the USA’s Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sheryl Lotts, 15-2, 15-5.

On the other side of the draw, 2nd seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros of Colombia were comfortable winners over the Cuban team of Yurisleidis Alluie and Maria Regla Viera, 15-3, 15-4, which ensures a medal for the host country. But the 3rd seeds Maria Paz Muñoz and Ana Lucia Sarmiento of Ecuador were upset by the 11th seeded Canadian team of Danielle Drury and Jennifer Saunders, who came back to win in a tie-breaker, 8-15, 15-9, 11-8.

The 1st and 4th seeds will also faceoff in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals, Mexicans Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya, the 1st seeds, will play 4th seeds Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia. The Mexican team beat 8th seeds Juan Francisco Cueva and Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador, 15-2, 15-6 in the quarterfinals, while the Bolivians defeated 5th seeds Andres Gomez and Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-3, 15-5.

One upset in the quarters of Men’s Doubles, as the 7th seeded Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray defeated the 2nd seeded USA team of Jake Bredenbeck and Mauro Rojas in a tie-breaker, 13-15, 15-1, 11-7. In the semi-finals, the Canadians will play 3rd seeds Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho of Costa Rica, who also needed three games to get past the veteran team of Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri from Argentina, 15-5, 12-15, 11-1.

The IRF will be live streaming matches from Barranquilla, look for the action via the IRF Website or the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Barranquilla, Colombia - April 12-20, 2019


Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 8) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 15-7, 15-6
4) Valeria Centellas & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 12) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts (USA), 15-2, 15-5

11) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) d. 3) Maria Paz Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 8-15, 15-9, 11-8
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 7) Yurisleidis Alluie & Maria Regla Viera (Cuba), 15-3, 15-4

Women's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 4) Valeria Centellas & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) - 2 PM
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 11) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - 4 PM

Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-6
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 5) Andres Gomez & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-3, 15-5

3) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. 11) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina), 15-5, 12-15, 11-1
7) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & Mauro Rojas (USA), 13-15, 15-1, 11-7

Men's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. 4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - 3 PM
3) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 7) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) - 5 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Doubles Round of 16 at 2019 Pan American Championships

They will play two rounds of both Men's and Women's Doubles Thursday at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, and in men’s play the Argentina veterans Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri, seeded 11th, upset the 6th seeded Dominican Republic team of Ramon De Leon and Luis Perez, 12-15, 15-8, 11-5. Argentina will play the 3rd seeded Costa Ricans Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho in the quarterfinals, as Costa Rica beat Jesus Icaza and Carlos Medrano of Honduras, 15-4, 15-2.

Costa Rica versus Argentina should be a good match, as should other quarterfinal matches between 4th seeds Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia and Colombians Andres Gomez and Mario Mercado, and the 2nd seeded USA team of Jake Bredenbeck and Mauro Rojas versus Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray.

In Women’s Doubles, the top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas of Mexico versus 8th seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina should also be a cracking match.

The IRF will be live streaming matches from Barranquilla, look for the action via the IRF Website or the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Barranquilla, Colombia - April 12-20, 2019
Results Summary


Women's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
8) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 9) Josefa Parada & Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-7, 15-8

12) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts (USA) d. 5) Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-8, 11-15, 11-5
4) Valeria Centellas & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE

3) Maria Paz Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE
11) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) d. 6) Maria Gomar & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 6-15, 15-9, 11-4

7) Yurisleidis Alluie & Maria Regla Viera (Cuba) d. 10) Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-3
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 8) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - 5 PM
4) Valeria Centellas & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) v. 12) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts (USA) - 6 PM

3) Maria Paz Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. 11) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - 6 PM
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 7) Yurisleidis Alluie & Maria Regla Viera (Cuba) - 5 PM

Men's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - BYE
8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. 9) Gregorio Machado & Luis Reveron (Venezuela), 15-14, 15-1

5) Andres Gomez & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 12) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-9, 15-6
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 13) Rafael Gatica & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-1, 15-6

3) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. 14) Jesus Icaza & Carlos Medrano (Honduras), 15-4, 15-2
11) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) d. 6) Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 12-15, 15-8, 11-5

7) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 10) Enier Chacon & Mykel Mollet (Cuba), 15-11, 15-4
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Mauro Rojas (USA) v. 15) Sebastian Mediguri & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-0

Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. 8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 5 PM
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 5) Andres Gomez & Mario Mercado (Colombia) - 5 PM

3) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 11) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) - 6 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Mauro Rojas (USA) v. 7) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Quarterfinal craziness at 2019 Pan American Championships

Here’s how crazy things can be at an international racquetball event like the 2019 Pan American Championships now going on in Barranquilla, Colombia. Two players who lost all their group stage matches in Women’s Singles are into the semi-finals, so they’ve made the podium, despite what happened the first three days of the competition. Indeed, the Women’s Singles semi-finalists are the 3rd seed, 12th seed, 15th seed and 24th seed. Astounding.

Natalia Mendez of Argentina, the 24th seed, knocked off the top seed Mexican Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-13, in the quarterfinals Thursday. Also, Maria Paz Muñoz of Ecuador, who beat the 2nd seed Cristina Amaya (Colombia) on Wednesday, followed up that win with a victory over 7th seed Merynanyelly Delgado of the Dominican Republic in the quarters on Thursday, 14-15, 15-13, 11-3. Neither Mendez or Muñoz won a match in the group stage of the event.
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Rhonda Rajsich of the USA was making a bid for a three-peat in Barranquilla, as she’s the two time defending Women's Singles champion, but Argentina’s María José Vargas denied Rajsich that chance by defeating her, 15-4, 15-8, in the quarters. Vargas will play Mendez in the semis, which guarantees an Argentine woman will be in the final.

Paola Longoria of Mexico, the 7 time Pan American Women’s Singles champion, advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Valeria Centellas of Bolivia, 14-15, 15-4, 11-7. Longoria will play Muñoz in the semis Friday.

Things are just about as crazy in Men’s Singles, as the top two seeds lost in the quarterfinals Thursday. Eighth seed Andres Acuña of Costa Rica was the big dragon slayer, as he upset top seed Alejandro Landa of Mexico, 6-15, 15-14, 11-7. Landa had a chance to win the match in two straight games, but Acuña survived, and moves on to the semi-finals.

Speaking of survival, Charles Pratt of the USA barely survived his quarterfinal match with Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso, as he came back to win in three games, 3-15, 15-12, 11-10. He also had to get out of a big hole in the third game, as Moscoso was up 8-1, and 10-7. Moscoso had two chances to win it, but skipped a forehand shot on the first chance, and Pratt hit a forehand winner to deny the second chance.

With the serve back at 10-7, Pratt won four straight rallies, three of which Moscoso ended by skipping shots, including on match point. On that point, Pratt had hit a forehand from the left side of the court that went wide off the right side wall, coming off the back wall. That gave Moscoso an opportunity to hit a winner, but he’d turned around to follow the ball and maybe went for too much - tried for a kill shot rather than solid pass - which resulted in a skip.

Pratt got to match point with a great forehand volley from a center court position. He’ll play Acuña in the semi-finals Friday.

Bolivian Carlos Keller, the 7th seed, ousted 2nd seed David Horn of the USA, 15-12, 15-10. He’ll play Mexican veteran Alvaro Beltran in the semi-finals, as Beltran defeated Dominican Luis Perez, 15-9, 15-6.

It seems that Facebook is the best option for seeing some of the matches from Barranquilla. But check out the IRF Website for results, and the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel for matches.

XXXII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Barranquilla, Colombia - April 12-20, 2019


Women's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

24) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. 1) Monserrat Mejia (Mexico), 15-13, 15-13
12) María José Vargas (Argentina) d. 13) Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-4, 15-8

3) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 6) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia), 14-15, 15-4, 11-7
15) Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) d. 7) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 14-15, 15-13, 11-3

Women's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

12) María José Vargas (Argentina) v. 24) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) - 10 AM
3) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 15) Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - Noon

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

8) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 1) Alejandro Landa (Mexico), 6-15, 15-14, 11-7
4) Charles Pratt (USA) d. 5) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 3-15, 15-12, 11-10

3) Alvaro Beltran (Mexico) d. 6) Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 15-6
7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. 2) David Horn (USA), 15-12, 15-10

Men's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

4) Charles Pratt (USA) v. 8) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - 11 AM
3) Alvaro Beltran (Mexico) v. 7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - 1 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….