Sunday, December 16, 2018

Longoria at double winner at 2018 LPRT Christmas Classic

Paola Longoria won twice on Sunday, as she won both singles and doubles at the 2018 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland, and provided more evidence of why she is the #1 player on the LPRT. In the singles final, Longoria defeated Alexandra Herrera, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7, and then teamed up with Kelani Bailey Lawrence to beat Herrera and Frédérique Lambert in the doubles final, 15-7, 15-10.

Longoria won each of her four singles matches en route to the title in three straight games giving up an average of 3.92 points per game, including handing out two doughnuts. The win maintains Longoria's undefeated season.

Longoria usually plays doubles with fellow Mexican Samantha Salas, but Salas wasn’t in Maryland reportedly due to travel difficulties. So she teamed up with Bailey Lawrence, who is only ranked 32nd in singles and 21st in doubles on the LPRT. But Bailey Lawrence is half of the current USA Racquetball National Doubles Champions, winning the title with Sharon Jackson last February. Her low LPRT ranking is mainly due to not playing many events.

At the start of the doubles final, it looked like 2nd seeds Herrera and Lambert, who were also playing together for the first time, would cause the upset as they put 6 points on the board before Longoria and Bailey Lawrence scored. Most of those points began with Lambert hitting a drive Z serve to Bailey Lawrence, as they were both playing on the right side. However, once the top seeds Longoria and Bailey Lawrence got going they held their lefty-righty opponents (Herrera is left handed & Lambert right handed) to only one more point while scoring 15 of their own, winning 15-7.

Longoria and Bailey Lawrence took an early lead at 4-1 in game two, and never trailed from there, as they went on to win it 15-10 and take the match in two straight games.

The LPRT will next be in action in 2019 at the Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina, January 25-27. If you missed any of the action from Maryland, check out the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT LiveStream channel.

2018 LPRT Christmas Classic Pro-Am, December 14-16, 2018
Laurel, Maryland


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Frédérique Lambert, 15-7, 15-10

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Herrera & Longoria into final at 2018 LPRT Christmas Classic

Alexandra Herrera broke the glass slipper that Michelle De La Rosa was wearing at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2018 LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland, as Herrera beat De La Rosa in three straight games, 11-1, 11-0, 11-8. De La Rosa had beaten 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert and 7th seed Cristina Amaya to reach the semis, but couldn’t by 3rd seed Herrera.

Herrera will play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the final on Sunday, as Longoria defeated 5th seed Rhonda Rajsich in the other semi-final, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7.

Both Longoria and Herrera could be double winners Sunday, as they will face off in the LPRT doubles final also. In the semi-finals, Longoria and Kelani Bailey Lawrence defeated Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-9, 15-8, while Herrera and Frédérique Lambert won two close games against Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, 15-12, 15-14.

The finals will be Sunday with singles final at noon and doubles final at 1 PM eastern time. You can watch the action from Laurel live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or the LPRT Facebook page.

2018 LPRT Christmas Classic Pro-Am, December 14-16, 2018
Laurel, Maryland


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
3) Alexandra Herrera d. 15) Michelle De La Rosa, 11-1, 11-0, 11-8

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 3) Alexandra Herrera - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-9, 15-8
2) Alexandra Herrera & Frédérique Lambert d. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-12, 15-14

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Frédérique Lambert - 1 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

De La Rosa continues to roll at 2018 LPRT Christmas Classic

Michelle De La Rosa will play in only her second semi-final on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Saturday, as she defeated Cristina Amaya, 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 11-4, in the quarterfinals of the 2018 LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland. De La Rosa’s first semi-final was over two years ago: September 2016 in the Paola Longoria Experience, when she beat then 2nd seed Rhonda Rajsich in the quarters and lost to Frédérique Lambert in semis. In Laurel, De La Rosa beat 2nd seed Lambert in the Round of 16 yesterday.

Alexandra Herrera will play De La Rosa in the semi-finals later today, as Herrera, the 3rd seed, beat 6th seed Natalia Mendez in the quarters, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.

On the top of the draw, LPRT #1 Paola Longoria beat 8th seed Carla Muñoz, 11-4, 11-1, 11-0, in the quarterfinals, and in the semi-finals, she’ll play 5th seed Rajsich, who was an upset winner over 4th seed Maria Jose Vargas, 12-10, 11-9, 11-1, in the quarters.

The semi-finals will be Saturday afternoon at 4 PM and 5 PM, and you can watch the action from Laurel live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or the LPRT Facebook page. The doubles semis will follow at 6 and 7 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final at 1 PM. All times eastern.

2018 LPRT Christmas Classic Pro-Am, December 14-16, 2018
Laurel, Maryland


Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Carla Muñoz, 11-4, 11-1, 11-0
5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 4) Maria Jose Vargas, 12-10, 11-9, 11-1

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 6) Natalia Mendez, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8
15) Michelle De La Rosa d. 7) Cristina Amaya, 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 11-4

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Rhonda Rajsich - 5 PM
3) Alexandra Herrera v. 15) Michelle De La Rosa - 4 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 7 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Frédérique Lambert v. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….