Saturday, December 10, 2016

25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic Quarterfinals

There were some close games and one upset in the quarterfinals of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria defeated 8th seed Carla Muñoz, 11-2, 11-1, 12-10, to advance to the semi-finals, where she’ll face a familiar opponent in Samatha Salas, who as the 5th seed upset 4th seed Alexandra Herrera, 11-1, 11-6, 11-3.

On the bottom of the draw, 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert needed four games to get past 10th seed Veronica Sotomayor, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7. Lambert plays 3rd seed Jessica Parrilla in the semi-finals, as Parrilla beat Cristina Amaya, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4.

After dropping the first game against Lambert, Sotomayor led early in game two. Lambert did tie it at 8-8, but Sotomayor was able to finish off the game, 12-10. The story was similar in game three, as Sotomayor went out to a 6-1 lead.

Again Lambert caught up at 8-8, and this time she pushed on to win it, 11-9, with her second game point. Lambert went on to close it out in four games by taking the fourth 11-7.

In Longoria and Muñoz’s match, Longoria cruised through the first two games, but then in game three, Muñoz took the early advantage with leads of 3-0 and 7-2. Muñoz hit several jam serves to the left side that initially forced Longoria to turn around to play the ball as it came off the back wall and towards the right side wall.

Longoria tied the game at 8-8, and then went up 9-8. However, it was Muñoz who got to 10 first, leading 10-9. A Longoria backhand denied Muñoz that game point, and Longoria scored on the next three rallies to win 12-10, ending the match with a backhand cross court shot.

The semi-finals will begin at 4 and 5 PM Saturday and can be viewed via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The doubles semis will follow the singles semis. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic, December 9-11, 2016
Laurel, Maryland


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Carla Muñoz, 11-2, 11-1, 12-10
5) Samantha Salas d. 4) Alexandra Herrera, 11-1, 11-6, 11-3

3) Jessica Parrilla d. 6) Cristina Amaya, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 10) Veronica Sotomayor, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Samantha Salas - 5 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 3) Jessica Parrilla - 4 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Veronica Sotomayor - 6 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, December 9, 2016

Seven of top eight into quarterfinals at 25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic

Seven of the top eight seeds have reached the quarterfinals at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland. Leading the way is LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who handily defeated Amie Brewer, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, in the Round of 16. In the quarters, Longoria will face 8th seed Carla Muñoz who was also a winner in three straight games, as she beat 9th seed Adrienne Haynes, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8.

The exception to the “Top 8 Rules” rule was Veronica Sotomayor, the 10th seed, who upset 7th seed Susana Acosta in four games, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9. The win pits Sotomayor against 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert in the quarterfinals on Saturday, as Lambert beat Kelani Bailey, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.

You can watch the quarterfinals beginning at 10 AM Saturday morning via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The semi-finals will begin at 4 and 5 PM on Saturday. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic, December 9-11, 2016
Laurel, Maryland


Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 17) Amie Brewer, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1
8) Carla Muñoz d. 9) Adrienne Haynes, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8

5) Samantha Salas d. 12) Samantha Simmons, 11-0, 11-2, 11-2
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 13) Laura Brandt, 11-3, 11-0, 11-1

3) Jessica Parrilla d. 14) Hollie Scott, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7
6) Cristina Amaya d. 11) Jordan Cooperrider, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4

10) Veronica Sotomayor d. 7) Susana Acosta, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 15) Kelani Bailey, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Carla Muñoz
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 5) Samantha Salas

3) Jessica Parrilla v. 6) Cristina Amaya
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 10) Veronica Sotomayor

Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
17) Amie Brewer d. 16) Kelly Gremley, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-1

9) Adrienne Haynes - BYE
8) Carla Muñoz - BYE

5) Samantha Salas - BYE
12) Samantha Simmons - BYE

13) Laura Brandt - BYE
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Hollie Scott - BYE

11) Jordan Cooperrider - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Veronica Sotomayor - BYE

15) Kelani Bailey - BYE
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Veronica Sotomayor d. 5) Susana Acosta & Jordan Cooperrider, 15-7, 12-15, 11-2

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz d. 6) Hollie Scott & Samantha Simmons, 15-3, 15-5
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Veronica Sotomayor
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour’s (LPRT’s) last event of 2016 begins Friday in Laurel, Maryland, where the 25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic will take place. As with their last event, the Kitsap Splat, there’s a small draw this weekend, but 8 of the top 9 players will be competing in Laurel, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who is undefeated this season and hasn’t lost an LPRT match since March of 2015, when Frédérique Lambert defeated her in the New Jersey Open.

Lambert has had a great start to this season, and as a result is now ranked #2 on the LPRT. Odds are that she and Longoria will face off in the Christmas Classic Final come Sunday.

However, Lambert’s path to the final won’t be an easy one, as she’ll play either veteran left hander Susana Acosta or Veronica Sotomayor in the quarterfinals, and then probably 3rd seed Jessica Parrilla or 6th Cristina Amaya in the semi-finals.

Longoria’s path to the final will likely have a semi-final showdown with either 4th seed Alexandra Herrera or 5th seed Samantha Salas, who was runner up to Longoria at this year’s US Open.

They are also playing doubles this weekend with Longoria and Salas as the top seeds and Lambert and Parrilla as 2nd seeds. They both have byes in the quarterfinals, but the other quarterfinal matches could be interesting. Amaya and Sotomayor will take on Susana Acosta and Jordan Cooperrider in one quarter with Herrera and Carla Muñoz playing Hollie Scott and Samantha Simmons in the other.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 10 and 11 AM and the semi-finals at 4 and 5 PM. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

25th Annual NES Associates LPRT Christmas Classic, December 9-11, 2016
Laurel, Maryland


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Kelly Gremley v. 17) Amie Brewer

9) Adrienne Haynes - BYE
8) Carla Muñoz - BYE

5) Samantha Salas - BYE
12) Samantha Simmons - BYE

13) Laura Brandt - BYE
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Hollie Scott - BYE

11) Jordan Cooperrider - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Veronica Sotomayor - BYE

15) Kelani Bailey - BYE
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Veronica Sotomayor v. 5) Susana Acosta & Jordan Cooperrider

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz v. 6) Hollie Scott & Samantha Simmons
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….