Monday, June 17, 2019

Longoria wins singles & doubles at 2019 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic

Paola Longoria completed an undefeated season on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Sunday, as she won the Teamroot.com Classic - the last event of the 2018-19 LPRT season - in Overland Park, Kansas. Longoria defeated Samantha Salas, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, in the final. The win was Longoria’s 9th of the season, and eight of those final wins were against Salas.

Longoria and Salas teamed up to play doubles in Kansas, and they won the title by defeating Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-3, 14-15, 11-8, in the final.

The wins confirm Longoria as the #1 LPRT player in both singles and doubles. She has been the season ending #1 player 10 times, including the last 8 seasons, which is the more than any other player has done either overall or consecutively.

If you missed any of the action, you can watch it via the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 Teamroot.com Classic
Overland Park, Kansas - June 14-16, 2019


LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria d. 2 Samantha Salas, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-3, 14-15, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Longoria & Salas to faceoff in final of 2019 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic

There have been no upsets at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Teamroot.com Classic in Overland Park, Kansas on Saturday, so LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will play #2 Samantha Salas in the final on Sunday at noon. In the semi-finals, Longoria defeated LPRT #4 Alexandra Herrera, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4, and Salas beat LPRT #3 Maria Jose Vargas, 5-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-3.

Salas reached the final, but she could have gone out in the quarterfinals to Nancy Enriquez, who won the first two games of their match, and had three match points in game four. But Salas fought them all off, and scored four points to go from 8-10 down to win 12-10. Salas was then able to win the tie-breaker to complete the comeback, winning 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6.

Also in the quarters, Vargas needed a tie-breaker to defeat her doubles partner Natalia Mendez, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4, and Herrera went four games with 5th seed Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3.

The singles final will be Sunday at noon. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM with the final Sunday at 1 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 Teamroot.com Classic
Overland Park, Kansas - June 14-16, 2019


LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 8 Cristina Amaya, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
4 Alexandra Herrera d. 5 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3

3 Maria Jose Vargas d. 6 Natalia Mendez, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4
2 Samantha Salas d. 7 Nancy Enriquez, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Alexandra Herrera, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4
2 Samantha Salas d. 3 Maria Jose Vargas, 5-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-3

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria v. 2 Samantha Salas - Noon

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera, 15-5, 15-9
3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 2 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-7

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 1 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, June 14, 2019

2019 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic - Rounds of 32 and 16

The 2018-19 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season wraps up this weekend in Overland Park, Kansas, where 22 players will compete in the Teamroot.com Classic, an event with Grand Slam level prize money. Eight of the top 9 players and 15 of the top 20 will be hoping Kansas is just like home. Paola Longoria - the LPRT’s #1 player - will be trying to complete an undefeated season. If she does so, it will be her 5th undefeated season. Longoria has already assured herself of the #1 ranking for the 8th straight season.

In earlier action, Jessica Parrilla made a successful return to the tour by defeating Adrienne Haynes, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2. Parrilla has been out with a knee injury suffered at the end of last season. In the 16/17 match, 17th seed Monserrat Mejia beat 16th seed Carla Muñoz, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10.

Also in the Round of 32, there were two matches that required 5th game tie-breakers. In one, 12th seed Cassi Lee came back from 2-1 down to defeat 21st seed Marie Gomar, 11-3, 11-13, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8, and in the other 14th Sheryl Lotts did the same in getting by 19th seed Erin Rivera, 3-11, 11-2, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10.

In doubles, 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas were one point from being eliminated in the quarterfinals, as they dropped the first game to 7th seeds Nancy Enriquez and Jessica Parrilla, but they were able to pull out game two, and then won the tie-breaker, taking the match 10-15, 15-14, 11-2. Mendez and Vargas will play 3rd seeds Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia in the semi-finals Saturday night, as Herrera and Mejia beat 6th seeds Susana Acosta and Cristina Amaya, 15-7, 15-8.

Top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated 9th seeds Ana Laura Flores and Erin Rivera, 15-13, 15-1, to set up a semi-final showdown with Brenda Laime and Masiel Rivera, who were straight game winners over Sheryl Lotts and Carla Muñoz, 15-11, 15-6.

The singles quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (11 AM & Noon) and semi-finals Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at noon. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM with the final Sunday at 1 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Teamroot.com Classic
Overland Park, Kansas - June 14-16, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
17 Monserrat Mejia d. 16 Carla Muñoz, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10

9 Masiel Rivera - BYE
8 Cristina Amaya - BYE

5 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12 Cassi Lee d. 21 Marie Gomar, 11-3, 11-13, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8

20 Jessica Parrilla d. 13 Adrienne Haynes, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2
4 Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
14 Sheryl Lotts v. 19 Erin Rivera, 3-11, 11-2, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10

11 Ana Laura Flores - BYE
6 Natalia Mendez - BYE

7 Nancy Enriquez - BYE
10 Brenda Laime - BYE

15 Susana Acosta d. 18 Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
2 Samantha Salas - BYE

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria d. 17 Monserrat Mejia, 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
8 Cristina Amaya d. 9 Masiel Rivera, 1-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-2

5 Rhonda Rajsich d. 12 Cassi Lee, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
4 Alexandra Herrera d. 20 Jessica Parrilla, 3-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7

3 Maria Jose Vargas d. 14 Sheryl Lotts, 11-8, 11-1, 11-5
6 Natalia Mendez d. 11 Ana Laura Flores, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9

7 Nancy Enriquez d. 10 Brenda Laime, 11-6, 11-1, 11-9
2 Samantha Salas d. 15 Susana Acosta, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 8 Cristina Amaya - Noon
4 Alexandra Herrera v. 5 Rhonda Rajsich - Noon

3 Maria Jose Vargas v. 6 Natalia Mendez - 11 AM
2 Samantha Salas v. 7 Nancy Enriquez - 11 AM

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
9 Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera d. 8 Marie Gomar & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-10, 15-11

5 Sheryl Lotts & Carla Muñoz - BYE
4 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - BYE

3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
6 Susana Acosta & Cristina Amaya - BYE

7 Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 10 T. J. Baumbaugh & Cassi Lee, 15-9, 15-2
2 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 9 Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera, 15-13, 15-1
4 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera d. 5 Sheryl Lotts & Carla Muñoz, 15-11, 15-6

3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 6 Susana Acosta & Cristina Amaya, 15-7, 15-8
2 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 7 Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 10-15, 15-14, 11-2

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - 8 PM
2 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 3 Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….