Sunday, December 10, 2017

Longoria wins singles & doubles at 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic

Paola Longoria defeated Frédérique Lambert, 11-2, 11-0, 9-11, 11-2, to win the 2017 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Sunday. Longoria beat Lambert again in the LPRT doubles final, when she teamed up with Alexandra Herrera to defeat Lambert and Jessica Parrilla, 15-13, 15-6.

In the singles final, each game had one of the players taking a 5-0 lead. In game one, Longoria got up by that margin, and then Lambert scored two points to make it 5-2. Lambert didn’t score again until the start of game three.

But in game three, Lambert took the early lead at 7-0. It was easy to imagine that there was going to be a long match now, especially when Lambert got to ten at 10-5. Then Longoria came back to 10-9, and it was easy to imagine she’d end it in three. However, Lambert was able to close out game three on her third game point, which was a drive serve ace to the left side.

Game four reverted to the pattern of games one and two, as Longoria went up 8-0, and pushed on to win decisively, 11-2, as Lambert skipped a backhand serve return on match point.

The first game of the doubles final was close, and Lambert and Parrilla actually led 9-8. But Longoria and Herrera got the next six points, reaching game point at 14-9. Lambert got her side the serve back with a backhand pinch shot, and she and Parrilla ran four points to get within one at 14-13.

A marginal avoidable call on Lambert ended that run. But Longoria and Herrera didn’t score off it, as Lambert and Parrilla in turn hit winners on the next two rallies. But they couldn’t score with the back, which gave Longoria and Herrera a chance to end the game, and the left-handed Herrera did so with a forehand pinch shot, 15-13.

In game two, Longoria and Herrera jumped out to a 5-1 lead, and Lambert and Parrilla were never closer than that, as Longoria and Herrera went on to win it, 15-6, and take the match in two straight games.

The 2017-18 LPRT season will continue in January with the Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina, January 26-28. If you missed any of this weekend’s action, you can see it via the LPRT YouTube channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Final

1) Paola Longoria d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 11-2, 11-0, 9-11, 11-2

LPRT Doubles - Final

1) Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera d. 3) Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert, 15-13, 15-6

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Longoria & Lambert to face off in singles & doubles at 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic

Paola Longoria and Frédérique Lambert - the #1 and #2 players, respectively, on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) - will face off in the final of the 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Friday. But their paths to the final were not equal, as Longoria won her semi-final match in straight games, while Lambert played a second consecutive five game match in the semis.

Longoria defeated 4th seed Rhonda Rajisch, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2, while Lambert went toe to toe with Jessica Parrilla, eventually come out on top by the scores of 14-12, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8.

Longoria and Lambert will also face off in the LPRT doubles final on Sunday. In the semis, Longoria and Alexandra Herrera beat Carla Muñoz and Natalia Mendez, 15-7, 15-7, while Lambert and Parrilla won two close games against Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-11, 15-13.

The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
2 Frédérique Lambert d. 3 Jessica Parrilla, 14-12, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday - 11 AM

1 Paola Longoria v. 2 Frédérique Lambert

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera d. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez, 15-7, 15-7
3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert d. 2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-11, 15-13

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - Noon

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Quarterfinals at 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic

Frédérique Lambert - the #2 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) , barely survived her quarterfinal match with 7th seed Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, at the LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Friday. This quarterfinal was a rematch from this year’s US Open semi-finals, when Lambert also won in five games.

Lambert was ahead 6-4 in the breaker only to see Mendez come back and take the lead at 7-6. Yet the young Canadian was able to recover, and won the next four points, which put her on match point at 10-7. But Mendez fought off that point by hitting a winning return of a drive serve to the right.

However, Mendez didn’t score, so Lambert had her second chance to end it. That also went by as Mendez hit a winning forehand cross-court. An unforced forehand skip shot by Lambert gave Mendez her 8th point, and she earned her 9th with a drive serve ace to the right side.

With an opportunity to tie the game at 10-10, Mendez skipped a shot. But she regained serve with a backhand return of a Lambert drive serve to the left side. Lambert got the serve back with an impressive backhand pinch that she volleyed out of the air and into the front left corner.

It was another backhand pinch shot that ended it, as Lambert made good on her fourth match point opportunity. The win sets up a showdown with her doubles partner Jessica Parrilla, as Parrilla best Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8.

LPRT #1 Paola Longoria won her quarterfinal in straight games, as she beat Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-0, 11-3. Longoria’s semi-final opponent will be Rhonda Rajsich, as Rajsich defeated Alexandra Herrera, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.

The singles semi-finals will go Saturday at 4 PM and 5 PM with the doubles semis to follow at 6 and 7 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 8 Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-0, 11-3
4 Rhonda Rajsich v. 5 Alexandra Herrera, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6

3 Jessica Parrilla d. 6 Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8
2 Frédérique Lambert d. 7 Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 4 Rhonda Rajsich - 5 PM
2 Frédérique Lambert v. 3 Jessica Parrilla - 4 PM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez - 7 PM
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - 6 PM

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