Saturday, May 23, 2009

USA Racquetball Singles Championships - QFs

There were two upsets in women's play but the men's division is still going according to form in Houston, Texas at the 42nd USA Racquetball National Singles Championships.

Aimee Ruiz, reigning US and World Doubles Champion, took out second seed Kristen Bellows, 15-12, 15-12. Bellows had been coming off her first career women's pro tournament title last month in Stockton, California at the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) Pro Nationals.

Ruiz will next face Rhonda Rajsich in the semi-finals, as she beat Da'monique Davis, 15-4, 15-6, in the quarters.

On the top side of the draw, Adrienne Fisher defeated Kerri Wachtel, 15-6, 15-8. It wasn't an upset by the seedings, as Fisher was 4th and Wachtel 5th, but Wachtel has a higher WPRO rank (she's 5th) than Fisher (who's 7th).

Fisher takes on top seed Cheryl Gudinas Holmes in the semis Saturday. Gudinas Holmes defeated Liz Alvarado, 15-4, 15-6, in the other quarter final.

On the men's side, the top four seeds will face off in the semi-finals. Jack Huczek will face Shane Vanderson, while Rocky Carson takes on Chris Crowther.

2009 USA Racquetball National Singles
Men's Singles US team Qualifying
Quarter Finals:

Jack Huczek d. Jose Rojas, 15-8, 15-10
Shane Vanderson d. John Ellis, 15-13, 15-12
Chris Crowther d. Andy Hawthorne, 15-7, 11-15, 11-8
Rocky Carson d. Ruben Gonzalez, 15-7, 15-5

Jack Huczek vs. Shane Vanderson
Rocky Carson vs. Chris Crowther

Women's Singles US team Qualifying
Quarter finals:

Adrienne Fisher d. Kerri Wachtel, 15-6, 15-8
Rhonda Rajsich d. Da'monique Davis, 15-4, 15-6
Aimee Ruiz d. Kristen Bellows, 15-12, 15-12
Cheryl Gudinas Holmes d. Liz Alvarado, 15-4, 15-6

Cheryl Gudinas Holmes vs. Adrienne Fisher
Rhonda Rajsich vs. Aimee Ruiz

Follow the bouncing ball....

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