Sunday, July 12, 2009

Carson repeats as World Outdoor Racquetball Champion; Longoria wins first title outdoors

In a repeat of last year's final, Rocky Carson successfully defended his World Outdoor Championship title Sunday by defeating Alvaro Beltran, 15-10, 15-12, to win the 2009 Racquetball Warehouse World Outdoor Racquetball Championships (WOR) in Huntington Beach, California.

Paola Longoria, who recently became the #1 women's player indoors, won the women's outdoor title by defeating Jackie Paraiso, a former #1 player indoors, 15--11, 14-15, 11-9.

Earlier in the day, Longoria defeated last year's runner-up Keely Franks in one semi-final, 15-13, 15-8, and Paraiso defeated Michelle Poage, 15-13, 10-15, 11-8.

Kevin Booth and Mike Peters were surprise winners in men's doubles, as they defeated Carson and Mark Koidin, 15-8, 15-12. Booth and Peters were seeded 6th, and took out heavy hitters Jason Mannino and Cliff Swain in the semi-finals, 15-10, 9-15, 11-9.

Carson and Koidin beat Josh Tucker and Son Nguyen, 9-15, 15-13, 11-9, in the other semi.

Rhonda Rajsich and Martha Mcdonald won the women's doubles title by defeating Janel Tisinger and Poage in the final, 15-5, 15-13. Rajsich and Mcdonald faced the indoor World Champions Paraiso and Aimee Ruiz, and beat them in three games, 15-14, 7-15, 11-6. Tisinger and Poage won their semi by injury default against Kristen Bellows and Laura Fenton.

2009 Racquetball Warehouse World Outdoor Racquetball Championships
Women's Open Singles

Jacqueline Paraiso d. Michelle Poage, 15-13, 10-15, 11-8
Paola Longoria d. Keely Franks, 15-13, 15-8

Paola Longoria d. Jacqueline Paraiso, 15-11, 14-15, 11-9

Men's Open Singles

Rocky Carson d. Alvaro Beltran, 15-10, 15-12

Women's Doubles Final
Rhonda Rajsich & Martha Mcdonald d. Janel Tisinger & Michelle Poage, 15-5, 15-13

Rajsich & Mcdonald d. Aimee Ruiz & Jacqueline Paraiso, 15-14, 7-15, 11-6
Tisinger & Poage d. Laura Fenton & Kristen Bellows, WBF - Injury

Men's Doubles Final
Kevin Booth & Mike Peters d. Rocky Carson & Mark Koidin, 15-8, 15-12

Carson & Koidin d. Josh Tucker & Son Nguyen, 9-15, 15-13, 11-9
Booth & Peters d. Jason Mannino & Cliff Swain, 15-10, 9-15, 11-9

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