Sunday, December 20, 2009

World Junior Racquetball Championships - Singles Results

Bolivia, Mexico and the USA have each won two gold medals in the singles divisions at the 21st World Junior Racquetball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic hosted by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF).

Jose Rojas (USA) finished his last junior tournament on a winning note by defeating Mexican Alejandro Cardona, 15-7, 15-10, in the Boys 18 & under final. In the Girls 18 & final, Bolivian Yazmine Sabja defeated Sheryl Lotts (USA), 2-15, 15-9, 11-0.

Sabja's team-mate, Carlos Keller Vargas became first Bolivian boy and the first non-North American since 1989 to win a World Junior Championship in the 14, 16 or 18 and under division as he defeated American Marco Rojas in the Boys 16 & under final, 4-15, 15-13, 11-2. American Aubrey O'brien won the Girls 16 & under title by defeating Mexican Sofia Rascon, 15-11, 15-4.

Mexicans swept the 14 & under finals. On the girls' side, it was a guarantee, as both finalists were Mexican. Lucia Gonzalez defeated Ximena Gonzalez, 1-15, 15-13, 11-10. On the boys' side, Javier Estrada defeated American Zachary Wertz, 15-0, 15-10.

Last year, Maria Jose Vargas won Bolivia's first gold medal at World Juniors (in Girls 14 & under). Now, they've won two more.

21st World Junior Championship
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Girls 18 & under
F: Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Sheryl Lotts (USA), 2-15, 15-9, 11-0

Girls 16 & under
F: Aubrey O'brien (USA) d. Sofia Rascon (Mexico), 15-11, 15-4

Girls 14 & under
F: Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico) d. Ximena Gonzalez (Mexico), 1-15, 15-13, 11-10

Boys 18 & under
F: Jose Rojas (USA) d. Alejandro Cardona (Mexico), 15-7, 15-10

Boys 16 & under
F: Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia) d. Marco Rojas (USA), 4-15, 15-13, 11-2

Boys 14 & under
F: Javier Estrada (Mexico) d. Zachary Wertz (USA), 15-0, 15-10

Follow the bouncing ball....

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