American girls swept up all the gold medals in doubles in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the 21st World Junior Racquetball Championships hosted by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), but as in singles it was a three way split on the boys' side in doubles with the USA, Bolivia and Mexico getting one gold medal each.
Each of the girls finals was an American-Bolivian battle. In Girls 18 and under, Danielle Key and Aubrey O'brien needed a tie-breaker to defeat the Bolivian team of Yazmine Sabja and Maria Jose Vargas, winning 13-15, 15-8, 11-0. Key and O'brien won the 16 and under doubles division last year.
Amanda Lindsay and Jessica Munoz won the Girls 16 and under by defeating Bolivians Adriana Riveros and Carolina Ona, 15-5, 15-13, while in Girls 14 and under Kelani Bailey and Abbey Lavely beat Masiel Rivera and Natalia Mendez, 15-7, 15-10.
Each of the gold medal winning boys doubles teams had a gold medal winning singles player. Thus, American Jose Rojas, Bolivian Carlos Keller Vargas and Mexican Javier Estrada will each being coming home with two gold medals.
Rojas and Jose Serrano won the Boys 18 and under doubles title by defeating Jose Daniel Ugalde and Juan Diego Rodriguez of Ecuador, 15-3, 15-8. Rojas also won the Boys 18 and under title last year when he played with Jansen Allen.
Vargas and Jorge Luis Michel won the 16 and under division with a victory over Americans Joshua Hungerford and Nick Montalbano, 15-12, 15-12. It's their second World Juniors doubles title, as they won the 14 and under in 2007.
Estrada and Eduardo Garay defeated Americans Adam Manilla and Zachary Wertz, 15-0, 15-10 in the Boys 14 and under final.
21st World Junior Championship
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Girls 18 & under Doubles
F: Danielle Key & Aubrey O'brien (USA) d. Yazmine Sabja & Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia), 13-15, 15-8, 11-0
Girls 16 & under Doubles
F: Amanda Lindsay & Jessica Munoz (USA) d. Adriana Riveros & Carolina Ona (Bolivia), 15-5, 15-13
Girls 14 & under Doubles
F: Kelani Bailey & Abbey Lavely (USA) d. Masiel Rivera & Natalia Mendez (Bolivia), 15-7, 15-10
Boys 18 & under Doubles
F: Jose Rojas & Jose Serrano (USA) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde & Juan Diego Rodriguez (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-8
Boys 16 & under Doubles
F: Jorge Luis Michel & Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia) d. Joshua Hungerford & Nick Montalbano (USA), 15-12, 15-12
Boys 14 & under Doubles
F: Javier Estrada & Eduardo Garay (Mexico) d. Adam Manilla & Zachary Wertz (USA), 12-15, 15-14, 15-9
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