Saturday, August 21, 2010

2010 IRF World Championships - USA sweeps team title

The USA has won the men's and women's team competitions at the 15th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. Both the American men and women swept Team Canada to successfully defend the titles they won in Ireland two years ago. They were also the overall winners.

The USA has won every women's team competition at Worlds and this is their 9th men's title and 14th overall title. Canada is the only other country to have won the team titles.

On the women's side, Rhonda Rajsich defeated Josée Grand'Maître, 15-8, 15-3, in the first of the three final matches, and then Cheryl Gudinas beat Jennifer Saunders, 15-9, 15-8. Finally, Jackie Paraiso and Aimee Ruiz beat Brandi Jacobson Prentice and Frédérique Lambert in two straight games, 15-8, 15-3.

On the men's side, Jack Huczek defeated Vincent Gagnon, 15-13, 15-6, and Rocky Carson beat Kris Odegard, 15-10, 15-7. With the outcome decided, the Canadians forfeited the doubles match, so the American doubles team of Ben Croft and Mitch Williams didn't play against Canadians Mike Green and Tim Landeryou.

The team competition works as a best of three. One country's #1 and #2 singles players play another's as well as the doubles teams facing off.

15th IRF World Championships
Seoul, South Korea

Men's Team Competition

USA d. Canada, 3-0
Jack Huczek (USA) d. Vincent Gagnon (Canada), 15-13, 15-6
Rocky Carson (USA) d. Kris Odegard (Canada), 15-10, 15-7
Ben Croft & Mitch Williams (USA) d. Mike Green & Tim Landeryou (Canada), forfeit

3rd Place
Bolivia d. Costa Rica, 2-1

Women's Team Competition
USA d. Canada, 3-0
Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Josée Grand'Maître (Canada), 15-8, 15-3
Cheryl Gudinas (USA) d. Jennifer Saunders (Canada), 15-9, 15-8.
Jackie Paraiso & Aimee Ruiz (USA) d. Brandi Jacobson Prentice & Frédérique Lambert (Canada), 15-8, 15-3

3rd Place
Mexico d. South Korea, 3-0

Follow the bouncing ball....

1 comment:

Leo Ray Vasquez said...

Hi Evan, thanks for providing the updates and results.