Saturday, July 30, 2011

5 Gold Medals Possible for Mexico at 2011 Junior Worlds

Mexico will have a chance for gold medals in five singles divisions on the last day of the 23rd International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. But unlike some recent years, there are no finals with two players from the same country, so while Mexico has five finalists they may not have any gold medals at the end of the day.

The only division without a Mexican finalist is Girls U18, where Canadian Frédérique Lambert will try to avenge her loss earlier in the week against Bolivian Maria Jose Vargas. Vargas is one of four Bolivians going for gold Saturday. Carlos Keller (Boys U18), Marcelo Vargas (Boys U14), and Natalia Mendez (Girls U14) are the other Bolivian finalists.

The other finalists are American Kelani Bailey in Girls U16, where she'll play Alexandra Herrera of Mexico, and Costa Rican Andres Acuna, who'll face Mexican Rodrigo Garay for the Boys U16 title.

The 23rd Junior World Racquetball Championship finals will be streamed live from Santo Domingo starting at 10 AM via the IRF website.

23rd Junior World Racquetball Championships
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Boy's 14 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Cristhian Mina (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-0
Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Matthew Swaine (Canada), 15-4, 15-7
Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia) d. Andree Parrilla (Mexico), 15-11, 15-14
Hansel Martinez (Guatemala) d. Stevie Quinn (Ireland), 15-7, 15-14

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Coby Iwaasa (Canada), 15-5, 13-15, 11-7
Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia) d. Hansel Martinez (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-1

Final - Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) vs. Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia)

Boy's 16 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Adam Manilla (USA) d. Junior Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 3-15, 11-8
Rodrigo Garay (Mexico) d. Ernesto Ruiz (Bolivia), 15-4, 15-11
Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) d. Luciano Garcia (Nicaragua), 15-8, 5-15, 11-5
Ramon Yanez (Mexico) d. Mario Mercado (Bolivia), 15-5, 15-14

Rodrigo Garay (Mexico) d. Adam Manilla (USA), 15-12, 15-3
Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) d. Ramon Yanez (Mexico), 15-6, 12-15, 11-5

Final - Rodrigo Garay (Mexico) vs. Andres Acuna (Costa Rica)

Boy's 18 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Nick Montalbano (USA) d. Jorge Luis Michel (Bolivia), 15-5, 15-7
Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Samuel Murray (Canada), 15-10, 15-6
Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Jose Diaz (USA), 10-15, 15-11, 11-9
Jaime Martell (Mexico) d. Kurtis Cullen (Canada), 15-3, 15-6

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Nick Montalbano (USA), 15-14, 15-13
Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Jaime Martell (Mexico), 15-11, 15-6

Final - Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) vs. Carlos Keller (Bolivia)

Girl's 14 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) d. Sofia Soley (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-0
Michelle Morissette (Canada) d. Kaitlyn Simmons (USA), 15-7, 14-15, 11-8
Nathaly Mina (Bolivia) d. Lexi York (USA), 15-14, 4-15, 11-7
Diana Aguilar (Mexico) d. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-0, 15-4

Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) d. Michelle Morissette (Canada), 15-8, 15-3
Diana Aguilar (Mexico) d. Nathaly Mina (Bolivia), 15-3, 15-6

Final - Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) vs. Diana Aguilar (Mexico)

Girl's 16 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Masiel Rivera (Bolivia), 15-6, 15-14
Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Regina Franco (Mexico), 15-7, 6-15, 11-6
Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) d. Samantha Simmons (USA), 15-8, 15-12
Kelani Bailey (USA) d. Sylvia Zamora (Nicaragua), 15-1, 15-7

Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-4
Kelani Baily (USA) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 15-4, 15-11

Final - Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) vs. Kelani Baily (USA)

Girl's 18 and Under - Singles

Quarter finals
Devon Pimentelli (USA) d. Pamela Sierra (Honduras), 15-8, 15-3
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Adriana Riveros (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-8
Sofia Rascon (Mexico) d. Joselyn Loredo (Mexico), 15-5, 15-9
Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia) d. Amanda Lindsay (USA), 15-5, 15-6

Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Devon Pimentelli (USA), 15-3, 15-5
Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia) d. Sofia Rascon (Mexico), 15-13, 15-11

Final: Frédérique Lambert (Canada) vs. Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia)

Follow the bouncing ball....

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