Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy 47th Birthday Marci Drexler!

You were the second ranked women's racquetball player for two consecutive seasons - 1992-93 & 1993-94 - behind Michelle Gould. Those were two of the 11 seasons you finished in the top 10 on the women's tour, which ties you for 5th most career top 10s with Lynn Adams and Kerri Wachtel.

You won multiple times on tour with your first win a five game victory over Caryn McKinney back in 1987. The Racquetball Blog's (incomplete) tournament records have you with 5 wins in 13 final appearances. Five wins is the 12th most by a woman, and given you were a contemporary of Adams and Gould, two of the greatest women racquetball players of all time, that many wins is quite remarkable.

That total doesn't include your 1984 US Nationals victory, which you won as an 18 year old, defeating Cindy Baxter in the final. The win got you a mention in the June 18, 1984 Sports Illustrated, as one of their Faces in the Crowd, where you were identified as a "snack bar attendant."

This season you made a return to competition and proved you can still play well, as you defeated Laura Fenton in the California Championships and played a tight match against Jackie Paraiso, losing 15-12, 15-13.

You played doubles with Fenton in this year's US Doubles Championships and finished 4th, defeating Danielle and Michelle Key before losing to Krystal Csuk and Cheryl Gudinas in the semi-finals and then to Aimee Ruiz and Paraiso in the 3rd place match.

You had a fine racquetball career and it's nice to see you playing competitively again.

Follow the bouncing ball….

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