Monday, October 29, 2012

Keller Vargas wins 1st ever World Racquetball Tour event

The inaugural World Racquetball Tour (WRT) event was held this past weekend in Pleasanton, California, and Carlos Keller Vargas won the title by defeating Alejandro Cardona in the final, winning 15-10, 15-14. Keller Vargas came back in both games.

In the semi-finals, Keller Vargas beat Ismael Aldana Jr., 15-12, 15-3, and Cardona beat Kurtis Cullen, 15-7, 15-4.

Cardona did win the doubles title, as he and Pedro Castro defeated Cullen and Anthony Schonberger, 15-7, 15-6. Cardona and Castro beat Keller Vagas and Kadim Carrasco in the semi-finals, 15-12, 15-11, while Cullen and Schonberger defeated James Swift and Dale Millhollin, 15-10, 15-2.

The World Racquetball Tour is aimed at highlighting players outside the top 8 on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and they've chosen to run events separately rather than as IRT Tier 2, 3, 4 or 5 events. The aim is to have young up and coming players compete for a chance to earn some decent payouts. For example, Keller Vargas received $1500 for the win and Cardona $1000 for second. Also, the doubles event winners got $1000.

This first event featured players from several different countries, although the Americans competing were almost all from California, except for Joshua Hungerford, who's from Oregon. Only one American - Aldana - got to the semis and only three were in the quarters.

World Racquetball Tour
Pleasanton, California

Men's Pro / Open Final

Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia) d. Alejandro Cardona (Mexico), 15-10, 15-14


Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia) d. Ismael Aldana Jr. (USA), 15-12, 15-3
Alejandro Cardona (Mexico) beat Kurtis Cullen (Canada), 15-7, 15-4

Men's Pro Doubles

Alejandro Cardona (Mexico) & Pedro Castro (Canada) d. Kurtis Cullen & Anthony Schonberger (Canada), 15-7, 15-6


Alejandro Cardona (Mexico) & Pedro Castro (Canada) d. Carlos Keller Vagas (Bolivia) & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-11
Kurtis Cullen (Canada) & Anthony Schonberger (Canada) d. James Swift (USA) & Dale Millhollin (USA), 15-10, 15-2

Follow the bouncing ball….

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