Friday, February 15, 2013

46th USA Racquetball Double Championships - First round results

The 46th USA Racquetball National Doubles Championship are underway in Tempe, Arizona, and there were some unexpected results on Thursday on the women's side, as the Key sisters - Danielle and Michelle - defeated another pair of sisters former US and World Champions Jacqueline and Joy Paraiso, 15-7, 15-7, in the first round of the Women's US Team Qualifying division.

The Keys will face top seeds and defending champions Rhonda Rajsich and Kim Russell-Waselenchuk in the semi-finals on Friday.

Other women's winners on Thursday were Cheryl Gudinas and Kelani Bailey, who defeated Grace Hughes and Jessica Munoz, 15-12, 15-10, and Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger, 15-12, 15-5, winners over Elaine Albrecht and Kimberly Irons.

There were no upsets on the men's side, including a win by defending champions Rocky Carson and Ben Croft, who beat Bryan Crosser and Jacob Hutkins, 15-8, 15-12.

Chris Crowther and Shane Vanderson were runners-up to Croft and Carson last year, but Vanderson isn't playing this year, so Crowther's teamed up with two time US Open Champion Cliff Swain. They won their first match over Mike Orr and Scott Davis, 15-4, 15-7.

In the other quarter final matches, young guns Jansen Allen and Tony Carson defeated the veteran team of Eric Muller and Jason Mannino, 15-5, 15-6, and Andy Hawthorne and Jeff Stark beat Anthony Herrera and Rafael Filippini, 15-7, 15-2.

The semis will be Croft and R. Carson versus Allen and T. Carson, who's no relation to R. Carson, on the top side with Crowther and Swain versus Hawthorne and Stark on the bottom side.

2013 46th USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Division Entries


Quarter finals

Rocky Carson & Ben Croft d. Bryan Crosser & Jacob Hutkins, 15-8, 15-12
Jansen Allen & Tony Carson d. Eric Muller & Jason Mannino, 15-5, 15-6

Andy Hawthorne & Jeff Stark d. Anthony Herrera & Rafael Filippini, 15-7, 15-2
Chris Crowther & Cliff Swain d. Mike Orr & Scott Davis, 15-4, 15-7


Rocky Carson & Ben Croft v. Jansen Allen & Tony Carson
Chris Crowther & Cliff Swain v. Andy Hawthorne & Jeff Stark


Quarter finals

Rhonda Rajsich & Kim Russell-Waselenchuk - BYE
Danielle Key & Michelle Key d. Jacqueline Paraiso & Joy Paraiso, 15-7, 15-7

Cheryl Gudinas & Kelani Bailey d. Grace Hughes & Jessica Munoz, 15-12, 15-10
Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger d. Elaine Albrecht & Kimberly Irons, 15-12, 15-5


Rhonda Rajsich & Kim Russell-Waselenchuk v. Danielle Key & Michelle Key
Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger v. Cheryl Gudinas & Kelani Bailey

Follow the bouncing ball....

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