Sunday, February 24, 2013

Longoria wins LPRT Winter Classic

Paola Longoria won her 14th consecutive women's pro racquetball match, as she won the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour's (LPRT's) Winter Classic in Overland Park, Kansas Sunday. Longoria defeated rival Rhonda Rajsich in three straight games, 11-3, 11-2, 11-9.

They were back and forth early in game one, as both players came out drive serving. But after being tied 3-3, Longoria scored eight points in eleven rallies to take the game 11-3.

Longoria carried the momentum over to game two, building a 7-0 lead. Rajsich got a couple of points to make it 7-2, but that was just a minor deviation as Longoria went on to win 11-2.

Game three was by far the longest of the match, although Longoria again got out to a big lead at 5-1. However, Rajsich came back to tie the game at 6-6 and then went ahead 7-6 using lob Z serves to the right side.

They were back and forth after that, tied at 7-7 and 8-8. Rajsich led 9-8, but Longoria served two drive zs to the right side to get her first match point.

Rajsich fought that off with a backhand cross court winner, but off her ensuing half lob to the left, Longoria hit a backhand cross court for a winner to get a second match point.

Longoria made no mistake on that one as she hit a soft down the line shot for the game and match.

The next LPRT event will be at the Southern California Regionals in Reseda, Calif. April 12-14.

8th Winter Classic
Overland Park, Kansas


1 Paola Longoria d. 2 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-2, 11-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

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