Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day 2 at 25th IRF World Junior Championships

Play continued Monday at the 25th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Sucre, Bolivia, although unlike Sunday there were no upsets on the girl's side, although notable is the performance of Ana Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala in Girl's U14, as she followed up her win over #1 seed Monserrat Mejia of Mexico on Sunday with a win over Annie Fisher of Canada, 15-0, 15-2. That should ensure she takes the #1 seed in the elimination round that will begin on Wednesday. Fisher and Mejia will play on Tuesday.

Martinez is also playing doubles with Maria Renee Rodriguez, but in Girl's U18. They pushed the Mexican team of Alexandra Herrera and Ximena Gonzaelez to a tie-breaker before losing 15-3, 13-15, 11-9.

Boy's Rounds

In Boy's U18 singles, Conrado Kevin Moscoso Ortiz (Bolivia), 12th seed, has a chance to win his group and claim the #2 seeding for the elimination round as he defeated 2nd seed Rodrigo Garay of Mexico, 15-7, 15-14, on Monday. Ortiz will have to beat Alejandro Santos of Venezuela in their last group match on Tuesday. Santos has lost both his group matches so far.

Ortiz's team-mate, Diego Crespo is in a similar situation, as he defeated Mexican Eduardo Garay, 15-8, 12-15, 11-7, on Monday for his second group win. If he wins on Monday against Marlon Peasantez of Ecuador, the 14th seeded Crespo will win the group.

One upset in Boy's U18 doubles, 7th seeds Junior Rodriguez and Diego Pimentel of the Dominican Republic defeated 3rd seeds Michael Leduc and Anthony Schonberger of Canada, 15-6, 15-7.

In Boy's U16 singles, Christan Chavez of Ecuador, the 13th seed, defeated 3rd seed Nicolas Bousquet of Canada, 15-14, 6-15, 11-3, and 14th seed Felipe Arenas of Colombia beat 4th seed Jose Ubilla of Costa Rica, 15-14, 15-7.

Two upsets in Boy's U16 doubles, as 9th seeds Daniel Arevalo and Eliseo Molina beat 4th seeds Alexander Pirie and Jose Ubilla, 15-6, 15-8, and 7th seeds Hansel Martinez and Juan Jose Salvatierra defeated 6th seeds Christian Chavez and Maleo Espinoza, 11-15, 15-10, 11-10.

Set Cubillos of Colombia followed up his win in Boy's U14 singles over American Justus Benson on Sunday with a win over Rodrigo Mendoza, 15-11, 15-6, on Monday, so he'll win that three player group and be the 3rd seed in the elimination draw. Other upsets in Boy's U14 were Daniel Arevalo of Venezuela's win over Evan Wargo of the USA, 15-1, 15-6, and Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) beat Andres Montero of Costa Rica, 15-11, 15-5.

In Boy's U14 doubles, the Bolivian team of Andres AvendaƱo and Rodrigo Mendoza defeated the top seeded American team of Justus Benson and Evan Wargo, 15-3, 15-0.

On Tuesday, the last of the preliminary round matches will be played. The results of the first three days will be used to seed players in the elimination round that begins on Wednesday.

There is some live streaming of matches from Sucre via the IRF website.

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