Wednesday, October 23, 2013

IRF - 25th World Junior Championships - Boy's Playoffs

The boy's elimination round draws have been released for the 25th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Sucre, Bolivia.

Left-hander Adam Manilla of the USA is the top seed in Boy's U18, but 2nd seed Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) and 3rd seed Andres Aviles (Costa Rica) have been impressive in the group matches. Also, 4th seed Diego Crespo of Bolivia went tie-breaker with Alex Ackermann at this year's International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event in Denver, so he also no slouch.

Coby Iwaasa of Canada is the top seed in Boy's U16 and the defending U16 champion, so he's the player to beat. But he could face Mexican Andree Parrilla in the semi-finals, and Parrilla defeated Iwaasa in a tie-breaker earlier this month at the US Open in the final of Men's Open.

Set Cubillos of Colombia has impressed in Boy's U14, but he's still only the 3rd seed, so he'll have work to do to get to the championship. With Mexicans Cristian Longoria and Juan Loreta as the 2nd and 4th seeds, respectively, it's a good opportunity for Mexico to double medal in this division.

The Rounds of 32 and 16 will be played Wednesday with the quarter finals on Thursday, semi-finals on Friday and finals on Saturday.

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

25th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Sucre, Bolivia

Boy's U18 Singles (with seedings)

Round of 32

Luciano Garcia (Nicaragua) v. Michael Leduc (Canada)
Rodrigo Salgado (Chile) v. Alejandro Santos (Venezuela)
Marion Pesantez (Ecuador) v. Diego Pimentel (Dominican Rep.)

Round of 16

1. Adam Manilla (USA) v. Luciano Garcia (Nicaragua) or Michael Leduc (Canada)
8. Rodrigo Garay (Mexico) v. 9. Luis Fernando Polo (Colombia)

5. Anthony Schonberger (Canada) v. 12. Junior Rodriguez (Dominican Rep.)
4. Diego Crespo (Bolivia) v. 13. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala)

3. Andres Aviles (Costa Rica) v. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile) or Alejandro Santos (Venezuela)
6. Eduardo Garay (Mexico) v. 11. Estevan Aldana (Guatemala)

7. Connor Laffey (USA) v. 10. Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica)
2. Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Marion Pesantez (Ecuador) or Diego Pimentel (Dominican Rep.)

Boy's U16 Singles (with seedings)

Round of 32

Arturo Acevedo (Colombia) v. Diego Silva (Chile)
Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) v. Eliseo Molina (Venezuela)
Mateo Espinoza (Ecuador) v. Alejandro Santos (Venezuela)

Round of 16

1. Coby Iwaasa (Canada) v. Arturo Acevedo (Colombia) or Diego Silva (Chile)
8. Christan Chavez (Ecuador) v. 9. Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica)

5. Jake Birnel (USA) v. 12. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala)
4. Andree Parrilla (Mexico) v. 13. Sam Bredenbeck (USA)

3. Nicolas Bousquet (Canada) v. 14. Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) or Eliseo Molina (Venezuela)
6. Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. 11. Hansel Martinez (Guatemala)

7. Felipe Arenas (Colombia) v. 10. Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia)
2. Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia) v. 15. Mateo Espinoza (Ecuador) or Alejandro Santos (Venezuela)

Boy's U14 Singles (with seedings)

Round of 16

Andres AvendaƱo (Bolivia) - BYE
Justus Benson (USA) v. Jorge Ochoa (Ecuador)

Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) v. Evan Wargo (USA)
Juan Loreto (Mexico) v. Arturo Gonzalez (Colombia)

Set Cubillos (Colombia) - BYE
Daniel Arevalo (Venezuela) v. Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

Sergio Acuna (Costa Rica) v. Rodrigo Mendoza (Bolivia)
Cristian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

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