Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Round Up - Wins for Muñoz, Green & Franco

Maria Paz Muñoz won the Women's Open division at the Great Balls of Fire Pro-Am in Miami, Florida, where only one of the top four seeds got to the semi-finals. Muñoz, the 8th seed, defeated 7th seed Jessica Parrilla in the final, 15-13, 15-11.

In the semi-finals, Muñoz beat Masiel Rivera, who was seeded 5th, 15-10, 8-15, 11-4, and Parrilla survived match point against 3rd seed Sharon Jackson by winning in a tie-breaker, 14-15, 15-14, 11-2.

In the quarter finals, Muñoz defeated the top seed Susana Acosta, 15-10, 9-15, 11-8, while Parrilla ousted 2nd seed Da'monique Davis, 15-10, 12-15, 11-8.

In Miami, there was also a large Mixed Open Doubles division with Paola Longoria and her brother Christian coming out on top, as they defeated Cristina Amaya and Sebastian Franco in the final, 15-10, 15-3.

The Longorias beat Jackson and Andres Ramirez in the semi-finals, 15-8, 15-2, while Amaya and Franco defeated Davis and Mike Harmon, 12-15, 15-12, 11-9.

Franco defeated Harmon to take the Men's Open title, 15-10, 15-12.


Mike Green won the 6th Annual Raising Some Racquet for Kids tournament - a Tier 4 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event, as he defeated Andy Hawthorne in the final, 12-10, 11-1, 11-9.

Green beat Mauricio Zelada in the semi-finals, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-13, 11-6, while Hawthorne defeated Danny Lavely, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2.

Hawthorne did win Men's Open Doubles, as he and Mike Dennison defeated Zelada and Joe Kelley, 11-15, 15-13, 11-9, in the final. They beat Thomas Carter and Manolo Sandoval, 13-15, 15-2, 11-9, in one semi-final while Zelada and Kelley defeated Lavely and Chad McGuffey in the other, 15-9, 15-11.


This weekend the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour (LPRT) will be back in action with the LPRT's Southern California Regional Championship in Reseda, California, and as in Miami this past weekend, there's a large draw on tap with 32 players registered including all the top 10 as well as Kristen Bellows, Jackie Paraiso and Janel Tisinger.

Great Balls of Fire - Miami, Florida

Women's Open Final

Maria Paz Muñoz d. Jessica Parrilla, 15-13, 15-11


Maria Paz Muñoz d. Masiel Rivera, 15-10, 8-15, 11-4
Jessica Parrilla d. Sharon Jackson, 14-15, 15-14, 11-2


Maria Paz Muñoz d. Susana Acosta, 15-10, 9-15, 11-8
Masiel Rivera d. Sheryl Lotts, 15-7, 15-8

Sharon Jackson d. Jordan Cooperrider, 15-5, 15-5
Jessica Parrilla d. Da'monique Davis, 15-10, 12-15, 11-8

Mixed Open Doubles Final

Paola Longoria & Christian Longoria d. Cristina Amaya & Sebastian Franco, 15-10, 15-3

Mixed Open Doubles Semi-finals

Paola Longoria & Christian Longoria d. Sharon Jackson & Andres Ramirez, 15-8, 15-2
Cristina Amaya & Sebastian Franco d. Da'monique Davis & Mike Harmon, 12-15, 15-12, 11-9

Men's Open Final

Sebastian Franco d. Mike Harmon, 15-10, 15-12

Men's Open Semi-finals

Sebastian Franco d. Vinny Carvallo, 15-1, 15-7
Mike Harmon d. Juan Torres, 15-12, 10-15, 11-5

IRT 6th Annual Raising Some Racquet for Kids - Cincinnati, Ohio

Men's Final

Mike Green d. Andy Hawthorne in the final, 12-10, 11-1, 11-9

Men's Semi-finals

Mike Green d. Mauricio Zelada, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-13, 11-6
Andy Hawthorne d. Danny Lavely, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2

Follow the bouncing ball....

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