Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kirch breaks into top 10 in latest LPRT rankings

Aubrey Kirch has cracked the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) top 10 rankings for the first time as she's 8th in their latest rankings after the Battle of the Alamo on the weekend.

The 1-7 rankings haven't changed, however, as Paola Longoria continues to be #1, Rhonda Rajsich #2, Maria Jose Vargas #3, Samantha Salas Solis #4, Cristina Amaya #5, Frédérique Lambert #6, and Susana Acosta #7.

Veteran Cheryl Gudinas 9th, but in danger of ending her streak of top 10 seasons as she's 11th in the season points to date behind Da'monique Davis with one tournament to go. Davis's advantage is 28.25 points, so if Gudinas and finish better than Davis in the Ektelon Pro Nationals in Herndon, Virginia next month, she could finish ahead of Davis and in the top ten for yet another season.

Gudinas and Davis could play each other in Herndon, as they will likely be seeded 8th and 9th, respectively, because Lambert will not likely be in Herndon as the dates conflict with the Canadian National Championships in Brossard, Quebec.

Lambert's absence would promote Gudinas and Davis from 9th and 10th seeds to 8th and 9th, and that seeding would mean they'd meet in the Round of 16 - assuming they win their Round of 32 matches (if any).

Gudinas was first in the top 10 on the women's pro tour in 1993-94.

The 2014 Ektelon LPRT Pro Nationals in Herndon, Virginia from May 16-18 is the last LPRT event of the 2013-14 season.

LPRT Rankings - April 28, 2014

Rank - Name - Country - Points

1 Paola Longoria (Mexico) 2860.00
2 Rhonda Rajsich (USA) 1483.00
3 Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia) 1106.50
4 Samantha Salas (Mexico) 868.50
5 Cristina Amaya (Colombia) 760.00

6 Frédérique Lambert (Canada) 602.00
7 Susana Acosta (Mexico) 559.50
8 Aubrey Kirch (USA) 472.50
9 Cheryl Gudinas (USA) 455.00
10 Da'monique Davis (USA) 447.25

11 Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) 425.00
12 Adrienne Haynes (USA) 333.50
13 Sofia Rascon (Mexico) 295.75
14 Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) 294.50
15 Jennifer Saunders (Canada) 271.25

16 Carla Muñoz (Chile) 235.50
16 Sharon Jackson (USA) 235.50
18 Hailey Miller (USA) 232.25
19 Michelle Key (USA) 209.69
20 T.J. Baumbaugh (USA) 191.75

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