Sunday, June 29, 2014

2014 USA Junior Olympics - Cooperrider repeats as champion

Jordan Cooperrider successfully defended her U16 USA Junior title Saturday at the 2014 Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with a win over Erika Manilla, 15-4, 8-15, 11-4, in what was a rematch of last year's U14 final.

This year's U14 champion is Kaitlyn Boyle, who defeated Briana Jacquet, 15-10, 15-10.

The Girl's U18 final will go Sunday when Hollee Hungerford faces off with Hollie Scott. In the semi-finals, Hungerford defeated Emily Stanton, 15-3, 3-15, 11-6, and Scott beat Danielle Falvey.

In Girl's Doubles, Cooperrider and Manilla teamed up and won the U16 title in a round-robin with three other teams that was across both U16 and U18 divisions. Hungerford and Falvey took the U18 title, although they finished third in the round-robin behind Karina Quintanilla and Daniela Torres. Kristine Holman and Madison Kerzel were fourth.

Boy's Divisions

Jordan Barth will be going for his 3rd title in Boy's U14 Sunday, when he plays Akul Ramayani in the final. Ramayani is a surprise finalist, as he was the 7th seed in the draw, but defeated 2nd seed Antonio Rojas in the quarterfinals, 10-15, 15-2, 11-2, and Dane Elkins, 15-8, 15-8, in the semis. Barth beat Ricardo Diaz, 15-0, 15-2, in the other semi.

Both Mauro Rojas and Wayne Antone needed tie-breakers to reach the U16 final, as 2nd seed Rojas beat Barth - playing two singles divisions - 15-11, 10-15, 11-8 in one semi-final while 5th seed Antone defeated top seed Jake Birnel, 3-15, 15-11, 11-7. Sunday's final will be a rematch for Rojas and Antone, who met in the semis of U14 last year with Rojas winning in a tie-breaker.

Adam Manilla and Connor Laffey will meet in a Junior Olympics final for the third year running, as they'll face off in the Boy's U18 final for the second time; they also met in the U16 in 2012. Left-hander Manilla has won both of the previous meetings.

In the semis, Manilla defeated Joshua Lebow, 15-5, 15-6, and Laffey beat Sam Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-4.

In Boy's Doubles, Elkins and Diaz won the U14 title, defeating David Marsen and Sam Myers in the final, 15-12, 15-4. The U16 title went to Barth and Justus Benson, who beat Birnel and M. Rojas, 15-10, 15-8. And the U18 title went to Manilla and Sawyer Lloyd, who were 15-1, 15-10 winners over Laffey and Antone.

The 2014 Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics concludes Sunday at the Highlands Ranch Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Play can be viewed live via the IRT Network.

2014 Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Boy's U14


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.) d. Ricardo Diaz (Stockton, Calif.), 15-0, 15-2
Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) d. Dane Elkins (Los Angeles), 15-8, 15-8


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.) v. Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

Boy's U16


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.), 15-11, 10-15, 11-8
Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) d. Jake Birnel (Bellingham, WA), 3-15, 15-11, 11-7


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR)

Boy's U18


Adam Manilla (Centennial, Col.) d. Joshua Lebow (Salem, Ore.), 15-5, 15-6
Connor Laffey (Salem, Ore.) d. Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, Minn.), 15-12, 15-4


Adam Manilla (Centennial, Col.) v. Connor Laffey (Salem, Ore.)

Girl's U14


Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, Ore.) d. Briana Jacquet (Golden, Col.), 15-10, 15-10

3rd Place

Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, Calif.) d. Hannah Carver (Spokane, Wash.), 15-9, 15-7

Girl's U16


Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL) d. Erika Manilla (Centennial, CO), 15-4, 8-15, 11-4

3rd place

Hollie Scott (Bellingham, WA) d. Kristine Holman (Salem, OR), 15-4, 15-9

Girl's U18


Hollee Hungerford (Milwakie, Ore.) v. Hollie Scott (Bellingham, WA)

3rd Place

Emily Stanton (Littleton, Col.) v. Danielle Falvey (Sussex, WI)


Hollee Hungerford (Milwakie, Ore.) d. Emily Stanton (Littleton, Col.), 15-3, 3-15, 11-6
Hollie Scott (Bellingham, WA) d. Danielle Falvey (Sussex, WI)

Girl's U16/U18 Doubles

1st - Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, Fla.) & Erika Manilla (Centennial, Col.)
2nd - Karina Quintanilla (Harlingen, Tex.) & Daniela Torres (San Antonio, Tex.)
3rd - Hollee Hungerford (Milwakie, Ore.) & Danielle Falvey (Sussex, Wis.)
4th - Kristine Holman (Salem, Ore.) & Madison Kerzel (Salem, Ore.)

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