Friday, August 1, 2014

PASO Sports Festival - Preview

Saturday the Pan American Sport Organization's (PASO's) Sports Festival racquetball competition will begin in Guadalajara, Mexico. The PASO Sports Festival event is for all non-team sports that will compete next year at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The events began in early July and will run into September in various places in Mexico.

Because the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships were just held in June, Canada, Mexico and the USA have generally sent younger, less experienced teams to Guadalajara.

We've told you the Canadian and American teams previously (but we'll review them below). The Mexican team will be Sofia Rascon and Lucia Gonzalez in Women's Singles with Alexandra Herrera and Ximena Gonzalez in Women's Doubles. All of those are young players, some still juniors.

However, the Mexican men are their A team with Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa playing Men's Singles with Javier Moreno and Beltran playing Men's Doubles. You'd have to think that Mexico could sweep the men's events with that line-up.

The Mexican coaches will be Fabian Parrilla and Yanko Renteria.

The USA team will be Rhonda Rajsich and Da'monique Davis in Women's Singles with Devon Pimentelli and Rajsich playing Women's Doubles. Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn will play Men's Singles, and the American Men's Doubles team will be Jose Diaz and Bredenbeck.

Dave Ellis will be the Head Coach with Brent Huff as the Trainer and Assistant Coach and Cheryl Kirk as Team Leader.

The Canadian team has Samuel Murray and Coby Iwaasa playing Men's Singles with Tim Landeryou and Pedro Castro playing Men's Doubles. Frédérique Lambert and Christine Richardson will be the Women's Singles players with Danielle Drury and Valerie Fallu playing Women's Doubles.

Rino Langelier and Corey Osborne will be coaching the team.

No word on any live streaming from Guadalajara (or where to find results come to that), but we'll pass any information along as we find it.

Follow the bouncing ball….

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