Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day one of elimination at World Junior Championships - Boy's Divisions

There were a few upsets on the boy's side Wednesday at the 26th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia, as they played the first day of the elimination round.

In U18, Nicolas Bousquet of Canada beat American Connor Laffey, 15-10, 15-1, and will play top seed and fellow Canadian Coby Iwaasa in the quarterfinals Thursday, as Iwaasa defeated Chilean Rodrigo Salgado, 15-4, 15-9, Wednesday. Thus, Canada is assured of a medal, but only one, as either Bousquet or Iwaasa will be at least a bronze medalist with a win on Thursday.

There's a similar situation for the USA in Boy's U16, as Wayne Antone had two wins on Wednesday: first over Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-5, and then an upset of the 4th seed Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia), 10-15, 15-3, 11-4, to reach the quarters.

Antone will play fellow American Mauro Rojas in the quarters Thursday, as Rojas defeated Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-1, Wednesday.

Antone's wasn't the only upset in U16, as Felipe Arenas of Colombia beat the 2nd seed Jose Ubilla of Costa Rica, 15-12, 10-15, 11-2, to reach the quarters, where he'll play Christian Chavez of Ecuador, who was a winner against Costa Rican Alexander Pirie, 15-5, 15-13.

The Costa Ricans will have a chance to even the score in doubles Thursday, as Pirie and Ubilla will play Arenas and Set Cubillos in the quarterfinals.

The only U16 doubles match Wednesday was a dramatic tie-breaker with several great rallies won by 9th seeds Graham Frattinger and Trevor Webb over 8th seeds Manuel Diaz and Richie Soto of the Dominican Republic, 14-15, 15-12, 11-5. The Canadians will play Mexicans Jordy Alonso and Cristian Longoria Thursday.

In U14, 9th seed Julian Homberger of Costa Rica upset 8th seed Akul Ramayani of the USA, 15-9, 15-3, but the other American Jordan Barth - who's approximately twice a big as his team-mate, defeated Nicolas Zhindon of Ecuador, 15-3, 15-7. Ramayani is playing also playing in U12, where he's still alive in the quarterfinals.

Thursday in the U14 singles quarters, Homberger will play Mexican Eduardo Portillo, who beat Pedro Reyes (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-2 Wednesday, and Barth will face 4th seed Fernando Ruiz of Bolivia, a winner against Johan Adasme of Chile, 15-1, 15-1, Wednesday.

The elimination round continues Thursday with the semi-finals on Friday and finals on Saturday. There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network.

There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network for free.

26th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Cali, Colombia

Boy's U18 Singles

Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), 15-4, 15-9
Nicolas Bousquet (Canada) d. Connor Laffey (USA), 15-10, 15-1

Mario Mercado (Bolivia) d. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-10
Adam Manilla (USA) d. Jorge Ochoa (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-4

Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) d. Connor Culhane (Japan), 15-1, 15-2
Eduardo Garay (Mexico) d. Andres Aviles (Costa Rica), 15-11, 15-2

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Hanzel Martinez (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-3
Francisco Mar (Mexico) d. Mateo Espinoza (Ecuador), 15-6, 115-11

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Coby Iwaasa (Canada) v. Nicolas Bousquet (Canada)
Adam Manilla (USA) v. Mario Mercado (Bolivia)

Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) v. Eduardo Garay (Mexico)
Francisco Mar (Mexico) v. Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Singles

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) d. Graham Frattinger (Canada), 15-13, 15-8

Trevor Webb (Canada) - BYE
Set Cubillos (Colombia) - BYE

Mauro Rojas (USA) - BYE
Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Wayne Antone (USA) d. Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-5
Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia) - BYE

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) - BYE
Richie Soto (Dominican Republic) d. Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala), 15-8, 15-2

Darragh O'Donoghue (Ireland) - BYE
Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) - BYE

Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE
Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) - BYE

Felipe Arenas (Colombia) d. James Ryan (Ireland), 13-15, 15-11, 11-2
Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) - BYE

Round of 16

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) d. Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)
Set Cubillos (Colombia) d. Trevor Webb (Canada), 15-9, 15-8

Mauro Rojas (USA) d. Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-1
Wayne Antone (USA) d. Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia), 10-15, 15-3, 11-4

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) d. Richie Soto (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 15-2
Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) d. Darragh O'Donoghue (Ireland), 15-3, 15-3

Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-13
Felipe Arenas (Colombia) d. Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica), 15-12, 10-15, 11-2

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Set Cubillos (Colombia)
Mauro Rojas (USA) v. Wayne Antone (USA)

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) v. Cristhian Mina (Bolivia)
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) v. Felipe Arenas (Colombia)

Boy's U14 Singles

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) - BYE
Pedro Reyes (Ecuador) d. Julian Cruz (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-6

Akul Ramayani (USA) - BYE
Julian Homberger (Costa Rica) - BYE

Jordan Barth (USA) - BYE
Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) - BYE

Johan Adasme (Chile) d. Santiago Apa Placenti (Argentina), 15-6, 15-8
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) - BYE

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) - BYE
Sergio Ortega (Honduras) d. Allan De Leon (Panama), forfeit

Chris Culhane (Canada) - BYE
Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) - BYE

Javier Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
Andres Montero (Costa Rica) - BYE

Simon Comeau (Canada) d. Camilo Sabogal (Colombia), 15-13, 15-6
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE

Round of 16

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. Pedro Reyes (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-2
Julian Homberger (Costa Rica) d. Akul Ramayani (USA), 15-9, 15-3

Jordan Barth (USA) d. Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-7
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-1, 15-1

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) d. Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-6, 15-8
Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) d. Chris Culhane (Canada), 15-11, 14-15, 11-3

Andres Montero (Costa Rica) d. Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-7
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Simon Comeau (Canada), 15-2, 15-7


Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Julian Homberger (Costa Rica)
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) v. Jordan Barth (USA)

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) v. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

Boy's U18 Doubles

Erik Garcia & Francisco Mar (Mexico) - BYE
Andres Aviles & Pablo Sauma (Costa Rica) d. Nicolas Bousquet & Coby Iwaasa (Canada), 15-10, 15-10

Conrado Moscoso & Mario Mercado (Bolivia) d. Hanzel Martinez & Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-5
Sawyer Lloyd & Adam Manilla (USA) d. Mateo Espinoza & Jorge Ochoa (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-2

Semi-finals - Friday

Erik Garcia & Francisco Mar (Mexico) v. Andres Aviles & Pablo Sauma (Costa Rica)
Sawyer Lloyd & Adam Manilla (USA) v. Conrado Moscoso & Mario Mercado (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Doubles

Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Graham Frattinger & Trevor Webb (Canada) d. Manuel Diaz & Richie Soto (Dominican Republic), 14-15, 15-12, 11-5

Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) - BYE
Darragh O'Donoghue & James Ryan (Ireland) - BYE

Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA) - BYE
Gonzalo Paco & Marco Zambrana (Bolivia) - BYE

Set Cubillos & Felipe Arenas (Colombia) - BYE
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Graham Frattinger & Trevor Webb (Canada)
Darragh O'Donoghue & James Ryan (Ireland) v. Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)

Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA) v. Gonzalo Paco & Marco Zambrana (Bolivia)
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) v. Set Cubillos & Felipe Arenas (Colombia)

Boy's U14 Doubles

Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) - BYE
Sergio Ortega & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) d. Johan Adasme & Ari Weissbrot (Chile), 15-5, 15-7

Pedro Reyes & Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) - BYE
Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada) - BYE

Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica) - BYE
Ricardo Diaz & Dane Elkins (USA) - BYE

Julian Cruz & Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala) - BYE
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Sergio Ortega & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)
Pedro Reyes & Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) v. Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada)

Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica) v. Ricardo Diaz & Dane Elkins (USA)
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Julian Cruz & Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala)

Follow the bouncing ball....

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