Saturday, October 11, 2014

Longoria & Sotomayor win LPRT doubles at 2014 United Healthcare US Open

Paola Longoria and Veronica Sotomayor won the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) doubles final at the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Saturday in Minneapolis by defeating Rhonda Rajsich and Maria Jose Vargas, 15-7, 12-15, 11-7.

It was an upset by the rankings, as Longoria and Sotomayor were the second ranked team and Rajsich and Vargas first. Longoria's usual partner is Samantha Salas, but Salas is hurt, so wasn't in Minneapolis. Sotomayor filled in perfectly.

Longoria and Sotomayor led throughout game one, and won it when Sotomayor put away a Rajsich ceiling ball after a Longoria drive serve.

Longoria played the left side and drove serve. Sotomayor played the right side and hit high lob serves. Rajsich was on the left and Vargas on the right, and served to the players on their side until the middle of the second game, when they started serving everything to Sotomayor.

The tiebreaker was back and forth. Rajsich and Vargas were up 3-1. Then Longoria and Sotomayor were ahead 6-4. And they were tied 7-7.

Then Longoria and Sotomayor won four straight rallies. The first was from a Vargas return error. Longoria hit a winning forehand that made it 9-7.

The last two points came from skips by Rajsich. Both were forehand shots, and were unforced errors.

The final was videotaped and will be broadcast on the Tennis Channel on US Thanksgiving weekend along with the men's doubles final and the men's and women's singles finals.

2014 United Healthcare US Open
Minneapolis - October 8-12, 2014

LPRT Doubles Final

2 Paola Longoria & Veronica Sotomayor d. 1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-7, 12-15, 11-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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