Thursday, October 9, 2014

LPRT Doubles at the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships

A couple of upsets in Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) doubles at the 2014 United Healthcare US Open, as two matches went tie-breaker. In one, the young team of Venezuelans Mariana Paredes and Mariana Tobon Gordon defeated Sheryl Lotts and Jennifer Saunders, 15-14, 10-15, 11-9, and in the other the Japanese team of Maiko Sato and Naomi Wakimoto beat a young Mexican team in Alexandra Herrera and Sofia Rascon, 15-9, 9-15, 11-7.

Also, US Doubles Champions Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger defeated Krystal Csuk and Linda Tyler, 15-8, 15-3.

In the Paredes and Tobon Gordon versus Lotts and Saunders match, the Venezuelan pair were up 10-3 and 13-7 in game one, only to see Lotts and Saunders come back and get to game point first at 14-13. However, the Canadian-American pair couldn't close it out, which gave the Venezuelans a chance to win it, and they did.

In game two, Saunders injured her forearm at 1-1, and she took several minutes of injury time prior to continuing. Saunders did not swing hard at many balls in the rest of the match. They also compensated for the injury by having Lotts return all the serves.

Nevertheless, the Can-Am pair came back and won game two to force a tie-breaker.

In the tiebreaker, Lotts and Saunders had leads early at 3-0 and 7-4, but the Venezuelans caught up and went ahead 8-7. Lotts and Saunders responded by taking the lead back at 9-8.

The Venezuelans tied the score at 9-9, and though Lotts and Saunders got the serve back again, they were unable to score. Paredes and Tobon Gordon won the game and match the next time they were up to serve.

The final qualifying match will be Thursday morning with veterans Laura Fenton and Cheryl Gudinas up against Da'monique Davis and Sharon Jackson.

2014 United Healthcare US Open - LPRT Doubles Draws
Minneapolis - October 8-12, 2014

Qualifying Round 2 - Wednesday


Q1: Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto d. Alexandra Herrera & Sofia Rascon, 15-9, 9-15, 11-7
Q4: Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger d. Krystal Csuk & Linda Tyler, 15-8, 15-3

Q3: Da'monique Davis & Sharon Jackson v. Laura Fenton & Cheryl Gudinas (note: this match will be Thursday morning)
Q2: Mariana Paredes & Mariana Tobon Gordon d. Jennifer Saunders & Sheryl Lotts, 15-14, 10-15, 11-9

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas v. Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger
4 Susana Acosta & Jessica Parrila v. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto

3 Michelle Key & Frédérique Lambert v. Da'monique Davis & Sharon Jackson or Laura Fenton & Cheryl Gudinas
2 Paola Longoria & Veronica Sotomayor v. Mariana Paredes & Mariana Tobon Gordon

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