Saturday, March 21, 2015

Longoria v. Vargas in LPRT CNRA State Singles final

Paola Longoria and Maria Jose Vargas, the number 1 and 2, respectively, players on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) will meet again in the final of the CNRA State Singles Championships in Fountain Valley, California. They got there in similar ways, as both Longoria and Vargas dropped the first games of their respective semi-final matches. But both came back to win in three relatively comfortable games.

Longoria beat Samantha Salas, her doubles partner, 9-11, 11-5, 11-0, 11-9, while Vargas defeated Cristina Amaya, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-0.

But Amaya gained some revenge on Vargas in doubles, as Amaya and Sofia Rascon defeated Vargas and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-9, 15-12, in what was a very streaky match. In game one, Amaya and Rascon were up 6-1, then down 9-6, only to win 15-9.

Game two was similar, as Amaya and Rascon again took a 7-1 lead. They were up 11-6 before Rajsich and Vargas staged a comeback to tie it at 11-11, and then go ahead 12-11. A tie-breaker looked like a definite possibility, but Amaya and Rascon dug down and scored four straight points to win game two, 15-12, and take the match in two straight games.

Amaya and Rascon will face 2nd seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas in the final, as they beat 3rd seeds Michelle Key and Frédérique Lambert, 15-8, 11-15, 11-4, in the other semi.

The semi-finals begin at 5 PM PDT Saturday and can be viewed via the LPRT Network. The final will be 11 AM Sunday.

LPRT State Singles
March 20-22, 2015, Fountain Valley, California


1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Samantha Salas, 9-11, 11-5, 11-0, 11-9
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 6) Cristina Amaya, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-0

Final (seedings)

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Maria Jose Vargas - 11 AM Sunday

Doubles - Semi-finals (seedings)

5) Cristina Amaya & Sofia Rascon d. 1) Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-9, 15-12
2) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3) Michelle Key & Frédérique Lambert, 15-8, 11-15, 11-4

Doubles - Final (seedings)

2) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5) Cristina Amaya & Sofia Rascon - Noon Sunday

Follow the bouncing ball....

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