Thursday, April 23, 2015

LPRT Battle of the Alamo Preview

The penultimate event of the 2014-15 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season happens this weekend in San Antonio, Texas where 14 of the top 15 LPRT players will compete in the Battle of the Alamo. For most of them it's the second of back to back tournaments, as many were competing in Denver last weekend, where LPRT #1 Paola Longoria defeated #2 Maria Jose Vargas in the final.

They are probably the favourites to meet in the final again, but several other players are threats to get there also, including 3rd ranked Rhonda Rajsich, 4th ranked Frédérique Lambert and 5th ranked Samantha Salas.

The American players looking to claim a spot on the US Team are unlikely to play each other this weekend, unlike last weekend when veteran Cheryl Gudinas defeated Michelle Key in the Round of 16. But both are in the draw, seeded 9th and 6th, respectively, as well as 7th seed Da'monique Davis.

USA Racquetball awards two spots on its National Team to the two highest ranked LPRT players at season's end. Rajsich will claim one of those spots, and the second is down to Key, Gudinas and Davis. If one of them finishes a round better than the others in San Antonio, it could make the difference in who makes the team, as the season will close with the Ektelon Pro Nationals in Herndon, Virginia May 15-17.

With the world's top racquetball players in San Antonio, there are sure to be excellent matches all weekend. If you're not there, you can watch the action via the LPRT Network.

LPRT Battle of the Alamo
San Antonio, Texas

(with seeding / LPRT ranking if different)
(unofficial draw)

Round of 32

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16/18 Kim Thomas v. 17/97 Lucia Gonzalez

9/10 Cheryl Gudinas - BYE
8/9 Sofia Rascon - BYE

5 Samantha Salas - BYE
12/13 Sheryl Lotts v. 21/28 Ximena Gonzalez

13/14 Alexandra Herrera v. 20/24 Diana Aguilar
4 Frédérique Lambert - BYE

3 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
14/15 Jessica Parrilla v. 19/23 Carolina Luque

11/12 Susana Acosta v. 22/62 Krystal Ackermann
6/7 Michelle Key - BYE

7/8 Da'monique Davis - BYE
10/11 Veronica Sotomayor v. 23/NR Heather Hojat

15/17 Adrienne Haynes v. 18/20 Maria Paz Muñoz
2 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

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