Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LPRT Rankings & Mile High Pro Am Preview

Ahead of this weekend's Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event in Denver - the Mile High Pro/Am, we're reviewing the latest LPRT rankings. Paola Longoria continues to be the #1 player followed by Maria Jose Vargas at #2 and Rhonda Rajsich at #3.

But Frédérique Lambert has moved ahead of Samantha Salas into 4th. Salas is 5th, and she's missed some events this season with injuries.

Cristina Amaya remains 6th, but Michelle Key is 7th, Da'monique Davis 8th, and Sofia Rascon is 9th. Key and Rascon are at career highs. Cheryl Gudinas rounds out the top 10.

A few other players are at career highs in the 10-20 positions. Alexandra Herrera is 14th, Kim Thomas 18th, Maria Renee Rodriguez 19th, and Lucia Gonzalez 20th. All career highs.

The Mile High Pro-Am in Denver begins Friday, and it has a very strong field, as 18 of the top 21 LPRT players, with the top 14 players inclusive, competing at the Denver Athletic Club, one of the finer facilities on the tour.

The battle for 4th spot in the rankings is close, with Lambert narrowly ahead of Salas. They will be on track to meet in the quarterfinals, and although Lambert is one of only two players (with Rajsich) to defeat Longoria in the last four seasons, she has yet to defeat Salas on tour.

A Round of 16 match up to look out for will be Cristina Amaya and Veronica Sotomayor, as Amaya is the higher ranked player, but Sotomayor defeated her earlier this month in the semi-finals of the Pan American Championships. Thus, Amaya will want to win for revenge, and Sotomayor will want to show that win wasn't a fluke.

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

LPRT Rankings - March 24, 2015

Rank - Name - Country - Points

1 Paola Longoria (Mexico) 2529.00
2 Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) 1881.00
3 Rhonda Rajsich (USA) 1529.48
4 Frédérique Lambert (Canada) 729.00
5 Samantha Salas (Mexico) 717.00

6 Cristina Amaya (Colombia) 689.50
7 Michelle Key (USA) 471.05
8 Da'monique Davis (USA) 468.75
9 Sofia Rascon (Mexico) 442.50
10 Cheryl Gudinas (USA) 436.50

11 Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) 413.00
12 Susana Acosta (Mexico) 400.50
13 Sheryl Lotts (USA) 348.54
14 Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) 315.50
15 Jessica Parrilla (Mexico) 297.44

16 Carla Muñoz (Chile) 250.50
17 Adrienne Haynes (USA) 231.75
18 Kim Thomas (USA) 199.04
19 Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) 183.25
20 Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico) 181.00

Mile High Pro-Am Participants (with seeding)
Denver, Colorado

1 Paola Longoria (Mexico)
2 Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
3 Rhonda Rajsich (USA)
4 Frédérique Lambert (Canada)

5 Samantha Salas (Mexico)
6 Cristina Amaya (Colombia)
7 Michelle Key (USA)
8 Da'monique Davis (USA)

9 Sofia Rascon (Mexico)
10 Cheryl Gudinas (USA)
11 Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador)
12 Susana Acosta (Mexico)

13 Sheryl Lotts (USA)
14 Alexandra Herrera (Mexico)
15 Adrienne Haynes (USA)
16 Kim Thomas (USA)

17 Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico)
18 Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)
19 T. J. Baumbaugh (USA)
20 Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala)

NR Jordan Cooperrider (USA)
NR Erika Manilla (USA)
NR Andrea Martinez Gonzalez (Guatemala)

Follow the bouncing ball....

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