Friday, May 22, 2015

Bredenbeck & Rajsich can defend titles at US National Singles Championships

The top seeds and defending champions - Jake Brendenbeck and Rhonda Rajsich - made it through to the finals in the US Team Qualifying Men's and Women's, respectively, divisions at the USA Racquetball (USAR) Nationals in Denver, Colorado. Bredenbeck played twice on the Friday, defeating Jeff Stark, 15-12, 15-8, in the quarterfinals and Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-13, in the semi-finals.

Manilla was a surprise semi-finalists, as he upset 4th seed Jansen Allen, 15-14, 13-15, 11-8, in the quarters.

Marco Rojas will face Bredenbeck in the final in what will be a rematch of one of last year's semi-finals, which Bredenbeck won. He went on to take the title last year, defeating David Horn in the final.

This year, Rojas took out Horn in the semis, 15-12, 15-4, to earn his rematch with Bredenbeck.

Either Bredenbeck or Rojas has won this title each of the last three years. Bredenbeck won it in 2014. Rojas won in 2013 and 2012.

In the Women's US Team Qualifying Division, Rajsich will face 2nd seed Cheryl Gudinas in the final. In the semi-finals, Rajsich defeated T. J. Baumbaugh, 15-15, 15-5, and Gudinas beat Kimberly Thomas, 15-8, 15-9.

A win for Rajsich will be her 8th USA Racquetball championship in Women's Singles, which would tie her with Gudinas and Michelle Gould for the most ever. Also, it would be Rajsich's fifth consecutive win, which would tie her with Gudinas and Gould for most consecutive titles.

USAR National Singles Championship
May 20-24, 2015, Denver, Colorado

Men's US Team Qualifying


Jake Bredenbeck d. Jeff Stark, 15-12, 15-8
Adam Manilla d. Jansen Allen, 15-14, 13-15, 11-8

Marco Rojas d. Jose Diaz, 13-15, 15-13, 11-6
David Horn d. Anthony Herrera, 15-3, 3-15, 11-3


Jake Bredenbeck d. Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-13
Marco Rojas d. David Horn, 15-12, 15-4


Jake Bredenbeck v. Marco Rojas

Women's US Team Qualifying


Rhonda Rajsich d. T. J. Baumbaugh, 15-5, 15-5
Cheryl Gudinas d. Kimberly Thomas, 15-8, 15-9


Rhonda Rajsich v. Cheryl Gudinas

Follow the bouncing ball….

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