Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics - Friday summary

The 2015 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics are underway in Stockton, California. In the Boy's U18 division, Mauro Rojas will face Sam Bredenbeck in the final on Saturday after they won their respective semi-finals Friday. Rojas defeated Thomas Carter, 15-12, 15-9, and Bredenbeck squeaked out a win against Jake Birnel, 15-14, 12-15, 11-6.

Birnel was up 13-3 in game one, but Bredenbeck came back to win it, 15-14. Bredenbeck used that momentum to take the early lead in game two, but Birnel came back to win it, 15-12, and force a tie-breaker.

In the breaker, Bredenbeck again took the early lead at 4-0, with Birnel again coming back and tying the game at 4-4. From there Bredenbeck went up 7-4. Birnel cut it to 7-6, but this time he couldn't tie it, as Bredenbeck went on to win 11-6.

Rojas is also playing Boy's U16, and he's in the semi-finals of that division after beating Justus Benson in the quarterfinals, 15-13, 14-15, 11-0. Rojas will play Kevin Vazquez in the semis, as Vazquez defeated Ricardo Diaz, 15-10, 15-8.

On the other side of the draw, it'll be two 2014 US Junior Team members facing off with only one of them making the 2015 team, as Wayne Antone IV plays Jordan Barth.

In Boy's U14, last year's runner-up Akul Ramayani is in the semis against Sahil Thakur with Antonio Rojas and Mitchell Turner in the other semi.

On the girl's side, the U18 division is a round robin between five girls with Brittany Click and Lexi York undefeated so far. They will play on Saturday in what could effectively be the final, although York will have one more match Sunday, when she'll play Karina Quintanilla, who Click has already beaten, 15-2, 14-15, 11-3.

But if Click defeats York, she'll be undefeated, and claim the title. If York wins, when she'll have to Quintanilla to win the division. If Quintanilla wins (and York beats Click), then it will be a three way tie between them, and the tie-breaker rules will come into effect.

The Girl's U16 final will be a repeat of last year, as Jordan Cooperrider will face Erika Manilla in what will be their third meeting in a final in as many years. They also met in the U14 division final in 2013. Cooperrider has won both of their previous final matches.

There could be a repeat winner in Girl's U14 also, as 2014 champion Kaitlyn Boyle is in the semi-finals against Elena Dent. If Boyle wins, she could face the same opponent as last year, as Briana Jacquet, last year's runner up, is in the other semi-final against Nikita Chauhan.

The 2015 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics concludes Sunday at the In-Shape Sport West Lane in Stockton, California.

2015 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics
Stockton, California

Boy's U14


Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) d. Micah Farmer (Trophy Club, Texas), 15-4, 15-8
Sahil Thakur (Tracy, CA) d. Nick Birnel (Bellingham, WA), 15-5, 15-7

Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR) d. Julian Singh (Pleasanton, CA), 15-9, 13-15, 11-7
Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Ben Baron (Phoenix, AZ), 15-12, 8-15, 11-8


Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) v. Sahil Thakur (Tracy, CA)
Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR)

Boy's U16


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI), 15-13, 14-15, 11-0
Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL) d. Ricardo Diaz (Stockton, CA), 15-10, 15-8

Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.) d. Shaharyar Soomro (Piscataway, NJ), 15-3, 15-2
Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) d. Justin Ide (Beaverton, OR), 15-5, 15-2


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL)
Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) v. Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.)

Boy's U18


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Thomas Carter (Murrysville, PA), 15-12, 15-9
Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, Minn.) d. Jake Birnel (Bellingham, WA), 15-14, 12-15, 11-6


Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, Minn.)

Girl's U14


Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, OR) v. Elena Dent (Lumberton, NC)
Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) v. Briana Jacquet (Phoenix, AZ)

Girl's U16


Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL) d. Kristine Holman (Salem, OR), 15-1, 15-2
Erika Manilla (Centennial, CO) d. Hollie Scott (Lynden, WA), 15-14, 15-4


Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL) v. Erika Manilla (Centennial, CO)

Girl's U18 - Round Robin

Brittany Click (Huffman, TX) 3-0
Lexi York (Milwakie, Ore.) 2-0
Karina Quintanilla (Harlingen, TX) 1-1
Kara Piepenbrink (Tampa, FL) 0-2
Aadhilakshmi Balasubramanian (Belle Mead, NJ) 0-3

Boy's U18 Doubles - Round Robin

Thomas Carter (Murrysville, PA) & Kyle Ulliman (Westerville, PA) - 3-0
Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, Minn.) & Jake Birnel (Bellingham, WA) - 3-0
Luis Avila (Wilmington, CA) & Justin Ide (Beaverton, OR) - 2-1
Hayden Farmer (Trophy Club, TX) & Carlos Reyes (Janesville, WI) - 1-2
Lukas Le (Arlington, TX) & Nicholas Pavloski (Kingwood, TX) - 0-3
Eric McEnnis (Port St. Lucie, FL) & Trevor John (Reno, NV) - 0-3

Boy's U16 Doubles


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.) & Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI) d. Ricardo Diaz (Stockton, CA) & Dane Elkins (Los Angeles), 15-9, 15-10
Ellis Syke (Coon Rapids, MN) & Noah Little (Ayden, NC) d. Quade Howell (Mobile, AL) & Evan Wargo (Clearwater, FL), 15-13, 15-0

Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) & Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL) d. Fausto Santana Jr (Chula Vista, CA) & Nikhil Singh (Pleasanton, CA), 15-2, 15-8
Justin Ide (Beaverton, OR) & Gavin Usher (Portland, OR) d. Benjamin Jenkel (Petaluma, CA) & Shaharyar Soomro (Piscataway, NJ), 15-7, 15-2


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, Minn.) & Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI) v. Ellis Syke (Coon Rapids, MN) & Noah Little (Ayden, NC)
Justin Ide (Beaverton, OR) & Gavin Usher (Portland, OR) v. Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) & Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL)

Boy's U14 Doubles


Julian Singh (Pleasanton, CA) & Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR) d. Ben Baron (Phoenix) & Tommy Andraos (Laguna Niguel, CA), 15-3, 15-14
Brian Barberis (McKinney, TX) & Nick Birnel (Bellingham, WA) d. Micah Farmer (Trophy Club, Texas) & Lucas Shoemaker (Bettendorf, IA), 15-9, 15-10


Julian Singh (Pleasanton, CA) & Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR) v.
Brian Barberis (McKinney, TX) & Nick Birnel (Bellingham, WA)

Girl's U16/U18 Doubles - Round Robin

Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, Fla.) & Erika Manilla (Centennial, Col.) - 3-0
Hollie Scott (Lynden, WA) & Lexi York (Milwakie, Ore.) - 2-0
Karina Quintanilla (Harlingen, Tex.) & Daniela Torres (San Antonio, Tex.) - 2-1
Kristine Holman (Salem, Ore.) & Madison Kerzel (Salem, Ore.) - 0-3
Alanna Shea (Cortland Manor, NY) & Reena Sheth (Amawalk, NY) - 0-3

Girl's U14 Doubles - Round Robin

Brian Jacquet (Phoenix) & Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, OR) - 1-0
Graciana Wargo (Clearwater, FL) & Elena Dent (Lumberton, NC) - 1-1
Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) & Megan Carver (Spokane, WA) - 0-1

Follow the bouncing ball….

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