Sunday, September 27, 2015

Longoria & De La Rosa win 3WallBall World Championships

Daniel De La Rosa upset last year’s champion Rocky Carson, 15—4, 12-15, 11-4, to win the 3WallBall World Championships in Las Vegas Sunday. De La Rosa was the runner up last year, and this year went one better by knocking off Carson in the final. Last year's final also went to a tie-breaker. However, Carson did win the Men’s Pro Doubles with Jesus Ustarroz, as they defeated Mike Harmon and Chris Mcdonald, 15-14, 15-12, in the final.

On the women’s side, last year’s champion Janel Tisinger also fell to a challenger from Mexico, as Paola Longoria defeated Tisinger in three games, 15-11, 15-12, 11-6 [sic]. Tisinger and Longoria also faced off in the Women’s Pro Doubles final, and Longoria and Michelle Key came out on top by defeating Tisinger and Aimee Ruiz, 15-11, 15-10.

Longoria's win provides a positive answer to the question, would indoor racquetball players be good at outdoor racquetball? Yes, they are, as generally the higher players with better indoor records won in Las Vegas, but not entirely. De La Rosa doesn't have a winning record against Carson indoors (Carson holds a 9-4 record versus De La Rosa on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) indoors), but he won outdoors on Sunday.

Thus, the safe conclusion about indoor versus outdoor racquetball is that they are more similar than different.

2015 3WallBall World Championships
Las Vegas, Nevada

(with seedings)

Men’s Pro - Final

2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 1) Rocky Carson, 15-4, 12-15, 11-4

Men’s Pro - Doubles - Finals

3) Rocky Carson & Jesus Ustarroz d. 9) Mike Harmon & Chris Mcdonald, 15-14, 15-12

Women’s Pro - Final

10) Paola Longoria d. 1) Janel Tisinger, 15-11, 15-12, 11-6

Women’s Pro - Doubles - Final

5) Michelle Key & Paola Longoria d. 3) Amiee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger, 15-11, 15-10

Follow the bouncing ball….

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