Saturday, October 31, 2015

Longoria & Vargas will face off in final of LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

Paola Longoria, the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) #1 player, will have a chance to win the tournament named after her: the 2015 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as she comfortably won her semi-final match against Samantha Salas, 11-2, 11-2, 11-0, on Saturday.

Longoria will face LPRT #2 Sunday, as Maria Jose Vargas defeated LPRT #3 Rhonda Rasjich, 4-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9, winning the match on the second match point opportunity, when Rajsich skipped a shot returning Vargas’s drive serve to the right side.

In doubles, Susana Acosta and Jessica Parrilla needed a tie-breaker to defeat Michelle Key and Monserrat Mejia, 12-15, 15-11, 11-9. The match looked to be over on Acosta and Parrilla’s first match point, but an appeal by Key and Mejia of Acosta’s serve was overturned, as the line judges disagreed with the referee’s call of no short serve.

That led to a Mejia forehand pinch shot that got her side back the serve. However, they could not score, as Acosta hit a great wide angle pinch shot to the right side, and Parrilla’s cross court serve return, which was very high - over four feet off the ground, hit Key.

With the serve back, Acosta and Parrilla made no mistake, winning it on the ensuing rally when a Key backhand cross court shot only reached the middle, where Parrilla went to her knees to hit a forehand kill shot to end the game and match.

Acosta and Parrilla will play Longoria and Salas, who defeated Alexandra Herrera and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-4, 15-4, in the second semi-final.

The singles final is Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles to follow immediately afterwards. You can watch the action via the LPRT Livestream channel.

2015 Paola Longoria Experience, October 30-November 1
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Semi-finals - Singles - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Samantha Salas, 11-2, 11-2, 11-0
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 3) Rhonda Rajsich, 4-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9

Final - Singles - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Maria Jose Vargas

Semi-finals - Doubles - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5) Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-4, 15-4
3) Susana Acosta & Jessica Parrilla d. 2) Michelle Key & Monserrat Mejia, 12-15, 15-11, 11-9

Final - Doubles - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Susana Acosta & Jessica Parrilla

Follow the bouncing ball….

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