Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mexico takes 5 of 6 gold medals in Boy's divisions at 2015 IRF World Juniors

Mexico won five of the six boys divisions Saturday at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the one they didn't win was a final between two Bolivian boys.

Rodrigo Montoya won the Boy's U18 title by defeating fellow Mexican Andree Parrilla, 15-7, 15-11, in what was a rematch of the 2013 Boy's U16 final that Parrilla won.

Montoya led the whole way in game one, as he went up 4-1. Parrilla did get within one at 4-3, but Montoya scored seven unanswered points from there to win the first game going away at 15-7.

In the match, Montoya drove serve primarily while Parrilla started out with Z serves to the left, Montoya's backhand, and later in the match drove serve.

Both players dove to keep the ball in play multiple times.

Game two was close early, as they went back and forth. Parrilla edged ahead at 6-4 and 7-5, but Montoya tied the game at 8-8. Montoya then took the lead, and didn't give it up, outscoring Parrilla 7-3 down the stretch. Montoya won it with a backhand down the line.

Cristian Longoria of Mexico was a double gold medalist in Boy's U16, as he defeated team-mate Juan Loreto for the singles title, 15-6, 15-4, and teamed up with Gerardo Franco to beat Americans Wayne Antone and Kevin Vazquez, 15-7, 15-9.

The only boy's final to go three games was in Boy's U14, which featured two Bolivians players. Diego Garcia came back from a game down to defeat Gerson Miranda, 4-15, 15-8, 11-6. In Boy's U14 Doubles, Mexicans Sebastian Fernandez and Mario Ruiz defeated Juan Flores and Esteban Jano of Ecuador, 15-10, 15-9.

27th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Boy's U18 Singles - Final

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Andree Parrilla (Mexico), 15-7, 15-11

Boy's U16 Singles - Final

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) d. Juan Loreto (Mexico), 15-6, 15-4

Boy's U14 Singles - Final

Diego Garcia (Bolivia) d. Gerson Miranda (Bolivia), 4-15, 15-8, 11-6

Boy's U18 Doubles - Final

Erik Garcia & Andree Parrilla (Mexico) v. Sam Bredenbeck & Jake Birnel (USA), 15-8, 15-6

Boy's U16 Doubles - Final

Gerardo Franco & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Wayne Antone & Kevin Vazquez (USA), 15-7, 15-9

Boy's U14 Doubles - Final

Sebastian Fernandez & Mario Ruiz (Mexico) d. Juan Flores & Esteban Jano (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-9

Follow the bouncing ball....

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