Monday, December 14, 2015

Weekend Round Up - Muñoz, Zelada, De La Rosa & Parrilla all win

Carla Muñoz won Women’s Open at the 24th Annual NES Associates Christmas Classic Sunday in Arlington, Virginia by coming back from a game down to defeat Susana Acosta, 11-15, 15-13, 11-2. Muñoz reached the final by defeating Jordan Cooperrider in the semi-finals, 15-12, 15-3, while Acosta needed three games to beat Monserrat Meija, 15-11, 13-15, 11-3, in the other semi.

Mauricio Zelada won the Men’s Open final in Arlington by defeating Sebastian Franco, 15-10, 14-15, 11-8. Zelada defeated Brent Walters in one semi, 15-12, 14-15, 11-2, while Franco beat Peter Appel, 15-10, 15-11, in the other.

This year’s Christmas Classic had its biggest turnout ever with 175 players competing. Part of its appeal was likely that this was the last year the tournament will be held at the Crystal City Gateway Sport & Health Club, as it’s being changed from a racquetball club to a climbing wall facility.

But tournament organizer Karen Turner plans to have the Christmas Classic again next year, although she’ll have to run it in a different location. We wish her luck in making those arrangements, and look forward to its continued inclusion on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) schedule.

San Luis Open

Also on the weekend, Daniel De La Rosa beat Edson Martinez, 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, to win the San Luis Open - a Tier 4 event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). In the semi-finals, De La Rosa defeated Andree Parrilla, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-1, and Martinez beat Jordy Alonso, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7.

But Alonso had the big win in San Luis, as he knocked off top seed and IRT #3 Alvaro Beltran in the quarterfinals, 12-10, 14-12, 1-11, 11-4.

The San Luis Open Women’s Open title went to Jessica Parrilla, who defeated Erin Rivera, 15-4, 15-5, in the final.

The pro racquetball tours are all taking a break for Christmas. But they all have events scheduled in January, and we’ll have the action for you then.

In the meantime, watch for our year end top 10 racquetball stories of the year.

2015 24th Annual NES Associates Christmas Classic, December 11-13
Arlington, Virginia

Women’s Open - Final

Carla Muñoz d. Susana Acosta, 11-15, 15-13, 11-2


Susana Acosta d. Monserrat Meija, 15-11, 13-15, 11-3
Carla Muñoz d. Jordan Cooperrider, 15-12, 15-3

Men’s Open - Final

Mauricio Zelada d. Sebastian Franco, 15-10, 14-15, 11-8


Sebastian Franco d. Peter Appel, 15-10, 15-11
Mauricio Zelada d. Brent Walters, 15-12, 14-15, 11-2

2015 San Luis Open
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Men’s Open - Final

Daniel De La Rosa d. Edson Martinez, 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8


Edson Martinez d. Jordy Alonso, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Daniel De La Rosa d. Andree Parrilla, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-1


Jordy Alonso d. Alvaro Beltran, 12-10, 14-12, 1-11, 11-4
Edson Martinez d. Eduardo Garay, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9

Andree Parrilla d. Rodrigo Garay, 11-8, 11-4, 11-0
Daniel De La Rosa d. Christian Longoria, 1-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-5, 11-3

Women’s Open - Final

Jessica Parrilla d. Erin Rivera, 15-4, 15-5


Jessica Parrilla d. Monserrat Perez, 15-8, 15-8
Erin Rivera d. Regina Franco, 15-13, 6-15, 11-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

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