Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016 Pan American Championships - Win or go home

The biggest surprises on day one of the elimination round at the 2016 Pan American Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico both involved Ecuador players, but unfortunately for Ecuador both weren't wins. In what was a rematch of the 2012 Pan American Championships, Ecuador's Fernando Rios faced Mike Green of Canada in the Men's Singles Round of 16, and reversed the outcome of four years ago by defeating Green, 15-9, 15-4.

But in Women's Singles, 5th seed Veronica Sotomayor lost to 12th seed Jenny Daza of Bolivia, 15-14, 15-8, in the Round of 16. Daza will play 4th seed Jennifer Saunders of Canada in the quarterfinals Thursday, as Saunders defeated Sotomayor's team-mate Ivonne Carpio, 15-12, 15-8.

The top seeds - Daniel De La Rosa and Paola Longoria - in Men's and Women's Singles, respectively, both won their Round of 16 matches Wednesday. De La Rosa defeated Francisco Troncoso of Chile, 15-8, 15-5, while Longoria beat Sofia Soley of Costa Rica, 15-2, 15-7.

Of the final eight players in Women's Singles, two are Bolivian and two Canadian with one each from Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina and the USA. The other Bolivian and Canadian are Carola Loma and Frédérique Lambert, respectively. Loma defeated American Cheryl Gudinas, 15-7, 15-7, and Lambert beat Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala, 15-2, 15-10, in the Round of 16, and they will play each other in the quarters.

Not all the results are final in Men's Singles.

The International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has partnered with the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) for streaming of this event, so look for matches to be streamed via the WRT website starting on Thursday March 24.

XXIX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - March 19-26, 2016

Women's Singles - Round of 32

Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Sofia Soley (Costa Rica) d. Pamela Sierra (Honduras), 15-6, 15-8

María José Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
Jessica Parrilla (Mexico) - BYE

Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) - BYE
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - BYE

Ivonne Carpio (Ecuador) - BYE
Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - BYE

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina) d. Paula Padilla (Honduras), 15-8, 15-1

Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE
Michelle Key (USA) - BYE

Cheryl Gudinas (USA) - BYE
Carola Loma (Bolivia) - BYE

Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-13, 15-8
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) - BYE

Women's Singles - Round of 16

Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Sofia Soley (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-7
María José Vargas (Argentina) d. Jessica Parrilla (Mexico), 5-15, 15-9, 11-5

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador), 15-14, 15-8
Jennifer Saunders (Canada) d. Ivonne Carpio (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-8

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina), 15-2, 15-6
Michelle Key (USA) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-14, 15-8

Carola Loma (Bolivia) d. Cheryl Gudinas (USA), 15-7, 15-7
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-10

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals

Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. María José Vargas (Argentina)
Jennifer Saunders (Canada) v. Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. Michelle Key (USA)
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) v. Carola Loma (Bolivia)

Women's Doubles - Round of 16

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Pamela Sierra & Lissel Padilla (Honduras)

Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - BYE
Jenny Daza & Carola Loma (Bolivia) - BYE

Kelani Bailey & Michelle Key (USA) - BYE
Maria Jose Vargas & Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina) - BYE

Melania Sauma & Sofia Soley (Costa Rica) - BYE
Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) - BYE

Men's Singles - Round of 32

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) - BYE
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), 15-9, 15-12

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE
Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE

Mike Green (Canada) - BYE
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Carlos Medrano (Honduras), 15-3, 15-3

Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) d. Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico), 15-6, 15-13
David Horn (USA) - BYE

Javier Mar (Mexico) - BYE
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Abraham Mercado (Puerto Rico), 15-5, 15-2

Set Cubillos (Colombia) d. Franco Capandegui (Argentina), 15-0, 15-9
Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - BYE

Samuel Murray (Canada) - BYE
Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-2, 15-3

Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-6
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) - BYE

Men's Singles - Round of 16

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-8, 15-5
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-7

Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Mike Green (Canada), 15-9, 15-4
David Horn (USA) d. Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)

Javier Mar (Mexico) v. Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina)
Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) v. Set Cubillos (Colombia)

Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica)
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala)

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Sebastian Franco (Colombia)
David Horn (USA) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)

Javier Mar (Mexico) or Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) v. Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) or Set Cubillos (Colombia)
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) v. Samuel Murray (Canada)

Men's Doubles - Round of 16

Alejandro Lanada & Javier Moreno (Mexico) - BYE
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Felipe Arenas & Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

Pedro Castro & Tim Landeryou (Canada) v. Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras)
Felipe Camacho & Teobaldo Fumero (Costa Rica) - BYE

Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE
Franco Capandegui & Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) - BYE

Hanzel Martinez & Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Aaron Booker & Abraham Mercado (Puerto Rico)
Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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