Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Pan American Championships - Quarterfinal Thursday

The quarterfinals are happening in all divisions Thursday at the 2016 Pan American Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In Women's Singles, four countries will share the medals, as players from Bolivia and Canada - the only two countries with two players in the quarters - split their matches.

In a Jenny v. Jen match, Jenny Daza of Bolivia defeated Jen Saunders of Canada, 15-3, 15-8. Count one for Bolivia. But Frédérique Lambert defeated Carola Loma, 15-7, 15-11, also. Count one for Canada.

In the other quarterfinals, top seed and hometown woman Paola Longoria (Mexico) defeated Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina, 15-3, 15-8, and will play Daza in the semi-finals on Friday. Finally, Guatemala teenager Gabriela Martinez needed three games to get by American Michelle Key, 15-7, 10-15, 11-7, and will play Lambert in the semis.

In Men's Singles, both the top seeds won their matches. First seed Daniel De La Rosa, who like Longoria is also playing in his hometown, beat Colombian Sebastian Franco, 15-5, 15-5, but 2nd seed Jake Bredenbeck needed three games to defeat Canadian Samuel Murray, 15-1, 13-15, 11-8.

In the other Men's Singles quarterfinals Fernando Rios of Ecuador defeated David Horn of the USA, 15-11, 15-12, and Mexican Javier Mar beat Costa Rican Andres Acuña, 15-11, 15-11. Those wins put Rios against De La Rosa and Mar against Bredenbeck in the semi-finals on Friday.

In doubles action, the higher seeded teams won with two exceptions, as both Canadian teams won their matches. In Women's Doubles, Canadians Frédérique Lambert and Jennifer Saunders - seeded 5th - defeated 4th seeded Bolivians Jenny Daza and Carola Loma, 15-8, 15-7, and will play the top seeded Mexicans Longoria and Samantha Salas in the semi-finals Friday, as the Mexicans comfortably beat sisters Gabriela and Andrea Martinez of Guatemala, 15-2, 15-2.

The Canadian men - Pedro Castro and Tim Landeryou - needed a tie-breaker to get by Costa Ricans Felipe Camacho and Teobaldo Fumero, 12-15, 15-8, 11-6. As on the women's side, Canada will also play Mexico in the Men's Doubles semi-finals, as Mexicans Javier Moreno and Alejandro Landa beat Colombians Felipe Arenas and Sebastian Franco, 15-11, 15-9.

Matches are being streamed live from San Luis Potosi via the International Racquetball Federation's (IRF's) partnership with the World Racquetball Tour (WRT). Go to the WRT website for the link to the live streaming.

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

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals

Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. María José Vargas (Argentina), 15-3, 15-8
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Jennifer Saunders (Canada), 15-3, 15-8

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Michelle Key (USA), 15-7, 10-15, 11-7
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Carola Loma (Bolivia), 15-7, 15-11

Women's Singles - Semi-finals

Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. Jenny Daza (Bolivia)
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) v. Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)

Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Gabriela Martinez & Andrea Martinez (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-2
Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) d. Jenny Daza & Carola Loma (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-7

Kelani Bailey & Michelle Key (USA) d. María José Vargas & Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina), 15-10, 15-11
Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) d. Melania Sauma & Sofia Soley (Costa Rica), 15-10, 15-1

Women's Doubles - Semi-finals

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders (Canada)
Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) v. Kelani Bailey & Michelle Key (USA)

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-5, 15-5
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. David Horn (USA), 15-11, 15-12

Javier Mar (Mexico) d. Andres Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-11, 15-11
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) d. Samuel Murray (Canada), 15-1, 13-15, 11-8

Men's Singles - Semi-finals

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) v. Javier Mar (Mexico)

Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals

Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno (Mexico) d. Felipe Arenas & Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-11, 15-9
Pedro Castro & Tim Landeryou (Canada) d. Felipe Camacho & Teobaldo Fumero (Costa Rica), 12-15, 15-8, 11-6

Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Franco Capandegui & Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), 15-2, 15-3
Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) d. Hanzel Martinez & Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-1

Men's Doubles - Semi-finals

Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno (Mexico) v. Pedro Castro & Tim Landeryou (Canada)
Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) v. Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)

Follow the bouncing ball….

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