Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pro racquetball preview: St Louis & Bremerton

Almost lost in this week of International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships racquetball is that there are two professional events this weekend, as both the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) are in action starting Friday.

The IRT is in St Louis for the St Louis Racquetball Winter Rollout, while the LPRT is in Bremerton, Washington with the Kitsap Splat!. Each of these events has a small field of players, which must be due in part to World Juniors. Some of the players who have competed on the pro tours this season are competing at World Juniors - like Gabriela Martinez, Jordan Cooperrider and Cristian Longoria, while others are coaching there - like Veronica Sotomayor, Cheryl Gudinas, and Kelani Bailey, or even refereeing - like Natalia Mendez.

Nevertheless, the shows are going on, and the #1 men’s and women’s players are at the respective events looking to extend their winning streaks. In St Louis, Kane Waselenchuk, the IRT’s top player heads a field of 16 that has 11 of the top 12 IRT players, while in Washington state, Paola Longoria, the top LPRT player, is the top of a field of 11 players with four of the top seven LPRT players.

Thus, there should be some tasty matches in St Louis, but they will probably harder to come by in Bremerton.

The IRT Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 4 PM on, and note the semi-finals will be Saturday morning at 11 AM and noon with the final Saturday at 7 PM. All times Central.

The LPRT will be available live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at Noon on Friday with the quarterfinals on Friday from 4 PM on. The semi-finals will be 1 and 2 PM.

2016 St Louis Winter Rollout - November 17-19, 2016
St Louis, Missouri

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Dylan Reid - 11 AM
8) Marco Rojas v. Mario Mercado - 11 AM

5) Sebastian Franco v. Charlie Pratt - 1 PM
4) Jose Rojas v. Scott McClellan - 1 PM

3) Daniel De La Rosa v. David Horn - Noon
6) Alvaro Beltran v. Robert Collins - Noon

7) Jansen Allen v. Felipe Camacho - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Samuel Murray - 10 AM

2016 Kitsap Splat! November 18-20, 2016
Bremerton, Washington

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
8) Hollie Scott v. 9) Linda Tyler

4) Cristina Amaya - BYE
5) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
6) Cecilia Pratt v. 11) Grace Hughes

7) Samantha Simmons v. 10) Cheyenne Hayes
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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