Saturday, May 27, 2017

Green & Lambert win singles at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

Mike Green and Frédérique Lambert are the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Champions in Men's and Women's Singles, respectively, as they won the final matches Saturday at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Brossard, Québec. Green's victory was his 11th Canadian title, and makes him the winningest Canadian Men's Singles champion, moving him one ahead of Sherman Greenfeld, who finished his career with 10.

Lambert's win was the 2nd of her career. Her win was relatively straightforward, as she defeated the defending Women's Singles Champion, Jennifer Saunders, 15-7, 15-8, Saturday.

But there was nothing straightforward about Green's win. He dropped the first game to Samuel Murray, who made regular appearances on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) this season, 15-12, and fell behind early in game two, when Murray led 5-1.

However, the veteran Green battled back, and tied it at 5-5, and then led 6-5 before they tied again at 6-6. Murray again took the lead by winning five unanswered points to make it 11-6.

Green then ran four points to make it 10-11, so Murray called timeout, but that didn't stop Green's run that continued until he was up 14-11. But Murray fought off the first game point, who started with a drive serve to the right side, which returned with a forehand cross court shot for a winner.

Murray scored a point, making it 12-14, but then gave up the serve. Green's second game point ended when Murray hit a forehand pinch shot that ended a long rally. Murray thought he'd scored a point on the next rally, but Green appealed Murray's forehand pinch shot, and the line judges overturned the referee's call, so Murray lost serve.

Green won game two on his third game point with a backhand that went down the line, sliding on the sidewall and rolling out at the front wall.

The tie-breaker was back and forth. Murray took the lead at 8-4, although only to see Green come back and tie it 8-8. Three sideouts, and then Murray broke the tie. He scored two points to lead 10-8.

On match point #1, Green hit a forehand cross court that hit Murray as he tried to get out of the way. But Murray got the serve right back with a forehand pinch shot off a back wall set up. Yet again Green fought off that match point; he did so this time with a forehand pinch shot.

Murray then skipped two backhand shots, the second of which was off a diving get. With the score 10-10, Murray called a timeout, and before play resumed Green called a timeout. On the ensuing rally, a hinder was called on Green, and Murray appealed for an avoidable, but the line judges upheld the referee's hinder call.

One forehand pinch shot got Green his first match point, and a second won him the match, as Green ended a long rally that included two great gets by Murray.

During the match, Green generally served his usual drive serves, although to both the forehand and backhand sides. He did hit a few kiss lob serves to Murray's backhand. Murray used a variety of serves, including some drives to both the left and right sides, as well as lob serves to both sides.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open Championship


1) Mike Green d. 2) Samuel Murray, 12-15, 15-12, 12-10

3rd Place

3) Tim Landeryou d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-6, 15-10

5th Place

6) Pedro Castro d. 8) Nathaniel Husulak, forfeit

7th Place

7) Nicolas Bousquet d. 4) Lee Connell, 15-3, 15-0

9th Place

11) Trevor Webb d. 13) Michael Leduc, 15-7, 15-2

11th Place

7) Tanner Prentice d. 17) Jeremy Renaud, injury forfeit

Women's Open - Championship

1) Frédérique Lambert d. 2) Jennifer Saunders, 15-7, 15-8

3rd Place

3) Christine Richardson d. 5) Michèle Morissette, 15-6, 15-9

5th Place

6) Valeri Fallu d. 8) Alexis Iwaasa, 12-15, 15-8, 11-5

7th Place

4) Danielle Drury d. 10) Erin Geereart, 15-11, 15-7

9th Place

9) Cassie Prentice d. 7) Catherine Foisy, 15-13, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

Quarterfinal day at the USA Racquetball Singles Championships

They are down to the final four at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships in Tempe, Arizona, and only one of the top four men's and women's seeds has been upset. Fifth seed Jose Diaz upset 4th seed Jake Bredenbeck, 6-15, 15-12, 11-6, in the quarterfinals, and will play top seed Rocky Carson in the semi-finals Saturday, as Carson beat Luis Avila, 15-7, 15-5, in the quarters.

In the other Men's Singles semi, 2nd seed Jose Rojas faces 3rd seed David Horn. Rojas was a straight game winner over Dylan Reid in the quarters, 15-12, 15-6, but Horn needed a tie-breaker to get past Jeff Stark, 12-15, 15-5, 11-3.

In Women's Singles, top seeds Rhonda Rajsich beat Jazmin Trevino, 15-11, 15-0, in the quarterfinals, and will play 4th seed Janel Tisinger in the semi-finals, as Tisinger was a straight game winer over Cheryl Gudinas, 15-1, 15-11. Women's 2nd seed Sharon Jackson defeated Chantel Anderson, 15-5, 15-7, in the quarters, and will play 3rd seed Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson in the semis, as Paraiso-Larsson beat Da'monique Davis, 15-7, 15-2, in the quarters.

You can watch the semi-final matches live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball Livestream channel.

USA Racquetball National Singles Championship
May 24-28, 2016, Tempe, Arizona

Men's US Team Qualifying


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. 9) Luis Avila, 15-7, 15-5
5) Jose Diaz d. 4) Jake Bredenbeck, 6-15, 15-12, 11-6

3) David Horn d. 6) Jeff Stark, 12-15, 15-5, 11-3
2) Jose Rojas d. 7) Dylan Reid, 15-12, 15-8

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 5) Jose Diaz - 4:30 PM
2) Jose Rojas v. 3) David Horn - 2:30 PM

Women's US Team Qualifying

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 9) Jazmin Trevino, 15-11, 15-0
4) Janel Tisinger d. 5) Cheryl Gudinas, 15-1, 15-11

3) Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson d. 6) Da'monique Davis, 15-7, 15-2
2) Sharon Jackson d. 10) Chantel Anderson, 15-5, 15-7

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 4) Janel Tisinger - 3:30 PM
2) Sharon Jackson v. 3) Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson - 1:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 26, 2017

Green v Murray & Lambert v Saunders in Men's & Women's Singles, respectively, at 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

The top two seeds will face-off in the finals of both Men's and Women's Singles at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships on Saturday in Brossard, Québec. In Men's Singles, top seed and defending champion Mike Green will play Samuel Murray in the final, and in Women's Singles top seed Frédérique Lambert will play Jennifer Saunders.

In the semi-finals, Green defeated 5th seed James Landeryou, 15-7, 15-1, and Murray beat 3rd seed Tim Landeryou, 15-9, 15-13, coming back from 9-1 down in the second game to win it in two straight games.

Both women's semis were won in two straight games also, as Lambert beat Michèle Morissette, 15-2, 15-5, and Saunders defeated Christine Richardson, 15-7, 15-5.

The 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships conclude Saturday at the Sani Sport in Brossard, Québec.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open


Semi-finals

1) Mike Green d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-7, 15-1
2) Samuel Murray d. 3) Tim Landeryou, 15-9, 15-13

Final - Saturday

1) Mike Green v. 2) Samuel Murray

Women's Open

Semi-finals

1) Frédérique Lambert d. 5) Michèle Morissette, 15-2, 15-5
2) Jennifer Saunders d. 3) Christine Richardson, 15-5, 15-7

Final - Saturday

1) Frédérique Lambert v. 2) Jennifer Saunders

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships - Early Round Action

No big upsets at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships in Tempe, Arizona, although 9th seed Luis Avila did upset 8th seed Robert Collins, 11-15, 15-13, 11-0, in Men's Singles. Also in Women's Singles, 10th seed Chantel Anderson defeated 7th Laura Brandt, 15-2, 15-0.

Neither of the top seeds and defending champions Rhonda Rajsich on the women's side and Rocky Carson on the men's side, have seen action yet, but men's 2nd seed Jose Rojas defeated Israel Torres, 15-2, 15-2. Women's 2nd seed Sharon Jackson had a bye on Thursday.

You can watch some of the matches live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball Livestream channel.

USA Racquetball National Singles Championship
May 24-28, 2016, Tempe, Arizona

Men's US Team Qualifying

Round of 32


1) Rocky Carson - BYE
17) Brandon Calihan d. 16) John Wolfe, 15-13, 15-14

9) Luis Avila - BYE
8) Robert Collins - BYE

5) Jose Diaz - BYE
12) Andrew Clarke - BYE

13) Jesse Giron - BYE
4) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

3) David Horn - BYE
14) Cameron Cannady - BYE

11) Joel Barshaw - BYE
6) Jeff Stark - BYE

7) Dylan Reid - BYE
10) Thomas Gerhardt - BYE

18) Israel Torres d. 15) Luis Rivero, 15-3, 15-7
2) Jose Rojas - BYE

Round of 32

1) Rocky Carson d. 17) Brandon Calihan, 15-5, 15-1
9) Luis Avila d. 8) Robert Collins, 11-15, 15-13, 11-0

5) Jose Diaz d. 12) Andrew Clarke, 15-8, 11-15, 11-6
4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 13) Jesse Giron, 15-2, 15-5

3) David Horn d. 14) Cameron Cannady, 15-2, 15-1
6) Jeff Stark d. 11) Joel Barshaw, 15-13, 12-15, 11-10

7) Dylan Reid d. 10) Thomas Gerhardt, 15-4, 15-7
2) Jose Rojas d. 18) Israel Torres, 15-2, 15-2

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. 9) Luis Avila - 3:30 PM
4) Jake Bredenbeck v. 5) Jose Diaz - 5:30 PM

3) David Horn v. 6) Jeff Stark - 7:30 PM
2) Jose Rojas v. 7) Dylan Reid - 1:30 PM

Women's US Team Qualifying

Round of 16


1) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
9) Jazmin Trevino d. 8) Jennifer Dering, 7-15, 15-10, 11-3

5) Cheryl Gudinas d. 12) Briana Jacquet, 15-5, 15-9
4) Janel Tisinger d. 13) Sara Jeys, 15-5, 15-6

3) Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson - BYE
6) Da'monique Davis d. 11) Hannah Shnurman, 15-8, 7-15, 11-5

10) Chantel Anderson d. 7) Laura Brandt, 15-2, 15-0
2) Sharon Jackson - BYE

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 9) Jazmin Trevino - 6:30 PM
4) Janel Tisinger v. 5) Cheryl Gudinas - 12:30 PM

3) Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson v. 6) Da'monique Davis - 2:30
2) Sharon Jackson v. 10) Chantel Anderson - 4:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Top seeds into the semi-finals in Men's & Women's Singles at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

The top three seeds in both Men's and Women's Singles have reached the semi-finals at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Brossard, Québec, but both fourth seeds were upset. In Men's Singles, top seed and defending champion Mike Green defeated Nathaniel Husulak, 15-10, 15-7, in the quarterfinals Thursday, while top seed Frédérique Lambert beat Alexis Iwaasa, 15-3, 15-3, in Women's Singles.

But Lee Connell, the 4th seed in Men's Singles, lost to 5th seed James Landeryou, 9-15, 15-10, 11-6, and Danielle Drury, 4th seed in Women's Singles, was upset in two straight games by Michèle Morissette, 15-2, 16-14.

Both 3rd seeds needed to fight back to win after they dropped the first games of their respective matches. Tim Landeryou defeated Pedro Castro, 7-15, 15-10, 11-2, in Men's Singles, while Christine Richardson fought off three match points in the tie-breaker, as she came back from 9-2 down in game three to survive against Valerie Fallu, 12-15, 15-13, 12-10.

The singles semi-finals are Friday afternoon and evening with the finals on Saturday.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open

Quarterfinals


1) Mike Green d. 8) Nathaniel Husulak, 15-10, 15-7
5) James Landeryou d. 4) Lee Connell, 9-15, 15-10, 11-6

3) Tim Landeryou d. 6) Pedro Castro, 7-15, 15-10, 11-2
2) Samuel Murray d. 7) Nicolas Bousquet, 15-5, 15-10

Semi-finals

1) Mike Green v. 5) James Landeryou
2) Samuel Murray v. 3) Tim Landeryou

Women's Open

Quarterfinals


1) Frédérique Lambert d. 8) Alexis Iwaasa, 15-3, 15-3
5) Michèle Morissette d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-2, 16-14

3) Christine Richardson d. 6) Valeri Fallu, 12-15, 15-13, 12-10
2) Jennifer Saunders d. 10) Erin Geereart, 15-11, 15-8

Semi-finals

1) Frédérique Lambert v. 5) Michèle Morissette
2) Jennifer Saunders v. 3) Christine Richardson

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Men's & Women's Singles play begins at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

The Canadian Racquetball Championships switched to singles divisions Wednesday in Brossard, Québec, but there were few upsets, as the top eight seeds made the quarterfinals in Men's Singles and seven of the top eight did so in Women's Singles. The exception was 7th seed Catherine Foisy, who lost to 10th seed Erin Geeraert, 15-11, 15-4. Geeraert will play 2nd seed and defending champion Jennifer Saunders in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

On the men's side, both defending champion and top seed Mike Green and 2nd seed Samuel Murray won their Round of 16 matches decisively. Green beat Jeremy Renaud, 15-2, 15-5, and Murray defeated Dylan Scattolon, 15-0, 15-3.

The singles competitions continue Thursday and will conclude Saturday.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open

First Round


17) Jeremy Renaud d. 16) Simon Comeau, 15-5, 15-11

Round of 16

1) Mike Green d. 17) Jeremy Renaud, 15-2, 15-5
8) Nathaniel Husulak d. 9) Tommy Murray, 15-3, 15-0

5) James Landeryou d. 12) Francis Guillemette, 12-15, 15-7, 11-6
4) Lee Connell d. 13) Michael Leduc, 15-1, 15-7

3) Tim Landeryou d. 14) Etienne Chayer, 15-4, 15-11
6) Pedro Castro d. 11) Trevor Webb, 15-7, 15-10

7) Nicolas Bousquet d. 7) Tanner Prentice, 15-10, 15-9
2) Samuel Murray d. 15) Dylan Scattolon, 15-0, 15-3

Quarterfinals

1) Mike Green v. 8) Nathaniel Husulak
4) Lee Connell v. 5) James Landeryou

3) Tim Landeryou v. 6) Pedro Castro
2) Samuel Murray v. 7) Nicolas Bousquet

Women's Open

First Round


8) Alexis Iwaasa d. 9) Cassie Prentice, 15-6, 15-4
10) Erin Geereart d. 7) Catherine Foisy, 15-11, 15-4

Quarterfinals

1) Frédérique Lambert v. 8) Alexis Iwaasa
4) Danielle Drury v. 5) Michèle Morissette

3) Christine Richardson v. 6) Valeri Fallu
2) Jennifer Saunders v. 10) Erin Geereart

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Green & Webb win Men's Doubles, Morissette & Richardson Women's Doubles at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

Mike Green and Trevor Webb defeated Nicolas Bousquet and Tommy Murray in an intense three game match, 10-15, 16-14, 13-11, to claim the Men's Doubles title at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Brossard, Québec on Tuesday. The win is Green's 10th and Webb's first. Green now has 20 overall Canadian Championships: 10 in Men's Doubles and 10 in Men's Singles. He could win his 11th Men's Singles title later this week. If Green does win the singles title, he'll be the winningest Canadian racquetball player. His 20 titles are tied with Jennifer Saunders, who has 9 Women's Singles titles and 11 Women's Doubles titles.

Webb is the sixth player Green has won a Canadian Men's Doubles Championship with after Mike Ceresia in 2000, Tom O'Brien in 2004, Brian Istace in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Kris Odegard in 2010 and 2011, and Coby Iwaasa in 2013 and 2015.

Michèle Morissette and Christine Richardson successfully defended their Women's Doubles title by defeating the 2015 Women's Doubles Champions Danielle Drury and Jennifer Saunders in two close games, 17-15, 15-13.

In game one of the Men's Doubles final, it did not look like Green and Webb were going to get it done, as Bousquet and Murray led the entire game, going up early with a 7-1 lead. Green and Webb did fight back, and get within one point at 8-7, but that was as close as they came, as Bousquet and Murray went up 12-7 and closed it out 15-10.

Game two started similarly, as Bousquet and Murray were ahead early at 3-0 and 6-4. But Green and Webb held them there, and took an 8-6 lead. They extended that lead to 12-7, but it was a nervy finish to the game, as Bousquet and Murray came back to tie it at 14-14. But they lost the serve when Murray skipped a forehand shot.

That gave Green and Webb a chance to win it, and they did so as Webb hit a forehand reaction winner and Green a forehand reverse pinch winner.

The third game started the same as the first two with Bousquet and Murray getting the first three points. They kept that lead, and went up 5-2. But Green and Webb then came back with seven unanswered points, including four winners by Green, that made the score 9-5 in their favour.

A Bousquet and Murray timeout led to a Bousquet backhand return winner to get them the serve back. They scored two points to get within two at 9-7, but a soft Green pinch shot sided them out. A Green ace drive serve to the right side made it 10-7, but on their first match point, Green put a ball into the floor to give the serve back to Bousquet and Murray.

Bousquet and Murray took full advantage, as they went on a run of their own, scoring four points to have their own match point at 11-10. But a long rally ended when a ball was blasted at Murray, who tried to put it to the ceiling to keep the rally going, but the shot didn't make the front wall.

With the serve back, Green tied the score, 11-11, with a forehand pinch shot, then Webb hit a forehand pinch winner from the left side wall, to put them on match point for a second time. The winning point came on the next rally, as Bousquet skipped a forehand shot bringing a great match to an end.

The 2017 Canadian National Championships continue Wednesday, when the singles competitions begin. Those competitions will conclude Saturday at the Sani Sport Club in Brossard, Québec.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open Doubles

Final


5) Mike Green & Trevor Webb d. 2) Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray, 10-15, 16-14, 13-11

Third Place

1) Samuel Murray & Pedro Castro d. 3) Lee Connell & Nathaniel Husulak, 15-9, 16-14

Fifth Place

4) James Landeryou & Tim Landeryou d. 7) Tanner Prentice & Sean Sauvé, 15-7, 15-7

Seventh Place

6) Francis Guillemette & Michael Leduc d. 8) Simon Comeau & Barret Husulak, 15-8, 13-15, 11-5

Women's Open Doubles

Round 4


2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders d. 4) Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa, 15-8, 15-17, 11-7
1) Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson d. 3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice, 15-3, 15-2

Round 5

1) Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson d. 2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders, 17-15, 15-13
4) Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-7, 15-5

Women's Open Doubles - Standings

1. Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson - 4-0
2. Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders - 3-1
3. Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa 2-2
4. Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice - 1-3
5. Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene - 0-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Green going for #10 in Men's Doubles at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

Mike Green will play for his 10th Canadian Championship in Men's Doubles Tuesday at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Brossard, Québec, when he and Trevor Webb face off against Nicolas Bousquet and Tommy Murray. Green and Webb reached the final by taking out the defending champions Samuel Murray and Pedro Castro, 15-13, 4-15, 11-5, in the semi-finals, while Bousquet and Murray - Tommy is Samuel's older brother - narrowly defeated Lee Connell and Nathaniel Husulak, 10-15, 15-13, 13-11.

Green first won Men's Doubles at the Canadian Nationals in 2000, when he played with Mike Ceresia. He's won it with four other partners since then: Tom O'Brien in 2004, Brian Istace in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Kris Odegard in 2010 and 2011, and Coby Iwaasa in 2013 and 2015. Thus, Webb - who is the current Canadian Boy's U18 Champion, as Iwaasa was when he and Green won - will be the sixth partner Green has won the title with.

The doubles competition concludes Tuesday. The singles competitions begin Wednesday and conclude Saturday.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open Doubles


Semi-finals

5) Mike Green & Trevor Webb d. 1) Samuel Murray & Pedro Castro, 15-13, 4-15, 11-5
2) Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray d. 3) Lee Connell & Nathaniel Husulak, 10-15, 15-13, 13-11

Final

2) Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray v. 5) Mike Green & Trevor Webb

Women's Open Doubles

Round 1


2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-1, 14-16, 11-3
4) Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa d. 3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice, 15-8, 11-15, 11-4

Round 2

2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders d. 3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice, 15-4, 15-6
1) Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-7, 15-5

Round 3

1) Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson d. 4) Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa, 15-3, 15-6
3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-2, 15-2

Women's Open Doubles - Standings

1. Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders - 2-0
1. Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson - 2-0
3. Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa 1-1
4. Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice - 1-2
5. Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene - 0-3

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, May 22, 2017

Men's & Women's Doubles play begins at the 2017 Canadian Racquetball Championships

The Canadian Racquetball Championships began Monday in Brossard, Québec with the Men's and Women's Doubles competitions. There was an upset in Men's Doubles, as 5th seeds Mike Green and Trevor Webb defeated 4th seeds James Landeryou and Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 10-15, 11-1. Green and Webb will play top seeds, and defending champions, Samuel Murray and Pedro Castro who were straight game winners over 8th seeds Simon Comeau and Barret Husulak, 15-5, 15-3.

In the other semi, 2nd seeds Nicolas Bousquet and Tommy Murray will take on 3rd seeds Lee Connell and Nathaniel Husulak, as both won their quarterfinal matches in two games, although Connell and Husulak were in tight versus 6th seeds Francis Guillemette and Michael Leduc, winning 16-14, 15-11.

In Women's Doubles, 4th seeds Erin Geeraert and Alexis Iwaasa upset 3rd seeds Valerie Fallu and Cassie Prentice, 15-8, 11-15, 11-4, in the first round of play. Jennifer Saunders and Danielle Drury, the 2nd seeds, also went breaker with 5th seeds Murielle Boivin and Julie Dechene, winning 15-1, 14-16, 11-3.

The doubles competition continues Monday with the finals on Tuesday. The singles competitions begin Wednesday and conclude Saturday.

2017 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 22-27, Brossard, Québec

Men's Open Doubles

Quarterfinals


1) Samuel Murray & Pedro Castro d. 8) Simon Comeau & Barret Husulak, 15-5, 15-3
5) Mike Green & Trevor Webb d. 4) James Landeryou & Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 10-15, 11-1

3) Lee Connell & Nathaniel Husulak d. 6) Francis Guillemette & Michael Leduc, 16-14, 15-11
2) Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray d. 7) Tanner Prentice & Sean Sauvé, 15-6, 15-5

Semi-finals

1) Samuel Murray & Pedro Castro v. 5) Mike Green & Trevor Webb
2) Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray v. 3) Lee Connell & Nathaniel Husulak

Women's Open Doubles

Round 1


2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-1, 14-16, 11-3
4) Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa d. 3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice, 15-8, 11-15, 11-4

Round 2

2) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders d. 3) Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice, 15-4, 15-6
1) Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson d. 5) Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene, 15-7, 15-5

Women's Open Doubles - Standings

1. Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders - 2-0
2. Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson - 1-0
3. Erin Geereart & Alexis Iwaasa 1-0
4. Valerie Fallu & Cassie Prentice - 0-2
5. Murielle Boivin & Julie Dechene - 0-2

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, May 8, 2017

Longoria wins singles, Lambert & Parrilla doubles at 2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam

Paola Longoria - the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’) continued her undefeated season Sunday, as she defeated Samantha Salas, 11-0, 12-10, 11-3, in the final of the LPRT Grand Slam in Guadalajara, Mexico, for her 10th victory of the season.

Over four matches in Guadalajara, Longoria only surrendered 24 points in 12 games, or 2 points per game on average. She shut out players in 5 of those 12 games, including the first game of the final.

In the doubles final, Frédérique Lambert and Jessica Parrilla defeated Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-12, 11-15, 11-5. It was the first doubles final that Longoria didn't win this season, as she and Salas were beaten in the semi-finals by Herrera and Mejia.

The final LPRT event of the 2016-17 season will be June 16-18 in Chihuahua, Mexico. If you missed any of the action from Guadalajara, you can watch it via the LPRT LiveStream channel.

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 7) Samantha Salas, 11-0, 12-10, 11-3

Doubles - Finals - Sunday

2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla d. 4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-12, 11-15, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Parrilla wins singles, Cardona & Franco doubles at 2017 Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open

Andree Parrilla defeated Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-9, to win the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia Sunday. In the doubles final, Alejandro Cardona and Gerardo Franco beat Felipe Camacho and Jaime Martell, 15-7, 15-8.

In the singles final, Parrilla and Montoya were close all the way in game one, and lead did go back and forth. Montoya was ahead 11-10, and 12-11, but Parrilla managed to hold him at 12, while scoring four points to take game one, 15-12.

In game two, Parrilla was in control all the way, as he got up 10-3 and 14-5. Montoya kept battling, and got to 14-9. Then Parrilla got a sideout, hit a lob serve to the right side that Montoya returned with a splat forehand shot to the front right corner, and Parrilla rekilled that with a backhand shot.

The next WRT event will be in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, June 8-10.

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open
Lilburn, Georgia
May 5-7, 2017

Final

5) Andree Parrilla d. 3) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-9

Doubles Final

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell, 15-7, 15-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Longoria & Salas meet in 2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam final but miss out on doubles final

Paola Longoria - the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’) will play Samantha Salas in the final of the LPRT Grand Slam in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, but Longoria and Salas, who have been a successful doubles team will not be in the LPRT Doubles final, as they were knocked off by the team of Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-12, 15-14, in their semi-final match.

Herrera and Mejia’s opponents will be 2nd seeds Frédérique Lambert and Jessica Parrilla, as they defeated Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-3, 15-14 in the other semi-final.

In singles, Longoria reached the final by beat Herrera in the semi-finals, 11-0, 11-1, 11-0, and earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals she ousted Nancy Enriquez, 11-0, 11-2, 11-0. So, over six games Longoria gave up only three points. Impressive.

Salas’s path to the final was also impressive for the players that she defeated. In the semis, Salas beat LPRT #3 Jessica Parrilla, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3, and in the quarters she defeated LPRT #2 Lambert, 3-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2.

Note that the semi-finalists were four Mexican players, which might be the first time the final four players at a women’s pro racquetball tournament have been Mexican.

You can watch the finals live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 25) Nancy Enriquez, 11-0, 11-2, 11-0
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 12) Natalia Mendez, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5

3) Jessica Parrilla d. 6) Rhonda Rajsich, 4-11, 11-0, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9
7) Samantha Salas d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 3-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2

Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Alexandra Herrera, 11-0, 11-1, 11-0
7) Samantha Salas d. 3) Jessica Parrilla, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 7) Samantha Salas

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas, 15-12, 15-14
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla d. 3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-3, 15-14

Doubles - Finals - Sunday

2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia

Follow the bouncing ball….

Montoya & Parrilla square off in final of 2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open

Doubles partners Rodrigo Montoya and Andree Parrilla will face off in Men’s Singles final of the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia on Sunday, but they won't play in the doubles final. Parrilla got to the singles final by upsetting the WRT #1 Alejandro Cardona, 10-15, 15-10, 11-6, in the semi-finals on Saturday, while Montoya also needed a tie-breaker to defeat Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 14-15, 11-8.

But in the doubles semi-finals, Felipe Camacho and Jaime Martell defeated Montoya and Parrilla, 15-10, 5-15, 11-7, so Camacho and Martell will face top seeds Cardona and Gerardo Franco in the final, as Cardona and Franco beat Mario Mercado and Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-5, 15-5, in the other semi.

You can view the finals live from Lilburn via the WRT website starting at noon Sunday with the singles final with the doubles immedaitely following.

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open
Lilburn, Georgia
May 5-7, 2017

Quarterfinals

1) Alejandro Cardona d. 25) Kevin Vazquez, 15-5, 15-6
5) Andree Parrilla d. 4) Jaime Martell, 15-7, 15-7

3) Rodrigo Montoya d. 6) Gerardo Franco, 15-9, 15-10
7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) David Horn, 10-15, 15-12, 11-7

Semi-finals

5) Andree Parrilla d. 1) Alejandro Cardona, 10-15, 15-10, 11-6
3) Rodrigo Montoya d. 7) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 14-15, 11-8

Final

3) Rodrigo Montoya v. 5) Andree Parrilla - 12 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 5) Mario Mercado & Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-5, 15-5
3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell d. 2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-10, 5-15, 11-7

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell - 1 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open - Rounds of 32 & 16

The top seven seeds are through to the quarterfinals at the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia, but joining them is 25th seed Kevin Vazquez, who defeated 8th seed Luis Avila, 10-15, 15-8, 11-6, in the Round of 32 and then followed that up with a win over 24th seed Set Cubillos, 15-9, 15-13.

In the quarters, Vazquez will be up against top seed and WRT #1 Alejandro Cardona. After a bye in the 32s, Cardona beat Maurice Miller, 15-6, 15-6, in the Round of 16.

We anticipated that Jake Bredenbeck and Mario Mercado would play in the Round of 16, and they did, but it wasn’t as close as we thought it would be, as Bredenbeck won in two straight games, defeating Mercado, 15-9, 15-8. Bredenbeck will play 2nd seed David Horn, winner over Shane Karmelin, 15-6, 15-13, in the 16s. Bredenbeck and Horn are very familiar with each other, as they played doubles together last month at the Pan American Championships, earning silver medals for Team USA.

You can view the action live from Lilburn starting with the quarterfinals at 10 AM Saturday morning via the WRT website.

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open
Lilburn, Georgia
May 5-7, 2017

Round of 32

1) Alejandro Cardona - BYE
17) Maurice Miller d. 16) Austin Cunningham, 15-8, 15-13

24) Set Cubillos d. 9) Felipe Camacho, 15-14, 5-15, 11-0
25) Kevin Vazquez d. 8) Luis Avila, 10-15, 15-8, 11-6

5) Andree Parrilla d. 28) Andrés Gómez, 15-12, 15-9
12) Hiroshi Shimizu d. 21) Cruz Acosta, 15-2, 15-30 [sic]

13) Andrew Clarke d. 20) Marquis Miller, 15-8, 15-3
4) Jaime Martell d. 29) Roberto Leyes Jr., 15-7, 15-7

3) Rodrigo Montoya d. 30) Ryan Summerford, 15-2, 15-4
19) Destry Everhart d. 14) Jeremy Best, 14-15, 15-9, 11-10

11) Wayne Antone IV d. 22) Marco Mijares, 15-1, 15-6
6) Gerardo Franco d. 27) Jim Minkel, 15-7, 15-10

7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 26) Yacouba Keita, forfeit
10) Mario Mercado d. 23) Bamiki Keita, forfeit

18) Shane Karmelin d. 15) Robert Hemphill, 15-9, 15-11
2) David Horn - BYE

Round of 16

1) Alejandro Cardona d. 17) Maurice Miller, 15-6, 15-6
25) Kevin Vazquez d. 24) Set Cubillos, 15-9, 15-13

5) Andree Parrilla d. 12) Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-5, 15-14
4) Jaime Martell d. 13) Andrew Clarke, 15-7, 15-8

3) Rodrigo Montoya d. 19) Destry Everhart, 15-1, 15-3
6) Gerardo Franco d. 11) Wayne Antone IV, 15-4, 13-15, 11-9

7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 10) Mario Mercado, 15-9, 15-8
2) David Horn d. 18) Shane Karmelin, 15-6, 15-13

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Alejandro Cardona v. 25) Kevin Vazquez - 1 PM
4) Jaime Martell v. 5) Andree Parrilla - 12 PM

3) Rodrigo Montoya v. 6) Gerardo Franco - 10 AM
2) David Horn v. 7) Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE
9) Jeremy Best & Jim Minkel d. 8) Wayne Antone IV & Kevin Vazquez, 15-7, 7-15, 11-7

5) Mario Mercado & Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
4) Luis Avila & ? - BYE

3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell - BYE
11) Set Cubillos & Andrés Gómez d. 6) Maurice Miller & Marquis Miller, 5-15, 15-10 11-6

10) Allan Crockett & Shane Karmelin d. 7) Destry Everhart & Robert Hemphill, 15-5, 15-7
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 9) Jeremy Best & Jim Minkel, 15-8, 15-6
5) Mario Mercado & Hiroshi Shimizu d. 4) Luis Avila & ?, 15-4, 15-12

3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell d. 11) Set Cubillos & Andrés Gómez, 15-6, 15-2
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 10) Allan Crockett & Shane Karmelin, 14-15, 15-10, 11-7

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 5) Mario Mercado & Hiroshi Shimizu - 7 PM
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell - 8 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam - Round of 16

More upsets at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’) Grand Slam in Guadalajara, Mexico, as 12th seed Natalia Mendez knocked off 5th seed Cristina Amaya, 11-9, 11-0, 11-9, in the Round of 16. Mendez will play 4th seed Alexandra Herrera in the quarterfinals on Saturday after Herrera defeated 13th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-0.

Also in the quarters is Nancy Enriquez who beat Montserrat Perez, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2. Enriquez has never played much on the women’s pro tour, but she was the silver medalist at the 2010 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, where she lost to Rhonda Rajsich in the final after defeating Cheryl Gudinas in the semi-finals.

In the quarters on Saturday, Enriquez will play either LPRT #1 - and current 3 time reigning IRF World Champion - Paola Longoria, who defeated 17th seed Jessica Maldonado, 11-3, 11-4, 11-1, in the 16s.

On the bottom of the draw, as expected LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert had a close match with Gabriela Martinez - last year’s IRF World Champion silver medalist, but Lambert prevailed, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. But her task doesn’t get easier, as in the quarters she’ll play 7th seed Samantha Salas, who was a straight game winner over 10th seed Adriana Riveros, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3.

The other quarterfinal will see 3rd seed Jessica Parrilla against 6th seed Rhonda Rajsich. Parrilla saw off Ana Laura Flores in three games, 11-1, 11-2, 11-9, but Rajsich had a close match with Monserrat Mejia, which went four games before Rajsich won, 13-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 10 AM with the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico


Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 17) Jessica Maldonado, 11-3, 11-4, 11-1
25) Nancy Enriquez d. 24) Montserrat Perez, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2

12) Natalia Mendez d. 5) Cristina Amaya, 11-9, 11-0, 11-9
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 13) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-0

3) Jessica Parrilla d. 19) Ana Laura Flores, 11-1, 11-2, 11-9
6) Rhonda Rajsich d. 11) Monserrat Mejia, 13-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7

7) Samantha Salas d. 10) Adriana Riveros, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 15) Gabriela Martinez, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 25) Nancy Enriquez
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 12) Natalia Mendez

3) Jessica Parrilla v. 6) Rhonda Rajsich
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 7) Samantha Salas

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera d. 9) Da’monique Davis & Cecilia Pratt, 15-13, 15-6

5) Carla Muñoz & Rhonda Rajsich d. 12) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado, 3-15, 15-6, 11-2
4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE
11) Ana Laura Flores & Eleni Guzman d. 6) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-9, 15-9

7) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado d. 10) Sofia Rascon & Carolina Rivera, 15-9, 15-3
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Riveram 15-8, 12-15, 11-6
4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 5) Carla Muñoz & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-7, 15-1

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 11) Ana Laura Flores & Eleni Guzman, 15-11, 10-15, 11-0
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla d. 7) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado, 15-5, 15-11

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 8 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam - Round of 32

They’ve only played the Round of 32 at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’) Grand Slam in Guadalajara, Mexico, but already there have been significant upsets, as both the 8th and 9th seeds have gone out. Nancy Enriquez, the 25th seed, came from two games down to defeat 8th seed Carla Muñoz, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-2, and 24th seed Montserrat Perez took out 9th seed Susana Acosta in four games, 12-13 [sic], 11-9, 13-11, 11-5.

Thus, Enriquez and Perez will face off in the Round of 16 with the winner likely meeting LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the quarterfinals.

One other match went five games in the 32s, as 13th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez overcame a 2-1 deficit to fend off 20th seed Da’Monique Davis, 9-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-2, 11-8. Rodriguez will face Alexandra Herrera in the 16s.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 2 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday from 10 AM on and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
17) Jessica Maldonado d. 16) Carolina Rivera, 11-2, 11-1, 11-0

24) Montserrat Perez d. 9) Susana Acosta, 12-13 [sic], 11-9, 13-11, 11-5
25) Nancy Enriquez d. 8) Carla Muñoz, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-2

5) Cristina Amaya - BYE
12) Natalia Mendez d. 21) Sofia Rascon, 11-7, 0-11, 11-8, 11-3

13) Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 20) Da’Monique Davis, 9-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-2, 11-8
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
19) Ana Laura Flores d. 14) Cecilia Pratt, 11-1, 11-4, 11-3

11) Monserrat Mejia d. 22) Erin Rivera, 11-2, 11-7, 11-6
6) Rhonda Rajsich d. 27) Ana Camacho, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4

7) Samantha Salas d. 27) Andrea Ramirez, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
10) Adriana Riveros d. 23) Danisse Maldonado, 11-3, 11-2, 7-11, 11-6

15) Gabriela Martinez d. 18) Eleni Guzman, 11-4, 11-5, 11-0
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria v. 17) Jessica Maldonado
24) Montserrat Perez v. 25) Nancy Enriquez

5) Cristina Amaya v. 12) Natalia Mendez
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 13) Maria Renee Rodriguez

3) Jessica Parrilla v. 19) Ana Laura Flores
6) Rhonda Rajsich v. 11) Monserrat Mejia

7) Samantha Salas v. 10) Adriana Riveros
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 15) Gabriela Martinez

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 9) Da’monique Davis & Cecilia Pratt

5) Carla Muñoz & Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado
4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE
6) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 11) Ana Laura Flores & Eleni Guzman

7) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado v. 10) Sofia Rascon & Carolina Rivera
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla & - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open - Preview

The 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open happens this weekend in Lilburn, Georgia, where Alejandro Cardona and David Horn are the #1 and #2 seeds, respectively. There should be some good matches early, as Jake Bredenbeck will likely play Mario Mercado in the Round of 16 with the winner probably facing Horn in the quarterfinals.

On the top of the draw, 4th seed Jaime Martell and 5th Andree Parrilla could be another quarterfinal match up. Cardona’s first real test in Lilburn will likely come in the quarters against either 8th seed Luis Avila or 9th seed Felipe Camacho.

You can view the action live from Lilburn starting with the quarterfinals at 10 AM Saturday morning via the WRT website.

2017 WRT Grace Warrior Ministries Georgia Open - Lilburn, Georgia May 5-7, 2017

Round of 32

1) Alejandro Cardona - BYE
16) Austin Cunningham v. 17) Maurice Miller

9) Felipe Camacho v. 24) Set Cubillos
8) Luis Avila v. 25) Kevin Vazquez

5) Andree Parrilla v. 28) Andrés Gómez
12) Hiroshi Shimizu v. 21) Cruz Acosta

13) Andrew Clarke v. 20) Marquis Miller
4) Jaime Martell v. 29) Roberto Leyes Jr.

3) Rodrigo Montoya v. 30) Ryan Summerford
14) Jeremy Best v. 19) Destry Everhart

11) Wayne Antone IV d. 22) Marco Mijares
6) Gerardo Franco v. 27) Jim Minkel

7) Jake Bredenbeck v. 26) Yacouba Keita
10) Mario Mercado v. 23) Bamiki Keita

15) Robert Hemphill v. 18) Shane Karmelin
2) David Horn - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE
8) Wayne Antone IV & Kevin Vazquez v. 9) Jeremy Best & Jim Minkel

5) Mario Mercado & Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
4) Luis Avila & ? - BYE

3) Felipe Camacho & Jaime Martell - BYE
6) Maurice Miller & Marquis Miller v. 11) Set Cubillos & Andrés Gómez

7) Destry Everhart & Robert Hemphill v. 10) Allan Crockett & Shane Karmelin
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) plays a Grand Slam event in Guadalajara, Mexico this weekend, and there are 27 players in the draw, including the top 9 players and 16 of the top 17. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will be the player to beat, but her main opponents are all on the other side of the draw, where LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert, #3 Jessica Parrilla, #6 Rhonda Rajsich, who defeated Longoria last month at the Pan American Championships, #7 Samantha Salas, a two time finalist this season, as well as 15th seed Gabriela Martinez, who was runner up to Longoria at last year’s International Racquetball Federation World Championships, will all battle it out to presumably meet Longoria in the final.

Lambert may have the worst draw of the bunch, as she’ll likely have to play Martinez in the Round of 16, Salas in the quarterfinals, and then either Parrilla or Rajsich in the semi-finals before getting a crack at Longoria.

Also of note, Sofia Rascon, a top 10 player last year, is in the draw as the 21st seed, so she’ll play Natalia Mendez first with the winner to face 5th seed Cristina Amaya.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 2 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday from 10 AM on and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Carolina Rivera v. 17) Jessica Maldonado

9) Susana Acosta v. 24) Montserrat Perez
8) Carla Muñoz v. 25) Nancy Enriquez

5) Cristina Amaya - BYE
12) Natalia Mendez v. 21) Sofia Rascon

13) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 20) Da’Monique Davis
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Cecilia Pratt v. 19) Ana Laura Flores

11) Monserrat Mejia v. 22) Erin Rivera
6) Rhonda Rajsich v. 27) Ana Camacho

7) Samantha Salas v. 27) Andrea Ramirez
10) Adriana Riveros v. 23) Danisse Maldonado

15) Gabriela Martinez v. 18) Eleni Guzman
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 9) Da’monique Davis & Cecilia Pratt

5) Carla Muñoz & Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado
4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE
6) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 11) Ana Laura Flores & Eleni Guzman

7) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado v. 10) Sofia Rascon & Carolina Rivera
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla & - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekend Round Up - Mercado, Herrera & Murray and Amaya win

Mario Mercado won Men’s Open at the 2017 Florida Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida on the weekend. Mercado defeated Alejandro Herrera in the final, 15-12, 15-5. In the semi-finals, Mercado beat Andrés Gómez, 15-3, 15-0, and Herrera defeated Felipe Camacho, 15-4, 15-5.

But Herrera did win the Men’s Open Doubles title partnering with Samuel Murray. They won a tie-breaker against Mercado and Mike Harmon, 7-15, 15-8, 11-7. In the semis, Herrera and Murray were winners over Wesley Miller and Andres Ramirez, 15-1, 15-8, while Mercado and Harmon beat Camacho and Sebastian Franco, 15-1, 15-5.

They also had a Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) exhibition division in Sarasota, which featured four players. Cristina Amaya won the division by defeating Jordan Cooperrider, 15-14, 15-6, in the final. In the semi-finals, Amaya beat Maritza Franco, 15-5, 15-9, and Cooperrider defeated Regina Franco, 15-11, 15-10.

This weekend the LPRT will be in action in Guadalajara, Mexico, May 5-7, and the World Racquetball Tour will be in action with the Georgia Open, May 5-7 in Lilburn, Georgia.
https://www.lprtour.com

2017 Florida Pro-Am, April 27-30
Sarasota, Florida


Men’s Open Final

Mario Mercado d. Alejandro Herrera, 15-12, 15-5

Semi-finals

Mario Mercado d. Andrés Gómez, 15-3, 15-0
Alejandro Herrera d. Felipe Camacho, 15-4, 15-5

Men’s Open Doubles Final

Alejandro Herrera & Samuel Murray d. Mario Mercado & Mike Harmon, 7-15, 15-8, 11-7

Semi-finals

Mercado Mercado & Mike Harmon d. Felipe Camacho & Sebastian Franco, 15-1, 15-5
Alejandro Herrera & Samuel Murray d. Wesley Miller and Andres Ramirez, 15-1, 15-8

LPRT Open Final

Cristina Amaya d. Jordan Cooperrider, 15-14, 15-6

LPRT Open Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya d. Maritza Franco, 15-5, 15-9
Jordan Cooperrider d. Regina Franco, 15-11, 15-10

Follow the bouncing ball….

Waselenchuk completes undefeated season, winning at 2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am

Kane Waselenchuk completed an undefeated season Saturday, as International Racquetball Tour’s (IRT’s) #1 season defeated Rocky Carson, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2, in the final of the 2017 Florida Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida. Waselenchuk not only won all of his matches this season, but he didn’t lose any game. None. Zero.

That’s an incredible feat.

Waselenchuk almost dropped games in the semi-finals to Jose Rojas, as he needed extra points to win both the first and third games, winning 12-10, 11-4, 12-10. In the first game, Rojas was up 10-4, and served for the game five times. Yet Waselenchuk denied him each time.

Four of those denials were the result of winning backhand service returns, including a great pinch shot that came as Rojas had hit a drive Z serve to the right side that Waselenchuk - a left-hander - hit before the ball reached the right side wall, hitting it into the right side wall so that it went low off the front wall for a winner.

This season Waselenchuk was extended to 12-10 on four occasions with Rojas doing it three of those times, and twice on Saturday. Andree Parrilla also lost a game 12-10 to Waselenchuk in March at the Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois.

Alvaro Beltran is the last player to take a game off of Waselenchuk, which happened in May 2016 at the Coast to Coast Open in Reseda, California.

In the other semi-final, Carson defeated Beltran, 1-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-4.

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am, April 27-30
Sarasota, Florida


Final

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Rocky Carson, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2

Semi-finals

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Jose Rojas, 12-10, 11-4, 12-10
2) Rocky Carson d. 3) Alvaro Beltran, 1-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am - Quarterfinals

The top four seeds are all through to the semi-finals at the 2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Florida Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida, including top seed and IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who defeated Felipe Camacho, 11-1, 11-1, 11-2, in the quarterfinals on Friday. Second seed and IRT #2 Rocky Carson also won in three straight games, beating Samuel Murray, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8.

In the semi-finals, Waselenchuk will face 4th seed Jose Rojas, who was a winner over Jansen Allen in four games, 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, and Carson plays 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran, who beat Marco Rojas, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8.

The IRT semi-finals will be 11 AM and Noon Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Eastern. You can watch the semis and final via the IRT Network.

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am, April 27-30
Sarasota, Florida


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Felipe Camacho, 11-1, 11-1, 11-2
4) Jose Rojas d. 5) Jansen Allen, 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4

3) Alvaro Beltran d. 6) Marco Rojas, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
2) Rocky Carson d. Samuel Murray, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Jose Rojas
2) Rocky Carson v. 3) Alvaro Beltran

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am - Round of 16

There was one upset in the Round of 16 at the 2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Florida Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida, as Samuel Murray defeated 7th seed Mario Mercado, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9. Murray faces IRT #2 Rocky Carson in the quarterfinals, as Carson beat Andrés Gómez, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 in the 16s.

Top seed and IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk beat Gerardo Franco in the Round of 16, 11-8, 11-2, 11-3, and he'll play Felipe Camacho, who was a winner over Andres Ramirez, 11-9, 11-1, 11-7, in the quarters.

The IRT quarterfinals will be streamed live Friday evening from 4 PM on via the IRT Network. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and Noon Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Eastern.

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am, April 27-30
Sarasota, Florida


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Gerardo Franco, 11-8, 11-2, 11-3
8) Felipe Camacho d. Andres Ramirez, 11-9, 11-1, 11-7

5) Jansen Allen d. Wayne Antone, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
4) Jose Rojas d. Set Cubillos, 11-4, 11-3, 11-0

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Alejandro Herrera, 11-8, 7-11, 11-2, 12-10
6) Marco Rojas d. Juan Salvatierra, 11-3, 11-2, 11-5

Samuel Murray d. 7) Mario Mercado, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9
2) Rocky Carson d. Andrés Gómez, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 8) Felipe Camacho
4) Jose Rojas v. 5) Jansen Allen

3) Alvaro Beltran v. 6) Marco Rojas
2) Rocky Carson d. Samuel Murray, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am - Preliminary Round

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) comes to a close this weekend with the 2017 Florida Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida. IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk could finish the season undefeated if he wins this weekend. Daniel De La Rosa, the 3rd ranked IRT player, is absent after his daughter was born earlier this month.

The IRT Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 11 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 4 PM on. Also, the semi-finals will be 11 AM and Noon Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Eastern.

2017 IRT Florida Pro-Am, April 27-30
Sarasota, Florida

Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday


Andres Ramirez d. Kevin Vazquez, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q8) Gerardo Franco d. Edwin Galicia, 11-3, 11-9, 13-11
Q1) Andres Ramirez d. Robert Collins, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7

Q4) Wayne Antone d. Justus Benson, 0-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-8
Q5) Set Cubillos d. Destry Everhart, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6

Q6) Alejandro Herrera d. Christian Wer, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6
Q3) Juan Salvatierra d. Scott McClellan, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7

Q2) Samuel Murray d. Hanzel Martinez, 11-9, 11-0, 11-3
Q7) Andrés Gómez d. Robert Hemphill, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Gerardo Franco - 11 AM
8) Felipe Camacho v. Andres Ramirez - 11 AM

5) Jansen Allen v. Alejandro Herrera - 1 PM
4) Jose Rojas v. Set Cubillos - 1 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Q3 - Noon
6) Marco Rojas v. Juan Salvatierra - Noon

7) Mario Mercado v. Samuel Murray - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Andrés Gómez - 10 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, April 24, 2017

Parrilla wins twice, Muñoz once at 2017 Battle at the Alamo

Andree Parrilla was a double winner on the weekend at the 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as he won both the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) division, as well as the Men’s Open division. In the IRT final he defeated Bradly Rogers in four games, 11-1, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4, while he got the better of Edson Martinez over three games, 13-15, 15-3, 11-6.

In the IRT semi-finals, Parrilla defeated Javier Mar, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5, and Rogers beat Martinez, 11-6, 12-10, 11-4. Curiously, Martinez beat Rogers in the quarterfinals of Men’s Open, 15-7, 15-3. In the Men’s Open semis, Parrilla beat Eduardo Garay, 15-5, 15-6, and Martinez defeated Alejandro Almada, 15-7, 9-15, 11-3.

Also in San Antonio, Carla Muñoz won Women’s Open with a walkover win against Lucia Gonzalez in the final. In the semi-finals, Carla Muñoz beat Hollie Scott, 15-6, 15-9, and Gonzalez defeated Adrienne Haynes, 15-11, 9-15, 11-7.

IRT Season Ending

This week the 2016-17 IRT season comes to a close with the Florida IRT Pro-Am in Sarasota, April 27-30. The season was going to close in Portland with the Tournament of Champions, but that event has been postponed.

2017 Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Men’s IRT Final

Andree Parrilla d. Bradly Rogers, 11-1, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4

Semi-finals

Andree Parrilla d. Javier Mar, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
Bradly Rogers d. Edson Martinez, 11-6, 12-10, 11-4

Men’s Open - Final

Andree Parrilla d. Edson Martinez, 13-15, 15-3, 11-6

Semi-finals

Andree Parrilla d. Eduardo Garay, 15-5, 15-6
Edson Martinez d. Alejandro Almada, 15-7, 9-15, 11-3

Women’s Open - Final

Carla Muñoz d. Lucia Gonzalez, forfeit

Semi-finals

Lucia Gonzalez d. Adrienne Haynes, 15-11, 9-15, 11-7
Carla Muñoz d. Hollie Scott, 15-6, 15-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Longoria wins twice at 2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), won twice Sunday as she took home both the singles and doubles titles at the LPRT 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The wins continue Longoria’s undefeated season. In the singles final, Longoria defeated Samantha Salas, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, and those two teamed up to win doubles by beating Carla Muñoz and Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 15-8.

The LPRT will be in action next at the Paola Longoria Open in Guadalajara, Mexico May 6-8. If you missed any of this weekend’s action, you can watch archived videos from San Antonio via the LPRT LiveStream channel or the finals live via the LPRT YouTube channel.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Final

1) Paola Longoria d. 6) Samantha Salas, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4

Doubles - Final

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz, 15-5, 15-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Longoria & Salas double finalists at 2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday, Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), lost to Rhonda Rajsich in the final of the Pan American Championships. But this Saturday, Longoria defeated Rajsich in three straight games, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5, in the semi-finals of the LPRT 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The win gives Longoria a chance to continue her undefeated streak this season, as she’s won nine of the ten LPRT events of the season after missing the first one.

Samantha Salas, Longoria’s long time doubles partner, will be Longoria’s opponent in the final Sunday, as Salas defeated Carla Muñoz, 11-3, 12-10, 11-7, in the other semi-final. Salas and Longoria also met in the final of US Open back in October, when Longoria won in three straight games.

Salas and Longoria are in doubles final Sunday playing together against Muñoz and Jessica Parrilla. In the semis, Longoria and Salas beat Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-4, 15-9, while Parrilla and Muñoz won two close games against Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-14.

You can watch the finals live via the LPRT LiveStream channel, as the singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow. If you miss it live, you can watch on the LiveStream channel immediately afterwards.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Adrienne Haynes, 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 4) Cristina Amaya, 11-2, 11-9, 11-1

6) Samantha Salas d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 13-11, 11-3, 11-9
7) Carla Muñoz d. 2) Jessica Parrilla, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5
6) Samantha Salas d. 7) Carla Muñoz, 11-3, 12-10, 11-7

Final

1) Paola Longoria v. 6) Samantha Salas

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-4, 15-9
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz d. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-14

Doubles - Final

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo - Round of 32 & 16

There were some long matches Friday in the Rounds of 32 and 16 at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, but in the end the top eight seeds all advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who defeated Hollie Scott, 11-0, 11-2, 11-1, in the Round of 16. Longoria will play Adrienne Haynes, who came back from 2-1 down to defeat Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-0, in the 16s.

Second seed Jessica Parrilla also needed a tie-breaker to advance in the Round of 16, where she came back from 2-1 down to beat Da'Monique Davis, 2-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9. Parrilla will face Carla Muñoz in the quarters, as Muñoz defeated Monserrat Mejia, 11-2, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7, in the Round of 16. Muñoz's had to win a tie-breaker in the Round of 32, as she faced a former World Champion silver medalist in Nancy Enriquez, who got a 2-0 lead on Muñoz. But Muñoz came back to win three straight games, and take the match 9-11, 0-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The quarterfinals are Saturday morning at 10 and 11:05 AM and the semi-finals at 4:30 and 5:35 PM. The singles final will be noon AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Hollie Scott d. 17) Ana Laura Flores, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5

9) Adriana Riveros d. 24) Hannah Shnurman, 11-0, 11-7, 11-1
8) Adrienne Haynes d. 25) Briana Jacquet, 11-9, 11-4, 11-2

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 21) Lucia Gonzalez, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8

20) Danisse Maldonado d. 13) Cecilia Pratt, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
4) Cristina Amaya - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
19) Erin Rivera d. 14) Carolina Rivera, 8-11, 11-0, 7-11, 11-4, 11-1

11) Natalia Mendez d. 22) Jennifer Dering, 11-2, 11-0, 11-0
6) Samantha Salas - BYE

7) Carla Muñoz d. 26) Nancy Enriquez, 9-11, 0-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
10) Monserrat Mejia d. 23) Veronique Guillemette, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6

18) Da’Monique Davis d. 15) Laura Brandt, 11-0, 11-0, 11-6
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Hollie Scott, 11-0, 11-2, 11-1
8) Adrienne Haynes d. 9) Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-0

5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 12) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-2, 11-5, 11-0
4) Cristina Amaya d. 20) Danisse Maldonado, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 19) Erin Rivera, 11-5, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7
6) Samantha Salas d. 11) Natalia Mendez, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6

7) Carla Muñoz d. 10) Monserrat Mejia, 11-2, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 18) Da’Monique Davis, 2-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Adrienne Haynes - 11:05 AM
4) Cristina Amaya v. 5) Rhonda Rajsich - 11:05 AM

3) Alexandra Herrera v. 6) Samantha Salas - 10 AM
2) Jessica Parrilla v. 7) Carla Muñoz - 10 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 5) Cecilia Pratt & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-9, 15-3

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Veronique Guillemette & Natalia Mendez, 11-15, 15-11, 11-4
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz - BYE

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 7:45 PM
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 6:40 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 LPRT Battle of the Alamo - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) returns to San Antonio for the 2017 Battle at the Alamo. Ten of the top twelve LPRT players will be in action, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, and the new Pan American Champion Rhonda Rajsich, who defeated Longoria last weekend in the final of the Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Rajsich is now the #5 LPRT player, so she and Longoria could meet in the semi-finals in San Antonio.

But to get there Rajsich will likely need to get by Cristina Amaya, who’s seeded 4th this week, and was a finalist at the last LPRT event: the New Jersey Open in March.

The bottom of the draw has #2 seed Jessica Parrilla, #3 Alexandra Herrera and #6 Samantha Salas, so there will likely have a Mexican standoff in the semis between two of those three players.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 3:25 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 10 and 11:05 AM and the semi-finals at 4:30 and 5:35 PM. The singles final will be noon AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Hollie Scott v. 17) Ana Laura Flores

9) Adriana Riveros v. 24) Hannah Shnurman
8) Adrienne Haynes v. 25) Briana Jacquet

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 21) Lucia Gonzalez

13) Cecilia Pratt v. 20) Danisse Maldonado
4) Cristina Amaya - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
14) Carolina Rivera v. 19) Erin Rivera

11) Natalia Mendez v. 22) Jennifer Dering
6) Samantha Salas - BYE

7) Carla Muñoz v. 26) Nancy Enriquez
10) Monserrat Mejia v. 23) Veronique Guillemette

15) Laura Brandt v. 18) Da’Monique Davis
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 5) Cecilia Pratt & Maria Renee Rodriguez

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 6) Veronique Guillemette & Natalia Mendez
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, April 17, 2017

Team Standings & Summary - XXX Pan American Championships

The XXX Pan American Championships concluded Saturday in San Jose, Costa Rica, where Mexico won three of the four gold medals. If you’d known ahead of time that Mexico would win 3 of 4 events, the event you’d thought Mexico would win for sure was the even that they lost: Women’s Singles. Paola Longoria of Mexico had won 10 international events dating back to 2011 at the Pan American Championships, when the USA’s Rhonda Rajsich defeated her in the semi-finals.

Six years later Rajsich did it again, and her defeat of Longoria prevented the Mexican gold medal sweep.

Longoria did win gold in Women’s Doubles with Samantha Salas, and they are two of three winningest players at the Pan American Championships. Longoria has won gold Women’s Singles seven times and five times in Women’s Doubles, while Salas has won seven gold in Women’s Doubles. (note: Jackie Paraiso has the second most Pan American Champoinship gold medals winning one in Women’s Singles & nine in Women’s Doubles).

Rajsich’s gold was her fifth at the Pan American Championships, and she’s tied for fifth most all time with fellow American Cheryl Gudinas.

Mexican Polo Gutierrez won Men’s Doubles with Alejandro Landa, and that put his career gold medal count at four from the Pan American Championships, which ties him with countryman Alvaro Beltran, and is one behind the men’s leaders Javier Moreno of Mexico and American Bill Sell, who both have five. Gutierrez previously won gold at the Pan American Championships in 2011 and 2013 playing Men’s Doubles with Moreno, and he also won Men’s Singles in 2103.

Six men other men have won both singles and doubles at the Pan American Championships: Beltran, Sell, Mike Green (Canada), Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico), Ricardo Monroy (Bolivia) and Landa, who now has three Pan American Championships, which puts him into a tie with five other players on the all time list.

Team Standings

Mexico finished first in the team standings in Men’s and Women’s and Overall categories, and the USA were the runners up in all three categories. In the Men’s standings Bolivia was 3rd with Canada 4th, while in the Women’s standings Ecuador was 3rd and Guatemala 4th. Overall, Bolivia was 3rd with Ecuador and Guatemala tying for 4th.

Future Events


Announced during the event broadcasts was that the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Junior World Championships will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in November. Also, the XXXI Pan American Championships will be March 24-31, 2018, and although the location hasn’t been finalized Temuco, Chile was mentioned as the most likely site.

XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica - April 8-15, 2017

Women's Singles


Gold - Rhonda Rajsich (USA)
Silver - Paola Longoria (Mexico)
Bronze - Samantha Salas (Mexico), Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)

Women's Doubles

Gold - Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico)
Silver - Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador)
Bronze - Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), Andrea Martinez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)

Men's Singles

Gold - Alejandro Landa (Mexico)
Silver - Charlie Pratt (USA)
Bronze - Andres Acuña (Costa Rica), Javier Mar (Mexico)

Men's Doubles

Gold - Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno (Mexico)
Silver - Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA)
Bronze - Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Team Standings

Women’s
(points)

1. Mexico - 432
2. USA - 316
3. Guatemala - 228
4. Ecuador - 218
5. Bolivia - 128
6. Chile - 122
7. Argentina - 118
8. Colombia - 102
9. Venezuela - 94
10. Dominican Republic - 90
11. Cuba - 84
12. Canada & Costa Rica - 74
14. Honduras - 18

Men’s (points)

1. Mexico - 472
2. USA - 352
3. Bolivia - 196
4. Canada - 192
5. Costa Rica - 186
6. Dominican Republic - 150
7. Argentina - 110
8. Colombia - 100
9. Ecuador - 92
10. Guatemala - 82
11. Chile & Venezuela - 64
13. Cuba - 56
14. Honduras - 40
15. Nicaragua - 10

Overall (points)

1. Mexico - 904
2. USA - 668
3. Bolivia - 324
4. Guatemala & Ecuador - 310
6. Canada - 266
7. Costa Rica - 260
8. Dominican Republic - 240
9. Argentina - 228
10. Colombia - 202
11. Chile - 186
12. Venezuela - 158
13. Cuba - 140
14. Honduras - 58
15. Nicaragua - 10

Follow the bouncing ball....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mexican sweep doubles for 4th straight year at XXX Pan American Championships

Mexico swept Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, which is the fourth year in a row that Mexican teams have won both doubles divisions at the event. Paola Longoria and Samatha Salas won the Women’s Doubles title for the third straight year, beating Ecuador’s Maria Paz Muñoz and Veronica Sotomayor, 15-12, 15-5, in the final. Then Polo Gutierrez and Alejandro Landa came from a game down to defeat Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn of the USA, 10-15, 15-8, 11-4, which gave Landa his second straight Pan American Championship Men’s Doubles title and his second Pan American Championship this year, as he won Men’s Singles earlier in the day.

In fact, all these Mexicans are multiple champions at this event. Longoria and Salas have won five of the last seven Women’s Doubles title at the Pan American Championships, and Salas is six of seven, as she won with Susana Acosta in 2014, when Longoria missed the event. Polo Gutierrez won his third Men’s Doubles title with the others coming in 2013 and 2011 both playing with Javier Moreno, who was Landa’s partner last year.

In the women’s final, Mexico took a the lead early at 6-0. Ecuador scored a couple of points to make it 6-2, but Mexico extended their lead to 10-2, and then 14-4. Ecuador dug in there, and with the serve back they scored two points to make it 14-6. Their sixth point was from an avoidable call on Longoria, which seemed harsh. Mexico appealed it, but the call was upheld, and in disputing the call, Mexico was assessed a technical, which made the score 13-6.

Ecuador scored three straight points to make it 13-9. Mexico called a timeout, and got the serve back but couldn’t score as Muñoz hit a winner and Salas skipped a shot. Ecuador drew within of Mexico when Muñoz hit a drive serve to the left side - she was playing on the right - that cracked out for an ace.

But on the next rally, Longoria hit a pinch shot winner to regain the serve. Sotomayor made an error on her backhand that put Mexico on game point at 14-12, but she put Mexico half out with a backhand cross court winner. Longoria then serve a lob down the middle, which Sotomayor took on her forehand and skipped, giving game one to Mexico, 15-12.

In game two, Mexico again got the early lead at 5-1. Ecuador made it close at 7-5, but then they didn’t score against, as Mexico scored eight unanswered points to take the game, 15-5, and the match in two straight games.

The USA was in control of game one in the Men’s Doubles final, as they never trailed Mexico after taking a 3-0 early. Mexico made it close late when they were within three at 13-10, but two winners from Bredenbeck - a forehand reverse pinch, and a forehand pinch from deep in the court - closed out the game.

Game two was the reverse, as Mexico took the early lead at 7-0, and never trailed from there. Gutierrez made several winners early in the game, as Mexico seemed to take over the match. They won game two as Gutierrez hit a half lob Z to Horn on the right side, and Horn returned it cross court, where Landa hit a shoulder high backhand reverse pinch that rolled out of the right front corner.

The tie-breaker went slowly early on, as after 25 rallies the score was only 4-3 in Mexico’s favour. But Mexico scored four unanswered points from there to go up 8-3. The game stalled a bit there, as nine rallies only produced one point, making the score 8-4 for Mexico.

But Mexico scored on three straight rallies to end it. Horn tried climbing the wall in the back right corner to retrieve a ceiling ball, which was an unsuccessful attempt, then Gutierrez hit a forehand winner, and finally Horn was forced into an error as he tried to hit a backhand ceiling ball to keep the rally going.

“I’m very happy,” Gutierrez said afterwards. “I wasn’t even [planning on] playing Nationals,” but Landa “convinced me” to play. They won that event, which is how they were selected as the Mexican team for this event.

“I feel OK thanks to Polo,” said Landa, when asked about playing the doubles final after he played the singles final earlier.

“I just wanted to win,” Gutierrez said in reference to how they turned the match around after losing the first game, and he did seem to turn it up, especially early in game two.

XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica - April 8-15, 2017


Women's Doubles - Final Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 3) Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-5

Men's Doubles - Final Saturday

1) Polo Gutierrez & Alejandro Landa (Mexico) d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA), 10-15, 15-8, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball....

Rajsich & Landa win singles at XXX Pan American Championships

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) upset Paola Longoria (Mexico), 7-15, 15-13, 11-9, to win Women’s Singles at the XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, in a match that took approximately two hours to complete. In the Men’s Singles final, Alejandro Landa of Mexico defeated Charlie Pratt of the USA, 15-10, 15-11.

Longoria looked like she would successfully defend her Pan American Championship title, as she took game one comfortably, 15-7, including hitting six drive ace serves to the left. But Rajsich was undeterred, as she jumped out to a big lead in game two at 9-0.

That lead looked like it would ensure a tie-breaker, but few leads are safe against Longoria, who cam back to 9-7 before Rajsich got her 10th point. Rajsich followed that up with four more points off two backhand skips by Longoria and two forehand winners to make it 14-7. Game over, yes?

No, as Longoria fought off eleven (11!) game points, and creeped back into the game, closing the gap to 14-13. But Rajsich got the serve back with a backhand return, and then - finally! - won it when Longoria skipped a forehand shot.

In the tie-breaker, they were back and forth early. Rajsich took a 3-1 lead helped by two ace serves: a drive right, and a Z to the right. But Longoria responded by taking the next four points to lead 5-3. A backhand winner got Rajsich back in the service box, and she scored three points of her own to take the lead, 6-5.

Rajsich never trailed after that, although Longoria did tie her at 7-7 and 9-9. Rajsich got the serve back with a forehand cross court serve return that Longoria appealed was a skip, but the line judges upheld the referee’s call of a good shot. Rajsich called a timeout to plan how to close it out.

When play resumed, Rajsich hit a drive serve short, and on her second serve she hit a backhand half lob to the left side that Longoria plowed into the floor. It was an uncharacteristic error by Longoria that gave Rajsich match point at 10-9. On the first match point rally, Rajsich was hindered by Longoria as she was moving to play the ball off the back wall. Rajsich appealed for an avoidable, but the line judges upheld the referee’s hinder call.

On the second match point, Rajsich got an opportunity to hit a forehand winner, and she made no mistake to take her first Pan American Championship in Women’s Singles since 2011, and her third overall.

That 2011 Pan American Championship was the last time Longoria failed to win an international tournament, as she lost to Rajsich in the semi-finals, which was a match that also went three games. Since then Longoria had won 10 straight Women’s Singles titles at international events (in that period Longoria only missed the 2014 Pan American Championships, which was won by Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina).

After the match, Rajsich said she was “drunk with emotion,” and thanked her team for their support. Also, Rajsich dedicated the win to her late father, Dennis, who died in October, as well as her best friend’s mother, who passed away recently.

In the men’s final, they were close early in game one, and tied at 5-5 and 6-6. But then Landa edged ahead, going up 10-6 including two drive serve aces, one to the right and one to the left. He maintained the lead, and Pratt couldn’t get any closer than three, as Landa took game one, 15-10, with a forehand kill shot after Pratt’s return of a lob on the right side went into the middle.

In game two, Pratt took the lead early, as he went up 8-2, and looked like he would force a tie-breaker. But Landa dug in and scored seven of the next eight points to tie the game 9-9. Landa’s point streak continued, as he went up 11-9, but a forehand skip gave Pratt back the serve. Pratt tied the score 11-11 with a great forehand that he took as the ball bounced around and out of the back left corner.

At that point, Landa called a timeout. On the next rally, Pratt had to dive to try to keep the rally going, and in doing so skipped a backhand shot. They exchanged sideouts, and then Landa scored four straight points, with the match winner a backhand cross court shot that was just out of Pratt’s reach.

“I knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Landa said afterwards, as “Charlie played well this tournament.” Asked about his feelings during the match, Landa said “I like to get mad. Sometimes it helps me. Sometimes it doesn’t.” Today Landa generally played within his comfort zone, and he earned a gold medal as a result.

XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica - April 8-15, 2017


Women's Singles - Final Saturday

2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. 1) Paola Longoria (Mexico), 7-15, 15-13, 11-9

Men's Singles - Final Saturday

3) Alejandro Landa (Mexico) d. 4) Charlie Pratt (USA), 15-10, 15-11

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Doubles semi-final results at XXX Pan American Championships

Mexico and Ecuador were winners in the Women’s Doubles semi-finals at the XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday. Mexicans Paola Longoria and Samatha Salas, the defending champions, beat the USA’s Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich in one semi-final, 15-8, 15-4, while Ecuador’s Maria Paz Muñoz and Veronica Sotomayor needed a tie-breaker to move past Andrea Martinez and Gabriella Martinez of Guatemala, 10-15, 15-5, 11-4.

In Men’s Doubles semi-finals, 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn of the USA won a close first game and then a not so close second to defeat Bolivians Roland Keller and Conrado Moscoso, 15-12, 15-7, in the semi-finals. Bredenbeck and Horn will play either top seeds Polo Gutierrez and Alejandro Landa of Mexico or Dominicans Luis Perez and Ramon De Leon in the final on Saturday.

The finals are early Saturday afternoon with the women’s final to precede the men’s.

XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica - April 8-15, 2017


Women's Doubles - Semi-finals Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 4) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-8, 15-4
3) Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) d. 7) Andrea Martinez & Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala), 10-15, 15-5, 11-4

Women's Doubles - Final Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 3) Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - 1 PM

Men's Doubles - Semi-finals Friday

1) Polo Gutierrez & Alejandro Landa (Mexico) d. 5) Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-3, 15-3
2) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) d. 6) Roland Keller & Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-7

Men's Doubles - Final Saturday

1) Polo Gutierrez & Alejandro Landa (Mexico) v. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) - 2:30 PM

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Longoria & Rajsich, Landa & Pratt win singles semi-finals at XXX Pan American Championships

The USA and Mexico will play off in both the Men’s and Women’s Singles finals at the XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. In Women’s Singles, defending champion Paola Longoria of Mexico will face Rhonda Rajsich of the USA, and in Men’s Singles Alejandro Landa of Mexico plays Charlie Pratt of the USA.

In the women’s semi-finals, Longoria defeated Gabriella Martinez of Guatemala, 15-6, 15-11, and Rajsich came back from a game down to defeat Samantha Salas of Mexico, 14-15, 15-12, 11-2. On the men’s side, Landa beat Costa Rican Andres Acuña, 15-14, 15-10, and like Rajsich, Pratt came from a game down to overcome a Mexican opponent, as he knocked out Javier Mar, 5-15, 15-13, 11-3.

Longoria and Martinez were close early in game one. Martinez even had the early lead at 3-0, but Longoria caught her at 5-5, and then cruised on to take game one by a comfortable margin, 15-6.

She carried that momentum into game two, taking a 6-1 lead. But Martinez dug in and came back to tie the score at 6-6 and 7-7. Again Longoria went out ahead to lead 12-7, and it looked like she’d again win comfortably. But Martinez didn’t give up, and closed the gap to two points down 13-11. Longoria got the serve back with a backhand cross court serve return, and got her first match point with a drive serve ace to the left that cracked out.

Longoria didn’t convert that match point, as she skipped a forehand for an unforced error. But after another backhand return winner, Longoria didn’t make a mistake on her second match point, as a strong drive serve to the left side forced Martinez to skip her backhand return.

Longoria congratulated Martinez, who’s only 17, for a strong tournament, saying she’s “a warrior” on the court, so Longoria knows it’ll be a battle whenever they play. They had played in the group stage of this event, and that match went tie-breaker. But Longoria felt “I played better than in the [group],” so a third game wasn’t needed today.

Rajsich and Salas were close late in the first game of their match, as they tied at 10-10 and 13-13. But Rajsich got to game point first when Salas skipped a forehand serve return. But Rajsich failed to convert four game point opportunities. Eventually, Salas got a point of her own with a forehand cross court that tied the score at 14-14, and then ended the game on her first opportunity.

Nevertheless in game two, it was Rajsich who had the better start, as she led early, 3-0. However, Salas then got hot, outscoring Rajsich 12-2 to go from 3-0 down to 12-5 up. It looked like Salas would win in two straight games.

But Rajsich changed her service look a bit, taking a couple of steps before drive serving, and serving to both sides. It seemed to put Salas off balance, and three aces along with a service winner certainly help Rajsich’s cause, as she came back to take game two 15-12.

Rajsich maintained the momentum in game three, as she went up 7-1, and won 11-2. Thus, over the second half of the match, Rajsich outscored Salas 21-2.

Rajsich was “exhilerated” after the match, as she has a “ton of respect for Salas and her game.” Asked what she was thinking when she was down in game two, Rajsich said tries not to think, as “thoughts can get in the way.”

Longoria and Rajsich have played several times over the years. They last met in a Pan Am Championship final in 2013, when Longoria won, and last met in an international final at the 2014 International Racquetball Federation World Championship final, which Longoria also won.

Longoria has won more Pan American Championships than any other player: 7 in Women’s Singles and 4 in Women’s Doubles. Rajsich has won Women’s Singles twice at the Pan American Championships, and both times - in 2007 and 2011 - she played Salas in the final.

In the Men’s Singles semi-finals, Landa was generally in control of his match with Acuña, although Acuña did come back in game one from 13-6 to lead 14-13. However, he skipped a backhand that gave the serve back to Landa, who took full advantage by hitting a drive serve to the left for an ace to make it 14-14, and won the game on the next rally when Acuña skipped a backhand shot.

In game two, Acuña was up early, 4-0. Landa tied it, 5-5, and they were back and forth before Landa pulled away to lead 13-6 just as in game one. An Acuña timeout cued his comeback, but he could only get to 13-10 before giving the serve back to Landa. The call at that point was an avoidable, which seemed a bit harsh as Acuña moved away from the left side, where he thought the ball would be, but turned out to the had gone over to the right side, and Landa was there to hit it, though not really set up to do so. Calling an avoidable there wasn’t wrong, but it seemed harsh.

The real controversy, though, came when Landa was on 14-10, as Acuña then appealed the length of Landa’s racquet. Landa was unhappy about that, and probably made unhappier when his racquet was found to be too long. Under International Racquetball Federation rules, playing with a racquet that’s too long results in a technical, and it seems Landa was also given a technical for voicing his unhappiness about the appeal to the referee, as the score when from 14-10 to 12-10. But he was still serving.

Landa made it 13-10 - for the second time - with a forehand pinch shot, but Acuña got the serve back with a backhand shot. But he wasn’t able to take advantage, as Landa got an opportunity in the front court and smashed a backhand cross court to regain the serve.

Landa drove a serve left for another ace, making it 14-10. The match ended as Landa hit a forehand pinch shot that Acuña couldn’t get a racquet on. But after the end, Landa refused to shake Acuña’s hand, and when he came off the court, Landa gestured angrily to the Costa Rican coaches. Presumably, Landa was still upset about the racquet appeal.

Landa will play American Charlie Pratt in the final. Pratt came back from a game down to defeat Mexican Javier Mar, 5-15, 15-13, 11-3, in the other semi-final. Afterwards, Pratt said “it was all him” in game one, and “I was frustrated.” But his team told him to mentally stay in the match, and they were neck and neck in game two.

Mar had the lead at 10-8, but Pratt came back to tie it 10-10, and then went ahead, 11-10, with an ace drive serve to the left side - one of several aces he had in the match.

Mar did come back and tie the game again at 13-13, but down the stretch he made two surprising unforced errors, as Mar hit himself on the serve twice while trying to execute a Z serve to the left side. It happened when Mar was serving 12-13 and again at 13-13.

After Mar hit himself a second time, Pratt hit another drive serve ace to the left, putting himself on game point at 14-13. The next rally was long, with some great gets by both players, and it was Mar who ended it with a smooth backhand shot.

However, Pratt held Mar off the scoreboard with a backhand winner of his own. On his second game point opportunity, Pratt hit a drive jam serve to the left side that Mar couldn’t return.

The breaker was Pratt’s, as he put together two runs of points to go up 4-1 and then 9-2. Mar used his second timeout at that point, but it was just delaying the inevitable, as Pratt closed it out with yet another drive serve ace to the left for his 10th point, and then a forehand pinch shot ended it.

Pratt, who’s playing on Team USA for the first time since being a junior, gave credit to “being in a team atmosphere” for his ability to pull out the victory against Mar, as well as his tie-breaker win in the quarterfinals against Carlos Keller of Bolivia. “There’s no way I’d have gotten through those tie-breakers without them,” Pratt said.

Pratt’s victory extends the streak of USA men being in the Men’s Singles final at the Pan American Championship to four years. Marco Rojas lost the 2014 final. His older brother Jose Rojas won it in 2015, as did Jose Diaz in 2016, which was over fellow American Jake Bredenbeck. Last year Bredenbeck lost the final to Mexican Daniel De La Rosa.

The finals begin Saturday at 11 AM with the Women’s Singles Final followed by the Men’s Singles Final at noon.

XXX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica - April 8-15, 2017


Women's Singles - Semi-finals Friday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 13) Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-11
2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. 3) Samantha Salas (Mexico), 14-15, 15-12, 11-2

Women's Singles - Final Saturday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - 11 AM

Men's Singles - Semi-finals Friday

4) Charlie Pratt (USA) d. 1) Javier Mar (Mexico), 5-15, 15-13, 11-3
3) Alejandro Landa (Mexico) d. 7) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-14, 15-10

Men's Singles - Final Saturday

3) Alejandro Landa (Mexico) v. 4) Charlie Pratt (USA) - Noon

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