Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 WRT West Coast Championships - Preview

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) returns this weekend with the West Coast Championships in Concord, California. There’s a large draw of 34 players led by WRT #1 Alejandro Cardona, and #2 David Horn.

Addressing the draw by quarters, Cardona could face a test from young Christian Longoria in the quarterfinals, although Longoria will play Mauricio Zelada in the Round of 32. Zelada is no slouch, and if he wins, it wouldn’t be a big surprise, despite the ranking.

Fourth seed Jaime Martell could get a stiff test in the Round of 16, as he’ll likely face Jose Diaz there. The winner of will probably play Rodrigo Montoya, who won the last WRT event. Any of those three could be in the semi-finals.

Andree Parrilla, the 3rd seed, plays Christian Wer first, and then the winner of Danny Lavely and Felipe Camacho. If he gets past them, Parrilla could meet Jake Bredenbeck in the quarterfinals. Bredenbeck hasn’t played since injuring his arm at the US Open in October, and there’s a rumor he may play left-handed (Bredenbeck’s injury is to his right arm / shoulder), which would presumably be to Parrilla’s advantage.

Finally, the second seeded Horn will likely play up and coming US Junior Team member Mauro Rojas in the 16s, and then Alejandro Landa in the quarters, so it will be a difficult road to the final for Montoya.

You can watch action from Concord live via the WRT website beginning with the quarterfinals on Saturday.

2017 WRT West Coast Championship, January 27-29
Concord, California

Singles - Round 1 matches

32) Tim Prigo v. 33) Juan Jose Salvatierra
31) Knox La Rue v. 34) Jose Perez

Singles - Round of 32

1) Alejandro Cardona v. 32) Tim Prigo or 33) Juan Jose Salvatierra
16) Alexi David Cocco Hayes v. 17) Victor Camacho

9) Francisco Troncoso v. 24) Antonio Rojas
8) Christian Longoria v. 25) Mauricio Zelada

5) Rodrigo Montoya v. 28) Dane Elkins
12) Luis Alvia v. 21) John Churchwell

13) Jose Diaz v. 20) Freddy Flores
4) Jaime Martell v. 29) Hanzel Martinez

3) Andree Parrilla v. 30) Christian Wer
14) Danny Lavely v. 19) Felipe Camacho

11) Miguel Rodriguez Jr. v. 22) Jon Sevier
6) Jake Bredenbeck v. 27) Jongrib Ha

7) Gerardo Franco v. 26) Edwin Galicia
10) Alejandro Landa v. 23) Ricardo Diaz

15) Mauro Rojas v. 18) Israel Torres
2) David Horn v. 31) Knox La Rue or 34) Jose Perez

Doubles - Round 1 matches

16) Hanzel Martinez & Juan Jose Salvatierra v. 17) Knox La Rue & Tim Prigo

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn v. 16) Hanzel Martinez & Juan Jose Salvatierra or 17) Knox La Rue & Tim Prigo
8) Victor Camacho & Miguel Rodriguez Jr. v. 9) Felipe Camacho & Alejandro Landa

5) Luis Alvia & Francisco Troncoso v. 12) Ricardo Diaz & Antonio Rojas
4) Alejandro Cardona & Freddy Flores v. 13) John Churchwell & Luis Hernandez

3) Christian Longoria & Jaime Martell v. 14) Scott Ferrell & Nick Steiner
6) Gerardo Franco & Mauro Rojas v. 11) Alexi David Cocco Hayes & Dane Elkins

7) Danny Lavely & Rafael Filippini v. 10) Jon Sevier & Israel Torres
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 15) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer

Follow the bouncing ball….

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