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….