Saturday, August 18, 2018

Martinez & Montoya win singles at 2018 IRF World Championships

Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala upset the three time defending Women’s Singles World Champion Paola Longoria of Mexico to win her 1st Women’s Singles Championship Saturday at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica. With the win, Martinez, 19, becomes the youngest Women’s Singles Champion. Previously, Christie Huczek (née Van Hees) was youngest at 21. Longoria won her first title at 23. She is also the first woman from outside North America to win an IRF World Championship.

Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico won the Men’s Singles World Championship by defeating USA’s Charlie Pratt, 15-14, 15-9. Montoya is the second Mexican Men’s Singles World Champion after Alvaro Beltran, who won it in 2000.

In the Women’s Singles final, Martinez came out with her left arm wrapped, as she hurt it in the Women’s Doubles semi-finals on Friday. In fact, Guatemala forfeited that semi-final in the third game, when Martinez couldn’t continue to play. So there was some concern as to whether Martinez would be able to play in singles final.

Thus, it wasn’t a surprise when Longoria took a 6-0 lead in game one. She maintained the lead throughout that game, although Martinez got within four at 12-8 before Longoria closed it out, 15-8. But if you take the first six points at the start away, then they were pretty even.

Game two started similarly to game one, as Longoria took a 4-1 lead. But Martinez slowly built up the points from there. She got six points to lead 7-4. Longoria called a time out, and then closed the lead to 7-6. However, Martinez held Longoria at 6, as she went on to win game two, 15-6, helped by two ace serves and a couple of skips by Longoria late in the game.

They were back and forth earth in the tie-breaker, and tied at 4-4. Then Martinez scored six unanswered points, including three ace serves, to reach match point at 10-4. Longoria called her second timeout at that point, and then got the serve back with a backhand serve return winner.

She hit a service winner to make it 10-5, and it looked like the comeback was on. A Longoria forehand made it 10-6. However, Martinez snuffed out the comeback with a great backhand pinch shot.

On the first match point, Longoria had a set up off the back wall that she played with her forehand. But it skipped. With that unforced error, Martinez dethroned the three time Champion and claimed her first Women’s Singles Championship.

The Men’s Singles final went back and forth. Montoya was ahead early in the game, 8-3, and then Pratt found his stride and looked to be in control as he went ahead 11-10. However, Montoya had a resurgence, and scored four point to get to game point at 14-11.

But Pratt denied Montoya game point not once, but twice, and then proceeded to tie the game at 14-14. It looked like he won the game with an ace drive serve to the left side, but Montoya appealed that it was short and the line judges agreed, overturning the call.

Montoya then got the serve back with a forehand shot that went cross court from left to right. On his 3rd game point, the referee called a two bounce get on Pratt, but he appealed that he had got the ball before it bounced twice and the line judges agreed.

Clearly, it was going to take something special to win this game, and Montoya provided that on the next rally, as he dove to the right side in the front court and hit a roll out winner to take the first game 15-14.

Like game one, game two was streaky. Pratt went up 4-0, and then Montoya scored eight points to lead 8-4. Pratt tied it at 8-8. Again Montoya responded with four more points to lead 12-8. He was able to close it out from there, hitting a forehand pinch shot to get his first match point at 14-9. Montoya drove serve to the left side, and it looked to be a comfortable opportunity to return the ball, but Pratt skipped it with his backhand, which was a sad ending to a good match.

In the singles finals, neither Longoria or Pratt played poorly, though perhaps neither played their absolute best. However, Martinez and Montoya, respectively, were just a little bit better, and when the competition is close - as it usually is in a World Championship final - that’s all that is needed.

If you missed the matches, you can see them at the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Men's Singles - Final - Saturday

4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 3) Charlie Pratt (USA), 15-14, 15-9

Women's Singles - Final - Saturday

6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 1) Paola Longoria (Mexico), 8-15, 15-6, 11-6

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Doubles semi-finals at 2018 IRF World Championships

The top seeded Mexican teams are through to the finals in both Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica. Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico won their semi-final in Men’s Doubles against Bolivans Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso, 15-14, 15-8, and their team-mates Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia beat Colombians Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-4, in their semi-final.

Beltran and De La Rosa look to have the more difficult final, as they will face racquetball legends Rocky Carson and Sudsy Monchik of the USA. Carson and Monchik defeated Canadians Tim Landeryou and Samuel Murray, 15-12, 15-2, in the semis. If Carson wins, he’ll become the 3rd man to win both Men’s Singles and Doubles at Worlds after fellow American Todd O’Neill and Beltran. Carson has five titles in singles. Beltran is the defending champion in doubles, which is one of his three doubles titles to go with one singles title.

Herrera and Mejia will play Bolivians Valeria Centellas and Yasmine Sabja, who are surprise finalists, as they entered the medal round as the 7th seeds. In their semi-final match against the Guatemalan team of Maria Renee Rodriguez and Gabriela Martinez, Martinez picked up a left elbow injury. She tried to continue on, but in the middle of the third game found that it was too much, so the final score line was 10-15, 15-7, 6-4, injury forfeit, in favor of Bolivia. Thus, Centellas and Sabja have a chance to become to the first South American team to win Women’s Doubles at Worlds.

Martinez’s left arm injury happened at 10-7 down in game two. She continued to play after taking an injury timeout, but then in the middle of game three, Martinez doubled over, and it was over for her. The seemed to pick up the injury after a dive, although she didn’t stay down, so it didn’t seem to be serious. Then in game three, it became more painful when she wasn’t even about to play the ball, which is a bad sign.

Martinez is in the Women’s Singles final versus Mexican Paola Longoria, and we hope that she’ll be able to play in that.

Look for both finals to be live streamed via the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-14, 15-8
3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. 7) Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada), 15-12, 15-2

Men's Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) - 1 PM MDT

Women's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-8, 15-4
7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 3) Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), 10-15, 15-7, 6-4, injury forfeit

Women's Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. 7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - Noon MDT

Follow the bouncing ball....

Singles semi-finals at 2018 IRF World Championships

Mexico will have a chance to sweep gold in Men’s and Women’s Singles on Saturday at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica, as they have a player in both finals. Three time Women’s Singles Champion Paola Longoria of Mexico will have a chance to make it four, as she defeated Argentina’s Maria Jose Vargas in the semi-finals, 6-15, 15-2, 11-7. Longoria’s team-mate Rodrigo Montoya will have chance to win Men’s Singles, as he defeated David Horn of the USA in the semis, 15-9, 15-8.

In the Women’s Singles final, Longoria will play Ana Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala in what will be a repeat of the 2016 World Championship final that Longoria won. Martinez beat Natalia Mendez of Argentina, 15-8, 15-3, in the other semi-final. Longoria, who is now 29, used to be the younger than her opponents at previous World Championships, but she was the oldest player in the semi-finals, and is a decade older than Martinez.

Charlie Pratt of the USA will be Montoya’s opponent in the Men’s Singles final, as Pratt defeated Sebastian Franco of Colombia, 15-8, 15-13, in what was a battle of two players who won their first International Racquetball Tour (IRT) events this past season. The loss ends the Franco’s bid to become the 3rd man to win both Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at Worlds after American Todd O’Neill and Mexican Alvaro Beltran. He won the Men's Doubles World Championship in 2014 with Alejandro Herrera.

All of the finals will be live streamed on Saturday from 10 AM MDT via the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 1) David Horn (USA). 15-9, 15-8
3) Charlie Pratt (USA) d. 10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-8, 15-13

Men's Singles - Final - Saturday

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) v. 4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico)

Women's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 6-15, 15-2, 11-7
6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina), 15-8, 15-3

Women's Singles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)

Follow the bouncing ball....

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Doubles quarterfinal results from the 2018 IRF World Championships

The top seeds in Men’s and Women’s Doubles are through to semi-finals at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica, but the 2nd seeds did not fare as well, as they lost on both the men’s and women’s sides. Mexican teams are seeded #1 in both Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and both won their respective quarterfinal matches Thursday.

Men’s top seeds Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico defeated the Dominican Republic team of Luis Perez and Ramon De Leon, 15-11, 15-11. But 2nd seeds Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri of Argentina lost to Canadians Tim Landeryou and Samuel Murray, in the quarters.

Similarly in Women’s Doubles a young Mexican team of Monserrat Mejia and Alexandra Herrera are the top seeds and beat Maria Paz Muñoz and Veronica Sotomayor of Ecuador, 15-12, 15-10. However, the 2nd seeded USA team of Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich were upset by the 7th seeds Valeria Centellas and Yasmine Sabja of Bolivia, 15-12, 15-10.

Mexico will play the 4th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros of Colombia in the semi-finals, as Colombia defeated 5th seeds Jin Seok and Mi Ok An of South Korea, 15-10, 15-9. Bolivia will be up against 3rd seeds Maria Renee Rodriguez and Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, who won by the largest margin of all the quarterfinal matches, beating the Argentina team of Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, 15-2, 15-8.

Look for all the semi-final matches to be live streamed on Friday via the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 16) Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile)
9) Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. 8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)

5) Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) d. 12) Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan)
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 13) Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland)

3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. 14) Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea)
11) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 6) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala)

7) Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 10) Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela)
2) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) d. 15) Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India)

Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 9) Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-11, 15-11
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 5) Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica)

3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. 11) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-11, 15-13
7) Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 2) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina)

Men's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) or 5) Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica)
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 13) Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland)

3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) v. 7) Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada)

Women's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) - BYE
8) Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) d. 9) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders (Canada), 5-15, 15-9, 11-4

5) Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea) d. 12) Alejandra Jimenez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-14, 15-11
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 13) Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland), 15-1, 15-6

3) Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
6) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 11) Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan), 15-6, 15-6

7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 10) Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-8, 15-6
2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. 8) Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-10
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 5) Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea), 15-10, 15-9

3) Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 6) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 15-2, 15-8
7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-12, 15-10

Women's Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia)
3) Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. 7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia)

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Singles quarterfinal results at 2018 IRF World Championships

You want upsets? We got upsets! Of the eight semi-finalists in Men’s and Women’s Singles at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica only four were seeded in the top 4 in their respective draws. On the women’s side only top seed and three time defending champion Paola Longoria of Mexico won her quarterfinal match. She defeated 9th seed Adriana Riveros of Colombia, 15-7, 15-1.

Longoria will face a familiar foe in Argentina’s Maria Jose Vargas in the semi-finals. Vargas, seeded 20th, beat Bolivian 5th seed Yasmine Sabja, 15-2, 15-7.

If she wins, Longoria could face the same player in the final that she faced in the final two years ago, as the 2016 silver medalist Ana Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, who was seeded 6th, defeated Longoria’s team-mate 3rd seed Samantha Salas (Mexico), 15-4, 15-12. Salas, who isn't playing doubles this year, has made the podium in either singles or doubles in the last four World Championships, but this loss means she won't this year for the first time since 2008, when Salas wasn't on the Mexican team.

Martinez will play 7th seed Natalia Mendez of Argentina who upset 2nd seed Rhonda Rajsich of the USA, 15-1, 15-13. The win keeps Rajsich - a two time Women’s Singles World Champion - off the podium for the second straight World Championships. Also, Mendez and Vargas are the first two South American women from the same country to make it to the semi-finals of Women’s Singles at Worlds.

In the Men’s Singles, 10th seed Sebastian Franco of Colombia upset 2nd seed Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico, 15-8, 5-15, 11-10, in the quarters. He’ll face the USA’s Charlie Pratt in the semi-finals, as Pratt beat Canada’s Samuel Murray, 15-2, 15-12.

In the other semi-final, it’s #1 versus #4, as top seed David Horn of the USA defeated 8th seed Mario Mercado of Colombia, 15-12, 15-6. Horn faces 4th seed Rodrigo Montoya from Mexico, who eked out a tie-breaker win over 5th seed Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia, 13-15, 15-7, 11-6.

Thus, an all USA final is a possibility if Horn and Pratt win their semis. But also possible is Franco becoming only the 3rd man to win both Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at Worlds after American Todd O’Neill and Mexican Alvaro Beltran. He won the Men's Doubles World Championship in 2014 with Alejandro Herrera.

The live streaming of matches will continue Friday with the semi-finals in all divisions. Look for the action at the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) David Horn (USA) d. 8) Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-12, 15-6
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 5) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 13-15, 15-7, 11-6

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) d. 6) Samuel Murray (Canada), 15-2, 15-12
10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. 2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico), 15-8, 5-15, 11-10

Men's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) David Horn (USA) v. 4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico)
3) Charlie Pratt (USA) v. 10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 9) Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-7, 15-1
20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 5) Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-2, 15-7

6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 3) Samantha Salas (Mexico), 15-4, 15-12
7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. 2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-1, 15-13

Women's Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. 7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Round of 32 & 16 in Men's & Women's Singles at 2018 IRF World Championships

The Round of 32 in the medal round in Men’s and Women’s Singles is done at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica with no real surprises. Perhaps the biggest upset is Canadian veteran Jen Saunders defeating the USA’s Sheryl Lotts, 15-10, 15-1, as they were seeded 22nd and 11th, respectively, and the margin of victory is surprisingly large. But Saunders is a wily veteran, while Lotts was playing at Worlds for the first time, so the outcome is not too surprising.

In the Men’s Singles Round of 16, the higher seeds won in all match but one. Tenth seed Sebastian Franco of Colombia won a narrow two game match over Carlos Keller of Bolivia, 15-14, 15-13. The only tie-breaker was in the 8/9 game, which was a rematch of a Group Stage match between 8th seed Mario Mercado of Colombia and 9th seed Coby Iwaasa of Canada that also went three game with Mercado winning 11-10. Wednesday, Mercado again came out on top, and by a wider margin: two points, not one, as the final score line was 15-13, 10-15, 11-9.

The Women’s Singles Round of 16 had three tie-breakers, although the most surprising result may have been Argentina’s Natalia Mendez’s straight game win over Canadian Frédérique Lambert, 15-8, 15-8, as Lambert finished 2nd on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) this season, while Mendez was 7th. However, Mendez had played Lambert tough, including a five game match at last year’s US Open, which Lambert won.

In the three game matches, 5th seed Yasmine Sabja of Bolivia came back from a game down to defeat 12th seed Carla Muñoz of Chile, 7-15, 15-4, 11-6. Similarly, Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) fought from behind to beat Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 14-15, 15-1, 11-5, and in an all Colombian match, Adriana Riveros narrowly defeated team-mate Cristina Amaya, 15-6, 11-15, 11-9.

The live streaming of matches is said to take a step up in production on Thursday, when they’ll play the quarterfinals of singles as well as the opening rounds of doubles, so check it out at the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles - Round of 64
- Wednesday

1) David Horn (USA) - BYE
32) Mark Murphy (Ireland) d. 33) Alberto Rojas (Switzerland), 15-8, 15-2

17) Shai Manuzi (Argentina) - BYE
16) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) - BYE

9) Coby Iwaasa (Canada) - BYE
24) Daeyong Kwon (South Korea) - BYE

25) Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) - BYE
8) Mario Mercado (Colombia) - BYE

5) Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
28) Christian Wer (Guatemala) - BYE

21) Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) - BYE

13) Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - BYE
20) Kono Michimune (Japan) - BYE

29) Yash Doshi (India) - BYE
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - BYE

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) - BYE
30) Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE

19) Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela) - BYE
14) Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) - BYE

11) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE
22) Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea) - BYE

27) Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico) - BYE
6) Samuel Murray (Canada) - BYE

7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
26) Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

23) Ryoki Kamahara (Japan) - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE

15) Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) - BYE
18) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - BYE

34) Johnny O’keeney (Ireland) d. 31) Alok Mehta (India), 15-8, 12-15, 11-9
2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) - BYE

Men's Singles - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) David Horn (USA) d. 32) Mark Murphy (Ireland), 15-3, 15-1
16) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. 17) Shai Manuzi (Argentina), 15-7, 15-12

9) Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. 24) Daeyong Kwon (South Korea), 15-11, 15-2
8) Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 25) Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-4

5) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 28) Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-4
12) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. 21) Christian Chavez (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-12

13) Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. 20) Kono Michimune (Japan), 15-10, 15-9
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 29) Yash Doshi (India), 15-0, 15-2

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) d. 30) Johan Igor (Chile), 15-5, 15-3
14) Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. 19) Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-8, 15-5

11) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. 22) Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-9, 15-4
6) Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 27) Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico), 15-0, 15-8

7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. 26) Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-8, 15-1
10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. 23) Ryoki Kamahara (Japan), 15-7, 15-4

18) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 15) Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-3, 15-3
2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 34) Johnny O’keeney (Ireland), 15-0, 15-0

Men's Singles - Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) David Horn (USA) d. 16) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-14, 15-3
8) Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 9) Coby Iwaasa (Canada), 15-13, 10-15, 11-9

5) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 12) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-6
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 13) Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-1, 15-1

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) d. 14) Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), forfeit
6) Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 11) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-3

10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. 7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-14, 15-13
2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 18) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-12

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) David Horn (USA) v. 8) Mario Mercado (Colombia)
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. 5) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) v. 6) Samuel Murray (Canada)
2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

Women's Singles - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
17) Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. 16) Young Ock Lee (Korea), 15-0, 15-6

9) Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 24) Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-0, 15-4
8) Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. 25) Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-4

5) Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE
12) Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. 21) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-2, 15-7

20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 13) Naomi Wakimoto (Japan), 15-9, 15-4
4) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

3) Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
14) Jin Seok (South Korea) d. 19) Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-8, 15-9

22) Jen Saunders (Canada) d. 11) Sheryl Lotts (USA), 15-10, 15-1
6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. 26) Donna Ryder (Ireland), 15-2, 15-2,
10) Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. 23) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-5

15) Harumi Kajino (Japan) d. 18) Aisling Hickey (Ireland), 12-15, 15-11, 11-8
2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Women's Singles - Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 17) Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-2, 15-11
9) Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 8) Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-6, 11-15, 11-9

5) Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 12) Carla Muñoz (Chile), 7-15, 15-4, 11-6
20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 4) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 14-15, 15-1, 11-5

3) Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 14) Jin Seok (South Korea), 15-3, 15-3
6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 22) Jen Saunders (Canada), 15-2, 15-5

7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. 10) Frédérique Lambert (Canada), 15-8, 15-8
2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. 15) Harumi Kajino (Japan), 15-7, 15-5

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 9) Adriana Riveros (Colombia)
5) Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) v. 20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)

3) Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)
2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) v. 7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina)

Follow the bouncing ball....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Doubles draws at 2018 IRF World Championships

The doubles medal rounds will begin on Thursday at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica, as there are so many singles matches to go through on Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with international doubles in recent years, know that it has become kind of a crap shoot, as there are several strong teams in both Men’s and Women’s Doubles, so while it might not be true that anyone could win, there are a few strong championship contenders.

That said, top seeds Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico are the favorites to win Men’s Doubles. But they’ll probably have to beat Bolivians Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso in the semi-finals, which will not be easy, and then defeat whoever comes out of the bottom half of the draw.

On the bottom half is the US team of racquetball greats Rocky Carson and Sudsy Monchik, seeded 3rd. They’ll likely be challenged by Colombians Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado in the quarterfinals, although Colombia took an injury default in their last Group Stage match. If that injury is serious, it could make it easier for the US.

If Carson and Monchik get to the semi-finals, then waiting for them will likely be either Argentine veterans Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri, who upset the Colombians in the Group Stage en route to claiming the 2nd seed, or Canadians Tim Landeryou and Samuel Murray. The Argentina win over Colombia - a team of two top 10 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) players - is proof of how doubles match outcomes are uncertain.

Women’s Doubles is even more uncertain than the men’s, as the top seeds are a young Mexican team of Monserrat Mejia and Alexandra Herrera, who beat Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas in the Mexico Team qualifying event to make it to Worlds. They were also US Open doubles finalists a couple of years back, so they are a strong team, but without the proven record of Longoria and Salas, who have won three Women’s Doubles World Championships. Mexico will have to face the winner of 8th seeds Maria Paz Muñoz and Veronica Sotomayor of Ecuador and 9th seeds Frédérique Lambert and Jen Saunders of Canada in the quarterfinals, and then likely 4th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros of Colombia.

But the favorites to win Women’s Doubles in San José may be the Guatemala team of Maria Renee Rodriguez and Gabriela Martinez, as they were runners up to Longoria and Herrera at this year’s Pan American Championships. Also, they were 2nd at the Central American and Caribbean Games last month after losing to Longoria and Salas in a tie-breaker.

To get to the final, Guatemala will probably have to defeat Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina and then one of Valeria Centellas and Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), Carla Muñoz and Josefa Parada (Chile) or Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich (USA).

If you need to get a racquetball fix on Tuesday, watch some of the Group Stage matches you missed on the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica


Men's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 16) Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile)
8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. 9) Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)

5) Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) v. 12) Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan)
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 13) Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland)

3) Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) v. 14) Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea)
6) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) v. 11) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia)

7) Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada) v. 10) Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela)
2) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) v. 15) Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India)

Women's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) - BYE
8) Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) v. 9) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders (Canada)

5) Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea) v. 12) Alejandra Jimenez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 13) Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland)

3) Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
6) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. 11) Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan)

7) Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) v. 10) Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile)
2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

Monday, August 13, 2018

Singles draws at 2018 IRF World Championships

The medal round in Men’s and Women’s Singles begins Wednesday at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica. Mexicans and USA players dominate the top 4 seeds in both the women’s and men’s draws.

In Men’s Singles, David Horn is the #1 seed with team-mate Charlie Pratt #3. Mexicans Daniel De La Rosa and Rodrigo Montoya are the #2 and #4 seeds, so there can’t be either all USA or all Mexico match until the final. That is the reward the players have for winning all their Group Stage matches. But there should be plenty of good matches prior to the final, including a potential rematch between Colombian Mario Mercado, seeded 8th, and Canadian Coby Iwaasa, seeded 9th, who met in the Group Stage with Mercado winning by an 11-10 tie-breaker.

In Women’s Singles, Mexican Paola Longoria - the 3 time defending champion, is the #1 seed with her team-mate Samantha Salas #3. Rhonda Rajsich of the USA is 2nd seed with Guatemalan Maria Renee Rodriguez 4th seed. Rodriguez’s seeding gets her a bye in the Round of 32, but she’ll likely have to face Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina in the Round of 16. Vargas is a former #2 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) and won an LPRT event this past season, so it's not the most favourable draw for Rodriguez.

If you need to get a racquetball fix on Tuesday, watch some of the Group Stage matches you missed on the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles - Round of 64
- Wednesday

1) David Horn (USA) - BYE
32) Mark Murphy (Ireland) v. 33) Alberto Rojas (Switzerland)

17) Shai Manuzi (Argentina) - BYE
16) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) - BYE

9) Coby Iwaasa (Canada) - BYE
24) Daeyong Kwon (South Korea) - BYE

25) Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) - BYE
8) Mario Mercado (Colombia) - BYE

5) Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
28) Christian Wer (Guatemala) - BYE

21) Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) - BYE

13) Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - BYE
20) Kono Michimune (Japan) - BYE

29) Yash Doshi (India) - BYE
4) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - BYE

3) Charlie Pratt (USA) - BYE
30) Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE

19) Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela) - BYE
14) Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) - BYE

11) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE
22) Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea) - BYE

27) Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico) - BYE
6) Samuel Murray (Canada) - BYE

7) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
26) Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

23) Ryoki Kamahara (Japan) - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE

15) Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) - BYE
18) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - BYE

31) Alok Mehta (India) v. 34) Johnny O’keeney (Ireland)
2) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) - BYE

Women's Singles - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
16) Young Ock Lee (Korea) v. 17) Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

9) Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 24) Josefa Parada (Chile)
8) Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. 25) Lilian Zea (Venezuela)

5) Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE
12) Carla Muñoz (Chile) v. 21) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)

13) Naomi Wakimoto (Japan) v. 20) Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
4) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

3) Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
14) Jin Seok (South Korea) v. 19) Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic)

11) Sheryl Lotts (USA) v. 22) Jen Saunders (Canada)
6) Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

7) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) v. 26) Donna Ryder (Ireland)
10) Frédérique Lambert (Canada) v. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)

15) Harumi Kajino (Japan) v. 18) Aisling Hickey (Ireland)
2) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

Day 3 at the 2018 World Championships

Monday the Group Stage of play wrapped up at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and there were few surprises. Indeed across the whole day there was only one tie-breaker, which came in Group D of Women’s Singles, when Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala was pushed to three games by Aisling Hickey of Ireland before winning 11-15, 15-6, 11-7. They were tied at 7-7 in the breaker before Rodriguez was able to finish it off.

There will now be an off day on Tuesday, and then the medal round will be on Wednesday in all divisions. We’ll have those draws for you soon.

You can see some of the Group Stage matches on the IRF Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles

Group A


David Horn (USA) d. Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-7, 15-4
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group B

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 15-1
Daeyong Kwon (South Korea) - BYE

Group C

Charlie Pratt (USA) d. Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-13
Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Johnny O’keeney (ireland), 15-7, 15-14

Group D

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), 15-1, 15-10
Ryoki Kamahara (Japan) d. Alberto Rojas (Switzerland), 15-1, 15-1

Group E

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-2, 15-8
Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Mark Murphy (Ireland), 15-7, 15-2

Group F

Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Shai Manuzi (Argentina), 15-8, 15-2
Kono Michimune (Japan) d. Alok Mehta (India), 15-10, 15-1

Group G

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-6
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Johan Igor (Chile), 15-3, 15-3

Group H

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Yash Doshi (India), 15-1, 15-4
Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico), 15-5, 15-10

Group I

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-14, 15-3
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-1, 15-8

Women's Singles

Group A


Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Jin Seok (South Korea), 15-6, 15-4
Harumi Kajino (Japan) - BYE

Group B

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Naomi Wakimoto (Japan), 15-2, 15-3
Young Ock Lee (Korea) - BYE

Group C

Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-3, 15-5
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Donna Ryder (Ireland), 15-4, 15-7

Group D

Sheryl Lotts (USA) d. Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-3
Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Aisling Hickey (Ireland), 11-15, 15-6, 11-7

Group E

Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-3, 15-5
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-2, 15-1

Group F

Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-3, 15-7
Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-3

Group G

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-8, 15-1
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Jen Saunders (Canada), 15-4, injury forfeit

Men's Doubles

Group A


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan), 15-3, 15-6
Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India), 15-9, 15-6

Group B

Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-0, 15-0 - injury forfeit
Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) d. Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-6, 8-1 - injury forfeit

Group C

Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela), 15-2, 15-2
Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland), 15-4, 15-3

Group D

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-12, 15-7
Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-5, 15-3

Women's Doubles

Group A


Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Alejandra Jimenez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-1, 15-6
Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - BYE

Group B

Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea), 15-10, 8-15, 11-0
Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan) - BYE

Group C

Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-7, 15-4
Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) - BYE

Group D

Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland), 15-4, 15-7
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders (Canada), 15-9, 15-12

Follow the bouncing ball....

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Day 2 at 2018 IRF World Championships

Day 2 at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San José, Costa Rica has been somewhat less dramatic than Day 1. But there have been some close matches. For example, in Group C of Women’s Singles, Chilean Carla Muñoz defeated Bolivian Jenny Daza in a tie-breaker, 15-8, 14-15, 11-5. That win gives Muñoz a chance to win the group when she plays Samantha Salas of Mexico on Monday.

Salas beat Donna Ryder of Ireland, 15-1, 15-4, Sunday, and the winner of Group C will be seeded 3rd in the playoff round, which would mean avoiding three time defending Women’s Singles Champion Paola Longoria, who is Salas’s Mexican team-mate. Longoria had a bye Sunday.

In Group G of Women’s Singles, Natalia Mendez of Argentina is in control after beating Colombian Cristina Amaya, 15-1, 15-8, Sunday. But Dominican Republic’s Merynanyelly Delgado may be able to prevent Mendez from winning the group, as they will play on Monday, and on Sunday Delgado defeated Canadian Jen Saunders, 6-15, 15-12, 11-3.

No surprising results in Men’s Singles, although there were a few tie-breakers. Bolivian Carlos Keller needed three games to beat Chilean Johan Igor, 15-8, 4-15, 11-6, and Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador won a close match with Christian Wer of Guatemala, 13-15, 15-13, 11-5. Finally, Ramon De Leon of Dominican Republic defeated Daeyong Kwon of South Korea, 10-15, 15-9, 11-7.

The IRF is live streaming some of the matches from San José via their Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles

Group A


Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-5, 15-10
David Horn (USA) - BYE

Group B

Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Daeyong Kwon (South Korea), 10-15, 15-9, 11-7
Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) - BYE

Group C

Charlie Pratt (USA) d. Johnny O’keeney (Ireland), 15-6, 15-1
Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela), 15-3, 15-1

Group D

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Alberto Rojas (Switzerland), 15-4, 15-5
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Ryoki Kamahara (Japan), 15-7, 15-2

Group E

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Mark Murphy (Ireland), 15-4, 15-9
Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-3

Group F

Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Alok Mehta (India), 15-3, 15-4
Shai Manuzi (Argentina) d. Kono Michimune (Japan), 15-13, 15-11

Group G

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Johan Igor (Chile), 15-8, 4-15, 11-6
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Christian Chavez (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-4

Group H

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico), 15-3, 15-0
Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Yash Doshi (India), 15-1, 15-6

Group I

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-4, 15-10
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Christian Wer (Guatemala), 13-15, 15-13, 11-5

Women's Singles

Group A


Jin Seok (South Korea) d. Harumi Kajino (Japan), injury forfeit - 15-0, 15-0
Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE

Group B

Naomi Wakimoto (Japan) d. Young Ock Lee (Korea), 15-2, 12-15, 11-4
Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Group C

Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Donna Ryder (Ireland), 15-1, 15-4
Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-8, 14-15, 11-5

Group D

Sheryl Lotts (USA) d. Aisling Hickey (Ireland), 15-11, 15-12
Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-5

Group E

Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-0, 15-0
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-10, 15-11

Group F

Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-0, 15-0
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 15-11, 15-4

Group G

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-1, 15-8
Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) d. Jen Saunders (Canada), 6-15, 15-12, 11-3

Men's Doubles

Group A


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India), 15-2, 15-1
Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan), 15-12, 11-15, 11-4

Group B

Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) d. Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-8
Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-5, 15-7

Group C

Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland), 15-5, 15-1
Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecoador) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela), 4-15, 15-4, 11-5

Group D

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-9, 15-0
Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-12, 15-7

Women's Doubles

Group A


Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Alejandra Jimenez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-9
Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) - BYE

Group B

Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea) d. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan), 15-8, 15-8
Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

Group C

Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-6
Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile) - BYE

Group D

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-9, 15-2
Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders (Canada) d. Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland), 15-5, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball....

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Day 1 at 2018 IRF World Championships

Play began at the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships on Saturday in San José, Costa Rica, and already there have been some great matches. The best might be Colombian Mario Mercado’s comeback win over Canadian Coby Iwaasa, 11-15, 15-10, 11-10, in Men’s Singles.

One of the anticipated matches in Women’s Singles went to the silver medalist from two years ago, Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, who defeated Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina, 15-9, 15-6. It was a strange match, as Vargas was up 7-1 in game one, and playing well. Then the tables totally switched, and Martinez won 29 of the next 37 points.

Also of significance, Martinez’s Guatemalan team-mate Maria Rene Rodriguez was a winner over the USA’s Sheryl Lotts, 8-15, 15-6, 11-4. The significance of the win is that Rodriguez can claim the #4 seeding by winning the group, and Lotts was her strongest opponent in the group.

But the Player of the Day was Yasmine Sabja of Bolivia, as she caused two upsets in women’s play. First in Women’s Singles, she defeated Canadian Frédérique Lambert, 15-9, 15-13, which was a surprise, as Lambert is the 2nd ranked player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT). Then in Women’s Doubles, Sabja and Valeria Centellas got the better of Canadians Lambert and Jen Saunders in Women’s Doubles, 12-15, 15-12, 11-8. A good day for Sabja coupled with a bad day for Lambert.

Surprise result in Group B of Men’s Doubles, as Argentine veterans Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri defeat Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado of Colombia, 15-11, 10-15, 11-7. The win gives Argentina the advantage in earning the 2nd seed for the playoff round, as that seeding will go to the winner of Group B.

The IRF is live streaming some of the matches from San José via their Facebook page.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles

Group A


David Horn (USA) d. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 15-7
Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea) - BYE

Group B

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Daeyong Kwon (South Korea), 15-3, 15-7
Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group C

Charlie Pratt (USA) d. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-9
Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) d. Johnny O’keeney (Ireland), 15-7, 15-3

Group D

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Ryoki Kamahara (Japan), 15-4, 15-1
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Alberto Rojas (Switzerland), 15-3, 15-4

Group E

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Andres Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-6, 15-4
Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela) d. Mark Murphy (Ireland), 11-15, 15-10, 11-8

Group F

Samuel Murray (Canada) d. Kono Michimune (Japan), 15-2, 15-12
Shai Manuzi (Argentina) d. Alok Mehta (India), 15-6, 151-2

Group G

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Christian Chavez (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-9
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Johan Igor (Chile), 15-5, 15-11

Group H

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Coby Iwaasa (Canada), 11-15, 15-10, 11-10
Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico) d. Yash Doshi (India), 15-1, 15-0

Group I

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-10
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-11, 15-3

Women's Singles

Group A


Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Harumi Kajino (Japan), 15-1, 15-3
Jin Seok (South Korea) - BYE

Group B

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Young Ock Lee (Korea), 15-2, 15-4
Naomi Wakimoto (Japan) - BYE

Group C

Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-3, 12-15, 11-1
Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Donna Ryder (Ireland), 15-5, 15-10

Group D

Aisling Hickey (Ireland) d. Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-4
Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Sheryl Lotts (USA), 8-15, 15-6, 11-4

Group E

Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Frédérique Lambert (Canada), 15-9, 15-13
Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic) d. Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-2, 15-6

Group F

Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 15-9, 15-6
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-5

Group G

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Jen Saunders (Canada), 15-7, 15-3
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 15-7

Men's Doubles

Group A


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-9, 15-7
Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan) d. Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India), 15-7, 15-0

Group B

Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) d. Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-11, 10-15, 11-7
Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-10, 13-15, 11-4

Group C

Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) d. Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-14, 15-2
Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) d. Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland), 15-4, 15-6

Group D

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada), 7-15, 15-8, 11-6
Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea), 15-0, 15-11

Women's Doubles

Group A


Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 15-1, 10-15, 11-5
Alejandra Jimenez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group B

Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan), 15-10, 15-4
Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea) - BYE

Group C

Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) d. Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile), 15-6, 15-4
Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group D

Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders (Canada), 12-15, 15-12, 11-8
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland), 15-6, 15-1

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Who will be World Champion? - 2018 IRF World Championships Preview

The 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships begin play on Saturday in San José, Costa Rica. Originally, this event was to be held in China, but government complications ended that possibility, so Cali, Colombia was to be host, as it was two years ago. However, the courts used for in 2016 were unexpectedly razed earlier this year, eliminating that as a venue. Thus, the players have convened in Costa Rica.

With more and more players competing on the men’s and women’s pro tours, international players are more familiar to fans, and when you see the entrants below you’ll appreciate how difficult it will to become a 2018 World Champion racquetball player.

Groups of Difficulty, but not Death

The competition begins with three days of group play with the results being used to seed players for a playoff draw. Often in international competitions that involve an initial group stage one group can be identified as a Group of Death, because the players or teams in the group are so strong and some players or teams are going to be eliminated at the group stage.

IRF competitions don’t eliminate players or teams at the group stage (though perhaps they should), but two - maybe three - groups in Women's Singles could be labeled a Group of Difficulty, if not actual Death (elimination). The most difficulty may come in Group F, where there is Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - formerly #2 on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - the silver medalist from the 2016 World Championships and Adriana Riveros (Colombia), who’s 12th on the LPRT, as well as Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica).

But Group G won’t be easy either, as there are two current LPRT top 10 players in Natalia Mendez (Argentina) and Cristina Amaya (Colombia), as well as Canadian veteran Jen Saunders, who is a former LPRT top 10 player and Merynaanyelly Delgado of the Dominican Republic, who was a bronze medalist last month at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Furthermore, Group C doesn’t have any slouches either with Mexican Samantha Salas, Chilean Carla Muñoz, Bolivian Jenny Daza and Ireland’s Donna Ryder.

Yes, it’s going to be difficult to win those groups.

Doubles but not Singles

A couple of things to note about doubles play. One partly involves singles. Rocky Carson of the USA is the 5 time defending World Champion in Men’s Singles, but he’s playing Men’s Doubles not Men’s Singles, so his streak of championships will come to an end. However, Carson is partnered with Sudsy Monchik, a 4 time US Open Champion and legend of the sport, and with a partner like that, you can understand why Carson chose doubles over singles.

Monchik will be playing for the USA for only the second time. He first did so over 20 years ago at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, where he won Men’s Doubles with Tim Sweeney. If he and Carson win Men's Doubles this year, Carson will become the third man to capture both Men’s Singles and Doubles titles after Todd O’Neill (USA) and Alvaro Beltran (Mexico).

In a similarly strange move, Maria Paz Muñoz and Veronica Sotomayor of Ecuador are in Women’s Doubles, but neither is playing singles. Indeed, no Ecuador woman is entered in singles, which is odd. Sotomayor, who is married to Monchik, recently had her first child, so it’s understandable she wouldn’t want to play two divisions, but why Muñoz - or any other Ecuador women - isn’t in singles is unclear.

We expect there will be live streaming of matches from San José, but it’s uncertain when that will begin, as the IRF hasn’t made any announcements about it on their Facebook page or Twitter. Check the IRF website for updates.

18th IRF World Championships
August 10-18, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Men's Singles

Group A


David Horn (USA) v. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic)
Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea) - BYE

Group B

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Daeyong Kwon (South Korea)
Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group C

Charlie Pratt (USA) v. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica)
Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) v. Jonny O’keeney (ireland)

Group D

Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. Ryoki Kamahara (Japan)
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) v. Alberto Rojas (Switzerland)

Group E

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Andres Acuña (Costa Rica)
Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela) v. Mark Murphy (Ireland)

Group F

Samuel Murray (Canada) v. Kono Michimune (Japan)
Shai Manuzi (Argentina) v. Sumeet Kamat (India)

Group G

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) v. Christian Chavez (Ecuador)
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) v. Johan Igor (Chile)

Group H

Coby Iwaasa (Canada) v. Mario Mercado (Colombia)
Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico) v. Yash Doshi (India)

Group I

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Christian Wer (Guatemala) v. Francisco Troncoso (Chile)

Women's Singles

Group A


Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. Harumi Kajino (Japan)
Jin Seok (South Korea) - BYE

Group B

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) v. Young Ock Lee (Korea)
Naomi Wakimoto (Japan) - BYE

Group C

Carla Muñoz (Chile) v. Donna Ryder (Ireland)
Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

Group D

Lilian Zea (Venezuela) v. Aisling Hickey (Ireland)
Sheryl Lotts (USA) v. Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala)

Group E

Frédérique Lambert (Canada) v. Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia)
Josefa Parada (Chile) v. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic)

Group F

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Ana Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)
Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) v. Adriana Riveros (Colombia)

Group G

Jen Saunders (Canada) v. Natalia Mendez (Argentina)
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)

Men's Doubles

Group A


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala)
Yuki Nakano & Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan) v. Alok Mehta & Thirumurugan Thyagarajan (India)

Group B

Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina)
Gabriel Garcia & Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) v. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile)

Group C

Rocky Carson & Sudsy Monchik (USA) v. Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecoador)
Ricardo Gomez & Luis Felipe Zea (Venezuela) v. Ken Cottrell & Eoin Tynan (Ireland)

Group D

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Tim Landeryou & Samuel Murray (Canada)
Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) v. Daeyong Kwon & Moon Gyun Kim (South Korea)

Women's Doubles

Group A


Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
Alejandra Jiménez & Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group B

Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) v. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (Japan)
Jin Seok & Mi Ok An (South Korea) - BYE

Group C

Carla Muñoz & Josefa Parada (Chile) v. Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador)
Maria Renee Rodriguez & Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group D

Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) v. Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia)
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. Majella Haventry & Katie Kenny (Ireland)

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

USA Racquetball upheaval

There has been upheaval at USA Racquetball, (USAR) which has led to the dismissal of their Executive Director Jason Thoerner. The cause of the upheaval is unclear, as parties are unwilling to discuss the matter, but the recently created U.S. Center for SafeSport was involved, and it was reported in USA Today. What's going on?

SafeSport’s Mission “is to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s [the USA’s] sports culture. All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.” No one would argue against that mission, and athlete abuse is serious business. Thus, if SafeSport is involved in this USAR situation, it’s not good news.

Yet the SafeSport spokesperson quoted in the USA Today piece on this matter suggests it wasn’t an abusive situation, but rather about adopting “proactive policies that … set standards for professional boundaries, minimize the appearance of impropriety and have the effect of preventing boundary violations and prohibiting grooming tactics.” Not good, but again it’s unclear what exactly we are talking about, and why it cost Thoerner his job.

Thoerner is a racquetball lifer, so he’s well known in the sport. He was an elite player - a World Champion in Men’s Doubles - and top 10 player on the International Racquetball Tour. After retiring as a player, he worked in the industry for Head / Penn, and later became USAR President. In an unusual move, Thoerner was hired as USAR Executive Director from the President’s position.

Thus, if Thoerner had ever acted inappropriately or even if there was a suspicion of him acting inappropriately, shouldn't someone have known about it, and that knowledge prevented him from getting involved in the USAR in the first place? In our experience he has always been reasonable and helpful with The Racquetball Blog. It was good news when he became involved on the USAR Board, and although it’s unusual to go from a volunteer position to a staff position, it seemed like good decision to put someone as sensible as Thoerner appears to be in the role of Executive Director.

So, we’re left wondering whether the matter in question was really something that SafeSport should have been involved in. That is, if an abusive situation isn’t going on, and based on SafeSport’s statement it appears not to be, then should the matter have been brought to SafeSport at all? Now, SafeSport would likely say that such an omission would be an example of the behavior they are trying to quash.

But when there is conflict between two parties, it is best to solve it at that level of conflict before appealing to higher powers. If your brother has taken some of your candy, try to work it out with him before going to your parents for help. And certainly don’t call the police to report your brother for candy theft unless you are looking to escalate the consequences for him, because once the police are involved, things will get serious and you won't be able to control what happens. Of course, if your brother stole millions of dollars from you, then a call to the police could be in order sooner than later.

Thus, we wonder if this is a tempest in a teapot that once brought to SafeSport’s attention demanded that someone take the fall for it. Hence, Thoerner’s dismissal.

Although much is unclear in this matter, it does seem clear that Nick Irvine is involved somehow, as he was also dismissed following Thoerner, although Irvine has not been accused of anything by SafeSport. He is appealing for wrongful dismissal.

Also, it’s clear to us that this is not over. USAR will have to deal with its repercussions for months to come, including the hiring of a new Executive Director, the defense of their decision to dismiss Irvine - and perhaps Thoerner if he files suit against USAR - as well as generally fielding questions regarding this matter, and potential impact on USAR sponsorship. That will take considerable time and energy.

Finally, it’s also clear that USAR is not a big organization, so the resources and energy needed to deal with this situation will tax it severely. As the National Governing Body (NGB) for racquetball in the USA, where racquetball has been treading water for sometime now but wants to move forward, it won’t be helpful for USAR to be putting as much time and resources into this matter as are going to be required to see it through.

But they won’t have a choice.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Mexico wins gold in Men's & Women's Team events at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

Mexico was golden once again in the Men’s and Women’s Team events at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mexico has won gold in the team events at every Central American & Caribbean Games (CACG) since 1990, when racquetball was first included in the CACG program.

In the Men’s Team final, Mexico defeated Costa Rica in two matches. Rodrigo Montoya beat Andrés Acuña, 15-10, 15-2, in singles, and then Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa closed the deal by defeating Acuña and Felipe Camacho, 15-9, 15-2, in doubles.

The Women’s Team final was also over in two straight matches, as Mexico defeated Colombia. Alexandra Herrera beat Cristina Amaya in singles, 15-7, 15-12, and then Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-12, 15-5, in doubles.

With the victories, Beltran now has 12 medals in the CACG, which is tied for 2nd in overall with Javier Moreno, and two fewer than Claudine Garcia's (Dominican Republic) 14. Longoria has 10, and Salas 9.

The 2022 CACG will be in Panama, and racquetball is on the program.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-28
Barranquilla, Colombia


Men’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico d. Costa Rica, 2-0

1. Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-10, 15-2
2. Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-2
3. Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), not played

Women’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico d. Colombia - 2-0

1. Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-7, 15-12
2. Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-12, 15-5
3. Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), not played

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, July 27, 2018

Colombia upsets Guatemala to reach Women's Team final at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

Colombia upset Guatemala to reach the final of the Women’s Team event at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on Friday. They will play the top seeded Mexican team for gold in the final on Saturday. Colombia had to come from a match down to defeat Guatemala in their semi-final, while Mexico beat Costa Rica in two straight matches. The Men’s Team final will see #1 Mexico play #2 Costa Rica.

In their semi, Gabriela Martinez got Guatemala off to a good start against Colombia, as she defeated Adriana Riveros, 15-13, 7-15, 11-6. But the Colombians levelled the match by winning doubles, as Riveros and Cristina Amaya won in three games against Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 13-15, 15-10, 11-7. In the deciding third match, Rodriguez won the first game against Amaya, but then the Colombian veteran took the next two games to carry the day for her country, winning 14-15, 15-6, 11-8.

In the other women’s semi, Paola Longoria of Mexico beat Melania Sauma of Costa Rica, 15-2, 15-9, and then teamed up with Samantha Salas to defeat Sauma and Maricruz Ortiz in doubles, 15-3, 15-3.

In the Men’s Team semis, Mexico beat Guatemala, 2-0, as Daniel De La Rosa defeated Edwin Galicia, 15-2, 15-14, and he and Alvaro Beltran beat Galicia and Christian Wer in doubles, 15-8, 15-4. Then Costa Rica needed three matches to fend off Cuba.

In the first match, Cuban Maykel Moyet took out Costa Rican Felipe Camacho in straight games, 15-6, 15-13. But Camacho and Andrés Acuña were able to level the contest at 1-1 as they won the doubles match against Moyet and Enier Chacon, 15-7, 15-11. Acuña then won it for Costa Rica by defeating Chacon, 15-6, 15-2.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia


Men’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico d. Guatemala - 2-0

1. Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-14
2. Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-8, 15-4
3. Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), not played

Costa Rica d. Cuba - 2-1

1. Maykel Moyet (Cuba) d. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-6, 15-13
2. Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Maykel Moyet & Enier Chacon (Cuba), 15-7, 15-11
3. Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Enier Chacon (Cuba), 15-6, 15-2

Men’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico v. Costa Rica

Women’s Team - Semi-finals

Mexico d. Costa Rica - 2-0

1. Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-9
2. Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-3
3. Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. Maricruz Ortiz, not played

Colombia d. Guatemala, 2-1

1. Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-13, 7-15, 11-6
2. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 13-15, 15-10, 11-7
3. Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 14-15, 15-6, 11-8

Women’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico v. Colombia

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Team Competition Day 1 at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

International racquetball competitions are long, and when they have two parts - the individual singles and doubles competitions followed by a team competition - it can be difficult to perform well in both. So it was Thursday at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, where some players who did well in the first part of the week didn’t fare so well on Thursday. The top two seeds in the Men’s Team competition didn’t have problems. Mexico - the #1 seeds - defeated Honduras in two straight matches, and 2nd seeds Costa Rica did similarly with Venezuela.

However, the other matches could be described as upsets based on what happened earlier in the week. Cuba defeated Colombia two matches to one. Colombian Mario Mercado needed a tie-breaker to beat Cuban Enier Chacon, 15-6, 14-15, 11-9. But Cuba levelled the match with a win in doubles, as Chacon and Maykel Moyet beat Mercado and Set Cubillos, 15-13, 15-12. In the deciding match, Moyet defeated Hosman Gomez, 15-12, 15-1, to carry the day for Cuba, who will play Mexico in the semi-finals Friday.

Dominican Republic got two bronze medals in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles competitions earlier in the week, but they won’t be on the podium in the Men’s Team event, as Guatemala defeated them, 2-1. First, Juan Salvatierra of Guatemala beat Ramón De León of Dominican Republic, 15-13, 15-13. The Dominicans won the doubles match with De León and Luis Pérez defeated Edwin Galicia and Christian Wer, 15-4, 15-12. Then Guatemalan Edwin Galicia got his team the win by defeating Pérez in two straight games, 15-13, 15-4.

The Women’s Team quarterfinal matches were all over in two matches. Costa Rica defeated the Dominican Republic. Colombia beat Venezuela, and Guatemala got the better of Cuba. In the semi-finals, Costa Rica will play Mexico, who had a bye in the quarters, with Colombia playing Guatemala.

The Men’s and Women’s Team finals will be on Saturday.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia

Men’s Team - Quarterfinals


Mexico d. Honduras - 2-0

1. Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-2, 15-3
2. Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Carlos Medrano & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-3, 15-4
3. Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Carlos Medrano & (Honduras), not played

Guatemala d. Dominican Republic - 2-1

1. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. Ramón De León (Dominican Republic), 15-13, 15-13
2. Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-12
3. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-13, 15-4

Cuba d. Colombia - 2-1

1. Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Enier Chacon (Cuba), 15-6, 14-15, 11-9
2. Maykel Moyet & Enier Chacon (Cuba) d. Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-13, 15-12
3. Maykel Moyet (Cuba) d. Hosman Gomez (Colombia), 15-12, 15-1

Costa Rica d. Venezuela - 2-0

1. Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-4, 15-6
2. Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela), 15-4, 15-3
3. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. Luis Zea (Venezuela), not played

Men’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico v. Guatemala
Costa Rica v. Cuba

Women’s Team - Quarterfinals

Mexico - BYE

Costa Rica d. Dominican Republic - 2-0

1. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 15-9
2. Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 13-15. 11–1
3. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) v. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), not played

Colombia d. Venezuela, 2-0

1. Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Diana Rangel (Venezuela), 15-0, 15-1
2. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Marian Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-9, 15-9
3. Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Marian Tobon (Venezuela), not played

Guatemala d. Cuba, 2-0

1. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Yurisleidis Allue (Cuba), 15-2, 15-7
2. Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba), 15-4, 15-8
3. Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) v. Maria Viera (Cuba), not played

Women’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico v. Costa Rica
Guatemala v. Colombia

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Longoria & De La Rosa are double gold medalists at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

Paola Longoria and Daniel De La Rosa won twice on Wednesday, as Mexicans swept the racquetball gold medals Wednesday at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Longoria won gold in Women’s Singles for the third consecutive time when she defeated Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, 15-13, 15-7. Her team-mate Daniel De La Rosa fought back from a game down to win the Men’s Singles final, and beat Mario Mercado of Colombia, 9-15, 15-2, 11-5.

In doubles, Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala, 9-15, 15-9, 11-5, to win Women’s Doubles, while De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran won Men’s Doubles by beat Costa Ricans Andrés Acuña and Felipe Camacho, 15-9, 15-3.

Mexico has won gold in singles at all but two Central American & Caribbean Games. Fabian Balmori of Venezuela is the only non-Mexican man to win Men’s Singles, doing so In 1993 and 1998. Claudine Garcia of the Dominican Republic (1993) and Antia Maldonado of Puerto Rico (1998) are the two non-Mexican women to win gold in Women’s Singles at the Central American & Caribbean Games.

The Women’s Doubles final was a rematch of the final from four years ago. Mexico has won every Women’s Doubles title at the Central American & Caribbean Games. But after Guatemala won the first game, it looked like they were going to end that streak, and upset Mexico, as Guatemala led 8-1 in game two. But Mexico turned the tables, and won 25 of the next 31 points en route to the three game win.

Don’t be surprised if these two teams meet in the World Championship final in Costa Rica next month.

Mexico has also won gold in Men’s Doubles at every Central American & Caribbean Games, since racquetball was introduced to the games in 1990. De La Rosa and Beltran’s win was the 2nd consecutive Men’s Doubles title for Beltran, who won with Javier Moreno four years ago.

Acuña and Camacho’s silver medal was the 2nd time Costa Rica has finished second in Men’s Doubles at the Central American & Caribbean Games, but the first since 1990, when Orlando Lopez and Maurico Morera were runners up to Mexicans Francisco Martin and Arturo Martin.

The team event will begin Thursday at the Central American & Caribbean Games with the team event finals on Saturday.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia


Men’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 4) Mario Mercado (Colombia), 9-15, 15-2, 11-5

Women’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 2) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), 15-13, 15-7

Men’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-3

Women’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 2) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 9-15, 15-9, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mexicans in both Men's & Women's Singles - as well as Doubles - finals at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

Mexico will have a chance to sweep the gold medals in singles racquetball on Wednesday at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mexico won gold in both Men’s and Women’s Singles four years ago, and also won silver in each division, but they won’t do that this year in either division.

In Women’s Singles, Paola Longoria of Mexico will have a chance to defend her gold medals, as she defeated Merynanyelly Delgado of the Dominican Republic, 15-0,15-4, in the semi-finals Tuesday. But Longoria’s team-mate Alexandra Herrera lost in the other semi-final to Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, 15-20-15, 11-7. Thus, Longoria and Martinez will play for gold for a 2nd time at an international event. They met in the final of the 2016 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships, which were also in Colombia - in Cali.

On the men’s side, Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico will have a chance to go one better than he did four years ago, when he was a silver medalist at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games. Then he lost the final to team-mate Alvaro Beltran. But a win on Tuesday in the semi-finals over Andés Acuña of Costa Rica, 15-7, 15-7, puts De La Rosa back in the final.

He’ll face Mario Mercado of Colombia in the final, as Mercado defeated Luis Pérez of the Dominican Republic, 15-5, 13-15, 11-4, in the other semi-final. They were tied at 4-4 in the breaker, when Mercado went on a seven point streak that Pérez had no answer for.

Mexico will also have a chance to sweep gold in doubles. Indeed, Mexican teams have won all the gold medals in Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the Central American and Caribbean Games going back to the introduction of racquetball in 1990.

This year De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran will represent Mexico in the Men’s Doubles final after they defeated the Dominican Republic’s Ramón De León and Luis Pérez, 15-9, 15-11. They will play 2nd seeds Andrés Acuña and Felipe Camacho of Costa Rica, who beat Colombians Mercado and Set Cubillos, 15-4, 15-3, in the other semi-final.

Mexicans Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas will have a chance to defend the gold medals they won four years ago at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, and they beat Maricruz Ortiz and Melania Sauma of Costa Rica, 15-3, 15-2. In the final, Longoria and Salas will take on 2nd seeds Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala, who needed three games to defeat Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros of Colombia, 15-12, 12-15, 11-4.

All the gold medal finals are on Wednesday, and the team event will begin Thursday with the team event finals on Saturday.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia


Men’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

4) Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 8) Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 13-15, 11-4
3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 2) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-7

Men’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 4) Mario Mercado (Colombia)

Women’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 12) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-0, 15-4
2) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 3) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico), 15-2, 0-15, 11-7

Women’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 2) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)

Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 5) Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 15-11
2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. 3) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-4, 15-3

Men’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica)

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 4) Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-2
2) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. 3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-12, 12-15, 11-4

Women’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 2) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, July 23, 2018

Perez & Delgado with upsets as medal round begins at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

Luis Perez of the Dominican Republic caused the biggest upset Monday in the racquetball competition at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games wrapped up Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia, as Perez knocked off the #1 seed in Men’s Singles, Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico, winning their quarterfinal match in two straight games, 15-10, 15-11, in the quarterfinals. Thus, Perez will be on the podium, as his win guarantees him at least a bronze medal. He’ll face 4th seed Mario Mercado of Colombia in the semi-finals. Mercado defeated Edwin Galicia of Guatemala in the quarters, 15-10, 15-14.

Perez’s team-mate Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) had the biggest upset on the women’s side, as she upset 4th seed Cristina Amaya of Colombia, 15-10, 15-11, in the quarterfinals, which will put her on the podium as well. Delgado will play top seed Paola Longoria of Mexico in the semi-finals on Tuesday, as Longoria beat Adriana Riveros of Colombia, 15-8, 15-7, in the quarterfinals Monday.

Amaya did get the better of Delgado in Women’s Doubles, as Amaya and Riveros beat Delgado and Alejandra Jiménez, 15-4, 15-5, in the quarterfinals.

The Dominican Men’s Doubles team also won on Monday, when Perez and Ramón De León and Luis Pérez defeated the Venezuelan team of Cesar Castillo and Cesar Castro, 15-5, 8-15, 11-8. With three quarterfinals wins on Monday, the Dominican Republic athletes assured themselves of returning home with more medals this year than they had four years ago, when they only got two: silver in Men’s Doubles - earned by Perez and Junior Rodriguez, and bronze in the Men’s Team event.

The semi-finals are on Tuesday and gold medal finals on Wednesday July 25.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia


Men’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

1) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 16) Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-5
8) Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. 9) Carlos Medrano (Honduras), 15-7, 15-0

5) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. 12) Hosman Gomez (Colombia), 15-3, 15-2
4) Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 13) Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-4, 15-4

3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 14) Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-9, 15-1
11) Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. 6) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-9

7) Maykel Moyet (Cuba) d. 10) Ramón De León (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 14-15, 11-1
2) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 15) Robin Romero (Cuba), 15-1, 15-2

Men’s Singles - Quarterfinals - Monday

8) Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico), 15-10, 15-11
4) Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 5) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-10, 15-14

3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 11) Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-11
2) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 7) Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-9, 13-15, 11-2

Men’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

4) Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. 8) Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic)
2) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) v. 3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico)

Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. 8) Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-4, 15-3
5) Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. 4) Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela), 15-5, 8-15, 11-8

3) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 6) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-9, 10-15, 11-7
2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. 7) Enier Chacon & Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-10, 10-15, 11-2

Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 5) Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic)
2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 3) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia)

Women’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
8) Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 9) Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-4

12) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) d. 5) Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 6-15, 15-2, 11-8
4) Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. 13) Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-0, 15-6

3) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. 14) Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 15-4
6) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. 11) Diana Rangel (Venezuela), 15-2, 15-3

7) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 10) Maria Viera (Cuba), 14-15, 15-11, 11-8
2) Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Women’s Singles - Quarterfinals - Monday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. 8) Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-8, 15-7
12) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) d. 4) Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-10, 15-11

3) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. 6) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-12, 15-3
2) Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) d. 7) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-4

Women’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) v. 12) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)
2) Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) v. 3) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico)

Women’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
4) Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) d. 5) Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba), 15-12, 15-10

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. 6) Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-5
2) Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. 7) Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-11, 15-7

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 4) Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica)
2) Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. 3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Central American & Caribbean Games - Day 3

The Group Stage of the racquetball competition at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games wrapped up Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia. Thus, they have determined the seedings for the playoff round. Mexicans are the top seeds in all divisions, which is unsurprising as they are also the defending champions in all four divisions: Men’s Singles and Doubles as well as Women’s Singles and Doubles.

In Men’s Singles, Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) is the top seed with Costa Rican Andres Acuña 2nd seed, Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) is 3rd seed and Colombian Mario Mercado is 4th seed. In Men’s Doubles, De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran are seeded 1st with Acuña and Felipe Camacho 2nd, Mercado and Set Cubillos are 3rd and 4th are the Venezuelan team of Cesar Castillo and Cesar Castro.

In Women’s Singles, Mexican Paola Longoria is the top seed with team-mate Alexandra Herrera the 3rd seed. Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala is 2nd and Cristina Amaya of Colombia is 4th. In Women’s Doubles, Longoria and Samantha Salas are seeded 1st, with Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez 2nd, Amaya and Adriana Riveros 3rd and Costa Ricans Maricruz Ortiz and Melania Sauma 4th.

The playoff rounds for both singles and doubles begin July 23 with all finals on July 25.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - July 20-29
Barranquilla, Colombia

Men’s Singles - Day 3

Group A


Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-1, 15-4
Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-7, 15-7

Group B

Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-12, 15-3
Hosman Gomez (Colombia) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-8, 15-3

Group C

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Robin Romero (Cuba), 15-0, 15-0
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Carlos Medrano (Honduras), 15-6, 15-9

Group D

Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Ramón De León (Dominican Republic), 15-11, 15-6
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-0, 15-3

Men’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

1) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) v. 16) Luis Zea (Venezuela)
8) Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) v. 9) Carlos Medrano (Honduras)

5) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) v. 12) Hosman Gomez (Colombia)
4) Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. 13) Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)

3) Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 14) Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela)
6) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 11) Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala)

7) Maykel Moyet (Cuba) v. 10) Ramón De León (Dominican Republic)
2) Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) v. 15) Robin Romero (Cuba)

Men’s Doubles - Day 3

Group A


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-8, 15-7
Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. Enier Chacon & Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-4, 15-13

Group B

Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-6, 15-3
Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-13, 13-15, 11-7

Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. 8) Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras)
4) Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela) v. 5) Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic)

3) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. 6) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala)
2) Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 7) Enier Chacon & Maykel Moyet (Cuba)

Women’s Singles - Day 3

Group A


Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-0, 15-2
Diana Rangel (Venezuela) - BYE

Group B

Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-2, 15-4
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Group C

Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-4
Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) d. Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-0, 15-0

Group D

Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-7
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Maria Viera (Cuba), 15-5, 15-5

Women’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

1) Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
8) Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 9) Melania Sauma (Costa Rica)

5) Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) v. 12) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)
4) Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. 13) Loraine Felipe (Cuba)

3) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. 14) Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic)
6) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. 11) Diana Rangel (Venezuela)

7) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) v. 10) Maria Viera (Cuba)
2) Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Women’s Doubles - Day 3

Group A


Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-1
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Group B

Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-7
Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-9, 15-6

Women’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
4) Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) v. 5) Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba)

3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. 6) Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic)
2) Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. 7) Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela)

Follow the bouncing ball….