Monday, June 18, 2018

Costa Rica to host 2018 IRF World Championships

The International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has announced the 2018 World Championships will be held in San José, Costa Rica, August 10-19. Originally, Worlds were to be held in China, but the local organizing committee encountered difficulties with government approval. That led the IRF to select Cali, Colombia, which hosted the last World Championships in 2016, to host the event again.

However, as the details were being finalized for that the venue unexpected was demolished. The eight courts there were razed to the ground. This was a shocking development, and resulted in the IRF scrambling for another venue with little more than two months until Worlds are to begin.

Thus, San José has become the host.

That solves the immediate issue for the IRF, but the demolition of the courts in Cali will have implications for the Colombian racquetball association, as most of their players were from Cali and we’re not sure there’s another facility in the city. Thus, losing those courts could cripple the racquetball in Cali, specifically, and Colombia, generally.

Colombia has produced world class players, including former Men’s Doubles World Champions Sebastian Franco and Alejandro Herrera, as well as Cristina Amaya, one of the top 10 women on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT). But to produce more players and continue to train the current ones, they need to have courts.

So while The Racquetball Blog is happy the IRF has a venue for Worlds, we’re concerned about what’s going to happen in Colombia moving forward.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Longoria wins twice at 2018 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), won twice Sunday at the Teamroot.com Classic in Overland Park, Kansas, as she captured both the Women's Singles title and the Women's Doubles title with partner Samantha Salas. The wins will solidify Longoria as the #1 LPRT player in both singles and doubles for the 2017-18 LPRT season. Lambert won 7 tournaments this season, which concluded with the Sunday finals.

In the singles final, Longoria defeated LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2, and she and Salas beat Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, 15-13, 15-6, in the doubles final.

The singles final was unusual, as the first two games were mirror images of each other. In game one, Lambert got the good start with a 6-1 lead only to see Longoria score 10 unanswered points to win it, 11-6. The reverse happened in game two, when Longoria took a 6-1 lead with Lambert then scoring 10 points to win that game, 11-6, and level the match at 1-1.

In game three, they were close early with ties at 2-2 and 4-4. But then Longoria edged ahead with a point followed by an exchange of sideouts three times to make the score 7-4. Longoria scored four straight points from there, including a drive serve ace to the left side of the court, that got her to game point at 10-4. She won game three on the next rally with a forehand cross court winner.

Longoria got the first three points of game four, and really never looked back, as she went on to win, 11-2. Despite the lopsided score, there were several sideouts, so Lambert had many chances to get points. She simply didn't. Longoria won the game and match with a drive serve to the left side that caught Lambert unawares, as she had moved to the right thinking the serve was going that direction rather than where Longoria actually hit it.

In the doubles final, Mendez and Vargas led for much of game one, including at 12-9 and 13-12. However, they couldn't finish it off, as Longoria and Salas held them at 13 over four serves, as they went from 13-12 down to 14-13 up. Credit Mendez and Vargas for holding off two game points at that score, but after getting the sideout, they couldn't score themselves, as Salas hit two winners to get her side the serve back. Longoria then won it with a forehand to the left side.

After coming up short in game one, it seemed predictable that game two would not be close, and it wasn't. Longoria and Salas went up 6-0 and 11-1. Mendez and Vargas did claw a few points back before falling, 15-6. Mendez and Vargas tried a few different strategies, including switching sides (Vargas began the match on the left and Mendez on the right), and both serving to Salas, but nothing was ultimately successful against the three time World Champions.

If you missed any of the action from Kansas, go to the LPRT website and click "Live Streaming."

The 2018 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic, June 8-10, 2018
Overland Park, Kansas


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-13, 15-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Longoria & Lambert in the 2018 Teamroot.com LPRT final

It'll be #1 versus #2 Sunday in the final of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) Teamroot.com Classic in Overland Park, Kansas, when LPRT #1 Paola Longoria takes on #2 Frédérique Lambert. They both won their respective semi-finals in three straight games. Longoria defeated her doubles partner, Samantha Salas, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8, and Lambert beat Nancy Enriquez, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

Salas had beaten Longoria the last time they played on the LPRT, but today Longoria seemed like she wanted to let Salas and everyone else know who the #1 player is. But wasn't an easy start to the match, or a quick one, as Salas had early leads at 2-0 and 4-3. After 27 rallies, they were tied 4-4.

Longoria broke that tie with a backhand winner, and Salas called timeout. She got the serve back when Longoria skipped a forehand pinch shot. But Salas couldn't score herself, so Longoria continued to add up the points, getting to 10-4 before Salas got her next point, which was her last of the game, as Longoria won it 11-5.

Game two was all Longoria, as she took a 6-0 lead, and won 11-1. All good right? Yes, but Salas's two wins over Longoria on tour came after she was down two games, and they were both within the last year: 12 months ago in Chihuahua, Mexico as well as 2 months ago in San Antonio.

There was a hint that Salas might do the same thing on Saturday, as she was up 5-1 in game three. However, Longoria caught up at 6-6, and then went ahead to 9-6. Salas took her turn in coming back, and got within one at 9-8 with a drive serve ace to the right side.

But she gave up the serve after skipping a backhand shot. They traded sideouts, and when Longoria next got the serve, she called timeout. That proved to be wise, as Longoria got her 10th point with a backhand pinch shot, and then won it with a forehand winner. That ended the game, 11-8, and match in three straight games.

Lambert and Enriquez displayed how crucial serving is to racquetball, especially in game one. They were close all the way, and Enriquez led early, 5-2, and late on at 8-6. She got that early lead with three aces and a service winner. For her part, Lambert came back with three aces. Her fourth was a drive Z serve to the right that put Lambert on game point at 10-8. A forehand winner ended the game, 11-8, for Lambert.

They were close again early in game two with Enriquez always leading until a 4-4 tie. From there, Lambert went ahead, and she stayed ahead, going to win 11-7, when Enriquez skipped a forehand return off another drive Z to the right side. But the point game came on the rally before that, when the ball came into the Lambert's body chest high, jamming her. Yet she managed to hit a backhand reverse pinch shot for a winner. Lambert really just directed the ball over to the front right corner.

Game three was over quickly, as Lambert went up 9-0. Enriquez did keep fighting, and was able to score a few points before Lambert closed it out, 11-4, with a drive serve ace to the left side.

So, it will be Longoria versus Lambert in the singles final Sunday, but Longoria got the better of Lambert in the doubles semi-finals, as Longoria and Salas beat Lambert and Jen Saunders, 15-3, 15-2. They'll play Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas in the final, as Mendez and Vargas won the other semi by defeating Masiel Rivera and Adriana Riveros, 15-5, 15-13.

The finals are Sunday morning at 11 AM and noon - singles and doubles, respectively, and you can see them live via the LPRT LiveStream channel.

2018 LPRT The Teamroot.com Classic, June 8-10, 2018
Overland Park, Kansas


Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Samantha Salas, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 6) Nancy Enriquez, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Frédérique Lambert - 11 AM

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders, 15-3, 15-2
3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 2) Masiel Rivera & Adriana Riveros, 15-5, 15-13

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - Noon

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2018 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic - Quarterfinals

Nancy Enriquez had the only upset win in the quarterfinals at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) Teamroot.com Classic in Overland Park, Kansas, as she knocked off the #3 seed Rhonda Rajsich in three close games, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8. Enriquez will play 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert, who defeated 7th seed Maria Jose Vargas in four games, 13-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9.

On the top of the draw, doubles partners will face off in the semi-finals, as LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will face 5th seed Samantha Salas. Salas defeated Longoria in their last meeting: the final of the LPRT Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio in April. In the quarterfinals, Longoria beat 8th seed Adriana Riveros, 11-1, 11-5, 11-9, and Salas defeated 13th seed Gabriela Martinez, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9.

The Lambert-Vargas match was close, as expected. They were close throughout game one, and Vargas actually served for the game three times: once at 10-8, and twice at 11-10. But each time Lambert hit winners to deny Vargas the game. After the third time, Lambert called a timeout before serving at 10-11.

The timeout worked, as she came in and won three straight rallies to take game one, 13-11. The winner was a drive serve ace, as the ball jumped out of the back left corner right at Vargas, who had moved over to return it. But Lambert's best shot in these three rallies was a backhand rekill down the line that got her to game point at 12-11.

Vargas was unfazed by dropping game one, as she came out strong in game two, taking an early 6-0 lead. Lambert did respond with five points that cut the lead to 6-5, but that's as close as it got, as Vargas went on to win relatively comfortably, 11-6.

Tables flipped again in game three, as Lambert led 2-0 and 5-1, en route to an 11-3 win. However in game four, Vargas had the stronger start with a lead of 5-1. But that took a long time to develop, as they were at 5-1 after 20 rallies.

From there, Lambert stepped it up to tie it at 6-6, and then they went back and forth with ties at 7-7 and 9-9. Vargas tied it at 9-9 with a forehand reverse pinch, but Lambert got the serve right back. She then hit an ace drive Z serve to the right side to make it 10-9. Lambert then drove the ball to the left side, and Vargas hit a winning cross court return to deny Lambert her first match point. But Vargas skipped a backhand to give the serve right back.

Lambrt called a timeout before serving at 10-9 for a second time. Two hinders prevented her from closing it out until her third serve, which led to a backhand pinch winner, ending the game 11-9 and the match in four games.

The shot of the match came from Lambert, when she dove for a ball early in game three. Lambert, who is not known for diving, laid out in the middle of the court, and hit a backhand reverse winner to the right corner.

Lambert also made the quote of the match, as she was appealing to the referee for a wet ball serve in game one. Lambert hit one of her typical lob serves that seemed to slide along the left side wall rather than just kissing off it. But the referee didn't call a wet ball serve, so Lambert explained to her that "my serve is amazing" but not when it slides along the wall, which should have been called a wet ball. The referee wasn't persuaded by Lambert's argument.

The semi-finals go Saturday afternoon, and you can see them live via the LPRT LiveStream channel beginning at 4 and 5 PM with the singles semis. The doubles semis will follow at 6 and 7 PM. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow at noon.

2018 LPRT The Teamroot.com Classic, June 8-10, 2018
Overland Park, Kansas


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Adriana Riveros, 11-1, 11-5, 11-9
5) Samantha Salas d. 13) Gabriela Martinez, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9

6) Nancy Enriquez d. 3) Rhonda Rajsich, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 7) Maria Jose Vargas, 13-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9

Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Samantha Salas - 5 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 6) Nancy Enriquez - 4 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders - 7 PM
2) Masiel Rivera & Adriana Riveros v. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 LPRT Teamroot.com Classic - Round of 16

The Teamroot.com Classic - last event of the 2017-18 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) - is on now in Overland Park, Kansas, and already there has been a significant upset, as 13th seed Gabriela Martinez defeated 4th seed Natalia Mendez, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3, 11-0. Mendez is coming off a week of racquetball at the South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia, so may not have recovered from that, and Martinez is a strong player, despite her seeding. Martinez will play 5th seed Samantha Salas in the quarterfinals on Saturday, as Salas beat 12th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3.

There's a small draw in Overland Park, and a few of the top players aren't there. LPRT #3 Jessica Parrilla suffered an injury at the Mexico National Team event last weekend, so she's not there, and neither is LPRT #5 Alexandra Herrera or #9 Cristina Amaya, who like Mendez competed at the South American Games last week.

Nonetheless, LPRT #1 Paola Longoria is in Kansas, as is #2 Frédérique Lambert and #4 Rhonda Rajsich. They are also playing doubles, and Lambert is playing with Canadian Jen Saunders as a tune up for the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships that will happen in August. They defeated Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts in two close games, 15-11, 15-13, and will play Longoria and Salas in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The match of the tournament may come in the quarterfinals, when Lambert faces 7th seed - but former LPRT #2 - Maria Jose Vargas. They both won their Round of 16 matches in three straight games. Lambert defeated 15th seed Masiel Rivera, 11-2, 12-10, 11-4, and Vargas beat Lotts, 11-5, 11-1, 11-5.

Watch the action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The singles quarterfinals are Saturday morning at 10 and 11 AM with the semi-finals at 4 and 5 PM. The doubles semis are at 6 and 7 PM Saturday. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow at noon.

2018 LPRT The Teamroot.com Classic, June 8-10, 2018
Overland Park, Kansas


Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Jen Saunders, 11-2, 11-5, 11-0
8) Adriana Riveros d. 9) Suasana Acosta, 11-4, 3-11, 11-1, 8-11, 11-2

5) Samantha Salas d. 12) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
13) Gabriela Martinez d. 4) Natalia Mendez, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3, 11-0

3) Rhonda Rajsich d. 14) Cassi Lee, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3
6) Nancy Enriquez d. 8) Adrienne Haynes, 11-4, 11-2, 15-13

7) Maria Jose Vargas d. 10) Sheryl Lotts, 11-5, 11-1, 11-5
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 15) Masiel Rivera, 11-2, 12-10, 11-4

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Adriana Riveros - 11 AM
5) Samantha Salas v. 13) Gabriela Martinez - 11 AM

3) Rhonda Rajsich v. 6) Nancy Enriquez - 10 AM
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 7) Maria Jose Vargas - 10 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
5) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders d. 4) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-11, 15-13

3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 13) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-9, 8-15, 11-4
2) Masiel Rivera & Adriana Riveros d. 7) Adrienne Haynes & Cassi Lee, 15-8, 15-6

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5) Frédérique Lambert & Jen Saunders - 7 PM
2) Masiel Rivera & Adriana Riveros v. 3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 6 PM

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Argentina & Bolivia win Women's & Men's Team events, respectively, at 2018 South American Games

Argentina won the Women’s Team event, and host country Bolivia won the Men’s Team event on Sunday at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Argentina defeated Bolivia in the Women’s Team Final, 2-0, and Bolivia defeated Colombia 2-0 in the Men’s Team Final, but all four of the matches went tie-breaker.

In the Women’s Team final, Argentines Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas came back from a game down to defeat Bolivians Stefanny Barrios and Jenny Daza, 13-15, 15-12, 11-4, in women’s doubles, and Mendez won a singles match against Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-8, 12-15, 11-4.

In the Men’s Team final, Carlos Keller of Bolivia defeated Mario Mercado of Colombia in singles, 15-10, 10-15, 11-8, and then in doubles, his brother Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso fought back after losing game one to beat Mercado and Sebastian Franco (Colombia) in three games, 13-15, 15-13, 11-6.

The South American Games occur every 4 years, and is the first of two quadrennial events this year. In the summer, the Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S TEAM


Final - Sunday

Argentina d. Bolivia, 2-0

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 13-15, 15-12, 11-4
Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-8, 12-15, 11-4

MEN’S TEAM

Final - Sunday

Bolivia d. Colombia, 2-0

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-10, 10-15, 11-8
Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 13-15, 15-13, 11-6

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Herrera & Mejia win Women's Doubes, will represent Mexico at 2018 World Championships

There will be new faces on Team Mexico at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships after Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia won Women’s Doubles at the Mexican National Team selection event in San Luis Potosi by defeating top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas Solis in the final, 6-15, 15-9, 11-10.

In the breaker, Herrera and Mejia jumped out to a 5-0 lead, causing the former World Champions, Longoria and Salas Solis, to call a timeout. That did lead to a side out, and Longoria and Salas Solis got on the board after that by getting to within one at 5-4.

But Herrera and Mejia extended the lead again to four points at 8-4. Longoria and Salas Solis responded again, and tied the game at 8-8. They went ahead 9-8, but Herrera and Mejia got the serve back at that point. They scored two points to get to match point, which happened after Salas Solis returned a Mejia lob Z serve into the floor.

Longoria hit a winner to stave off that game point, and get her side the serve back. But first they called timeout. However, they were half down right after play resumed as Herrera hit a forehand rollout winner.

Then on the next rally, Longoria held up for Herrera, and an avoidable hinder was called, which at best seemed very generous. Herrera and Mejia appealed but the line judges upheld the call, which made the score 10-10.

Longoria held up again for Herrera on the ensuing rally, which was called a hinder, although it seemed more like an avoidable than what was called on the previous rally. But Longoria didn’t ask for the avoidable. Perhaps she didn’t because it was match point.

Maybe Longoria should have looked for another avoidable, as Herrera rolled another forehand out on the next rally after Longoria was not able to put the ball down with her backhand. Left-hander Herrera won the match for her side on their second match point with a forehand pinch shot that was flat out of the front left corner, and made the score 11-10. Mejia was the stronger player for her side early in the tie-breaker, but Herrera's three consecutive winners got them over the line to finish the game and match.

Longoria and Salas Solis will be going to Worlds as the Mexican players in Women’s Singles, as they were the finalists in that division, with Longoria defeating Salas Solis, 15-5, 15-7.

There will also be a new face on the men’s side, as Rodrigo Montoya was a finalist in Men’s Singles, although he lost the final to Daniel De La Rosa, 15-0, 15-8, in what seemed to be a very pedestrian match. But as they had qualified in singles by being in the final maybe there wasn’t much to play for, and both Montoya and De La Rosa were also in the Men’s Doubles final.

De La Rosa and veteran Alvaro Beltran won the Men’s Doubles final over Montoya and Javier Mar, 15-13, 13-15, 11-3. Thus, Beltran will have a chance to defend the Men’s Doubles World Championship title he won in 2016 with Javier Moreno.

If Beltran successfully defends the title, then it will be his 4th Men’s Doubles World Championship. The previous three were all won with Moreno: in 2006, 2012 and 2016. Beltran also won Men’s Singles at the 2000 World Championships. He’s the only man to have won both singles and doubles at Worlds.

CAMPEONATO NACIONAL SELECTIVO DE PRIMERA FUERZA
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - May 30-June 3, 2018

Women's Open


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 2) Samantha Salas Solis, 15-5, 15-7

Women's Open - Final - Sunday

2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis, 11-10

Men's Open Singles

Final - Sunday

2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-0, 15-8

Men's Open Doubles

Final - Sunday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya, 15-13, 13-15, 11-3

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Semi-final results from the 2018 Mexico National Team Selection Event

The top seeds will face off in the finals of all four divisions - Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles - Sunday at the Mexican National Team selection event in San Luis Potosi. Top women’s seed, Paola Longoria will play 2nd seed Samantha Salas Solis in the final, with men’s top seed Rodrigo Montoya playing 2nd seed Daniel De La Rosa in the men’s final.

They could all be double winners Sunday, as all four singles finalists are also in the doubles finals. Longoria and Salas Solis are playing together in Women’s Doubles and are the #1 seeds, who will face #2 seeds Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia in the final. Montoya is playing in the Men’s final with Javier Mar and they are the 2nd seeds, who will play 1st seeds De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran.

In the Women’s Doubles semis, Longoria and Salas Solis beat 4th seeds Montserrat Perez and Erin Rivera, 15-6, 15-1, while Herrera and Mejia got by Enriquez and Jessica Parrilla by injury forfeit. Enriquez and Parrilla were in control of game one, leading 12-4, when Parrilla jumped to get out of the way of a shot by Herrera. She seemed to land without difficulty, but then on her next move immediately fell to the ground in pain, grabbing for her left leg.

Parrilla left the court of her own accord, but was not able to put much weight on her left leg, which she was keeping pretty straight.

Both Men’s Singles semi-finals had the same storyline as Montoya and De La Rosa each lost the first game of their respective semis. Montoya faced his doubles partner Mar, who won game one, 15-11, but Montoya won game two by a wide margin, 15-3, and then squeaked out the tie-breaker, 11-10. De La Rosa narrowly lost the first game of his semi against Andree Parrilla, 15-14, but then won the next two, 15-2, 11-6.

In the Men’s Doubles semi-finals, Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa defeated Alejandro Cardona and Alejandro Landa, 15-14, 15-7, while Mar and Montoya beat Parrilla and Edson Martinez,15-8, 15-10.

By reaching the singles finals, Longoria and Salas Solis on the women’s side, and Montoya and De La Rosa on the men’s side, have qualified to represent Mexico in singles at the 2018 World Championships this summer. The doubles winners on Sunday will qualify to be the doubles representatives.

Play concludes Sunday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

CAMPEONATO NACIONAL SELECTIVO DE PRIMERA FUERZA
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - May 30-June 3, 2018

Women's Open


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Nancy Enriquez, 15-2, 15-3
2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 14) Lucia Gonzalez, 15-3, 15-3

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Samantha Salas Solis - Noon

Women's Open - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 4) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera, 15-6, 15-1
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 4-12, injury forfeit

Women's Open - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis v. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 2 PM

Men's Open Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 13) Javier Mar, 11-15, 15-3, 11-10
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 14-15, 15-2, 11-6

Final - Sunday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 2) Daniel De La Rosa - 11 AM

Men's Open Doubles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 5) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa, 15-14, 15-7
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla, 15-8, 15-10

Final - Sunday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - 1 PM

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Bolivia in both Men's & Women's Team finals at 2018 South American Games

Host country Bolivia will play for gold in both Men’s and Women’s Team competitions on Sunday at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In the Men’s Team final, Bolivia will play Colombia, while in the Women’s Team final they’ll take on Argentina.

The South American Games occur every 4 years, and is the first of two quadrennial events this year. In the summer, the Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S TEAM


Final - Sunday

Argentina v. Bolivia

Semi-finals

Argentina d. Ecuador - 2-0
Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador)
Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador)

Bolivia d. Colombia - 2-0
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia)
Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia)

MEN’S TEAM

Final - Sunday

Bolivia v. Colombia

Semi-finals

Bolivia d. Chile - 2-0
Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile)
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile)

Colombia d. Ecuador - 2-0
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)

Round 1

Chile d. Peru - 2-0
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Oscar Navarro (Peru)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru)

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Quarterfinal results from Mexican National Team Selection Event

Three of the top four seeds in both Men’s and Women’s Singles are through to the semi-finals at the Mexican National Team selection event in San Luis Potosi. On the women’s side, Lucia Gonzalez is the exception, as she’s seeded 14th, and defeated 6th Susana Acosta in the quarterfinals Friday, 15-8, 15-12. Gonzalez beat 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera on Thursday in the Round of 16.

Gonzalez will play 2nd seed Samantha Salas in the semi-finals, as Salas beat Jessica Parrilla, 15-2, 15-7, in the quarters. The other semi-final will be between top seed Paola Longoria and 4th seed Nancy Enriquez. In the quarters, Longoria was a winner over Lilo Aguilar, 15-6, 15-4, and Enriquez beat Monserrat Mejia, 15-6, 15-7.

In Men’s Singles, Javiar Mar, who is seeded 13th, upset 5th seed Sebastian Fernandez, 15-10, 15-4, in the quarters, although that’s not really a surprise, as Mar was the Pan American Championship gold medalist in Men’s Singles last year. He’ll play top seed Rodrigo Montoya in the semi-finals Saturday, as Montoya beat Javier Estrada, 15-9, 15-7, in the quarterfinals.

On the other side of draw, 2nd seed Daniel De La Rosa will face off with 3rd seed Andree Parrilla in the semi-finals. In the quarterfinals, De La Rosa beat Christian Longoria, 15-9, 15-11, and Parrilla defeated his doubles partner, Edson Martinez, 15-12, 15-8.

The finalists in Men’s and Women’s Singles will represent Mexico at the 2018 World Championships, and the winning teams in Men’s and Women’s Doubles will be the respective Mexican doubles teams at Worlds.

Play continues Saturday and will conclude Sunday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

CAMPEONATO NACIONAL SELECTIVO DE PRIMERA FUERZA
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - May 30-June 3, 2018

Women's Open


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Lilo Aguilar, 15-6, 15-4
4) Nancy Enriquez d. 5) Monserrat Mejia, 15-6, 15-7

14) Lucia Gonzalez d. 6) Susana Acosta, 15-8, 15-12
2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 7) Jessica Parrilla, 15-2, 15-7

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 4) Nancy Enriquez - 2 PM
2) Samantha Salas Solis v. 14) Lucia Gonzalez - 1:10 PM

Women's Open - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 8) Eleni Guzman & Lucia Gonzalez, 15-5, 15-8
4) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera d. 5) Lilo Aguilar & Ana Laura Flores, 15-13, 7-15, 11-5

3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 6) Denisse Maldonado & Daniela Rico, 15-1, 15-2
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 7) Susana Acosta & Delia Aguilar, 15-6, 15-7

Women's Open - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis v. 4) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera - 7:50 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 5:20 PM

Men's Open Singles

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 9) Javier Estrada, 15-9, 15-7
13) Javier Mar d. 5) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-10, 15-4

3) Andree Parrilla d. 6) Edson Martinez, 15-12, 15-8
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 7) Christian Longoria, 15-9, 15-11

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 13) Javier Mar - 2:50 PM
2) Daniel De La Rosa v. 3) Andree Parrilla - 3:40 PM

Men's Open Doubles

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Eduardo Portillo & Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-6, 15-6
5) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa d. 4) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera, 15-4, 15-10

3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla d. 6) Jordy Alonso & Ernesto Ochoa, 15-14, 4-15, 11-7
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 7) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria, 15-5, 15-10

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 5) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa - 7 PM
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla - 6:10 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, June 1, 2018

Bolivia & Argentina split the gold medals at the 2018 South American Games

Bolivia won gold in the men’s divisions and Argentina won gold in the women’s divisions at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In Men’s Singles, Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso won a tie-breaker to defeat Colombian Mario Mercado in the final, 15-10, 11-15, 11-6. In Women’s Singles, Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina defeated Yasmine Sabja, 15-4, 15-6, in the final to claim the gold.

Vargas was also part of the Argentina team that won Women’s Doubles, as she and Natalia Mendez beat Bolivians Stefanny Barrios and Jenny Daza, 15-11, 15-10, in the final. In Men’s Doubles, Bolivians Roland Keller and Kadim Carrasco beat Mercado and Sebastian Franco of Colombia, 15-11, 15-7, in what was a battle of two undefeated teams in a five team round robin playoff.

The South American Games occur every 4 years, and is the first of two quadrennial events this year. In the summer, the Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Final - Friday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-4, 15-6

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Final - Friday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-11, 15-10

MEN’S SINGLES

Final - Friday

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-10, 11-15, 11-6

MEN’S DOUBLES

Round 5 - Friday

Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) d. Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-11, 15-7
Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-4, 15-4
Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - BYE

Standings

1) Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) - 4-0
2) Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - 3-1
3) Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 2-2
4) Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 1-3
5) Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - 0-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Mexico National Team Selection Event for 2018 World Championships - Rounds of 32 & 16

The Mexican National Team selection event is going on in San Luis Potosi, and as seems to happen regularly at these events there are upsets right off the hop. One of the biggest happened in Women’s Singles, as 14th seed Lucia Gonzalez beat 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera, 15-7, 15-9 in the Round of 16. Gonzalez will face another left hander in veteran Susana Acosta in the quarterfinals, as Acosta outlasted Ana Laura Flores, 11-15, 15-12, 11-9.

In Men’s Singles, Sebastian Fernandez, the current Boy’s U16 World Junior Champion beat veteran Alvaro Beltran, 15-6, 15-6, in the Round of 16, and will play Javier Mar in the quarterfinals, as Mar was a winner over Alan Natera, 15-11, 15-6.

If the 9th seeds beats the 8th seed, it’s usually not that surprising, but in San Luis Potosi Thursday, 9th seed Javier Estrada defeated 8th seed Alejandro Landa, 7-15, 15-2, 11-7, which is surprising as Landa was a two time winner on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) this season. Estrada will play top seed Rodrigo Montoya in the quarters. Montoya beat 16th seed Sebastian Longoria, 15-1, 15-8, in the 16s.

Finally, 3rd seed Andree Parrilla defeated 14th Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 15-5, and will face his doubles partner Edson Martinez in the quarterfinals. Martinez was a winner over Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 15-9.

The finalists in Men’s and Women’s Singles will represent Mexico at the 2018 World Championships, and the winning teams in Men’s and Women’s Doubles will be the respective Mexican doubles teams at Worlds.

Play continues Friday and will conclude Sunday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

CAMPEONATO NACIONAL SELECTIVO DE PRIMERA FUERZA
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - May 30-June 3, 2018

Women's Open

Round 1


16) Eleni Guzman d. 17) Valeria Hernandez, 15-2, 15-5
18) Erin Rivera d. 15) Denisse Maldonado, 12-15, 15-10, 11-7

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Eleni Guzman, 15-2, 15-8
9) Lilo Aguilar d. 8) Delia Aguilar, 7-15, 15-11, 11-8

5) Monserrat Mejia d. 12) Montserrat Perez, 15-10, 15-4
4) Nancy Enriquez d. 13) Daniela Rico, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

14) Lucia Gonzalez d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 15-7, 15-9
6) Susana Acosta d. 11) Ana Laura Flores, 11-15, 15-12, 11-9

7) Jessica Parrilla d. 10) Carolina Luque, 15-4, 15-0
2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 15) Erin Rivera, 15-5, 15-4

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 9) Lilo Aguilar - 3 PM
4) Nancy Enriquez v. 5) Monserrat Mejia - 1:20 PM

6) Susana Acosta v. 14) Lucia Gonzalez - 12:30 PM
2) Samantha Salas Solis v. 7) Jessica Parrilla - 2:10 PM

Women's Open - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis v. 8) Eleni Guzman & Lucia Gonzalez - 6:20 PM
4) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 5) Lilo Aguilar & Ana Laura Flores - 6:20 PM

3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla v. 6) Denisse Maldonado & Daniela Rico - 7:10 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 7) Susana Acosta & Delia Aguilar - 7:10 PM

Men's Open Singles

Round of 32


1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 32) Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-5, 15-9
16) Sebastian Longoria d. 17) Rogelio Castillo, 15-11, 9-15, 11-9

9) Javier Estrada d. 24) Elias Nieto, 15-2, 15-9
8) Alejandro Landa d. 25) Andres Trejo, 15-3, 15-3

5) Sebastian Fernandez d. 28) Juan Loreto, 15-2, 15-9
12) Alvaro Beltran d. 21) Alan Palomino, 15-1, 15-4

13) Javier Mar d. 20) Adrian Fernandez, 15-9, 15-6
4) Alan Natera d. 29) Alejandro Romo, 15-2, 15-8

3) Andree Parrilla d. 30) Alan Hernandez, 15-3, 15-2
14) Alejandro Cardona d. 19) Carlos Bacmeister, forfeit

11) Eduardo Portillo d. 22) Sebastian De La Rosa, 15-1, 15-7
6) Edson Martinez d. 27) Daniel Maldonado, 15-2, 15-9

7) Christian Longoria d. 26) Jordy Alonso, 12-15, 15-7, 11-6
10) Ernesto Ochoa d. 23) Alejandro Romo, 15-8, 15-6

15) Rodrigo Rodriguez d. 18) Abraham Peña, 15-8, 15-1
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 31) Alan Marquez, 15-5, 15-4

Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 16) Sebastian Longoria, 15-1, 15-8
9) Javier Estrada d. 8) Alejandro Landa, 7-15, 15-2, 11-7

5) Sebastian Fernandez d. 12) Alvaro Beltran, 15-6, 15-6
13) Javier Mar d. 4) Alan Natera, 15-11, 15-6

3) Andree Parrilla d. 14) Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 15-5
6) Edson Martinez d. 11) Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 15-9

7) Christian Longoria d. 10) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-12, 15-14
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 15) Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-2, 15-5

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 9) Javier Estrada - 4:40 PM
5) Sebastian Fernandez v. 13) Javier Mar - 3:50 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 6) Edson Martinez - 6:20 PM
2) Daniel De La Rosa v. 7) Christian Longoria - 5:30 PM

Men's Open Doubles

Round of 16


1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Eduardo Portillo & Rodrigo Rodriguez d. 9) Luis Covarrubias & Alan Palomino, 15-3, 14-15, 11-1

5) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa - BYE
4) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera - BYE

3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla - BYE
6) Jordy Alonso & Ernesto Ochoa d. 11) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado, 15-11, 15-2

7) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria d. 10) Erick Cuevas Fernandez & Alan Marquez, 15-5, 15-8
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - BYE

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Eduardo Portillo & Rodrigo Rodriguez - 8 PM
4) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera v. 5) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa - 8 PM

3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla v. 6) Jordy Alonso & Ernesto Ochoa - 8:50 PM
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 7) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - 8:50 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Semi-final results from the 2018 South American Games

Bolivia will have a chance for a gold medal sweep on home soil at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia, although they could also be shut out of the gold on Friday. In Men’s Singles, Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso beat Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador, 15-4, 15-4, in the semi-finals, and will play Colombian Mario Mercado in the final, as Mercado defeated Carlos Keller of Bolivia in the other semi, 15-8, 15-14.

Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina is the woman to beat in Women’s Singles, but she needed three games to get past Carla Muñoz of Chile, 15-5, 13-15, 11-5, in the semi-finals. In what may be seen as an upset, Yasmine Sabja of Bolivia beat Colombian Cristina Amaya, 15-8, 15-10, in the other semi, as Amaya is the 9th ranked player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) while Sabja is ranked 30th.

In the Women’s Doubles semis, Vargas was also a winner with Natalia Mendez, as Argentina beat an Ecuador team of two teenagers in Maria Jose Muñoz and Ana Lucia Sarmiento, 15-5, 15-4. They will play Bolivia in the final, after Stefanny Barrios and Jenny Daza defeated Amaya and Carolina Gomez of Colombia, 15-5, 15-13.

The Men’s Doubles competition has been a five team round robin, and Colombians Mario Mercado and Sebastian Franco and Bolivians Roland Keller and Kadim Carrasco are both undefeated in their first three matches, so gold will be on the line Friday, when they face off against each other.

The South American Games occur every 4 years, and is the first of two quadrennial events this year. In the summer, the Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Semi-finals - Thursday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-5, 13-15, 11-5
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-8, 15-10

Final - Friday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals - Thursday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-4
Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia), 15-5, 15-13

Final - Friday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

MEN’S SINGLES

Semi-finals - Thursday

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-14
Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-4

Final - Friday

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Mario Mercado (Colombia)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Round 4 - Thursday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-3, 15-0
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) d. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-6
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

Round 5 - Friday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - BYE

Standings

1) Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - 3-0
1) Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) - 3-0
3) Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 1-2
3) Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 1-2
5) Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - 0-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 South American Games - Elimination round begins

The elimination round has begun in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the 2018 South American Games, and the only result that is surprising is Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso’s win over Colombian Sebastian Franco in the quarterfinals. Not because Moscoso won, because he’s a good play, but that he did so decisively, 15-3, 15-0. Franco did have to play a match earlier in the day, but it was a relatively straight forward win, as he defeated Jonathan Luque Alvites of Peru, 15-3, 15-1.

Moscoso will play Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador in the semi-finals on Thursday, as Ugalde beat Fernando Kurzbard of Argentina, 15-6, 15-1, in the quarters.

The South American Games occur every 4 years, and is the first of two quadrennial events this year. In the summer, the Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Round of 16 - Wednesday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-4

Carolina Gomez (Colombia) - BYE
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) - BYE
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Wednesday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Valeria Centellas (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-9
Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Carolina Gomez (Colombia), 15-5, 15-1

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Natalia Mendez (Argentina), 15-4, 15-4
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-2

Semi-finals - Thursday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Carla Muñoz (Chile)
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) v. Cristina Amaya (Colombia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals - Thursday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador)
Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia) v. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

MEN’S SINGLES

Round of 16 - Wednesday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), forfeit

Mario Mercado (Colombia) - BYE
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jonathan Luque Alvites (Peru), 15-3, 15-1

Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Oscar Carrion Navarro (Peru), 15-1, 15-2
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Wednesday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-5, 14-15, 11-1
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Christian Chavez (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-1

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-3, 15-0
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), 15-6, 15-1

Semi-finals - Thursday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) v. Mario Mercado (Colombia)
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Round 4 - Thursday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru)
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) v. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

Round 5 - Friday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - BYE

Standings

1) Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - 2-0
1) Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) - 2-0
3) Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 1-1
4) Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 1-2
5) Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - 0-3

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 South American Games - Group Stage Results

The 2018 South American Games are on in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where a handful of countries are being represented by men and women in singles and doubles as well as a team competition. The South American Games are a quadrennial event (i.e., one that occurs every 4 years) that is a stepping block to the Olympics. The last Summer Olympics were in 2016, so this is the second year of the quadrennial. Later this year there will be the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3.

Then in 2019, the Pan American Games will occur in Lima, Peru followed in 2020 by the Summer Olympics are in Tokyo. Racquetball hasn’t been included in the Olympic Games - yet - (we’ve talked about this issue previously), but it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and racquetball is a part of these other games, especially in the Americas.

Although there aren’t many countries involved, there are some high quality players in Cochabamba. They are playing a group stage followed by a playoff in singles, but round robins are being used in doubles.

2018 South American Games - Cochabamba, Bolivia
May 26-June 3, 2018

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1
- Sunday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-1
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

Round 2 - Monday

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-5
Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - BYE

Round 3 - Tuesday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 15-12, 15-6
Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE

Group B - Round 1 - Sunday

Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Carolina Gomez (Colombia), 15-12, 15-6
Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 2 - Monday

Carolina Gomez (Colombia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-14, 15-13
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 3 - Tuesday

Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-0, 15-4
Carolina Gomez (Colombia) - BYE

Group C - Round 1 - Sunday

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-9, 4-15, 11-6
Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 2 - Monday

Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - 15-14, 15-10
Natalia Mendez (Argentina) - BYE

Round 3 - Tuesday

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Valeria Centellas (Bolivia), 15-6, 15-1
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

ELIMINATION - ROUND OF 16 - Wednesday

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) v. Valeria Centellas (Bolivia)

Carolina Gomez (Colombia) - BYE
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

Natalia Mendez (Argentina) - BYE
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE
Yasmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Round 1
- Sunday

Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-12
Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-2, 15-4

Round 2 - Monday

Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia), 15-10, 15-5
Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-4

Round 3 - Tuesday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia), 15-7, 15-7
Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-5

SEMI-FINALS - Thursday

Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador)
Cristina Amaya & Carolina Gomez (Colombia) v. Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

MEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1
- Sunday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), 15-5, 15-5
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE

Round 2 - Monday

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), 15-3, 15-2
Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 3 - Tuesday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 13-15, 15-12, 11-3
Rodrigo Salgado (Chile) - BYE

Group B - Round 1 - Sunday

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-8, 15-6
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Jonathan Luque Alvites (Peru), 15-3, 15-3

Round 2 - Monday

Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-13, 15-10
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Jonathan Luque Alvites (Peru), 15-1, 15-1

Round 3 - Tuesday

Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-6, 15-6
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Jonathan Luque Alvites (Peru), 15-3, 15-2

Group C - Round 1 - Sunday

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Oscar Carrion Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-2
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), 10-15, 15-11, 11-7

Round 2 - Monday

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina), 15-3, 15-3
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Oscar Carrion Navarro (Peru), 15-5, 15-1

Round 3 - Tuesday

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Christian Chavez (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-5
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Oscar Carrion Navarro (Peru), 15-1, 15-3

ELIMINATION - ROUND OF 16 - Wednesday

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile) - BYE

Mario Mercado (Colombia) - BYE
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Jonathan Luque Alvites (Peru) - BYE

Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) d. Oscar Carrion Navarro (Peru)
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE

MEN’S DOUBLES

Round 1
- Sunday

Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-3, 15-2
Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-2
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE

Round 2 - Monday

Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-2, 15-3
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-7, 15-5
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 3 - Tuesday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-9, 15-7
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) d. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-2
Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 4 - Thursday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru)
Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia) v. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

Round 5 - Friday

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Roland Keller & Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia)
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Juan Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Juan Carlos Zamora & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Horn & Rajsich are the 2018 USA Racquetball National Singles Champions

David Horn and Rhonda Rajsich won the Men’s and Women’s Team Qualifying divisions, respectively, at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships in Pleasanton, California on Sunday. Horn won for the first time, and Rajsich won for the 8th straight year, and 11th time overall.

Horn defeated Jose Rojas in the Men’s Singles final, 15-13, 15-11, while Rajsich beat Kelani Bailey, 15-9, 15-7, in the Women’s Singles final.

If you missed the finals live from Pleasanton, then check them out via the USA Racquetball LiveStream channel.

2018 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships
Pleasanton, California
US National Team Divisions

Men's Singles - Final


1) David Horn d. 6) Jose Rojas, 15-13, 15-11

3rd place

4) Jose Diaz d. 2) Charlie Pratt, forfeit

Women's Singles - Final

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 3) Kelani Bailey, 15-9, 15-7

3rd place

5) Sheryl Lotts d. 2) Adrienne Haynes, 15-9, 15-6

Follow the bouncing ball....

Top seeds Horn & Rajsich on track for titles at 2018 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships

Top seeds David Horn and Rhonda Rajsich have made it to the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Team Qualifying divisions at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships in Pleasanton, California. But their opponents in the respective finals are a bit surprising.

Horn will play Jose Rojas, who is playing only his 2nd tournament since he played in last year’s National Singles Championships, when he lost to Horn in the semi-finals. Rojas came into this year’s event as the 6th seed, and upset 2nd seed Charlie Pratt, 15-13, 15-10, in the semi-finals to make Sunday’s final. In the other semi, Horn pulled out a tie-breaker win over Jose Diaz, 15-12, 9-15, 11-10.

In the women’s final, Rajsich will face 3rd seed Kelani Bailey. Bailey was the 3rd seed, and needed three game to upset 2nd seed Adrienne Haynes, 11-15, 15-2, 11-0, in one semi-final, while Rajsich beat 5th seed Sheryl Lotts, 15-5, 15-4, in the other semi.

You can watch the finals live from Pleasanton via the USA Racquetball website. The Women’s and Men’s finals will be Sunday at noon and 1 PM Pacific time.

2018 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships
Pleasanton, California
US National Team Divisions

Men's Singles - Final


1) David Horn v. 6) Jose Rojas - 1 PM

Semi-finals

1) David Horn d. 4) Jose Diaz, 15-12, 9-15, 11-10
6) Jose Rojas d. 2) Charlie Pratt, 15-13, 15-10

Quarterfinals

1) David Horn d. 8) Dylan Reid, 15-12, 15-7
4) Jose Diaz d. 5) Adam Manilla, 15-5, 12-15, 11-7

6) Jose Rojas d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck, 12-15, 15-10, 11-9
2) Charlie Pratt d. 7) Mauro Rojas, 15-8, 10-15, 11-5

Round of 16

1) David Horn d. 17) Ricardo Diaz, 15-3, 15-3
8) Dylan Reid d. 9) Robert Collins, 13-15, 15-14, 11-6

5) Adam Manilla d. 12) Jeff Stark, 15-11, 15-6
4) Jose Diaz d. 13) Nicholas Riffel, 15-4, 15-11

3) Jake Bredenbeck d. d. 14) Brent Walters, 15-6, 15-3
6) Jose Rojas d. 11) Luis Avila, 15-7, 15-1

7) Mauro Rojas d. 10) Wayne Antone IV, 15-14, 15-10
2) Charlie Pratt d. 15) Joel Barshaw, 15-1, 15-3

Round of 32

1) David Horn - BYE
17) Ricardo Diaz d. 16) Dane Elkins, 15-8, 15-8

9) Robert Collins - BYE
8) Dylan Reid - BYE

5) Adam Manilla - BYE
12) Jeff Stark - BYE

13) Nicholas Riffel d. 20) Marlon Caballero, 15-2, 15-0
4) Jose Diaz - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
14) Brent Walters d. 19) Israel Torres, 15-3, 15-10

11) Luis Avila - BYE
6) Jose Rojas - BYE

7) Mauro Rojas - BYE
10) Wayne Antone IV - BYE

15) Joel Barshaw d. 18) Corey Vaughn, 15-8, 15-2
2) Charlie Pratt - BYE

Women's Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 3) Kelani Bailey - Noon

Semi-finals

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 5) Sheryl Lotts, 15-5, 15-4
3) Kelani Bailey d. 2) Adrienne Haynes, 11-15, 15-2, 11-0

Quarterfinals

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 8) Ariana Guilak, 15-0, 15-8
5) Sheryl Lotts d. 4) Erika Manilla, 15-7, 15-8

3) Kelani Bailey d. 6) Hollie Scott, 5-15, 15-7, 11-6
2) Adrienne Haynes d. 7) Linda Tyler, 15-2, 15-0

Round of 16

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 17) Annie Furr, 15-1, 15-0
8) Ariana Guilak d. 9) Laura Brandt, 15-13, 9-15, 11-10

5) Sheryl Lotts d. 12) Jazmin Trevino, 15-11, 15-3
4) Erika Manilla d. 13) Heather Mahoney, 15-12, 15-2

3) Kelani Bailey d. 14) Nikita Chauhan, 15-2, 15-3
6) Hollie Scott d. 11) Jennifer Dering, 15-3, 15-4

7) Linda Tyler d. 10) Annie Roberts, 15-9, 15-10
2) Adrienne Haynes d. 15) Erica Williams, 15-1, 15-2

Round of 32

1) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
17) Annie Furr d. 16) Cristal Hernandez, 15-3, 15-7

8) Ariana Guilak - BYE
9) Laura Brandt - BYE

5) Sheryl Lotts - BYE
12) Jazmin Trevino - BYE

13) Heather Mahoney - BYE
4) Erika Manilla - BYE

3) Kelani Bailey - BYE
14) Nikita Chauhan - BYE

11) Jennifer Dering - BYE
6) Hollie Scott - BYE

7) Linda Tyler - BYE
10) Annie Roberts - BYE

15) Erica Williams - BYE
2) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Murray & Saunders win Men's & Women's Singles, respectively, at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships

Samuel Murray and Jennifer Saunders won the Men’s and Women’s, respectively, Singles Championships at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday. Murray defeated Coby Iwaasa, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2, in the men’s final, while Saunders beat Christine Richardson, 15-3, 15-13, in women’s final. The wins are the first for Murray, and the 10th for Saunders.

Saunders now has 22 titles combined in Women’s Singles and Doubles, which puts her ahead of any other player. She has one more than Mike Green, who has 11 Men’s Singles titles and 10 Men’s Doubles titles.

Murray’s win was his 4th overall, as he had won Men’s Doubles twice before this year: in 2014 with Vincent Gagnon and in 2016 with Pedro Castro, and then won Men’s Doubles earlier this week with Iwaasa.

Saunders looked to be cruising to her 10th singles title after winning game one and being up in game two, 13-2. However, Richardson dug in at that point, and started serving great, scoring nine unanswered points helped by three ace serves - two drives to the left and one to the right.

But at 11 serving 13, Saunders got the serve back with a forehand winner. Her 14th point came as Saunders hit a drive Z serve to the left that Richardson returned around the wall - side, front, side - and Saunders just set up in the middle of the court, and hit a backhand volley pinch winner to get her first match point.

However, Saunders couldn’t finish it. She skipped two match points, while Richardson scored two more points to make it 13 serve 14. Then a long rally ensued that ended when a ball came off the back wall to the left side, and Saunders hit a backhand shot that went off the top of her racquet frame and rolled into the front left corner.

On the next rally, Saunders hit a forehand down the left side to seal the victory.

In the Men’s Singles final, Murray led Iwaasa from 2-2 on in game one, winning it 15-7. But Iwaasa came out strong in game two to go up 7-1. Murray came back to lead 9-8. Then they were tied 10-10, and it was Iwaasa, who had to win the game, who scored the final five points to win it, 15-10, and force a tie-breaker.

In the breaker, Murray jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Iwaasa got on the board. But Murray then ran another five points to lead 10-1, and the writing was on the wall. Iwaasa did fend off three match points, but could only score one of his own before Murray ended the game at 11-2 for his first Canadian Men’s Singles title.

The National Championships is the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Worlds.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Samuel Murray d. 2) Coby Iwaasa, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2

3rd place

3) Tim Landeryou d. 4) Pedro Castro, default

5th place

6) Nicolas Bousquet d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-17, 15-5, 13-11

7th place

7) Lee Connell d. 8) Kurtis Cullen, injury forfeit

9th place

9) Tommy Murray d. 15) Ian Frattinger, 15-4, 15-8

Women's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Jennifer Saunders d. 2) Christine Richardson, 15-3, 15-13

3rd place

5) Michèle Morissette d. 6) Erin Geeraert, 15-10, 15-7

5th place

3) Alexis Iwaasa d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-13, 15-13

7th place

9) Cassie Prentice d. 7) Murielle Boivin, 13-15, 15-12, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 25, 2018

Top seeds face off in singles finals at 2018 Canadian National Championships

Samuel Murray and Coby Iwaasa in Men’s Singles and Jennifer Saunders and Christine Richardson in Women’s Singles will face off in their respective finals on Saturday at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In the semi-finals, Murray, the top seed in Men’s Singles and the 8th ranked player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) defeated Pedro Castro, 15-0, 15-2, while 2nd seed Iwaasa beat 3rd seed Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-13. Women's #1 seed Saunders defeated 5th seed Michèle Morissette, 15-6, 15-3, while 2nd seed Richardson beat 6th seed Erin Geeraert, 15-5, 15-5.

On Saturday, Murray and Richardson will be trying to win their first Canadian Championships in singles, while Iwaasa will try to capture his 2nd Men’s Singles title and Saunders will be trying to get her 10th.

The National Championships is also the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August in Cali, Colombia. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Cali.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Samuel Murray v. 2) Coby Iwaasa

Semi-finals

1) Samuel Murray d. 4) Pedro Castro, 15-0, 15-2
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 3) Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-13

Quarterfinals

1) Samuel Murray d. 8) Kurtis Cullen, 15-3, 15-11
4) Pedro Castro d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-13, 15-13

3) Tim Landeryou d. 6) Nicolas Bousquet, 15-11, 6-15, 11-7
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 7) Lee Connell, 15-5, 15-5

Women's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Jennifer Saunders v. 2) Christine Richardson

Semi-finals

1) Jennifer Saunders d. 5) Michèle Morissette, 15-6, 15-3
2) Christine Richardson d. 6) Erin Geeraert, 15-5, 15-5

Quarterfinals

1) Jennifer Saunders d. 9) Cassie Prentice, 15-0, 15-3
5) Michèle Morissette d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-7, 15-6

6) Erin Geeraert d. 3) Alexis Iwaasa, 15-11, 2-15, 11-9
2) Christine Richardson d. 7) Murielle Boivin, 15-6, 15-11

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Iwaasa & Murray, Lambert & Saunders are 2018 Canadian Doubles Champions

Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray won Men’s Doubles with Frédérique Lambert and Jennifer Saunders winning Women’s Doubles at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. All four players had previously been doubles champions, but with different partners. Iwaasa and Murray had each won twice previously: Iwaasa with Mike Green both times, and Murray with Pedro Castro and Vincent Gagnon. Lambert had won doubles once before with Brandi Jacobson Prentice, while Saunders had 11 doubles titles previously (10 with Josée Grand’Maître and 1 with Danielle Drury).

The Men’s Doubles final was a brother showdown, as Samuel Murray’s older brother Tommy was on the other side playing with Nicolas Bousquet. Iwaasa and Samuel needed a tie-breaker to defeat Bousquet and Tommy, 15-13, 10-15, 11-6.

On the women’s side, Lambert and Saunders beat Michèle Morissette and Christine Richardson in two close games, 15-9, 15-13.

The National Championships is also the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August in Cali, Colombia. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Cali.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Doubles

1st Place


Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray d. Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray, 15-13, 10-15, 11-6

3rd Place

James Landeryou & Tim Landeryou d. Lee Connell & Trevor Webb, 15-3, 15-12

5th Place

Pedro Castro & Michael Leduc d. Kurtis Cullen & Tanner Prentice, 8-15, 15-5, 11-2

7th Place

Ian Frattinger & Josh Keil d. Mitch Brayley & Paul Albert, forfeit

Women's Open Doubles

1st Place


Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders d. Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson, 15-9, 15-13

3rd Place

Danielle Drury & Alexis Iwaasa d. Erin Geeraert & Cassie Prentice, 11-15, 15-8, 11-1

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Martell defeats Bredenbeck to win 2018 WRT Georgia Open

Jaime Martell won the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia on Sunday by upsetting top seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-8, 15-5, in the final. It’s Martell’s 2nd win on the WRT. His first came in 2016 at the Rocky Mountain Open, when he beat David Horn in the final. Martell defeated Horn in the semi-finals in Lilburn.

Martell and Francisco Troncoso took the WRT Doubles title also, although they won the final by default over Luis Avila and Hiroshi Shimizu. The win was Martell’s sixth WRT Doubles title, and Troncoso’s first. Martell had previously won with Alejandro Cardona (twice), Jose Daniel Ugalde (twice) and Joshua Hungerford.

The next WRT tournament isn’t until October, when the Canadian Open will happen October 17-21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Final - Sunday

3) Jaime Martell d. 1) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-8, 15-5

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso d. 4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer, 15-2, 15-2
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu d. 3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez, 13-15, 15-8, 11-3

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso d. 2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu, forfeit

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Martell upsets Horn to reach the final of the 2018 WRT Georgia Open

Jaime Martell upset 2nd seed David Horn, 13-15, 15-8, 11-9, in the semi-finals of the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia, and will play top seed Jake Bredenbeck in the final on Sunday at noon. In the other semi, Bredenbeck beat Mauricio Zelada, 15-2, 15-4.

You can watch the action from Georgia via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The final will be Sunday at noon.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck d. 9) Justus Benson, 15-8, 15-7
5) Mauricio Zelada d. 4) Francisco Troncoso, 15-7, 15-11

3) Jaime Martell d. 11) Kevin Vazquez, 15-11, 15-6
2) David Horn d. 7) Luis Avila, 15-10, 15-9

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck d. 5) Mauricio Zelada, 15-2, 15-4
3) Jaime Martell d. 2) David Horn, 13-15, 15-8, 11-9

Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Jake Bredenbeck v. 3) Jaime Martell - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso v. 4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer - 7 PM
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu v. 3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

WRT 2018 Georgia Open - Round of 16

Young USA player Kevin Vazquez upset Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-7, 8-15, 11-9, in the Round of 16 at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia on Friday. The win puts Vazquez in the quarterfinals against 3rd seed Jaime Martell, who was a straight game winner over Destry Everhart, 15-10, 15-2.

Also of note, Luis Avila beat Thomas Carter in straight games, 15-7, 15-12, and will play 2nd seed David Horn in the quarters. Finally, 9th seed Justus Benson won the 8/9 match, as he defeated Austin Cunningham, 15-10, 15-8. Benson will play top seed Jake Bredenbeck in the quarters on Saturday.

You can watch the action from Georgia via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 10 AM with the semi-finals Saturday at 5 and 6 PM. The final will be Sunday at noon.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
9) Justus Benson d. 8) Austin Cunningham, 15-10, 15-8

5) Mauricio Zelada d. 12) David Stincer, 15-13, 10-15, 11-0
4) Francisco Troncoso d. 13) Daniel Herrera, 15-3, 15-2

3) Jaime Martell d. 14) Destry Everhart, 15-10, 15-2
11) Kevin Vazquez d. 6) Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-7, 8-15, 11-9

7) Luis Avila d. 10) Thomas Carter, 15-7, 15-12
2) David Horn - BYE

Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck v. 9) Justus Benson - 1 PM
4) Francisco Troncoso v. 5) Mauricio Zelada - 11 AM

3) Jaime Martell v. 11) Kevin Vazquez - 10 AM
2) David Horn v. 7) Luis Avila - Noon

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso - BYE
4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer d. 5) Alberto Dent & Daniel Herrera, 15-12, 15-8

3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - BYE
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso v. 4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer - 7 PM
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu v. 3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mejia & Fernandez win at 2018 Olimpiada Nacional - Mexican Junior Nationals

The Olimpiada Nacional 2018, which are the Mexican Junior Nationals, concluded earlier this week in Chihuahua, and there was an enviable participation rate, as 182 players - 75 girls and 107 boys - participated across three age categories: U18, U16, U14, which are the World Cup divisions at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships. That large participation rate produced some surprises, as only one of the twelve players seeded #1 or #2 made a final, let alone won their respective division.

But Monserrat Mejia’s win in Girl’s U18 wasn’t a surprise, as she is the current IRF World Junior Champion in the division. Mejia was the #1 seed, but needed a tie-breaker to defeat 6th seed Erin Rivera, 15-3, 7-15, 11-1, in the final.

Sebastian Fernandez won the Boy’s U18 division, which is a bit of a surprise given who else was in the draw, but not a big surprise, because Fernandez is the current U16 World Junior Champion. Yet Fernandez had to defeat the two Boy’s U18 medalists from last year’s World Juniors as well as the top seed to win the title.

In the final, Fernandez came back from a game down to defeat Eduardo Portillo, 7-15, 15-13, 11-8. Portillo was silver medalist in U18 at World Juniors last year. Fernandez squeaked out a tie-breaker against #1 seed Christian Longoria, 15-13, 5-15, 11-10, in the semi-finals, and in the quarterfinals, he beat 4th seed and 2018 World Juniors U18 bronze medalist Gerardo Franco, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7.

In U18 Doubles, neither Mejia on the girl’s side or Fernandez on the boy’s side won with their respective partners. Mejia and Claudia Vizcaino lost to Ana Laura Flores and Erin Rivera in the Girl’s U18 Doubles Final, while Gerardo Franco and Juan Loreto beat Christian Longoria and Saul Rivera, 15-12, 15-2, to win the Boy’s U18 Doubles Final.

The division winners will represent Mexico at the 2018 IRF World Junior Championships, November 10-17, which we believe will be held in Juarez, Mexico.

Olimpiada Nacional 2018
Chihuahua, Mexico - May 13-16, 2018


Girl’s U18 - Final

1) Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Erin Rivera, 15-3, 7-15, 11-1

Semi-finals

1) Monserrat Mejia d. 4) Ana Laura Flores, 15-12, 15-5
6) Erin Rivera d. 7) Ana Kristin Rivera, 15-3, 15-11

Girl’s U16 - Final

4) Delia Aguilar d. 10) Maria Gutierrez, 15-10, 15-4

Semi-finals

4) Delia Aguilar d. 1) Sofia Ramierez, 15-3, 15-4
10) Maria Gutierrez d. 14) Ana Cristina Perez, 15-6, 15-10

Girl’s U14 - Final

3) Daniela Rico d. 9) Karime Estrella, 15-11, 6-15, 11-8

Semi-finals

9) Karime Estrella d. 12) Sofia Hernandez, 3-15, 15-10, 11-1
3) Daniela Rico d. 2) Jessica Balderrama Perez, 15-8, 15-5

Girl’s U18 Doubles - Final

2) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera d. 1) Monserrat Mejia & Claudia Vizcaino, 15-11, 15-9

Semi-finals

1) Monserrat Mejia & Claudia Vizcaino d. 4) Denisse Maldonado & Abril Sacristán, 12-15, 15-9, 11-4
2) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera d. 3) Mariana Gisele Avila & Natalia Gonzalez, 15-6, 15-0

Girl’s U16 Doubles - Final

5) Delia Aguilar & Ana Victoria Orozco d. 3) Guadalupe Griffin & Beatriz Hernandez, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

Semi-finals

5) Delia Aguilar & Ana Victoria Orozco d. 1) Valeria Hernandez & Sofia Ramirez, 15-3, 15-4
3) Guadalupe Griffin & Beatriz Hernandez d. 2) Vanessa Copca & Maria Gutierrez, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

Girl’s U14 Doubles - Final

3) Andrea Ibarra & Jessica Balderrama Perez d. 1) Karime Estrella & Angela Ortega, 15-11, 7-15, 11-7

Semi-finals

1) Karime Estrella & Angela Ortega d. 4) Sofia Hernandez & Alexa Robledo, 15-2, 15-0
3) Andrea Ibarra & Jessica Balderrama Perez d. 7) Constanza Moreno & Alondra Yañez, 15-9, 15-2

Boy’s U18 - Final

12) Sebastian Fernandez d. 23) Eduardo Portillo, 7-15, 15-13, 11-8

Semi-finals

12) Sebastian Fernandez d. 1) Christian Longoria, 15-13, 5-15, 11-10
23) Eduardo Portillo d. 30) Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-6, 15-3

Boy’s U16 - Final

14) Elias Nieto d. 13) Andres Trejo, 15-11, 10-15, 11-9

Semi-finals

13) Andres Trejo d. 8) Aldo Caraveo, 15-9, 15-11
14) Elias Nieto d. 2) Guillermo De Jesus Ortega, 15-1, 15-14

Boy’s U14 - Final

10) Omar Gonzalez d. 5) Sebastián Hernández, 15-10, 15-7

Semi-finals

5) Sebastián Hernández d. 16) Andres Ruelas Jr., 15-3, 9-15, 11-9
10) Omar Gonzalez d. 19) Rodrigo Rios, 15-14, 15-1

Boy’s U18 Doubles - Final

3) Gerardo Franco & Juan Loreto d. 1) Christian Longoria & Saul Rivera, 15-12, 15-2

Semi-finals

1) Christian Longoria & Saul Rivera d. 4) Sebastian Fernandez & Luis Saldaña, 12-15, 15-12, 11-6
3) Gerardo Franco & Juan Loreto d. 2) Daniel Maldonado & Rafael Ochoa, 15-10, 13-15, 11-3

Boy’s U16 Doubles - Final

1) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo De Jesus Ortega d. 2) Elias Nieto & Andres Trejo, 3-15, 15-14, 11-9

Semi-finals

1) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo De Jesus Ortega d. 4) Aldo Caraveo, 15-14, 15-13
2) Elias Nieto & Andres Trejo d. 3) Carlos Esparza & Roberto Valencia, 15-13, 15-11

Boy’s U14 Doubles - Final

7) Sebastián Hernández & Omar Gonzalez d. 4) Juan Carlos Castillo & Juan Carlos Picard, 15-6, 15-10

Semi-finals

4) Juan Carlos Castillo & Juan Carlos Picard d. 8) Angel Camacho, 15-7, 15-4
7) Sebastián Hernández & Omar Gonzalez d. 3) Rafael Ayala & Andres Ruelas Jr., 13-15, 15-11, 11-7

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WRT 2018 Georgia Open - Preview

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 season resumes this weekend with the 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia, where there is an unusually small draw of 14 for a WRT event, which often has fields of more than twice that size. Jake Bredenbeck is top seed with David Horn as the 2nd seed, Jaime Martell 3rd seed and Francisco Troncoso 4th seed.

Other players of note in the draw are Mauricio Zelada, seeded 5th, Hiroshi Shimizu, 6th seed, and Thomas Carter, 10th seed.

You can watch the action from Georgia via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The play begins Friday with the 16s. The quarters will be Saturday beginning at 10 AM with the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The final Sunday at noon.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
8) Austin Cunningham v. 9) Justus Benson - 5 PM

5) Mauricio Zelada v. 12) David Stincer - 5 PM
4) Francisco Troncoso v. 13) Daniel Herrera - 7 PM

3) Jaime Martell v. 14) Destry Everhart - 4 PM
6) Hiroshi Shimizu v. 11) Kevin Vazquez - 4 PM

7) Luis Avila v. 10) Thomas Carter - 6 PM
2) David Horn - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso - BYE
4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer v. 5) Alberto Dent & Daniel Herrera - 8 PM

3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - BYE
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE

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Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Costa Rica Open - Wins by Horn, Parrilla & Camacho & Mercado

David Horn won the Costa Rica Open - a Tier 3 event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) - on the weekend in San Jose, Costa Rica. Horn beat Alvaro Beltran, 15-4, 15-6, in the final. In the semi-finals, Horn upset top seed Alejandro Landa, 15-12, 12-15, 11-7, and Beltran defeated Mario Mercado, 15-4, 15-9.

In the Men’s Open division, Andree Parrilla was the winner, and he beat both Horn and Beltran to it. Parrilla got the better of Horn in the quarterfinals, 15-7, 15-5, and Beltran in the semis, 15-11, 15-14. In the final Parrilla beat Andres Acuña, 12-15, 15-10, 11-3.

Felipe Camacho and Mario Mercado won the Men’s Open Doubles division, and they beat Beltran and Landa, 15-11, 15-9, in the final. In the semi-finals, Camacho and Mercado needed a tie-breaker to get past Horn and Parrilla, 6-15, 15-8, 11-6, while Beltran and Landa defeated Ramon De Leon and Luis Perez in two straight games, 15-9, 15-7.

Coming up this week is the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Georgia Open, May 18-20, in Lilburn, Georgia. Then the Canadian Racquetball Championships will begin on Sunday, May 20. They play doubles for the first three days, and then singles from Wednesday to Saturday. Finally, the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships begins next week on May 23 in Pleasanton, California.

2018 Costa Rica Open - IRT Tier 3, May 9-12, 2018
San Jose, Costa Rica


IRT Final

David Horn d. Alvaro Beltran, 15-4, 15-6

IRT Semi-finals

David Horn d. Alejandro Landa, 15-12, 12-15, 11-7
Alvaro Beltran d. Mario Mercado, 15-4, 15-9

IRT Quarterfinals

Alejandro Landa d. Andres Acuña, 10-15, 15-6, 11-2
David Horn d. Andree Parrilla, 15-9, 15-8
Mario Mercado Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-1
Alvaro Beltran d. Justus Benson, 9-15, 15-6, 11-5

Men’s Open Final

Andree Parrilla d. Andres Acuña, 12-15, 15-10, 11-3

Men’s Open Semi-finals

Andres Acuña d. Maykel Moyet Suarez, 15-5, 15-6
Andree Parrilla d. Alvaro Beltran, 15-11, 15-14

Men’s Open Quarterfinals

Maykel Moyet Suarez d. Justus Benson, 15-9, 15-3
Andres Acuña d. Felipe Camacho, 15-9, 14-15, 11-5
Alvaro Beltran d. Mario Mercado, 15-9, 15-14
Andree Parrilla d. David Horn, 15-7, 15-5

Men’s Open Doubles - Final

Felipe Camacho & Mario Mercado d. Alvaro Beltran & Alejandro Landa, 15-11, 15-9

Men’s Open Doubles - Semi-finals

Alvaro Beltran & Alejandro Landa d. Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez, 15-9, 15-7
Felipe Camacho & Mario Mercado d. David Horn & Andree Parrilla, 6-15, 15-8, 11-6

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Croft & Waselenchuk, Longoria & Salas and the De La Rosas won at the 2018 World Doubles Open Championships

Only one top seed won a final at the World Doubles Open Championships in Denver Sunday, as 1st seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated 2nd seeds Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-5, 5-15, 11-6, to capture the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) title. The Men’s International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Doubles title went to Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk, who defeated Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa in the final, which had an unfortunate end.

Croft and Waselenchuk won the first game 15-7, and were up 13-8 in the second game, when a rally ended with a bit of a mix up in the middle of the court. Beltran laid out to put a ball into the left corner, and then Waselenchuk went over top of him to play a ball down the line on the right side. The referee called Waselenchuk’s shot good, and no hinder on the play, although Waselenchuk came up hobbling afterwards.

As there was a couple of minutes of injury time for Waselenchuk, Beltran and De La Rosa disputed the referee’s call of a point for Croft and Waselenchuk, which made the score 14-8. Beltran and De La Rosa's complaint led to them being assessed a technical for delaying the game, so the score was 14-7. That’s when they chose to walk off the court and default the match, even though they had run a string of points to get within shouting distance of their opponents.

It was really an unfortunate ending to a match that had some high quality play.

The Mixed Doubles title went to De La Rosa and his wife Michelle, who beat the top seeds Mario Mercado and Adriana Riveros, 15-7, 15-13, and that result meant The Racquetball Blog’s prediction of a tie-breaker in the Mixed Doubles final was incorrect. Previously, 10 of the 14 matches in Mixed Doubles from the Round of 16 through the semi-finals went three games, so it was a bit of a surprise that the final was over in two straight games.

Overall, the World Doubles Open Championships seemed to be a success, as it brought the LPRT and IRT players together, which rarely happens outside of the US Open. And a big reason for its success was the Mixed Doubles division, as new pairings competed against each other, which is always fun, and many of the matches went a full three games, which is also always fun.

This ends the IRT season, but the LPRT season has one more event: the Treeroot.com Classic in Overland Park, Kansas, June 8-10. If you missed any of the action from Denver, check out the LPRT Facebook page or the LPRT Livestream channel, and the IRT Facebook page or the IRT YouTube channel.

World Doubles Open Championships
May 3-6, 2018 - Denver, Colorado


Men’s Doubles - Final - Sunday

6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-7, 14-7, forfeit

Women’s Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-5, 5-15, 11-6

Mixed Doubles - Final - Sunday

11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa d. 1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros, 15-7, 15-13

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Top seeds win in semi-finals at World Doubles Open Championships

The top seeds made it to the finals in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles divisions at the World Doubles Open Championships in Denver Saturday with Daniel De La Rosa the only player in two finals. He and Alvaro Beltran were the top seeds in Men’s Doubles, and they beat Jansen Allen and Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-3, to reach the Men’s International Racquetball Tour (IRT) final. Then De La Rosa teamed up with his wife Michelle to defeat Paola Longoria and Rodrigo Montoya, 15-5, 14-15, 11-7, in the semi-finals of mixed.

Longoria and Samantha Salas, the top seeds in the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draw, beat 4th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-5. They will face 2nd seeds Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia in the final, as Herrera and Mejia beat De La Rosa and Carla Muñoz, 15-10, 15-13, in the other semi-final.

Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa will play Kane Waselenchuk and Ben Croft, who have gone through the draw like a hot knife through butter with their semi-final victims being Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, who they dismissed 15-1, 15-4.

In Mixed Doubles, the De La Rosas will play top seeds Mario Mercado and Adriana Riveros, who also needed a tie-breaker to win their semi-final against Beltran and Natalia Mendez, 15-5, 10-15, 11-5. We’re not sure who’s going to win the final, but we’d be willing to bet it’s going to go three games, as 10 of the 14 matches in Mixed Doubles from the Round of 16 on have gone breaker.

The finals begin Sunday with the Women’s final at 11:15 AM, with the Mixed final at 12:30 PM, and Men’s final at 1:45 PM. All times Mountain. Check out the LPRT Facebook page or the LPRT Livestream channel, and the IRT Network. or the IRT YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC67kzHthKegmrRXaWzx6pQ

World Doubles Open Championships
May 3-6, 2018 - Denver, Colorado


Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-3
6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado, 15-1, 15-4

Men’s Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 1:45 PM

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-5
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Michelle De La Rosa & Carla Muñoz, 15-10, 15-13

Women’s Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 11:15 AM

Mixed Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros d. 5) Alvaro Beltran & Natalia Mendez, 15-5, 10-15, 11-5
11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa d. 7) Paola Longoria & Rodrigo Montoya, 15-5, 14-15, 11-7

Mixed Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros v. 11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Quarterfinals at the World Doubles Open Championships

The 6th seeds have done well in Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the World Doubles Open Championships in Denver, as both teams are through to the semi-finals in the Men’s International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draws.

Of course, we aren’t surprised by the 6th seeds doing well in the IRT draw, because that’s the team of IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk and Ben Croft, who as a team are almost undefeated. Their 6th seeding is clearly too low, but reflects Croft’s relative inactivity in singles. To get to the semis, they beat 3rd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz by the “thanks for coming out” scores of 15-1, 15-3. Waselechuk and Croft will play 2nd seeds Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, who needed three games to get past the young team of Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel, 15-6, 7-15, 11-4.

The LPRT 6th seeds are more of a surprise, but Michelle De La Rosa and Carla Muñoz played well to come back and defeat 3rd seeds Frédérique Lambert and Jessica Parrilla, 10-15, 15-12, 11-4, in the quarterfinals. They’ll play 2nd seeds Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia in the semis, as Herrera and Mejia beat Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-7, 15-4, in the quarters.

In Mixed Doubles, six of the eight Round of 16 matches went breaker. Then two of the four quarterfinals also went breaker. This is perhaps not surprising, as several of the teams are likely playing together for the first time. But that’s not the case for Daniel and Michelle De La Rosa, who were seeded 11th, but are through to the semi-finals after beating 6th seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Mejia, 15-7, 12-15, 11-7, in the 16 and eking out a victory over 3rd seeds Lambert and Samuel Murray, 13-15, 15-1, 11-10, in the quarters.

In fact, only one of the top four seeds in Mixed Doubles is in the semi-finals, and that’s top seeds Mario Mercado and Adriana Riveros, who won both their matches on Friday in two straight games, including a win over Adam Manilla and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-6, 15-14, in the quarterfinals.

In the semi-finals, they’ll play 5th seeds Alvaro Beltran and Natalia Mendez, who looked like they would win their quarterfinal match with Cristina Amaya and Sebastian Franco in straight games, as they led 8-1 in game two after winning game one. But Amaya and Franco ran 14 unanswered points - many of which started with Amaya hitting a drive Z serve to Mendez on the right side - to force a third game. However, Amaya and Franco couldn’t keep the momentum going, so Beltran and Mendez won, 15-9, 8-15, 11-5.

Paola Longoria was hard on her current or recent Women’s Doubles players, as she and Montoya beat Samantha Salas - Longoria’s doubles partner in Denver and Mar, 15-8, 15-10, in the 16s, and then they defeated Alexandra Herrera, who Longoria won gold with in Women’s Doubles in March at the Pan American Championships, and Jansen Allen, 15-12, 15-6. Longoria and Montoya will play the De La Rosas in the semis Saturday.

All the semi-final action begins Saturday afternoon. Check out the LPRT and IRT Facebook pages for the action, as well as the LPRT Livestream channel and the IRT Network. The finals will be Sunday beginning at with the Women’s final at 11:15 AM, Mixed at 12:30 PM, and Men’s at 1:45 PM. All times Mountain.

World Doubles Open Championships
May 3-6, 2018 - Denver, Colorado


Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya, 15-7, 14-15, 11-5
4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho d. 12) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, 15-5, 15-5

6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-1, 15-3
2) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado d. 7) Adam Manilla & Nicholas RIffel, 15-6, 7-15, 11-4

Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho - 7:30 PM
2) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 6:15 PM

Women’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 9) Daniela Molina & Masiel Rivera
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 5) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-13, 15-9

6) Michelle De La Rosa & Carla Muñoz d. 3) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla, 10-15, 15-12, 11-4
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 7) Gabriela Martinez Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-7, 15-4

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 5:00 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 6) Michelle De La Rosa & Carla Muñoz - 1:15 PM

Mixed Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros d. 16) Daniela Molina & Mauro Rojas, 15-7, 15-11
9) Adam Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich d. 8) David Horn & Jessica Parrilla, 3-15, 15-13, 11-6

5) Alvaro Beltran & Natalia Mendez d. 12) Alejandro Landa & Maria Jose Vargas, 8-15, 15-8, 11-5
4) Cristina Amaya & Sebastian Franco d. 13) Felipe Camacho & Masiel Rivera, 14-15, 15-7, 11-9

3) Frédérique Lambert & Samuel Murray d. 14) Erik Garcia & Carla Muñoz, 15-1, 5-15, 11-3
11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa d. 6) Jake Bredenbeck & Monserrat Mejia, 15-7, 12-15, 11-7

7) Paola Longoria & Rodrigo Montoya d. 10) Javier Mar & Samantha Salas, 15-8, 15-10
2) Jansen Allen & Alexandra Herrera d. 15) Gerardo Franco & Gabriela Martinez, 11-15, 15-13, 11-2

Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros d. 9) Adam Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich - 15-6, 15-14
5) Alvaro Beltran & Natalia Mendez d. 4) Cristina Amaya & Sebastian Franco - 15-9, 8-15, 11-5

11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa d. 3) Frédérique Lambert & Samuel Murray, 13-15, 15-1, 11-10
7) Paola Longoria & Rodrigo Montoya d. 2) Jansen Allen & Alexandra Herrera, 15-12 15-6

Mixed Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Mario Mercado & Adriana Riveros v. 5) Alvaro Beltran & Natalia Mendez - 2:30 PM
7) Paola Longoria & Rodrigo Montoya v. 11) Daniel De La Rosa & Michelle De La Rosa - 3:45 PM

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