Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Doubles draws at 2018 IRF World Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

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

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

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

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

Women's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

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

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

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

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

Follow the bouncing ball....

Monday, August 13, 2018

Singles draws at 2018 IRF World Championships

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Singles - Round of 64
- Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women's Singles - Round of 32 - Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow the bouncing ball....

Day 3 at the 2018 World Championships

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

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

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

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

Men's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

Group I

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

Women's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Men's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Women's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Follow the bouncing ball....

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Day 2 at 2018 IRF World Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

Group I

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

Women's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Men's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Women's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Follow the bouncing ball....

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Day 1 at 2018 IRF World Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

Group I

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

Women's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Men's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Women's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

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

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

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

Groups of Difficulty, but not Death

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

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

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

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

Doubles but not Singles

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

Group I

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

Women's Singles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Men's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Women's Doubles

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

USA Racquetball upheaval

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But they won’t have a choice.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico d. Costa Rica, 2-0

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

Women’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico d. Colombia - 2-0

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, July 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico d. Guatemala - 2-0

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

Costa Rica d. Cuba - 2-1

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

Men’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico v. Costa Rica

Women’s Team - Semi-finals

Mexico d. Costa Rica - 2-0

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

Colombia d. Guatemala, 2-1

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

Women’s Team - Final - Saturday

Mexico v. Colombia

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Team Competition Day 1 at 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Team - Quarterfinals


Mexico d. Honduras - 2-0

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

Guatemala d. Dominican Republic - 2-1

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

Cuba d. Colombia - 2-1

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

Costa Rica d. Venezuela - 2-0

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

Men’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico v. Guatemala
Costa Rica v. Cuba

Women’s Team - Quarterfinals

Mexico - BYE

Costa Rica d. Dominican Republic - 2-0

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

Colombia d. Venezuela, 2-0

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

Guatemala d. Cuba, 2-0

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

Women’s Team - Semi-finals - Friday

Mexico v. Costa Rica
Guatemala v. Colombia

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

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

Women’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

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

Men’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

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

Women’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Men’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

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

Women’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Women’s Singles - Final - Wednesday

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

Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Men’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

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

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Women’s Doubles - Final - Wednesday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, July 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

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

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

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

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

Men’s Singles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Men’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Men’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Women’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

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

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

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

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

Women’s Singles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Women’s Singles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Women’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Women’s Doubles - Semi-finals - Tuesday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Central American & Caribbean Games - Day 3

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Singles - Day 3

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Men’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

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

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

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

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

Men’s Doubles - Day 3

Group A


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

Group B

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

Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Women’s Singles - Day 3

Group A


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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Women’s Singles - Round of 16 - Monday

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

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

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

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

Women’s Doubles - Day 3

Group A


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

Group B

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

Women’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Monday

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

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Central American & Caribbean Games - Day 2

On Day 2 of the racquetball competition at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia there were no surprises in singles with just two tie-breakers. In Men’s Singles, Luis Pérez of Dominican Republic needed three games to beat Hosman Gomez of Colombia, 15-5, 10-15, 11-0, and in Women’s Singles Venezuelan Mariana Tobon came back from a game down to defeat Costa Rican Melania Sauma, 10-15, 15-11, 11-5.

In Men’s Doubles, the Mexican team of Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa were forced to a tie-breaker for a second time in as many days Saturday, as they needed three games to defeat Cubans. Enier Chacon and Maykel Moyet, 15-9, 14-15, 11-6. Men’s Doubles has become very competitive in recent international tournaments. Mexico remains the odds on favourite to win gold, but if they don’t, it won’t be a tremendous surprise.

Also testifying to the competitiveness of Men’s Doubles, the Colombian team of Set Cubillos and Mario Mercado went breaker with Ramón De León and Luis Pérez of Dominican Republic, winning 15-13, 12-15, 11-4. The Dominicans forced Mexico to a breaker on Friday.

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

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

Men’s Singles - Day 2

Group A


Maykel Moyet (Cuba) d. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-9
Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-1, 15-0

Group B

Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. Hosman Gomez (Colombia), 15-5, 10-15, 11-0
Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-6

Group C

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Carlos Medrano (Honduras), 15-0, 15-0
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Robin Romero (Cuba), 15-4, 15-2

Group D

Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-10, 15-1
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Ramón De León (Dominican Republic), 15-5, 15-12

Men’s Doubles - Day 2

Group A


Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela), 15-2, 15-5
Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-10, 15-4

Group B

Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Enier Chacon & Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-9, 14-15, 11-6
Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-13, 12-15, 11-4

Women’s Singles - Day 2

Group A


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

Group B

Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 15-11
Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group C

Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-0, 15-0
Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) d. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 10-15, 15-11, 11-5

Group D

Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Maria Viera (Cuba), 15-7, 15-3
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-8

Women’s Doubles - Day 2

Group A


Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica), 15-10, 15-11
Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE

Group B

Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-10, 15-3
Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-10, 15-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games - Day 1

The racquetball competition has begun at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. The format has a group stage prior to a playoff round with the group stage results used to seed players for the playoffs.

On day 1 there haven’t been any big surprises. In Men’s Singles, one match went tie-breaker, as Ramón De León of the Dominican Republic came back to defeat Luis Zea of Venezuela, 10-15, 15-8, 11-2.

In Women’s Singles, Colombian Cristina Amaya and Guatemalan Maria Renee Rodriguez needed three games to find winner with Amaya coming out on top, 11-15, 15-12, 11-3. Also notable, their team-mates Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) and Adriana Riveros (Colombia) face off with Martinez winning, 15-14, 15-9.

The first round of Men’s and Women’s Doubles will happen later today. The playoff round begins July 23 with finals on July 25.

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

Men’s Singles - Day 1

Group A


Maykel Moyet (Cuba) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-3, 15-1
Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-6

Group B

Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic) d. Ricardo Gomez (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-8
Andrés Acuña (Costa Rica) d. Hosman Gomez (Colombia), 15-3, 15-10

Group C

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-2
Carlos Medrano (Honduras) d. Robin Romero (Cuba), 15-6, 15-1

Group D

Ramón De León (Dominican Republic) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 10-15, 15-8, 11-2
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-3

Men’s Doubles - Day 1

Group A


Andrés Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-14
Cesar Castillo & Cesar Castro (Venezuela) d. Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-2, 15-8

Group B

Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Enier Chacon & Maykel Moyet (Cuba), 15-11, 15-10
Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Ramón De León & Luis Pérez (Dominican Republic), 15-12, 11-15, 11-3

Women’s Singles - Day 1

Group A


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

Group B

Gabriella Martinez (Guatemala) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-14, 15-9
Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Group C

Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 15-10, 15-6
Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) d. Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-13, 15-6

Group D

Maria Viera (Cuba) d. Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic), 15-0, 15-13
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)

Women’s Doubles - Day 1

Group A


Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-4, 15-12
Maricruz Ortiz & Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) - BYE

Group B

Gabriella Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Yurisleidis Allue & Maria Viera (Cuba), 15-12, 15-8
Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jiménez (Dominican Republic) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 13-15, 15-6, 11-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

A busy month of international racquetball

A busy month of international racquetball begins Friday with the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games that are taking place in Barranquilla, Colombia. Like the Olympics, the Central American and Caribbean Games are a quadrennial event involving countries around the Caribbean Sea. These games will be a lead up to the 2019 Pan American Games taking place in Lima, Peru.

Then next month the 19th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, August 10-18. These championships were originally to be held in Haining, China, but that fell through due to difficulties co-ordinating with the government.

Team USA

Earlier this month, USA Racquetball announced its team for the 2018 World Championships. David Horn and Charlie Pratt will play Men’s Singles with Rocky Carson and Sudsy Monchik playing Men’s Doubles. Rhonda Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts will play both Women’s Singles and Doubles. David Ellis will coach the team with Brent Huff as the trainer and Cheryl Kirk as the leader.

There are two surprising aspects the US Team. One is that Rajsich and Lotts are playing Women's Doubles, as Kelani Bailey and Sharon Jackson defeated them to win Women’s Doubles at the 2018 USA Racquetball Doubles Championships. But Bailey is getting married during the period that Worlds is occurring, so she declined the invitation to play on the team.

The other surprising aspect is that Carson isn’t playing Men’s Singles. We’re surprised by that because he is the 5 time defending World Champion in Men’s Singles. Carson hasn’t lost a singles match at Worlds since 2004 (he didn’t play singles in 2006). We expected that he’d want to try to keep that steak going. But it seems the appeal of playing doubles with Monchik was too strong, and that Carson didn’t want to play two events at Worlds.

Monchik will be playing on Team USA for just the second time. He played Men’s Doubles at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, where he and Tim Sweeney won gold.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ten Years Later

Ten years ago - July 7, 2008 - the first article of The Racquetball Blog was published, so July 7, 2018 is our 10th Anniversary. Yay! We haven’t looked back on our history for awhile, but anniversaries always good for that.

The Racquetball Blog’s mission is stated above: “independent writing and reporting on racquetball.” This outlet isn’t tied to one organization or company or tour. We’re trying to cover everything, and to do so in a “just the facts, ma’am” kind of way.

Recently, someone was critical of us for not taking more of a stand on things, making predictions and being more opinionated. However, we’re not interested in stirring the pot unnecessarily. We’ll make arguments for things when there’s a sound basis for it. For example, it should have been clear what we thought of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) changing their match format (spoiler: it was dumb and unnecessary). And we’ve often expressed concerns about the number of women playing racquetball, including in junior tournaments.

We often did predictions in the early days, but with the dominance of Paola Longoria and Kane Waselenchuk that began to seem a bit unnecessary. If one of them in the draw? If so, then we predict that they will win.

However, after Waselenchuk won the 2008 US Open, we wrote about who had the best chance to beat him, arguing that Alvaro Beltran was mostly likely to defeat Waselenchuk. In the 2009 California Open - next IRT event that happened after our analysis came out - Beltran beat Waselenchuk. Waselenchuk’s only lost once since.

Since 2008, there have been 2718 pieces on The Racquetball Blog (this is 2719). Racquetball is a great game. Yes, there are issues, and things that could be improved, although most of the problems would likely be resolved if there were, say, 20% more players. More players could create other problems, but those would be nicer to deal with.

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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

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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

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