Friday, December 13, 2019

Muñoz defeats Salas at 2019 LPRT Christmas Classic

Fourteenth seed Carla Muñoz knocked off 3rd seed Samantha Salas, 15-14, 9-15, 11-1, in the Round of 16 at the 2019 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland on Friday. The win was Muñoz’s first against Salas in their third meeting on the LPRT, and puts her into the quarterfinals for the first time this season. Muñoz will play 6th seed Natalia Mendez in the quarters Saturday in what will be their 3rd meeting with Mendez winning the first two. That’s exactly where Muñoz was heading into her match with Salas.

Mendez reached the quarters by defeating 11th seed Cassi Lee, 15-2, 15-5.

Paola Longoria, the LPRT’s #1 player, beat Gabriela Martinez by a surprisingly wide margin, 15-2, 15-5. It was a rematch of the 2018 International Racquetball Federation World Championships Women’s Singles final, which Martinez won, but she hasn’t beaten Longoria in an LPRT match. They were close early in game two, with Longoria only ahead by one at 5-4, but she got the serve back at the point and scored five points on as many rallies to go up 10-4, and effectively put the game - and so the match - out of touch.

Longoria will play 8th seed Cristina Amaya in the quarterfinals, as Amaya defeated 9th seed Masiel Rivera, 15-7, 15-9, on Friday.

In other matches, 2nd seed Maria Jose Vargas was a convincing winner over 18th seed Hollie Scott, 15-6, 15-1. Vargas was two points from giving Scott a donut in game two, as she led 13-0. But Scott got the serve back, and got a point when Vargas skipped a serve return as Scott drove a serve to the back left corner - Vargas’s backhand.

Vargas will play Nancy Enriquez in the quarters, as Enriquez squeaked out a tie-breaker win over Sheryl Lotts, 15-3, 13-15, 11-10.

There were three tie-breakers in doubles, but the higher seeds came through in the end. The 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas dropped the first game against 7th seeds Abril Prado and Masiel Rivera, as Rivera shot the ball very well, but came back to win, 8-15, 15-9, 11-2. Vargas’s lob Z serve to Prado on the right side was their way back into the match and helped pave the way to the win, as Prado had trouble making effective returns.

Also, 3rd seeds Alexandra Herrera and Carla Muñoz were pushed to a breaker by the new team of veterans Cristina Amaya and Rhonda Rajsich, who were the sixth seeds, as Herrera and Muñoz won, 15-10, 13-15, 11-1. Finally, 4th seeds Nancy Enriquez and Jessica Parrilla defeated 5th seeds Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sheryl Lotts, 15-14, 13-15, 11-4.

Top seeds Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated Hollie Scott and Lexi York, 15-6, 15-5, and they’ll play Enriquez and Parrilla in one semi-final with Mendez and Vargas taking on Herrera and Muñoz in the other semi.

Check out Saturday’s matches live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The singles quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The doubles semi-finals will be Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times eastern.

2019 LPRT Christmas Classic, December 13-15, 2019
Laurel, Maryland


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Gabriela Martinez, 15-2, 15-5
8) Cristina Amaya d. 9) Masiel Rivera, 15-7, 15-9

5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 12) Adrienne Haynes, 15-6, 15-6
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 13) Jessica Parrilla, 14-15, 15-10, 11-5

14) Carla Muñoz d. 3) Samantha Salas, 15-14, 9-15, 11-1
6) Natalia Mendez d. 11) Cassi Lee, 15-2, 15-5

7) Nancy Enriquez d. 10) Sheryl Lotts, 15-3, 13-15, 11-10
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 18) Hollie Scott, 15-6, 15-1

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Cristina Amaya - Noon
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 5) Rhonda Rajsich - Noon

6) Natalia Mendez v. 14) Carla Muñoz - 11 AM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 7) Nancy Enriquez - 11 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 9) Hollie Scott & Lexi York, 15-6, 15-5
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts, 15-14, 13-15, 11-4

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz d. 6) Cristina Amaya & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-10, 13-15, 11-1
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 7) Abril Prado & Masiel Rivera, 8-15, 15-9, 11-2

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 8 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Round of 32 at 2019 LPRT Christmas Classic

Early results from the 2019 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland have 18th seed Hollie Scott upsetting 15th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez, 6-15, 15-12, 11-5. She’ll play 2nd seed Maria Jose Vargas in the Round of 16 at 5 PM today.

Also, 17th seed Gabriela Martinez defeated 16th seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-4, 13-15, 11-2, and will play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the Round of 16 in what will be a rematch of the 2018 International Racquetball Federation World Championships Women’s Singles final, which Martinez won. But Longoria has not lost to Martinez on the LPRT. Match time is 6 PM Eastern tonight.

In the 1st round of doubles, the young American team of Scott and Lexi York defeated the young Guatemala team of Martinez and Rodriguez, 15-13, 15-13. Scott and York will next play top seeds Longoria and Samantha Salas in the quarterfinals tonight at 8 PM.

Look for this weekend’s action live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 7 and 8 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times eastern.

2019 LPRT Christmas Classic, December 13-15, 2019
Laurel, Maryland


Round of 32 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
17) Gabriela Martinez d. 16) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-4, 13-15, 11-2

9) Masiel Rivera - BYE
8) Cristina Amaya - BYE

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

13) Jessica Parrilla d. 20) Gracie Wargo, 15-1, 15-0
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Samantha Salas - BYE
14) Carla Muñoz d. 19) Lexi York, 15-4, 15-9

11) Cassi Lee - BYE
6) Natalia Mendez - BYE

7) Nancy Enriquez - BYE
10) Sheryl Lotts - BYE

18) Hollie Scott d. 15) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 6-15, 15-12, 11-5
2) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 16) Gabriela Martinez - 6 PM
8) Cristina Amaya v. 9) Masiel Rivera - 6 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Adrienne Haynes - 3 PM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 13) Jessica Parrilla - 3 PM

3) Samantha Salas v. 14) Carla Muñoz - 4 PM
6) Natalia Mendez v. 11) Cassi Lee - 4 PM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. 10) Sheryl Lotts - 5 PM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 18) Hollie Scott - 5 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
9) Hollie Scott & Lexi York d. 8) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-13, 15-13

5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts d. 12) Jessica Chen & Megan Shelton, 15-0, 15-3
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Rhonda Rajsich v. 11) T. J. Baumbaugh & Kelly Gremley, 15-9, 15-1

7) Abril Prado & Masiel Rivera d. 10) Malia Bailey & Cassi Lee, 8-15, 15-9, 11-7
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 9) Hollie Scott & Lexi York - 8 PM
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla v. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts - 8 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz v. 6) Cristina Amaya & Rhonda Rajsich - 7 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 7) Abril Prado & Masiel Rivera - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2019 LPRT Christmas Classic - Preview

The 2019 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic - the 28th Annual - goes this weekend in Laurel, Maryland with a field of 20 players in singles and 12 teams in doubles. The top 7 LPRT players are in the field led by LPRT #1 Paola Longoria. She’s the top seed in both singles and doubles with partner Samantha Salas, who is the 3rd seed in singles behind 2nd seed Maria Jose Vargas.

But also in the draw is Gabriela Martinez, the young Guatemalan who is the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Singles World Champion, having beaten Longoria in the final last year. She’ll also be in doubles with fellow Guatemalan Maria Renee Rodriguez, and that could make doubles especially interesting, especially as Alexandra Herrera will be without her usual doubles partner - Montserrat Mejia, with whom she won the US Open this year. However, Herrera is playing doubles, but with Carla Muñoz rather than Mejia.

Martinez and Rodriguez will play the young American team of Holly Scott and Lexi York first with the winner to face Longoria and Salas in the quarterfinals. That will be 8 PM Friday night, so you know what your Friday night plans should be.

Of course, you shouldn’t overlook 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, as well as the All-American team of Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sheryl Lotts (the Double L team?) and a new team of two veterans in Cristina Amaya and Rhonda Rajsich. Rajsich hasn’t played much doubles recently, and Amaya usually plays with Adriana Riveros, who isn’t playing this weekend. It will be interesting to see how they do.

Look for this weekend’s action live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 7 and 8 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times eastern.

2019 LPRT Christmas Classic, December 13-15, 2019
Laurel, Maryland


Round of 32 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Gabriela Martinez v. 17) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 11 AM

9) Masiel Rivera - BYE
8) Cristina Amaya - BYE

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

13) Jessica Parrilla v. 20) Gracie Wargo - 11 AM
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Samantha Salas - BYE
14) Carla Muñoz v. 19) Lexi York - 10 AM

11) Cassi Lee - BYE
6) Natalia Mendez - BYE

7) Nancy Enriquez - BYE
10) Sheryl Lotts - BYE

15) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 18) Hollie Scott - 10 AM
2) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 9) Hollie Scott & Lexi York - Noon

5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts v. 12) Jessica Chen & Megan Shelton - Noon
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Carla Muñoz - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Rhonda Rajsich v. 11) T. J. Baumbaugh & Kelly Gremley - Noon

7) Abril Prado & Masiel Rivera v. 10) Malia Bailey & Cassi Lee - Noon
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, December 9, 2019

Weekend Round Up - Wins by Scott and Acuña & Camacho

Hollie Scott defeated Rhonda Rajsich, 14-15, 15-9, 11-7, to win a Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) exhibition event at the 2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon on the weekend. In the semi-finals, Scott beat Lexi York, 15-4, 15-11, while Rajsich was a winner over Annie Roberts, 15-10, 15-8.

Also in Portland, Costa Ricans Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho won Men’s Open Doubles by defeating Tim Prigo and Dylan Reid, 15-6, 15-6, in the final. In the semi-finals, Acuña and Camacho beat Wayne Antone IV and Tony Carson, 15-3, 15-12, while Prigo and Reid went to a tie-breaker before getting past Ryan Charbonneau and Joshua Hungerfood, 12-15, 15-3, 11-5.

The LPRT Christimas Classic wraps up the 2019 pro racquetball calendar this weekend in Laurel, Maryland. There are 25 players entered into the draw, so it should be another great event. We’ll have preview for you later this week. If you can’t wait to see some LPRT action until Friday, you can check out the Scott v Rajsich final from Portland on YouTube.

2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


LPRT Exhibition Final

2) Hollie Scott d. 1) Rhonda Rajsich, 14-15, 15-9, 11-7

Semi-Finals

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 4) Annie Roberts, 15-10, 15-8
2) Hollie Scott d. 3) Lexi York, 15-4, 15-11

Quarterfinals

1) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4) Annie Roberts d. 5) Jessica Chen, 15-6, 15-12

3) Lexi York d. 6) Hannah Carver, 15-5, 15-2
2) Hollie Scott d. 7) Megan Carver, 15-8, 15-5

Men’s Open - Final

5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho d. 2) Tim Prigo & Dylan Reid, 15-6, 15-6

Semi-Finals

5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho d. 1) Wayne Antone IV & Tony Carson, 15-3, 15-12
2) Tim Prigo & Dylan Reid d. 3) Ryan Charbonneau & Joshua Hungerfood, 12-15, 15-3, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Waselenchuk wins 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions

Kane Waselenchuk won the 2019 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon Saturday by defeating Alejandro Landa in the final, 15-7, 15-8. The win maintains Waselenchuk’s undefeated season, and he’ll continue to be the #1 player on the IRT. Despite the loss, Landa may move up from #3 to #2 ahead of Rocky Carson, who lost in the quarterfinals in Portland.

Although Waselenchuk took the early lead in game one at 3-1, Landa caught him and then went in the lead himself at 5-3. He got the 5th point with a forehand splat shot, which was perhaps his most consistent shot of the match.

But Waselenchuk took the serve right back by hitting a forehand pinch winner off a lob serve to the left side; Waselenchuk’s lefthanded. He leveled the game at 5-5 with two winning drive serves to the left - Landa’s backhand. That started a run of ten unanswered points putting Waselenchuk up 13-5.

Landa got a couple of points back, including a drive serve ace to the right side that made it 13-7. But this just delayed the end, which came when Waselenchuk hit a drive serve to the left side that Landa returned with a backhand shot, and then Waselenchuk hit a forehand pinch winner. Classic three shot rally.

In game two, they were again close early with ties at 2-2 and 5-5. Landa was still within one at 8-7, when Waselenchuk called a timeout as he was coming up to serve. He got three points on consecutive rallies, when play resumed, which resulted in Landa calling a timeout.

The game did stall a bit at that point, as six rallies when by with only two points being scored - one by each player making the score 12-8. Waselenchuk ended it with three straight points on as many rallies: two forehand winners and then on match point a skip by Landa who was rushing up to the front of the court to get to the ball, which resulted in a skipped shot.

Waselenchuk won for the 4th time this season, and for the 2nd time beat Landa in the final. Waselenchuk is undefeated this season. Over the six events so far this IRT season, Waselenchuk has been a finalist four times with a 4-0 record, Landa has a 1-2 record in finals, as does Rocky Carson. Conrrado Moscoso and Andree Parrilla have also been in a final this season, but neither won.

The IRT will be on break now until after the new year. The next Tier 1 event will be the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, January 17-19, which will be the first of three events on back to back to back weekends. The 42nd Lewis Drug Pro/Am will be January 23-26 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the long standing Lou Bradley Memorial will be a Tier 1 event for the first time this season taking place January 30 to February 2 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. If you missed any of the action from Portland, you can watch it at your leisure via the IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Final - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 3) Alejandro Landa, 15-7, 15-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Waselenchuk & Landa into final of 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial

Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), defeated IRT #4 Andree Parrilla, 15-9, 15-4, in the semi-finals of the 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon Saturday. He’ll play IRT #3 Alejandro Landa in the final Saturday night, as Landa beat Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-7, in the other semi-final.

After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in game one against Parrilla, Waselenchuk then saw his opponent score seven points on consecutive rallies and then add another to lead 8-5. Have there been any times that Waselenchuk has surrendered 8 points unanswered? He rarely surrenders 8 points in a game, sometimes not even in a match.

Waselenchuk did pull even at 8-8, but Parrilla got to 9 first with a drive serve ace to the right side - Waselenchuk’s backhand. However, that was Parrilla’s last point of the game, as Waselenchuk put up 7 unanswered points to win it, 15-9. The winner coming off a drive serve to the left that stuck in the back corner, so Parrilla could only get his racquet on it, but not return it successfully.

Game two had a similar pattern, as Waselenchuk went up 5-0, but Parrilla only got within three at 6-3 and 7-4, rather than taking a lead. He got the last five points on consecutive rallies with the match winner coming off a great backhand splat shot that Parrilla couldn’t reach.

Waselenchuk was complimentary of how Parrilla’s game has developed, and said “I like a battle,” which is what he had today. Asked about playing Landa in the final, Waselenchuk said Landa “was solid” against Bredenbeck, and has “been on a nice run” both in the tournament and the season.

The other semi-final was a high tempo match with little time taken between points by either Landa or Bredenbeck. After the match, Landa said “I know Jake hits the ball hard, so I sometimes play with the speed, the shots and when I have to do my thing I just do it.” Varying that pace of play during the rallies kept Bredenbeck off balance, and when Landa needed to put a ball away, he did so.

Landa had big leads early in both games. He was up 8-1 in game one, and Bredenbeck never got closer than five points, as Landa went on to win 15-5. In game two, Landa led 5-0 and 10-4. He reached match point with a drive serve that stuck in the back left corner for an ace. Landa won it on his first match point when Bredenbeck skipped a desperation backwards shot, as a Landa cross court ball jumped out of the back right corner.

Afterwards Landa was told he might move up to #2 in the IRT rankings, which he’d be “happy with.” He’s now #3 behind #2 Rocky Carson, but Carson lost in the quarterfinals, so with a final appearance - and possibly a win - Landa will get substantially more points than Carson from this event. Carson is only 117.48 points ahead of Landa currently.

The final will be at 7 PM Pacific time Saturday night, and you can watch it live - or at your leisure - via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-9, 15-4
3) Alejandro Landa d. 10) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-7

Final - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 3) Alejandro Landa - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, December 6, 2019

Bredenbeck into semi-finals for only 2nd time at 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial event

Jake Bredenbeck's good run of play at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon continued Friday night, as he defeated IRT #2 Rocky Carson in the quarterfinals. Bredenbeck dominated the first game, winning 15-6, helped by 6 ace drive serves. Then Carson retired before game two began.

Carson’s retirement was shocking, as it’s only the 2nd time he’s forfeited a match on tour. The last one was in 1998! Bredenbeck was 7 when that happened.

Bredenbeck’s win puts him into the semi-finals for just the 2nd time of his career, and it’s been awhile since his last semi. In March 2016, he defeated Jansen Allen in the quarterfinals of the Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, where he then lost to Daniel De La Rosa in the semis. Three and a half years later and he's in the semis again.

Alejandro Landa will play Bredenbeck in the semi-finals on Saturday, as Landa defeated De La Rosa in the quarterfinals Friday, 15-10, 15-12. De La Rosa started the match well, and was up 6-2 in game one, when he took a timeout, and seemed to be favouring his right knee.

When play resumed, De La Rosa skipped a backhand shot - an unforced error that gave the serve back to Landa, who proceeded to go on a run of 10 unanswered points to lead 12-6. De La Rosa managed to get a few points back to make it 12-10. He did so by hitting some nice soft shots, including a forehand serve return of a drive Z serve that he just managed to lift away from the back wall and get to the front wall.

But Landa called a timeout at that point, and got a sideout on the ensuing rally with a forehand cross court shot. He closed out game one by winning the next three rallies. Landa got his 13th point with a drive serve ace to the right side that cracked off the side wall. Point 14 resulted from De La Rosa skipping a forehand return of a lob to the right side. Landa won the game with a forehand shot over to the right side.

Landa led all the way in game two, leading 3-0 and 11-4. But De La Rosa came back to get within one point at 11-10. Progress was slow from there, as 17 rallies were needed to get the last 5 points. De La Rosa fought off three match points before Landa was able to end it with a forehand wide angle pass.

Landa said he “felt good serving,” and he did it well, hitting six aces in the match. He drove serve, because “I don’t want to get into his game.”

Asked about playing Bredenbeck, Landa is “expecting a tough one.”

IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk had a tough one with 9th seed Rodrigo Montoya, but won in two games, 15-9, 15-11. It looked like Waselenchuk would run away with the match - as he often does - when he led 7-2 in game one. But Montoya dug in, and got within one at 7-6 and then again at 10-9.

Waselenchuk got a sideout at 10-9, and scored four points on as many rallies to reach game point at 14-9. A great forehand pinch shot by Montoya denied Waselenchuk the game, but an equally great backhand pinch shot return from Waselenchuk off a lob Z serve to the right side prevented Montoya from scoring.

Waselenchuk ended game one on his second game point with a forehand winner from right to left.

They were close early in game two with the score tied at 3-3. But Waselenchuk then ran four points to make it 7-3, and he would never trail again. Montoya did make it close at 7-5 and 9-6. But Waselenchuk got to match point at 14-7.

However, Montoya denied Waselenchuk on his first two match points, and went from 14-7 down to 14-11, again making the game close. But the left-handed Waselenchuk got the serve back then with a forehand splat return of a Z serve to the left side.

Waselenchuk won the match on a classic three shot rally: a strong drive serve to the right side that forced Montoya to hit a ceiling ball, and then Waselenchuk killed it down the left side.

If people didn’t know how strong a player Montoya is, they should now. Also, if Waselenchuk had to play four opponents this strong in every tournament, then he might not have won as many titles has he has. Maybe a couple fewer.

Waselenchuk will play IRT #4 Andree Parrilla in the semi-finals, as Parrilla defeated Thomas Carter in two straight games, 15-4, 15-11. But he had to come back from a 8-2 deficit in game two to win.

The semi-finals will be at 11 AM and noon Saturday, and you can watch them live - or at your leisure - via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The final will be 7 PM Saturday. All times Pacific.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 9) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-9, 15-11
4) Andree Parrilla d. 12) Thomas Carter, 15-4, 15-11

3) Alejandro Landa d. 6) Daniel De La Rosa, 15-10, 15-12
10) Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) Rocky Carson, 15-6, forfeit

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Andree Parrilla - Noon
3) Alejandro Landa v. 10) Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Carter into quarters at 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions

Thomas Carter is into the quarterfinals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, which is just his 2nd quarterfinal appearance on the IRT. His first was a walkover win against Kane Waselenchuk back in September 2018 at the Laurel, Maryland event. But Friday, Carter, the 12th seed, fully earned a spot in the quarters with a comeback tie-breaker win over Mexican veteran Alvaro Beltran, 2-15, 15-7, 11-6.

In the quarters, Carter will play IRT #4 Andree Parrilla, who ended Sam Bredenbeck's good run in Portland in two straight games, 15-2, 15-13. But Bredenbeck's older brother Jake was an upset winner in the Round of 16, as he beat the 7th seed, Canadian Samuel Murray, 15-10, 15-10. Jake Bredenbeck will play IRT #2 Rocky Carson in the quarters, as Carson defeated Adam Manilla, 15-14, 15-5, in the 16s.

In the 8/9 match, 9th seed Rodrigo Montoya upset 8th seed Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 15-2, to set up a quarterfinal match with IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who comfortably defeated 16th seed Felipe Camacho, 15-2, 15-4.

The other quarterfinal will be between IRT #3 Alejandro Landa and IRT #6 Daniel De La Rosa. In the 16s, Landa defeated 14th seed Andres Acuña, 15-12, 15-8, and De La Rosa beat 11th seed Carlos Keller, 15-6, 15-5.

The quarterfinals begin at 5 PM Friday, and you can watch them live - or at your leisure - via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The semi-finals will be at 11 AM and noon Saturday, and the final at 7 PM Saturday. All times Pacific.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 16) Felipe Camacho, 15-2, 15-4
9) Rodrigo Montoya d. 8) Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 15-2

12) Thomas Carter d. 5) Alvaro Beltran, 2-15, 15-7, 11-6
4) Andree Parrilla d. Sam Bredenbeck, 15-2, 15-13

3) Alejandro Landa d. 14) Andres Acuña, 15-12, 15-8
6) Daniel De La Rosa d. 11) Carlos Keller, 15-6, 15-5

10) Jake Bredenbeck d. 7) Samuel Murray, 15-10, 15-10
2) Rocky Carson d. 15) Adam Manilla, 15-14, 15-5

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 9) Rodrigo Montoya - 7 PM
4) Andree Parrilla v. 12) Thomas Carter - 8 PM

3) Alejandro Landa v. 6) Daniel De La Rosa - 6 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. 10) Jake Bredenbeck - 5 PM

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Bredenbecks win on Thursday at 2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions

Sam Bredenbeck was the big winner Thursday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, as he reached the Round of 16 with wins over Matthew Majxner, 15-10, 14-15, 11-2, and 13th seed Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-10. Bredenbeck will play Andree Parrilla in the 16s on Friday.

Sam’s older brother Jake Bredenbeck also advanced to the Round of 16, but he did so by the narrowest of margins pulling out a 11-10 tie-breaker against Dylan Reid, and came back from a game down to do it, winning 9-15, 15-8, 11-10. Jake will play Samuel Murray in the 16s.

But perhaps the saddest result from Thursday is Charlie Pratt’s loss to Andre Acuña, 15-7, injury forfeit. Pratt won this event two years ago, so it’s a special event for him, especially so as he’s also a Portland native. Hopefully, whatever injury he picked up isn’t serious, as it’s not too long until the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships (61 days according to a counter on the USAR website). 2020 is a International Racquetball Federation World Championships year, and Pratt will want to be part of Team USA.

Look for Friday’s action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 16 Friday is at 11 AM and noon. The quarterfinals begin at 5 PM Friday with the semi-finals at 11 AM and noon Saturday, and the final at 7 PM Saturday. All times Pacific.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Kadim Carrasco - BYE
Sunji Spencer d. Nicolai Miramontes, 15-14, 15-11

Joel Adler - BYE
Tim Landeryou - BYE

Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
Preston Tribble - BYE

Matthew Majxner d. Jordan Wright, 15-3, 15-2
Sam Bredenbeck - BYE

Charlie Pratt - BYE
Wayne Antone IV d. Ian Frattinger, 15-8, 15-12

Jim Douglas - BYE
Anthony Martin - BYE

Dylan Reid - BYE
Lee Connell - BYE

Tim Prigo d. Tony Jammal, 15-6, 15-8
Scott McClellan - BYE

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q1 - Kadim Carrasco d. Sunji Spencer, 6-15, 15-13, 11-6
Q8 - Tim Landeryou d. Joel Adler, 15-8, 15-11

Q5 - Hiroshi Shimizu d. Preston Tribble, 15-7, 15-1
Q4 - Sam Bredenbeck d. Matthew Majxner, 15-10, 14-15, 11-2

Q3 - Charlie Pratt d. Wayne Antone IV, 15-7, 15-6
Q6 - Anthony Martin d. Jim Douglas, 15-4, 15-4

Q7 - Dylan Reid d. Lee Connell, 15-3, 15-1
Q2 - Scott McClellan d. Tim Prigo, 15-14, 15-10

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
16) Felipe Camacho d. Kadim Carrasco, 15-11, 11-15, 11-7

9) Rodrigo Montoya d. Tim Landeryou, 15-8, 15-6
8) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

5) Alvaro Beltran - BYE
12) Thomas Carter d. Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-7, 15-9

Sam Bredenbeck d. 13) Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-10
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) Alejandro Landa - BYE
14) Andres Acuña d. Charlie Pratt, 15-7, injury forfeit

11) Carlos Keller d. Anthony Martin, 15-10, 15-5
6) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE

7) Samuel Murray - BYE
10) Jake Bredenbeck d. Dylan Reid, 9-15, 15-8, 11-10

15) Adam Manilla d. Scott McClellan, 15-4, 15-7
2) Rocky Carson - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 16) Felipe Camacho - Noon
8) Eduardo Portillo v. 9) Rodrigo Montoya - Noon

5) Alvaro Beltran v. 12) Thomas Carter - Noon
4) Andree Parrilla v. Sam Bredenbeck - Noon

3) Alejandro Landa v. 14) Andres Acuña - 11 AM
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. 11) Carlos Keller - 11 AM

7) Samuel Murray v. 10) Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. 15) Adam Manilla - 11 AM

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions - Preview

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) returns to action Thursday in Portland, Oregon for the 2019 John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions. Thirty six players will be in action, headlined by IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who has won all three of the IRT events he’s played this season, including the 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open. Overall, 10 of the top 12 ranked IRT players will be in Portland.

Joining Waselenchuk in Portland will be IRT #2 Rocky Carson, #3 Alejandro Landa, and #4 Andree Parrilla. Waselenchuk won this event last year, but two years ago Portland native Charlie Pratt took the crown. He’s in the draw this year, but he hasn’t played many IRT events recently, so Pratt’s not highly seeded (currently, he’s #32 in the IRT rankings). He’ll need to play two matches before the Round of 16, and waiting there will be Landa. Pratt won’t have an easy route to a second IRT title.

The most notable match in the early rounds is Dylan Reid versus Lee Connell for the Q7 spot, which means a match against Jake Bredenbeck, the IRT’s #12 player, in the Round of 32. The winner will play IRT #8 Samuel Murray in the Round of 16.

The three (likely) Round of 16 matches to look for will be (i) the 8/9 match with 8th seed Eduardo Portillo versus 9th seed Rodrigo Montoya, (ii) IRT #6 Daniel De La Rosa versus 11th seed Carlos Keller, and (iii) IRT #8 Samuel Murray against 10th seed Jake Bredenbeck.

Look for all the action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. There will be three rounds of matches Thursday starting at 1 PM. The Round of 32 begins Thursday night at 6 PM with the Round of 16 Friday at 11 AM and noon. The quarterfinals begin at 5 PM Friday with the semi-finals at 11 AM and noon Saturday, and the final at 7 PM Saturday. All times Pacific.

2019 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, December 5-December 8, 2019
Portland, Oregon


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Kadim Carrasco - BYE
Nicolai Miramontes v. Sunji Spencer - 1 PM

Joel Adler - BYE
Tim Landeryou - BYE

Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
Preston Tribble - BYE

Matthew Majxner v. Jordan Wright - 1 PM
Sam Bredenbeck - BYE

Charlie Pratt - BYE
Wayne Antone IV v. Ian Frattinger - 2 PM

Jim Douglas - BYE
Anthony Martin - BYE

Dylan Reid - BYE
Lee Connell - BYE

Tim Prigo v. Tony Jammal - 1 PM
Scott McClellan - BYE

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q1 - Kadim Carrasco v. Nicolai Miramontes or Sunji Spencer - 4 PM
Q8 - Tim Landeryou v. Joel Adler - 3 PM

Q5 - Hiroshi Shimizu v. Preston Tribble - 4 PM
Q4 - Sam Bredenbeck v. Matthew Majxner or Jordan Wright - 4 PM

Q3 - Charlie Pratt v. Wayne Antone IV or Ian Frattinger - 4 PM
Q6 - Anthony Martin v. Jim Douglas - 3 PM

Q7 - Dylan Reid v. Lee Connell - 3 PM
Q2 - Scott McClellan v. Tim Prigo or Tony Jammal - 4 PM

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
16) Felipe Camacho v. Q1 - 7 PM

9) Rodrigo Montoya v. Q8 - 6 PM
8) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

5) Alvaro Beltran - BYE
12) Thomas Carter v. Q5 - 6 PM

13) Robert Collins v. Q4 - 7 PM
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) Alejandro Landa - BYE
14) Andres Acuña v. Q3 - 7 PM

11) Carlos Keller v. Q6 - 6 PM
6) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE

7) Samuel Murray - BYE
10) Jake Bredenbeck v. Q7 - 6 PM

15) Adam Manilla v. Q2 - 7 PM
2) Rocky Carson - BYE

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Canadian National Team Selection Event

Samuel Murray and Frédérique Lambert won the Men's and Women's divisions, respectively, at the first Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event of the season on the weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. In their respective finals, Murray beat Coby Iwaasa, 15-5, 15-8, and Lambert went to a tie-breaker to defeat Christine Richardson, 14-16, 15-12, 11-2. Their victories will help Murray and Lambert qualify for the 2020 World Championships to be held next year in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Murray, the #1 ranked men’s player in Canada and currently 8th on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), dominated the final with 2nd seed Iwaasa.

But Lambert’s route to victory was more difficult, as Richardson came back from 14-10 down in game one to win 16-14. Then in game two they were tied at 12-12, so Richardson was three points away from pulling off the upset.

However, Lambert was able to get the final three points to win game two, 15-12, and force a tie-breaker. In the breaker - as often happens after two close games - one player ran away with it, and in this case, that was Lambert, who won it going away at 11-2.

This is the first event in the qualification process for the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships to be held next summer in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The next National Team Selection Event will be February 7-9, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Saunders retires

Jennifer Saunders announced her retirement from competitive racquetball, and the Canadian National Team, on Monday. She retires as the winningest Canadian at the National Championships with 24 combined Canadian National titles: 11 in Women’s Singles and 13 in Women’s Doubles.

It’s a record unlikely to be surpassed, although Lambert at 27 actually has one more Canadian Championship than Saunders did at 27. Lambert has two singles titles and two doubles titles, while Saunders had two in singles and one in doubles at the same age. However, to match Saunders’s 24, Lambert would have to win both singles and doubles each year for the next decade. As good as Lambert is, that still seems unlikely.

Saunders also represented Canada on many occasions, winning numerous medals, highlighted by silver in Women’s Singles at the IRF World Championships in 2002 and 2012. No other woman has been a finalist in Women’s Singles at Worlds ten years apart. Most recently, Saunders was a bronze medalist at the 2019 Pan American Championships with Danielle Drury.

Although Saunders is retiring from playing competitive racquetball, she will remain involved in competitive racquetball, as Racquetball Canada has hired Saunders to be its new Administrator of High Performance and Sport Development. So, Saunders will continue to be involved in Canadian racquetball, only not on court.

2019 Racquetball Canada Selection Event
November 29–December 1, Edmonton, Alberta

Men's Open

Final


1) Samuel Murray d. 2) Coby Iwaasa, 15-5, 15-8

3rd Place

3) Tim Landeryou d. 4) Trevor Webb, 15-9, 4-1, injury forfeit

Semi-finals

1) Samuel Murray d. 4) Trevor Webb, 15-8, 15-8
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 3) Tim Landeryou, 15-11, 15-10

Quarterfinals

1) Samuel Murray d. 9) Mitch Brayley, 15-6, 15-1
4) Trevor Webb d. 5) Lee Connell, 15-11, 15-11

3) Tim Landeryou d. 6) Tanner Prentice, 15-5, 15-10
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 7) Ian Frattinger, 15-3, 15-6

Women's Open

Final


1) Frédérique Lambert d. 2) Christine Richardson, 14-16, 15-12, 11-2

3rd place

3) Michèle Morissette d. 5) Juliette Parent, 15-7, 9-15, 11-9

5th place

4) Alexis Iwaasa d. 6) Cassie Prentice, 15-7, 9-15, 11-5

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Weekend Round Up - Wins for Portillo and Muñoz

The 2019 Turkey Shoot Open in Lombard, Illinois on the weekend was a Tier 4 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event, as well as a Tier 1 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event. Eduardo Portillo won the IRT event by defeating Jake Bredenbeck in the final, 15-0, 15-6. In the semi-finals, Portillo beat Kyle Ulliman, 15-4, 15-9, while Bredenbeck went the distance with Thomas Carter, winning 5-15, 15-5, 11-5.

Portillo also got the better of Bredenbeck in Men’s Open Doubles, as he and Noe Rivera beat Bredenbeck and Lucas Shoemaker, 15-6, 15-6, in the semi-finals. But in the final, Sam Bredenbeck - Jake’s younger brother - and Ulliman managed to eke out a win over Portillo and Rivera, 9-15, 15-9, 11-7. They got to the final by defeating Carter and Jeremy Dixon, 15-8, 15-7, in the other semi-final.

There was also Mixed Open Doubles in Lombard, and most of the IRT guys and some of the LPRT gals played that also. In the Mixed Open final, it was Valeria Centellas and Portillo defeating Sam Bredenbeck and Aimee Ruiz, 15-10, 15-10. Centellas and Portillo reached the final with a win over Jake Bredenbeck and Natalia Mendez, 15-5, 15-11, in one semi-final, while Bredenbeck and Ruiz had a walk over win against Noe Rivera and Maria Jose Vargas in the other semi.

We suspect Jake had seen enough of Portillo by the end of the weekend.

There was a great Women’s Open draw in Lombard with Carla Muñoz, who was only seeded 6th, emerging on top, as she beat top seed Montserrat Mejia, 15-7, 15-5, in the final. Mejia was in three finals on Sunday: the Women’s Open final, which was played first, followed by the LPRT final, and the LPRT Doubles final. Considering all the racquetball Mejia had to play to get to those finals, it is perhaps not surprising that she went 0-3 on Sunday.

In the semi-finals, Muñoz defeated Cristina Amaya, 15-12, 15-7, while Mejia went tie-breaker with Kelani Bailey Lawrence, winning 12-15, 15-8, 11-5. In the quarterfinals, Muñoz beat Daniela Rico, 15-10, 15-4, and Mejia defeated veteran Susana Acosta, 15-8, 15-11. Also in the quarters, Amaya beat Maria Renee Rogriguez, 15-5, 15-4, and while Bailey Lawrence needed a tie-breaker to get past Hollie Scott, 15-14, 11-15, 11-2.

The next event on the pro racquetball schedule will be the IRT 2019 SPC John A. Pelham Memorial tournament in Portland, Oregon, December 5-8. The LPRT will next be in action at their traditional Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland, December 13-15.

2019 Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Women’s Open Final

6) Carla Muñoz d. 1) Montserrat Mejia, 15-7, 15-5

Semi-Finals

1) Montserrat Mejia d. 4) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 12-15, 15-8, 11-5
6) Carla Muñoz d. 2) Cristina Amaya, 15-12, 15-7

Quarterfinals

1) Montserrat Mejia d. 8) Susana Acosta, 15-8, 15-11
4) Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 5) Hollie Scott, 15-14, 11-15, 11-2

6) Carla Muñoz d. 14) Daniela Rico, 15-10, 15-4
2) Cristina Amaya d. 10) Maria Renee Rogriguez, 15-5, 15-4

IRT Singles Final

1) Eduardo Portillo d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-0, 15-6

Semi-Finals

1) Eduardo Portillo d. 5) Kyle Ulliman, 15-4, 15-9
2) Jake Bredenbeck d. 3) Thomas Carter, 5-15, 15-5, 11-5

Quarterfinals

1) Eduardo Portillo d. 8) Geoff Goldblatt, 15-10, 15-0
5) Kyle Ulliman d. 4) Sam Bredenbeck, 15-1, 15-1

3) Thomas Carter d. 11) Rom Dresbach, 15-11, 15-8
2) Jake Bredenbeck d. 10) Fernando Rivera, 15-7, 15-2

Men’s Open Doubles Final

3) Sam Bredenbeck & Kyle Ulliman d. 4) Eduardo Portillo & Noe Rivera, 9-15, 15-9, 11-7

Semi-Finals

4) Eduardo Portillo & Noe Rivera d. 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Lucas Shoemaker, 15-6, 15-6
2) Sam Bredenbeck & Kyle Ulliman d. 3) Thomas Carter & Jeremy Dixon, 15-8, 15-7

Mixed Doubles Final

4) Valeria Centellas & Eduardo Portillo d. 3) Sam Bredenbeck & Aimee Ruiz, 15-10, 15-10

Semi-Finals

4) Valeria Centellas & Eduardo Portillo d. 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Natalia Mendez, 15-5, 15-11
3) Sam Bredenbeck & Aimee Ruiz d. 2) Noe Rivera & Maria Jose Vargas, forfeit

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Longoria wins singles & doubles at 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open

Paola Longoria, the #1st player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), won twice Sunday in both the singles and doubles finals of the 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open in Lombard, Illinois. She handily defeated Montserrat Mejia in the singles final, 15-2, 15-6, and then teamed up with Samantha Salas to defeat Mejia and Alexandra Herrera, 4-15, 15-10, 11-7, in the doubles final. Longoria remains undefeated in singles this season, and their doubles win is a measure of revenge for Longoria and Salas, who lost to Mejia and Herrera in the US Open final last month.

Mejia was playing in her first LPRT singles final, and got off to a good start by scoring the first two points of the game. However, those were the only points she’d get, as Longoria came back with 15 unanswered points. She went from 3-2 to 12-2 without giving up serve. Strangely, Mejia didn’t call timeout at all in game one.

Game two began the same way, as Mejia took the lead at 3-0 and 5-1. Then Longoria took a timeout, because that’s what you do when the game is going against you. When play resumed, Longoria got a sideout, and then began scoring points. She got to 6-5, and then took another timeout, and spent that period attending to her left knee. There didn’t seem to be an incident that resulted in her injurying it, and after she moved it around and walked on it a bit, Longoria was good to continue the match.

And continue she did, as Longoria pushed on to win game two 15-6. So from that timeout, when she was down 5-1, she outscored Mejia 14-1. That’s the kind of dominance Longoria had in the final, and really on the LPRT for the past decade.

Another strange aspect of the match was that Mejia called a timeout - her first TO of the match - when the score was 14-6 in game two. Can you say “too late?” Sure, you can. But notably, Mejia won the rally after the timeout, although she didn’t score any points, as Longoria got immediately got a sideout in response.

In the doubles final, Herrera and Mejia were dominant in game one. Longoria and Salas used their timeouts to try to derail the H & M train, but to no avail, as the young team took game one, 15-4. They started game two strongly also, as Herrera and Mejia took a 7-0 lead.

But Longoria and Salas are three time LPRT US Open Doubles Champions and three time International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Doubles Champions for a reason, and they responded to the challenge posed by the young team by coming back to tie game two at 8-8. One thing they did in making that come back was to have Salas serve lobs into the middle - between the lefty-righty team of Herrera and Mejia. Often those serves were taken by Mejia who drove the ball to the right side, but Salas was there to hit a winner, which she did a lot. An alternative return would be to try to drive the ball back up the middle, rather than drive it to one of the sides, which is where the Longoria and Salas were positioned. But Herrera and Mejia never tried that.

Longoria and Salas pushed on to lead 12-8, and they went on to win game two 15-10, forcing a tie-breaker.

In the breaker, Herrera and Mejia again took the early lead at 4-1, but again they weren’t able to hold it, as Longoria and Salas tied it at 4-4. Longoria then cost her side a point, as she was demonstrably upset by the referee’s call, which resulted in a technical, and a loss of point, because Longoria had been warned earlier in the match for not being so upset about referee’s calls. In this instance, a hinder was called as Longoria was impeding Herrera getting to a ball that was playable, and a replay seemed like the correct call. But Longoria seemed to think there was no hinder. However, they didn’t appeal the hinder call, which could have been done even after the technical was assessed (technicals cannot be appealed).

However, that incident was just a blip on Longoria and Salas’s run from 1-4 down to a 9-4 lead. They held Herrera and Mejia off the scoreboard on four side in service opportunities. Herrera and Mejia did put together three straight points on consecutive rallies late in the game to make it 9-7. But a Longoria and Salas timeout at that point stopped that run, as they got a side out when play resumed.

With serve back, Longoria put her team on game point with a flat forehand pinch shot, 10-7. She had an opportunity to end it on the next rally, as Longoria stood in the front court with a seemingly easy forehand shot, but she skipped the ball. But that made it half down, so they had a second match point. Longoria lob served into the middle of her opponents, and the ensuing rally ended when Herrera skipped a forehand shot that gave the game and match to Longoria and Salas.

The LPRT will next be in action at their traditional Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland, December 13-15. If you missed any of the LPRT Turkey Shoot action you can watch it (or watch it again) via the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 10) Montserrat Mejia, 15-2, 15-6

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia, 4-15, 15-10, 11-7

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

In her 1st final, Mejia plays Longoria at 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open

Montserrat Mejia will play in her 1st Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) final Sunday at the 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open in Lombard, Illinois, because she defeated Natalia Mendez in the semi-finals, 15-14, 8-15, 11-4. The final will be Mejia’s first, but Paola Longoria’s 109th, as the LPRT #1 beat Alexandra Herrera in the other semi-final, 15-8, 15-9.

In game one of their match, Mejia had a 8-0 lead on Mendez, but Mendez fought back to tie it at 12-12. From there, Mendez pushed on and got to game point first, when Mejia skipped a shot to make it 14-12. But Mendez’s game point opportunity went by when she skipped a forehand shot as she slipped to the floor.

Mejia took full advantage of the opportunity gifted to her by hitting forehand winners on the next three rallies to close out the game. The first two were down the line, the second being right along the right side wall. The third was a wide angle pass as Mejia was forward on the right side. On the last rally, Mendez had two chances to end it, as the ball came high off the back wall, but she left her shots up, which gave Mejia the opportunity to hit a winner, making it 15-13.

Mendez was undetered as she bounced back to win game two, 15-8, and that set up the tie-breaker.

The breaker was strange, because Mendez scored the first four points, and she thought she had a 5th with a drive serve ace to the right side. However, the referee saw it short, and although Mendez appealed the decision, one of the line judges agreed with the referee’s call, so it was second serve. She got her second serve in, but lost the rally. And Mendez didn’t score again.

Mejia tied the game at 4-4 with four points on almost as many rallies. They then played 11 rallies at 4-4 before the deadlock broke after Mendez skipped a shot with Mejia serving. With the deadlock over, Mejia scored scored five more points on consecutive rallies to get to match point at 10-4. Mendez called timeouts at 6-4 and 9-4, but that didn’t stop Mejia.

But Mendez did stop two game points, but wasn’t able to score one herself. Then Mejia converted the third match point with a backhand pinch shot that was the third shot of a rally that began with a Z serve to the left side that Mendez cut off with a backhand return, but only managed to put the ball into the center, where Mejia was able to set up for the winning pinch shot. Mendez relied on that Z serve in the second half of the breaker, and it was only late that Mendez tried to cut them off.

Watch the singles final live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page) at noon Sunday. The doubles final will follow at 1 PM. All times central.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Alexandra Herrera, 15-8, 15-9
10) Montserrat Mejia d. 6) Natalia Mendez, 15-14, 8-15, 11-4

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 10) Montserrat Mejia - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 15-12
3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. 2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-4

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - 1 PM

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Mejia advances to semis with win over Vargas at 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open

Montserrat Mejia is through to the semi-finals at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2019 Turkey Shoot Open in Lombard, Illinois after she defeated LPRT #2 Maria Jose Vargas, 15-13, 9-15, 11-7, Saturday morning. It’s the 3rd time Mejia has been in the semi-finals this season. Vargas had been a finalist in all three previous LPRT events this season, including a win in Virginia Beach, but she won’t be a finalist this weekend.

Vargas had a big lead in game one against Mejia at 12-5. But Mejia came all the way back to tie it at 12-12. Vargas served at 13-13, and they played a 9 shot rally in which Vargas dove twice to keep the ball in play. Mejia then won the game with back to back drive serves to the left side that Vargas returned into the floor. One wonders if Vargas should have taken a timeout after losing the long rally at 13-13 to recover from expending the energy on that rally, and she did have a timeout.

Game two had a similar storyline, as Vargas was up 13-3, and when Mejia came back to 14-9, you wondered if game two was going to end the same as game one. However, Vargas was able to close out game two at 15-9.

Thus, they needed a tie-breaker to determine the winner. The breaker was streaky. Mejia scored the first three points, so led 3-0. Vargas got the next six to lead 6-3. Mejia called a timeout, and then was able to put together four points to lead 7-6. Vargas tied it 7-7, but that was the last point she’d score.

There was a bit of controversy when Mejia was up 9-7, as Vargas hit a ball down the right side that was right on the glass. But Mejia couldn’t reach the ball because Vargas was between her and the ball. The referee called a hinder, which may have been the right call, although the ball was tight to the wall and Mejia was going to be hard pressed to get it, even without Vargas’s presence. Vargas was clearly upset by the hinder call, and as in game one, she skipped the last two serve returns to give Mejia the game and match.

Mejia will play 6th seed Natalia Mendez in the semi-finals later today, as Mendez also needed a tie-breaker to win her quarterfinal match against 19th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-10, 13-15, 11-6.

LPRT #1 Paola Longoria won her quarterfinal match comfortably against 8th seed Cristina Amaya, 15-2, 15-5. Longoria was ahead 14-0 in game one before Amaya got on the board, and needed an ace serve to do so. Longoria will play LPRT #4 Alexandra Herrera in the semis, as Herrera beat Erin Rivera, 15-6, 15-3.

Watch the semi-finals live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page) at 3:00 and 4:30 PM Saturday. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday night at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times central.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Cristina Amaya, 15-2, 15-5
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 21) Erin Rivera, 15-6, 15-3

6) Natalia Mendez d. 19) Jessica Parrilla, 15-10, 13-15, 11-6
10) Montserrat Mejia d. 2) Maria Jose Vargas, 15-13, 9-15, 11-7

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 4) Alexandra Herrera - 4:30 PM
6) Natalia Mendez v. 10) Montserrat Mejia - 3 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 9:30 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - 8:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, November 22, 2019

Upsets in Round of 16 at 2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open

The upsets continued at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2019 Turkey Shoot Open in Lombard, Illinois, as they played the Round of 16 Friday afternoon. LPRT #3 Samantha Salas was the biggest upset victim, as she lost to 19th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-3, 15-14, but LPRT #5 Rhonda Rajsich also lost. She was beaten by 21st seed Erin Rivera, 15-13, 7-15, 11-8. Finally a less surprising result, as 10th seed Montserrat Mejia defeated 7th seed Nancy Enriquez. 15-5, 15-7.

In the quarterfinals, Parrilla will play Natalia Mendez, who defeated Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-14; Rivera will play Alexandra Herrera, who was a straight game winner over Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-4, 15-14; and Mejia faces Maria Jose Vargas.

The top two LPRT players - #1 Paola Longoria and #2 Maria Jose Vargas - were dominant in their matches. Longoria beat Carla Muñoz, 15-4, 15-1, and Vargas dismissed Sheryl Lotts, 15-0, 15-5. After getting blanked in game one, Lotts started well in game two, and was actually tied with Vargas at 5-5. Sadly for her, she didn’t score another point, as Vargas got 10 unanswered points to win the game and match.

In the Parrilla-Salas match, Parrilla was up 8-1 and 10-2 in game two after decisively winning game one, 15-3. But Salas made a hard comeback, and she tied the score at 12-12 with a drive serve ace to the left side (Parrilla’s backhand). They traded points from there with Parrilla always getting ahead first.

Salas gifted Parrilla her 1st match point, as she skipped a backhand shot that was a set up off the back wall that made it 14-13. However, Parrilla wasn’t able to convert that match point as she seemed to be indecisive as to how to play the ball as it went into the back right corner. Salas tied the game 14-14 on the next rally with a controlled backhand shot as Parrilla’s forehand return of serve came into the middle of the court.

It was Parrilla’s turn to fend off game point, and she did so with a backhand cross court shot. It looked like Parrilla’s second match point would go by just as the first did, as Salas had a backhand set up off the back wall. However, she skipped it to hand the game and match to Parrilla. Salas was clearly upset after that rally, throwing her eye guards to the ground.

Look for this weekend’s action live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The quarterfinals are Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 3:00 and 4:30 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 8 and 9 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times central.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Carla Muñoz, 15-4, 15-1
8) Cristina Amaya d. 9) Masiel Rivera, 15-6, 14-15, 11-10

21) Erin Rivera d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-13, 7-15, 11-8
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 20) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-4, 15-14

19) Jessica Parrilla d. 3) Samantha Salas, 15-3, 15-14
6) Natalia Mendez d. 11) Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 15-14

10) Montserrat Mejia d. 7) Nancy Enriquez. 15-5, 15-7
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 15) Sheryl Lotts, 15-0, 15-5

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Cristina Amaya - Noon
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 21) Erin Rivera - Noon

6) Natalia Mendez v. 19) Jessica Parrilla - 11 AM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 10) Montserrat Mejia - 11 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 8) Valeria Centellas & Carla Muñoz, 15-13, 15-4
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts, 8-15, 15-8, 11-5

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. 6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-6, 15-2
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 10) Holly Scott & Lexi York, 15-9, 15-10

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 9:30 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - 8:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot - Round of 32

The first round of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2019 Turkey Shoot Open is done in Lombard, Illinois with a couple of upsets. One is unsurprising, as 20th seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence - a USA National Team member - defeated 13th seed Cassi Lee, 15-2, 15-1, and the other came in a battle of two young Mexican players. Erin Rivera, the 21st seed, got the better of 12th seed Ana Laura Flores, but needed three games to do it, winning 15-7, 8-15, 11-8. In the Round of 16, Lawrence will play 4th seed Alexandra Herrera, while Rivera plays 5th seed Rhonda Rajsich.

In doubles, the young team of Hollie Scott and Lexi York knocked off veteran Aimee Ruiz and Masiel Rivera by a narrow margin, winning 15-14, 5-15, 11-10. Scott and York didn’t score more points in the match, but still managed to win two games and move to the quarterfinals tonight against 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas.

Also, Erin Rivera and Flores - after playing singles against each other - teamed up to play doubles, but sadly for them, they lost to Valeria Centellas and Carla Muñoz, 15-9, 5-15, 11-5. Centellas and Muñoz will play top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas in the quarterfinals tonight.

Look for this weekend’s action live beginning with the Round of 16 via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 3:00 and 4:30 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 8 and 9 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times central.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Round of 32 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Carla Muñoz d. 17) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-6, 15-4

9) Masiel Rivera d. 24) Cheryl Gudinas, 15-5, 15-4
8) Cristina Amaya d. 25) Daniela Rico, 15-5, 15-13

5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 26) Melania Sauma, 15-1, 15-8
21) Erin Rivera d. 12) Ana Laura Flores, 15-7, 8-15, 11-8

20) Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 13) Cassi Lee, 15-2, 15-1
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Samantha Salas - BYE
19) Jessica Parrilla d. 14) Adrienne Haynes, 15-7, 15-9

11) Adriana Riveros d. 22) Hollie Scott, 3-15, 15-13, 11-4
6) Natalia Mendez d. 27) Katie Neils, 15-2, 15-3

7) Nancy Enriquez d. 26) Lexi York, 15-10, 15-8
10) Montserrat Mejia d. 23) Valeria Centellas, 15-12, 15-11

15) Sheryl Lotts d. 18) Susana Acosta, 15-10, 15-6
2) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 16) Carla Muñoz - 6 PM
8) Cristina Amaya v. 9) Masiel Rivera - 6 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. 21) Erin Rivera - 3 PM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 20) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 3 PM

3) Samantha Salas v. 19) Jessica Parrilla - 4 PM
6) Natalia Mendez v. 11) Adriana Riveros - 4 PM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. 10) Montserrat Mejia - 5 PM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 15) Sheryl Lotts - 5 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Valeria Centellas & Carla Muñoz d. 9) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera, 15-9, 5-15, 11-5

5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts d. 12) Cassi Lee & Katie Neils, 15-12, 15-1
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 11) Susana Acosta & Cheryl Gudinas, 15-10, 15-8

10) Holly Scott & Lexi York d. 7) Aimee Ruiz & Masiel Rivera, 15-14, 5-15, 11-10
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 8) Valeria Centellas & Carla Muñoz - 9 PM
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla v. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts - 9 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia v. 6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 8 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 10) Holly Scott & Lexi York - 8 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot Open - Preview

The 2019 Turkey Shoot Open - the 28th Annual - happens this weekend in Lombard, Illinois, and a field of 28 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) players will be competing in singles and there are 12 teams in doubles. The top 10 LPRT players - and 18 of the top 20 - are in the field led by LPRT #1 Paola Longoria. She’s the top seed in both singles and doubles with partner Samantha Salas, who is the 3rd seed in singles behind 2nd seed Maria Jose Vargas.

Illinois resident Cheryl Gudinas is in the field playing both singles and doubles with Susana Acosta. Also playing doubles is former US National and World Doubles Champion Aimee Ruiz. She’s playing with Masiel Rivera, a player who has impressed us this season, so we’re really interested to see how they do.

Ruiz and Rivera are seeded 7th, so they play 10th seeded young American team of Holly Scott and Lexi York. The winner will face 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas in the quarterfinals.

Look for this weekend’s action live via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 3:00 and 4:30 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 8 and 9 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times central.

2019 LPRT Turkey Shoot, November 21-24, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Round of 32 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Carla Muñoz v. 17) Maria Renee Rodriguez - 11 AM

9) Masiel Rivera v. 24) Cheryl Gudinas - 11 AM
8) Cristina Amaya v. 25) Daniela Rico - 11 AM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. 26) Melania Sauma - 10 AM
12) Ana Laura Flores v. 21) Erin Rivera - 10 AM

13) Cassi Lee v. 20) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 10 AM
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Samantha Salas - BYE
14) Adrienne Haynes v. 19) Jessica Parrilla - 10 AM

11) Adriana Riveros v. 22) Hollie Scott - 10 AM
6) Natalia Mendez v. 27) Katie Neils - 10 AM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. 26) Lexi York - 11 AM
10) Montserrat Mejia v. 23) Valeria Centellas - 11 AM

15) Sheryl Lotts v. 18) Susana Acosta - 11 AM
2) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Valeria Centellas & Carla Muñoz v. 9) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera - 1 PM

5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts v. 12) Cassi Lee & Katie Neils - 1 PM
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 11) Susana Acosta & Cheryl Gudinas - Noon

7) Aimee Ruiz & Masiel Rivera v. 10) Holly Scott & Lexi York - Noon
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bolivia tops team standings at 2019 IRF World Junior Champinoships

Bolivia topped both the Boy’s and Girl’s Team standings, so the Overall Team standings as well at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships last week in San José, Costa Rica. Mexico was 2nd and the USA 3rd in both Boy’s and Girl’s and Overall standings.

Costa Rica came 4th overall with their highest point total (1136) since 2014 (1092), and maybe their highest ever, which perhaps proves it helps to play at home. It certainly helped Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez, who won Boy’s U18 Doubles, and Maricruz Ortiz, who won Girl’s U16 Singles.

Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Gerson Miranda ended their junior years on a high, winning Girl’s and Boy’s U18 Singles, respectively. Barrios also won Girl’s U18 Doubles with Valeria Centellas, who was runner up to Barrios in her first year of 18 singles play.

Hector Barrios of Bolivia was the only boy to win gold in both singles and doubles. He beat Mexican Sebastian Longoria in the Boy’s U16 Singles final and with Adrian Jaldin defeated the USA’s Nikhill Prasad and Timothy Hansen in the Boy’s U16 Doubles final.

Shout out to the Cubans Suniaris Rodriguez and Loraine Felipe, who earned bronze medals in Girl’s U16 Doubles. Those are the first medals for Cuba at World Juniors as far as we know.

Also a shout out to Ireland’s Daniel Hanrahan and Keelan O’Gorman, who were the first Irish players in an IRF World Junior final in over 20 years, when they played for gold in Boy’s U14 Doubles. They lost to Mexico’s Luis Renteria and Jorge Gutierrez, but it’s a big achievement nonetheless.

The IRF streamed several of the matches from San José, so if you want see them, check out their Facebook page). The next international event will be the Pan American Championships April 4-12, 2020, but the site is still to be determined. Bolivia was mentioned as a possibility during one of the matches from San José, but given the domestic unrest there right now, we’re not sure if that will be the host nation.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


Boy’s Team Standings

1. Bolivia - 1080
2. Mexico - 872
3. USA - 654
4. Costa Rica - 636
5. Ecuador - 492
6. Guatemala - 318
7. Colombia - 270
8. Chile - 254
9. Canada - 242
10. Argentina - 238
11. Ireland - 192
12. Korea - 114

Girl’s Team Standings

1. Bolivia - 1220
2. Mexico - 896
3. USA - 800
4. Costa Rica - 500
5. Ecuador - 324
6. Canada - 286
7. Guatemala - 256
8. Cuba - 188
9. Argentina - 168
10. Chile - 96
11. Ireland - 88

Overall Team Standings

1. Bolivia - 2300
2. Mexico - 1768
3. USA - 1454
4. Costa Rica - 1136
5. Ecuador - 816
6. Guatemala - 574
7. Canada - 528
8. Argentina - 406
9. Chile - 350
10. Ireland - 280
11. Chile - 270
12. Cuba - 188
13. Korea - 114

U18 Girl's Singles

GOLD: Angelica Barrios (Bolivia)
SILVER: Valeria Centellas (Bolivia)
BRONZE: Martina Katz (Argentina) & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador)

U16 Girl's Singles

GOLD: Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)
SILVER: Micaela Meneses (Bolivia)
BRONZE: Annie Roberts (USA) & Ximena Martinez (Mexico)

U14 Girl's Singles

GOLD: Heather Mahoney (USA)
SILVER: Angela Ortega (Mexico)
BRONZE: Camila Rivero (Bolivia) & Ava Kaiser (USA)

U18 Boy's Singles

GOLD: Gerson Miranda (Bolivia)
SILVER: Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)
BRONZE: Diego Garcia (Argentina) & Jose Ramos (Mexico)

U16 Boy's Singles

GOLD: Hector Barrios (Bolivia)
SILVER: Sebastian Longoria (Mexico)
BRONZE: Timothy Hansen (USA) & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia)

U14 Boy's Singles

GOLD: Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia)
SILVER: Nikhil Prasad (USA)
BRONZE: Hector Sierra (Guatemala) & Juan Rodriguez (Colombia)

U18 Boy's Doubles

GOLD: Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)
SILVER: Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador)
BRONZE: Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) and Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico)

U16 Boy's Doubles

GOLD: Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia)
SILVER: Nikhill Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA)
BRONZE: Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) and Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico)

U14 Boy's Doubles

GOLD: Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico)
SILVER: Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland)
BRONZE: Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) and Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia)

U18 Girl's Doubles

GOLD: Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia)
SILVER: Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico)
BRONZE: Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) and Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA)

U16 Girl's Doubles

GOLD: Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia)
SILVER: Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico)
BRONZE: Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) and Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba)

U14 Girl's Doubles

GOLD: Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia)
SILVER: Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico)
BRONZE: Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) and Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Four gold for Bolivia & Costa Rica wins gold at home at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

Bolivia swept gold in the Girl’s Doubles divisions and won one of the Boy’s divisions also on Saturday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica. Bolivia won every final that they had a team in.

Five of the six finals were won in two straight games. But they saved the best for last, and it was a crowd pleaser too, as the Men’s U18 final was between the home country’s 9th seeded Costa Rica team of Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez and the 6th seeded Esteban De Janon and Juan Flores of Ecuador. That match went to a tie-breaker with Freer and Sanchez coming out on top, 8-15, 15-6, 11-0, to win gold on home soil. Freer cracked out several drive serves in the breaker to help his team to the win.

In Boy’s U16, Bolivians Hector Barrios and Adrian Jaldin defeated the USA’s Nikhil Prasad and Timothy Hansen, 15-11, 15-10, and Irish luck ran out in the Boy’s U14 final, as Mexicans Luis Renteria and Jorge Gutierrez beat Ireland’s Daniel Hanrahan and Keelan O’Gorman, 15-4, 15-6.

In girls’ action, Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Valeria Centellas completed Bolivia’s gold medal sweep by winning Girl’s U18 over 3rd seeds Marifer Gutierrez and Anna Rivera of Mexico, 15-6, 15-8. The Bolivians sweep got started in Girl’s U14 with 2nd seeds Valeria Miranda and Krystin Salinas of Bolivia defeating Gisele Nieto and Angela Ortega of Mexico, 15-8, 15-11, and it continued when Bolivians Micaela Meneses and Camila Rivero captured gold in U16, as they beat 2nd seeds Guadalupe Griffin and Ximena Martinez of Mexico, 15-5, 15-4.

The IRF streamed some of the finals via its Facebook page), and the matches are archived there, so if you missed some of the action - or want to see it again - check it out on Facebook.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


U18 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador), 8-15, 15-6, 11-0

U16 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

2) Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. 5) Nikhil Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA), 15-11, 15-10

U14 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. 8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 15-4, 15-6

U18 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

1) Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. 3) Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico), 15-6, 15-8

U16 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

1) Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. 2) Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico), 15-5, 15-4

U14 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) d. 1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico), 15-8, 15-11

Follow the bouncing ball….

Four Gold for Bolivia, one for Costa Rica & the USA at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

Bolivians swept gold in boy’s singles at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and they also captured gold in one girl’s divisions. The results are confirmation of Bolivia’s strength as a racquetball super-power.

Gerson Miranda of Bolivia was top seed in Boy’s U18, and he lived up to that seeding by beating Costa Rican Tomas Sanchez in the final, 15-7, 15-6.

The other two Boy’s finals went to a tie-breaker. In the U16 final, 2nd seed Hector Barrios of Bolivia upset the top seed Sebastian Longoria of Mexico, 15-4, 13-15, 11-7, and in Boy's U14, the top seed Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) came back from a game down to defeat Nikhil Prasad of the USA, 8-15, 15-11, 11-4.

Bolivian Angelica Barrios got the better of her team-mate Valeria Centellas in the Girl’s U18 final, winning 15-10, 15-13, and earning Bolivia its 4th gold medal.

Costa Rican Maricruz Ortiz denied Bolivia a fifth gold medal, as she came back against Bolivian Micaela Meneses to win gold in Girl’s U16, 11-15, 15-2, 11-10. We thought that would be a close match, as Ortiz and Meneses were impressive in their earlier matches, and it lived up to the billing.

Heather Mahoney won the USA’s only gold medal, as she defeated Mexican Angela Ortega, 15-10, 15-10, in the Girl’s U14 final.

The IRF streamed some of the finals via its Facebook page), and the matches are archived there, so if you missed some of the action - or want to see it again - check it out on Facebook.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


U18 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-13

U16 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia), 11-15, 15-2, 11-10

U14 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

2) Heather Mahoney (USA) d. 8) Angela Ortega (Mexico), 15-10, 15-10

U18 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. 6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-6

U16 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) d. 1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico), 15-4, 13-15, 11-7

U14 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) d. 2) Nikhil Prasad (USA), 8-15, 15-11, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, November 15, 2019

Crazy doubles results at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

Remember how we said yesterday that doubles matches at international events can be a toss up? Well consider that the six final teams in Boy’s Doubles at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, come from six countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mexico and the USA. In contrast, the Girl’s Doubles finals will all be Bolivia versus Mexico.

Also notable is that the boy’s teams in the finals are the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th seeds. In the girl’s finals, it’s #1 versus #2 in two of the finals, and #1 versus #3 in the other.

Let’s start with perhaps the most surprising finalists: Ireland’s Daniel Hanrahan and Keelan O’Gorman. In Boy’s U14, they defeated Colombians Juan Rodriguez and Duvan Torres in two close games, 15-14, 15-12, to become the first Irish players in a final at World Juniors since 1998 (according to a tweet by Racquetball Ireland).


In the final, the Irish boys will play the 3rd seeded Mexicans Luis Renteria and Jorge Gutierrez, who needed three games to upset 2nd seeds Jhonatan Flores and Ezequiel Subieta of Bolivia, 15-5, 6-15, 11-5.

As with the quarterfinals in Boy’s U18, the semis were also close with both going tie-breaker and one ending in an upset. The 9th seeded Costa Ricans Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez caused that upset by holding off the 4th seeded Argentina team of Diego Garcia and Tomas Oyhanart, 15-3, 9-15, 11-8.

Thus, Freer and Sanchez will have a chance to win gold at home, when they play 6th seeds Esteban De Janon and Juan Flores of Ecuador on Saturday. Ecuador also won a close tie-breaker in defeating the 7th seeded Mexican team of Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos, 15-10, 8-15, 11-9.

When did we last see a final between the 6th seed and the 9th seed? Have we ever seen it?

In Boy’s U16, the 5th seeded USA team of Nikhill Prasad and Timothy Hansen upset the 1st seeds Sebastian Longoria and Erick Trujillo of Mexico by just about the closest scoreline possible: 15-14, 14-15, 11-8. The USA will play Bolivia in the final, as Hector Barrios and Adrian Jaldin of Bolivia defeated Josue Bermeo and Pablo Vera of Ecuador, 15-9, 15-13.

In Girl’s U18, top seeds Angelica Barrios and Valeria Centellas of Bolivia are in the final, as expected, as they beat 4th seeds Fabiana Landy and Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, 15-1, 15-2. Bolivia will play the Mexicans Marifer Gutierrez and Anna Rivera, who were the only upset winners in girl’s doubles Friday, as they were seeded 3rd and defeated the 2nd seeded USA team of Nikita Chauhan and Erin Slutzky, 15-9, 15-6.

Also of note, Cubans Suniaris Rodriguez and Loraine Felipe were one game away from becoming the first Cuban team to be in a World Junior Final, as they went tie-breaker in the Girl’s U16 semi-finals, but ultimately fell to Mexicans Guadalupe Griffin and Ximena Martinez, 4-15, 15-8, 11-5. Mexico will play Bolivia in the final, as Bolivians Micaela Meneses and Camila Rivero defeated Costa Ricans Sofia Freer and Maricruz Ortiz, 15-13, 15-8.

The IRF will stream some of the finals live via its Facebook page). The times for the matches are central standard time.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


U18 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-3, 9-15, 11-8
6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) d. 7) Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico), 15-10, 8-15, 11-9

Final - Saturday

6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) v. 9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) - 3 PM

U16 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

5) Nikhill Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA) d. 1) Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico), 15-14, 14-15, 11-8
2) Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. 3) Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-13

Final - Saturday

2) Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. 5) Nikhill Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA) - 2 PM

U14 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) d. 4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia), 15-14, 15-12
3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. 2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia), 15-5, 6-15, 11-5

Final - Saturday

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) - 1 PM

U18 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. 4) Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-2
3) Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico) d. 2) Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA), 15-9, 15-6

Final - Saturday

1) Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. 3) Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico) - 3 PM

U16 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. 4) Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-13, 15-8
2) Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. 3) Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 4-15, 15-8, 11-5

Final - Saturday

1) Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. 2) Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - 2 PM

U14 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. 4) Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA), 15-3, 15-1
2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) d. 3) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-11

Final - Saturday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. 2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) - 1 PM

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Singles Semi-finals at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The semi-finals were on tap Friday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica with the winners to play off in the finals on Saturday.

In the Boy’s U18, top seed Gerson Miranda from Bolivia defeated 4th seed Diego Garcia of Argentina, 15-6, 15-8 in one semi-final, while Costa Rican Tomas Sanchez - playing on home soil - won a crazy match with Mexican Jose Ramos, 15-10, 0-15, 11-10. Ramos scored 20 straight points - 15 straight in game two and then the first 5 in game three - but still lost the match.

After being down 5-0 in the tie-breaker, Sanchez took the lead at 9-6, only to see Ramos catch up and tie it 9-9 with a backhand kill shot. Sanchez stopped Ramos’s run there with a backhand kill shot of his own. Sanchez got to 10-9 on the next rally with a forehand winner. But his first match point went by as Ramos returned Sanchez drive serve to the left side with a backhand pinch winner.

Sanchez got the serve back with a nice forehand shot that he was sort of jammed on, but didn’t try to do too much with - just put it into the open space where Ramos couldn’t reach it. On match point #2, Sanchez hit backhand down the line that Ramos put to the ceiling. Then that happened a second time. Sanchez then tried to change it up, and attempted a pinch shot from deep on the left side that didn’t make the front wall. It would have been better to keep hitting the down the line.

With the serve back, Ramos tied it at 10-10 with a good forehand pinch shot. That gave him an opportunity to serve for the match. On that rally, Ramos had a similar set up to previous rally, but this time he skipped the pinch shot, giving the serve back to Sanchez.

Match point #3 was the charm for Sanchez. Ramos hit another forehand pinch shot, but left it up, and Sanchez - a tall, lanky player - was able to reach it and put a soft, controlled backhand down the left side well that Ramos couldn’t reach.

As Sanchez joyously laid on his back, Ramos walked straight off the court, gathered his things and was gone seconds after the match was over.

In Boy’s U14, it will be #1 versus #2 in the final, as top seed Jhonatan Flores of Bolivia beat 13th seed Hector Sierra of Guatemala, 15-1, 15-5, and 2nd seed Nikhil Prasad of the USA defeated 14th seed Juan Rodriguez of Colombia, 15-6, 15-8. Sierra and Rodriguez had good runs in the event, but fell short on Friday.

The Girl’s U18 final is as expected: a showdown between the two Bolivians - Valeria Centellas and Angelica Barrios. In the semi-finals, Centellas defeated Martina Katz of Argentina, 15-5, 15-3, and Barrios beat Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, 15-4, 15-0.

The first semi-final in Girl’s U16 was not close, as Costa Rican Maricruz Ortiz looked very strong in her win over the USA’s Annie Roberts, 15-1, 15-2. In the final, Ortiz will play Bolivian Micaela Meneses, who defeated Mexican Ximena Martinez, 15-0, 15-9. Both players have been impressive in their medal round matches: Meneses has handed out two doughnuts and Ortiz one, and both have only surrendered double digit points in one of the six games they have played.

There were two close semi-final matches in Girl’s U14 with one of them going tie-breaker. Mexican Angela Ortega, seeded 8th, narrowly upset 4th seed Ava Kaiser of the USA, 15-12, 15-14, and Kaiser’s team-mate - the 2nd seed Heather Mahoney -squeaked out a win in three games over 3rd seed Camila Rivero from Bolivia, 15-9, 6-15, 11-9.

Of the 12 finalists, six are Bolivian with two each from Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA. Bolivia is guaranteed gold in Girl’s U18, as both finalists are Bolivian, and could win as many as five gold medals in singles.

The IRF will be streaming some of the finals via its Facebook page). The times for the matches are central standard time.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


U18 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. 4) Martina Katz (Argentina), 15-5, 15-3
3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-0

Final - Saturday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. 3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - Noon

U16 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 9) Annie Roberts (USA), 15-1, 15-2
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. 3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico), 15-0, 15-9

Final - Saturday

2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. 5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) - 11 AM

U14 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. 4) Ava Kaiser (USA), 15-12, 15-14
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) d. 3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia), 15-9, 6-15, 11-9

Final - Saturday

2) Heather Mahoney (USA) v. 8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 10 AM

U18 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. 4) Diego Garcia (Argentina), 15-6, 15-8
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 7) Jose Ramos (Mexico), 15-10, 0-15, 11-10

Final - Saturday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. 6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) - Noon

U16 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. 4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia), 11-15, 15-11, 11-8
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) d. 6) Timothy Hansen (USA), 8-15, 15-9, 11-5

Final - Saturday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. 2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) - 11 AM

U14 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) d. 13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-5
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) d. 14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia), 15-6, 15-8

Final - Saturday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) v. 2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) - 10 AM

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Three upsets in Boy's U18 Doubes at 2019 IRT World Junior Championships

Doubles matches at international events can often seem to be a toss up, and there was evidence of that in the boys' play Thursday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, as two of the three top seeds in Boy’s Doubles lost. But in the Girl’s divisions the top four seeds are all through to the semi-finals.

In Boy’s U18, the 9th seeded Costa Ricans Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez knocked off the #1 seeds Julio Guzman and Gerson Miranda of Bolivia in two straight games, 15-8, 15-8. But that was only one of three upsets in the Boy’s U18 quarterfinals.

The Mexican team of Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos, who were seeded 7th, beat 2nd seeds Jose Pablo Cardona and Nathan Martinez of Guatemala, 15-6, 15-7, and 6th seeds Esteban De Janon and Juan Flores of Ecuador defeated 3rd seeds Dylan Pruitt and Joshua Shea of the USA in two close games, 15-14, 15-11. The match that wasn’t an upset was won by 4th seeds Diego Garcia and Tomas Oyhanart of Argentina, who defeated 5th seeds Rafael Gatica and Johan Igor of Chile, 15-12, 15-7.

In the Boy’s U18 semi-finals, Costa Rica will play Argentina, and Ecuador will play Mexico.

Some Irish luck was involved in the other upset of a #1 seed, as the Irish team of Daniel Hanrahan and Keelan O’Gorman upset the top seeded USA team of Vedant Chauhan and Joshua Shea, 3-15, 15-14, 11-10, in Boy’s U14.

In Girl’s U18, 2nd seeds Nikita Chauhan and Erin Slutzky of the USA has a comfortable win over 7th seeds Aranxa Anguizola and Abigail Solana of Costa Rica, 15-3, 15-1, while top seeds Angelica Barrios and Valeria Centellas of Bolivia had a bye.

Bolivia will play 4th seeds Fabiana Landy and Ana Sarmiento from Ecuador, as Ecuador defeated 5th seeds Paula Mansilla and Josefina Toro of Chile, 15-10, 15-5, and the USA will face 3rd seeds Marifer Gutierrez and Anna Rivera of Mexico after Mexico beat 6th seeds Cassie Prentice and Camila Wilscam of Canada, 15-4, 15-2.

The IRF is streaming some matches via its Facebook page). The times for the matches are central standard time.

31st IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
San José, Costa Rica - November 9-16, 2019


U18 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 1) Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-8
4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) d. 5) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile), 15-12, 15-7

6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) d. 3) Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA), 15-14, 15-11
7) Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) d. 2) Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-7

Semi-finals - Friday

4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) v. 9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) - 7 PM
6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) v. 7) Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) - 7 PM

U16 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. 8) Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea), 15-1, 15-4
5) Nikhill Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA) d. 4) Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-6

3) Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) d. 6) Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-6, 15-12
2) Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. 7) Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-7, 15-10

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. 5) Nikhill Prasad & Timothy Hansen (USA) - 6 PM
2) Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. 3) Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) - 6 PM

U14 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) d. 1) Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA), 3-15, 15-14, 11-10
4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) d. 5) Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica), 15-6, 10-15, 11-7

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. 6) Adrian Carchi & Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-9
2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. 7) Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-13, 14-15, 11-2

Semi-finals - Friday

4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) v. 8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) - 5 PM
2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. 3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - 5 PM

U18 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - BYE
4) Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. 5) Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile), 15-10, 15-5

3) Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico) d. 6) Cassie Prentice & Camila Wilscam (Canada), 15-4, 15-2
2) Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) d. 7) Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-1

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. 4) Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) - 7 PM
2) Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) v. 3) Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico) - 7 PM

U16 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) - BYE
4) Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 5) Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA), 15-5, 15-12

3) Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba) d. 6) Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada), 15-8, 15-1
2) Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. 7) Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-0

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. 4) Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) - 6 PM
2) Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. 3) Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba) - 6 PM

U14 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) - BYE
4) Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) d. 5) Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 15-2, 15-8

3) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) d. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-11, 15-10
2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) d. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland), 15-6, 15-10

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. 4) Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) - 5 PM
2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) v. 3) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) - 5 PM

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