Monday, March 18, 2019

Weekend Round Up - Wins for Manilla & Portillo

Erika Manilla and Eduardo Portillo won the Women’s and Men’s Open divisions, respectively, on Sunday at the 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois. In the Women’s Open final, Manilla beat Masiel Rivera, 15-14, 15-6, while Portillo need a tie-breaker to defeat surprise finalist Maurice Miller, 15-11, 13-15, 11-3.

In the women’s semi-finals, Manilla beat top seed Brenda Laime, 15-11, 15-11, while Rivera defeated veteran Adrienne Haynes, 15-7, 15-3.

In the men’s semi-finals, Portillo defeated Eduardo Garay, 15-9, 15-7, while Miller, the 6th seed, upset 2nd seed Gerardo Franco, 15-11, 15-9. In the quarterfinals, Miller knocked off Mario Mercado in two straight games, 15-11, 15-13. So, although Miller didn’t win the event, he had a very good tournament.

Coming up on the racquetball schedule is the Bolivia Grand Slam in Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 27-31, which is both an International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event and a Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event, so, like the US Open, it will be a true pro Grand Slam event. Following that, the focus remains in South America, as the 2019 Pan American Championships will be in Barranquilla, Colombia, April 12-20. The defending Pan American Champions in are Carlos Keller of Bolivia and Rhonda Rajsich of the USA in Men’s and Women’s Singles.

34th Annual Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Women’s Open Final

Erika Manilla d. Masiel Rivera, 15-14, 15-6

Semi-finals

Erika Manilla d. Brenda Laime, 15-11, 15-11
Masiel Rivera d. Adrienne Haynes, 15-7, 15-3

Men’s Open Final

Eduardo Portillo d. Maurice Miller, 15-11, 13-15, 11-3

Semi-finals

Eduardo Portillo d. Eduardo Garay, 15-9, 15-7
Maurice Miller d. Gerardo Franco, 15-11, 15-9

Quarterfinals

Eduardo Portillo d. Edwin Galicia, 15-10, 15-2
Eduardo Garay d. Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-8
Maurice Miller d. Mario Mercado, 15-11, 15-13
Gerardo Franco d. Kyle Ulliman, 15-4, 15-3

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Waselenchuk defeats Carson to win 2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout

Kane Waselenchuk gave another demonstration of why he is the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) on Sunday, as he defeated IRT #2 Rocky Carson, 15-10, 15-10, to win the 34th Annual IRT Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois. Waselenchuk is undefeated this season, and also won the IRT Doubles title in Lombard on Saturday night with partner Ben Croft.

In game one, Waselenchuk got out to a 5-1 lead, which Carson cut to 5-3. But Waselenchuk won the next four points to lead 9-3, so Carson called a timeout. When play resumed, Carson got a side out, and scored three points on consecutive rallies to trail 9-6. Then the game stalled, as they exchanged sideouts. Over the next 11 rallies only one point was scored, and that by Waselenchuk, making it 10-6.

Carson broke the stalemate with a run of four points on consecutive rallies and tie the score at 10-10 with a drive serve ace to the right side, which is the lefthander Waselenchuk’s backhand side. Thus, there was a slight hope that Carson might win game one. Waselenchuk has not lost a game since the IRT changed its match format to two games to 15 and tie-breaker to 11 in January 2018. Waselenchuk’s never played a tie-breaker in this format.

But Waselenchuk dashed any hopes Carson had by getting the serve back with a forehand reverse pinch, and then scoring the next three points to make it 13-10. Carson got the serve back courtesy a Waselenchuk backhand skipped shot, but that was a short lived opportunity, as Waselenchuk hit a backhand winner off a Carson Z serve to the right side that Waselenchuk took early. Carson used that Z serve - a moderate speed, 1/2 lob type serve - often on second serve in the match, but it never seemed that effective against Waselenchuk. Two forehand winners later, and Waselenchuk had won game one, 15-10.

Game two started a bit slower, but had a similar story line. They were separated by a point with Waselenchuk up 4-3, but he won the next five rallies to make it 9-3, and then 12-3, to put the writing on the wall. Credit Carson for not giving up, as he got within four at 12-8, and again at 14-10. He fought off two match points with good forehand cross court shots, but Waselenchuk hit a forehand winner on his third match point to end the game, 15-10, and the match in two straight games.

Something surprising in this match was that Waselenchuk lob served a lot of the time. In fact, he may have lob served over 50% of the time. That’s unusual for him, because often Waselenchuk will lob serve on less than 10% of his serves. Generally, Waselenchuk hits drive Z serves on second serves, rather than lob serving. But he did play both singles and doubles in this event, so perhaps Waselenchuk didn’t want to hit too many drive serves, which take a considerable amount of energy, much more than a lob serve.

If you missed any of the action, check out the IRT Facebook page, where the matches are archived. The next IRT event will be the Bolivia Grand Slam in Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 27-31. That will also be a Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event, so, like the US Open, it will be a true Grand Slam event.

The last two events of the 2018-19 IRT season will be the Florida IRT Pro-Am in Sarasota, Florida, April 26-28, and The New York Unity Championships in Syosset, New York, May 1-5.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Final - Sunday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Rocky Carson, 15-10, 15-10

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Waselenchuk to play Carson in final of 2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout

Once again on a Sunday, International Racquetball Tour (IRT) #1 Kane Waselenchuk and IRT #2 Rocky Carson will face off in an IRT final, as they won their respective semi-finals at the 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois. Waselenchuk beat 5th seed Andree Parrilla, who is the defending Shamrock Shootout champion, 15-5, 15-2, and Carson defeated Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-2.

Both semi-finals had similar story-lines, as the players were close early in the first games, but then the higher seed cruised through game two. Waselenchuk actually found himself down 5-2 against Parrilla, but turned the ship around, as he got 13 unanswered points to win 15-5. Parrilla only served three times during that run.

Montoya also led in game one against Carson at 9-7. But Carson got the next five points to lead 12-9, and though Montoya closed the gap to one point at 12-11, Carson never gave up the lead, winning 15-12.

Doubles Final

Ben Croft and Waselenchuk came back from a game down to defeat Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa, 11-15, 15-9, 11-5. It was the third time these teams have faced off, as they met in the finals of the last two US Opens. Croft and Waselenchuk won in 2017, and Beltran and De La Rosa won in 2018. With today’s win Croft and Waselenchuk are up 2-1.

But early in game one, it looked like Beltran and De La Rosa would carry the day, as they took a 9-1 lead. But Croft and Waselenchuk came back and closed the difference to two at 13-11. There was a sense that Beltran and De La Rosa needed to win game one to win the match, as momentum had shifted. A De La Rosa backhand pinch shot get them back the serve, and they managed to get the two points they needed with the second coming off another De La Rosa backhand pinch winner.

In game two, they were close early with a tie at 2-2, but then Croft and Waselenchuk scored five points on as many rallies to lead 7-2. They stayed ahead by multiple points, although Beltran and De La Rosa made a push near the end that cut the deficit to two at 11-9. A Croft forehand pinch shot got his side the serve back, and they closed it out with four straight points. That forced a third game tie-breaker.

They were again close early in the breaker with ties at 2, 4, and 5. Croft hit a winner to break the 5-5 tie, and then Beltran made an unforced error by skipping a shot near the front wall that made it 7-5. Beltran redeemed himself with a pinch winner on the next rally that got his side the serve back, but they were unable to score as Waselenchuk hit a winner and then De La Rosa was assessed a penalty hinder.

When Waselenchuk made it 8-5 with a pinch winner, Beltran and De La Rosa called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Croft extended his side’s advantage with a pinch shot from the deep court, 9-5. De La Rosa skipped a forehand reverse pinch to give his opponents match point at 10-5. The first match point wasn’t converted, as De La Rosa hit Waselenchuk’s racquet as he was going for a ball, so Waselenchuk was assessed a penalty hinder. But Waselenchuk still was to serve, and he got the match winning point by hitting a drive serve to the left side that De La Rosa could only get his racquet on as it cracked off the left side wall.

The matches have been streamed on the IRT Facebook page, so look for the singles final there at 1 PM Central Time on Sunday. And if you missed any of the action, you can see the matches on Facebook also.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 5) Andree Parrilla, 15-5, 15-2
2) Rocky Carson d. Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-2

Final - Sunday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 2) Rocky Carson - 1 PM

IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 11-15, 15-9, 11-5

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Top seeds advance at 2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout

The top two seeds are through to the semi-finals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois. IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk beat 8th seed Sebastian Franco, 15-7, 15-0, and IRT #2 Rocky Carson needed three games to defeat 7th seed Samuel Murray, 15-7, 13-15, 11-2.

But the other two semi-finalists were upset winners in the quarters. Rodrigo Montoya defeated Mexican veteran Alvaro Beltran, 15-8, 15-9, and will play Carson in the semis, while 5th seed Andree Parrilla beat 4th seed Alejandro Landa, 15-8, 15-9, to set up a showdown with Waselenchuk. Parrilla is the defending champion at this event, and was runner up to Waselenchuk two years ago, so he’s trying to make it three finals in a row in Lombard.

In the Carson-Murray match, Carson led throughout game one, winning 15-7, and then Murray led throughout game two. But Carson did tie Murray in game two at 5-5 and 6-6. Murray then went up 13-8, only to see Carson come back and tie it again at 13-13.

It looked like last year’s #1 player would pull it out in two games, but Murray held firm. After an exchange of sideouts, Murray called a timeout prior to sering at 13-13. He got a point when Carson made an unforced error by skipping a forehand shot. However, Carson did fight off two game points, but couldn’t score himself. On Murray’s third game point he finished it with a forehand kill shot.

Unfortunately for Murray that momentum didn’t carry over into the tie-breaker, as Carson went up 6-0. At 8-1, Murray called a timeout, but all he managed was one more point from there, as Carson won it 11-2.

In doubles, top seeds Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa defeated 4th seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, 15-9, 15-12, in the semi-finals. They led throughout both games, and had big leads - 14-4 in game one and 11-1 in game two, but credit Bredenbeck and Diaz for not giving up, and making it close late in the games. But it wasn’t enough.

Beltran and De La Rosa will play Ben Croft and Waselenchuk in the final tonight at 8:30. Croft and Waselenchuk were to play 2nd seeds Landa and Murray, but Landa picked up an arm injury - likely in his singles match versus Parrilla, so they defaulted. The final will be a repeat of the 2018 US Open final, which was won by Beltran and De La Rosa.

The usual IRT media outlets will have the action from Lombard: The IRT Network or the IRT Facebook page. The semi-finals will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Saturday with the final at noon Sunday. The doubles semis will be 1 and 2 PM with the final at 8:30 PM Saturday. All times central.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Sebastian Franco, 15-7, 15-0
5) Andree Parrilla d. 4) Alejandro Landa, 15-8, 15-9

Rodrigo Montoya d. 6) Alvaro Beltran, 15-8, 15-9
2) Rocky Carson d. 7) Samuel Murray, 15-7, 13-15, 11-2

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 5) Andree Parrilla - 6:30 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Rodrigo Montoya - 5:30 PM

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-8, 15-12
6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray, injury default

IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 8:30 PM

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Montoya defeats De La Rosa in Round of 16 at 2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout

There were no upsets or even tie-breakers in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, until the last match between 3rd seed Daniel De La Rosa and Rodrigo Montoya. Montoya - seeded 14th but the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion upset De La Rosa in two straight games, 15-3, 15-9, to book a place in the quarterfinals. In the quarters, Montoya will play Mexican veteran Alvaro Beltran, who is a former IRF World Champion, as Beltran defeated Mario Mercado, 15-7, 15-4, in the Round of 16.

In other action, IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk was a straight game winner over Felipe Camacho, 15-4, 15-0, and will play 8th seed Sebastian Franco who defeated Jose Diaz in two close games, 15-12, 15-12. IRT #2 Rocky Carson also put on a dominant performance as he beat Adam Manilla, 15-10, 15-1.

Carson will face 7th seed Samuel Murray in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Murray played David Horn in the 16, and we thought that match would be close, but it wasn’t as Murray won two straight by a decisive scoreline of 15-3, 15-7.

Look for all the action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT Network, the IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The quarterfinals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday morning. The semi-finals will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Saturday with the final at noon Sunday. The doubles semis will be 1 and 2 PM with the final at 8:30 PM Saturday. All times central.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Felipe Camacho, 15-4, 15-0
8) Sebastian Franco d. Jose Diaz, 15-12, 15-12

5) Andree Parrilla d. Jansen Allen, 15-14, 15-0
4) Alejandro Landa d. Eduardo Portillo, 15-5, 15-12

Rodrigo Montoya d. 3) Daniel De La Rosa, 15-3, 15-9
6) Alvaro Beltran d. Mario Mercado, 15-7, 15-4

7) Samuel Murray d. David Horn, 15-3, 15-7
2) Rocky Carson d. Adam Manilla, 15-10, 15-1

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 8) Sebastian Franco - 11 AM
4) Alejandro Landa v. 5) Andree Parrilla - 11 AM

6) Alvaro Beltran v. Rodrigo Montoya v. - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. 7) Samuel Murray - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 9) Robert Collins & David Horn, 15-7, 15-12
4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 5) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-10, 15-13

6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado, 15-7, 15-3
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 7) Rocky Carson & Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-11

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 1 PM
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Round of 32 results from 2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout

Eduardo Portillo upset Jake Bredenbeck on Friday in the Round of 32 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, winning 15-5, 15-8. Portillo’s win books him a place in the Round of 16 versus 4th seed Alejandro Landa.

There were a few tie-breakers in the 32s, but only one upset by the seeding, and it was in the 16/17 seed match, as 17th seed Felipe Camacho got the better of 16th seed Thomas Carter, 15-13, 12-15, 11-8. Camacho’s reward is a match against IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the 16s. Also, Jose Diaz needed three games to defeat Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, 13-15, 15-10, 11-3. Diaz will be up against 8th seed Sebastian Franco in the Round of 16.

The other match that went breaker was one of those we’d highlighted, as the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion Rodrigo Montoya needed three games to beat Gerardo Franco, 15-1, 10-15, 11-3. Montoya will play 3rd seed Daniel De La Rosa in the 16s.

They’ve played one round of doubles, and there was only one upset, which was a small one, as 9th seeds Robert Collins and David Horn defeated 8th seeds Felipe Camacho and Eduardo Garay, 15-8, 15-14, so they will play #1 seeds Alvaro Beltran and De La Rosa. Beltran and De La Rosa beat 16th seeds Javier Martinez and Jeovany Mendoza, 15-9, 15-3, in the Round of 16.

Look for all the action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT Network, the IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 16 begins 5 PM Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday morning. The semi-finals will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Saturday with the final at noon Sunday. All times central.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Qualifying Round 3 - Friday morning

Q8 - Felipe Camacho d. Thomas Carter, 15-13, 12-15, 11-8
Q1 - Jose Diaz d. Hiroshi Shimizu, 13-15, 15-10, 11-3

Q4 - Jansen Allen d. Troy Warigon, 15-6, 15-10
Q5 - Eduardo Portillo d. Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-8

Q6 - Rodrigo Montoya d. Gerardo Franco, 15-1, 10-15, 11-3
Q3 - Mario Mercado d. Mauricio Zelada, 15-7, 15-13

Q2 - David Horn d. Scott McClellan, 15-8, 15-1
Q7 - Adam Manilla d. Robert Collins, 15-13, 15-11

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Felipe Camacho - 5 PM
8) Sebastian Franco v. Jose Diaz - 5 PM

5) Andree Parrilla v. Jansen Allen - 5 PM
4) Alejandro Landa v. Eduardo Portillo - 5 PM

3) Daniel De La Rosa v. Rodrigo Montoya - 6 PM
6) Alvaro Beltran v. Mario Mercado - 6 PM

7) Samuel Murray v. David Horn - 6 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Adam Manilla - 6 PM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 16) Javier Martinez & Jeovany Mendoza, 15-9, 15-3
9) Robert Collins & David Horn d. 8) Felipe Camacho & Eduardo Garay, 15-8, 15-14

5) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 12) Rom Dresbach & Juan Martinez, 15-10, 15-10
4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 13) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer, 14-15, 15-11, 11-9

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado d. 14) Hanzel Martinez & Juan Salvatierra, 15-10, 15-6
6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 11) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon, 15-6, 15-3

7) Rocky Carson & Adam Manilla d. 10) Thomas Carter & Kyle Ulliman, 15-4, 15-11
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 15) Timothy Holder & Thomas Moretz, 15-3, 15-0

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 9) Robert Collins & David Horn - 8 PM
5) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 9 PM

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 9 PM
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 7) Rocky Carson & Adam Manilla - 8 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout - Qualifying Round 1 & 2

Two rounds of qualifying are done at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, and there really haven’t been any surprises, and only three tie-breakers out of 19 matches. Two of the three happened as veteran players got off to Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, who may have been dealing with a bit of jet lag, as he narrowly lost game one to Alok Mehta before coming back to win in three games, 14-15, 15-6, 11-3. Also, recent top 10 player Jansen Allen was beaten by Juan Salvatierra in game one of their match, but rebounded to win in in a tie-breaker, 6-15, 15-3, 11-7.

What we thought were potentially the most interesting matches in qualifying will happen on Friday morning, when Jake Bredenbeck plays Eduardo Portillo, and Rodrigo Montoya goes against Gerardo Franco, and Thomas Carter takes on Felipe Camacho.

Look for all the action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT Network, the IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The final round of Qualifying goes Friday morning at 10 and 11 AM with the Round of 16 from 5 PM Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday morning. The semi-finals will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Saturday with the final at noon Sunday. All times central.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

John Wolfe d. Kalyan Kosetty, 15-4, 15-8
Javier Martinez d. Jeovany Mendoza, 10-15, 15-10, 11-5
Eduardo Garay d. Hanzel Martinez, 15-2, 15-10

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Jose Diaz d. Javier Martinez, 15-2, 15-4
Hiroshi Shimizu d. Alok Mehta, 14-15, 15-6, 11-3

Thomas Carter d. Geoff Goldblatt, 15-4, 15-2
Felipe Camacho d. Kyle Ulliman, 15-10, 15-10

Jake Bredenbeck d. Juan Martinez, 15-10, 15-4
Eduardo Portillo d. Edwin Galicia, 15-7, 15-10

Adam Manilla d. Jordy Alonso, 15-12, 15-10
Robert Collins d. Christian Wer, 15-3, 15-6

Rodrigo Montoya d. Justus Benson, 15-7, 15-11
Gerardo Franco d. Nadeem Sharifuddin, 15-6, 15-6

Jansen Allen d. Juan Salvatierra, 6-15, 15-3, 11-7
Troy Warigon d. Ferd Samson, 15-11, 15-13

Mario Mercado d. John Wolfe, 15-6, 15-4
Mauricio Zelada d. Maurice Miller, 15-11, 15-10

David Horn d. Eduardo Garay, 15-10, 15-11
Scott McClellan d. Michael Arterburn, 15-0, 15-2

Qualifying Round 3 - Friday morning

Q8 - Thomas Carter v. Felipe Camacho - 10 AM
Q1 - Jose Diaz v. Hiroshi Shimizu - 10 AM

Q4 - Jansen Allen v. Troy Warigon - 10 AM
Q5 - Jake Bredenbeck v. Eduardo Portillo - 10 AM

Q6 - Rodrigo Montoya v. Gerardo Franco - 11 AM
Q3 - Mario Mercado v. Mauricio Zelada - 11 AM

Q2 - David Horn v. Scott McClellan - 11 AM
Q7 - Adam Manilla v. Robert Collins - 11 AM

Round of 16 - Friday

Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - 5 PM
Sebastian Franco v. Q1 - 5 PM

Andree Parrilla v. Q4 - 5 PM
Alejandro Landa v. Q5 - 5 PM

Daniel De La Rosa v. Q6 - 6 PM
Alvaro Beltran v.. Q3 - 6 PM

Samuel Murray v. Q2 - 6 PM
Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 6 PM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 16) Javier Martinez & Jeovany Mendoza - 3 PM
8) Felipe Camacho & Eduardo Garay v. 9) Robert Collins & David Horn - 3 PM

5) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 12) Rom Dresbach & Juan Martinez - 2 PM
4) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 13) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer - 3 PM

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 14) Hanzel Martinez & Juan Salvatierra - 2 PM
6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. 11) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon - 2 PM

7) Rocky Carson & Adam Manilla v. 10) Thomas Carter & Kyle Ulliman - 3 PM
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 15) Timothy Holder & Thomas Moretz - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout - Preview

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) returns to Lombard, Illinois for the 34th Annual Shamrock Shootout this weekend. Play begins Thursday with one of the largest fields of the season at 43 players in singles and 32 in doubles. That means three rounds of qualifying for spots in the Round of 16, which will be on Friday afternoon. There will be two rounds of qualifying on Thursday, and then another Friday morning.

With all those players there are sure to be some great matches. In qualifying, the potential matches that strike us as most interesting are Jake Bredenbeck versus Eduardo Portillo, and Rodrigo Montoya versus Gerardo Franco, as well as perhaps Thomas Carter versus Felipe Camacho. Those are potential matches, because all of the players will have to win an earlier round match to make those matches happen.

If the higher seeds make it through qualifying, then the Round of 16 matches with the most potential are 7th seed Samuel Murray versus David Horn, 3rd seed Daniel De La Rosa versus Montoya, and 4th seed Alejandro Landa versus Bredenbeck, which will be a battle of power players; we’ll put the over/under on number of broken balls in that match at 4 and half.

Of course, if you were going to make a bet on this event, we’d suggest putting your money on IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who is enjoying another undefeated season. He’ll also be playing doubles in Lombard with the only person he ever plays doubles with: Ben Croft, who is an Illinois native.

Look for all the action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT Network, the IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Qualifying begins Thursday afternoon with the 2nd Round on Thursday eventing. The 3rd Round of Qualifying goes Friday morning at 10 and 11 AM with the Round of 16 from 5 PM Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday morning. The semi-finals will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Saturday with the final at noon Sunday. All times central.

2019 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 14-17, 2019
Lombard, Illinois


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

John Wolfe v. Kalyan Kosetty
Jeovany Mendoza v. Javier Martinez
Eduardo Garay v. Hanzel Martinez

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Jose Diaz v. Jeovany Mendoza or Javier Martinez
Hiroshi Shimizu or Alok Mehta

Thomas Carter v. Geoff Goldblatt
Felipe Camacho v. Kyle Ulliman

Jake Bredenbeck v. Juan Martinez
Eduardo Portillo v. Edwin Galicia

Adam Manilla v. Jordy Alonso
Robert Collins v. Christian Wer

Rodrigo Montoya v. Justus Benson
Gerardo Franco v. Nadeem Sharifuddin

Jansen Allen v. Juan Salvatierra
Troy Warigon v. Ferd Samson

Mario Mercado v. John Wolfe or Kalyan Kosetty
Maurice Miller v. Mauricio Zelada

David Horn v. Eduardo Garay or Hanzel Martinez
Scott McClellan v. Michael Arterburn

Qualifying Round 3 - Friday morning

Q8 - Thomas Carter or Geoff Goldblatt v. Felipe Camacho or Kyle Ulliman - 10 AM
Q1 - Jose Diaz or Jeovany Mendoza or Javier Martinez v. Hiroshi Shimizu or Alok Mehta - 10 AM

Q4 - Jansen Allen or Juan Salvatierra v. Troy Warigon or Ferd Samson - 10 AM
Q5 - Jake Bredenbeck or Juan Martinez v. Eduardo Portillo or Edwin Galicia - 10 AM

Q6 - Rodrigo Montoya or Justus Benson v. Gerardo Franco or Nadeem Sharifuddin - 11 AM
Q3 - Mario Mercado or John Wolfe or Kalyan Kosetty v. Maurice Miller or Mauricio Zelada - 11 AM

Q2 - David Horn or Eduardo Garay or Hanzel Martinez v. Scott McClellan or Michael Arterburn - 11 AM
Q7 - Adam Manilla or Jordy Alonso v. Robert Collins or Christian Wer - 11 AM

Round of 16 - Friday

Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - 5 PM
Sebastian Franco v. Q1 - 5 PM

Andree Parrilla v. Q4 - 5 PM
Alejandro Landa v. Q5 - 5 PM

Daniel De La Rosa v. Q6 - 6 PM
Alvaro Beltran v. Q3 - 6 PM

Samuel Murray v. Q2 - 6 PM
Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 6 PM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 16) Javier Martinez & Jeovany Mendoza - 3 PM
8) Felipe Camacho & Eduardo Garay v. 9) Robert Collins & David Horn - 3 PM

5) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 12) Rom Dresbach & Juan Martinez - 2 PM
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 13) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer - 3 PM

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 14) Hanzel Martinez & Juan Salvatierra - 2 PM
6) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. 11) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon - 2 PM

7) Rocky Carson & Adam Manilla v. 10) Thomas Carter & Kyle Ulliman - 3 PM
2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 15) Timothy Holder & Thomas Moretz - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, March 4, 2019

Upsets at 2019 Mexican National Team Selection Event

There were big upsets at the 2019 Mexican National Team Selection Event in Chihuahua on the weekend, as no #1 seed won any of the four top divisions: Men's or Women's Singles or Doubles. Perhaps the biggest upset was in Women's Singles, as 6th seed Monserrat Mejia defeated 1st seed Paola Longoria in the Women’s Open final, 15-8, 15-14. Then in Men's Singles, 12th seed Alejandro Landa beat 14th seed Alvaro Beltran, 15-10, 15-8, in the Men’s Open final.

Landa and Beltran are top seeds on the International Racquebtall Tour (IRT), so it wasn't surprising they were in the final, but it's notable that the top 2 seeds lost before the final. Top seed Daniel De La Rosa lost to Landa in the semi-finals, 15-11, 15-10, and 2nd seed Rodrigo Montoya - who is also the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Men's Singles World Champion - lost to 10th seed Alan Natera, 15-9, 15-9, in the quarterfinals.

In doubles, Mejia and Alexandra Herrera were the top seeds, as they won this event last year, but this year 2nd seeds Longoria and Samantha Salas Solis defeated them, 15-13, 15-5, in the Women’s Open Doubles final. In Men’s Open Doubles, 2nd seeds Javiar Mar and Rodrigo Montoya needed three games to win the title over 4th seeds Landa and Alejandro Cardona, 14-15, 15-8, 11-0. De La Rosa amd Beltran were the top seeds, but lost in the semi-finals to Cardona and Landa, 15-7, 15-10.

Thus, De La Rosa didn’t reach the final in either singles or doubles, and that could rule him out of the Mexican team for Pan American Championships next month in Colombia, and perhaps Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in August.

Of significance in women’s play, Jessica Parrilla made her return to competition for the first time in almost a year, as she’d been out with a leg injury. She lost in singles to Alexandra Herrera, 15-13, 11-15, 11-0, and teamed with Nancy Enriquez in doubles, where they lost in the semi-finals to Herrera and Mejia, 15-11, 15-12.

Campeonato Nacional Selectivo FMR
Chihuahua, Mexico - February 27-March 3, 2019


Women's Open - Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
17) Denisse Maldonado d. 16) Alejandra Zuniga, 15-7, 15-5

9) Ana Laura Flores - BYE
8) Erin Rivera - BYE

5) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
12) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

13) Montserrat Perez - BYE
4) Diana Aguilar - BYE

3) Nancy Enriquez - BYE
19) Abril Sacristán d. 14) Beatriz Hernandez, 15-10, 15-7

11) Maria Gutierrez - BYE
6) Monserrat Mejia - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Daniela Rico - BYE

18) Ximena Martinez d. 15) Andrea Ibarra, 3-15, 15-7, 11-7
2) Samantha Salas Solis - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 17) Denisse Maldonado, 15-2, 15-2
9) Ana Laura Flores d. 8) Erin Rivera, 15-11, 15-3

12) Alexandra Herrera d. 5) Jessica Parrilla, 15-13, 11-15, 11-0
13) Montserrat Perez d. 4) Diana Aguilar, 15-10, 15-3

3) Nancy Enriquez d. 19) Abril Sacristán, 15-7, 15-12
6) Monserrat Mejia d. 11) Maria Gutierrez, 15-1, 15-2

7) Susana Acosta d. 10) Daniela Rico, 15-5, 15-3
2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 18) Ximena Martinez, 15-4, 15-4

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Ana Laura Flores, 15-7, 15-2
12) Alexandra Herrera d. 13) Montserrat Perez, 15-11, 15-5

6) Monserrat Mejia d. 3) Nancy Enriquez, 10-15, 15-4, 11-6
2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 7) Susana Acosta, 15-7, 15-2

Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria d. 12) Alexandra Herrera, 15-4, 15-3
6) Monserrat Mejia d. 2) Samantha Salas Solis, 15-11, 15-4

Final

6) Monserrat Mejia d. 1) Paola Longoria, 15-8, 15-14

3rd Place

2) Samantha Salas Solis d. 12) Alexandra Herrera, 15-4, 5-15, 11–5

Women's Open Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 5) Diana Aguilar & Denisse Maldonado, 15-1, 15-13

3) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera d. 6) Andrea Ibarra & Daniela Rico, 15-14, 15-8
2) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 7) Susana Acosta & Abril Sacristán, 15-6, 15-10

Semi-finals

1) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 15-11, 15-12
2) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 3) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera, 15-5, 11-15, 11-1

Final

2) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 1) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-5

3rd place

4) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 3) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera, 15-10, 15-9

Men's Open Singles

Round of 64


1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
32) Juan Loreto d. 33) Diego Gastelum, 15-4, 15-8

17) Rodolfo Esparza - BYE
16) Rogelio Castillo - BYE

9) Alejandro Cardona - BYE
24) Alan Palomino - BYE

25) Alejandro Prieto - BYE
8) Sebastian Fernandez - BYE

5) Christian Longoria - BYE
28) Sebastian Hernandez - BYE

21) Jose Ramos - BYE
12) Alejandro Landa - BYE

13) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
20) Jaime Martell - BYE

29) Alejandro Mendoza - BYE
4) Javier Mar - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
30) Humberto Natera - BYE

19) Polo Gutierrez - BYE
14) Alvaro Beltran - BYE

11) Ernesto Ochoa - BYE
22) Gerardo Franco - BYE

27) Elias Nieto - BYE
6) Javier Estrada - BYE

7) Edson Martinez - BYE
26) Omar Garay - BYE

23) Erick Trujillo - BYE
10) Alan Natera - BYE

15) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE
18) Javier Moreno - BYE

34) Daniel Mariñelarena d. 31) Homar Prieto, 10-15, 15-6, 11-3
2) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE

Round of 32

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 32) Juan Loreto, 15-3, 15-13
17) Rodolfo Esparza d. 16) Rogelio Castillo, 15-9, 15-11

9) Alejandro Cardona d. 24) Alan Palomino, 15-11, 15-10
8) Sebastian Fernandez d. 25) Alejandro Prieto, 15-0, 15-3

5) Christian Longoria d. 28) Sebastian Hernandez, forfeit
12) Alejandro Landa d. 21) Jose Ramos, 15-10, 15-7

20) Jaime Martell d. 13) Eduardo Portillo, 15-10, 15-7
4) Javier Mar d. 29) Alejandro Mendoza, 15-5, 15-3

3) Andree Parrilla d. 30) Humberto Natera, 15-7, 15-9
14) Alvaro Beltran d. 19) Polo Gutierrez, 15-4, 15-13

22) Gerardo Franco d. 11) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-13, 15-10
6) Javier Estrada d. 27) Elias Nieto, 15-11, 15-9

7) Edson Martinez d. 26) Omar Garay, 15-2, 15-3
10) Alan Natera d. 23) Erick Trujillo, 15-4, 15-3

18) Javier Moreno d. 15) Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-4, 15-10
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 34) Daniel Mariñelarena. 15-3, 15-4

Round of 16

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 17) Rodolfo Esparza, 15-12, 15-8
9) Alejandro Cardona d. 8) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-6, 15-4

12) Alejandro Landa d. 5) Christian Longoria, 15-9, 15-6
4) Javier Mar d. 20) Jaime Martell, 15-2, 14-15, 11-7

14) Alvaro Beltran d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-8, 15-13
22) Gerardo Franco d. 6) Javier Estrada, 15-12, 7-15, 11-10

10) Alan Natera d. 7) Edson Martinez, 9-15, 15-14, 11-6
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 18) Javier Moreno, 15-3, 15-4

Quarterfinals

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 9) Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 13-15, 11-3
12) Alejandro Landa d. 4) Javier Mar, 15-8, 15-12

14) Alvaro Beltran d. 22) Gerardo Franco, 15-8, 15-13
10) Alan Natera d. 2) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-9, 15-9

Semi-finals

12) Alejandro Landa d. 1) Daniel De La Rosa, 15-11, 15-10
14) Alvaro Beltran d. 10) Alan Natera, 15-4, 15-11

Final

12) Alejandro Landa d. 14) Alvaro Beltran, 15-10, 15-8

3rd Place

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 10) Alan Natera, 15-12, 15-6

Men's Open Doubles

Round of 16


1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo d. 9) Cesar Barragan & Alan Palomino, 15-8, 15-13

5) Jaime Martell & Alan Natera d. 12) Mauricio Delgadillo & Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-6, 15-13
4) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa d. 13) Sebastian Fernandez & Gerardo Franco, 15-12, 10-15, 11-8

3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla d. 14) Carlos Esparza & Rodolfo Esparza, 15-0, 15-9
11) Elias Nieto & Eduardo Portillo d. 6) Rogelio Castillo, 15-14, 15-13

10) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa d. 7) Alejandro Mendoza & Ivan Sanchez, 15-5, 15-4
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 15) Manuel Hernandez & Sebastian Hernandez, 15-2, 15-4

Quarterfinals

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo, 15-11, 15-5
4) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa d. 5) Jaime Martell & Alan Natera, 15-13, 15-4

3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla d. 11) Elias Nieto & Eduardo Portillo, 10-15, 15-13, 11-10
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 10) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa, 15-10, 15-13

Semi-finals

4) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-7, 15-10
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla, 15-10, 15-13

Final

2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 4) Alejandro Cardona & Alejandro Landa, 14-15, 15-8, 11-0

3rd place

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 3) Edson Martinez & Andree Parrilla, forfeit

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Carson & Rajsich win singles at 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships

Rocky Carson and Rhonda Rajsich won Men’s and Women’s Singles, respectively, at the 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. They play singles at National Doubles, because qualifying for the US Team involves singles results from three events: US Open, singles at National Doubles, and singles at the National Singles Championships in May, rather than team qualifying being dependent on one tournament.

In Sunday’s men’s final, Carson defeated Charlie Pratt, 15-14, 15-3, in what was a battle of doubles partners, as Carson and Pratt competed together in the US Team Qualifying Doubles division in Tempe, where they won the title on Saturday by defeating Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz in the final.

Rajsich won the women’s final by beating 3rd seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-7, 15-11. It was a remarkable performance by Rajsich, and perhaps a case of “what might have been” for Bailey Lawrence. In game one, Bailey Lawrence was up 7-3, and looked to be in control. But Rajsich scored 12 unanswered points to win 15-7. Bailey Lawrence served a few times in that stretch, but failed to score any points, and the the two timeouts she took weren’t effective in stopping Rajsich.

In game two, Rajsich took an injury timeout, leading 3-2. She seemed to injury her right knee chasing down the ball in the front court. Nothing seemed to be especially wrong, but 12 min went by before play resumed.

Bailey Lawrence scored five points to make the score 7-3, and it looked like she was going to take advantage of Rajsich’s injury. However, Rajsich is nothing if not a fighter, so there was no way she was going to go away quietly.

Rajsich came back and tied the score at 7-7, and then they were back and forth. Bailey Lawrence led twice and Rajsich once en route to an 11-11 tie. From there Rajsich scored three points to reach match point at 14-11. But she skipped a forehand shot to give the serve back to Bailey Lawrence.

However, Bailey Lawrence failed to take advantage, although she had a glorious chance with a backhand set up in the front court. She hit it cross court and left it up, so Rajsich was able to hit a forehand cross court shot for a winner. There are few times when a soft, drop shot is a good choice in racquetball, but that might have been a better option, given Rajsich’s condition.

With the serve back, Rajsich hit a backhand half lob serve to the right side as a second serve, and Bailey Lawrence stepped up to take an aggressive return, but hit it right into the floor. That was the last of too many unforced errors by Bailey Lawrence that helped Rajsich to victory.

If you missed any of the action from Tempe, check out the USA Racquetball Livestream site, where the matches are archived. The 2019 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships will be May 22-26 in Denver, Colorado.

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men’s Singles


Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson d. 2) Charlie Pratt, 15-14, 15-3

Women's Singles

Final - Sunday

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-7, 15-11

Follow the bouncing ball....

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Carson & Pratt, Ruiz & Tisinger-Ledkins are the 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Champions

Rocky Carson and Charlie Pratt and Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger-Ledkins are the 2019 Champions in Men’s and Women’s Doubles, respectively, as they won their finals Saturday at the 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Carson and Pratt defeated 3rd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, 15-8, 5-15, 11-7, while Ruiz and Tisinger-Ledkins beat Michelle De La Rosa and Danielle Maddux, 15-7, 15-7.

Carson won the US National Doubles title for the 11th time, and with the sixth different partner. He’s won the last three years running, but with three different partners: Jose Diaz in 2017, Sudsy Monchik in 2018 and now Pratt. Carson won his first six doubles titles with Jack Huczek, but the last five have been with five different partners. In addition to Diaz, Monchik and Pratt, Carson has won with Ben Croft in 2012 and Jose Rojas in 2014. In contrast, Pratt won for the first time this year.

Ruiz and Tisinger-Ledkins are also no strangers to the winner’s circle. They won for the fifth time, and fifth time in the last seven years. In addition, Ruiz won the US National Doubles title for seven straight years from 2005 to 2011. The first two years were with Laura Fenton and the last five were with Jackie Paraiso.

Singles divisions

All four semi-finals in Men’s and Women’s Singles matches were won two straight by the higher seeded player. Men’s top seed Rocky Carson defeated 5th seed Jose Diaz, 15-11, 15-8, in one semi, with Charlie Pratt - Carson’s doubles partner - beat David Horn, 15-5, 15-10. Thus, doubles partners will face off in the Men’s Singles final.

In Women’s Singles, top seed Rhonda Rajsich beat Hollie Scott, 15-11, 15-8, in the semi-finals and advanced to the the final on Sunday. Rajsich opponent in the final will be Kelani Bailey Lawrence, who was a straight gave winner over Janel Tisinger-Ledkins, 15-6, 15-12.

They are playing singles also at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships, because qualifying for the US Team involves singles results from three events: US Open, singles at National Doubles, and singles at the National Singles Championships in May.

You can watch the action live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball Livestream site, and the matches are archived on that site for viewing later. The Men’s and Women’s Singles finals are on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain time.

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles


Final - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-8, 5-15, 11-7

Women's Doubles

Final - Saturday

3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins d. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux, 15-7, 15-7

Men’s Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson d. 5) Jose Diaz, 15-11, 15-8
2) Charlie Pratt d. 3) David Horn, 15-5, 15-10

Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson v. 2) Charlie Pratt - 12:40 PM

Women's Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 5) Hollie Scott, 15-11, 15-8
3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins, 15-6, 15-12

Final - Sunday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 11:30 AM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday results from 2019 USA National Doubles Championships

There are 7 different finalists in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals at the 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona with Rocky Carson being the only repeat. Carson and Charlie Pratt are seeded first in Men’s Doubles, and they defeated Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel, 15-11, 15-9, in the semi-finals Friday. They’ll play 3rd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, who were upset winners over 2nd seeds David Horn and Mauro Rojas, 15-9, 15-11.

The Women’s Doubles final will be completely different from last year, but exactly the same as 2013, when Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger won the title over sisters Danielle Key and Michelle Key. A few years - and some marriages - later and it’ll be Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger-Ledkins versus Danielle Maddux and Michelle De La Rosa in the 2019 final.

Both teams needed tie-breakers to get to the final. In the semi-finals, Maddux and De La Rosa narrowly defeated defending champions and top seeds Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sharon Jackson, 9-15, 15-9, 11-10, while Ruiz and Tisinger-Ledkins came back from a game down to oust last year’s runners up Rhonda Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts, 6-15, 15-13, 11-2.

Singles divisions

There have been some great singles matches at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Singles at doubles? Yes, because qualifying for the US Team involves singles results from three events: US Open, singles at National Doubles, and singles at the National Singles Championships in May.

Both the Men’s #1 and #2 seeds needed tie-breakers to win their respective semi-final matches. Top seed Rocky Carson had to fend off match point in game two, as he defeated Erik Garcia, 14-15, 15-14, 11-3. Carson will play 5th seed Jose Diaz in the semis, as Diaz upset 4th seed Adam Manilla, 15-13, 11-15, 11-2.

Second seed Charlie Pratt was pushed to three games in the quarterfinals by 10th seed Thomas Carter, but managed to prevail in the breaker, winning, 15-12, 6-15, 11-2. Afterwards, Pratt said “I’m a streaky player,” and he started strong, then sagged a bit - Carter led 8-0 in game two - before pulling it out in three. “Today it was me,” said Pratt.

Third seed David Horn won a close match with Jake Bredenbeck, 15-9, 15-12, to set up a showdown with Pratt in the semis.

In Women’s Singles, Hollie Scott produced the result of the day, as the 5th seed was a decisive winner over 4th seed Sheryl Lotts, 15-0, 15-6. It’s an impressive result, especially as we thought Lotts played very well at the last Ladies Professional Racquetball Event (LPRT) in January. Scott will play top seed Rhonda Rajsich in the semi-finals, as Rajsich beat 8th seed Erika Manilla, 15-4, 15-11.

On the other side of the draw, 7th seed Janel Tisinger-Ledkins defeated 2nd seed Sharon Jackson, 15-6, 7-15, 11-10, and will play 3rd seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence, who was a straight winner over Adrienne Haynes, 15-3, 15-11.

You can watch the action live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball Livestream site, and the matches are archived on that site for viewing later. The Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals will be Saturday afternoon with the Singles finals on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain time.

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles


Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt d. 4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel, 15-11, 15-9
3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas, 15-9, 15-11

Final - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 7:40 PM

Women's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday


5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux d. 1) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson, 9-15, 15-9, 11-10
3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins d. 2) Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts, 6-15, 15-13, 11-2

Final - Saturday

3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux - 5:20 PM

Men’s Singles

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. 8) Erik Garcia, 14-15, 15-14, 11-3
5) Jose Diaz d. 4) Adam Manilla, 15-13, 11-15, 11-2

3) David Horn d. 6) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-9, 15-12
2) Charlie Pratt d. 10) Thomas Carter, 15-12, 6-15, 11-2

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 5) Jose Diaz - 3 PM
2) Charlie Pratt v. 3) David Horn - 12:40 PM

Women's Singles

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rhonda Rajsich d. 8) Erika Manilla, 15-4, 15-11
5) Hollie Scott d. 4) Sheryl Lotts, 15-0, 15-6

3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 6) Adrienne Haynes, 15-3, 15-11
7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins d. 2) Sharon Jackson, 15-6, 7-15, 11-10

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 5) Hollie Scott - 11:30 AM
3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - 1:50 PM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Day one results from 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles

They are through the first day of competition at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and it’s mostly gone according to the seeding. However, in Women’s Doubles 5th seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Danielle Maddux upset 4th seeds Erika Manilla and Hollie Scott, 15-9, 15-10, and will play top seeds Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sharon Jackson in the semi-finals on Friday.

In men’s play, top seeds Rocky Carson and Charlie Pratt are though to the semis after beating Justus Benson and Erik Garcia, 15-7, 15-7, in the quarterfinals. They’ll play 4th seeds Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel, who needed a tie-breaker to defeat 5th seeds Thomas Carter and Fernando Rivera, 15-9, 10-15, 11-0.

Second seeds David Horn and Mauro Rojas defeated Sam Bredenbeck and Robert Collins, 15-3, 15-13, in the quarters. They’ll play 3rd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, who were winners over Tim Herman and Michael Myers, 15-7, 15-4.

Singles Play

In Men’s Singles play, Thomas Carter had the only upset in the Round of 16, as Carter - seeded 10th - beat 7th Mauro Rojas, 15-9, 15-8. Carter will play 2nd seed Charlie Pratt in the quarterfinals Friday. Top seed Rocky Carson will play 8th seed Erik Garcia, who squeaked by 9th seed Robert Collins in a tie-breaker, 15-4, 6-15, 11-9.

The only other Round of 16 match to go breaker was a brother face off with Jake Bredenbeck coming out on top of his younger brother Sam, 15-13, 14-15, 11-0.

There was only one match in Women’s Singles Thursday. Eighth seed Erika Manilla defeated 9th seed Erin Boadway, 15-4, 15-5, and will play top seed Rhonda Rajsich in the semi-finals Friday.

You can watch some of the action live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball website. The Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals will be Saturday afternoon with the Singles finals on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain time.

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt - BYE
9) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia d. 8) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez, 15-12, 15-6

5) Thomas Carter & Fernando Rivera - BYE
4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE
6) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - BYE

7) Sam Bredenbeck & Robert Collins - BYE
2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt d. 9) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia, 15-7, 15-7
4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel d. 5) Thomas Carter & Fernando Rivera, 15-9, 10-15, 11-0

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 6) Tim Herman & Michael Myers, 15-7, 15-4
2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas d. 7) Sam Bredenbeck & Robert Collins, 15-3, 15-13

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. 4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - 7:40 PM
2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas v. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 5:20 PM

Women's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


1) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson - BYE
5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux d. 4) Erika Manilla & Hollie Scott, 15-9, 15-10

3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - BYE
2) Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts - BYE


Semi-finals - Friday

1) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux - 6:30 PM
2) Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts v. 3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - 4:10 PM

Men’s Singles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rocky Carson - BYE
8) Erik Garcia d. 9) Robert Collins, 15-4, 6-15, 11-9

5) Jose Diaz d. 12) Nicholas Riffel, 15-2, 15-8
4) Adam Manilla d. 13) Justus Benson, 15-9, 15-5

3) David Horn d. 14) Ryan Patterson, 15-1, 15-2
6) Jake Bredenbeck d. 11) Sam Bredenbeck, 15-13, 14-15, 11-0

10) Thomas Carter d. 7) Mauro Rojas, 15-9, 15-8
2) Charlie Pratt - BYE

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. 8) Erik Garcia - 3:00 PM
4) Adam Manilla v. 5) Jose Diaz - 10:20 AM

3) David Horn v. 6) Jake Bredenbeck - 11:30 AM
2) Charlie Pratt v. 10) Thomas Carter - 12:40 PM

Women's Singles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
8) Erika Manilla d. 9) Erin Boadway, 15-4, 15-5

5) Hollie Scott - BYE
4) Sheryl Lotts - BYE

3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - BYE
6) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - BYE
2) Sharon Jackson - BYE

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rhonda Rajsich v. 8) Erika Manilla - 11:30 AM
4) Sheryl Lotts v. 5) Hollie Scott - 10:20 AM

3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 6) Adrienne Haynes - 12:40 PM
2) Sharon Jackson v. 7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - 1:50 PM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships - Preview

The USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships begin today at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Rocky Carson and Sudsy Monchik are the defending Men’s Doubles Champions, but Monchik isn’t competing this year, so Carson has teamed up with Charlie Pratt, and they are the top seeds. The 2nd seeds are last year’s surprise finalists David Horn and Mauro Rojas.

Both Carson and Monchik and Horn and Rojas advanced to the finals last year by winning their respective semi-finals in tie-breakers, coincidentally both finished 11-8, and the teams they beat are both back this year. Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz are seeded 3rd, and Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel are the 4th seeds. So, it should be another exciting championship.

The women's draw should also produce exciting matches, because all the teams are strong, although there are only five of them. Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sharon Jackson are the defending Women’s Doubles Champions, so are the #1 seeds with Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich seeded #2. Multiple US Doubles Champions Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger-Ledkins are the 3rd seeds. They’ve won four times together, and Ruiz has won seven more times with other partners.

The young team of Erika Manilla and Hollie Scott are the 4th seeds, but the dark horse team of the event could be 5th seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Danielle Maddux. De La Rosa and Maddux were runners up - to Ruiz and Tisinger-Ledkins - in this competition back in 2013, when the sisters were still playing under their maiden name of Key.

The big prize for all these teams to play for - in addition to being the US National Champions - is a berth on the US Team that will play at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this August. The Pan Am Games is biggest multi-sport event racquetball is a part of, so it’s a special event.

When the Pan Am Games were in Toronto in 2015, the US Men’s Doubles team was Jansen Allen and Jose Rojas and the Women’s Team was Rajsich and Kim Russell-Waselenchuk. Of those competing this week in Tempe, only Rajsich (in 2011 & 2015) and Ruiz (2011) have played doubles at the Pan Am Games (De La Rosa did play singles at the 2015 Pan Am Games). None of the men have, although Jake Bredenback (2015) and Carson (2003, 2011, 2015) have played singles at the Pan Am Games.

Singles Play

The top players are also playing singles in Tempe, as part of qualifying for the team that will represent the USA at the Pan Am Games in August. Carson and Pratt are the #1 and #2 men’s seeds, respectively. Horn is 3rd seed and Manilla is 4th.

Rajsich is #1 seed on the women’s side with Jackson as #2 seed. The 3rd seed is Bailey-Lawrence and Lotts is the 4th seed.

You can watch some of the action live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball website. The Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals will be Saturday afternoon with the Singles finals on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain time.

2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt - BYE
8) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez v. 9) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia

5) Thomas Carter & Fernando Rivera - BYE
4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE
6) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - BYE

7) Sam Bredenbeck & Robert Collins - BYE
2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. 8) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez or 9) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia - 5:45 PM
4) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel v. 5) Thomas Carter & Fernando Rivera

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 6) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - 12:20 PM
2) David Horn & Mauro Rojas v. 7) Sam Bredenbeck & Robert Collins - 1:25 PM

Women's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


1) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson - BYE
4) Erika Manilla & Hollie Scott v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux - 4:40 PM

3) Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - BYE
2) Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts - BYE

Men’s Singles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rocky Carson - BYE
8) Erik Garcia v. 9) Robert Collins - 3:35 PM

5) Jose Diaz v. 12) Nicholas Riffel - 6:50 PM
4) Adam Manilla v. 13) Justus Benson - 2:30 PM

3) David Horn v. 14) Ryan Patterson - 11:15 AM
6) Jake Bredenbeck v. 11) Sam Bredenbeck - 4:40 PM

7) Mauro Rojas v. 10) Thomas Carter - 6:50 PM
2) Charlie Pratt - BYE

Women's Singles

Round of 16 - Thursday


1) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
8) Erika Manilla v. 9) Erin Boadway - 7:55 PM

5) Hollie Scott - BYE
4) Sheryl Lotts - BYE

3) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - BYE
6) Adrienne Haynes - BYE

7) Janel Tisinger-Ledkins - BYE
2) Sharon Jackson - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Murray & Saunders win at Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event

Samuel Murray and Jen Saunders won the Men's and Women's divisions, respectively, at the second Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event of the season on the weekend in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In their respective finals, Murray defeated Coby Iwaasa, 15-10, 15-10, and Saunders beat Christine Richardson in a tie-breaker, 15-3, 12-15, 11-8. Their victories will help Murray and Saunders qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games racquetball team that will compete in Lima, Peru in August, as well as the 2019 Pan American Championships in April.

Murray, the #1 ranked men’s player, was in control throughout the final with 2nd seed Iwaasa. After an early tie at 2-2, Murray never trailed, going out to a 9-2 lead. Iwaasa did make it close at 11-8, but never got closer, as Murray won 15-10.

In game two, they were close throughout. Iwaasa actually led 6-3, and 10-8. But Murray tied it at 10-10, and got the final five points to take the game, 15-10, and the match in two straight games. Although it was close in game two, it never really felt like the match was going to go to a tie-breaker.

In the women’s final, Saunders took a big lead on Richardson in game one, going up 13-0 before winning 15-3. Richardson dug in and managed to win game two, 15-12, to force a third game tie-breaker. Richardson was up in the breaker, 7-5, but Saunders, the current Canadian champion, responded by coming back to win it, 11-8.

In the women’s 3rd place match, 4th seed Michèle Morissette was an upset winner over 3rd seed Danielle Drury, 17-15, 15-10.

But the big upset of the event happened in the men’s quarterfinals, when 6th seed Trevor Webb beat 3rd seed Tim Landeryou, 15-11, 15-8. Webb had a 14-5 lead in game one, but Landeryou fought off 10 game points before Webb finally won it on the 11th try.

In the men’s semi-finals, Webb was two points away from another upset, as he went tie-breaker with Iwaasa, and was up 9-7 in the breaker before Iwaasa was able to pull it out, winning 15-3, 14-16, 11-9. Iwaasa had two chances to end the match in two games, but Webb fought off those match points by forcing Iwaasa into skipping shots. Murray’s semi against Pedro Castro was more straight forward, as he won in two games, 15-6, 15-9. Castro defeated Webb in the 3rd place match, 15-6, 15-11.

These results will be used to select Team Canada for the 2019 Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, April 12-20, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in August. The final qualification event for the Pan Am Games will be the 2019 Canadian National Championships in Langley, British Columbia, May 19-25 2019.

2019 Racquetball Canada Selection Event
February 1-2, Grande Prairie, Alberta

Men's Open

Final


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

3rd Place

4) Pedro Castro d. 6) Trevor Webb, 15-6, 15-11

Semi-finals

1) Samuel Murray d. 4) Pedro Castro, 15-6, 15-9
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 6) Trevor Webb, 15-4, 14-16, 11-9

Quarterfinals

1) Samuel Murray d. 8) Tanner Prentice, 15-7, 15-2
4) Pedro Castro d. 5) Nicolas Bousquet, 15-13, 15-2

6) Trevor Webb d. 3) Tim Landeryou, 15-11, 15-8
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 7) Lee Connell, 15-4, 15-0

Women's Open

Final


1) Jen Saunders d. 2) Christine Richardson, 15-3, 12-15, 11-8

3rd place

4) Michèle Morissette d. 3) Danielle Drury, 17-15, 15-10

5th place

5) Erin Geeraert d. 6) Cassie Prentice, 15-9, 8-15, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekend round up - Wins for Lotts & Kukoyi

Sheryl Lotts won Women’s Open at the 2019 Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina on the weekend. Lotts defeated Cristina Amaya in the final, 15-9, 7-15, 11-10. In the semi-finals, Lotts beat Sharon Jackson, 15-5, 15-8, while Amaya won a tie-breaker with Hollie Scott, 15-9, 14-15, 11-9. Lotts’s win capped a strong weekend for her, as she played well in the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) doubles division with Rhonda Rajsich, losing in two close games to eventual event winners Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas. Lotts also had a close match versus Rajsich in LPRT singles.

Conversely, Amaya had a disappointing weekend in Greenville, as she lost in the LPRT to Scott, also in a tie-breaker. Then she and Adriana Riveros lost their first match in doubles to Lotts and Rajsich in two games.

International Racquetball Tour

There was an International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event on the weekend also. The 2019 Atlanta Singles & Regional Doubles Championships were held in Lilburn, Georgia, and it was a Tier 5 IRT event. Fifth seed Bolaji Kukoyi won the event by defeating 3rd seed Alex Kerr in the final, 15-7, 12-15, 11-8.

National Racquetball

The focus will shift to national events over the next two weekends, as Racquetball Canada’s National Team Selection Event - the 2nd of the season - will happen in Grande Prairie, Alberta this coming weekend. The next weekend will be the USA Racquetball National Doubles in Tempe, Arizona, February 6-10.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


Women’s Open - Final

Sheryl Lotts d. Cristina Amaya, 15-9, 7-15, 11-10

Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya d. Hollie Scott, 15-9, 14-15, 11-9
Sheryl Lotts d. Sharon Jackson, 15-5, 15-8

Quarterfinals

Cristina Amaya d. Cassi Lee, 15-1, 15-0
Hollie Scott d. Adrienne Haynes, 13-15, 15-3, 11-1
Sheryl Lotts d. Susana Acosta, 7-15, 15-14, 11-2
Sharon Jackson d. Cecilia Pratt, 15-10, 15-6

2019 Atlanta Singles & Regional Doubles Championships
IRT Tier 5, Lilburn, Georgia - January 25-27, 2019


IRT - Final

Bolaji Kukoyi d. Alex Kerr, 15-7, 12-15, 11-8

Semi-finals

Bolaji Kukoyi d. Michael Arterburn, 15-0, 15-0
Alex Kerr d. Marco Mijares, 1-15, 15-13, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Longoria wins twice at 2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), extended her undefeated season by defeating LPRT #2 Samantha Salas, 11-1, 11-2, 11-6, in final of the 2019 Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. Longoria played well, but was helped a great deal by Salas, whose performance was far from her best. Longoria and Salas teamed up to play the LPRT Doubles final, and were victorious over Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-6.

In the singles final, Longoria jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game one, and won it comfortably, 11-1. Game two had a similar story line with Longoria leading 4-0. Salas did cut that lead in half at 4-2. But she didn’t score again as Longoria ran up seven unanswered points to win 11-2. Again in game three, Longoria took an early lead, 5-0. Salas did get within three at 6-3, but Longoria then ran the score up to 10-3. Salas fought off three matches points, frustrating Longoria in the process, which seemed a bit much given where they were in the match. Longoria ended the match on her fourth try, 11-6.

Longoria and Salas were in control during game one of the doubles final, as they took the lead at 4-1, 7-2 and 10-3. Mendez and Vargas got it to 10-5, but that was as much as they could score, as Longoria and Salas closed it out at 15-5 on a Longoria backhand pinch shot. In game two, Mendez and Vargas switched sides with Vargas going from left to right, and Mendez the opposite. It seemed to work, as they kept the score close early, and actually had leads at 2-0 and 4-3.

But after getting the serve back, Longoria and Salas scored nine points on the next ten rallies to make the score 12-4. Mendez and Vargas had tried to stop the momentum with a timeout at 10-4, but to no avail. Mendez did get her side the serve back with a backhand winner, and they did score a couple of points to halve their opponents’ total, making the score 12-6. But a Mendez skip gave the serve back to Longoria and Salas, who closed out the game and match on the next three rallies that Salas ended with winners: a backhand winner from the front court, and then two forehand winners, the second of which was a splat-pinch that was unreturnable. Salas was markedly better in the doubles compared to the singles final.

If you missed any of the action from Greenville, check out the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel. The next LPRT event is the Abierto Boliviano American Iris Open in Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 27-31.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria d. 2 Samantha Salas, 11-1, 11-2, 11-6

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Longoria & Salas to face off in 2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

For the 5th time this season on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Paola Longoria, the #1 LPRT player, will play #2 Samantha Salas in a final, as they both won their respective semi-final matches at the Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. Longoria had to come from a game down to defeat 4th seed Maria Jose Vargas, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5, while Salas also had to come back from a game down to beat 6th seed Nancy Enriquez, pulling out the victory in a 5th game tie-breaker, 11-2, 7-11, 10-12, 11-0, 11-8. Both Longoria and Salas have reached the final in each of the LPRT events they’ve entered this season, but Longoria has won all four of those previous finals, as well as the last LPRT event, which Salas wasn’t at.

Vargas looked like she was going to stop that streak in game one versus Longoria, as she went up 6-0, and went on to win 11-6 by shooting lights out, and chasing down any shots Longoria left up. They were even early in game two, as well, but Vargas was doing a lot of work in the rallies: throwing herself all over the court. They were tied at 3-3, and when Longoria went up 4-3, Vargas called a timeout - probably due to fatigue. The timeout didn’t help, as Longoria cruised on to win game two, 11-4, and level the match at 1-1.

In game two, Vargas scored the first three points, but Longoria got the next seven to lead 7-3. They were back and forth for awhile then, as Vargas made it 7-5. But that’s as close as she could get, and Longoria finished the game at 11-5 with a wide angle forehand shot.

If the writing wasn’t on the wall after that, then it surely was when Longoria went up 9-0 in game four. But credit Vargas for not just rolling over, as she staged a mini-comeback after Longoria made the score 10-1 with a drive serve ace to the left side. Vargas fought off that first match point with a backhand serve return winner off a Longoria drive serve to the left. Vargas then scored four points to make the score 10-5.

There were a couple of hinder calls in that run that Longoria felt could have been penalty hinders, but when she appealed the calls they were upheld by the line judges. Thus, when Longoria took the serve back with a backhand return winner, she let out a yell. She did the same after the next rally hitting a forehand wide angle pass that proved to be the match winner.

After winning the first game of her match with Enriquez, Salas found herself down 2-1, as Enriquez won games two and three. But Salas was able to force a tie-breaker by blanking Enriquez in game four, 11-0. In the breaker, Salas had control early, leading 3-1 and 4-2, but then they were tied at 4-4.

Enriquez took the lead from there, 6-4 and 7-5, but Salas caught up at 7-7. When Salas took the lead at 8-7 on a forehand cross court shot, Enriquez called a timeout. She got the serve back when play resumed with backhand touch shot, but then made an unforced error on a backhand shot, so didn’t score. Another Enriquez error - on a forehand this time - put Salas on 9-7.

It was Salas’s turn to make an unforced error, as she put a forehand shot into the floor to give the serve back to her opponent. Enriquez took advantage, and made the score 9-8, when Salas skipped another forehand shot. Salas called a timeout, and hit a winner to get the serve back when play resumed.

Salas got to match point by scraping a ball off the right wall, and hitting it low on the front wall. An amazing shot, really. Enriquez called a timeout. During a timeout, a player makes a plan for what to do when play resumes. Things probably did not go according to Enriquez’s plan when play resumed, as she skipped a forehand serve return, as she was trying to cut off a lob Z serve that Salas hit to the right side. Indeed, it seemed that a lot of the breaker was determined more by what Enriquez did, rather than Salas, as Enriquez hit some great shots, especially some flat backhand pinch shots, but she also made too many unforced errors, while Salas was more consistent.

In doubles, Longoria and Salas will play Vargas and Natalia Mendez in the final. Longoria and Salas defeated Rhonda Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts in two close games, 15-14, 15-10, while Vargas and Mendez needed a tie-breaker to get by Alexandra Herrera and Marie Renee Rodriguez, 15-10, 9-15, 11-3. Rajsich and Lotts had two chances to win game one of their match with Longoria and Salas, but couldn’t get it done. They were also ahead in game two, 10-7, only to surrender eight unanswered points by the top seeds Longoria and Salas.

The singles final will be Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles final scheduled for 2 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Maria Jose Vargas, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
2 Samantha Salas d. 6 Nancy Enriquez, 11-2, 7-11, 10-12, 11-0, 11-8

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria v. 2 Samantha Salas - 1 PM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-14, 15-10
3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-10, 9-15, 11-3

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Longoria, Salas, Vargas & Enriquez in semi-finals at 2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), won a rematch with Gabriela Martinez, the Women’s Singles International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion, at the Sweet Caroline Open, as Longoria beat Martinez 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, in Greenville, South Carolina. Martinez defeated Longoria at Worlds last year. Longoria will play 4th seed Maria Jose Vargas in the semi-finals later today, as Vargas won her match against 5th seed Rhonda Rajsich, 11-1, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7.

Nancy Enriquez had the sole upset of the quarterfinals, as she came back from two games down to defeat 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-1. Enriquez will play LPRT #2 Samantha Salas, who was a straight game winner over 10th seed Adriana Riveros, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4.

The semi-finals will be Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM Eastern. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles final scheduled for 2 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 8 Gabriela Martinez, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6
4 Maria Jose Vargas d. 5 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-1, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7

6 Nancy Enriquez d. 3 Alexandra Herrera, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-1
2 Samantha Salas d. 10 Adriana Riveros, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 4 Maria Jose Vargas - 6 PM
2 Samantha Salas v. 6 Nancy Enriquez - 5 PM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Top seeds advance at 2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

The top six seeds all won their respective matches in the Round of 16 at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who beat 17th seed Masiel Rivera, 11-1, 11-2, 11-4, as well as LPRT #2 Samantha Salas, who was an equally convincing winner over Ana Laura Flores, 11-6, 11-1, 11-5. In fact, six of the eight matches in the 16s were straight game victories.

One exception was 10th seed Adriana Riveros’s upset of 7th seed Natalia Mendez, which took five games, as Riveros prevented a Mendez comeback by winning 11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7. Riveros will play Salas in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The other exception was 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera’s win over Kelani Bailey Lawrence, as they traded zeroes in the games two and three of their match after Herrera came back to win first game. She took the match in four games, 11-8, 0-11, 11-0, 11-8, and will play Nancy Enriquez in the quarters after Enriquez beat Cassi Lee, 11-2, 11-0, 11-0.

Longoria’s win in the 16s sets up a rematch of last year’s International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championship final between her and Gabriela Martinez, which Martinez won. Martinez got to the quarters on Friday by defeating Hollie Scott, 11-3, 11-2, 11-2.

Only one small upset in doubles, as 5th seeds Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich beat 4th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-12, 15-5. Lotts and Rajsich will play top seeds Longoria and Salas in the semi-finals Saturday, as Longoria and Salas defeated Nancy Enriquez and Ana Laura Flores, 15-6, 15-3, in the quarters.

The singles quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (11 AM & Noon) and semi-finals Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM Eastern. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles final scheduled for 2 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria d. 17 Masiel Rivera, 11-1, 11-2, 11-4
8 Gabriela Martinez d. 24 Hollie Scott, 11-3, 11-2, 11-2

5 Rhonda Rajsich d. 12 Sheryl Lotts, 11-4, 13-11, 11-9
4 Maria Jose Vargas d. 13 Adrienne Haynes, 11-7, 11-2, 11-1

3 Alexandra Herrera d. 19 Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 11-8, 0-11, 11-0, 11-8
6 Nancy Enriquez d. 11 Cassi Lee, 11-2, 11-0, 11-0

10 Adriana Riveros d. 7 Natalia Mendez, 11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7
2 Samantha Salas d. 18 Ana Laura Flores, 11-6, 11-1, 11-5

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 8 Gabriela Martinez - Noon
4 Maria Jose Vargas v. 5 Rhonda Rajsich - Noon

3 Alexandra Herrera v. 6 Nancy Enriquez - 11 AM
2 Samantha Salas v. 10 Adriana Riveros - 11 AM

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 8 Nancy Enriquez & Ana Laura Flores, 15-6, 15-3
5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich d. 4 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-12, 15-5

3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 6 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera, 15-12, 15-8
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 7 Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson, 15-11, 15-6

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, January 25, 2019

Scott wins in Round of 32 at 2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

Young American Hollie Scott got the first big upset at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina, as she knocked off 9th seed Cristina Amaya in five games, 11-4, 4-11, 11-0, 7-11, 12-10, in the Round of 32. She’ll play 8th seed Gabriela Martinez in the Round of 16, after Martinez beat 25th seed Robin Whitmire, 11-3, 11-0, 11-5.

There were three other smaller upsets in the 32s. Kelani Bailey Lawrence, the 19th seed, got the better of 14th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez, winning 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10. She’ll play 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera in the 16s. Also, Masiel Rivera won the 16/17 seed match with a convincing performance against Brenda Laime, 11-1, 11-1, 11-3. Rivera’s reward is a match with LPRT #1 Paola Longoria. Finally, Ana Laura Flores defeated veteran left-hander Susana Acosta, 13-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, so she will play LPRT #2 Samantha Salas in the Round of 16.

The Round of 16 begins Friday afternoon at 3 PM Eastern. The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (11 AM & Noon) and semi-finals Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles final scheduled for 2 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
17 Masiel Rivera d. 16 Brenda Laime, 11-1, 11-1, 11-3

24 Hollie Scott d. 9 Cristina Amaya, 11-4, 4-11, 11-0, 7-11, 12-10
8 Gabriela Martinez d. 25 Robin Whitmire, 11-3, 11-0, 11-5

5 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12 Sheryl Lotts d. 21 Hannah Shnurman, 11-5, 11-2, 11-5

13 Adrienne Haynes d. 20 Jennifer Dering, 11-3, 11-9, 11-3
4 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

3 Alexandra Herrera - BYE
19 Kelani Bailey Lawrence d. 14 Maria Renee Rodriguez, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10

11 Cassi Lee v. 22 Laura Brandt, 11-5, 11-4, 4-11, 11-4
6 Nancy Enriquez - BYE

7 Natalia Mendez d. 26 Mary Kirchoff, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
10 Adriana Riveros d. 23 Cecilia Pratt, 11-8, 11-3, 11-1

18 Ana Laura Flores d. 15 Susana Acosta, 13-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4
2 Samantha Salas - BYE

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria d. 17 Masiel Rivera - 6 PM
8 Gabriela Martinez v. 24 Hollie Scott - 6 PM

5 Rhonda Rajsich v. 12 Sheryl Lotts - 3 PM
4 Maria Jose Vargas v. 13 Adrienne Haynes

3 Alexandra Herrera v. 19 Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 4 PM
6 Nancy Enriquez v. 11 Cassi Lee - 4 PM

7 Natalia Mendez v. 10 Adriana Riveros - 5 PM
2 Samantha Salas v. 18 Ana Laura Flores - 5 PM

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8 Nancy Enriquez & Ana Laura Flores d. 9 Susana Acosta & Hollie Scott, 15-7, 15-10

5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
6 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - BYE

7 Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson d. 10 Jennifer Dering & Cassi Lee, 15-8, 15-1
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 8 Nancy Enriquez & Ana Laura Flores - 8 PM
4 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM

3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 6 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - 7 PM
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 7 Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, January 24, 2019

2019 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open - Preview

The first Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event of 2019 is this weekend, when they will convene in Greenville, South Carolina for the Sweet Caroline Open. There are 26 players in the field of this LPRT Grand Slam event. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will try to continue her undefeated season. Joining Longoria in Greenville will be 9 of the top 10 LPRT players and 16 of the top 20, including LPRT #2 Samantha Salas.

Salas, who is also Longoria’s long time doubles partner, has been in four of the five LPRT finals this season, and missed the last event of 2018, so - like Longoria - she also has a streak to continue. Salas is the last player to defeat Longoria on tour, doing so last April in San Antonio.

Longoria and Salas are the top seeds in doubles, but there other good and interesting teams, including 3rd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas, 4th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, and 5th seeds Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich. All three of those teams are regular pairings, as is Kelani Bailey Lawrence and Sharon Jackson, who are seeded 7th but are the defending USA Racquetball National Champions.

The curious thing is that Jackson is playing doubles only, not singles. Bailey Lawrence is playing both. In contrast, Gabriela Martinez is only playing singles, and not doubles, although her usual doubles partner - Maria Renee Rodriguez - is in Greenville, and playing both singles and doubles. Advantage to Alexandra Herrera, who is partnering with Rodriguez this weekend, and they are the 2nd seeds.

The tournament starts Friday morning with the Round of 32. The Round of 16 will be Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (11 AM & Noon) and semi-finals Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 1 PM with the doubles final scheduled for 2 PM. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-27, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Brenda Laime v. 17 Masiel Rivera - Noon

9 Cristina Amaya v. 24 Hollie Scott - Noon
8 Gabriela Martinez v. 25 Robin Whitmire - 1 PM

5 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12 Sheryl Lotts v. 21 Hannah Shnurman - 10 AM

13 Adrienne Haynes v. 20 Jennifer Dering - 10 AM
4 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

3 Alexandra Herrera - BYE
14 Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 19 Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 10 AM

11 Cassi Lee v. 22 Laura Brandt - 11 AM
6 Nancy Enriquez - BYE

7 Natalia Mendez v. 26 Mary Kirchoff - 11 AM
10 Adriana Riveros v. 23 Cecilia Pratt - 11 AM

15 Susana Acosta v. 18 Ana Laura Flores - Noon
2 Samantha Salas - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8 Nancy Enriquez & Ana Laura Flores v. 9 Susana Acosta & Hollie Scott - 1 PM

5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

3 Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
6 Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - BYE

7 Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sharon Jackson v. 10 Cassi Lee & ? - 1 PM
2 Alexandra Herrera & Maria Renee Rodriguez - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Weekend Round Up - Franco & Mar both win twice

Gerardo Franco was a double winner this past weekend at the 41st Lewis Drug Pro-Am, as he won both Men’s Open Singles and Doubles. In the singles final, Franco squeaked out the win over Tim Landeryou, 12-15, 15-10, 11-10. It was Landeryou’s 4th tie-breaker in as many matches in Sioux Falls, and his 2nd 11-10 result. He’d beaten Sebastian Fernandez 11-10 in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, Franco beat Mario Mercado, 15-10, 15-9, and Landeryou defeated Adam Manilla, 4-15, 15-13, 11-8.

Franco won Men’s Open Doubles with Fernandez, as the young Mexican team beat USA veterans John Goth & Brent Walters, 15-10, 15-12. In the semi-finals, Franco and Fernandez beat a pair of former International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Men's Doubles World Champions in Doug Ganim and Alejandro Herrera, 15-5, 15-8. Ganim won Men’s Doubles at Worlds three times: 1988, 1990 (both with Dan Obremski) and 1992 (Eric Muller), while Herrera won the title in 2014 with Sebastian Franco (no relation to Gerardo).

World Racquetball Tour

It’s been awhile since we’d heard anything from the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), but they began their 2019 season last weekend with the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas. Javier Mar won Men’s Singles by defeating Eduardo Garay, 15-12, 15-11, in the final. Garay had knocked off #1 seed Jaime Martell, 15-10, 13-15, 11-6, in the semi-finals, while Mar beat 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona in two close games, 15-14, 15-11.

Like Franco in Sioux Falls, Mar was a double winner in Austin, as he and Garay teamed up to win the WRT Doubles title. They got the better of Jordy Alonso and Javier Estrada in the final, winning in a tie-breaker 5-15, 15-10, 11-8. In the semis, Garay and Mar defeated Cardona and Shai Manzuri, 15-13, 15-12, while Alonso and Estrada narrowly upset the #1 seeded team of Martell and Alan Natera, 15-13, 15-14.

In Women’s Open, Adriana Riveros beat Brenda Laime, 15-6, 15-6.

LPRT - Sweet Caroline Open

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) is be front and center this weekend, as they visit Greenville, South Carolina for the 2019 Sweet Caroline Open. Twenty seven players are in the field, including Riveros and Laime, as well as LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, #2 Samantha Salas, #3 Alexandra Herrera and #4 Maria Jose Vargas.

41st Lewis Drug IRT Pro-Am, January 17-20 2019
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Men’s Open Final

3) Gerardo Franco d. 5) Tim Landeryou, 12-15, 15-10, 11-10

Semi-finals

5) Tim Landeryou d. 1) Adam Manilla, 4-15, 15-13, 11-8
3) Gerardo Franco d. 2) Mario Mercado, 15-10, 15-9

Quarterfinals

1) Adam Manilla d. 9) Christian Longoria, 15-10, 9-15, 11-1
5) Tim Landeryou d. 4) Sebastian Fernandez, 11-15, 15-10, 11-10
3) Gerardo Franco d. 6) Felipe Camacho, 14-15, 15-7, 11-8
2) Mario Mercado d. 23) Cesar Castillo, 15-4, 15-9

Men’s Open Doubles Final

4) Sebastian Fernandez & Gerardo Franco d. 2) John Goth & Brent Walters, 15-10, 15-12

Semi-finals

4) Sebastian Fernandez & Gerardo Franco d. 1) Doug Ganim & Alejandro Herrera, 15-5, 15-8
2) John Goth & Brent Walters d. 3) Lee Connell & Lee Meinerz, 15-4, 15-6

WRT Longhorn Open, January 18-20 2019
Austin, Texas


WRT - Men’s Final

6) Javier Mar d. 4) Eduardo Garay, 15-12, 15-11

Semi-finals

4) Eduardo Garay d. 1) Jaime Martell, 15-10, 13-15, 11-6
6) Javier Mar d. 2) Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-11

WRT - Men’s Doubles Final

2) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar d. 5) Jordy Alonso & Javier Estrada, 5-15, 15-10, 11-8

Semi-finals

5) Jordy Alonso & Javier Estrada d. 1) Jaime Martell & Alan Natera, 15-13, 15-14
2) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar d. 3) Alejandro Cardona & Shai Manzuri, 15-13, 15-12

Women’s Open Final

Adriana Riveros d. Brenda Laime, 15-6, 15-6

Semi-finals

Adriana Riveros d. Julienne Arnold, 15-0, 15-3
Brenda Laime d. Adrienne Haynes, 15-12, 15-4

Follow the bouncing ball….