Monday, October 14, 2019

Weekend Round Up - Horn wins Bay Club Classic

David Horn won the Bay Club Classic - a Tier 4 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event - on the weekend in Pleasanton, California. Horn defeated Charlie Pratt in the final, 15-13, 15-11. In the semi-finals, Horn beat Adam Manilla, 15-13, 15-11, and Pratt defeated Jose Diaz, 15-12, 15-6.

Couple of close results in the earlier rounds. In the quarterfinals, an all left hander battle between Manilla and Robert Collins needed a tie-breaker to decide it with Manilla coming out on top, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3. Also in the Round of 16, Mauro Rojas squeaked out a win over Sebastian Fernandez, 15-11, 9-15, 11-10, which set up the quarterfinal with Pratt.

2019 Bay Club Classic - IRT Tier 4
Pleasanton, California, October 11-13, 2019


Men’s Final (seeding)

(1) David Horn d. (6) Charlie Pratt, 15-13, 15-11

Semi-finals

(1) David Horn d. (5) Adam Manilla, 15-13, 15-11
(6) Charlie Pratt d. (2) Jose Diaz, 15-12, 15-6

Quarterfinals

(1) David Horn d. (9) Christian Longoria, 15-2, 15-8
(5) Adam Manilla d. (4) Robert Collins, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

(6) Charlie Pratt d. (14) Mauro Rojas, 15-10, 15-6
(2) Jose Diaz d. (7) Diego Garcia, 15-12, 15-11

Round of 16

(1) David Horn d. (16) Tony Jammal, 15-1, 15-1
(9) Christian Longoria d. (8) Diego Gatica, 15-1, 15-3

(5) Adam Manilla d. (21) Mitch Forrest Jr., 15-5, 15-3
(4) Robert Collins d. (20) Vedant Chauhan, 15-7, 15-12

(14) Mauro Rojas d. (3) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-11, 9-15, 11-10
(6) Charlie Pratt d. (22) Nikhil Prasad, 15-7, 15-10

(7) Diego Garcia d. (10) Francisco Troncoso, 15-7, 15-11
(2) Jose Diaz d. (18) Rafael Gatica, 15-4, 15-4

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Friday, October 11, 2019

When 100 ≠ 100

Paola Longoria won her 10th Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) US Open Racquetball Championship on Sunday, and in the aftermath she declared it was also her 100th pro victory. People make a big deal out of numbers divisible by 10 and sometimes even 5. We even have words signifying their significance, like decade, century and millennium. So, 100 wins seems like a big deal.

But is 100 really a bigger deal than 99 or 101? No, not really. Our use of a base 10 number system is arbitrary.

In sports, any wins are significant, not arbitrary. Dozens of women have played professional racquetball, but only 27 players have won a professional racquetball tournament, which is fewer players than have won a men’s pro racquetball tournament (40). Only 10 women have won more than 10 tournaments (see how easy it is to assign significance to 10?). No one has won more pro tournaments than Longoria. It’s not even close.

But those wins are Tier 1 or Grand Slam (i.e., main) events. And Longoria hasn’t won 100 of those. She’s won 93. We’re not sure what other events are being counted to get Longoria to 100, but they aren’t main events, so to group them with main events is inappropriate and misleading, in our opinion.

It seems like Longoria is saying she's got 100 apples, when in fact, 7 of those apples are actually oranges. That’s not right. Claiming that it's 100 pro victories is like saying it's 100 fruit, so they are all the same, but the field of players for minor events is significantly fewer than for main events (i.e., Tier 1 / Grand Slam events). That is especially true for women’s events, which generally have smaller fields than men’s events. (e.g., there were 41 women in the LPRT field last week & 94 men in the International Racquetball Tour - IRT - field). If there are fewer players, then there are generally fewer elite players, so the minor events are less competitive; that’s why they are minor events.

That the LPRT has simply gone along with what Longoria says is a total tail wagging the dog situation. The LPRT should have a complete record of its events, although racquetball has not been good at keeping these records. Thus, we’re not sure if the LPRT has a record past what the has been recorded on the Pro Racquetball Stats website, which lists Longoria as having 93 main event wins.

Pro Racquetball Stats has tried to address the discrepancy between the 100 wins Longoria says she has and the 93 main event wins they have on record. But still it seems like a grouping of apples and oranges to us, and we just want to know about them apples.

Best ever?

Longoria’s is a great player. Some will likely argue that she’s the best ever, although we’re not so sure. What makes us hesitate is that she came along at a time when the other elite players were significantly older. When Longoria first appeared in the top 10 (2007-08) the top 4 players were all more than a decade older than her (see what we did there?): Rhonda Rajsich was 11 years older, Cheryl Gudinas 22 years older, Kerri Wachtel 15, and Angela Grisar 16. The only players in the top 10 close to Longoria in age were Kristen Bellows, who was 7 years older, and Adrienne Haynes, 4 years older. Thus, Longoria’s career began with her main competition being players who were significantly older than her, and if anything is true in sport, it’s that Father Time doesn’t lose, and Father Time was on Longoria’s side.

Over the next five seasons (2008-09 to 2012-13), when Longoria finished #1 four times, only two players younger than Longoria were in the top 10: Veronica Sotomayor in 2008-09 and Maria Jose Vargas in 2012-13. It wasn’t until 2013-14 that more than one player younger than Longoria was in the top 10 (Vargas, Sotomayor, Frédérique Lambert & Aubrey Kirch). So Longoria’s main competition wasn’t from players around her age at the start of her career.

None of that is Longoria’s fault, of course. She can only play who’s in front of her. But when you compare players’ careers who they played against has to be taken into account. Trying to compare the eras players competed in makes career comparisons difficult, if not actually impossible, which is why trying to determine “the greatest player ever” is usually one of opinion rather than fact. But it’s fun to speculate about it.

Longoria’s a great racquetball player. She’s won a lot of racquetball tournaments, and she’s going to win many more. Each of her victories counts, but some are a bigger deal than others.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Waselenchuk wins #15 at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Kane Waselenchuk won his 15th US Open International Racquetball Tour (IRT) title Sunday at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, where he ended 15th seed Conrrado Moscoso's Cinderella run with a straight game victory, 15-12, 15-5. Waselenchuk has won 11 consecutive US Open titles, and did the double this year for the fourth time as the lefthander won both singles and doubles with Ben Croft.

The first game of the final was great, and Moscoso had small leads early at 2-0 and 4-2. But Waselenchuk tied the match at 4-4 with an ace drive serve to the left side. They would tie again at 5 and 7, but Moscoso never led again.

From 7-7, Waselenchuk won three consecutive rallies to lead 10-7 with the 9th point a drive serve ace to the right side and the 10th point a service winner to the left side. Moscoso called time out.

Waselenchuk was charged with a penalty hinder when play resumed, as he hit a Z serve that came across the centre of the court, where Moscoso was ready to hit it with Waselenchuk standing between the ball and the front wall. The referee only called a hinder, but Moscoso appealed to the line judges for an avoidable and they overturned the referee's call.

But Moscoso couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. A messy rally ended when he tried to hit a ceiling ball to keep the rally going, but skipped it. From there Waselenchuk went up 12-7, and Moscoso cut it to 12-9.

Then the game stalled, as they went back and forth. Thirteen rallies resulted in just one point, which went to Waselenchuk, making the score 13-9.

Moscoso got within one at 13-12 with a three point run helped by two errors from Waselenchuk. But Waselenchuk forced Moscoso into a backhand skip to get the serve back.

He then hit a forehand over to the left side around Moscoso to reach 14-12. Waselenchuk won it with his first game point, 15-12.

Game one was great with both players playing at a high level. But when game two started it seemed like Waselenchuk had more left than Moscoso, as took a 5-0 lead. Moscoso did come back to 5-4 and kept it close at 7-5.

But he wouldn't score again, as Moscoso struggled to find a serve that was effective against the 14 time champion. Moscoso had opportunities, as he served six times after 7-5, but he scored no points.

So Waselenchuk slowly but surely worked his way to the end. Then the last three points came on consecutive rallies. Moscoso skipped a forehand shot (he appealed but the line judges agreed with the referee). A backhand skip by Moscoso put Waselenchuk on match point, and he ended it with a drive serve ace to the right side.

It was an appropriate finish to Waselenchuk's 15th US Open victory.

The next IRT event will be the Arizona State Pro Am, October 24-27 in Tempe, Arizona.

If you missed the final, look for it via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT - Final - Sunday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 15) Conrrado Moscoso, 15-12, 15-5

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Longoria defeats Vargas to win 10th UnitedHealthcare US Open LPRT title

Paola Longoria defeated Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-7, to win the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) title at the 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. Longoria, the LPRT's #1 player, won for the 9th straight year and 10th time overall.

Longoria served very well in the match. Vargas didn't play poorly. She just didn't get much of a chance to play, as Longoria put her under pressure with a great service game. Longoria got seven aces or service winners in the match, as well as three other points off return errors by Vargas. So, a third of Longoria's points were directly off her serve.

In game one, Vargas got the first point, but then Longoria went out to a 5-1 lead. She extended that to 11-2. Vargas got three points on consecutive rallies with forehand winners to make the score 11-5. However, a soft backhand pinch shot by Longoria got her back into the service box.

After taking a timeout, Longoria hit a drive serve to the right side that left Vargas in a heap against the side wall. Ace. She followed that with an ace to the left side. Two more winners by Longoria, and the game was done. 15-5.

Longoria also started well in game two, taking a 4-0 lead. But Vargas responded with three points of her own, and when she hit a booming backhand cross court that made it 4-3, there was a sense that this game might be different from game one.

And it was close through the middle of game two, as Vargas got within one at 6-5 and 8-7. However, Vargas lost serve when she skipped a forehand shot off the frame of her racquet, and she never served again.

Longoria won seven straight points on almost as many rallies. There were two hinder calls in that period, and the second of them caused an angry outburst by Longoria that seemed unnecessary given that she was up a game and 13-7. Nonetheless, she finished off the game and match with two backhand pinch winners for paints 14 and 15.

Longoria acknowledged after the match that she was nursing a shoulder injury, which explained all the athletic tape on her right shoulder. Yet she played through whatever pain she was feeling to get the good feeling of another US Open victory.

The LPRT's next event is the LPRT Pro Am Turkey Shoot in Chicago, November 22-24.

To see the US Open final go to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria d. 3) Maria Jose Vargas, 15-5, 15-7

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Croft & Waselenchuk win IRT Doubles at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk won the rubber match with Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa as the two teams met in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Doubles division for the 3rd year running at the 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa were defending champions, and Croft and Waselenchuk won two years ago, and they did again on Saturday, defeating Beltran and De La Rosa, 15-11, 15-8. Croft and Waselenchuk have won the US Open IRT Doubles title four of the six years its been played.

Early in game one, it looked like Beltan and De La Rosa might successfully defend their title, as they got the first two points of the match. However, Croft and Waselenchuk got the next nine, and went from 2-1 to 9-2 on eight straight rallies.

The defending champions came back, and got within three at 11-8, and then within two at 13-11. But they got no closer as Waselenchuk hit winners on back to back rallies to get the serve back.

They called a timeout before serving, and when play resumed the rarest thing happened. Kane Waselenchuk whiffed on a ball. To be fair, it was close the side wall, but still! Reality was restored as he hit winners on the next two rallies to close out the game, 15-11.

Although Beltran and De La Rosa seemed to have some momentum from the second half of game one, that evaporated as Croft and Waselenchuk took a 5-0 lead in game two. From there the writing was on the wall, as the lead extended to 8-2 and 11-3.

Beltran and De La Rosa did put together a string of five straight points to get close at 11-8, and you thought "maybe there's a chance." But they didn't score again after that.

Croft and Waselenchuk got the serve back, and scored three points to reach match point at 14-8. Then Waselenchuk was forced into a skip, as the ball was hit at him. He tried to hit the ball back between his legs, which he's often successful with, but not this time.

Yet Beltran and De La Rosa couldn't score. De La Rosa skipped a shot that he was diving for, and then Beltran skipped a pinch shot, which seemed like an unforced error, to give the service back to their opponents.

On the next rally, the ball was driven wide into the back court, and De La Rosa dove again to try to keep it in play, but to no avail. That made it 15-8, and made Croft and Waselenchuk US Open Doubles Champions for the fourth time.

If you missed the final, check out the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-11, 15-8

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Herrera & Mejia win LPRT Doubles at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Alexandra Herrera and Montserrat Mejia won their first US Open Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Doubles title Saturday at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis by defeating the defending champions and top ranked LPRT doubles players Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, 15-13, 15-12. It was a great match with many double digit shot rallies, diving gets and flat roll outs.

Herrera and Mejia had played Longoria and Salas in the US Open final three previous years, but never won. The broke that goose egg today. Also, it's Longoria's first loss in doubles at the US Open. She had won the title the five years the LPRT has played doubles in Minneapolis. Three years with Salas and one each with Veronica Sotomayor and Gabriela Martinez (when Salas was injured).

Longer description to follow.

You need to watch the final on the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel, because it was an incredible performance by both teams.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. 1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas, 15-13, 15-12

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Moscoso 1st South American in UnitedHealthcare US Open IRT Final

Conrrado Moscoso's Cinderella run through the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) draw at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships continued Saturday in Minneapolis, where he created another upset win, taking out IRT #6 Daniel De La Rosa, 15-11, 15-11, in the semi-finals. The win puts Moscoso into the US Open final for the first time, and he's the first Bolivian and first South American player to be a US Open finalist. In the final he'll play IRT #1 and 11 time defending US Open champion Kane Waselenchuk, who beat IRT #4 Alejandro Landa, 15-1, 15-2, in the other semi-final.

The Moscoso / De La Rosa match was closely contended, as they were never separated by more than three points, until the end of each game. In game one, they were tied at 3, 4 and 7. But after 7-7, Moscoso won three straight rallies to lead 10-7. It was lead he wouldn't relinquish.

De La Rosa did get within one at 12-11 after he hit a drive serve ace down the right side. But Moscoso got the serve back with a backhand winner off a lob serve to the left side, and followed that up with a drive serve ace of his own to the left side. A great forehand pinch shot put Moscoso on game point at 14-11.

De La Rosa fought that off with a backhand return cross court winner off a lob to the left side. However, Moscoso did the same thing, except with a forehand cross court winner. He closed out game one emphatically with an ace drive serve to the left side.

Moscoso led through the first half of game two. But De La Rosa tied the game at 8, 9 and 10. He actually led 10-9, and Moscoso called a timeout at that point. When play resumed, Moscoso won the next five rallies with winning shots, taking the serve back and then scoring four points to lead 13-10.

Moscoso reached match point at 14-10 by hitting a backhand cross court with De La Rosa in the front court. However, he made an unforced error by skipping a forehand on the next rally. De La Rosa scored another point, making it 14-11, but was then forced into skipping a forehand shot by Moscoso.

Moscoso's 2nd match point went by as he skipped a backhand shot, which may have been a result of momentary fatigue, as Moscoso dove three times in that rally. He got the serve right back though with a backhand return off a De La Rosa drive serve to the left side.

The next rally - Moscoso's 3rd game point - ended when he and De La Rosa got entangled in midcourt. Moscoso stayed down clutching at his ankle, and when he did get up, it was to hop off the court taking an injury timeout. There was a physiotherapist on hand, who checked Moscoso out, and thankfully, he was able to get back on court after a few minutes.

A hinder was called on that rally, so Moscoso had a chance to serve for the match a 4th time. He made good on that opportunity by ending it with a forehand winner.

Waselenchuk's win over Landa was decisive. Landa's only point in game one came off an ace drive serve to the left side, which is Waselenchuk's forehand, as he's left-handed. That made the score 5-1 for Waselenchuk, and they exchanged a few sideouts after that. It looked like Landa was going to make a game of it.

However, Waselenchuk had other ideas, as he ran the table from there with Landa only serving twice after Waselenchuk made it 6-1.

In game two, Landa served first and got a point on the first rally, so early on it looked like game two would be more of a contest than game one. But after Waselenchuk got the serve back at 3-2, he scored 12 unanswered points to win, 15-2, and take the match in two games. As in game one, Landa only served twice in that stretch, as Waselenchuk hit three aces including one on match point to reach the US Open final for a record extending 12 straight year.

He's won the previous 11 years, and 14 overall. Only Moscoso stands between Waselenchuk and his 15th US Open title.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Alejandro Landa, 15-1, 15-2
15) Conrrado Moscoso d. 6) Daniel De La Rosa, 15-11, 15-11

IRT - Final - Sunday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 15) Conrrado Moscoso - Noon

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Vargas into UnitedHealthcare US Open LPRT final for 2nd time

Maria Jose Vargas is into the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) final at the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis for the 2nd time in her career after defeating Samantha Salas, 15-12, 7-15, 11-1. She'll face 8 time defending champion and LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the final Sunday, as Longoria beat Montserrat Mejia in the other semi-final, 15-5, 15-6.

Vargas started strong against Salas, as she went out to a 9-2 lead in game one. Salas called timeouts at 5-0 and 11-3, but it was only after the score was 12-3 that she was able to make her way back into the game. Salas cut the lead to 12-6, but a Vargas forehand serve return winner off a Salas drive to the right put Vargas back in the service box.

Vargas got two points via forehand winners to reach game point at 14-6. But a great forehand pinch by Salas denied Vargas's first game point, and led to six straight points, making the score 14-12.

Just when it looked like Salas was going to come all the way back and steal the game, Vargas hit a nice controlled backhand down the line serve return off a Salas drive to the left side. Vargas closed out the game on the next rally with a forehand winner.

Despite losing game one, Salas had the momentum, and carried that over into game two, as she went out to a 7-0 lead. She held the lead and extended it to 13-4. Vargas clawed a few points back before Salas got the last two points with back to back winners - a forehand and a backhand.

In the breaker, Salas served first and scored, 1-0. But she wouldn't score again, and only served once more, when they were tied at 1-1. Vargas hit a forehand winner off that second service - a drive Z to the right side - and then proceeded to run the table.

Salas must have sensed something early, as she did take a timeout at 3-1. Often the player taking a timeout will win the 1st rally after it, but not this time, as Vargas hit back to back drive serve aces to the left side to go up 5-1.

Salas skipped a forehand shot to make it 6-1. Then Vargas hit three winners to make it 9-1. Another Salas skip gave Vargas match point at 10-1, and she ended it with a backhand winner, 11-1.

Coming into Minneapolis, Salas was the #2 LPRT player and Vargas #3. That may change, as Salas was a US Open finalist last year and Vargas lost in the Round of 32, so Salas will drop some points and Vargas should get a big boost. Yet there's about a 277 point difference between them, so we're not sure if Vargas will make up all that difference.

In the other semi-final, Longoria went out to a big lead in game one at 8-1, and then 12-2 and 14-2. But Longoria skipped the first game point, and then the second one and the third one.

Mejia finally scored some points after fighting off the third game point. She won three rallies in row with winning shots: two backhands and an overhead forehand, which made the score 14-5. Longoria called timeout.

When play resumed, Longoria took the serve back with a forehand pinch shot, and won the game with another forehand shot, 15-5.

Game two started out like game one, as Longoria took a 5-0 lead. But Mejia got a point to make it 5-1, and she worked her way back into the game, tying the score at 6-6. Again, Longoria called a timeout.

Mejia hit a drive serve to the right side on the ensuing rally, and Longoria returned it cross court for a winner. She then hit Z serves to the left side - Mejia's backhand, which was a change, and an effective one, as it led to three straight points and a 9-6 advantage.

Although Mejia got a hideout at that point, she didn't score, and only served once more, as Longoria went on to win with 9 unanswered points, 15-6. She pounced on an offensive opportunity to get her 14th point, hitting a forehand cross court from centre court. Then Longoria sealed the victory at 15-6 with a backhand pinch volley from the front court.

Look to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel for US Open action.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 12) Montserrat Mejia, 15-5, 15-6
3) Maria Jose Vargas d. 2) Samantha Salas, 15-12, 7-15, 11-1

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 3) Maria Jose Vargas - 10 AM

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Rematch in IRT Doubles Final at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

For the 3rd year running, Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa will play Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Doubles division at the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa are the defending champions, but Croft and Waselenchuk have won the IRT Doubles title at the US Open three of the five years its been contested, including two years ago against Beltran and De La Rosa.

In the semi-finals, Beltan and De La Rosa beat Kadim Carrasco and Carlos Keller, 15-12, 15-9, while Croft and Waselenchuk defeated Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray, 15-7, 15-7.

For a large part of game one, it looked like Carrasco and Keller were going to win against Beltran and De La Rosa, as they have a lead at 8-4, and 11-8. But the defending champions caught up at 11-11, and then took the lead, 13-11, on back to back backhand pinches by De La Rosa.

Carrasco got his side the serve back with a forehand cross court shot, and Keller scored a point with a backhand winner. But Keller forced to play the ball in the back right corner and skipped it, giving the serve back to Beltran and De La Rosa.

Beltran put his side on game point with a forehand wide angle pass, but they couldn't convert their first three game points. The third was lost when De La Rosa put a ball into the floor attempting a forehand reverse pinch: an unforced error if there ever was one.

No damage came of that mistake, however, as Beltran hit two winners to deny Carrasco and Keller any points. On their 4th game point, De La Rosa hit a pinch shot from deep in the court to win it.

Beltran and De La Rosa ran out to a big lead to start game two, going up 10-3. Carrasco and Keller did close within four twice at 10-6 and 13-9, but they could get no closer. Nonetheless, it took six match points before Beltran and De La Rosa were able to close it out. The winner came when Keller was moving forward, and got jammed, so he skipped his shot.

Although the scores weren't that close, the Croft / Waselenchuk versus Landa / Murray match was close with the three time champs only pulling away late in each game. Landa and Murray actually led, 6-4, in the middle of game one, and looked like that might be able to pull off an upset.

But Croft and Waselenchuk tied the game at 6-6, and then pushed on to score 9 of the next 10 points to win game one, 15-7. The last four points came on consecutive rallies. After a forehand winner by Waselenchuk and then a forehand pinch winner by Croft, Croft hit a drive jam serve to the left side that came around to Landa on the right side, and he skipped a backhand return shot.

Croft and Waselenchuk went out to a 5-0 lead in game two, and it looked like they would just run away with it. However, Landa and Murray didn't quit, and they worked their way back into the game, and got within one trailing 7-6.

Unfortunately for them, Landa and Murray only got one more point in the match, as Croft and Waselenchuk went on to win the game 15-7 and the match in two straight games. But it wasn't a quick ending, as the last 8 points took 27 rallies to get. Landa and Murray served 9 times but only got one point.

Waselenchuk got his side their 13th and 14th points in his typical style: a soft backhand pinch shot for 13 and then 14 was a forehand kill shot as he was falling backwards that most players couldn't have made good on let alone flat rolled. But Waselenchuk isn't most players.

Match point came as Croft hit a high lob that nicked off the right side wall, and Landa couldn't successfully return it as it come close by the back wall.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller, 15-12, 15-9
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray, 15-7, 15-7

IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - 5:00 PM

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Mejia's run continues at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Montserrat Mejia's run through the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draw continued Friday at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, as Mejia defeated 4th seed Alexandra Herrera, who is her doubles partner, 15-3, 5-15, 11-2. Mejia will play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the semi-finals, as Longoria beat Masiel Rivera, 15-8, 15-8, in the quarterfinals.

Samantha Salas and Maria Jose Vargas will face off in the other semi. Both players won their respective quarterfinal matches in two straight games. Salas defeated Nancy Enriquez, 15-9, 15-9, while Vargas beat Natalia Mendez, 15-13, 15-2, in what was also a battle of doubles partners.

In the middle of game two, it looked like Enriquez might force Salas into a tie-breaker, as she was up 8-4. But Salas turned up the heat, and was able to win 11 of the next 12 points to win the game 15-9. The 14th point came off an avoidable / penalty hinder call against Enriquez, who then skipped a shot on the next rally to end the game and match.

The LPRT Doubles semi-finals were not close. Top seeds Longoria and Salas defeated 4th seeds Brenda Laime and Rivera, 15-6, 15-4, while Herrera and Mejia beat Enriquez and Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-1. The wins set up a 4th meeting between Longoria and Salas and Herrera and Mejia, and the previous three have all gone to Longoria and Salas.

In fact, Longoria is undefeated in doubles at the US Open, although she played with two other partners (Veronica Sotomayor, 2014, Gabriela Martinez, 2017) in years Salas was injured.

Look to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel for some of the US Open action.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Masiel Rivera, 15-8, 15-8
12) Montserrat Mejia d. 4) Alexandra Herrera, 15-3, 5-15, 11-2

3) Maria Jose Vargas d. 6) Natalia Mendez, 15-13, 15-2
2) Samantha Salas d. 7) Nancy Enriquez, 15-9, 15-9

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 12) Montserrat Mejia - 1 PM
2) Samantha Salas v. 3) Maria Jose Vargas - 10 AM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera, 15-6, 15-4
3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-1

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - 4 PM

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IRT Quarterfinals at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Alejandro Landa claimed the first spot in the semi-finals of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) competition at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships with a win over Alvaro Beltran, 15-9, 15-13. Landa, the IRT's #4 ranked player, will play his 3rd career US Open semi-final Saturday against IRT #1 and 11 time defending US Open champion Kane Waselenchuk, who beat Javier Mar in two straight games, 15-5, 15-3.

Landa generally controlled the first game against Beltran, as he went up 12-5. But then a few skips from Landa let Beltran back into the game, as he closed the gap to 12-9. Landa got the serve back with a forehand cross court from the left side.

He then put together three straight points to close out game one, winning it with a forehand pinch shot.

They were close early in game two and then Beltran pulled ahead 8-4 and then 9-5. Landa started his comeback with a drive serve ace to the left side, 9-6, and followed that up with three points on consecutive rallies to tie the score 9-9.

Beltran went back ahead 11-9 only to see Landa tie it again at 11-11. Landa went ahead, 12-11, with a backhand winner, and held the lead from there. But it took 20 rallies to get the last three points, as Beltran kept fighting to push the match to a tie-breaker. Landa ended it in style, as he hit a drive serve ace to the left side.

Daniel De La Rosa, who was a finalist last year in Minneapolis, defeated Andree Parrilla, 13-15, 15-5, 11-7, in a hotly contested match. It looked like De La Rosa would win game one, as he led most of the way, although never by a lot. But they were tied late at 11-11 and 13-13, when Parrilla got the serve back with a backhand winner.

He got 14 after appealing for an avoidable, and it was given by the line judges. De La Rosa skipped a forehand shot on the next rally to end the game in Parrilla's favour, 15-13.

Game two was all De La Rosa, as he took a 9-1 lead, and cruised to a 15-5 win. Game three was a different story. Parrilla took the early lead 4-0, but De La Rosa tied it at 4-4. Those 8 points took 35 rallies to get, as both players seemed to be feeling the weight of a US Open semi-final berth.

They also tied at 5-5 and 6-6. But after De La Rosa got to 7 with a backhand winner, he never trailed again. Parrilla called a timeout at that point - trailing 7-6 - and when play resumed he hit an overhead cut forehand reverse pinch, which was an incredible "no guts, no glory" kind of shot.

Sadly, it didn't lead to points for Parrilla, as he would only score one more before De La Rosa ended it with a forehand pinch shot from the front court. Credit Parrilla for fighting off three match points before the end, but big props to De La Rosa, who's slipped down the rankings to #6, behind his fellow Mexicans, Parrilla, Landa and Beltran.

But De La Rosa is in the US Open semi-finals, and they can't all say that.

In the semis, De La Rosa will play IRT #15 Conrado Moscoso, who was a straight game winner over Sebastian Fernandez, 15-4, 15-4.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Javier Mar, 15-5, 15-3
4) Alejandro Landa d. 5) Alvaro Beltran, 15-9, 15-13

6) Daniel De La Rosa d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 13-15, 15-5, 11-7
15) Conrrado Moscoso d. Sebastian Fernandez, 15-4, 15-4

IRT - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Alejandro Landa - 2 PM
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. 15) Conrrado Moscoso - 11 AM

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Beltran & De La Rosa into semis at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa, the defending champions in International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doubles at the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, played like they won the title last year, as they snuffed out the throwback team of Rocky Carson and Cliff Swain, 15-5, 15-7, in the quarterfinals. They'll play Kadim Carrasco and Carlos Keller in the semi-finals Friday, as Carrasco and Keller upset 3rd seeds Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, 15-10, 14-15, 11-8.

After dropping the first game of their match, veterans Carson and Swain actually led at the start of game two, 3-0 and 6-4. But the defending champs Beltran and De La Rosa stepped it up, and outscored the veterans 11-1 from there on out. They got the last four points on consecutive rallies, including one that was a drive serve ace by De La Rosa to Swain.

Second seeds Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk, who were runners up last year, also won their match in two straight games, as they beat Javier Estrada and Ernesto Ochoa, 15-7, 15-9. They'll play either Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray or Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso in the semis Friday.

In the other quarters, the Keller brothers had a split. Carlos Keller and Kadim Carrasco defeated 4th seeds Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, 15-10, 14-15, 11-8, but Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso lost to 3rd seeds Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray, 15-11, 15-8.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain, 15-5, 15-7
Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller d. 4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado, 15-10, 14-15, 11-8

3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso, 15-11, 15-8
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa, 15-7, 15-9

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller - 7:20 PM
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. 3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - 5:20 PM

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Moscoso & no Americans into IRT quarterfinals at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Conrrado Moscoso defeated Rocky Carson, the #2 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), 15-13, 15-5, in the Round of 16 at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships. It's Moscoso's second victory over Carson this year, as he defeated Carson in the final of the 2019 Bolivia Open in March. The win puts Moscoso into the US Open quarterfinals for the 2nd time in his career; the first was in 2017.

Moscoso will play Sebastian Fernandez in the quarters, who's a surprise quarterfinalist as he's only playing his 2nd US Open. Fernandez beat Adam Manilla in the Round of 16, 15-11, 15-8. He made the quarters for the first time last month at the 2019 Atlanta Open, but that was helped by a forfeit win in the 16s, so not an on court victory.

Two of the other quarterfinals will be Mexican showdowns. IRT #4 Alejandro Landa will play IRT #5 Alvaro Beltran, and #3 Andree Parrilla will play #6 Daniel De La Rosa. In the 16s, Landa beat David Horn, 15-7, 15-11; Beltran took out Thomas Carter, 15-2, 15-8; Parrilla defeated his doubles partner Eduardo Portillo, 15-5, 15-4; and De La Rosa was a winner over Jake Bredenbeck, 15-10, 15-11.

IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk will play in the final quarterfinal against Javier Mar. Waselenchuk beat Gerardo Franco in the 16s, 15-4, 15-2, while Mar came back from a game down to defeat Carlos Keller, 11-15, 15-5, 11-4.

This will be the 1st US Open IRT draw without a USA player in the quarterfinals.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 16) Gerardo Franco, 15-4, 15-2
Javier Mar d. Carlos Keller, 11-15, 15-5, 11-4

5) Alvaro Beltran d. Thomas Carter, 15-2, 15-8
4) Alejandro Landa d. 13) David Horn, 15-7, 15-11

3) Andree Parrilla d. 14) Eduardo Portillo, 15-5, 15-4
6) Daniel De La Rosa d. 11) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-10, 15-11

Sebastian Fernandez d. Adam Manilla, 15-11, 15-8
15) Conrrado Moscoso d. 2) Rocky Carson, 15-13, 15-5

IRT - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Javier Mar - 2 PM
4) Alejandro Landa v. 5) Alvaro Beltran - 10 AM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 6) Daniel De La Rosa - 11 AM
15) Conrrado Moscoso v. Sebastian Fernandez - 1 PM

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Mejia wins in LPRT Round of 16 at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Montserrat Mejia beat four time US Open champion and 5th seed Rhonda Rajsich, 15-6, 15-8, in the Round of 16 in the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draw of the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mejia will play 4th seed Alexandra Herrera in the quarterfinals Friday. Herrera defeated Carla Muñoz, 15-13, 15-8, in the 16s.

There were no other upsets in the Round of 16 Thursday. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria beat 17th seed Adrienne Haynes, 15-3, 15-2, and will face 9th seed Masiel Rivera, who needed three games to get by qualifier Erin Groves, 5-15, 15-8, 11-3.

LPRT #2 Samantha Salas defeated Gabriela Martinez, 15-12, 15-4, and will play 7th seed Nancy Enriquez in the quarters, as Enriquez outlasted Michelle De La Rosa, 15-10, 13-15, 11-7.

Also in the quarters, doubles partners Maria Jose Vargas and Natalia Mendez will face off, as Vargas beat Frédérique Lambert, 15-4, 15-9, while Mendez come back from a game down to defeat Adriana Riveros, 12-15, 15-12, 11-2. Mendez ended the match in style though, as she hit back to back drive serve aces to the back left corner.

As in the IRT draw, there are no USA women in the LPRT quarterfinals.

Look to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel for some of the US Open action.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria d. 17) Adrienne Haynes, 15-3, 15-2
9) Masiel Rivera d. Erin Groves, 5-15, 15-8, 11-3

12) Montserrat Mejia d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-6, 15-8
4) Alexandra Herrera d. 20) Carla Muñoz, 15-13, 15-8

3) Maria Jose Vargas d. 14) Frédérique Lambert, 15-4, 15-9
6) Natalia Mendez d. 11) Adriana Riveros, 12-15, 15-12, 11-2

7) Nancy Enriquez d. 23) Michelle De La Rosa, 15-10, 13-15, 11-7
2) Samantha Salas d. 19) Gabriela Martinez, 15-12, 15-4

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 9) Masiel Rivera - 2:00 PM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 12) Montserrat Mejia - 10 AM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. 6) Natalia Mendez - 11 AM
2) Samantha Salas v. 7) Nancy Enriquez - 1 PM

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. Kelani Lawrence & Michelle De La Rosa, 15-6, 15-10
4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera d. Hollie Scott & Lexi York, 15-8, 15-11

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-5, 12-15, 11-8
Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. 2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas, 9-15, 15-6, 11-1

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera - 6:20 PM
3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia v. Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 4:10 PM

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LPRT Round of 32 at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Three upsets in the Round of 32 in the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draw at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the biggest one being Erin Groves's win over 8th seed Cristina Amaya in two straight games, 15-13, 15-13. Graves will play 9th seed Masiel Rivera in the Round of 16, as Rivera beat 24th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-8, 15-4, in the 32s.

In other action, 23rd seed Michelle De La Rosa beat 10th seed Brenda Laime, 15-12, 15-11, and 17th seed Adrienne Haynes eked out the 16/17 match, with a win over 16th seed Sheryl Lotts, 11-15, 15-11, 11-6.

Haynes will play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria next, as she was an easy winner over Linda Tyler, 15-2, 15-3. LPRT #2 Samantha Salas also won comfortably against Cheryl Gudinas, 15-1, 15-1. But Salas's next match won't be so easy, as she'll face Gabriela Martinez, who is the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women's Singles World Champion. Martinez beat Cassi Lee, 15-5, 15-2.

Look to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel for some of the US Open action.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria d. Linda Tyler, 15-2, 15-3
17) Adrienne Haynes d. 16) Sheryl Lotts, 11-15, 15-11, 11-6

9) Masiel Rivera d. 24) Jessica Parrilla, 15-8, 15-4
Erin Groves d. 8) Cristina Amaya, 15-13, 15-13

5) Rhonda Rajsich d. Maiko Sato, 15-5, 15-5
12) Montserrat Mejia d. 21) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-12, 15-4

20) Carla Muñoz d. 13) Ana Laura Flores, 12-15, 15-9, 11-1
4) Alexandra Herrera d. Montserrat Perez, 15-9, 15-1

3) Maria Jose Vargas d. Lexi York, 15-2, 15-2
14) Frédérique Lambert d. 19) Angelica Barrios, 15-14, 15-13

11) Adriana Riveros d. 22) Kelani Lawrence, 15-6, 15-12
6) Natalia Mendez d. Jenny Daza, 15-4, 15-3

7) Nancy Enriquez d. Hollie Scott, 15-12, 15-14
23) Michelle De La Rosa d. 10) Brenda Laime, 15-12, 15-11

19) Gabriela Martinez d. 15) Cassi Lee, 15-5, 15-2
2) Samantha Salas d. Cheryl Gudinas, 15-1, 15-1

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria v. 17) Adrienne Haynes - 5:30 PM
9) Masiel Rivera v. Erin Groves - 5:30 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Montserrat Mejia, 2:00 PM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. 20) Carla Muñoz - 2:00 AM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. 14) Frédérique Lambert - 3:10 PM
6) Natalia Mendez v. 11) Adriana Riveros - 3:10 PM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. 23) Michelle De La Rosa - 4:20 PM
2) Samantha Salas v. 19) Gabriela Martinez - 4:20 PM

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. Kelani Lawrence & Michelle De La Rosa - 9 PM
4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera v. Hollie Scott & Lexi York - 7:50 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez - 7:50 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 9 PM

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Manilla & Fernandez IRT bracket busters in 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Round of 32 at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships has produced some good matches highlighted by Conrrado Moscoso's comeback victory over Andres Acuña, 10-15, 15-6, 11-5. The win puts Moscoso into the Round of 16 against IRT #2 Rocky Carson, who was a winner over Maurice Miller, 15-8, 15-7.

The 7-10 seed bracket got totally busted, as Adam Manilla beat 7th seed Sebastian Franco, 15-4, 15-7, and Sebastian Fernandez knocked off 10th seed Mario Mercado, 15-14, 15-5. Manilla and Fernandez will playoff tonight for a spot in the quarterfinals, which will be a first for either of them, while Franco and Mercado will have to console themselves with doubles, where they are the 3rd seeds.

The 8-9 bracket also busted, as 8th seed Samuel Murray was upset by Pan American Champion Carlos Keller, 10-15, 15-10, 11-8, and 9th seed Rodrigo Montoya lost to his doubles partner, Javier Mar, 11-15, 15-13, 11-9. Keller and Mar will playoff in the 16s tonight. If Mar wins, it will be his 2nd US Open quarterfinal appearance, as he was in the quarters in 2017, while Keller has never got that far.

Thomas Carter was also an upset winner, as he defeated 12th seed Jose Diaz, 14-15, 15-11, 11-9. Carter will play 5th seed Alvaro Beltran in the Round of 16, and Beltran also needed a breaker to advance, as he went three games with Kadim Carrasco, 10-15, 15-10, 11-6.

Finally, Gerardo Franco ended Bradly Rogers's US Open dream for this year, although he needed three games to do it, winning 5-15, 15-2, 11-5. Franco will play IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the 16s, as Waselenchuk beat Javier Estrada, 15-4, 15-7.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Javier Estrada, 15-4, 15-7
16) Gerardo Franco d. Bradly Rogers, 5-15, 15-2, 11-5

Javier Mar d. 9) Rodrigo Montoya, 11-15, 15-13, 11-9
Carlos Keller d. 8) Samuel Murray, 10-15, 15-10, 11-8

5) Alvaro Beltran d. Kadim Carrasco, 10-15, 15-10, 11-6
Thomas Carter d. 12) Jose Diaz, 14-15, 15-11, 11-9

13) David Horn d. Jaime Martell, 15-13, 15-6
4) Alejandro Landa d. Francisco Gomez Reyes, 15-0, 15-1

3) Andree Parrilla d. Troy Warigon, 15-1, 15-4
14) Eduardo Portillo d. Charles Pratt, 15-7, 15-2

11) Jake Bredenbeck d. Jansen Allen, 15-12, 15-9
6) Daniel De La Rosa d. Eduardo Garay, 15-7, 8-15, 11-7

Adam Manilla d. 7) Sebastian Franco, 15-4, 15-7
Sebastian Fernandez d. 10) Mario Mercado, 15-14, 15-5

15) Conrrado Moscoso d. Andres Acuña, 10-15, 15-6, 11-5
2) Rocky Carson d. Maurice Miller, 15-8, 15-7

IRT - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 16) Gerardo Franco - 6:40 PM
Javier Mar v. Carlos Keller - 6:40 PM

5) Alvaro Beltran v. Thomas Carter - 3:10 PM
4) Alejandro Landa v. 13) David Horn - 3:10 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 14) Eduardo Portillo - 4:20 PM
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. 11) Jake Bredenbeck - 4:20 PM

Adam Manilla v. Sebastian Fernandez - 5:30 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. 15) Conrrado Moscoso - 5:30 PM

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Upsets aplenty in last round of IRT Doubles at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

We don't recommend losing the first game of a match, but that worked out for three of doubles teams in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) draw Thursday morning at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and all three were upset wins. Some have called this the best men's doubles draw ever, and this morning's results support that claim.

The wily veterans Rocky Carson and Cliff Swain were one of the upset winners, as they came back from a game down to defeat Charles Pratt and Dylan Reid, 10-15, 15-2, 11-8.

Carson and Swain had an early lead in the breaker, but Pratt and Reid caught up at 5-5 and 7-7, and went ahead 8-7. But Carson's backhand reverse pinch got his side the serve back.

However, the veterans didn't put points on the board, so Pratt and Reid had a chance to add to their lead. Yet they couldn't score either, as play intensified with Swain hitting a pinch winner and Pratt being forced into skipping a shot.

A Swain cross court shot forced a skip out of Reid to make it 8-8, then Swain hit a drive serve ace to the right side that Pratt and Reid thought was short, but it was called good: 9-8.

Carson finished off the match with a pinch winner for 10-8, and then a reverse pinch winner for match point. Their win puts Carson and Swain into the quarterfinals tonight against top seeds and defending champions Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa.

In other action, the top seeds in qualifying - Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz - were knocked off by Kadim Carrasco and Carlos Keller, 6-15, 15-9, 11-8. Carrasco and Keller will play Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado in the quarterfinals tonight.

And Keller's older brother Roland was also a winner with Conrrado Moscoso, as they came back to defeat the Pan American Games gold medalists Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya, 8-15, 15-11, 11-6.

In the final qualifying match, Javier Estrada and Ernesto Ochoa upset Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel, 15-8, 15-14, so none of the top four seeded teams in qualifying made the quarterfinals.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 16 - Thursday

Q1: 9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller d. 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 6-15, 15-9, 11-8
Q4: 13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain d. 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid, 10-15, 15-2, 11-8

Q3: 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa d. 3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel, 15-8, 15-14
Q2: 7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya, 8-15, 15-11, 11-6

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain - 7:50 PM
3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller - 7:50 PM

3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 9 PM
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 9 PM

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Carson & Swain fight back to win at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Some great matches in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doubles competition Wednesday night at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and none better than veterans Rocky Carson and Cliff Swain coming back from a game down and facing match points in games two and three to defeat Andree Parrilla and Eduardo Portillo, 9-15, 15-14, 11-10.

How crazy was it? Carson and Swain led 7-6 in game one, and they only led again when they got the winning points at the end of games two and three.

Parrilla and Portillo went from 6-7 down in game one to 14-7 up, and closed it out at 15-9. Their momentum continued in game two, as they took a 6-0 lead.

But Carson and Swain came back to tie it at 9-9 and 10-10. However, the young Mexicans took the lead late, as they got to match point at 14-11. They had six match points, but failed to convert any of them, as Parrilla and Portillo each made two skips and Swain hit two winners.

A Carson forehand on the left side tied the score at 14-14, and then Swain hit a winner that Parrilla dove to retrieve but was unsuccessful.

Game three started like game two, as Parrilla and Portillo went up 6-1, 8-2, and then again reached match point at 10-4. Swain hit a winning return to fend the first match point, and an overhead winner to get the serve back.

Carson and Swain scored two points, but then Carson whiffed on a ball that came off the right wall and along the back wall. But the Mexicans couldn't close it, as Parrilla skipped a backhand shot, and then Carson hit a winning return cross court. When Swain rekilled a ball to make the score 10-7, Parrilla and Portillo called timeout.

Parrilla gifted his opponents their 8th point when he skipped a shot, although to be fair he was diving for it. Carson put his side half out after he skipped a forehand pinch shot. But he hit a winner on the next rally to make it 10-9. A Swain forehand tied the game 10-10.

On their first match point, Carson hit an off speed Z serve to Parrilla on the right side, and he skipped the return. It was a sad ending to a great match.

Carson and Swain's reward for all that work is a 9:20 AM match Thursday against either Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho or Charles Pratt and Dylan Reid.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 16) Eduardo Garay & Alan Natera, 15-11, 15-11
9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller d. 8) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, forfeit

5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho v. 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid - 10:00 PM
13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain d. 4) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo, 9-15, 15-14, 11-10

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel d. 14) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra, 15-13, 15-2
6) Jansen Allen & Shai Manzuri v. 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 10:00 PM

7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 10) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon, 15-3, 15-12
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 18) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia, 15-11, 15-12

IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 16 - Thursday

Q1: 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller - 8:10 AM
Q4: 5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho or 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid v. 13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain - 9:20 AM

Q3: 3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel v. 6) Jansen Allen & Shai Manzuri or 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 9:20 AM
Q2: 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 8:10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. Q4 - 7:50 PM
3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. Q1 - 7:50 PM

3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. Q2 - 9 PM
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Q3 - 9 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

IRT Singles Qualifying at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) singles competition is underway at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships. Wednesday is a qualifying day to get into the main draws that begin on Thursday. The IRT seeds its top 16 players into the the Round of 32, so 76 players are vying for 16 spots in the IRT Round of 32.

Just one tie-breaker upset in the first round of qualifying, as Rich Benderoth held on to defeat Erik Solter, 15-8, 10-15, 11-6. Unforunately, Benderoth's joy was short lived, as he picked up an injury against Javier Mar and had to forfeit. Mar will play Ernesto Ochoa in the last round of qualifying, as Ochoa beat Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-11. The winner of Mar-Ochoa will play Rodrigo Montoya in the Round of 32 Thursday.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was Bradly Rogers who won two matches to qualify for the Round of 32. He first upset Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez, 10-15, 15-9, 11-5, and then beat the top seed in qualifying Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-8. Could Rogers be this year's Kyle Veenstra?

Veenstra made it to the quarterfinals at the 2004 US Open, which was only the 2nd - and final - IRT quarterfinal appearance in his career. If Rogers is going to equal Veenstra's mark, he'll need to beat 16th seed Gerardo Franco next, and after that probably a fellow named Kane Waselenchuk in the Round of 16. If Rogers makes the quarters it will be quite the accomplishment.

You should be able to see much of the action from Minneapolis. For the men, check out the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Singles - Preliminary Rounds - Round of 256 - Wednesday
(note: seedings are only for preliminary rounds)

1) Robert Collins - BYE
64) Majeed Shahin d. 65) Jose Flores Jr., 15-8, 15-4

32) Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez - BYE
33) Bradly Rogers - BYE

17) Javier Estrada - BYE
48) Francisco Cherroni - BYE

49) Diego Gatica - BYE
16) Diego Garcia - BYE

9) Carlos Keller - BYE
56) Darrin Prince d. 73) Kevin Iglesias, 15-9, 15-13

41) David Austin - BYE
24) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

25) Ernesto Ochoa - BYE
40) Tim Landeryou - BYE

72) Rich Benderoth d. 57) Erik Solter, 15-8, 10-15, 11-6
8) Javier Mar - BYE

5) Thomas Carter - BYE
69) Micah Farmer d. 60) Kalyan Kosetty, 15-6, 15-7

37) John Wolfe - BYE
28) Juan Salvatierra - BYE

39) Set Cubillos - BYE
83) A. J. Fernandez - BYE

53) Victor Camacho d. 76) Donald Gilbert, 15-7, 15-7
12) Kadim Carrasco - BYE

13) Justus Benson - BYE
52) Francisco Gomez Reyes d. 77) Manuel Moncada, 15-8, 12-15, 11-5

45) Joe Kelley - BYE
20) Alan Natera - BYE

29) Erik Garcia - BYE
36) Christian Longoria - BYE

61) Jaime Martell d. 68) Ken Cheshire, 15-4, 15-2
4) Felipe Camacho - BYE

19) Charles Pratt - BYE
62) Jonathan Burns d. 67) Samuel Kelley, 15-3, 15-5

35) Christian Wer - BYE
30) Kyle Ulliman - BYE

19) Troy Warigon - BYE
46) Yacouba Keita - BYE

51) Lucas Shoemaker d. 78) Vladimir Fernando Siles Gonzales, 15-12, 12-15, 11-7
14) Scott McClellan - BYE

11) Eduardo Garay - BYE
54) Destry Everhart d. 75) Shoji Mochino, 15-2, 15-4

43) Ferd Samson - BYE
22) Mauricio Zelada - BYE

27) Sam Bredenbeck - BYE
38) Andrés Gómez - BYE

59) Francisco Troncoso d. 70) Joel Adler, 15-7, 15-3
6) Jansen Allen

7) Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
58) Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr d. 71) Brent Sturgess, 13-15, 15-8, 11-1

39) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE
26) Edwin Galicia - BYE

23) Dylan Reid - BYE
42) Franco Gutierrez - BYE

55) Jacob Kingsford d. 42) Fabian Cuesta, 15-10, 15-4
10) Adam Manilla - BYE

15) Maurice Miller - BYE
50) Jose Ubilla - BYE

47) Andrew Gale - BYE
18) Nicholas Riffel - BYE

31) Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
34) Alejandro Herrera - BYE

63) Shai Manzuri d. 66) Lukas Le, 15-5, 15-6
2) Andres Acuña - BYE

Preliminary Rounds - Round of 128 - Wednesday

1) Robert Collins d. 64) Majeed Shahin, 15-8, 15-8
33) Bradly Rogers d. 32) Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez, 10-15, 15-9, 11-5

17) Javier Estrada d. 48) Francisco Cherroni, 15-0, 15-4
16) Diego Garcia v. 49) Diego Gatica, 15-0, 15-8

9) Carlos Keller d. 56) Darrin Prince, 15-0, 15-1
41) David Austin d. 24) Alejandro Cardona, forfeit

25) Ernesto Ochoa d. 40) Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-11
8) Javier Mar d. 72) Rich Benderoth, injury forfeit

5) Thomas Carter d. 69) Micah Farmer, 15-6, 15-2
28) Juan Salvatierra d. 37) John Wolfe, 15-8, 15-4

39) Set Cubillos d. 83) A. J. Fernandez, 15-10, 15-9
12) Kadim Carrasco d. 53) Victor Camacho, 15-9, 15-14

52) Francisco Gomez Reyes d. 13) Justus Benson, 15-6, 15-12
20) Alan Natera d. 45) Joe Kelley, 11-15, 15-12, 11-4

29) Erik Garcia d. 36) Christian Longoria, 15-10, 15-2
61) Jaime Martell d. 4) Felipe Camacho, 15-7, 15-9

3) Charles Pratt d. 62) Jonathan Burns, 15-6, 15-2
30) Kyle Ulliman d. 35) Christian Wer, 15-11, 15-6

19) Troy Warigon d. 46) Yacouba Keita, 15-3, 15-1
14) Scott McClellan d. 51) Lucas Shoemaker, 15-14, 15-9

11) Eduardo Garay d. 54) Destry Everhart, 15-7, 15-2
22) Mauricio Zelada d. 43) Ferd Samson, 15-6, 15-9

27) Sam Bredenbeck d. 38) Andrés Gómez, 15-11, 15-11
6) Jansen Allen d. 59) Francisco Troncoso, 15-4, 15-8

7) Sebastian Fernandez d. 58) Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr, 13-15, 15-9, 11-2
26) Edwin Galicia d. 39) Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 11-15, 15-4, 11-5

23) Dylan Reid d. 42) Franco Gutierrez, 15-5, 15-6
10) Adam Manilla d. 55) Jacob Kingsford, 15-10, 15-1

15) Maurice Miller d. 50) Jose Ubilla, 15-8, 15-14
47) Andrew Gale d. 18) Nicholas Riffel, 9-15, 15-7, 11-9

34) Alejandro Herrera d. 31) Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-10, 15-14
2) Andres Acuña d. 63) Shai Manzuri, 15-4, 15-10

Preliminary Rounds - Round of 64 - Wednesday

Q1 - 33) Bradly Rogers d. 1) Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-8
Q16 - 17) Javier Estrada d. 16) Diego Garcia, 15-10, 13-14 - injury forfeit

Q9: 9) Carlos Keller d. 41) David Austin, 15-0, 15-1
Q8: 8) Javier Mar d. 25) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-13, 15-5

Q5: 5) Thomas Carter d. 28) Juan Salvatierra, 15-12, 15-5
Q12: 12) Kadim Carrasco d. 39) Set Cubillos, 15-5, 12-15, 11-7

Q13: 52) Francisco Gomez Reyes d. 20) Alan Natera, 15-11, 15-14
Q4: 61) Jaime Martell d. 29) Erik Garcia, 15-14, 15-6

Q3: 3) Charles Pratt d. 30) Kyle Ulliman, 15-4, 15-0
Q14: 19) Troy Warigon d. 14) Scott McClellan, 15-5, 15-12

Q11: 11) Eduardo Garay d. 22) Mauricio Zelada, 15-11, 15-9
Q6: 6) Jansen Allen d. 27) Sam Bredenbeck, 15-6, 15-8

Q7: 7) Sebastian Fernandez d. 26) Edwin Galicia, 15-7, 15-1
Q10: 10) Adam Manilla d. 23) Dylan Reid, 15-6, 15-8

Q15: 15) Maurice Miller d. 47) Andrew Gale, 15-9, 15-12
Q2: Andres Acuña d. 34) Alejandro Herrera, 15-7, 15-4

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Javier Estrada - 2 PM
16) Gerardo Franco v. Bradly Rogers - 2 PM

9) Rodrigo Montoya v. Javier Mar - 2 PM
8) Samuel Murray v. Carlos Keller - 2 PM

5) Alvaro Beltran v. Kadim Carrasco - 10:30 AM
12) Jose Diaz v. Thomas Carter - 10:30 AM

13) David Horn v. Jaime Martell - 10:30 AM
4) Alejandro Landa v. Francisco Gomez Reyes - 10:30 AM

3) Andree Parrilla v. Troy Warigon - 11:40 AM
14) Eduardo Portillo v. Charles Pratt - 11:40 AM

11) Jake Bredenbeck v. Jansen Allen - 11:40 AM
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. Eduardo Garay - 11:40 AM

7) Sebastian Franco v. Adam Manilla - 12:50 PM
10) Mario Mercado v. Sebastian Fernandez - 12:50 PM

15) Conrrado Moscoso v. Andres Acuña - 12:50 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Maurice Miller - 12:50 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

IRT Doubles Qualifying at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

Some great matches in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doubles competition Wednesday night at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and none better than veterans Rocky Carson and Cliff Swain coming back from a game down and facing match points in games two and three to defeat Andree Parrilla and Eduardo Portillo, 9-15, 15-14, 11-10.

How crazy was it? Carson and Swain led 7-6 in game one, and they only led again when they got the winning points at the end of games two and three.

Parrilla and Portillo went from 6-7 down in game one to 14-7 up, and closed it out at 15-9. Their momentum continued in game two, as they took a 6-0 lead.

But Carson and Swain came back to tie it at 9-9 and 10-10. However, the young Mexicans took the lead late, as they got to match point at 14-11. They had six match points, but failed to convert any of them, as Parrilla and Portillo each made two skips and Swain hit two winners.

A Carson forehand on the left side tied the score at 14-14, and then Swain hit a winner that Parrilla dove to retrieve but was unsuccessful.

Game three started like game two, as Parrilla and Portillo went up 6-1, 8-2, and then again reached match point at 10-4. Swain hit a winning return to fend the first match point, and an overhead winner to get the serve back.

Carson and Swain scored two points, but then Carson whiffed on a ball that came off the right wall and along the back wall. But the Mexicans couldn't close it, as Parrilla skipped a backhand shot, and then Carson hit a winning return cross court. When Swain rekilled a ball to make the score 10-7, Parrilla and Portillo called timeout.

Parrilla gifted his opponents their 8th point when he skipped a shot, although to be fair he was diving for it. Carson put his side half out after he skipped a forehand pinch shot. But he hit a winner on the next rally to make it 10-9. A Swain forehand tied the game 10-10.

On their first match point, Carson hit an off speed Z serve to Parrilla on the right side, and he skipped the return. It was a sad ending to a great match.

Carson and Swain's reward for all that work is a 9:20 AM match Thursday against either Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho or Charles Pratt and Dylan Reid.

Check out the action from Minneapolis via the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 16) Eduardo Garay & Alan Natera, 15-11, 15-11
9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller d. 8) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, forfeit

12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid d. 5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho, 11-15, 15-10, 11-5
13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain d. 4) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo, 9-15, 15-14, 11-10

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel d. 14) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra, 15-13, 15-2
22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa d. 6) Jansen Allen & Shai Manzuri, 15-9, 15-8

7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 10) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon, 15-3, 15-12
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 18) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia, 15-11, 15-12

IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 16 - Thursday

Q1: 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller - 8:10 AM
Q4: 5) 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid v. 13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain - 9:20 AM

Q3: 3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel v. 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 9:20 AM
Q2: 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 8:10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. Q4 - 7:50 PM
3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. Q1 - 7:50 PM

3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. Q2 - 9 PM
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Q3 - 9 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

LPRT Qualifying at 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) matches have begun at the 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In early action, Bolivian veteran Jenny Daza took out American junior Annie Roberts, 15-8, 15-5, to book her place in the Round of 32 on Thursday, when she'll play 6th seed Natalia Mendez.

The first two LPRT doubles matches in the Round of 32 were hard fought. In one, Kelani Lawrence and Michelle De La Rosa held off Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Jenny Daza, 15-12, 14-15, 11-3. Credit the Bolivians who were down 12-3 in game two, but fought back to force a tie-breaker. But after being close early in the breaker, Lawrence and De La Rosa went from 5-3 to 11-3 without surrendering serve. The winner came as Lawrence hit a cross court shot that caught up in the back left corner and didn't come out.

In the other doubles match, Hollie Scott and Lexi York beat Sheryl Lotts and Carla Muñoz, 15-2, 15-13. After a lopsided first game, they were close all the way in game two. Indeed, Lotts and Muñoz led 11-10 late in the came and looked like they might force a breaker.

But Scott and York went back ahead, and got to match point at 14-11. However, Muñoz got her side the serve back with a backhand winner, and they scored twice to get within one at 14-13. Then Lotts skipped a backhand shot as the ball came through the middle of the court. It looked like Muñoz could have used her forehand to take the shot, but she was blocked by York, which may have been a hinder. However, Lotts decided to attempt a shot, and missed it.

With the serve back, Scott and York won the match on their 2nd match point, as Scott was able to hit a backhand pinch winner from her knees.

In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Lawrence and De La Rosa will play top seeds Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, while Scott and York will face another young team in Brenda Laime and Masiel Rivera.

Also in doubles, there was a prime example of momentum shifting and shifting like an avalanche, as Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez dropped the first game to Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros then came back to win the next two, giving up only four points in the process. Martinez and Rodriguez won 12-15, 15-4, 11-0, and will play Alexandra Herrera and Montserrat Mejia in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Look to the the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel for some of the US Open action.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


LPRT Singles - Preliminary Rounds - Round of 128 - Wednesday

Ayako Hanashi d. Megumi Kozakai, 15-12, 9-15, 11-8

Round of 128 - Wednesday

Q1: Erin Groves d. Ayako Hanashi, 15-4, 15-3
Q8: Linda Tyler d. Maricruz Ortiz, 11-15, 15-10, 11-6

Q5: Montserrat Perez d. Daniela Molina, 15-5, 15-3
Q4: Maiko Sato d. Laura Brandt, 15-3, 15-3

Q3: Jenny Daza d. Annie Roberts, 15-8, 15-5
Q6: Lexi York d. Jennifer Dering, 15-3, 15-3

Q7: Cheryl Gudinas d. Anna Rivera, 15-13, 15-9
Q2: Hollie Scott d. Carolina Gomez, 15-3, 15-2

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria v. Linda Tyler - 12:50 PM
16) Sheryl Lotts v. 17) Adrienne Haynes - 12:50 PM

9) Masiel Rivera v. 24) Jessica Parrilla - 12:50 PM
8) Cristina Amaya v. Erin Groves - 12:50 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. Maiko Sato - 9:20 AM
12) Montserrat Mejia v. 21) Maria Renee Rodriguez - 9:20 AM

13) Ana Laura Flores v. 20) Carla Muñoz - 9:20 AM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. Montserrat Perez - 9:20 AM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. Lexi York - 10:30 AM
14) Frédérique Lambert v. 19) Angelica Barrios - 10:30 AM

11) Adriana Riveros v. 22) Kelani Lawrence - 10:30 AM
6) Natalia Mendez v. Jenny Daza - 10:30 AM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. Hollie Scott - 11:40 AM
10) Brenda Laime v. 23) Michelle De La Rosa - 11:40 AM

15) Cassi Lee v. 19) Gabriela Martinez - 11:40 AM
2) Samantha Salas v. Cheryl Gudinas - 11:40 AM

LPRT Doubles - Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

Hollie Scott & Lexi York d. Etsuko Noda & Maiko Sato, 15-3, 15-1

LPRT Doubles - Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

Q1) Hollie Scott & Lexi York d. Sheryl Lotts & Carla Muñoz, 15-2, 15-13
Q4) Kelani Lawrence & Michelle De La Rosa d. Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza, 15-12, 14-15, 11-3

Q3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla d. Erin Groves & Montserrat Perez, 15-8, 15-6
Q2) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez d. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 12-15, 15-4, 11-0

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. Kelani Lawrence & Michelle De La Rosa - 9 PM
4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera v. Hollie Scott & Lexi York - 7:50 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez - 7:50 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla - 9 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Doubles draws for 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

The 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships begins today in Minneapolis, and we have the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) doubles draws for you below. The top four teams on both the IRT and LPRT draws are seeded into the quarterfinals, which will be played Thursday night. On Wednesday the other teams will compete for the other four spots in the quarters.

There are 23 teams in the IRT draw vying for those four spots, which makes for a brutal schedule over the next 24 hours, especially considering some singles matches are also being played in that period. There are only 9 LPRT teams going for the four spots, so that's generally just one match to play, which is a much more manageable workload.

That said, there are several good men's teams, and picking winners can be a bit of a crap shoot, as it'll be a question of who gets hot in their matches.

Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz are the top seeds in qualifying, but they will face a strong test from Kadim Carrasco and Carlos Keller, although that's only if Bredenbeck and Diaz beat one of the young Latin American teams in either Eduardo Garay and Alan Natera or Sebastian Fernandez and Diego Garcia.

Veterans Rocky Carson and Cliff Swain could play the young team of Andres Parrilla and Eduardo Portillo, although the vets will need to win a match to make that happen. Another tasty potential match up will be Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya - the 2019 Pan American Games gold medalists - versus Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso.

On the women's side, the match of the day could be Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros - the 2nd seeds in qualifying - versus Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez, the 2019 Pan American Games Women's Doubles silver medalists.

You should be able to see some of the action from Minneapolis. For the men, check out the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page, and for the women look to the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 64 - Wednesday

16) Eduardo Garay & Alan Natera v. 17) Sebastian Fernandez & Diego Garcia - 8 AM
12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid v. 21) Sam Bredenbeck & Tim Landeryou - 6:30 PM

13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain v. 20) Mike Harmon & Alejandro Herrera - 10:20 AM
14) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra v. 19) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor - 10:20 AM

11) Tim Herman & Michael Myers v. 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 9:10 AM
10) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon v. 23) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr - 12:40 PM

15) Christian Wer & Nathan Orlando Martinez Perez v. 18) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia - 9:10 AM

IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 16) Eduardo Garay & Alan Natera or 17) Sebastian Fernandez & Diego Garcia - 12:50 PM
9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller d. 8) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, forfeit

5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho v. 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid or 21) Sam Bredenbeck & Tim Landeryou - 10:00 PM
4) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo v. 13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain or 20) Mike Harmon & Alejandro Herrera - 7:40 PM

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel v. 14) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra or 19) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor - 7:40 PM
6) Jansen Allen & Shai Manzuri v. 11) Tim Herman & Michael Myers or 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 10:00 PM

7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso v. 10) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon or 23) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr - 12:40 PM
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 15) Christian Wer & Nathan Orlando Martinez Perez or 18) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia - 7:40 PM

IRT Doubles Qualifying - Round of 16 - Thursday

Q1: 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz or 16) Eduardo Garay & Alan Natera or 17) Sebastian Fernandez & Diego Garcia v. 9) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller - 8:10 AM

Q4: 4) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo or 13) Rocky Carson & Cliff Swain or 20) Mike Harmon & Alejandro Herrera v. 5) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho or 12) Charles Pratt & Dylan Reid or 21) Sam Bredenbeck & Tim Landeryou - 9:20 AM

Q3: 3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel or 14) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra or 19) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor v. 6) Jansen Allen & Shai Manzuri or 11) Tim Herman & Michael Myers or 22) Javier Estrada & Ernesto Ochoa - 9:20 AM

Q2: 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya or 15) Christian Wer & Nathan Orlando Martinez Perez or 18) Justus Benson & Erik Garcia v. 7) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso or 10) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon or 23) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr - 8:10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. Q4 - 7:50 PM
3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. Q1 - 7:50 PM

3) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. Q2 - 9 PM
2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Q3 - 9 PM

LPRT Doubles - Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

Hollie Scott & Lexi York v. Etsuko Noda & Maiko Sato - 9:10 AM

LPRT Doubles - Qualifying - Round of 32 - Wednesday

Q1) Sheryl Lotts & Carla Muñoz v. Hollie Scott & Lexi York or Etsuko Noda & Maiko Sato - 1:50 PM
Q4) Kelani Lawrence & Michelle De La Rosa v. Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza - 11:30 AM

Q3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla v. Erin Groves & Montserrat Perez - 4:10 PM
Q2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez - 4:10 PM

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. Q4 - 9 PM
4) Brenda Laime & Masiel Rivera v. Q1 - 7:50 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia v. Q2 - 7:50 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. Q3 - 9 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles draws for 2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open

The 24th UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships - racquetball's original Grand Slam event - begins today, and we have the singles draws for you for the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT). Wednesday is a qualifying day to get into the main draws that begin on Thursday. The IRT seeds its top 16 players into the the Round of 32, and the LPRT seeds the top 24 players into the 32s. Thus, 76 players are vying for 16 spots in the IRT Round of 32, and 17 players are going for 8 spots in the LPRT Round of 32.

Some IRT brackets to watch Wednesday include Felipe Camacho who will likely play Jaime Martell in the second round of qualifying, and then either Erik Garcia or Christian Longoria in the last round. All three of those matches could be good.

Also, the last round of qualifying could have an All-American match between Adam Manilla and Dylan Reid, and from the "wily veteran" category, Japan's Hiroshi Shimizu goes up against Colombia's Alejandro Herrera with the winner to likely face Andres Acuña.

On the LPRT side Wednesday, young American Annie Roberts will face a stiff test against Bolivian veteran Jenny Daza, while American veteran Cheryl Gudinas makes her first appearance since last year in Chicago. She's up against Anna Rivera.

You should be able to see much of the action from Minneapolis. For the men, check out the IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page, and for the women look to the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel.

2019 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 2-6, 2019


IRT Singles - Preliminary Rounds - Round of 256 - Wednesday
(note: seedings are only for preliminary rounds)

1) Robert Collins - BYE
64) Majeed Shahin v. 65) Jose Flores Jr. - 8:00 AM

32) Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez - BYE
33) Bradly Rogers - BYE

17) Javier Estrada - BYE
48) Francisco Cherroni - BYE

49) Diego Gatica - BYE
16) Diego Garcia - BYE

9) Carlos Keller - BYE
56) Darrin Prince v. 73) Kevin Iglesias - 8:00 AM

41) David Austin - BYE
24) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

25) Ernesto Ochoa - BYE
40) Tim Landeryou - BYE

57) Erik Solter v. 72) Rich Benderoth - 8:00 AM
8) Javier Mar - BYE

5) Thomas Carter - BYE
60) Kalyan Kosetty v. 69) Micah Farmer - 8:00 AM

37) John Wolfe - BYE
28) Juan Salvatierra - BYE

39) Set Cubillos - BYE
83) A. J. Fernandez - BYE

53) Victor Camacho v. 76) Donald Gilbert - 11:30 AM
12) Kadim Carrasco - BYE

13) Justus Benson - BYE
52) Francisco Gomez Reyes v. 77) Manuel Moncada - 8:00 AM

45) Joe Kelley - BYE
20) Alan Natera - BYE

29) Erik Garcia - BYE
36) Christian Longoria - BYE

61) Jaime Martell v. 68) Ken Cheshire - 8:00 AM
4) Felipe Camacho - BYE

19) Charles Pratt - BYE
62) Jonathan Burns v. 67) Samuel Kelley - 8:00 AM

35) Christian Wer - BYE
30) Kyle Ulliman - BYE

19) Troy Warigon - BYE
46) Yacouba Keita - BYE

51) Lucas Shoemaker v. 78) Vladimir Fernando Siles Gonzales - 8:00 AM
14) Scott McClellan - BYE

11) Eduardo Garay - BYE
54) Destry Everhart v. 75) Shoji Mochino - 8:00 AM

43) Ferd Samson - BYE
22) Mauricio Zelada - BYE

27) Sam Bredenbeck - BYE
38) Andrés Gómez - BYE

59) Francisco Troncoso v. 70) Joel Adler - 9:10 AM
6) Jansen Allen

7) Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
58) Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr v. 71) Brent Sturgess - 9:10 AM

39) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE
26) Edwin Galicia - BYE

23) Dylan Reid - BYE
42) Franco Gutierrez - BYE

55) Jacob Kingsford v. 42) Fabian Cuesta - 9:10 AM
10) Adam Manilla - BYE

15) Maurice Miller - BYE
50) Jose Ubilla - BYE

47) Andrew Gale - BYE
18) Nicholas Riffel - BYE

31) Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
34) Alejandro Herrera - BYE

63) Shai Manzuri v. 66) Lukas Le - 9:10 AM
2) Andres Acuña - BYE

Preliminary Rounds - Round of 128 - Wednesday

1) Robert Collins v. 64) Majeed Shahin or 65) Jose Flores Jr. - 12:40 PM
32) Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez v. 33) Bradly Rogers - 12:40 PM

17) Javier Estrada v. 48) Francisco Cherroni - 10:20 AM
16) Diego Garcia v. 49) Diego Gatica - 10:20 AM

9) Carlos Keller v. 56) Darrin Prince or 73) Kevin Iglesias - 12:40 PM
41) David Austin d. 24) Alejandro Cardona, forfeit

25) Ernesto Ochoa v. 40) Tim Landeryou - 12:00 PM
8) Javier Mar v. 57) Erik Solter or 72) Rich Benderoth - 12:40 PM

5) Thomas Carter v. 60) Kalyan Kosetty or 69) Micah Farmer - 12:40 PM
28) Juan Salvatierra v. 37) John Wolfe - 12:40 PM

39) Set Cubillos v. 83) A. J. Fernandez - 3:00 PM
12) Kadim Carrasco v. 53) Victor Camacho or 76) Donald Gilbert - 3:00 PM

13) Justus Benson v. 52) Francisco Gomez Reyes or 77) Manuel Moncada - 1:50 PM
20) Alan Natera v. 45) Joe Kelley - 1:50 PM

29) Erik Garcia v. 36) Christian Longoria - 1:50 PM
4) Felipe Camacho v. 61) Jaime Martell v. 68) Ken Cheshire - 1:50 PM

3) Charles Pratt v. 62) Jonathan Burns or 67) Samuel Kelley - 11:30 AM
30) Kyle Ulliman v. 35) Christian Wer - 11:30 AM

19) Troy Warigon v. 46) Yacouba Keita - 11:30 AM
14) Scott McClellan v. 51) Lucas Shoemaker or 78) Vladimir Fernando Siles Gonzales - 11:30 AM

11) Eduardo Garay v. 54) Destry Everhart or 75) Shoji Mochino - 1:50 PM
22) Mauricio Zelada v. 43) Ferd Samson - 1:50 PM

27) Sam Bredenbeck v. 38) Andrés Gómez - 1:50 PM
6) Jansen Allen v. 59) Francisco Troncoso or 70) Joel Adler - 1:50 PM

7) Sebastian Fernandez v. 58) Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr or 71) Brent Sturgess - 3:00 PM
26) Edwin Galicia v. 39) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - 3:00 PM

23) Dylan Reid v. 42) Franco Gutierrez - 3:00 PM
10) Adam Manilla v. 55) Jacob Kingsford or 42) Fabian Cuesta - 3:00 PM

15) Maurice Miller v. 50) Jose Ubilla - 10:20 AM
18) Nicholas Riffel v. 47) Andrew Gale - 10:20 AM

31) Hiroshi Shimizu v. 34) Alejandro Herrera - 3:00 PM
2) Andres Acuña v. 63) Shai Manzuri or 66) Lukas Le - 3:00 PM

Preliminary Rounds - Round of 64 - Wednesday

Q1 - 1) Robert Collins or 64) Majeed Shahin or 65) Jose Flores Jr. v. 32) Oscar Elias Nieto Valadez or 33) Bradly Rogers - 4:10 PM

Q16 - 16) Diego Garcia or 49) Diego Gatica v. 17) Javier Estrada or 48) Francisco Cherroni - 4:10 PM

Q9: 9) Carlos Keller or 56) Darrin Prince or 73) Kevin Iglesias v. 41) David Austin - 8:50 PM

Q8: 8) Javier Mar or 57) Erik Solter or 72) Rich Benderoth v. 25) Ernesto Ochoa or 40) Tim Landeryou - 8:50 PM

Q5: 5) Thomas Carter or 60) Kalyan Kosetty or 69) Micah Farmer v. 28) Juan Salvatierra or 37) John Wolfe - 8:50 PM

Q12: 12) Kadim Carrasco or 53) Victor Camacho or 76) Donald Gilbert v. 39) Set Cubillos or 83) A. J. Fernandez - 8:50 PM

Q13: 13) Justus Benson or 52) Francisco Gomez Reyes or 77) Manuel Moncada v. 20) Alan Natera or 45) Joe Kelley - 8:50 PM

Q4: 4) Felipe Camacho or 61) Jaime Martell or 68) Ken Cheshire v. 29) Erik Garcia or 36) Christian Longoria - 8:50 PM

Q3: 3) Charles Pratt or 62) Jonathan Burns or 67) Samuel Kelley v. 30) Kyle Ulliman or 35) Christian Wer - 4:10 PM

Q14: 14) Scott McClellan or 51) Lucas Shoemaker or 78) Vladimir Fernando Siles Gonzales v. 19) Troy Warigon or 46) Yacouba Keita - 4:10 PM

Q11: 11) Eduardo Garay or 54) Destry Everhart or 75) Shoji Mochino v. 22) Mauricio Zelada or 43) Ferd Samson - 7:40 PM

Q6: 6) Jansen Allen or 59) Francisco Troncoso or 70) Joel Adler v. 27) Sam Bredenbeck or 38) Andrés Gómez - 7:40 PM

Q7: 7) Sebastian Fernandez or 58) Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr or 71) Brent Sturgess v. 26) Edwin Galicia or 39) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - 8:50 PM

Q10: 10) Adam Manilla or 55) Jacob Kingsford or 42) Fabian Cuesta v. 23) Dylan Reid or 42) Franco Gutierrez - 8:50 PM

Q15: 15) Maurice Miller or 50) Jose Ubilla v.18) Nicholas Riffel or 47) Andrew Gale - 4:10 PM

Q2: Andres Acuña or 63) Shai Manzuri or 66) Lukas Le v. 31) Hiroshi Shimizu v. 34) Alejandro Herrera - 8:50 PM

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q16 - 2 PM
16) Gerardo Franco v. Q1 - 2 PM

9) Rodrigo Montoya v. Q8 - 2 PM
8) Samuel Murray v. Q9 - 2 PM

5) Alvaro Beltran v. Q12 - 10:30 AM
12) Jose Diaz v. Q5 - 10:30 AM

13) David Horn v. Q4 - 10:30 AM
4) Alejandro Landa v. Q13 - 10:30 AM

3) Andree Parrilla v. Q14 - 11:40 AM
14) Eduardo Portillo v. Q3 - 11:40 AM

11) Jake Bredenbeck v. Q6 - 11:40 AM
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q11 - 11:40 AM

7) Sebastian Franco v. Q10 - 12:50 PM
10) Mario Mercado v. Q7 - 12:50 PM

15) Conrrado Moscoso v. Q2 - 12:50 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Q15 - 12:50 PM

LPRT Singles - Preliminary Rounds - Round of 128 - Wednesday

Ayako Hanashi v. Megumi Kozakai - 10:20 AM

Round of 128 - Wednesday

Q1: Erin Groves v. Ayako Hanashi or Megumi Kozakai - 3:00 PM
Q8: Maricruz Ortiz v. Linda Tyler - 11:30 AM

Q5: Montserrat Perez v. Daniela Molina - 11:30 AM
Q4: Laura Brandt v. Maiko Sato - 4:10 PM

Q3: Jenny Daza v. Annie Roberts - 9:10 AM
Q6: Jennifer Dering v. Lexi York - 11:30 AM

Q7: Cheryl Gudinas v. Anna Rivera - 10:20 AM
Q2: Hollie Scott v. Carolina Gomez - 4:10 PM

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria v. Q8 - 12:50 PM
16) Sheryl Lotts v. 17) Adrienne Haynes - 12:50 PM

9) Masiel Rivera v. 24) Jessica Parrilla - 12:50 PM
8) Cristina Amaya v. Q1 - 12:50 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. Q4 - 9:20 AM
12) Montserrat Mejia v. 21) Maria Renee Rodriguez - 9:20 AM

13) Ana Laura Flores v. 20) Carla Muñoz - 9:20 AM
4) Alexandra Herrera v. Q5 - 9:20 AM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. Q6 - 10:30 AM
14) Frédérique Lambert v. 19) Angelica Barrios - 10:30 AM

11) Adriana Riveros v. 22) Kelani Lawrence - 10:30 AM
6) Natalia Mendez v. Q3 - 10:30 AM

7) Nancy Enriquez v. Q2 - 11:40 AM
10) Brenda Laime v. 23) Michelle De La Rosa - 11:40 AM

15) Cassi Lee v. 19) Gabriela Martinez - 11:40 AM
2) Samantha Salas v. Q7 - 11:40 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….