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

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