Friday, October 4, 2019

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

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