Saturday, November 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

U18 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Girl's Doubles

Final - Saturday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

U18 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, November 15, 2019

Crazy doubles results at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Boy's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U18 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Girl's Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles Semi-finals at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Girl's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U18 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U16 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

U14 Boy's Singles

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Final - Saturday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

U16 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

U14 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

U18 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

U16 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

U14 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

Semi-finals - Friday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles quarterfinals at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

Thursday was quarterfinal day at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and the quarters did produce some upsets.

In Boy’s U18, 7th seed Jose Ramos of Mexico beat his team-mate 2nd seed Emir Martinez, 15-7, 15-6. Ramos will face 6th seed Tomas Sanchez of Costa Rica, who also had to defeat a team-mate to advance. Sanchez beat fellow Costa Rican Pablo Freer, 15-7, 15-10, in the quarters Friday. So Ramos plays Sanchez in one B18 semi-final.

The other Boy’s U18 semi, top seed Gerson Miranda of Bolivia plays 4th seed Diego Garcia of Argentina. In the quarters, Miranda defeated Ben Baron (USA), 15-4, 15-6, and Garcia defeated Juan Flores (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-12. We're expecting the Miranda-Garcia winner to go on to win gold also.

Bolivians Valeria Centellas and Angelica Barrios remain on track to meet in the final of Girl’s U18, as they won their respective quarterfinal matches Thursday. Centellas beat Marifer Gutierrez of Mexico, 15-5, 15-4, while Barrios defeated Anna Rivera of Mexico, 15-4, 15-8.

In the semi-finals, Centellas will play Argentina’s Martina Katz, as she beat the USA’s Graciana Wargo, 15-8, 15-1, and Barrios will face Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, who was a winner over Nikita Chauhan of the USA, 15-6, 15-6.

In other matches of note, while Katz assured herself of a medal in Girl’s U18 with the win over Wargo, she won’t be on the podium in Girl’s U16, as she lost to Maricruz Ortiz of Costa Rica, 15-12, 15-4. In the U16 semis, Ortiz will play the USA’s Annie Roberts, the 9th seed, who upset the top seed Guadalupe Griffin of Mexico, 12-15, 15-4, 11-8.

The top seed in Girl’s U14 was also upset, as 8th seed Angela Ortega of Mexico squeaked out the victory over 1st seed Natalia Mita of Bolivia, 15-8, 8-15, 11-10. Ortega will play 4th seed Ava Kaiser of the USA in the semi-finals, as Kaiser defeated 5th seed Jasmin Aguilar of Guatemala, 15-6, 15-7.

The USA’s Timothy Hansen, the 6th seed in Boy’s U16, defeated 3rd seed Aldo Caraveo of Mexico, 15-10, 15-7. Hansen will play 2nd seed Hector Barrios of Bolivia in the semi-finals, as Barrios beat 10th seed Felipe Guillen of Costa Rica, 15-3, 15-9.

Three of the four quarterfinal matches in Boy’s U14 went tie-breaker, and in two of them, the lower seeded player came out with the W. Thirteenth seed Hector Sierra of Guatemala beat 5th seed Luis Renteria of Mexico, 15-7, 4-15, 11-3, and 14th seed Juan Rodriguez of Colombia defeated 6th seed Jorge Gutierrez of Mexico, 10-15, 15-11, 11-4. But the top seeds survived. First seed Jhonatan Flores from Bolivia needed three games to get past 9th seed Vedant Chauhan of the USA, 15-13, 11-15, 11-0, while 2nd seed Nikhil Prasad (USA) had a comfortable win over 10th seed Duvan Torres of Colombia, 15-2, 15-4. In the semis, Flores will play Sierra and Prasad will face Rodriguez.

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

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. 8) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico), 15-5, 15-4
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) d. 5) Graciana Wargo (USA), 15-8, 15-1

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 6) Anna Rivera (Mexico), 15-4, 15-8
2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) d. 7) Nikita Chauhan (USA), 15-6, 15-6

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. 4) Martina Katz (Argentina) - 4 PM
2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. 3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - 4 PM

U16 Girl's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

9) Annie Roberts (USA) d. 1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico), 12-15, 15-4, 11-8
5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 4) Martina Katz (Argentina), 15-12, 15-4

3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. 6) Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-12, 15-9
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. 10) Erin Slutzky (USA), 15-13, 15-0

Semi-finals - Friday

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) v. 9) Annie Roberts (USA) - 3 PM
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. 3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - 3 PM

U14 Girl's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. 1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia), 15-8, 8-15, 11-10
4) Ava Kaiser (USA) d. 5) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-7

3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. 6) Gisele Nieto (Mexico), 15-5, 15-1
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) d. 7) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-7

Semi-finals - Friday

4) Ava Kaiser (USA) v. 8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 1 PM
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) v. 3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) - 1 PM

U18 Boy's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. 8) Ben Baron (USA), 15-4, 15-6
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. 5) Juan Flores (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-12

6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-10
7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) d. 2) Emir Martinez (Mexico), 15-7, 15-6

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. 4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) - 4 PM
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. 7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) - 4 PM

U16 Boy's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. 8) Namwoo Lee (Korea), 15-5, 15-9
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. 12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-4, 15-6

6) Timothy Hansen (USA) d. 3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico), 15-10, 15-7
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) d. 10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-9

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. 4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) - 3 PM
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) v. 6) Timothy Hansen (USA) - 3 PM

U14 Boy's Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) d. 9) Vedant Chauhan (USA), 15-13, 11-15, 11-0
13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala) d. 5) Luis Renteria (Mexico), 15-7, 4-15, 11-3

14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia) d. 6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico), 10-15, 15-11, 11-4
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) d. 10) Duvan Torres (Colombia), 15-2, 15-4

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) v. 13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala) - 2 PM
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) v. 14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia) - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday doubles results from the 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

There were only two doubles matches Wednesday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and they were both in boy’s doubles.

One was in Boy’s U14, as the Irish team of Daniel Hanrahan and Keelan O’Gorman defeated Canadian brothers Asher Pocsai and Christian Pocsai, 15-9, 15-3. The Irish will next play top seeds Vedant Chauhan and Joshua Shea of the USA.

The other was in Boy’s U18, as Canadians Kyle Dick and Sean Sauvé were facing off with Costa Ricans Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez. The winner will play the top seeded Bolivian team of Julio Guzman and Gerson Miranda.

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé v. 9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)

5) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE
4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) - BYE

3) Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA) - BYE
6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) - BYE
2) Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. 8) Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé or 9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)
4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) v. 5) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile)

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

U16 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U14 Boy's Doubles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA)
8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) d. 9) Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-9, 15-3

5) Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica) - BYE
4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) - BYE

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE
6) Adrian Carchi & Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) - BYE
2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA) v. 8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland)
4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) v. 5) Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica)

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 6) Adrian Carchi & Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador)
2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. 7) Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

U18 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U16 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U14 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) - BYE
4) Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) v. 5) Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada)

3) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) v. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)
2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) v. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles Round of 16 results from 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The Round of 16 results are in from all the singles divisions at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica. Here's a rundown of what happened in the U18 divisions.

In Boy’s U18, Pablo Freer of Costa Rica, playing at home, upset 3rd seed Johan Igor of Chile, 15-14, 15-10 to set up an all Costa Rica quarterfinal, as Freer will play team-mate Tomas Sanchez, who beat Canadian Kyle Dick, 15-2, 15-2. Thus, Costa Rica is guaranteed a medal in Boy’s U18 as either Freer or Sanchez will make the semi-finals, which means a spot on the podium.

Mexico is also guaranteed a medal in Boy’s U18, as team-mates Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos will play in the quarterfinals with the winner to face the winner of the Costa Rica match. In the 16s, Martinez beat Rafael Gatica of Chile, 15-6, 15-7, while Ramos needed a tie-breaker to get past Nathan Martinez of Guatemala, 15-6, 13-15, 11-4.

Four different countries are represented on the top half of the Boy’s U18 draw: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and the USA. Top seed Gerson Miranda of Bolivia beat Esteban De Janon of Ecuador, 15-2, 15-6, and will play the USA’s Ben Baron in the quarters, as Baron defeated Canadian Sean Sauvé, 15-11, 15-5, in the 16s. The other quarter sees 4th seed Diego Garcia of Argentina face off with Juan Flores of Ecuador. Garcia beat Bolivian Charlie Chavez, 15-5, 15-0, and Flores defeated Jose Pablo Cardona of Guatemala, 15-11, 15-4.

The Girl’s U18 quarterfinals will have two Bolivia-Mexico matches. In one, Bolivian Valeria Centellas, the top seed, will play Mexican Marifer Gutierrez, as Gutierrez defeated Canadian Cassie Prentice, 15-1, 15-8, in the Round of 16 Wednesday. Centellas had a bye. In the other, Bolivian Angelica Barrios, the 3rd seed, faces 6th seed Anna Rivera of Mexico, as Rivera beat Aranxa Anguizola of Costa Rica, 15-1, 15-2.

Also in Girl’s U18 Round of 16 matches, 5th seed Graciana Wargo of the USA needed three games to get past Canadian Camila Wilscam, 15-5, 14-15, 11-0. Wargo will play 4th seed Martina Katz of Argentina in the quarters, as Katz beat Chilean Josefina Toro, 15-1, 15-6. The other quarterfinal will be between 2nd seed Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, who had a bye in the Round of 16 and 7th seed Nikita Chauhan (USA), as Chauhan defeated 10th seed Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-6.

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico) d. 9) Cassie Prentice (Canada), 15-1, 15-8

5) Graciana Wargo (USA) d. 12) Camila Wilscam (Canada), 15-5, 14-15, 11-0
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) d. 13) Josefina Toro (Chile), 15-1, 15-6

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE
6) Anna Rivera (Mexico) d. 11) Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-2

7) Nikita Chauhan (USA) d. 10) Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-6
2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. 8) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico)
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) v. 5) Graciana Wargo (USA)

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) v. 6) Anna Rivera (Mexico)
2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. 7) Nikita Chauhan (USA)
U16 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) d. 16) Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-0
9) Annie Roberts (USA) d. 8) Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba), 15-0, 15-1

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 12) Fabiana Landy (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-0
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) d. 13) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-7

3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. 14) Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia), 15-3, 15-1
6) Loraine Felipe (Cuba) d. 11) Adriana Valdez (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-6

10) Erin Slutzky (USA) d. 7) Sofia Freer (Costa Rica), 14-15, 15-8, 11-5
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. 15) Juliette Parent (Canada), 15-4, 15-6

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) v. 9) Annie Roberts (USA)
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) v. 5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)

3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. 6) Loraine Felipe (Cuba)
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. 10) Erin Slutzky (USA)

U14 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia) d. 16) Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-5
8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. 9) Thea Coleman (Ireland), 15-6, 15-12

5) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) d. 12) Paula Mansilla (Chile), 15-6, 15-13
4) Ava Kaiser (USA) d. 13) Ofelia Wilscam (Canada), 15-5, 15-7

3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. 14) Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland), 15-0, 15-0
6) Gisele Nieto (Mexico) d. 11) Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 12-15, 15-11, 11-2

7) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala) d. 10) Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 15-6, 15-1
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) d. 15) Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-3

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia) v. 8) Angela Ortega (Mexico)
4) Ava Kaiser (USA) v. 5) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala)

3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. 6) Gisele Nieto (Mexico)
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) v. 7) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala)

U18 Boy's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. 17) Esteban De Janon (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-6
8) Ben Baron (USA) d. 9) Sean Sauvé (Canada), 15-11, 15-5

5) Juan Flores (Ecuador) d. 12) Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala), 15-11, 15-4
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. 13) Charlie Chavez (Bolivia), 15-5, 15-0

14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica) d. 3) Johan Igor (Chile), 15-14, 15-10
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. 11) Kyle Dick (Canada), 15-2, 15-2

7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) d. 10) Nathan Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 13-15, 11-4
2) Emir Martinez (Mexico) d. 15) Rafael Gatica (Chile), 15-6, 15-7

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. 8) Ben Baron (USA)
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) v. 5) Juan Flores (Ecuador)

6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. 14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica)
2) Emir Martinez (Mexico) v. 7) Jose Ramos (Mexico)

U16 Boy's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. 17) Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-3, 15-1
8) Namwoo Lee (Korea) d. 9) Diego Gatica (Chile), 10-15, 15-10, 11-5

12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile) d. 5) Josue Bermeo (Ecuador), 15-11, 8-15, 11-8
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. 13) Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 7-15, 15-1, 11-2

3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) d. 14) Andrew Gleason (USA), injury forfeit
6) Timothy Hansen (USA) d. 11) Victor Seguria (Costa Rica), 15-4, 15-1

10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) d. 7) Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-3, 15-11
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) d. 18) Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-5, 15-4

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. 8) Namwoo Lee (Korea)
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. 12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile)

3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) v. 6) Timothy Hansen (USA)
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) v. 10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica)

U14 Boy's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) d. 17) Adrian Carchi (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-6
9) Vedant Chauhan (USA) d. 8) Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 15-1, 15-1

5) Luis Renteria (Mexico) d. 12) Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala), 15-12, 15-7
13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala) d. 4) Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica), 9-15, 15-14, 11-10

14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia) d. 3) Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia), 15-14, 15-13
6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. 11) Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica), 15-8, 15-5

10) Duvan Torres (Colombia) d. 7) Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador), 15-11, 15-9
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) d. 18) Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland), 15-0, 15-5

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) v. 9) Vedant Chauhan (USA)
5) Luis Renteria (Mexico) v. 13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia)
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) v. 10) Duvan Torres (Colombia)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles Round of 32 results from 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The Round of 32 results in boys singles are out from the first day of the medal round competition at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica.

In Boy’s U18, Esteban De Janon of Ecuador defeated Micah Farmer of the USA in two close games, 15-12, 15-12, and will play top seed Bolivian Gerson Miranda next in the Round of 16. Also in Boy’s U18, Chilean Rafael Gatica beat Colombian Juan Segovia, 15-14, 15-7. Gatica will play Emir Martinez of Mexico next.

In Boy’s U16, Colombian Juan Segovia defeated Canadian Naman Gauri, 15-11, 15-7, so will play top seed Sebastian Longoria of Mexico later today. Also, Tomas Oyhanart of Argentina beat Guatemala’s Bayron Rosil, 15-11, 15-4, and will face 2nd seed Hector Barrios of Bolivia next.

Finally, in Boy’s U14, Adrian Carchi of Ecuador beat Seunghwan Hong of Korea, 15-8, 15-3, in the Round of 32, and will play top seed Jhonatan Flores of Bolivia in the Round of 16. Irish player Daniel Hanrahan defeated Canadian Christian Pocsai, 15-11, 15-7, and plays the USA’s Nikhil Prasad in the 16s today.

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 9) Cassie Prentice (Canada)

5) Graciana Wargo (USA) v. 12) Camila Wilscam (Canada)
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) v. 13) Josefina Toro (Chile)

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE
6) Anna Rivera (Mexico) v. 11) Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica)

7) Nikita Chauhan (USA) v. 10) Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)
2) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE

U16 Girl's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) - BYE
16) Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) d. 17) Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada), 15-1, 15-0

9) Annie Roberts (USA) - BYE
8) Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba) - BYE

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) - BYE
12) Fabiana Landy (Ecuador) - BYE

13) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) - BYE
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) - BYE

3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - BYE
14) Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia) - BYE

6) Loraine Felipe (Cuba) - BYE
11) Adriana Valdez (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Sofia Freer (Costa Rica) - BYE
10) Erin Slutzky (USA) - BYE

15) Juliette Parent (Canada) - BYE
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) - BYE

U14 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia) v. 16) Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica)
8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. 9) Thea Coleman (Ireland)

5) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) v. 12) Paula Mansilla (Chile)
4) Ava Kaiser (USA) v. 13) Ofelia Wilscam (Canada)

3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. 14) Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland)
6) Gisele Nieto (Mexico) v. 11) Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)

7) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala) v. 10) Tamara Wilscam (Canada)
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) v. 15) Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)

U18 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE
17) Esteban De Janon (Ecuador) d. 16) Micah Farmer (USA), 15-12, 15-12

9) Sean Sauvé (Canada) - BYE
8) Ben Baron (USA) - BYE

5) Juan Flores (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala) - BYE

13) Charlie Chavez (Bolivia) - BYE
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) - BYE

3) Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE
14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica) - BYE

11) Kyle Dick (Canada) - BYE
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) - BYE

7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) - BYE
10) Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

15) Rafael Gatica (Chile) d. 18) Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-14, 15-7
2) Emir Martinez (Mexico) - BYE

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. 17) Esteban De Janon (Ecuador)
8) Ben Baron (USA) v. 9) Sean Sauvé (Canada)

5) Juan Flores (Ecuador) v. 12) Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala)
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) v. 13) Charlie Chavez (Bolivia)

3) Johan Igor (Chile) v. 14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica)
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. 11) Kyle Dick (Canada)

7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) v. 10) Nathan Martinez (Guatemala)
2) Emir Martinez (Mexico) v. 15) Rafael Gatica (Chile)

U16 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
17) Juan Segovia (Colombia) d. 16) Naman Gauri (Canada), 15-11, 15-7

9) Diego Gatica (Chile) - BYE
8) Namwoo Lee (Korea) - BYE

5) Josue Bermeo (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile) - BYE

13) Pablo Vera (Ecuador) - BYE
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) - BYE

3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) - BYE
14) Andrew Gleason (USA) - BYE

11) Victor Seguria (Costa Rica) - BYE
6) Timothy Hansen (USA) - BYE

7) Nathan Jauvin (Canada) - BYE
10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) - BYE

18) Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) d. 15) Bayron Rosil (Guatemala), 15-11, 15-4
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. 17) Juan Segovia (Colombia)
8) Namwoo Lee (Korea) v. 9) Diego Gatica (Chile)

5) Josue Bermeo (Ecuador) v. 12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile)
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. 13) Pablo Vera (Ecuador)

3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) v. 14) Andrew Gleason (USA)
6) Timothy Hansen (USA) v. 11) Victor Seguria (Costa Rica)

7) Nathan Jauvin (Canada) v. 10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica)
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia) v. 18) Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina)

U14 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) - BYE
17) Adrian Carchi (Ecuador) d. 16) Seunghwan Hong (Korea), 15-8, 15-3

9) Vedant Chauhan (USA) - BYE
8) Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) - BYE

5) Luis Renteria (Mexico) - BYE
12) Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala) d. 21) Matias Guzman (Chile), 15-0, 15-3

13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala) d. 20) Asher Pocsai (Canada), 15-7, 15-9
4) Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica) - BYE

3) Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) - BYE
14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia) d. 19) Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-2, 15-2

11) Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica) - BYE
6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE

7) Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) - BYE
10) Duvan Torres (Colombia) - BYE

18) Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland) d. 15) Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-11, 15-7
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) - BYE

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) v. 17) Adrian Carchi (Ecuador)
8) Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) v. 9) Vedant Chauhan (USA)

5) Luis Renteria (Mexico) v. 12) Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala)
4) Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. 13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

3) Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. 14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia)
6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 11) Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica)

7) Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) v. 10) Duvan Torres (Colombia)
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) v. 18) Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Doubles draws for 2019 World Junior Championships

The doubles draws are out for the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica. There will be a few matches on Wednesday, but many of the teams, especially in the Girl’s divisions, won’t play until Thursday.

In Boy’s U18, Bolivians Julio Guzman and Gerson Miranda are the top seeds with Guatemalans Jose Pablo Cardona and Nathan Martinez the 2nd seeds. But Guatemala will have to play the 7th seeded Mexico team of Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos first. The USA’s Dylan Pruitt and Joshua Shea are 3rd seeds with Diego Garcia and Tomas Oyhanart of Argentina 4th seeds.

In Girl’s U18, Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Valeria Centellas are the top seeds with the USA team of Nikita Chauhan and Erin Slutzky seeded 2nd. Mexico’s Marifer Gutierrez and Anna Rivera are 3rd seeds with Ecuador’s Fabiana Landy and Ana Sarmiento as 4th seeds.

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé v. 9) Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)

5) Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE
4) Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) - BYE

3) Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA) - BYE
6) Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) - BYE
2) Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

U16 Boy's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U14 Boy's Doubles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA)
8) Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) v. 9) Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada)

5) Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica) - BYE
4) Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) - BYE

3) Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE
6) Adrian Carchi & Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) - BYE
2) Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) - BYE

U18 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U16 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

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

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

U14 Girl's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) - BYE
4) Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) v. 5) Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada)

3) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) v. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)
2) Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) v. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Singles Draws for 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The draws are out for the medal rounds of competition at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, which begin Wednesday.

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Girl’s U18 final will likely be between Bolivian team-mates Valeria Centellas, who’s seeded #1, and Angelica Barrios, seeded #3, as they have the most experience - and some successful experiences - playing at the next level. But Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, who is the 2nd seed, and Argentina’s Martina Katz, who’s 4th seed and playing up a division as she’s also in U16, have been impressive, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Bolivians.

In Boy’s U18, the winner could come from the top of the draw, as both Bolivian Gerson Miranda, the #1 seed, and Argentina’s Diego Garcia, the #4 seed, are on that half of the draw. The top seeds on the bottom of the draw are Emir Martinez of Mexico (#2) and Johan Igor of Chile (#3).

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico) v. 9) Cassie Prentice (Canada)

5) Graciana Wargo (USA) v. 12) Camila Wilscam (Canada)
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) v. 13) Josefina Toro (Chile)

3) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE
6) Anna Rivera (Mexico) v. 11) Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica)

7) Nikita Chauhan (USA) 10) Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)
1) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE

U16 Girl's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) - BYE
16) Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) v. 17) 4) Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada)

9) Annie Roberts (USA) - BYE
8) Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba) - BYE

5) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) - BYE
12) Fabiana Landy (Ecuador) - BYE

13) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) - BYE
4) Martina Katz (Argentina) - BYE

3) Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - BYE
14) Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia) - BYE

6) Loraine Felipe (Cuba) - BYE
11) Adriana Valdez (Ecuador) - BYE

7) Sofia Freer (Costa Rica) - BYE
10) Erin Slutzky (USA) - BYE

15) Juliette Parent (Canada) - BYE
2) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) - BYE

U14 Girl's Singles

Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia) v. 16) Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica)
8) Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. 9) Thea Coleman (Ireland)

5) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) v. 12) Paula Mansilla (Chile)
4) Ava Kaiser (USA) v. 13) Ofelia Wilscam (Canada)

3) Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. 14) Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland)
6) Gisele Nieto (Mexico) v. 11) Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)

7) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala) v. 10) Tamara Wilscam (Canada)
2) Heather Mahoney (USA) v. 15) Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)

U18 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE
16) Micah Farmer (USA) v. 17) Esteban De Janon (Ecuador)

9) Sean Sauvé (Canada) - BYE
8) Ben Baron (USA) - BYE

5) Juan Flores (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala) - BYE

13) Charlie Chavez (Bolivia) - BYE
4) Diego Garcia (Argentina) - BYE

3) Johan Igor (Chile) - BYE
14) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica) - BYE

11) Kyle Dick (Canada) - BYE
6) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) - BYE

7) Jose Ramos (Mexico) - BYE
10) Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

15) Rafael Gatica (Chile) v. 18) Juan Segovia (Colombia)
2) Emir Martinez (Mexico) - BYE

U16 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
16) Naman Gauri (Canada) v. 17) Juan Segovia (Colombia)

9) Diego Gatica (Chile) - BYE
8) Namwoo Lee (Korea) - BYE

5) Josue Bermeo (Ecuador) - BYE
12) Jaime Mansilla (Chile) - BYE

13) Pablo Vera (Ecuador) - BYE
4) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) - BYE

3) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) - BYE
14) Andrew Gleason (USA) - BYE

11) Victor Seguria (Costa Rica) - BYE
6) Timothy Hansen (USA) - BYE

7) Nathan Jauvin (Canada) - BYE
10) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) - BYE

15) Bayron Rosil (Guatemala) v. 18) Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina)
2) Hector Barrios (Bolivia), 2-0

U14 Boy's Singles

Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) - BYE
16) Seunghwan Hong (Korea) v. 17) Adrian Carchi (Ecuador)

9) Vedant Chauhan (USA) - BYE
8) Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) - BYE

5) Luis Renteria (Mexico) - BYE
12) Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala) v. 21) Matias Guzman (Chile)

13) Hector Sierra (Guatemala) v. 20) Asher Pocsai (Canada)
4) Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica) - BYE

3) Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) - BYE
14) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia) v. 19) Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina)

11) Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica) - BYE
6) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE

7) Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) - BYE
10) Duvan Torres (Colombia) - BYE

15) Christian Pocsai (Canada) v. 3) Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland)
2) Nikhil Prasad (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Doubles groups done at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The group stage doubles matches wrapped up Tuesday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica. The results will be used to seed teams for the medal round that begins Wednesday.

In Boy’s U18, Mexicans Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos defeated Chileans Rafael Gatica and Johan Igor, 15-13, 11-15, 11-2, which meant that the three teams in Group A all had 1-1 records, as Guatemalans Jose Pablo Cardona and Nathan Martinez had beaten the Mexicans but lost to the Chileans. Using the tie-breaker rules, Guatemala came out on top (their win was 2-0 while the other teams' wins were 2-1) with Chile 2nd and Mexico 3rd. When has a Mexican team finished last in their group at World Juniors? That probably hasn’t happened recently.

Also in Boy’s U18, the Argentina team of Diego Garcia and Tomas Oyhanart needed a tie-breaker to beat Costa Ricans Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez, 8-15, 15-2, 11-8, and win Group C.

In Girl’s U18, Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Valeria Centellas won Group A, sealing it with a win Tuesday over Mexicans Marifer Gutierrez and Anna Rivera, 15-6, 15-6, and the USA team of Nikita Chauhan and Erin Slutzky won Group B by defeating Chileans Paula Mansilla and Josefina Toro, 15-12, 15-3.

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Tuesday - Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) d. Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile), 15-13, 11-15, 11-2

Group B

Tuesday - Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador), 15-7, 15-10

Group C

Tuesday - Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) d. Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica), 8-15, 15-2, 11-8

U16 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Tuesday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-9
Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada) d. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea), forfeit

Group B

Tuesday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-7, 15-4
Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) d. Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA), 15-9, 15-0

U14 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Tuesday - Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA) d. Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 15-9, 15-7

Group B

Tuesday - Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-10

Group C

Tuesday - Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-5, 15-11

U18 Girl's Doubles

Group A

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

Group B

Tuesday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) d. Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile), 15-12, 15-3
Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-6

U16 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Tuesday - Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA), 15-9, 15-5

Group B

Tuesday - Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 14-15, 15-10, 11-7
Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada) d. Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 15-14, 13-15, 11-7

U14 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Tuesday - Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) d. Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA), 15-11, 15-3

Group B

Tuesday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland), 15-8, 15-8
Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) d. Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 15-9, 15-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Group stage complete at 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

The group stage of competition wrapped Tuesday at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and the group stage results will be used to seed players for the medal round that begins Wednesday.

A couple of surprise group winners in Girl’s U18. Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador won Group A with a narrow defeat of Mexican Marifer Gutierrez, 15-7, 11-15, 11-10, and Argentina’s Martina Katz, who’s also playing in U16, won Group C by defeating Anna Rivera of Mexico, 15-13, 15-8, on Tuesday. The other Girl’s U18 group winners were not a surprise as they were Bolivian team-mates Valeria Centellas (Group B) and Angelica Barrios (Group D).

Johan Igor of Chile won Group D in Boy’s U18 with a win over Bolivan Charlie Chavez, 15-12, 15-13, on Tuesday. Also in Boy’s U18 Tuesday, Juan Flores of Ecuador came back from a game down to narrowly defeat Micah Farmer of the USA, 10-15, 15-9, 11-9, in Group E. That put Flores 2nd in the group with Farmer 3rd, while Costa Rican Tomas Sanchez won the group, sealing it with a win over Chile’s Rafael Gatica, 15-4, 15-3, on Tuesday.

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) d. Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico), 15-7, 11-15, 11-10

Standings

1) Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador), 2-0
2) Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico), 1-1
3) Camila Wilscam (Canada), 0-2

Group B

Tuesday - Nikita Chauhan (USA) d. Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-3

Standings

1) Valeria Centellas (Bolivia), 2-0
2) Nikita Chauhan (USA), 1-1
3) Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica), 0-2

Group C

Tuesday - Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Anna Rivera (Mexico), 15-13, 15-8

Standings

1) Martina Katz (Argentina), 2-0
2) Anna Rivera (Mexico), 1-1
3) Cassie Prentice (Canada), 0-2

Group D

Tuesday - Graciana Wargo (USA) d. Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-12
Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. Josefina Toro (Chile), 15-0, 15-0

Standings

1) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia), 3-0
2) Graciana Wargo (USA), 2-1
3) Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 1-2
4) Josefina Toro (Chile), 0-3

U16 Girl's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) d. Erin Slutzky (USA), 15-8, 15-7

Standings

1) Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico), 2-0
2) Erin Slutzky (USA), 1-1
3) Fabiana Landi (Ecuador), 0-2

Group B

Tuesday - Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. Adriana Valdez (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-1

Standings

1) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia), 2-0
2) Annie Roberts (USA), 1-1
2) Adriana Valdez (Ecuador), 0-2

Group C

Tuesday - Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-9, 15-3

Standings

1) Ximena Martinez (Mexico), 2-0
2) Sofia Freer (Costa Rica), 1-1
3) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 0-2

Group D

Tuesday - Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia), 15-4, 15-9
Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba) d. Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada), 15-1, 15-2

Standings

1) Martina Katz (Argentina), 3-0
2) Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba), 2-1
3) Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia), 1-2
4) Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada), 0-3

Group E

Tuesday - Juliette Parent (Canada) d. Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-2
Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 15-0, 15-6

Standings

1) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 3-0
2) Loraine Felipe (Cuba), 2-1
3) Juliette Parent (Canada), 1-2
4) Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 0-3

U14 Girl's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Heather Mahoney (USA) d. Anna Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-10, 15-9
Angela Villacreses (Ecuador) d. Ofelia Wilscam (Canada), 8-15, 15-5, 11-7

Standings

1) Heather Mahoney (USA), 3-0
2) Anna Aguilar (Guatemala), 2-1
3) Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 1-2
4) Ofelia Wilscam (Canada), 0-3

Group B

Tuesday - Natalia Mita (Bolivia) d. Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland), 15-6, 15-1
Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Paula Mansilla (Chile), 15-5, 15-3

Standings

1) Natalia Mita (Bolivia), 3-0
2) Angela Ortega (Mexico), 2-1
3) Paula Mansilla (Chile), 1-2
4) Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland), 0-3

Group C

Tuesday - Ava Kaiser (USA) d. Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 15-14, 15-5
Tamara Wilscam (Canada) d. Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica), 15-6, 15-13

Standings

1) Ava Kaiser (USA), 3-0
2) Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 2-1
3) Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 1-2
4) Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica), 0-3

Group D

Tuesday - Gisele Nieto (Mexico) d. Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-14, 15-12
Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. Thea Coleman (Ireland), 15-5, 15-3

Standings

1) Camila Rivero (Bolivia), 3-0
2) Gisele Nieto (Mexico), 1-2
3) Thea Coleman (Ireland), 1-2
4) Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 1-2

U18 Boy's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Emir Martinez (Mexico) d. Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-2

Standings

1) Emir Martinez (Mexico), 2-0
2) Sean Sauvé (Canada), 1-1
3) Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala), 0-2

Group B

Tuesday - Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Kyle Dick (Canada), 15-2, 15-1

Standings

1) Gerson Miranda (Bolivia), 2-0
2) Nathan Martinez (Guatemala), 1-1
3) Kyle Dick (Canada), 0-2

Group C

Tuesday - Jose Ramos (Mexico) d. Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-3, 15-3
Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. Pablo Freer (Costa Rica), 15-10, 15-6

Standings

1) Diego Garcia (Argentina), 3-0
2) Jose Ramos (Mexico), 2-1
3) Pablo Freer (Costa Rica), 1-2
4) Juan Segovia (Colombia), 0-3

Group D

Tuesday - Johan Igor (Chile) d. Charlie Chavez (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-13
Ben Baron (USA) d. Esteban De Janon (Ecuador), 15-11, 15-13

Standings

1) Johan Igor (Chile), 3-0
2) Ben Baron (USA), 2-1
3) Charlie Chavez (Bolivia), 1-2
4) Esteban De Janon (Ecuador), 0-3

Group E

Tuesday - Juan Flores (Ecuador) d. Micah Farmer (USA), 10-15, 15-9, 11-9
Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. Rafael Gatica (Chile), 15-4, 15-3

Standings

1) Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica), 3-0
2) Juan Flores (Ecuador), 2-1
3) Micah Farmer (USA), 1-2
4) Rafael Gatica (Chile), 0-3

U16 Boy's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. Victor Seguria (Costa Rica), 15-13, 15-1

Standings

1) Sebastian Longoria (Mexico), 2-0
2) Diego Gatica (Chile), 1-1
3) Victor Seguria (Costa Rica), 0-2

Group B

Tuesday - Hector Barrios (Bolivia) d. Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-9, 15-0

Standings

1) Hector Barrios (Bolivia), 2-0
2) Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica), 1-1
3) Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 0-2

Group C

Tuesday - Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) d. Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-5, 15-1
Namwoo Lee (Korea) d. Andrew Gleason (USA), 3-15, 15-13, 11-4

Standings

1) Aldo Caraveo (Mexico), 3-0
2) Namwoo Lee (Korea), 2-1
3) Andrew Gleason (USA), 1-2
4) Juan Segovia (Colombia), 0-3

Group D

Tuesday - Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-10, 15-14
Pablo Vera (Ecuador) d. Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-7, 15-12

Standings

1) Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia), 3-0
2) Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 2-1
3) Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 1-2
4) Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina), 0-3

Group E

Tuesday - Josue Bermeo (Ecuador) d. Bayron Rosil (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-11
Timothy Hansen (USA) d. Naman Gauri (Canada), 15-4, 15-4

Standings

1) Timothy Hansen (USA), 3-0
2) Josue Bermeo (Ecuador), 1-2
3) Bayron Rosil (Guatemala), 1-2
4) Naman Gauri (Canada), 1-2

U14 Boy's Singles

Group A

Tuesday - Nikhil Prasad (USA) d. Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-5

Standings

1) Nikhil Prasad (USA), 2-0
2) Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica), 1-1
3) Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 0-2

Group B

Tuesday - Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) d. Juan Rodriguez (Colombia), 15-10, 10-15, 11-8

Standings

1) Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia), 2-0
2) Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala), 1-1
3) Juan Rodriguez (Colombia), 0-2

Group C

Tuesday - Vedant Chauhan (USA) d. Christian Pocsai (Canada), 7-15, 15-10, 11-10

Standings

1) Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica), 2-0
2) Vedant Chauhan (USA), 1-1
3) Christian Pocsai (Canada), 0-2

Group D

Tuesday - Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Duvan Torres (Colombia), 15-8, 14-15, 11-9
Seunghwan Hong (Korea) d. Matias Guzman (Chile), 15-4, 15-5

Standings

1) Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia), 3-0
2) Duvan Torres (Colombia), 2-1
3) Seunghwan Hong (Korea), 1-2
4) Matias Guzman (Chile), 0-3

Group E

Tuesday - Luis Renteria (Mexico) d. Asher Pocsai (Canada), 15-8, 15-0
Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) d. Adrian Carchi (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-13

Standings

1) Luis Renteria (Mexico), 3-0
3) Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 2-1
2) Adrian Carchi (Ecuador), 1-2
4) Asher Pocsai (Canada), 0-3

Group F

Tuesday - Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) d. Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland), 15-11, 15-7
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-1, 15-5

Standings

1) Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico), 3-0
2) Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador), 2-1
3) Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland), 1-2
4) Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina), 0-3

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday doubles results from 2019 IRF World Junior Championships

In the doubles matches at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica on Monday, Chilean Johan Igor impressed, as he’s done in singles. Igor and partner Rafael Gatica defeated Jose Pablo Cardona and Nathan Martinez of Guatemala, 15-14, 2-15, 11-6, in Group A of Boy’s U18, and they can win the group with a victory over Mexicans Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos on Tuesday. In Chile’s favour the fact that the Guatemalans beat the Mexicans on Sunday.

Their Chilean team-mates in Boy’s U16 weren’t so fortunate, as Diego Gatica and Jaime Mansilla (Chile) lost to Josue Bermeo and Pablo Vera of Ecuador, 15-12, 7-15, 11-4, in one of the few matches to go tie-breaker on Monday.

But there were two tie-breakers in Girl’s U14 Monday. Mexicans Gisele Nieto and Angela Ortega came back from a game down to defeat Anna Aguilar and Andrea Reyes of Guatemala, 12-15, 15-7, 11-5, and Canadian twin sisters Ofelia Wilscam and Tamara Wilscam did the same against Ireland’s Sarah Ainsworth and Thea Coleman, 8-15, 15-14, 11-8.

The group stage ends Tuesday with the medal round beginning Wednesday. The finals will be Saturday. Results from the group stage will be used to seed players for the medal round.

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile) d. Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala), 15-14, 2-15, 11-6

Tuesday - Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) v. Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile)

Group B

Monday - Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador) d. Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé (Canada), 15-11, 15-4

Tuesday - Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador)

Group C

Monday - Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) d. Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA), 15-6, 15-6

Tuesday - Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina)

U16 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea), 15-6, 15-6
Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) d. Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-13, 15-11

Tuesday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica)
Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada) v. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea)

Group B

Monday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA), 15-11, 15-12
Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) v. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-12, 7-15, 11-4

Tuesday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile)
Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA) v. Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador)

U14 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica) d. Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 15-10, 15-11

Tuesday - Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA) v. Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland)

Group B

Monday - Bruno Vasquez & Adrian Carchi (Ecuador) d. Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-11, 15-6

Tuesday - Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

Group C

Monday - Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) d. Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-8, 15-6

Tuesday - Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada)

U18 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. Cassie Prentice & Camila Wilscam (Canada), 15-1, 15-2

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

Group B

Monday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) d. Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-6
Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) d. Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile), 14-15, 15-2, 11-7

Tuesday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) v. Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile)
Fabiana Landy & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)

U16 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA), 15-4, 15-7

Tuesday - Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA)

Group B

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

Tuesday - Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba)
Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada) v. Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)

U14 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Monday - Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) d. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-1

Tuesday - Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) v. Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia)

Group B

Monday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 12-15, 15-7, 11-5
Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada) d. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland), 8-15, 15-14, 11-8

Tuesday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland)
Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada) v. Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala)

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Monday results from 2019 IRF World Junior Championships - Singles

Monday was a full day of matches at the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and there were some interesting results. This is a junior competition, so while it’s an important competition, we’re fully aware that it involves kids, so we’re more interested in celebrating the players’ performances than in being critical of any outcomes.

One interesting outcome happened in Girl’s U14, as Ireland’s Thea Coleman came back from a game down to defeat Mexico’s Gisele Nieto, 12-15, 15-9, 11-6. We’re not sure how many times an Irish player has got a win over a Mexican player, but we probably don’t need more than one hand to count them.

In Girl’s U16, Cuban Suniaris Rodriguez won a tie-breaker against Bolivian Fernanda Mendez, 9-15, 15-10, 11-6, which is remarkable. But that opens the door for Martina Katz of Argentina to win Group D if she beats Mendez on Tuesday, as she was a winner over Rodriguez on Sunday and won against Canadian Kelly-Marie Barrett, 15-0, 15-0, today. Also in Girl’s U16, Loraine Felipe of Cuba came back from a game down to defeat Juliette Parent of Canada, 9-15, 15-7, 11-8, and will have a chance to win Group E Tuesday, when she plays Costa Rican Maricruz Ortiz, who has also won both her group matches.

If you want close games, look no farther than Canadian Naman Gauri’s matches. He’s played 5 games and 4 have been decided by one point. Monday he came back from a game down to defeat Ecuador’s Josue Bermeo, 5-15, 15-14, 11-10. That’s after losing to Guatemalan Bayron Rosil, 15-14, 15-14, yesterday. Gauri plays the USA’s Timothy Hansen Tuesday, and Hansen will win the group with a win, as he beat both Bermeo yesterday and Rosil today, 15-4, 15-8.

The Boy’s U18 result that caught our eye is Chile’s Johan Igor win over the USA’s Ben Baron, 15-5, 15-10. That gives Igor a chance to win Group D, as he won his first match Saturday against Esteban De Janon of Ecuador. To win the group Igor will need to beat Bolivan Charlie Chavez, but Baron beat Chavez Saturday, 2-0, so versus Chavez Igor “should” win, as he defeated Baron and Baron defeated Chavez. That’s what logicians call transitivity, but sports are often illogical and intransitive, so we’ll just have to see what happens Tuesday.

Group stage play concludes Tuesday, and the group stage results will be used to seed players for the medal round that begins Wednesday.

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


U18 Girl's Singles

Group A

Monday - Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) d. Camila Wilscam (Canada), 15-10, 15-8

Tuesday - Marifer Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador)

Group B

Monday - Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) d. Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-0

Tuesday - Nikita Chauhan (USA) v. Aranxa Anguizola (Costa Rica)

Group C

Monday - Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Cassie Prentice (Canada), 15-7, 15-8

Tuesday - Anna Rivera (Mexico) v. Martina Katz (Argentina)

Group D

Monday - Graciana Wargo (USA) d. Josefina Toro (Chile), 11-15, 15-8, 11-8
Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-0

Tuesday - Graciana Wargo (USA) v. Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)
Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) v. Josefina Toro (Chile)

U16 Girl's Singles

Group A

Monday - Erin Slutzky (USA) d. Fabiana Landi (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-3

Tuesday - Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico) v. Erin Slutzky (USA)

Group B

Monday - Annie Roberts (USA) d. Adriana Valdez (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-2

Tuesday - Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. Adriana Valdez (Ecuador)

Group C

Monday - Sofia Freer (Costa Rica) d. Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala), 5-15, 15-3, 11-5

Tuesday - Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala)

Group D

Monday - Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada), 15-0, 15-0
Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba) d. Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia), 9-15, 15-10, 11-6

Tuesday - Fernanda Mendez (Bolivia) v. Martina Katz (Argentina)
Suniaris Rodriguez (Cuba) v. Kelly-Marie Barrett (Canada)

Group E

Monday - Loraine Felipe (Cuba) d. Juliette Parent (Canada), 9-15, 15-7, 11-8
Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-0

Tuesday - Juliette Parent (Canada) v. Andrea Reyes (Guatemala)
Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) v. Loraine Felipe (Cuba)

U14 Girl's Singles

Group A

Monday - Heather Mahoney (USA) d. Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 15-7, 15-3
Anna Aguilar (Guatemala) d. Ofelia Wilscam (Canada), 15-1, 15-9

Tuesday - Heather Mahoney (USA) v. Anna Aguilar (Guatemala)
Ofelia Wilscam (Canada) v. Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)

Group B

Monday - Natalia Mita (Bolivia) d. Paula Mansilla (Chile), 15-8, 15-7
Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland), 15-2, 15-4

Tuesday - Natalia Mita (Bolivia) v. Sarah Ainsworth (Ireland)
Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Paula Mansilla (Chile)

Group C

Monday - Ava Kaiser (USA) d. Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica), 15-3, 15-6
Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala) d. Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 15-5, 15-2

Tuesday - Ava Kaiser (USA) v. Jasmin Aguilar (Guatemala)
Tamara Wilscam (Canada) v. Kenia Brenes (Costa Rica)

Group D

Monday - Thea Coleman (Ireland) d. Gisele Nieto (Mexico), 12-15, 15-9, 11-6
Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-1

Tuesday - Gisele Nieto (Mexico) v. Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)
Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. Thea Coleman (Ireland)

U18 Boy's Singles

Group A

Monday - Sean Sauvé (Canada) d. Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-9

Tuesday - Emir Martinez (Mexico) v. Jose Pablo Cardona (Guatemala)

Group B

Monday - Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) d. Kyle Dick (Canada), 15-5, 15-0

Tuesday - Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Kyle Dick (Canada)

Group C

Monday - Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. Jose Ramos (Mexico), 15-8, 15-10
Pablo Freer (Costa Rica) d. Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-9, 15-0

Tuesday - Jose Ramos (Mexico) v. Juan Segovia (Colombia)
Pablo Freer (Costa Rica) v. Diego Garcia (Argentina)

Group D

Monday - Charlie Chavez (Bolivia) d. Esteban De Janon (Ecuador), 10-15, 15-12, 11-4
Johan Igor (Chile) d. Ben Baron (USA), 15-5, 15-10

Tuesday - Charlie Chavez (Bolivia) v. Johan Igor (Chile)
Esteban De Janon (Ecuador) v. Ben Baron (USA)

Group E

Monday - Micah Farmer (USA) d. Rafael Gatica (Chile), 15-10, 15-5
Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. Juan Flores (Ecuador), 15-13, 15-8

Tuesday - Juan Flores (Ecuador) v. Micah Farmer (USA)
Rafael Gatica (Chile) v. Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica)

U16 Boy's Singles

Group A

Monday - Diego Gatica (Chile) d. Victor Seguria (Costa Rica), 15-10, 15-6

Tuesday - Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. Victor Seguria (Costa Rica)

Group B

Monday - Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) d. Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-1, 15-4

Tuesday - Hector Barrios (Bolivia) v. Jaime Mansilla (Chile)

Group C

Monday - Andrew Gleason (USA) d. Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-5, 15-1
Aldo Caraveo (Mexico) d. Namwoo Lee (Korea), 15-12, 15-12

Tuesday - Juan Segovia (Colombia) v. Aldo Caraveo (Mexico)
Namwoo Lee (Korea) v. Andrew Gleason (USA)

Group D

Monday - Nathan Jauvin (Canada) d. Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-6
Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-7, 15-11

Tuesday - Nathan Jauvin (Canada) v. Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia)
Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina) v. Pablo Vera (Ecuador)

Group E

Monday - Naman Gauri (Canada) d. Josue Bermeo (Ecuador), 5-15, 15-14, 11-10
Timothy Hansen (USA) d. Bayron Rosil (Guatemala), 15-4, 15-8

Tuesday - Josue Bermeo (Ecuador) v. Bayron Rosil (Guatemala)
Timothy Hansen (USA) v. Naman Gauri (Canada)

U14 Boy's Singles

Group A

Monday - Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica) d. Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-14

Tuesday - Nikhil Prasad (USA) v. Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

Group B

Monday - Jose Pablo Caseres (Guatemala) d. Juan Rodriguez (Colombia), 15-13, 15-9

Tuesday - Jhonatan Flores (Bolivia) v. Juan Rodriguez (Colombia)

Group C

Monday - Antonio Sanchez (Costa Rica) d. Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-10, 15-11

Tuesday - Vedant Chauhan (USA) v. Christian Pocsai (Canada)

Group D

Monday - Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Seunghwan Hong (Korea), 15-1, 15-6
Duvan Torres (Colombia) d. Matias Guzman (Chile), 15-1, 15-8

Tuesday - Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. Duvan Torres (Colombia)
Matias Guzman (Chile) v. Seunghwan Hong (Korea)

Group E

Monday - Luis Renteria (Mexico) d. Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland), 15-1, 15-2
Adrian Carchi (Ecuador) d. Asher Pocsai (Canada), 15-6, 15-1

Tuesday - Asher Pocsai (Canada) v. Luis Renteria (Mexico)
Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland) v. Adrian Carchi (Ecuador)

Group F

Monday - Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) d. Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-1, 15-0
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland), 15-3, 15-2

Tuesday - Bruno Vasquez (Ecuador) v. Daniel Hanrahan (Ireland)
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Manuel Oyhanart (Argentina)

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

2019 IRT World Junior Championships - Sunday Doubles Results

The first doubles matches of the 2019 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships happened on Sunday in San José, Costa Rica. With juniors, it’s difficult to know what’s an upset or a surprise, because things can change from year to year. But when Guatemala beats Mexico, it’s always notable, and that’s what happened Sunday in Boy’s U18 doubles, as Jose Pablo Cardona and Nathan Martinez of Guatemala defeated Mexicans Emir Martinez and Jose Ramos, 15-9, 15-14.

Also in Boy’s U18, the USA’s Dylan Pruitt and Joshua Shea held off Costa Ricans Pablo Freer and Tomas Sanchez, 15-11, 12-15, 11-7. The only other tie-breaker in boys play was between Mexico and Colombia in Boy’s U14, as Luis Renteria and Jorge Gutierrez of Mexico squeaked by Juan Rodriguez and Duvan Torres of Colombia, 14-15, 15-5, 11-9.

There were two tie-breakers in Girl’s U18, and both were come back wins. The USA’s Nikita Chauhan and Erin Slutzky defeated Fabiana Landi and Ana Sarmiento of Ecuador, 8-15, 15-8, 11-5, in one of them, and Chileans Paula Mansilla and Josefina Toro beat Costa Ricans Aranxa Anguizola and Abigail Solana, 11-15, 15-8, 11-6, in the other.

Only one other tie-breaker in girls play, which came in Girl’s U14 with the USA’s Ava Kaiser and Kareena Mathew coming back to defeat Costa Ricans Kenia Brenes and Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 9-15, 15-8, 11-2. But a close match was played in Girl’s U16, when Bolivians Micaela Meneses and Camila Rivero beat Costa Ricans Sofia Freer and Maricruz Ortiz in two close games, 15-13, 15-12.

The group stage ends Tuesday with the medal round beginning Wednesday. The finals will be Saturday. Results from the group stage will be used to seed players for the medal round.

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


U18 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) d. Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico), 15-9, 15-14

Monday - Jose Pablo Cardona & Nathan Martinez (Guatemala) v. Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile)

Tuesday - Emir Martinez & Jose Ramos (Mexico) v. Rafael Gatica & Johan Igor (Chile)

Group B

Sunday - Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé (Canada), 15-12, 15-4

Monday - Kyle Dick & Sean Sauvé (Canada) v. Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador)

Tuesday - Julio Guzman & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Esteban De Janon & Juan Flores (Ecuador)

Group C

Sunday - Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA) d. Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica), 15-11, 12-15, 11-7

Monday - Dylan Pruitt & Joshua Shea (USA) v. Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina)

Tuesday - Pablo Freer & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) v. Diego Garcia & Tomas Oyhanart (Argentina)

U16 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) d. Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-2, 15-5
Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) d. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea), 15-10, 15-2

Monday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea)
Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada) v. Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica)

Tuesday - Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia) v. Santiago Gamboa & Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica)
Naman Gauri & Nathan Jauvin (Canada) v. Seunghwan & Namwoo Lee (Korea)

Group B

Sunday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-1
Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA) d. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-10, 15-6

Monday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA)
Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) v. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile)

Tuesday - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile)
Andrew Gleason & Timothy Hansen (USA) v. Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador)

U14 Boy's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA) d. Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica), 15-8, 15-12

Monday - Antonio Sanchez & Victor Segura (Costa Rica) v. Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland)

Tuesday - Vedant Chauhan & Joshua Shea (USA) v. Daniel Hanrahan & Keelan O’Gorman (Ireland)

Group B

Sunday - Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Bruno Vasquez & Adrian Carchi (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-5

Monday - Bruno Vasquez & Adrian Carchi (Ecuador) v. Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

Tuesday - Jhonatan Flores & Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. Jose Pablo Caseres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala)

Group C

Sunday - Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia), 14-15, 15-5, 11-9

Monday - Juan Rodriguez & Duvan Torres (Colombia) v. Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada)

Tuesday - Luis Renteria & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Asher Pocsai & Christian Pocsai (Canada)

U18 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Marifer Gutierrez & Anna Rivera (Mexico) d. Cassie Prentice & Camila Wilscam (Canada), 15-3, 15-6

Monday - Angelica Barrios & Valeria Centellas (Bolivia) v. Cassie Prentice & Camila Wilscam (Canada)

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

Group B

Sunday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) d. Fabiana Landi & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador), 8-15, 15-8, 11-5
Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile) d. Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica), 11-15, 15-8, 11-6

Monday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) & Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)
Fabiana Landi & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile)

Tuesday - Nikita Chauhan & Erin Slutzky (USA) v. Paula Mansilla & Josefina Toro (Chile)
Fabiana Landi & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador) v. Aranxa Anguizola & Abigail Solana (Costa Rica)

U16 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) d. Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-13, 15-12

Monday - Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) v. Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA)

Tuesday - Micaela Meneses & Camila Rivero (Bolivia) v. Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts (USA)

Group B

Sunday - Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada), 15-4, 15-1
Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba) d. Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-0

Monday - Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)
Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada) v. Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba)

Tuesday - Guadalupe Griffin & Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Suniaris Rodriguez & Loraine Felipe (Cuba)
Kelly-Marie Barrett & Juliette Parent (Canada) v. Adriana Valdez & Angela Villacreses (Ecuador)

U14 Girl's Doubles

Group A

Sunday - Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) d. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 9-15, 15-8, 11-2

Monday - Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia) v. Kenia Brenes & Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica)

Tuesday - Ava Kaiser & Kareena Mathew (USA) v. Valeria Miranda & Krystin Salinas (Bolivia)

Group B

Sunday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada), 15-4, 15-6
Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) d. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland), 15-14, 15-7

Monday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala)
Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada) v. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland)

Tuesday - Gisele Nieto & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Sarah Ainsworth & Thea Coleman (Ireland)
Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada) v. Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala)

Follow the bouncing ball….