Saturday, January 11, 2020

Longoria & Vargas opponents twice on Sunday

For the fifth time this Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season, Paola Longoria - the LPRT’s #1 player - will face off with Maria Jose Vargas - the LPRT’s #2 player in a tournament final, as they both reached the final of the Florida Pro-Am in Davie, Florida with semi-final wins on Saturday. Mexican Longoria ended the great run of Bolivian teenager Valeria Centellas in one semi-final, winning 15-5, 15-8, while Argentina's Vargas beat Mexico's Alexandra Herrera, 15-5, 15-14, in the other semi.

Centellas was seeded 11th, and upset 4th seed Natalia Mendez of Argentina in the quarters, 15-5, 15-12, to set up the semi-final showdown with Longoria, who defeated fellow Mexican Jessica Parrilla in the quarters, 15-6, 15-9.

Vargas beat 7th seed Cristina Amaya of Colombia, 15-8, 15-13, in the quarters, while Herrera was a straight game winner over the USA's Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-6, 15-13.

Longoria and Vargas will also face off in the doubles final Sunday. Longoria and Herrera beat Bailey Lawrence and Carla Muñoz, 15-9, 15-5, in one semi-final Saturday, while Vargas and Mendez needed three games to get past Nancy Enriquez and Parrilla, 15-6, 10-15, 11-6.

Check out the finals live from Florida via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website. They will begin at 11 AM Sunday with the singles final, and the doubles final will follow at noon. All times eastern.

2019 LPRT Florida Pro-Am, January 10-12, 2020
Davie, Florida


Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Jessica Parrilla, 15-6, 15-9
12) Valeria Centellas d. 4) Natalia Mendez, 15-5, 15-12

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 11) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-6, 15-13
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 7) Cristina Amaya, 15-8, 15-13

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 12) Valeria Centellas, 15-5, 15-8
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 15-5, 15-14

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Maria Jose Vargas - 11 AM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera d. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Carla Muñoz, 15-9, 15-5
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas d. 3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla, 15-6, 10-15, 11-6

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

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