Sunday, March 1, 2020

Longoria wins twice and men split titles at Mexican National Team Selection Event

Paola Longoria won twice Saturday at the 2020 Mexican National Team Selection Event in Tijuana, as she captured both the Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles titles. She was 2nd seed in singles, as Longoria lost the final last year to Montserrat Mejia. But Longoria wasn’t to be denied this year, as she defeated 9th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-14, 15-4, in the final. Parrilla was a surprise finalist, and beat Mejia in the quarterfinals en route to the final.

In the doubles final, Longoria and long time partner Samantha Salas Solis defeated Mejia and Alexandra Herrera, 15-7, 15-13. The win will give Longoria and Salas Solis a chance at a 4th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Doubles World Championship, which is a title they haven’t won since 2014. The 2020 IRF World Championships will be in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in August.

In men’s play, the spoils were shared, as the finalists in Men’s Singles - Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa lost the Men’s Doubles final to Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya. In singles, De La Rosa, the 2nd seed, defeated Beltran, the 1st seed, 15-14, 15-11. De La Rosa has been playing some of the best racquetball of his career, including winning his 4th International Racquetball Tour (IRT) title in January, so it’s no surprise he won this weekend.

The win puts De La Rosa - a 3 time Pan American Champion and World Champion two years ago in Men’s Doubles with Beltran - back on Team Mexico after a year off it.

De La Rosa had a chance to win both singles and doubles, as he and Beltran were in the Men’s Doubles final against Mar and Montoya. However, Mar and Montoya were able to eke out the victory in three games, winning 15-10, 7-15, 11-9.

In winning, Mar and Montoya successfully defended the title they won last year. Also, they will have the opportunity to win a third consecutive Men’s Doubles title for Mexico at Worlds in August. Mar and Montoya won Men’s Doubles last year at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Campeonato Nacional Selectivo FMR
Tijuana, Mexico - February 25-29, 2020

Women's Open


2) Paola Longoria d. 9) Jessica Parrilla, 15-14, 15-4

3rd Place

3) Samantha Salas Solis d. 12) Lucia Gonzalez, 15-8, 15-9

Women's Open Doubles


1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis d. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-7, 15-13

3rd Place

6) Maria Gutierrez & Angela Veronica Ortega Sabido d. 4) Erin Rivera & Jessica Parrilla, forfeit

Men's Open Singles


2) Daniel De La Rosa d. 1) Alvaro Beltran, 15-14, 15-11

3rd Place

11) Sebastian Fernandez d. 4) Javier Mar, forfeit

Men's Open Doubles


1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 2) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-10, 7-15, 11-9

3rd Place

6) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo d. 4) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera, 15-3, 15-7

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