Saturday, April 27, 2013

LPRT - Longoria & Salas Solis into Battle of the Alamo final

There will be a Mexico show down in the final of the Battle of the Alamo Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event in San Antonio, Texas, as LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will face off against her doubles partner Samantha Salas Solis on Sunday.

Longoria reached the final with a three game victory over Cheryl Gudinas, 11-1, 11-5, 11-0, while Salas Solis beat LPRT #2 Rhonda Rajisch in four games, 11-3, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10.

It looked like Rajsich was going to force a tie-breaker against Salas Solis, as she had a 10-6 lead in game four of their match. But Salas Solis dug in and kept Rajsich from scoring, as she ran off six unanswered points to take the game and match.

Salas Solis played well but the final two points of the match came from Rajsich's errors on serve return. Salas Solis lob served to the left with Rajsich skipping the return, and then Salas Solis served a half lob to the right that Rajsich also skipped to end the match.

It's Salas Solis's fourth career pro final, and three of them have come in Texas.

Longoria hasn't lost a women's pro match since May 2011, so she's been in every LPRT final since then, except for the 2011 Texas Open, which she didn't play in. That Texas Open in August 2011 was the last tournament Salas Solis made the final of, and she lost to Rajsich.

It's the second time that Longoria and Salas Solis have met in a final. The other time was the 2010 Texas Open, when Longoria won in three straight games.

The final will be web-cast via the LPRT Network at noon CDT on Sunday.

2013 Battle at the Alamo - San Antonio, Texas

Semi-finals (seeding)

1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Cheryl Gudinas, 11-1, 11-5, 11-0
6 Samantha Salas Solis d. 2 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10


1 Paola Longoria v. 6 Samantha Salas Solis - Noon CDT Sunday

Follow the bouncing ball….

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