Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mexico wins gold in Women's Team event at 2015 Pan American Games

Mexico won the Women's Team event at the 2015 Pan American Games, just as they did four years ago in Guadalajara. Mexico only needed wins in the two singles matches, as Samantha Salas defeated Michelle Key, 15-3, 15-9, and Paola Longoria beat Rhonda Rajsich, 15-6, 15-12. The doubles match was unnecessary.

Salas dominated Key in game one, and was up 10-2 in game two. But then the American came back to trail by only one at 10-9. But Key couldn't tie it, as Salas went on to win 15-9, giving Mexico the early advantage.

In game one of the second match, Longoria was in control early, as she went up 8-2. Although Rajsich never really cut into that lead, she certainly made Longoria work for every point. Twenty five rallies went by and only eight points were scored with Longoria still leading 12-6.

But from there, Longoria quickly ended it with points three straight rallies for 15-6.

In game two, Longoria took an early lead again, going up 7-1. But Rajsich came back harder, got within one at 7-6, and then tied the game at 12-12. However, Longoria wanted a third gold to go with the two she won earlier in Toronto, and she closed out the game, 15-12.

The win completes a Mexican gold medal sweep in women's events at the 2015 Pan Am Games with Longoria winning three gold - Women's Singles, Women's Doubles with Salas and Sunday the Women's Team event. Her three medals from Toronto will go with the three she won in Guadalajara four years ago.

Longoria is only 26, having had her birthday last Monday, so she may be able to win gold again four years from now in Lima, Peru.

2015 Pan American Games - Toronto, Canada

Women's Team


1) MEXICO (Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas) d. 3) USA (Rhonda Rajsich, Michelle Key, Kim Russell-Waselenchuk), 2-0

Follow the bouncing ball....

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