Thursday, December 13, 2018

2018 LPRT Christmas Classic - Preview

The Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland has become a tradition on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) schedule, and the tradition continues this weekend, as 22 LPRT players will face off in Maryland for the last LPRT event of 2018. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria heads a field of 22 players that includes 8 of the top 11 LPRT players.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this weekend’s event comes in doubles, where Longoria will play with Kelani Bailey Lawrence for the 1st time, as her usual partner Samantha Salas won’t be in Maryland. Longoria had previously played with Alexandra Herrera, but Herrera is playing with Frédérique Lambert. Nonetheless, Longoria and Bailey Lawrence are the #1 seeds with Herrera and Lambert #2.

Those two teams could meet in the final, but the road to the final could be tricky for Herrera and Lambert, who will need to play first play Valeria Centellas and Masiel Rivera, and Centellas is half of the current Women’s Doubles World Champions (she won the title last August with Yazmine Sabja). If they win that match, Herrera and Lambert will have to play the winner of 3rd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas and sister act 6th seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Danielle Maddux, which will also not be an easy match.

You can watch the action from Laurel all weekend live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or the LPRT Facebook page. The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and nnon. The semi-finals will be 4 and 5 PM. The singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 1 PM. All times eastern.

2018 LPRT Christmas Classic Pro-Am, December 14-16, 2018
Laurel, Maryland

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 17) Amie Brewer - 11 AM

9) Sheryl Lotts - BYE
8) Carla Muñoz - BYE

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Masiel Rivera v. 21) Katharine Neils - 10 AM

13) Lucia Gonzalez v. 20) Valeria Centellas - 10 AM
4) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
14) Jennifer Dering v. 19) Laura Brandt - 10 AM

11) Adrienne Haynes v. 22) Danielle Maddux - 11 AM
6) Natalia Mendez - BYE

7) Cristina Amaya - BYE
10) Cassi Lee - BYE

15) Michelle De La Rosa v. 18) Hollie Scott - 11 AM
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Kelani Bailey Lawrence v. 8) Cassi Lee & ? - 8 PM
4) Cristina Amaya & Carla Muñoz v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM

3) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas v. 6) Michelle De La Rosa & Danielle Maddux - 7 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Frédérique Lambert v. 7) Valeria Centellas & Masiel Rivera - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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