Monday, April 15, 2019

Doubles medal rounds at 2019 Pan American Championships

Mexican teams are the top seeds for the medal rounds in both Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia. But Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, the top seeds in Women’s Doubles, could face a tough test in the quarterfinals, as they could play 8th seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina, who won the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Bolivia Open two weeks ago.

Even if they win that match, the Mexicans could face the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champions - Valeria Centellas and Yazmine Sabja of Bolivia - in the semi-finals, as the Bolivians are the 4th seeds. In contrast, the bottom half of the draw looks kinder for 2nd seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros of Colombia.

In men’s play, top seeds Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) could face 4th seeds Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia in the semi-finals. On the bottom of the draw, there’s more uncertainty as 3rd seeds Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho of Costa Rica will play either one of two tricky teams in the quarterfinals: either a young Dominican Republic team of Ramon De Leon and Luis Perez, who can shoot with anybody when they are hot, or the veteran Argentina team of Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri, who have caused more than their share of upsets over the years.

The USA team of Jake Bredenbeck and Mauro Rojas are the 2nd seeds, and they could have a tricky quarterfinal match also, as they will face either Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray or the surprising Cuban team of Enier Chacon and Mykel Mollet.

The IRF will be live streaming matches from Barranquilla, look for the action via the IRF Website or the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Barranquilla, Colombia - April 12-20, 2019
Results Summary

Women's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
8) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. 9) Josefa Parada & Carla Muñoz (Chile) - 1 PM

5) Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic) v. 12) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Sheryl Lotts (USA) - 1 PM
4) Valeria Centellas & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) - BYE

3) Maria Paz Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - BYE
6) Maria Gomar & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. 11) Danielle Drury & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - 1 PM

7) Yurisleidis Alluie & Maria Regla Viera (Cuba) v. 10) Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela) - 1 PM
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Men's Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - BYE
8) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. 9) Gregorio Machado & Luis Reveron (Venezuela) - 11 AM

5) Andres Gomez & Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. 12) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) - 11 AM
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 13) Rafael Gatica & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 11 AM

3) Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica) v. 14) Jesus Icaza & Carlos Medrano (Honduras) - 11 AM
6) Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) v. 11) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri (Argentina) - Noon

7) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) v. 10) Enier Chacon & Mykel Mollet (Cuba) - Noon
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Mauro Rojas (USA) v. 15) Sebastian Mediguri & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

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