Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 LPRT Florida Pro-Am - Preview

The 2019-20 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season continues today with the LPRT Florida Pro-Am in Davie, Florida. The draw is one of the smaller ones in awhile, but the top players are there, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria and #2 Maria Jose Vargas. Longoria and Vargas have faced off in the 4 of the 5 finals this season.

Perhaps their most remarkable match was the most recent, as Longoria defeated Vargas in a tie-breaker at the LPRT Christmas Classic last month. Longoria had won the first game decisively, but Vargas came back to win game two, and was up 6-0 in the breaker. But Longoria proved her mettle, as she fought back to win the breaker, 11-8.

We’d like some more of that, please.

Hopefully, that competitiveness will be on display throughout the weekend in Florida. It could start in the Round of 16, when 8th seed Jessica Parrilla takes on 9th seed Carla Muñoz. Parrilla is working her way back up the rankings after a serious knee injury that kept her out for over a year, while Muñoz has been playing some of the best racquetball of her career of late.

Also in the 16s, USA veteran Rhonda Rajsich takes on Bolivian teenager Valeria Centellas, who’s a current International Racquetball Federation (IRF)World Champion in Women’s Doubles (with Yazmine Sabja) and IRF World Junior Champion in Girl’s U18 Doubles (with Angelica Barrios). Sixth seed Nancy Enriquez of Mexico takes on the USA’s Kelani Bailey Lawrence, and 7th seed Cristina Amaya from Colombia is up against 10th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala.

Check out the action live from Florida via the LPRT YouTube channel or the LPRT website (click “LPRT Live” at the top of the page). The Round of 16 begins at 1 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday night at 5 and 6 PM with the semi-finals Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The singles final will be 11 AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow at noon. All times eastern.

2020 LPRT Florida Pro-Am, January 10-12, 2020
Davie, Florida

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 16) Joselin Arevalo - 4 PM
8) Jessica Parrilla v. 9) Carla Muñoz - 4 PM

5) Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Valeria Centellas - 1 PM
4) Natalia Mendez v. 13) Micela Mensese - 1 PM

3) Alexandra Herrera v. 14) Laura Brandt - 2 PM
6) Nancy Enriquez v. 11) Kelani Bailey Lawrence - 2 PM

7) Cristina Amaya v. 10) Maria Renee Rodriguez - 3 PM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 15) Graci Wargo - 3 PM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Rhonda Rajsich v. 5) Kelani Bailey Lawrence & Carla Muñoz - 6 PM

3) Nancy Enriquez & Jessica Parrilla v. 6) Micaela Meneses & Maria Renee Rodriguez - 5 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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