Sunday, February 9, 2020

Scott and Carson win at 2020 USAR National Doubles Championships

Hollie Scott put herself in the driver’s seat to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in August, as she won Women’s Singles at the 2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships Sunday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Scott hung on to outlast Erika Manilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-9, in the final. Players make the Worlds team based on performances at the 2019 US Open, this weekend’s US Team Singles competition, and the 2020 US National Singles Championships in May.

By our calculations, if Scott gets to the final at National Singles, she’ll be on the team. In fact, if she loses in the semi-finals, Scott will still make the team unless Manilla loses the final to either Rhonda Rajsich or Kelani Bailey-Lawrence. Manilla will be on the team if she gets to the final at National Singles.

Both Rajsich and Bailey-Lawrence can get a spot on the team with a win at National Singles. If either fail to win, they will need help to make it.

Rocky Carson won Men’s US Team Singles in Tempe by defeating Alejandro Landa, 15-6, 15-14, in the final. But Landa is still ahead of Carson in the points race for the team, as Landa did much better than Carson at last year’s US Open (a semi-final versus a Round of 16 result). But if either Carson or Landa make the semi-finals, he will be on the team, unless the other one loses to either Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn in the final at National Singles.

A win at National Singles is probably what Bredenbeck or Horn need to get on the team, unless both Carson and Landa lose early at National Singles, which seems unlikely. Thomas Carter or Adam Manilla could make the team with a win at National if either Carson or Landa fail to make the semis.

On the other hand, Charlie Pratt would likely need to win National Singles and have a lot of help, if he’s going to make the Team USA.

If you missed any of the action from Tempe check out the USA Racquetball LiveStream channel. The next USA Racquetball event will be the 2020 National High School Championships in Portland, Oregon, February 26 to March 1. The 2020 USA National Singles Championships will be May 27-31 on the campus of Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.

2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
February 5-9, 2020 - Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men’s Singles

Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson d. 2) Alejandro Landa, 15-6, 15-14

3rd place

3) Jake Bredenbeck v. 4) David Horn, double forfeit

Women's Singles

Final - Sunday

3) Hollie Scott d. 4) Erika Manilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-9

3rd place

1) Rhonda Rajsich, d. 2) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 15-11, 15-4

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