Saturday, November 20, 2021

Barrios upsets Mendez to reach semi-finals at 2021 LPRT Turkey Shoot

Angelica Barrios, the 5th seed, caused the only upset in the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) quarterfinals at the 29th Annual Glass Court LPRT Turkey Shoot in Lombard, Illinois, as she defeated the 4th seed Natalia Mendez, 15-6, 15-13. Barrios will play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the semi-finals Saturday afternoon, as Longoria beat 8th seed Rhonda Rajsich, 15-8, 15-11.

The other two quarterfinals were crushing defeats, as LPRT #2 Maria Jose Vargas beat 10th seed Brenda Laime, 15-2, 15-3, and LPRT #3 Alexandra Herrera defeated 11th seed Carla Muñoz, 15-1, 15-3. Vargas and Herrera will play off for a spot in Sunday’s final against the Longoria-Barrios winner.


Top seeds Longoria and Samantha Salas advanced to the final with a win over 5th seeds Ana Laura Flores and Kelani Lawrence, 15-6, 13-15, 11-2. They’ll take on 3rd seeds Valeria Centellas and Natalia Mendez in the final, as Centellas and Mendez defeated 7th seeds Veronica Sotomayor and Vargas, 15-9, 15-11.

Lawrence was again using a drive jam serve, as she did in the quarterfinals, and it helped her and Flores win game two. But in game three, she hit Flores a few times, while Flores was still in the service box. Those were fault serves, and effectively negated that serve, as Lawrence wasn’t using it on 2nd serve. Failing to execute that serve was one of the reasons the tie-breaker with Longoria and Salas wasn’t close.

The singles semi-finals will Saturday afternoon at 5:30 and 6:30 and the final on Sunday at noon. The doubles final is Saturday night at 7:30 PM. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

29th Annual Glass Court LPRT Turkey Shoot
November 19-21, 2021 - Lombard, Illinois

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-8, 15-11
5) Angelica Barrios d. 4) Natalia Mendez, 15-6, 15-13

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 11) Carla Muñoz, 15-1, 15-3
2) Maria Jose Vargas d. 10) Brenda Laime, 15-2, 15-3

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Angelica Barrios - 6:30 PM
2) Maria Jose Vargas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera - 5:30 PM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5) Ana Laura Flores & Kelani Lawrence, 15-6, 13-15, 11-2
3) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez d. 7) Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Jose Vargas, 15-9, 15-11

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez - 7:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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