Saturday, November 20, 2021

Longoria & Herrera to face off in singles at 2021 LPRT Turkey Shoot

Alexandra Herrera, the #3 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), defeated the #2 player for the first time ever (on their 9th meeting) Saturday in the semi-finals of the 29th Annual Glass Court LPRT Turkey Shoot in Lombard, Illinois, where Herrera came back from a game down to defeat Maria Jose Vargas, 10-15, 15-8, 11-6. She’ll play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria in the final, as Longoria beat 5th seed Angelica Barrios, 15-4, 15-12, in the other semi-final.

In game three of Herrera and Vargas’s semi-final match, Herrera led almost the whole way, including at 3-0 and 5-3 before Vargas tied it at 6-6. Vargas got the next point to lead 6-5. But that lead was short lived, and Vargas wouldn’t score again, as Herrera pushed on to win it 11-6.


In the doubles final, #1 seeds Longoria and Samantha Salas were given a stiff test by 3rd seeds Valeria Centellas and Natalia Mendez in the final, but they did win in two games, 15-10, 15-10. Longoria and Salas played well, and Salas especially was strong at the end of both games. However, they held up on several occaisions - looking for an avoidable or penalty hinder call - and most of those hold ups were entirely unnecessary. Some should have been given as a point for the other side rather than calling a hinder.

The singles final will be at noon on Sunday. 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 - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Angelica Barrios, 15-4, 15-12
3) Alexandra Herrera d. 2) Maria Jose Vargas, 10-15, 15-8, 11-6

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 3) Alexandra Herrera - Noon

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez, 15-10, 15-10

Follow the bouncing ball….

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