Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Medal round begins at XXXII IRF World Junior Championships

After three days of group stage matches, play began in the medal rounds Tuesday at the 32nd International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. While Mexico, Bolivia and the USA have traditionally been the strongest teams at World Juniors, players from other countries are also looking good so far. That’s undoubtedly helped by the smaller than expected turnout of players, including a complete absence of USA players. That is presumably due to the pandemic affecting travel decisions by people around the world.

The top seeds as the medal round began were Micaela Meneses of Bolivia in Girls U18, Jazmin Salvatierra of Guatemala in Girls U16, Maria Trujillo of Mexico in Girls U14 (although there is one more round of group matches in this division, it seems like Trujillo has top spot clinched), Felipe Guillen of Costa Rica in Boys U18, Ezequiel Subieta of Bolivia in Boys U16, and finally in Boys U14 Martin Carchi of Ecuador. It’s fun that players from 5 countries are the top seeds across the six World Cup divisions.

There have been some close matches so far, including several tiebreakers, some finishing 11-10. On the first day of the medal round, there were three breakers, two involving Canadians. The one that didn’t have a Canadian was in Girls U16, as Paula Mansilla of Chile held on to defeat Jimena Gomez of Costa Rica, 15-7, 14-15, 11-8. It was a similar story in Boys U18, as Canadian Nathan Jauvin beat Josue Bermeo of Ecuador, 15-12, 7-15, 11-8. Also, Jauvin’s teammate Rafael Guillemette came back from a game down to get a win over Tomas Alvarado of Colombia, 14-15, 15-10, 11-2.

Some of Tuesday’s matches were live streamed from Guatemala, and they’ll be streaming through the finals on Saturday. Check with the (IRF page on Facebook to see the streaming schedule.

32nd IRF World Championships
December 2-December 11 - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Girls U18 Singles - Round of 16 - Tuesday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) - BYE
Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. Fabi Landry (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-5

Daniela Rico (Mexico) - BYE
Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) - BYE

Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - BYE
Juliette Parent (Canada) d. Paula Mansilla (Chile), 15-3, 15-3

Sofia Freer (Costa Rica) d. Abigail Solano (Costa Rica), 15-1, 15-0
Martina Katz (Argentina) - BYE

Girls U18 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala) - 1 PM
Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Daniela Rico (Mexico) - 1 PM

Ximena Martinez (Mexico) v. Juliette Parent (Canada) - 1 PM
Martina Katz (Argentina) v. Sofia Freer (Costa Rica) - 1 PM

Girls U16 Singles - Round of 16 - Tuesday

Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala) - BYE
Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) d. Jimena Rodriguez (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-1

Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) - BYE
Cynthia Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE

Tamara Wilscam (Canada) - BYE
Angela Ortega (Mexico) d. Ofelia Wilscam (Canada), 15-7, 15-10

Paula Mansilla (Chile) d. Jimena Gomez (Costa Rica), 15-7, 14-15, 11-8
Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) - BYE

Girls U16 Singles - Quarterfinals - Wednesday

Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) - 11 AM
Cynthia Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Andrea Reyes (Guatemala) - 11 AM

Tamara Wilscam (Canada) v. Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 11 AM
Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) v. Paula Mansilla (Chile) - 11 AM

Girls U14 Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

Will begin Thursday after last group stage round on Wednesday

Boys U18 Singles - Round of 16 - Tuesday

Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) - BYE
Pablo Vera (Ecuador) d. Andres Matamoros (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-1

Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. Diego Gatica (Chile), 15-7, 15-5
Juan Segovia (Colombia) - BYE

Luis Aguilar (Bolivia) - BYE
Nathan Jauvin (Canada) d. Josue Bermeo (Ecuador), 15-12, 7-15, 11-8

Jhoel Acha (Bolivia) d. Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-11, 15-12
Erick Trujillo (Mexico) - BYE

Boys U18 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica) v. Pablo Vera (Ecuador) - 11 AM
Juan Segovia (Colombia) v. Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) - 11 AM

Luis Aguilar (Bolivia) v. Nathan Jauvin (Canada) - 11 AM
Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Jhoel Acha (Bolivia) - 11 AM

Boys U16 Singles - Round of 16 - Wednesday

Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) - BYE
Victor Segura (Costa Rica) v. Duvan Torres (Colombia) - 10 AM

Jose Caceres (Guatemala) v. Martin Carchi (Ecuador) - 10 AM
Christian Sanchez (Mexico) - BYE

Hernan Ruiz Michel (Bolivia) - BYE
Hector Sierra (Guatemala) v. Joaquin Benalcazar (Ecuador) - 10 AM

Santiago Gamboa (Costa Rica) v. Christian Pocsai (Canada) - 10 AM
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - BYE

Boys U14 Singles - Round of 16 - Tuesday

Martin Carchi (Ecuador) - BYE
Leonardo Luconi (Costa Rica) d. Angel Gonzalez (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-6

Marco Mamani (Bolivia) - BYE
Eder Renteria (Mexico) - BYE

Marco Vedic (Ecuador) - BYE
Rafael Guillemette (Canada) d. Tomas Alvarado (Colombia), 14-15, 15-10, 11-2

Gabriel Maramoros (Costa Rica) d. Asher Pocsai (Canada), 15-14, 15-3
Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) - BYE

Boys U14 Singles - Quarterfinals - Wednesday

Martin Carchi (Ecuador) v. Leonardo Luconi (Costa Rica) - Noon
Eder Renteria (Mexico) v. Marco Mamani (Bolivia) - Noon

Marco Vedic (Ecuador) v. Rafael Guillemette (Canada) - Noon
Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) v. Gabriel Maramoros (Costa Rica) - Noon

Boys U18 Doubles - Quarterfinals - Wednesday

Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile) - BYE
Juan Segovia & Duvan Torres (Colombia) v. Felipe Guillen & Andres Matamoros (Costa Rica)

Jhoel Acha & Nestor Zenteno (Bolivia) v. Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador)
Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Nathan Jauvin & Christian Pocsai (Canada)

Boys U16 Singles - Round Robin Group Stage Standings - Wednesday

1. Christian Sanchez & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - 5-0
2. Jose Caceres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) - 3-2
3. Javier Farfan & Ezequiel Zubieta (Bolivia) - 2-3
4. Santiago Gamboa & Victor Segura (Costa Rica) - 0-5

Boys U14 Doubles - Round Robin Group Stage Standings - Tuesday

1. Eder Renteria & Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) - 3-0
1. Marco Mamani & Marco Vedic (Bolivia) - 3-0
3. Tomas Alvarado & Juan Pinedo (Colombia) - 2-2
4. Rafael Guillemette & Asher Pocsai (Canada) - 0-3
4. Gabriel Metamoros & Andre Pacheco (Costa Rica) - 0-3

Girls U18 Doubles - Round Robin Group Stage Standings - Tuesday

1. Micaela Meneses & Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) - 5-0
2. Ximena Martinez & Daniela Rico (Mexico) - 3-2
3. Sofia Freer & Abigail Solano (Costa Rica) - 2-3
4. Fabi Landry & Maria Laura Villacreses (Ecuador) - 0-5

Girls U16 Singles - Round Robin Group Stage Standings - Tuesday

1. Andrea Reyes & Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) - 4-0
2. Natalia Mendez & Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) - 3-1
3. Yanna Salazar & Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) - 3-1
3. Cynthia Gutierrez & Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 3-1
5. Jimena Gomez & Jimena Rodriguez (Costa Rica) - 2-3
6. Ofelia Wilscam & Tamara Wilscam (Canada) - 0-4
7. Ared Arce & Ashly Arce (Costa Rica) - 0-5

Girls U14 Doubles - Round Robin Group Stage - Saturday

Yanna Salazar & Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) v. Ared Arce & Ashly Arce (Costa Rica) - 11 AM

Follow the bouncing ball....

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