Saturday, December 11, 2021

Meneses has chance to win two gold medals at 2021 IRF World Junior Championships

Mexicans have a chance to win gold in 10 of the 12 World Cup divisions at the 32nd International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as they have at least one finalist in the four U16 and four U14 divisions as well as two of the U18 divisions. Mexicans will win at least two gold medals, as both finalists in Boys U18 Singles and Boys U14 Singles are Mexican.

In Boys U18 Singles, Sebastian Longoria of Mexico defeated Ecuador’s Pablo Vera, 15-3, 15-6, in one semi-final Friday, while team-mate Erick Trujillo beat Bolivian Luis Aguilar, 15-9, 15-0, in the other.

The Girls U18 final is one of the two that doesn’t have a Mexican, as both Mexicans lost in the semi-finals. Bolivian Micaela Meneses beat Daniela Rico of Mexico, 15-6, 15-2, in the semis, and will face Argentina’s Martina Katz in the final, as Katz defeated Ximena Martinez of Mexico, 15-6, 15-6, in the other semi.

Meneses could be a double gold medalist, as she and Florencio Villazon are in the Girls U18 Doubles final after beating Ecuador’s Fabi Landry and Maria Laura Villacreses, 15-1, 15-5, in the semi-finals. They’ll face Mexicans Martinez and Rico in the final, as the Mexicans defeated Sofia Freer and Abigail Solano of Costa Rica, 15-7, 15-7, in the semis.

The Boys U18 Doubles final is the other final that doesn’t involve Mexico. Costa Ricans Felipe Guillen and Andres Matamoros upset top seeds Diego Gatica and Jaime Mansilla of Chile, 15-11, 8-15, 15-1, in one semi-final, and will take on Bolivia’s Jhoel Acha and Nestor Zenteno in the final. Bolivia beat the Canadians Nathan Jauvin and Christian Pocsai, 15-10, 15-9 in the semis.

Reminder that matches are being 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 - Semi-finals - Friday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. Daniela Rico (Mexico), 15-6, 15-2
Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Ximena Martinez (Mexico), 15-6, 15-6

Girls U18 Singles - Final - Saturday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. Martina Katz (Argentina) - Noon

Girls U16 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Cynthia Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-10, 15-11
Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) d. Angela Ortega (Mexico), 1-15, 15-12, 11-10

Girls U16 Singles - Final - Saturday

Cynthia Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) - 11 AM

Girls U14 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) d. Chloe Jauvin (Canada), 15-2, 15-2
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) d. Yanna Salazar (Mexico), 15-10, 15-11

Girls U14 Singles - Final - Saturday

Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) v. Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) - 10 AM

Boys U18 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. Pablo Vera (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-6
Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Luis Aguilar (Bolivia), 15-9, 15-0

Boys U18 Singles - Final - Saturday

Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) v. Erick Trujillo (Mexico)

Boys U16 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Christian Sanchez (Mexico), 15-5, 15-12
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Hernan Ruiz Michel (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-4

Boys U16 Singles - Final - Saturday

Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) - 1 PM

Boys U14 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Eder Renteria (Mexico) d. Martin Carchi (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-7
Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) d. Marco Vedia (Bolivia), 15-9, 15-10

Boys U14 Singles - Final - Saturday

Eder Renteria (Mexico) v. Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) - 10 AM

Girls U18 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Micaela Meneses & Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) d. Fabi Landry & Maria Laura Villacreses (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-5
Ximena Martinez & Daniela Rico (Mexico) d. Sofia Freer & Abigail Solano (Costa Rica), 15-7, 15-7

Girls U18 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Micaela Meneses & Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) v. Ximena Martinez & Daniela Rico (Mexico) - 2 PM

Girls U16 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Andrea Reyes & Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. Jimena Gomez & Jimena Rodriguez (Costa Rica), 15-6, 15-4
Cynthia Gutierrez & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Natalia Mendez & Kristin Salinas (Bolivia), 4-15, 15-11, 11-6

Girls U16 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Andrea Reyes & Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Cynthia Gutierrez & Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 4 PM

Girls U14 Doubles - Final - Saturday

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

Boys U18 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Felipe Guillen & Andres Matamoros (Costa Rica) d. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile), 15-11, 8-15, 15-1
Jhoel Acha & Nestor Zenteno (Bolivia) d. Nathan Jauvin & Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-10, 15-9

Boys U18 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Jhoel Acha & Nestor Zenteno (Bolivia) v. Felipe Guillen & Andres Matamoros (Costa Rica)

Boys U16 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Christian Sanchez & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Javier Farfan & Ezequiel Zubieta (Bolivia), 15-6, 15-0

Jose Caceres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) d. Santiago Gamboa &.Victor Segura (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-2

Boys U16 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Christian Sanchez & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Jose Caceres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) - 4 PM

Boys U14 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Eder Renteria & Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) d. Tomas Alvarado & Juan Pinedo (Colombia), 15-2, 15-1
Marco Mamani & Marco Vedia (Bolivia) d. Rafael Guillemette & Asher Pocsai (Canada), 15-5, 15-2

Boys U14 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Eder Renteria & Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) v. Marco Mamani & Marco Vedia (Bolivia) - 3 PM

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