Saturday, May 28, 2022

Friday results from 2022 USA Racquetball National Championships

The biggest upset in the USA National Team qualifying divisions on Friday at the 2022 USA Racquetball (USAR) National Championships in College Station, Texas came in Women’s Doubles, as 3rd seeds Erika Manilla and Aimee Roehler beat 2nd seeds Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich, 11-8, 11-7, 13-11, in the semi-finals. Although it’s an upset by the seedlings, Manilla and Roehler (formerly Ruiz) were the National Champions in 2019, so it’s not really a surprise result.

Manilla and Roehler will take on top seeds Kelani Lawrence and Hollie Scott in Saturday’s final, as Lawrence and Scott defeated 5th seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Lexi York, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6.

The barn burner match of the day came in Men’s Doubles, as 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck came back from two games down to squeak by 3rd seeds Alejandro Landa and Sudsy Monchik, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 15-13, 13-11. They’ll play top seeds and defending champions Rocky Carson and Charlie Pratt in the final Saturday, as Carson and Pratt defeated 4th seeds David Horn and Adam Manilla, 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, in the other semi-final. So, the final is #1 versus #2.

The Mixed Doubles final will also be 1 versus 2 on Saturday, as both top seeds won their respective semi-finals on Friday. Top seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Alejandro Landa defeated 4th seeds David Horn and Hollie Scott, “(-1411)-7” [sic], 11-9, 15-13 (the score is unclear on the tournament site), and 2nd seeds Erika Manilla and Adam Manilla came back from a game down to beat 6th seeds Sam Bredenbeck and Lexi York, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9.

Watch the action

USAR will be streaming matches from College Station via their USA Racquetball Facebook page. So check the action out there. The match times below are all central time.

2022 USA Racquetball National Championships
College Station, Texas
US National Team Divisions

Men's US Team Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. 8) Robert Collins, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
5) Adam Manilla d. 4) David Horn, injury forfeit

3) Jake Bredenbeck d. 11) Alex Zamudio, 11-4, 11-0, 11-7
2) Alejandro Landa d. 7) Sam Bredenbeck, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 5) Adam Manilla - 1 PM
2) Alejandro Landa v. 3) Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM

Men's US Team Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt d. 4) David Horn & Adam Manilla, 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck d. 3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 15-13, 13-11

Final - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck - 3 PM

3rd Place - Saturday

3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik v. 4) David Horn & Adam Manilla - PM

Women's US Team Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Erika Manilla v. 8) Annie Roberts, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8
4) Hollie Scott v. 5) Linda Tyler, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8

3) Rhonda Rajsich v. 6) Lexi York, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
2) Kelani Lawrence v. 10) Shane Diaz, 11-4, 11-4, 11-3

Women's US Team Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Erika Manilla v. 4) Hollie Scott - Noon
2) Kelani Lawrence v. 3) Rhonda Rajsich - 10 AM

Women's US Team Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott d. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6
3) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler d. 2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 11-8, 11-7, 13-11

Final - Saturday

1) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott v. 3) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler - 2 PM

3rd Place - Saturday

2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York - 1 PM

US Team Mixed Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa d. 4) David Horn & Hollie Scott, “(-1411)-7” [sic], 11-9, 15-13
2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla d. 6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9

Final - Saturday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa v. 2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla - 5 PM

3rd Place - Saturday 4) David Horn & Hollie Scott v. 6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York - 4 PM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Friday, May 27, 2022

Thursday results from 2022 USA Racquetball National Championships

No crazy upsets Thursday at the 2022 USA Racquetball (USAR) National Championships in College Station, Texas. The main surprise came in Mixed Doubles, as 6th seeds Sam Bredenbeck and Lexi York came back to upset 3rd seeds Kelani Lawrence and Sudsy Monchik, 11-3, 7-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-9. They’ll play 2nd seeds Erika Manilla and Adam Manilla, who were winners over 7th seeds Jose Diaz and Rhonda Rajsich, 11-8, 12-10, 11-3.

The higher seeds generally won in the other US Team Qualifying divisions. All top two seeds advanced in men's and women's singles and doubles. Note the doubles finals are on Saturday, while the singles finals will be on Sunday.

Watch the action

USAR will be streaming matches from College Station via their USA Racquetball Facebook page. So check the action out there. The match times below are all central time.

2022 USA Racquetball National Championships
College Station, Texas
US National Team Divisions

Men's US Team Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson d. 17) Jacob Kingsford, 11-3, 11-3, 11-8
8) Robert Collins d. 9) Nicholas Riffel, 11-8 11-9, 11-3

5) Adam Manilla d. 11) Zachary Williams, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8
4) David Horn d. 12) Benjamin Horner, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9

3) Jake Bredenbeck d. 19) Charles Rankin, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5
11) Alex Zamudio d. 6) Thomas Carter, forfeit

7) Sam Bredenbeck d. 19) Danny Lavely, 11-5, 7-11, 12-14,
2) Alejandro Landa d. 15) Jimmy Fernandez, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6

Men's US Team Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. 8) Robert Collins - 5 PM
4) David Horn v. 5) Adam Manilla - 11 AM

3) Jake Bredenbeck v. 11) Alex Zamudio - 1 PM
2) Alejandro Landa v. 7) Sam Bredenbeck - 3 PM

Men's US Team Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt d. Iain Dunn & Paul Saraceno, 11-4, 11-2, 11-6
4) David Horn & Adam Manilla d. 5) Robert Collins & Nicholas Riffel, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6

3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik d. 6) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck d. 7) Jose Diaz & Timmy Hansen, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9

Men's US Team Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. 4) David Horn & Adam Manilla - 9 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck v. 3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik - 7 PM

Women's US Team Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Erika Manilla - BYE
8) Annie Roberts d. 9) Naomi Ros, 11-6, 14-12, 11-8

5) Linda Tyler d. 12) Katie Neils, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5
4) Hollie Scott d. 13) Erin Boadway, 11-4, 11-3, 11-1

3) Rhonda Rajsich d. 14) Kelly Mortensen, 11-5, 11-3, 11-0
6) Lexi York d. 11) Alondra Canchola, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4

10) Shane Diaz d. 7) Graci Wargo, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8
2) Kelani Lawrence - BYE

Women's US Team Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Erika Manilla v. 8) Annie Roberts - 4 PM
4) Hollie Scott v. 5) Linda Tyler - Noon

3) Rhonda Rajsich v. 6) Lexi York - 11 AM
2) Kelani Lawrence v. 10) Shane Diaz - 2 PM

Women's US Team Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott d. 8) Erin Boadway & Fran Transfiguarcion, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
5) Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York d. 4) Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts, 10-12, 11-3, 11-4, 11-9

3) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler d. 6) Shane Diaz & Naomi Rios, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10
2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

Women's US Team Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York - 8 PM
2) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich v. 3) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler - 6 PM

US Team Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa d. 8) Jake Bredenbeck & Aimee Roehler, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5
4) David Horn & Hollie Scott d. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Charlie Pratt, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4

6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York d. 3) Kelani Lawrence & Sudsy Monchik, 11-3, 7-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-9
2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla d. 7) Jose Diaz & Rhonda Rajsich, 11-8, 12-10, 11-3

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa v. 4) David Horn & Hollie Scott - 4 PM
2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla d. 6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York - 1 PM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Day 1 of 2022 USA Racquetball National Championships

The 2022 USA Racquetball (USAR) National Championships are underway in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A & M University. The US Team Qualifying division are playing matches in a best of five games, win by two points format, which the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) will be using at the 2022 World Championships this summer.

Only a few Team Qualifying matches were played on Wednesday. In Men’s Singles, 17th seed Jacob Kingsford defeated 16th seed DJ Mendoza, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3, and will play top seed Rocky Carson in the Round of 16 Thursday.

Also Wednesday, 19th seed Charles Rankin outlasted 14th seed Daniel Blanco, 9-11, 11-7, 15-13, 6-11, 11-7. Rankin will face 3rd seed Jake Bredenbeck in the 16s.

Finally, Jimmy Fernandez, the 15th seed, beat 18th seed Adrian Espinoza, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6, and will take on 2nd seed Alejandro Landa on Thursday.

There were also a few matches in Mixed Doubles, but no upsets. Eighth seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Aimee Roehler beat 9th seed Graci Wargo and Alex Zamudio, 11-6, 12-10, 11-1, and will play 1st seeds Michelle De La Rosa and Alejandro Landa, in what is a marquee match up with four strong players.

Elsewhere, 7th seeds Jose Diaz and Rhonda Rajsich needed five games to fend off 10th seeds Robert Collins and Annie Roberts, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7. Diaz and Rajsich will play the 2nd seeded Manilla siblings, Adam and Erika.

Also, 6th seeds Sam Bredenbeck and Lexi York defeated 11th seeds Katie Neils and Nicholas Riffel, 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, and will play 3rd seeds Kelani Lawrence and Sudsy Monchik on Thursday.

Watch the action

USAR will be streaming matches from College Station via their USA Racquetball Facebook page. So check that out beginning Wednesday.

2022 USA Racquetball National Championships
College Station, Texas
US National Team Divisions

Men's US Team Singles - Round of 32 - Wednesday

1) Rocky Carson - BYE
17) Jacob Kingsford d. 16) DJ Mendoza, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3

9) Nicholas Riffel - BYE
8) Robert Collins - BYE

5) Adam Manilla - BYE
11) Zachary Williams - BYE

12) Benjamin Horner - BYE
4) David Horn - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
19) Charles Rankin d. 14) Daniel Blanco, 9-11, 11-7, 15-13, 6-11, 11-7

6) Thomas Carter - BYE
11) Alex Zamudio - BYE

7) Sam Bredenbeck - BYE
19) Danny Lavely - BYE

15) Jimmy Fernandez d. 18) Adrian Espinoza, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6
2) Alejandro Landa - BYE

Men's US Team Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson v. 17) Jacob Kingsford - 6 PM
8) Robert Collins v. 9) Nicholas Riffel - 11 AM

5) Adam Manilla v. 11) Zachary Williams - 9 PM
4) David Horn v. 12) Benjamin Horner - 9 PM

3) Jake Bredenbeck v. 19) Charles Rankin - 8 PM
11) Alex Zamudio d. 6) Thomas Carter, forfeit

7) Sam Bredenbeck v. 19) Danny Lavely - 7 PM
2) Alejandro Landa v. 15) Jimmy Fernandez - 8 PM

Men's US Team Doubles - Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt - BYE
Iain Dunn & Paul Saraceno d. Daniel Blanco & Jimmy Fernandez, 11-5, 7-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-6

5) Robert Collins & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
4) David Horn & Adam Manilla - BYE

3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik - BYE
6) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon - BYE

Jose Diaz & Timmy Hansen - BYE
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck - BYE

Men's US Team Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt v. Iain Dunn & Paul Saraceno - Noon
4) David Horn & Adam Manilla v. 5) Robert Collins & Nicholas Riffel - 2 PM

3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik v. 6) Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon - 2 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck v. Jose Diaz & Timmy Hansen - 1 PM

Women's US Team Singles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Erika Manilla - BYE
8) Annie Roberts v. 9) Naomi Ros - 3 PM

5) Linda Tyler v. 12) Katie Neils - 11 AM
4) Hollie Scott v. 13) Erin Boadway - 11 AM

3) Rhonda Rajsich v. 14) Kelly Mortensen - 1 PM
6) Lexi York v. 11) Alondra Canchola - 1 PM

7) Graci Wargo v. 10) Shane Diaz - 8 PM
2) Kelani Lawrence - BYE

Women's US Team Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott v. 8) Erin Boadway & Fran Transfiguarcion - 3 PM
4) Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts v. 5) Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York - 10 AM

3) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler v. 6) Shane Diaz & Naomi Rios - Noon
Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

US Team Mixed Doubles - Round of 16 - Wednesday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa - BYE
8) Jake Bredenbeck & Aimee Roehler d. 9) Graci Wargo & Alex Zamudio, 11-6, 12-10, 11-1

5) Sheryl Lotts & Charlie Pratt - BYE
4) David Horn & Hollie Scott - BYE

3) Kelani Lawrence & Sudsy Monchik - BYE
6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York d. 11) Katie Neils & Nicholas Riffel, 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5

7) Jose Diaz & Rhonda Rajsich d. 10) Robert Collins & Annie Roberts, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7
2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

1) Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa v. 8) Jake Bredenbeck & Aimee Roehler - 5 PM
4) David Horn & Hollie Scott v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Charlie Pratt - BYE

3) Kelani Lawrence & Sudsy Monchik v. 6) Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York - 5 PM
2) Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla v. 7) Jose Diaz & Rhonda Rajsich - 5 PM

Follow the bouncing ball....

Sunday, May 22, 2022

2022 USA Racquetball National Championships - Preview

The 2022 USA Racquetball (USAR) National Championships happen next week in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A & M University. Both singles and doubles championships are being contested in the same event, as they were last year. Also, there is a US Team Qualifying Mixed Doubles division, as the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) 2022 World Championships will include mixed doubles, so players can qualify for that separately from men’s and women’s singles and doubles.

Last year, we asked where the players were, as the fields were small, but that’s not the case this year. There are 19 players in Men’s Singles, 14 in Women’s Singles, as well as 9 Men’s Doubles teams and 8 Women’s Doubles teams, and in Mixed Doubles there are 11 teams. These fields are larger than they have been in recent years.

Filling out those fields are some players we’ve not seen in awhile. David Horn has returned to action in recent months, and he’s still the 4th highest ranked US player, which might surprise some (it did us). In Men’s Doubles, Jose Diaz is back, and playing with Timmy Hansen, and he's also playing Mixed Doubles with Rhonda Rajsich.

In Women’s Doubles, Aimee Roehler (formerly Ruiz) - the 12 time champion - is back, and playing with Erika Manilla in Women’s Doubles and Jake Bredenbeck in Mixed Doubles. Roehler and Manilla won the title in 2020, which was the last time Roehler played in the championships.

Also in 2020, Alejandro Landa and Sudsy Monchik won the Men’s Doubles title, and they will be trying to win it again in Texas after not being able to defend the title last year in Des Moines, as Monchik contracted COVID just before the tournament. They’ll likely have to beat Rocky Carson and Charlie Pratt, who are the defending champions, to do it. Also in the mix are the Bredenbeck brothers - Jake and Sam - who were runners up last year, as will be the righty-lefty team of Horn and Adam Manilla.

We’re not sure how they’ll seed the women’s doubles teams. USA Racquetball has given the previous year’s champions and runners-up the 1st and 2nd seeds in the past. But neither last year’s champions (Manilla & Rajsich) nor runners-up (Michelle De La Rosa & Sheryl Lotts) are playing together. The highest USAR ranked players in women’s doubles (yes, the USAR has women’s doubles rankings) are Hollie Scott and Kelani Lawrence, who are playing together. And did you know that the next highest ranked player is Lexi York? We didn’t.

York is playing with De La Rosa, and Lotts and Rajsich are playing together, which they’ve often done in the past. Finally, as mentioned, the 2020 Champions - Manilla and Roehler - are back together. Any of those three teams - plus Lawrence and Scott - could be the champion this year.

As this is a IRF World Championships year, there is an extra special something to play for as the US Champions - and finalists in singles - will get spots on Team USA for Worlds in August.

Watch the action

USAR will be streaming matches from College Station via their USA Racquetball Facebook page. So check that out beginning Wednesday.

2022 USA Racquetball National Championships
College Station, Texas
US National Team Divisions

Men's US Team Singles - Field*

1) Rocky Carson
2) Alejandro Landa
3) Jake Bredenbeck
4) David Horn
5) Adam Manilla
6) Thomas Carter
7) Sam Bredenbeck
8) Robert Collins
9) Nicholas Riffel
10) Alex Zamudio
11) Zachary Williams
12) Benjamin Horner
13) Daniel Blanco
14) Jimmy Fernandez
15) DJ Mendoza
16) Jacob Kingsford
17) Adrian Espinoza
18) Charles Rankin
19) Danny Lavely (note: no ranking listed for Lavely, but we don’t think he should be last)

Men's US Team Doubles - Field*

1) Rocky Carson & Charlie Pratt
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck
3) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik
4) David Horn & Adam Manilla
Thomas Carter & Nicholas Riffel
Maurice Miller & Troy Warigon
Jose Diaz & Timmy Hansen
Daniel Blanco & Jimmy Fernandez
Iain Dunn & Paul Saraceno

Women's US Team Singles - Field*

1) Erika Manilla
2) Kelani Lawrence
3) Rhonda Rajsich
4) Hollie Scott
5) Linda Tyler
6) Lexi York
7) Graci Wargo
8) Annie Roberts
9) Naomi Ros
10) Shane Diaz
11) Alondra Canchola
12) Katie Neils
13) Erin Boadway
14) Kelly Mortensen

Women's US Team Doubles - Field*

Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott
Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich
Michelle De La Rosa & Lexi York
Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler
Laura Fenton Kovanda & Linda Tyler
Erin Boadway & Fran Transfiguarcion
Alondra Canchola & Annie Roberts
Shane Diaz & Naomi Rios

US Team Mixed Doubles - Field*

Kelani Lawrence & Sudsy Monchik
David Horn & Hollie Scott
Sheryl Lotts & Charlie Pratt
Jose Diaz & Rhonda Rajsich
Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa
Sam Bredenbeck & Lexi York
Erika Manilla & Adam Manilla
Jake Bredenbeck & Aimee Roehler
Katie Neils & Nicholas Riffel
Graci Wargo & Alex Zamudio
Robert Collins & Annie Roberts

* - Note: seedings in the singles fields are based on USAR rankings. The doubles rankings are an estimate. Thus, they are all unofficial, as the brackets have not been released yet.

Follow the bouncing ball....

Monday, May 16, 2022

Weekend Round Up - Let's get the facts right

As we reported yesterday, the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) New York Open in Wantagh, New York, between Daniel De La Rosa and Kane Waselenchuk was abandoned due to unsafe court conditions. Coby Iwaasa and Jose Daniel Ugalde were scheduled to play in the Men’s Open final at about the same time as the IRT final, and from the tournament draw site on R2 Sports it appears that match was played with Iwaasa winning 15-14, 14-15, 11-10. Seems like it was quite the match, eh?

One problem. It didn’t happen.

On Sunday, when the IRT final was abandoned we noted - and tweeted - that the Iwaasa-Uglade final was also on R2 as a double forfeit, which is what the IRT final is listed as. But later the Men’s Open final result was changed to the 11-10 result.

We imagined that there was an error in the initial reporting, as sometimes happens, and we tweeted a correction. But then this happened.

It was nice that Ugalde clarified the situation. However, this should have been unnecessary, because the double forfeit result should be on the draw. It isn’t (still as of Monday morning; May 16, 2022).

We all understand that stuff happens that is outside of our control, even when we thought everything had been accounted for. We’re living in a pandemic, so more than ever we know that stuff happens that we can’t control.

We are also living in a time when people are questioning what is true, or the truth, and the Truth - capital T - can be a slippery thing. Yet there are facts. And those facts should be accurately recorded.

Part of the purpose of The Racquetball Blog is to record racquetball facts, because people have not been very good at recording them in the past. If you don’t record your facts, your history, then it suggests that you don’t care about your history, and if you don’t care, why should anyone else?

We believe it should go without saying we want to do this as accurately as possible. Thus, it’s really troubling that a match result would be recorded incorrectly, because it’s getting the facts wrong intentionally. If the facts are wrong, then how can you know the truth of the situation?

It can be difficult enough to get the facts straight when everyone is trying their best to make accurate records. People knowingly obscuring the facts is appalling.

We should do better.

2022 Sweet Caroline Open

Valeria Centellas won Women’s Open at the Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina on the weekend. She defeated Cristina Amaya, 13-15 15-11, 11-8, in the final. In the semi-finals, Centellas came back to defeat Carla Muñoz, 13-15, 15-11, 11-4, while Amaya beat Micaela Meneses, 15-7, 15-2.

Upcoming events

The racquetball season is winding down, so it’s championship time. The USA Racquetball National Doubles and Singles Championships begin May 25 in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A & M University, and the Racquetball Canada National Championships will be May 24-28 in Brossard, Québec.

The 2021-22 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season winds up with what has become a marquee event for them: the TeamRoot.com Super Max Slam, June 9-12 in Overland Park, Kansas. TeamRoot has put considerable prize money into the event over the last few years, so expect a big field of players to be there.

2022 New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Men’s Open Final

6) Coby Iwaasa v. 8) Jose Daniel Ugalde, abandoned due to unsafe court conditions

Semi-finals

8) Jose Daniel Ugalde d. 12) Christian Wer, 15-4, 15-4
6) Coby Iwaasa d. 2) Juan Francisco Cueva, 15-11, 15-1

Quarterfinals

8) Jose Daniel Ugalde d. 1) Set Cubillos, 15-11, 5-15, 11-7
12) Christian Wer d. 4) Andrés Gómez, 15-9, 15-11

6) Coby Iwaasa d. 3) Edwin Galicia, 15-12, 15-8
2) Juan Francisco Cueva d. 23) Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman, 15-7, 15-7

2022 Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

Women’s Open - Final

3) Valeria Centellas d. 5) Cristina Amaya, 13-15 15-11, 11-8

Semi-finals

5) Cristina Amaya d. 1) Micaela Meneses, 15-7, 15-2
3) Valeria Centellas d. 2) Carla Muñoz, 13-15, 15-11, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, May 15, 2022

2022 IRT New York Open final abandoned due to unsafe conditions

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) abandoned the final of the IRT New York Open in Wantagh, New York on Sunday, as the court conditions were judged to be unsafe for the players. The decision was made after Kane Waselenchuk and Daniel De La Rosa had played the first game, which Waselenchuk won 15-4. There was high humidity that made the court surfaces damp and slippery, so after some deliberation and consultation with the players, the decision was made to call it off.

The IRT posted the following statement on their website:

“We would like to extend our apologies to all racquetball fans. A decision was made by IRT Commissioner Pablo Fajre, finalists, #1 ranked Daniel De La Rosa, and #7 ranked Kane Waselenchuk, that for the safety of the players, we needed to suspend the match today after game one. Unfortunately, we were experiencing issues with the HVAC systems preventing us from keeping the courts safe for the players. Every effort was made throughout the event to make playing conditions as safe as possible, but high humidity levels created a situation that was beyond our control.”

It was an unfortunate end, as these were the players that we wanted to see face off. De La Rosa has been the player in the best form on tour over the last year, while Waselenchuk is considered by many to be the best player ever, but hasn’t played very much since the pandemic began. Moreover, Waselenchuk lost to Andree Parrilla in January, so there was some question as to what form he was in.

Waselenchuk had answered that question in an emphatically positive way earlier in the tournament with decisive wins over Parrilla in the quarterfinals and Samuel Murray in the semi-finals. That form looked like it would carry over to the final, as Waselenchuk won game one by a comfortable margin.

However, we’re not to know if that form would have held for the entire final. Sad.

The next Tier 1 IRT event is not listed on the IRT website, but if you missed any of the New York Open action, check out the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Final - Sunday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 7) Kane Waselenchuk, 4-15, abandoned due to unsafe court conditions

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 4) Alejandro Landa, 14-15, 15-14, 11-3
7) Kane Waselenchuk d. 3) Samuel Murray, 15-1, 15-1

Follow the bouncing ball….

Longoria wins singles, Herrera & Parrilla doubles at 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), got back in the winners’ circle Saturday, as she beat LPRT #2 Alexandra Herrera, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7, to win the 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. Herrera had won the last two LPRT events, defeating Longoria in each of those finals. But Herrera did get the better of Longoria in the doubles final, as she and Jessica Parrilla beat Longoria and Samantha Salas, 15-13, 15-5.

Herrera led early in game one of the singles final, but Longoria tied the score at 6-6, and then outscored Herrera 9-3 from there to win it 15-9. Longoria hit a lot of drive Z serves to the right side, which is the left-handed Herrera’s backhand side, and it was an effective strategy.

Herrera was undaunted, as she took a 11-1 lead in game two. Yet Longoria matched that undauntedness by coming all the way back to tie the game at 13-13. However, a great Herrera forehand shot got her back in the service box and then Longoria skipped shots on the next tow rallies that undid her comeback and gave the game to Herrera, 15-13.

Game three was similar to game one, as Herrera was off the mark first by taking a 3-0 lead. Then they were tied at 4-4, from which Longoria jumped ahead to lead 10-5. Herrera fought off two match points, and got within three at 10-7 before Longoria finished it off with a backhand winner making it 11-7.

The win is Longoria’s 5th of the season. Herrera’s won twice, and Gabriela Martinez won the first tournament of the season back in August, when she defeated Herrera in the final.

The singles result wasn’t a surprise, but maybe the doubles result was, as Longoria and Salas are the current and three time International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Doubles World Champions, while Herrera and Parrilla were playing together for the first time, as neither of the usual partners were in Greenville. Herrera usually plays with Montserrat Mejia and Parrilla with Montserrat Perez, so they had in common normally playing with someone named Montserrat. Perhaps that was enough chemistry for them to gel in Greenville.

In game one of the doubles final, it looked like it was going to go the way of the World Champs, as they led 12-7. Herrera and Perez closed it to 13-10, but Longoria and Salas got the serve back at that point, and you thought that they would see the game out. Instead, they were sided out as Salas and then Longoria skipped shots.

Herrera and Parrilla got five points without giving up serve in five different ways. In order, there was a Herrera winner, an avoidable hinder, Longoria and Salas skipped shots on back to back rallies, and then Parrilla finished it out with a winner that was the 3rd shot of a rally that began with her lob serving to Salas, who hit a forehand down the line that came off the back wall setting Parrilla up for a pinch shot that won the game 15-13.

A disappointing outcome for Longoria and Salas for sure, but you didn’t think that they would go down without a fight, and believed a tie-breaker was a definite possibility. And they were neck and neck early in game two, and tied at 4-4. Then the wheels fell off the Longoria-Salas bus, as they were out scored 11-1 the rest of the way. Herrera hit winners for the last two points to close out a stunning outcome.

Herrera has more doubles success than Parrilla, but Parrilla has three wins previously on the LPRT. Perhaps ironically two of those have been at Herrera’s expense. Parrilla and Aguilar defeated Herrera and Maria Renee Rodriguez at the 2014 Battle at the Alamo, and she teamed up with Frédérique Lambert to get the better of Herrera and Mejia in Guadalajara in 2017. Parrilla’s third win came earlier this season, when she and Perez won in Denver last August.

The 2021-22 LPRT season concludes next month with the TeamRoot.com Super MAX Slam in Overland Park, Kansas, June 9-12. If you missed any of the Sweet Caroline action, check out the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

LPRT Singles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 2) Alexandra Herrera, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla d. 1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas, 15-13, 15-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Murray & Waselenchuk through to semi-finals at 2022 IRT New York Open

A Canadian will be in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) New York Open in Wantagh, New York on Sunday, as both Samuel Murray and Kane Waselenchuk won their respective quarterfinals Saturday morning, and will play each other in the semi-finals Saturday night for a spot in Sunday’s final. Waselenchuk made a statement by defeating IRT #2 Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 15-6. Parrilla had defeated Waselenchuk earlier this year, but didn’t come close doing so on Saturday.

Samuel Murray, the IRT’s #3 player, went to a tie-breaker with #6 Conrado Moscoso, winning 15-8, 4-15, 11-7. In the breaker, there wasn’t more than a one point difference until Murray pulled ahead from 5-5 to 7-5, and he held the lead from there on. Moscoso got it back to one point at 8-7 down, but Murray got the last three points to close out the win.

In the other quarterfinal matches IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa needed a tie-breaker to defeat 8th seed Mario Mercado, 15-9, 9-15, 11-2, and 4th seed Alejandro Landa beat 12th seed Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-6.

You can see the 2022 New York Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play continues Saturday with the semi-finals at 7 and 8 Saturday night. The final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Mario Mercado, 15-9, 9-15, 11-2
4) Alejandro Landa d. 12) Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-6

3) Samuel Murray d. 6) Conrrado Moscoso, 15-8, 4-15, 11-7
7) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 15-6

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Alejandro Landa - 8 PM
3) Samuel Murray v. 7) Kane Waselenchuk - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

One will play two in the 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open final

Number 1 will take on number 2 in the final of the 2022 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina, as Paola Longoria faces Alexandra Herrera - the #1 and #2 LPRT players, respectively, for the third consecutive LPRT final. Both players were dominant in their respective semi-final matches. Longoria beat 5th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-2, 15-6, and Herrera defeated 11h seed Kelani Lawrence, 15-8, 15-3.

Parrilla actually scored the first two points of game one against Longoria, only to see Longoria get 15 unanswered points to win the game 15-2. Game two was closer, and Parrilla worked hard with several sideouts, but the score was still lop-sided at 15-6 for Longoria.

Herrera and Lawrence’s match had a similar story. Herrera went up 12-1 on Lawrence in game one, and went on to win it 15-8. That Lawrence got some points late suggested game two might be more even, but Herrera again took a big lead getting 11 points before Lawrence even got 1.

Right now, Longoria and Herrera are the cream of the LPRT, and we’ll see which of them rises to the top in the final later today.

The singles final is at 4 PM with the doubles final to follow at 5 PM. All times EDT. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Jessica Parrilla, 15-2, 15-6
2) Alexandra Herrera d. 11) Kelani Lawrence, 15-8, 15-3

LPRT Singles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 2) Alexandra Herrera - 4 PM

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla - 5 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 13, 2022

Adam Manilla into quarters at 2022 IRT New York Open

Seven of the top eight seeds are into the quarterfinals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) New York Open in Wantagh, New York. Adam Manilla is the exception, as the 12th seed upset 5th Eduardo Portillo, 13-15, 15-7, 11-7, in the Round of 16 on Friday. He’ll play 4th seed Alejandro Landa in the quarters, as Landa squeaked by 13th seed Sebastian Fernandez, 15-14, 15-13.

In other action, IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa beat 16th seed Jordy Alonso, 15-5, 15-7, and will play 8th seed Mario Mercado in the quarters, as Mercado came back from a game down to defeat David Horn, 14-15, 15-7, 11-3. IRT #2 Andree Parrilla also won in two straight games, beating Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr, 15-9, 15-12 to set up a match with 7th seed Kane Waselenchuk, who beat Hector Barrios, 15-3, 15-5, in the 16s. Finally, IRT #3 Samuel Murray defeated 14th seed Eduardo Garay in two straight games, 15-13, 15-0, and will play 6th seed Conrrado Moscoso in the quarters, as Moscoso beat 11th seed Andres Acuña, 15-6, 15-4.

You can see the 2022 New York Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play continues Saturday with the quarterfinals at 10 AM Saturday morning with the semi-finals at 7 and 8 Saturday night. The final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Jordy Alonso d. Mauricio Zelada, 15-5, 15-7

David Horn d. 9) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-7, 15-10
8) Mario Mercado - BYE

5) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
12) Adam Manilla d. Edwin Galicia, 15-7, 12-15, 11-9

13) Sebastian Fernandez d. Jose Daniel Ugalde, 15-13, 15-10
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Samuel Murray - BYE
14) Eduardo Garay d. Eziquiel Subieta, 15-9, 15-6

11) Andres Acuña d. Coby Iwaasa, 15-10, 15-14
6) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

7) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
Hector Barrios d. 10) Sebastian Franco, 15-14, 15-11

Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr d. 15) Robert Collins, 15-13, 15-8
2) Andree Parrilla - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 16) Jordy Alonso - 15-5, 15-7
8) Mario Mercado d. David Horn, 14-15, 15-7, 11-3

12) Adam Manilla d. 5) Eduardo Portillo, 13-15, 15-7, 11-7
4) Alejandro Landa d. 13) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-14, 15-13

3) Samuel Murray d. 14) Eduardo Garay, 15-13, 15-0
6) Conrrado Moscoso d. 11) Andres Acuña, 15-6, 15-4

7) Kane Waselenchuk d. Hector Barrios, 15-3, 15-5
2) Andree Parrilla d. Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr, 15-9, 15-12

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Mario Mercado - 1 PM
4) Alejandro Landa v. 12) Adam Manilla - Noon

3) Samuel Murray v. 6) Conrrado Moscoso - 11 AM
2) Andree Parrilla v. 7) Kane Waselenchuk - 10 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Longoria & Herrera on track for final showdown at 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

Paola Longoria and Alexandra Herrera - the #1 and #2 players, respectively, on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) are heading for a third straight finals showdown, as they are both into the semi-finals at the 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. In the quarterfinals on Friday, Longoria defeated 8th seed Samantha Salas, 15-5, 15-12, and Herrera beat 10th seed Carla Muñoz, 15-7, 15-2. Their semi-final opponents are surprises, as both were upset winners in the quarters.

Eleventh seed Kelani Lawrence upset LPRT #3 Maria Jose Vargas, 15-11, 13-15, 11-9, in the quarterfinals, and 5th seed Jessica Parrilla beat 4th seed Natalia Mendez, 15-10, 15-7. In the semi-finals on Saturday, Lawerence will play Herrera while Parrilla takes on Longoria.

Longoria and Herrera will face off in the doubles final, as their respective teams won their semi-final matches Friday. Top seeds Longoria and Salas needed a tie-breaker to defeat Lawrence and Hollie Scott, 15-1, 12-15, 11-7, in one semi, while Herrera and Parrilla beat 2nd seeds Mendez and Valeria Centellas, 15-4, 15-12.

The singles semi-finals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday, and the final at 4 PM with the doubles final to follow at 5 PM. All times EDT. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Sheryl Lotts, 15-3, 15-1
8) Samantha Salas d. 9) Valeria Centellas, 15-4, 15-6

5) Jessica Parrilla d. 12) Nancy Enriquez, 15-8, 15-6
4) Natalia Mendez d. 13) Hollie Scott, 15-10, 11-15, 11-6

3) Maria Jose Vargas d. 14) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-9, 12-15, 11-6
11) Kelani Lawrence d. 6) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-0, 15-9

10) Carla Muñoz d. 7) Erika Manilla, 15-7, 15-4
2) Alexandra Herrera d. 15) Cristina Amaya, 15-10, 15-4

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Samantha Salas, 15-5, 15-12
5) Jessica Parrilla d. 4) Natalia Mendez, 15-10, 15-7

11) Kelani Lawrence d. 3) Maria Jose Vargas, 15-11, 13-15, 11-9
2) Alexandra Herrera d. 10) Carla Muñoz, 15-7, 15-2

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Jessica Parrilla - 11 AM
2) Alexandra Herrera v. 11) Kelani Lawrence - 10 AM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott, 15-1, 12-15, 11-7
3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla d. 2) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez, 15-4, 15-12

LPRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla - 5 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Rounds of 128 & 64 at 2022 IRT New York Open

There were some upsets Thursday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) New York Open in Wantagh, New York, but we’re not sure there were any big surprises. Jose Daniel Ugalde and Coby Iwaasa were two of the lowest seeds in qualifying, but they are international veterans for their respective countries - Ecuador and Canada, so it’s not a surprise that they were able to qualify for Friday’s Round of 32.

Ugalde beat Set Cubillos, 15-1, 15-5, and then Michael Leduc, 15-4, 15-7, to reach the 32s, where he’ll play Sebastian Fernandez. Iwaasa needed a tie-breaker in his first match to defeat Joe Kelley, 15-14, 8-15, 11-2, and then David Austin, 15-3, 15-10, in his second match. We thought Iwaasa would play Mexican Alejandro Cardona in the second round, but Cardona was a no show unforetunately.

Other surprises were Ezequiel Subieta defeating Juan Salvatierra, 15-8, 15-6, to qualify for the 32s, where he’ll play Eduardo Garay, Hector Barrios beating Christian Wer, 15-8, 15-10, and Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr overcoming Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 6-15, 15-3, 11-5.

You can see the 2022 New York Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play begins Thursday with two rounds of action. Then they’ll play the Round of 32 Friday morning, and Round of 16 Friday afternoon and evening beginning at 4 PM. The quarterfinals will start at 10 AM Saturday morning with the semi-finals at 7 and 8 Saturday night. The final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Round of 128 - Thursday

Mauricio Zelada - BYE
Rodrigo Mendoza d. Abraham Cardenas, 15-7, 15-8

Juan Francisco Cueva d. Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman, 15-6, 15-5
David Horn d. Maneesh Pujari, 15-6, 15-1

Edwin Galicia d. Tony Puggioni, 15-10, 15-3
Alex Zamudio d. Carlos Jose Galvez, 15-11, 15-10

Michael Leduc d. Samuel Kelley, 11-15, 15-11, 11-9
Jose Daniel Ugalde d. Set Cubillos, 15-1, 15-5

Juan Salvatierra d. Roger Subieta, 15-1, 15-10
Ezequiel Subieta d. Troy Warigon, 15-12, 15-6

David Austin d. Alejandro Cardona, forfeit
Coby Iwaasa d. Joe Kelley, 15-14, 8-15, 11-2

Christian Wer d. Brendan Sullivan, 15-8, 15-2
Hector Barrios d. Garin Meguerditchian, 15-6, 15-2

Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr d. Andrés Gómez, 15-10, 15-12
Erick Cuevas Fernandez d. John Behm, 15-4, 15-7

Round of 64 - Thursday

Q1 - Mauricio Zelada d. Rodrigo Mendoza, 15-7, 15-12
Q8 - David Horn d. Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman, 15-13, 15-7

Q5 - Edwin Galicia d. Alex Zamudio, 15-11, 14-15, 11-3
Q4 - Jose Daniel Ugalde d. Michael Leduc, 15-4, 15-7

Q3 - Ezequiel Subieta d. Juan Salvatierra, 15-8, 15-6
Q6 - Coby Iwaasa d. David Austin, 15-3, 15-10

Q7 - Hector Barrios d. Christian Wer, 15-8, 15-10 =
Q2 - Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr d. Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 6-15, 15-3, 11-5

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Jordy Alonso v. Mauricio Zelada - 11 AM

9) Jake Bredenbeck v. David Horn - 11 AM
8) Mario Mercado - BYE

5) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
12) Adam Manilla v. Edwin Galicia - 11 AM

13) Sebastian Fernandez v. Jose Daniel Ugalde - 11 AM
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Samuel Murray - BYE
14) Eduardo Garay v. Eziquiel Subieta - 10 AM

11) Andres Acuña v. Coby Iwaasa - 10 AM
6) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

7) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco v. Hector Barrios - 10 AM

15) Robert Collins v. Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr - 10 AM
2) Andree Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday action from the 2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open

There were no real upsets on day one of action on Thursday at the 2022 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. There were a few singles matches in the Round of 32. One of them went to a tie-breaker, as 14th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez needed three games to defeat 19th seed Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 12-15, 11-3. Rodriguez will play 3rd seed Maria Jose Vargas in the Round of 16 Friday.

LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will play 16th seed Sheryl Lotts in the 16s, as Lotts was a comfortable winner over 17th seed Miceala Meneses, 15-2, 15-2, on Thursday, and LPRT #2 Alexandra Herrera will play veteran Cristina Amaya, as the 15th seeded Colombian took out 18th seed Jessica Chen, 15-6, 15-1, in the 32s.

In doubles, Erika Manilla and Aimee Roehler needed a tie-breaker to win their first match, defeating Shane Diaz & Naomi Ros, 15-11, 4-15, 11-6, but they lost to the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Women’s Doubles World Champions Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, 15-6, 15-9. Next up for Longoria and Salas is another American team: 5th seeds Kelani Lawrence and Hollie Scott, who came back from a game down to upset 4th seeds Carla Muñoz and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 10-15, 15-2, 11-8.

On the other side of the doubles draw, Herrera and Jessica Parrilla beat 6th seeds Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-10, 15-1, while 2nd seeds Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez eked out a win over 7th seeds Sheryl Lotts and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-10, 11-15, 11-10, so Herrera and Parrilla will take on Centellas and Mendez in the semi-finals Friday.

The Round of 16 begins at 9 AM Eastern time on Friday with the quarterfinals at 4 and 5 PM Friday. The semi-finals will be 10 and 11 AM Saturday, and the final at 4 PM. The singles final will be 4 PM Saturday with the doubles final to follow at 5 PM. All times EDT. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sheryl Lotts d. 17) Micaela Meneses, 15-2, 15-2

9) Valeria Centellas - BYE
8) Samantha Salas - BYE

5) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
12) Nancy Enriquez d. 21) Mary Kirchoff, 15-2, 15-0

13) Hollie Scott v. 20) Naomi Ros, 15-9, 15-10
4) Natalia Mendez - BYE

3) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
14) Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 19) Adriana Riveros, 15-8, 12-15, 11-3

11) Kelani Lawrence - BYE
6) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

7) Erika Manilla - BYE
10) Carla Muñoz - BYE

15) Cristina Amaya d. 18) Jessica Chen, 15-6, 15-1
2) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria v. 16) Sheryl Lotts - Noon
8) Samantha Salas v. 9) Valeria Centellas - Noon

5) Jessica Parrilla v. 12) Nancy Enriquez - 9 AM
4) Natalia Mendez v. 13) Hollie Scott - 9 AM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. 14) Maria Renee Rodriguez - 10 AM
6) Rhonda Rajsich v. 11) Kelani Lawrence - 10 AM

7) Erika Manilla v. 10) Carla Muñoz - 11 AM
2) Alexandra Herrera v. 15) Cristina Amaya - 11 AM

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler d. 9) Shane Diaz & Naomi Ros, 15-11, 4-15, 11-6

5) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott - BYE
4) Carla Muñoz & Maria Renee Rodriguez - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

7) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
2) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 8) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler, 15-6, 15-9
5) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott d. 4) Carla Muñoz & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 10-15, 15-2, 11-8

3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla d. 6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-10, 15-1
2) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez d. 7) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich, 15-10, 11-15, 11-10

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott - 7 PM
2) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2022 IRT New York Open - Preview

The International Racquetball Tour’s (IRT’s) New York Open starts Thursday in Wantagh, New York with two rounds of qualifying matches. Forty seven players are in the draw, including the top 7 ranked players and 12 of the top 15. Daniel De La Rosa, IRT #1, leads the way coming off a win at the IRT SoCal Open last month. He’s joined by IRT #2 Andree Parrilla, #3 Samuel Murray and #4 Alejandro Landa.

Former #1 Kane Waselenchuk is also in the draw as the 7th seed, but veterans Rocky Carson and Alvaro Beltran are absent.

Perhaps the most interesting potential match in qualifying will be in round two, as Mexican Alejandro Cardona could face Canadian Coby Iwaasa in what would be a rematch of the World Racquetball Tour 2014 Fall Brawl final, when Iwaasa came back from a game down to beat Cardona and claim his first and so far only pro tour title. Since then neither Cardona or Iwaasa has played much on the IRT, though Cardona did play at last month’s IRT SoCal Open, and Iwaasa competed at last month’s Pan American Championships, winning Men’s Doubles with Samuel Murray.

You can see the 2022 New York Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play begins Thursday with two rounds of action. Then they’ll play the Round of 32 Friday morning, and Round of 16 Friday afternoon and evening beginning at 4 PM. The quarterfinals will start at 10 AM Saturday morning with the semi-finals at 7 and 8 Saturday night. The final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Round of 128 - Thursday

Mauricio Zelada - BYE
Rodrigo Mendoza v. Abraham Cardenas - 3 PM

Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman v. Juan Francisco Cueva - 3 PM
David Horn v. Maneesh Pujari - 2 PM

Edwin Galicia v. Tony Puggioni - 3 PM
Alex Zamudio v. Carlos Jose Galvez - 2 PM

Samuel Kelley v. Michael Leduc - 2 PM
Set Cubillos v. Jose Daniel Ugalde - 2 PM

Juan Salvatierra v. Roger Subieta - 1 PM
Troy Warigon v. Ezequiel Subieta - 1 PM

Alejandro Cardona v. David Austin - 1 PM
Joe Kelley v. Coby Iwaasa - Noon

Christian Wer v. Brendan Sullivan - 1 PM
Hector Barrios v. Garin Meguerditchian - Noon

Andrés Gómez v. Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr - Noon
Erick Cuevas Fernandez v. John Behm - Noon

Round of 64 - Thursday

Q1 - Mauricio Zelada v. Rodrigo Mendoza or Abraham Cardenas - 5 PM
Q8 - Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman or Juan Francisco Cueva v. David Horn or Maneesh Pujari - 5 PM

Q5 - Edwin Galicia or Tony Puggioni v. Alex Zamudio or Carlos Jose Galvez - 5 PM
Q4 - Samuel Kelley or Michael Leduc v. Set Cubillos or Jose Daniel Ugalde - 5 PM

Q3 - Juan Salvatierra or Roger Subieta v. Troy Warigon or Ezequiel Subieta - 4 PM
Q6 - Alejandro Cardona or David Austin v. Joe Kelley or Coby Iwaasa - 4 PM

Q7 - Christian Wer or Brendan Sullivan v. Hector Barrios or Garin Meguerditchian - 4PM
Q2 - Andrés Gómez or Guillermo Jesus Ortega Jr v. Erick Cuevas Fernandez or John Behm - 4 PM

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Jordy Alonso v. Q1 - 11 AM

9) Jake Bredenbeck v. Q8 - 11 AM
8) Mario Mercado - BYE

5) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
12) Adam Manilla v. Q5 - 11 AM

13) Sebastian Fernandez v. Q4 - 11 AM
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Samuel Murray - BYE
14) Eduardo Garay v. Q3 - 10 AM

11) Andres Acuña v. Q6 - 10 AM
6) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

7) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco v. Q7 - 10 AM

15) Robert Collins v. Q2 - 10 AM
2) Andree Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Sweet Caroline Open begins Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina. There’s a field of 21 players, including seven of the top ten players headed by LPRT #1 Paola Longoria and LPRT #2 Alexandra Herrera, who will be looking to win her 3rd LPRT event in a row. No one other than Longoria has won three tournaments in a row since 2008, when American Rhonda Rajsich won six consecutive titles. Since then Longoria has often won consecutive tournaments, although not the last two, when Herrera has beaten her in the final.

Whether Herrera can make it three in a row is one interesting aspect of this weekend’s tournament, as is the appearance of American Aimee Roehler in the doubles draw. She’s playing with Erika Manilla, who she’ll play with at the USA Racquetball National Championships later this month, and it will be interesting to see how far the three time former International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion can go in the draw this weekend.

Roehler and Manilla are seeded 8th, so they’ll play their first match on Thursday against the young team of Shane Diaz and Naomi Ros. If they win that, they’ll face the top seeds: Longoria and Samantha Salas, the current IRF Women’s Doubles World Champions. That’ll be a tough match, but Roehler - playing as Aimee Ruiz - is one of the few people to defeat Longoria and Salas, doing so with Janel Tisinger at the 2016 IRF World Championships. Also, Manilla (playing with Rajsich) was runner up to Longoria and Salas at last year’s IRF World Championships, so she has experience against the Mexicans as well.

There are a couple of other teams to note in doubles. Herrera’s usual doubles partner Montserrat Mejia won’t be in Greenville, so she’s playing with another fellow Mexican Jessica Parrilla. They face the Colombian team of Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros in their first match. Also, Guatemalan Maria Renee Rodriguez’s usual partner - Gabriela Martinez - is missing this weekend, so she’s playing with Chilean Carla Muñoz. They’ll play the American team of Kelani Lawrence and Hollie Scott in their first match.

Note that play begins on Thursday, and the finals will be on Saturday. There will be one round of singles matches on Thursday, and then two rounds on both Friday and Saturday. They’ll play two rounds of doubles on Thursday, and then the semi-finals on Friday evening at 6 and 7 PM. The singles final will be 4 PM Saturday with the doubles final to follow at 5 PM. All times EDT. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

2022 LPRT Sweet Caroline Open
May 12-14, 2022 - Greenville, South Carolina

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sheryl Lotts v. 17) Micaela Meneses - Noon

9) Valeria Centellas - BYE
8) Samantha Salas - BYE

5) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
12) Nancy Enriquez v. 21) Naomi Ros - 10 AM

13) Hollie Scott v. 20) Mary Kirchoff - 10 AM
4) Natalia Mendez - BYE

3) Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
14) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 19) Adriana Riveros - 11 AM

11) Kelani Lawrence - BYE
6) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

7) Erika Manilla - BYE
10) Carla Muñoz - BYE

15) Cristina Amaya v. 18) Jessica Chen - Noon
2) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Erika Manilla & Aimee Roehler v. 9) Shane Diaz & Naomi Ros - 1 PM

5) Kelani Lawrence & Hollie Scott - BYE
4) Carla Muñoz & Maria Renee Rodriguez - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

7) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
2) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, April 30, 2022

De La Rosa wins 2022 IRT SoCal Open

Daniel De La Rosa further confirmed his place as the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) on Saturday by winning the 2022 IRT SoCal Open in Canoga Park, California. He defeated Andree Parrilla in the final, 15-8, 15-11. It’s De La Rosa’s fourth win in the last 9 months.

Since January 1st 2020, no one has won more IRT titles than De La Rosa's five.

De La Rosa reached the final by defeating 5th seed Samuel Murray, 15-13, 15-9, in one semi-final, while Parrilla defeated Eduardo Portillo in the other, 15-8, 15-8.

If you missed any of the 2022 SoCal Open matches, check out the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page.

2022 IRT SoCal Open, April 28-May 1, 2022
Canoga Park, California

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 5) Samuel Murray, 15-13, 15-9
3) Andree Parrilla d. 7) Eduardo Portillo, 15-8, 15-8

Final - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-8, 15-11

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, April 29, 2022

De La Rosa needs 3 games to advance to semis at 2022 IRT SoCal Open

Daniel De La Rosa, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), advanced to the semi-finals at the 2022 IRT SoCal Open in Canoga Park, California, but in the quarterfinals he needed a tie-breaker get by former #1 Rocky Carson, coming back from a game down to win in three games, 13-15, 15-12, 11-5.

IRT #3 Andree Parrilla defeated #6 Conrrado Moscoso in two games, but they were both close with Parrilla winning 15-12, 15-13. Moscoso, who won the Pan American Men's Singles Championship earlier this month, had significant leads in both games - 8-0 in game one, and 13-9 in game two - but he couldn’t find a way to win either game.

The other quarters were relatively straightforward, as Canadian Samuel Murray, the 5th seed, defeated American Adam Manilla, 15-7, 15-8, and Mexican Eduardo Portillo beat fellow countryman Erick Trujillo, 15-8, 15-4. Murray will play De La Rosa in one semi-final, while in the other Portillo faces Parrilla in what will be a battle of former doubles partners.

You can see the 2022 SoCal Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final at 5 PM. All times Pacific.

2022 IRT SoCal Open, April 28-May 1, 2022
Canoga Park, California

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Rocky Carson, 13-15, 15-12, 11-5
5) Samuel Murray d. 13) Adam Manilla, 15-7, 15-8

3) Andree Parrilla d. 6) Conrrado Moscoso, 15-12, 15-13
7) Eduardo Portillo d. 18) Erick Trujillo, 15-8, 15-4

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 5) Samuel Murray - 11 AM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 7) Eduardo Portillo - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

Manilla & Trujillo in the quarters at 2022 IRT SoCal Open

American Adam Manilla and Mexican Erick Truillo were the two upset winners in the Round of 16 on Friday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) SoCal Open in Canoga Park, California, but they got there in different ways. Manilla came back from a game down to oust IRT #4 and current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion Alejandro Landa, 8-15, 15-8, 11-8, while Truillo got a walkover win, as Kane Waselenchuk, IRT #2, had travel difficulties, so he wasn’t able to make it to California for their match.

Manilla will play Canadian Samuel Murray, the 5th seed, in the quarterfinals Friday night, as Murray defeated Mexican Jordy Alonso, 15-8, 15-5. Truillo will play 7th seed and fellow Mexican Eduardo Portillo, who outlasted 10th seed American Jake Bredenbeck, 15-7, 12-15, 11-5.

IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa took care of business against young Mexican Sebastian Fernandez, winning 15-11, 15-1, and will play former #1 Rocky Carson in the quarterfinals, as Carson beat Colombian Mario Mercado, 15-6, 15-11.

Finally, IRT #3 Andree Parrilla from Mexico will play #6 Conrrado Moscoso, the current Pan American Champion from Bolivia, in the quarters, as Parrilla defeated 14th seed Andres Acuña from Costa Rica in two close games, 15-10, 15-14, and Moscoso beat Mexican 22nd seed Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-4. Cardona had a 8-0 lead in game against Moscoso, but wasn’t able to convert that into a win.

You can see the 2022 SoCal Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The quarterfinals begin at 4 PM Friday. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final at 5 PM. All times Pacific.

2022 IRT SoCal Open, April 28-May 1, 2022
Canoga Park, California

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 17) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-11, 15-1
8) Rocky Carson d. 9) Mario Mercado, 15-6, 15-11

5) Samuel Murray d. 21) Jordy Alonso, 15-8, 15-5
13) Adam Manilla d. 4) Alejandro Landa, 8-15, 15-8, 11-8

3) Andree Parrilla d. 14) Andres Acuña, 15-10, 15-14
6) Conrrado Moscoso d. 22) Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-4

7) Eduardo Portillo d. 10) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-7, 12-15, 11-5
18) Erick Trujillo d. 2) Kane Waselenchuk, forfeit

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Rocky Carson - 7 PM
5) Samuel Murray v. 13) Adam Manilla - 6 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 6) Conrrado Moscoso - 5 PM
7) Eduardo Portillo v. 18) Erick Trujillo - 4 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Upsets in the Round of 32 at the 2022 IRT SoCal Open

Mexicans Alejandro Cardona, Jordy Alonso, Erick Truillo and Sebastian Fernandez were all upset winners in the Round of 32 Thursday night at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) SoCal Open in Canoga Park, California. Cardona’s upset was the largest, as he took out fellow Mexican and veteran Alvaro Beltran, the 11th seed, 15-13, 15-2. Cardona will play Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso - the current Pan American Champion - in the Round of 16 Friday.

Alonso’s win was almost as big, as he took out 12th seed and Colombian international Sebastian Franco, 15-6, 15-13. Next up for Alonso is Canadian Samuel Murray on Friday.

The closest seeded matches - the 16 v 17 and 15 v 18 ones - both went to the underdogs. Eighteenth seed Trujillo needed a tie-breaker to defeat 15th seed Eduardo Garay, 6-15, 15-14, 11-3, but 17th seed Fernandez beat 16th seed Thomas Carter in two straight games, 15-8, 15-9. The wins put both players into the Round of 16: Fernandez against IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa, while Trujillo plays IRT #2 Kane Waselenchuk.

You can see the 2022 SoCal Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 16 will be Friday morning from 10 AM with the quarterfinals from 4 PM Friday. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final at 5 PM. All times Pacific.

2022 IRT SoCal Open, April 28-May 1, 2022
Canoga Park, California

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
17) Sebastian Fernandez d. 16) Thomas Carter, 15-8, 15-9

9) Mario Mercado d. 24) David Horn, 15-3, 8-15, 11-8
8) Rocky Carson - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
21) Jordy Alonso d. 12) Sebastian Franco, 15-6, 15-13

13) Adam Manilla d. 20) Hector Barrios, 15-5, 15-3
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
14) Andres Acuña d. 19) Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-13

22) Alejandro Cardona d. 11) Alvaro Beltran, 15-13, 15-2
6) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

7) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
10) Jake Bredenbeck d. 23) Set Cubillos, 15-10, 15-5

18) Erick Trujillo d. 15) Eduardo Garay, 6-15, 15-14, 11-3
2) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 17) Sebastian Fernandez - Noon
8) Rocky Carson v. 9) Mario Mercado - 11 AM

5) Samuel Murray v. 21) Jordy Alonso - 11 AM
4) Alejandro Landa v. 13) Adam Manilla - 11 AM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 14) Andres Acuña - 11 AM
6) Conrrado Moscoso v. 22) Alejandro Cardona - 10 AM

7) Eduardo Portillo v. 10) Jake Bredenbeck - 10 AM
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. 18) Erick Trujillo - 10 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

IRT's SoCal Open begins in Canoga Park

The International Racquetball Tour’s (IRT’s) SoCal Open began Thursday morning in Canoga Park, California. There were 42 players in the draw, and there’s a Saturday night final, which meant three rounds on Thursday. The top seeds won’t be in action until Friday, and leading the way is IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa followed by #2 Kane Waselenchuk, #3 Andree Parrilla and #4 Alejandro Landa.

No real surprises through the first two round of play, and not even any tie-breakers in the second round. But there were a couple of upsets. Hector Barrios defeated Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-13, 15-10, to claim a spot in the Round of 32, where he’ll face Adam Manilla. Also, Alejandro Cardona, who hasn’t played a match on tour since 2018, beat Guatemala international Juan Salvatierra, 15-2, 15-6, and will play Alvaro Beltran in the 32s. Cardona and Beltran have played before back in the 2015 US Open, with Beltran needing five games to get the W.

You can see the 2022 SoCal Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play began Thursday morning, and they’ll play the Round of 32 Thursday night at 5 and 6 PM. The Round of 16 will be Friday morning from 10 AM with the quarterfinals from 4 PM Friday. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final at 5 PM Saturday. All times Pacific.

2022 IRT SoCal Open, April 28-May 1, 2022
Canoga Park, California

Round of 128 - Thursday

Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
Rodrigo Mendoza d. Michael Leduc, 15-11, 2-15, 11–5

Jim Douglas d. Bradley Levine, 10-15, 15-5, 11-5
David Horn d. Armando Perez, 15-1, 15-5

Jordy Alonso - BYE
Wayne Antone d. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, 15-9, 9-15, 11-6

Hector Barrios d. DJ Mendoza, 15-6, 15-3
Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE

Robert Collins - BYE
John Wolfe d. Cody Elkins, 8-15, 15-10, 11-6

Alejandro Cardona d. Anthony Martin, 15-2, 15-4
Juan Salvatierra - BYE

Set Cubillos d. Iain Dunn, 15-5, 15-2
Jorge Gutierrez Ortiz d. Miguel Angel Arteaga Guzman, 15-7, 11-15, 11-8
Ezequiel Subieta d. Kalyan Kosetty, 15-4, 15-5

Erick Trujillo - BYE

Round of 64 - Thursday

Q1 - Sebastian Fernandez d. Rodrigo Mendoza, 15-2, 15-7
Q8 - David Horn d. Jim Douglas, 15-2, 15-2

Q5 - Jordy Alonso d. Wayne Antone, 15-9, 15-4
Q4 - Hector Barrios d. Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-13, 15-10

Q3 - Robert Collins d. John Wolfe, 15-11, 15-1
Q6 - Alejandro Cardona d. Juan Salvatierra, 15-2, 15-6

Q7 - Set Cubillos d. Jorge Gutierrez Ortiz, 15-12, 15-7
Q2 - Erick Trujillo d. Ezequiel Subieta, 15-6, 15-5

Round of 32 - Thursday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Thomas Carter v. 17) Sebastian Fernandez - 6 PM

9) Mario Mercado v. 24) David Horn - 6 PM
8) Rocky Carson - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
12) Sebastian Franco v. 21) Jordy Alonso - 6 PM

13) Adam Manilla v. 20) Hector Barrios - 6 PM
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
14) Andres Acuña v. 19) Robert Collins - 5 PM

11) Alvaro Beltran v. 22) Alejandro Cardona - 5 PM
6) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

7) Eduardo Portillo - BYE
10) Jake Bredenbeck v. 23) Set Cubillos - 5 PM

15) Eduardo Garay v. 18) Erick Trujillo - 5 PM
2) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, April 18, 2022

2022 Pan Am Championships - Summary

The 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships wrapped up on the weekend in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and we have a summary of the results for you below. Interestingly, all of the gold medalists were first time winners in their respective divisions. Bolivians Conrrado Moscoso and Angelica Barrios won Men’s and Women’s Singles, respectively, for the first time, although Moscoso’s gold was his second Pan Am Championship, as he won Men’s Doubles in 2019 with Roland Keller.

The team Moscoso and Keller beat in the 2019 final - Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray - won Men's Doubles this year, which was Canada’s first gold at the Pan Am Championships in a decade - Mike Green won Men’s Singles in 2012 - and first in Men’s Doubles since Green and Tim Landeryou won in 2010. It’s the first Canadian gold won at Pan Ams by someone not named Green since 2007, when Vincent Gagnon and François Viens won Men’s Doubles.

Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina won Women’s Doubles, which highlighted one of the interesting line up choices made in Bolivia. Mendez has been playing doubles with Valeria Centellas, and they seemed to be more in synch as a team than Mendez and Vargas have been. But Mendez and Vargas got it to work last week, so Mendez got her 1st Pan Am gold medal, and Vargas got a 2nd Pan Am gold medal to go with her Women’s Singles gold back in 2014.

Mexicans Rodrigo Montoya and Samantha Salas both had Pan Am Championship gold previously - Montoya once and Salas eight times - but they won together in Bolivia to take the first ever Pan American gold medal in Mixed Doubles. It was the inclusion of Mixed Doubles that could have led to some different line up considerations we saw in Bolivia. Players could have played three divisions, and some did - such as Cristina Amaya and Mario Mercado - but is playing three divisions the wisest choice?

Playing three divisions means that you could have three matches a day for three consecutive days during the group play part of the tournament (if there are four players / teams in each of your groups), but you will have at least two matches a day for three days (two when there are only three players / teams in your group). Canada and the USA didn’t have any of their players play three divisions, though most of them played two divisions. It was the first time countries had to deal with this situation, so we’ll see how they deal with it moving forward.

Mexico was in both team finals, but lost both. However, they had a young team on the men’s side - only Montoya had been on the team before - and faced a strong Bolivian side. Argentina beat Mexico in the Women’s Team final, and there were veterans on both sides - Mendez and Vargas for Argentina and Herrera and Salas for Mexico, so perhaps it was surprising that it didn’t go three matches. Salas was close to forcing it to a third match playing singles versus Mendez, but she lost in a tie-breaker.

The caveat to Mexico’s women losing the team title is that Paola Longoria - the 15 time Pan American Champion, 8 singles titles and 7 doubles titles - wasn’t in Bolivia, and it’s difficult to imagine that she wouldn’t have made a difference. We not sure of the reason for Longoria’s absence, as she usually plays at all the international events. We are sure that she’ll be at the 2022 IRF World Championships in August in her hometown of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Bravo Barrios!

Finally, let’s review how remarkable Barrios’s Women's Singles win was. This wasn’t her first international competition, as in 2019 she’d played at both the Pan Am Championships and Pan Am Games as well as in last year’s International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships, but it was her first final. And to get there she defeated Kelani Lawrence - silver medalist from the IRF Worlds last year - Alexandra Herrera - who’s won the last two Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) events - and Gabriela Martinez - a former IRF World Champion. What were the odds of her even getting to the final through those opponents?

Then in the final against Maria Jose Vargas - a former Pan American Champion and the #3 player on the LPRT - she loses the first two games, and comes back and wins in five games! Did we mention she was down 10-9 in the breaker, and won 12-10? Seriously. We’re not sure we’d believe this storyline if it was a Disney movie. Yet Barrios did it.

Moreover, Barrios is only 21. She’ll turn 22 next month, and her future looks very bright indeed.

Again, if you missed any of the matches from Bolivia, many of them - including all the semi-finals and finals, were streamed by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), so check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel, perhaps especially look for the Women’s Singles final between Barrios and Vargas.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Women's Singles

Gold - Angelica Barrios (Bolivia)
Silver - María José Vargas (Argentina)
Bronze - Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), Carla Muñoz (Chile)

Men's Singles

Gold - Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)
Silver - Andres Acuña (Costa Rica)
Bronze - Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico), Alejandro Landa (USA)

Women's Doubles

Gold - Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
Silver - Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico)
Bronze - Erika Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), Micaela Meneses & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia)

Men's Doubles

Gold - Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada)
Silver - Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Bronze - Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA), Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica)

Mixed Doubles

Gold - Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico)
Silver - Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)
Bronze - Alejandro Landa & Erika Manilla (USA), Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (Argentina)

Women’s Team

Gold - Argentina
Silver - Mexico
Bronze - USA, Bolivia

Men’s Team

Gold - Bolivia
Silver - Mexico
Bronze - Costa Rica, USA

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Bolivia & Argentina are Pan American Team Champions

Bolivia and Argentina won the Men’s and Women’s Team competitions, respectively, at the 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Saturday, and they both did it in two straight matches, and in both cases Mexico was the runner up. This is the first time a team competition has been held at the Pan American Championships. The team competition was a best of three matches: two singles and one doubles with each game played to 11 points.

In the Men’s Team final, Bolivia’s Conrrado Moscoso - who won the Men’s Singles Pan American title this week - got things rolling by defeating Mexican Rodrigo Montoya, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8. Then Carlos Keller - the two time former Men’s Singles Pan Am Champion - won the competition for Bolivia by defeating Elias Nieto, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.

Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina won the first match of the Women’s Team final, beating Mexican Alexandra Herrera, 11-9 11-6, 11-5. Natalia Mendez won the second match against Samantha Salas, but that went to a tie-breaker, before Mendez pulled it out, winning 2-11, 11-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7.

After a dominant first game, Salas was up 10-8 in the second game, but skipped three shots in a row to give the game to Mendez, and level the match at a game apiece. If Salas makes one of the those shots, then she’s up 2-0 in the match, and it seems like that they would have to play a doubles match to decide the team competition. But that’s not what happened.

If you missed any of Saturday's action, or matches from earlier in the week, you can see them at the International Racquetball Federation's (IRF's), Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel. There were many good matches at the 2022 Pan Am Championships, so we encourage to check some of them out.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Women's Team - Final - Saturday

2) ARGENTINA d. 4) MEXICO

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Alexandra Herrera (Mexico), 11-9 11-6, 11-5
Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Samantha Salas (Mexico), 2-11, 11-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7

Men's Team - Final - Saturday

1) BOLIVIA d. 3) MEXICO

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico), 11-3, 11-2, 11-8
Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Elias Nieto (Mexico), 11-6, 11-5, 11-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, April 15, 2022

Mexico men & women to play for Team gold Saturday

The Women’s and Men’s Team competitions began on Friday at the 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Mexico has made it through to the finals of both divisions. In the semi-finals, the Mexican women defeated Bolivia, 2-0, and the Mexican men beat the USA, 2-0. In the other semis, the Argentine women needed three matches to defeat the USA, 2-1, and the Bolivian men beat Costa Rica, 2-0. The team competition is a best of three matches: two singles and one doubles with each game played to 11 points.

In the semi-finals of the Women’s Team event, Mexican Alexandra Herrera was involved in both of the match wins over Bolivia. She defeated Micaela Meneses, 11-10, 11-10, 9-11, 11-9, in singles, and then teamed up with Samantha Salas in doubles and won a close match versus Meneses and Yasmine Sabja, 11-10, 11-10, 9-11, 11-9.

Argentina will play Mexico in the final on Saturday after defeating the USA Friday. Erika Manilla and Rhonda Rajsich knocked off Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas - the Women's Doubles Pan Am Champions - in five games, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, but Mendez and Vargas won both the singles matches. Mendez defeated Kelani Lawrence, 8-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-2, and Vargas held on to beat Rajsich, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9.

Both Men’s Team semis were over in two matches. Bolivian Conrrado Moscoso - now the Pan American Champion in Men’s Singles - won twice to help his side defeat Costa Rica. He Andres Acuña, 11-5, 2-11, 11-2, 11-4, in what was a rematch of the Men’s Singles final from Thursday. Moscoso teamed up with Kadim Carrasco to defeat Andres Acuña and Felipe Camacho, 11-5, 2-11, 11-2, 11-4, in the doubles match.

Mexican Rodrigo Montoya did much of the heavy lifting to get Mexico past the USA in the other semi-final. He defeated Alejandro Landa, 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7, in singles, and then Montoya and Erick Trujillo beat Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.

Note that countries could change their line up for the team event. For example, Costa Rica had Acuña and Camacho playing doubles today, but earlier in the week, Acuña played doubles with Gabriel Garcia. Also, Montoya played Mixed Doubles with Salas with Trujillo playing Men’s Doubles with Elias Nieto.

Matches have been streamed by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), so check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Women's Team

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) BOLIVIA d. 8) COLOMBIA
4) MEXICO d. 5) GUATEMALA

3) USA d. 6) CHILE
2) ARGENTINA d. 7) CANADA

Semi-finals - Friday

4) MEXICO d. 1) BOLIVIA
Alexandra Herrera d. Micaela Meneses, 11-10, 11-10, 9-11, 11-9
Alexandra Herrera & Samantha Salas d. Micaela Meneses & Yasmine Sabja, 11-10, 11-10, 9-11, 11-9

2) ARGENTINA d. 3) USA
Erika Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina), 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9
Natalia Mendez (Argentina) d. Kelani Lawrence (USA), 8-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-2
Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9

Final - Saturday

2) ARGENTINA v. 4) MEXICO

Men's Team

First Round - Friday

8) COLOMBIA d. 9) CHILE
10) GUATEMALA d. 7) ARGENTINA

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) BOLIVIA d. 8) COLOMBIA
4) COSTA RICA d. 5) CANADA

3) MEXICO d. 6) ECUADOR
2) USA d. 10) GUATEMALA

Semi-finals - Friday

1) BOLIVIA d. 4) COSTA RICA
Conrrado Moscoso d. Andres Acuña, 11-5, 2-11, 11-2, 11-4
Kadim Carrasco & Conrrado Moscoso d. Andres Acuña & Felipe Camacho, 11-5, 2-11, 11-2, 11-4

3) MEXICO d. 2) USA
Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. Alejandro Landa (USA), 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
Rodrigo Montoya & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA), 11-6, 11-8, 11-7

Final - Saturday

1) BOLIVIA v. 3) MEXICO

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Argentina, Bolivia (twice), Canada & Mexico are Pan American Champions

Bolivia swept gold in Men’s and Women’s Singles at the 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Angelica Barrios won Women’s Singles by coming back from two games down against top seed and former Pan Am Champion María José Vargas of Argentina, winning in five games 14-15, 10-15, 15-10, 15-14, 12-10. Barrios was playing in her 1st international final, and her 1st medal is gold.

In the men’s final, Conrrado Moscoso defeated Costa Rican Andres Acuña, 15-14, 14-15, 15-6, 15-13, to win his first Pan American Championship in singles, but his second overall, as he and Roland Keller won Men’s Doubles in 2019. Bolivia has now won Men’s Singles at Pan Am Championships for three years running - the third country to do so (after the USA and Mexico).

In Women’s Doubles, the 2nd seeded Argentine team of Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas won their 1st Pan American Championship in doubles - and first for Argentina overall and, indeed, for a South American country, as they defeated the #1 seeded team of Alejandra Herrera and Samantha Salas of Mexico, 15-14, 14-15, 15-10, 8-15, 11-8. It was a cagey match with many ceiling ball exchanges.

But down the stretch of game five it was Vargas who was hitting the winning shots. With Mexico leading 6-4, a Salas shot was called a skip. She appealed it, but the line judges upheld the call. From 6-5, Vargas hit winners for all six of Argentina’s points, the most spectacular of which was a backhand off a dive to the left wall that just made the front wall. A “you know things are going your way when” kind of shot. She ended the game and match with a forehand kill shot to the right side from the front court.

The gold is Vargas’s 2nd at the Pan Am Championships, as she was the Women’s Singles champion back in 2014, and Mendez’s first gold at Pan Ams.

Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray, the 4th seeds, came back from a game down to defeat 3rd seeds Juan Francisco Cueva and Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador, in five games, 10-15, 15-13, 15-5, 11-15, 11-5, and win the Men’s Doubles title. It’s the first gold at an international event for both Iwaasa and Murray, and the first for Canada in Men’s Doubles at the Pan Am Championships since 2010, when Mike Green and Tim Landeryou won. Ecuador is still seeking its first Pan Am Championship gold medal.

Rodrigo Montoya and Samantha Salas of Mexico won the Mixed Doubles final, beating Boliviaians Micaela Meneses and Conrrado Moscoso, 15-12, 15-7, 14-15, 15-12.

If you want to watch the finals - and you should definitely check out the Women’s Singles final - they are available via the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Facebook page and the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Women's Singles - Final - Thursday

10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 1) María José Vargas (Argentina), 14-15, 10-15, 15-10, 15-14, 12-10

Men's Singles -

Final - Thursday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica), 15-14, 14-15, 15-6, 15-13

Women's Doubles - Final - Thursday

2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 1) Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico), 15-14, 14-15, 15-10, 8-15, 11-8

Men's Doubles - Final - Thursday

4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 10-15, 15-13, 15-5, 11-15, 11-5

Mixed Doubles - Final - Thursday

6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-7, 14-15, 15-12

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Semi-final day results from 2022 Pan American Championships

Bolivia maybe the most racquetball mad country in the world. Seriously. So, you know they had high hopes for their players competing at home in the 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this week, and some of those hopes have been realized as two Bolivians - Conrrado Moscoso and Angelica Barrios - will play for gold in Men’s and Women’s Singles, respectively, on Thursday. However, their paths to the final have been different. Moscoso was the top seed in Men’s Singles, while Barrios was the 10th seed - the highest seed in the Women’s Singles playoff.

That’s not to say Moscoso’s had easy matches. In the semi-finals Wednesday he had to play former International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico, winning in three close games, 15-14, 15-10, 15-13. He’ll play Costa Rica’s Andres Acuña, who upset 2nd seed Alejandro Landa of the USA, 15-14, 14-15, 15-12, 15-14, in what was a rematch of last year’s IRF Men’s Singles World Championship final, won by Landa.

In her semi-final, Barrios also played a former IRF World Champion in 6th seed Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, and won in four games, 15-10, 9-15, 15-7, 15-11. The win puts her into an international final for the first time, where she’ll play top seed María José Vargas of Argentina, who came back from a game down to defeat 4th seed Carla Muñoz of Chile, 11-15, 15-11, 15-7, 15-13.

Both results in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals were upsets, giving more evidence to our theory that men’s dubs can be a crap shoot, because there are several good teams around. The biggest upset is maybe not a real upset, as Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray, who were seeded 4th, were silver medalists at the last Pan Am Championships in 2019. Wednesday they knocked off the top seeded American brothers Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck, 15-13, 15-13, 15-12.

In the other semi, 3rd seeds Juan Francisco Cueva and Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador defeated 2nd seeds Andres Acuña and Gabriel Garcia of Costa Rica, 15-14, 15-8, 15-14. Ecuador hasn’t won gold at the Pan Am Championships, although Ugalde and Fernando Rios were in the Men’s Doubles final in 2016, losing to Mexicans Javier Moreno and Alejandro Landa (then playing for Mexico).

In contrast to the Men’s Doubles semi-finals, the Women’s Doubles semis were both won by the two top seeded teams. Number one seeds Alejandra Herrera and Samantha Salas of Mexico defeated Bolivians Micaela Meneses and Yazmine Sabja in one semi, 15-13, 7-15, 15-14, 15-12.

In the other semi, the 2nd seeded Argentine team of Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas eked out a victory over the 3rd seeded USA team of Erika Manilla and Rhonda Rajsich, 15-11, 12-15, 15-14, 15-14. They came back from 11-14 down in game three to pull out that game, which helped them get the W. Argentina will be in their 3rd Pan Am Championship final Thursday with the first two coming in 2015 and 2016, when Vargas and Véronique Guillemette were silver medalists.

In Mixed Doubles, top seeds Micaela Meneses and Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia comfortably defeated 5th seeds Valeria Centellas and Diego Garcia of Argentina, 15-5, 15-4, 15-5, and they’ll play Mexicans Rodrigo Montoya and Samantha Salas in the final Thursday. Montoya and Salas defeated the USA team of Alejandro Landa and Erika Manilla, who seemed to have lost as a result of getting three technical calls against them after being down 2-1 games. The scoreline is posted as “15-13, 12-15, 15-8, 15-0. 3 Technical.”

That match wasn’t streamed, so we’re not sure what went down. International referees do have a lower threshold for assessing technicals to players than is seen in pro racquetball matches or USA Racquetball events, so it wouldn’t necessarily have been very extreme actions that led to the technicals. Still it’s an unfortunate way to lose a match.

There will be 5 finals on Thursday, and six countries are represented in those finals: Bolivia three times, Argentina and Mexico twice each, and once for each of Canada, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Champions have to come from somewhere, and they’re coming from more places now than from even 10 years ago.

Matches have been streamed by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), so check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Note: the times below are Bolivian time, which is the same as Eastern Daylight Time in North America.

Women's Singles

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) María José Vargas (Argentina) d. 4) Carla Muñoz (Chile), 11-15, 15-11, 15-7, 15-13
10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 6) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), 15-10, 9-15, 15-7, 15-11

Final - Thursday

1) María José Vargas (Argentina) v. 10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - 9:45 AM

Men's Singles

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 5) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico), 15-14, 15-10, 15-13
11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 2) Alejandro Landa (USA), 15-14, 14-15, 15-12, 15-14

Final - Thursday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - 10:30 AM

Women's Doubles

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 5) Micaela Meneses & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia), 15-13, 7-15, 15-14, 15-12
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 3) Erika Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-11, 12-15, 15-14, 15-14

Final - Thursday

1) Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) - 11:15 PM

Men's Doubles

Semi-finals - Wednesday

4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA), 15-13, 15-13, 15-12
3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. 2) Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica), 15-14, 15-8, 15-14

Final - Thursday

3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. 4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) - Noon

Mixed Doubles

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 5) Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (Argentina), 15-5, 15-4, 15-5
6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 2) Alejandro Landa & Erika Manilla (USA), 15-13, 12-15, 15-8, 15-0 “3 Technical”

Final - Thursday

1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - 12:45 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Early medal round results from 2022 Pan American Championships

Bolivian Angelica Barrios, playing at home at the 2022 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was the big winner in Women’s Singles Tuesday, as the 10th seed knocked off 2nd seed Alexandra Herrera of Mexico, 15-9, 10-15, 15-9, 15-10, in the quarterfinals, after upsetting 7th seed Kelani Lawrence from the USA, 15-7, 10-15, 15-14, 15-10, in the Round of 16. Herrera was the hottest player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), winning the two most recent events, and Lawrence was the Women’s Singles silver medalist at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships last year, but won’t medal in Bolivia, but Barrios got the better of them both.

Next up for Barrios is a semi-final match versus 6th seed Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, who had to come back from 0-2 down against 3rd seed Natalia Mendez of Argentina to win 12-15, 14-15, 15-11, 15-13, 11-8. Martinez trailed 13-10 in the fourth game, but won five straight rallies to force the tie-breaker.

The other semi-final in Women’s Singles will be top seed María José Vargas of Argentina versus 4th seed Carla Muñoz. In the quarters, Vargas beat 9th seed Micaela Meneses of Bolivia, 15-12, 15-7, 15-11, while Muñoz defeated USA veteran and four time former Pan Am Champion Rhonda Rajsich, 15-13, 10-15, 15-11, 15-13.

There were four Round of 16 matches in Men’s Singles, and while one of them was an upset by the seedings, it wasn’t really an upset. Andres Acuña of Costa Rica, who was the silver medalist at Worlds last year, was seeded 11th and defeated 6th seed Elias Nieto of Mexico, 15-8, 15-14, 15-9. Nieto was also playing his first event on the Mexican team, while Acuña is a veteran of international competition.

Acuña followed up his win over Nieto by knocking off 3rd seed and two time defending Pan Am Champion Carlos Keller of Bolivia in the quarterfinals, 15-11, 15-6, 15-12. He'll face second seed Alejandro Landa of the USA in the semi-finals Wednesday, as Landa defeated Canadian Samuel Murray in four games, 15-12, 9-15, 15-12, 15-10.

On the top of the draw, #1 seed Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia beat 8th seed Diego Garcia of Argentina, 15-9, 15-10, 15-13, to set up a showdown with 5th seed Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico. Montoya defeated 4th seed Jake Bredenbeck of the USA, 15-9, 15-8, 15-11. Overall, players from four different countries (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA) are in Men's Singles semi-finals at the Pan American Championships.

The top three teams in Women's Doubles are through to the semi-finals. Top seeds Alejandra Herrera and Samantha Salas from Mexico beat 8th seeds Anna Aguilar and Andrea Reyes of Guatemala, 15-5, 15-8, 15-3. They’ll play Bolivians Micaela Meneses and Yazmine Sabja in the semis, as they defeated the Chilean team of Paula Manilla and Carla Muñoz, 15-13, 15-11, 15-7.

It’ll be #2 versus #3 on the bottom of the draw, as the 2nd seeded Argentine team of Natalia Mendez and Maria Jose Vargas beat Canadians Alexis Iwaasa and Cassie Prentice, 15-8, 15-6, 15-11, and the 3rd seeded USA team of Erika Manilla and Rhonda Rajsich defeated 6th seeds Cristina Amaya and Maria Paz Riquelme from Colombia, 15-9, 15-5, 15-11.

The four top seeds won their respective quarterfinals in Men’s Doubles, although the 3rd seeds Ecuador’s Juan Francisco Cueva and Jose Daniel Ugalde squeaked by the 6th seeded home side of Bolivians Kadim Carrasco and Carlos Keller, 15-13, 15-14, 15-14. So, Bolivia, who won both gold in Men’s Doubles at the last Pan Am Championships will not medal at home this year.

Ecuador will play the winner of Costa Rica’s Andres Acuña and Gabriel Garcia and Argentina’s Diego Garcia and Tomàs Oyhanart in the semi-finals.

On the top side of the draw, the USA team of brothers Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck defeated Colombians Set Cubillos and Mario Mercado in three straight games, 15-14, 15-9, 15-8, and Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray did the same against Mexicans Elias Nieto and Erick Trujillo, 15-7, 15-9, 15-8, so the USA and Canada will face off in the semis for a chance to win gold.

Matches have been streamed by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), so check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel.

XXXIII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - April 9-16, 2022

Note: the times below are Bolivian time, which is the same as Eastern Daylight Time in North America.

Women's Singles

Round of 16 - Tuesday

1) María José Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
9) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. 8) Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-12, 15-11

5) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE
4) Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

3) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) - BYE
6) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 7) Kelani Lawrence (USA), 15-7, 10-15, 15-14, 15-10
2) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Tuesday

1) María José Vargas (Argentina) d. 9) Micaela Meneses (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-7, 15-11
4) Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-13, 10-15, 15-11, 15-13

6) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. 3) Natalia Mendez (Argentina), 12-15, 14-15, 15-11, 15-13, 11-8
10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) d. 2) Alexandra Herrera (Mexico), 15-9, 10-15, 15-9, 15-10

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) María José Vargas (Argentina) v. 4) Carla Muñoz (Chile) - Noon
6) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. 10) Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) - 11:15 AM

Men's Singles

Round of 16 - Tuesday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. 9) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-12, 15-4

5) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 12) Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador), 15-7, 12-15, 15-12, 15-10
4) Jake Bredenbeck (USA) - BYE

3) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 6) Elias Nieto (Mexico), 15-8, 15-14, 15-9

7) Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 10) Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-2, 15-11
2) Alejandro Landa (USA) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Tuesday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 8) Diego Garcia (Argentina), 15-9, 15-10, 15-13
5) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) d. 4) Jake Bredenbeck (USA), 15-9, 15-8, 15-11

11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) d. 3) Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-11, 15-6, 15-12
2) Alejandro Landa (USA) d. 7) Samuel Murray (Canada), 15-12, 9-15, 15-12, 15-10

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 5) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - 10:30 AM
2) Alejandro Landa (USA) v. 11) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - 9:45 AM

Women's Doubles

Quarterfinals - Tuesday

1) Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 8) Anna Aguilar & Andrea Reyes (Guatemala), 15-5, 15-8, 15-3
5) Micaela Meneses & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) d. 4) Paula Manilla & Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-13, 15-11, 15-7

3) Erika Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. 6) Cristina Amaya & Maria Paz Riquelme (Colombia), 15-9, 15-5, 15-11
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) d. 7) Alexis Iwaasa & Cassie Prentice (Canada), 15-8, 15-6, 15-11

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Alejandra Herrera & Samantha Salas (Mexico) v. 5) Micaela Meneses & Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) - 3 PM
2) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. 3) Erika Manilla & Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - 2:15 PM

Men's Doubles

Round of 16 - Tuesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA) - BYE
8) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. 9) Rafael Gatica & Rodrigo Salgado Jr. (Chile), 15-13, 15-5, 15-6

5) Elias Nieto & Erick Trujillo (Mexico) - BYE
4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) - BYE

3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE
6) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE

7) Diego Garcia & Tomàs Oyhanart (Argentina) d. 10) Geovani Mendoza & Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-8, 7-15, 15-10, 10-15, 11-6
2) Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Tuesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA) d. 8) Set Cubillos & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-14, 15-9, 15-8
4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) d. 5) Elias Nieto & Erick Trujillo (Mexico), 15-7, 15-9, 15-8

3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. 6) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-13, 15-14, 15-14
2) Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica) d. 7) Diego Garcia & Tomàs Oyhanart (Argentina), 15-12, 15-10, 15-6

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA) v. 4) Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (Canada) - 1:30 PM
2) Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica) v. 3) Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 12:45 PM

Mixed Doubles

Round of 16 - Tuesday

1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE
8) Gabriela Martinez & Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. 9) Cristina Amaya & Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-14, 13-15, 15-12, 15-8

5) Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (Argentina) - BYE
4) Rodrigo Salgado Jr. & Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

3) Coby Iwaasa & Juliette Parent (Canada) - BYE
6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE

10) Felipe Camacho & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. 7) Merynanyelly Delgado & Ramón De León (Dominican Republic), 13-15, 9-15, 15-14, 15-11, 11-5
2) Alejandro Landa & Erika Manilla (USA) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Tuesday

1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 8) Gabriela Martinez & Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-10, 15-8, 15-12
5) Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (Argentina) d. 4) Rodrigo Salgado Jr. & Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-5, 15-6, 15-12

6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. 3) Coby Iwaasa & Juliette Parent (Canada), 15-6, 15-9, 15-12
2) Alejandro Landa & Erika Manilla (USA) d. 10) Felipe Camacho & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica), 15-6, 15-10, 15-6

Semi-finals - Wednesday

1) Micaela Meneses & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. 5) Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (Argentina) - 4:30 PM
2) Alejandro Landa & Erika Manilla (USA) v. 6) Rodrigo Montoya & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - 4:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….