Saturday, August 13, 2022

Longoria & Mejia will play two finals Sunday at 2022 LPRT Paola Longoria Grand Slam

Paola Longoria and Montserrat Mejia will face off twice on Sunday at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Paola Longoria Grand Slam in Aguascalientes, Mexico, as they won their respective semi-final matches in both singles and doubles on Saturday. Longoria, the LPRT’s #1 player, beat 5th seed Angelica Barrios, 15-3, 15-6, in one semi-final, and Mejia, the 7th seed, was an upset winner over 6th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 15-6.

In doubles, Mejia and Alexandra Herrera defeated Erika Manilla and Parrilla, 15-4, 15-9, and Longoria and Samantha Salas beat Carla Muñoz and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-3, 15-13.

The Longoria and Salas v. Muñoz and Rodriguez match was the last of the day, and it looked like it would be as lopsided as the other matches after Longoria and Salas won the first game 15-3. They were down 3-0, and then got 15 unanswered points.

But in game two, Muñoz and Rodriguez got up 6-2, so Longoria and Salas called a timeout. That didn’t have much impact, as Muñoz and Rodriguez extended the lead to 9-3.

Longoria and Salas came back to 10-7, so Muñoz and Rodriguez called a timeout. They were able to extend their lead after that to 12-8.

But Longoria and Salas - the three time International Racquetball Federation (IRF).Women’s Doubles World Champions - dug in and kept coming. They tied the game at 12-12.

But Muñoz and Rodriguez got a sideout, and again took the lead at 13-12, as Rodriguez hit a great forehand reverse pinch shot. However, they lost the serve as Muñoz skipped a ceiling ball, and then Longoria hit a wide angle pass to the right side that Rodriguez couldn’t catch up to.

Muñoz did put Longoria and Salas half down with a backhand winner, but Longoria then tied it at 13-13 with a forehand winner. Longoria and Salas got to match point after Muñoz skipped a backhand. They won it as Longoria hit a drive serve ace to the left side that cracked out off the side wall.

You can watch the finals from Aguascalientes live via the LPRT YouTube channel. The singles final is Sunday at noon with the doubles final on Sunday at 1 PM after the singles final. All times central.

2022 LPRT Paola Longoria Grand Slam, August 12-14, 2022
Aguascalientes, Mexico

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Angelica Barrios, 15-3, 15-6
7) Montserrat Mejia d. 6) Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 15-6

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 7) Montserrat Mejia - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5) Carla Muñoz & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-3, 15-13
2) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia d. 3) Erika Manilla & Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-9

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 2) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia - 1 PM

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