Saturday, April 8, 2023

Mexico wins twice, Bolivia once in doubles at 2023 Pan American Racquetball Championships

Mexico won two of the three doubles titles with the third going to Bolivia on Saturday at the 2023 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Mexico has won at least one doubles title at the Pan Am Championships every year since 2009, when the USA won both men’s and women’s titles.

Mexicans Alexandra Herrera and Montserrat Mejia won the Women’s Doubles title, as the lefty-righty team denied the host nation’s chance at gold by defeating Guatemalans Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10, in the final. It’s the second Pan Am doubles title for Herrera who won in 2018 with Paola Longoria, and the first for Mejia.

Mexico also won the Men’s Doubles title, as Rodrigo Montoya and Eduardo Portillo defeated Bolivians Kadim Carrasco and Conrrado Moscoso in the final, 11-3, 14-12, 11-13, 11-8. It’s the first time since 2018, when Montoya won with Alvaro Beltran, that Mexico has won the men’s title, and the 8th time Mexico won both men’s and women’s titles at the Pan Am Championships. It’s the first win for Portillo and second for Montoya.

Montoya had a chance to win two titles Saturday, as he was in the Mixed Doubles final with Paola Longoria. A win would have been a successful title defence for Montoya, as he won the first ever Pan Am Mixed Doubles title last year with Samantha Salas. However, he wasn’t able to repeat this year, as Moscoso and Angelica Barrios came back from a game down to defeat the Mexicans, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9. The win is Barrios’s first Pan Am doubles title, though she won Women’s Singles last year, and it’s Moscoso’s second doubles title at Pan Ams, as he won the men’s title in 2019 with Roland Keller.

If you missed any of the finals, check out the matches via the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel. For draws, look to the Pan American Racquetball Confederation (PARC) website or the R2 Sports site.

XXXIV Pan American Racquetball Championships
Guatemala City, Guatemala - April 1-8, 2023

Women's Doubles - Final - Saturday

2) Alexandra Herrera & Montserrat Mejia (Mexico) d. 1) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 11-6, 11-6, 12-10

Women's Doubles - 3rd place - Saturday

4) Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. 6) Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez (Argentina), 11-9, 11-4, 11-6

Women's Doubles - 5-8 playoff - Saturday

5th Place - Michelle Key & Erika Manilla (USA) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Sarmiento (Ecuador), 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4

7th - Cristina Amaya & Maria Paz Riquelme (Colombia) v. Paula Mansilla & Carla Muñoz (Chile) - ?

Women's Doubles - 9th &10th

9th - Michèle Morissette & Danielle Ramsay (Canada)
10th - Jimena Gomez & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)

Men's Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. 2) Kadim Carrasco & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 11-3, 14-12, 11-13, 11-8

Men's Doubles - 3rd place - Saturday

5) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck (USA) d. 3) Andres Acuña & Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica), 11-9, 11-8, 11-4

Men's Doubles - 5-8 playoff - Saturday

5th - Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Coby Iwaasa & Trevor Webb (Canada), 18-16, 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 11-7

7th - Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Fernando Kurzbard & Daniel Maggi (Argentina), injury forfeit

Men's Doubles - 9th-11th

9th - Yandy Espinosa & Maikel Moyet (Cuba)
10th - Rafael Gatica & Rodrigo Salgado (Chile)
11th - Ronal Cardona & Carlos Medrano (Honduras)

Mixed Doubles - Final - Saturday

2) Angelica Barrios & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. 1) Paola Longoria & Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico), 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9

Mixed Doubles - 3rd place - Saturday

3) Sam Bredenbeck & Michelle Key (USA) d. 4) Maria Jose Vargas & Diego Garcia (Argentina), forfeit

Mixed Doubles - 5-8 playoff - Saturday

5th - Maria Paz Muñoz & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) d. Cristina Amaya & Set Cubillos (Colombia), forfeit

7th - Gabriela Martinez & Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Jaime Mansilla & Carla Muñoz (Chile) - ?

Mixed Doubles - 9th-12th

9th - Coby Iwaasa & Danielle Ramsay (Canada)
10th - Merynanyelly Delgado & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)
11th - Felipe Camacho & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)
12th - Samira Ferrer Marcilli & Maikel Moyet (Cuba)

Follow the bouncing ball….

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