Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bredenbeck bests Montoya to win 2018 WRT Longhorn Open

Jake Bredenbeck defeated Rodrigo Montoya, 15-3, 15-11, to win the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, the first WRT event of 2018. Bredenbeck came into the event as the #4 WRT player with Montoya #2. Both rankings could change with the new rankings on Monday, as Bredenbeck didn’t play this event last year due to injury, while Montoya was the defending champion.

Thus, Montoya’s loss in the final will mean he drops ranking points, while Bredenbeck’s win will be a pure gain. David Horn, the WRT #1 player, lost in the semi-finals to Bredenbeck, which is the same result he had at last year’s Longhorn Open. Andree Parrilla, WRT #3, was a quarterfinalist this year and last, and he’s 1300 points ahead of Bredenbeck, so Bredenbeck’s win may be enough to move him past Parrilla into 3rd.

Eduardo Garay, the other semi-finalist this weekend, should get a big rankings boost, as he’s currently 39th - he was seeded 22nd for the tournament - with 600 points, and could move up into the top 20 come Monday.

In doubles, Gerardo Franco and Alejandro Cardona beat Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri, 15-5, 15-7, to win the title. Franco and Cardona beat Sebastian Fernandez and Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-9, in one semi-final, while Kurzbard and Manzuri defeated Jaime Martell and Edson Martinez in the other, 15-7, 9-15, 11-9.

The next WRT will be the Midwest Championship in Minneapolis, March 1-4.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Final - Sunday

4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-3, 15-11

Doubles - Semi-finals - Sunday

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri d. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez, 15-7, 9-15, 11-9
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-9

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri, 15-5, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

Montoya & Bredenbeck to face off for 2018 WRT Longhorn Open title

Rodrigo Montoya and Jake Bredenbeck survived two close semi-final matches at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas Saturday, and they will meet in Sunday’s final. Second seed Montoya needed a tie-breaker to defeat 22nd seed Eduardo Garay, 14-15, 15-3, 11-9, while Bredenbeck beat WRT #1 David Horn in two close games, 15-14, 15-12.

Horn had a 7-1 lead in game one of his semi versus Bredenbeck, but then gave up nine straight points to trail trail 10-7. Horn did retake the lead at 11-10, but Bredenbeck got to 14 first at 14-11. However, Bredenbeck couldn’t convert his first few game points, and Horn tied the game at 14-14. But his comeback fell short, as Bredenbeck converted his 4th game point to take a 1-0 lead.

Game two was also back and forth early. But then Horn took a 11-5 lead, and it looked like a tie-breaker would be necessary. But Bredenbeck scored ten of the next eleven points to finish off the game, 15-12, and the match in two straight games,

Montoya had a chance to win game one, when he led 14-12, but the impressive Garay won three straight points to deny him. After a second game that was all Montoya, it was Garay who held the advantage in the tie-breaker, as he went up 6-2. But Montoya slowly worked his way back, and caught up at 9-9.

Montoya’s 10th point came when Garay skipped a backhand serve return, and his 11th was also off a skip, as Garay tried to hit a backhand pinch. It was a sad end to a great match performance by Garay, who made some great diving gets including rallies when he dove more than once to keep the ball in play.

Montoya wasn’t as successful in doubles, as he and Andree Parrilla lost to Jaime Martell and Edson Martinez, 15-14, 15-14. Martell and Martinez will play Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri in the semi-finals Sunday morning, as they got an injury default win over Garay and Javier Mar, who was injured during his quarterfinal match with Montoya.

The finals will be live on Sunday via WRT website or its Facebook page with the singles final at 11:40 AM followed by the doubles final at 12:35 PM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) David Horn, 15-14, 15-12
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 22) Eduardo Garay, 14-15, 15-3, 11-9

Singles - Final - Sunday

2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck - 11:40 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-14, 15-14
5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri d. 4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar, injury forfeit

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria d. 6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa, 13-15, 15-11, 11-2
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado, 15-6, 15-4

Doubles - Semi-finals - Sunday

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri v. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez - 9:30 AM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - 9:30 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Garay joins top 3 seeds in semi-finals at 2018 WRT Longhorn Open

World Racquetball Tour (WRT) #1 David Horn squeaked into the semi-finals at the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, as he needed a tie-breaker to defeat 8th seed Christian Longoria, 15-13, 11-15, 11-9. Horn will play 4th seed Jake Bredenbeck in the quarters Saturday night, as Bredenbeck beat 5th seed Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-3

Eduardo Garay came into the tournament as the 22nd seed, but he is through to the final four after beating 3rd seed Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 14-15, 11-2. He’ll try to keep his streak going against WRT #2 Rodrigo Montoya in the semis.

You can watch the action from Austin via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The singles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7:50 PM and 8:45 PM, and the final will be Sunday at 11:40 AM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) David Horn d. 8) Christian Longoria, 15-13, 11-15, 11-9
4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 5) Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-3

22) Eduardo Garay d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 14-15, 11-2
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 10) Javier Mar, 15-3 - injury forfeit

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) David Horn v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck - 7:50 PM
2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 22) Eduardo Garay - 8:45 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez d. 8) George Bustos & Ross Smith Jr., 15-13, 15-6

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - BYE
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar - BYE

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - BYE
6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa d. 11) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings, 15-3, 15-0

7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado d. 10) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valadez, 11-15, 15-13, 11-6
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez - 5:15 PM
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar v. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - 6:10 PM

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria v. 6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa - 6:10 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado - 5:15 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….