Saturday, December 9, 2017

Longoria & Lambert to face off in singles & doubles at 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic

Paola Longoria and Frédérique Lambert - the #1 and #2 players, respectively, on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) - will face off in the final of the 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Friday. But their paths to the final were not equal, as Longoria won her semi-final match in straight games, while Lambert played a second consecutive five game match in the semis.

Longoria defeated 4th seed Rhonda Rajisch, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2, while Lambert went toe to toe with Jessica Parrilla, eventually come out on top by the scores of 14-12, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8.

Longoria and Lambert will also face off in the LPRT doubles final on Sunday. In the semis, Longoria and Alexandra Herrera beat Carla Muñoz and Natalia Mendez, 15-7, 15-7, while Lambert and Parrilla won two close games against Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-11, 15-13.

The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
2 Frédérique Lambert d. 3 Jessica Parrilla, 14-12, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday - 11 AM

1 Paola Longoria v. 2 Frédérique Lambert

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera d. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez, 15-7, 15-7
3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert d. 2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-11, 15-13

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

Quarterfinals at 2017 LPRT Christmas Classic

Frédérique Lambert - the #2 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) , barely survived her quarterfinal match with 7th seed Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, at the LPRT Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Friday. This quarterfinal was a rematch from this year’s US Open semi-finals, when Lambert also won in five games.

Lambert was ahead 6-4 in the breaker only to see Mendez come back and take the lead at 7-6. Yet the young Canadian was able to recover, and won the next four points, which put her on match point at 10-7. But Mendez fought off that point by hitting a winning return of a drive serve to the right.

However, Mendez didn’t score, so Lambert had her second chance to end it. That also went by as Mendez hit a winning forehand cross-court. An unforced forehand skip shot by Lambert gave Mendez her 8th point, and she earned her 9th with a drive serve ace to the right side.

With an opportunity to tie the game at 10-10, Mendez skipped a shot. But she regained serve with a backhand return of a Lambert drive serve to the left side. Lambert got the serve back with an impressive backhand pinch that she volleyed out of the air and into the front left corner.

It was another backhand pinch shot that ended it, as Lambert made good on her fourth match point opportunity. The win sets up a showdown with her doubles partner Jessica Parrilla, as Parrilla best Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8.

LPRT #1 Paola Longoria won her quarterfinal in straight games, as she beat Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-0, 11-3. Longoria’s semi-final opponent will be Rhonda Rajsich, as Rajsich defeated Alexandra Herrera, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.

The singles semi-finals will go Saturday at 4 PM and 5 PM with the doubles semis to follow at 6 and 7 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 8 Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-0, 11-3
4 Rhonda Rajsich v. 5 Alexandra Herrera, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6

3 Jessica Parrilla d. 6 Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8
2 Frédérique Lambert d. 7 Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 4 Rhonda Rajsich - 5 PM
2 Frédérique Lambert v. 3 Jessica Parrilla - 4 PM

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez - 7 PM
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 LPRT Christmas Classic - Round of 16

No upsets by one tie-breaker in the Round of 16 at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland Friday. Top seeds Paola Longoria and Frédérique Lambert won comfortably. Longoria defeated Abril Prado, 11-2, 11-0, 11-3, and Lambert took out Amie Brewer, 11-6, 11-5, 11-0.

In the quarterfinals, Longoria will take on Carla Muñoz, who had a slow start against Adriana Riveros, but then got on track and won in four games, 1-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7. Lambert’s quarterfinal opponent will be Natalia Mendez, who was a winner over Nancy Enriquez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-0, and that will be a re-match of from the US Open semi-finals, when Lambert defeated Mendez in five games.

The tie-breaker happened between 5th seed Alexandra Herrera and 12th seed Sheryl Lotts, as Lotts was up 2-1 on Herrera. But the young Mexican came back to win in five games, 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3. Herrera will face Rhonda Rajsich in the quarters, as Rajsich was a winner over Cassandra Lee, 11-1, 11-4, 11-6.

In the only doubles match of the day, Muñoz and Mendez defeated Rajsich and Lotts, 15-4, 15-9. Muñoz and Mendez played well, but Rajsich and Lotts didn’t really get on track until late in the second game. They were down 13-3, and got it to 13-8, which led to Muñoz and Mendez calling a time-out. Muñoz and Mendez did get the sideout and got to 14-8, but weren’t able to convert game point until their third chance. Yet in that time, Rajsich and Lotts were only able to get one more point, so didn’t put more pressure on their opponents.

The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning at 10 AM & 11 AM with the semi-finals Saturday at 4 PM and 5 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
17 Abril Prado v. 16 Hannah Shnurman, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7

9 Adriana Riveros - BYE
8 Carla Muñoz - BYE

5 Alexandra Herrera - BYE
12 Sheryl Lotts - BYE

13 Cassandra Lee - BYE
4 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

3 Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14 Jennifer Dering - BYE

11 Adrianne Haynes - BYE
6 Cristina Amaya - BYE

7 Natalia Mendez - BYE
10 Nancy Enriquez - BYE

15 Amie Brewer - BYE
2 Frédérique Lambert - BYE

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria d. 17 Abril Prado, 11-2, 11-0, 11-3
8 Carla Muñoz d. 9 Adriana Riveros, 1-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7

5 Alexandra Herrera d. 12 Sheryl Lotts, 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3
4 Rhonda Rajsich d. 13 Cassandra Lee, 11-1, 11-4, 11-6

3 Jessica Parrilla d. 14 Jennifer Dering, 11-1, 11-3, 11-0
6 Cristina Amaya d. 11 Adrianne Haynes, 11-2, 11-4, 12-10

7 Natalia Mendez d. 10 Nancy Enriquez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-0
2 Frédérique Lambert d. 15 Amie Brewer, 11-6, 11-5, 11-0

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria v. 8 Carla Muñoz
4 Rhonda Rajsich v. 5 Alexandra Herrera

3 Jessica Parrilla v. 6 Cristina Amaya
2 Frédérique Lambert v. 7 Natalia Mendez

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera - BYE
4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez d. 5 Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts, 15-4, 15-9

3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - BYE
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez - 7 PM
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 LPRT Christmas Classic - Preview

The Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland has become a staple tournament on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), and this year’s edition begins Friday. There’s a small draw, but most of the top 10 players will be competing, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria and #2 Frédérique Lambert.

Longoria and Lambert have met in the finals of the last two LPRT events with Longoria winning both. In the last final, Longoria won the first game, but Lambert then retired, as she was still feeling the effects of being hit in the head during her semi-final match against Jessica Parrilla.

But that was six weeks ago, and since then Lambert has won Racquetball Canada’s National Team Selection Event, so she seems to have fully recovered from what seems to have been a mild concussion.

Look for Longoria and Lambert to battle it out again in the final on Sunday, although Parrilla or veteran Rhonda Rajsich could surprise.

The tournament starts Friday afternoon with one match before the Round of 16, which begins Friday at 3. The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (10 AM & 11 AM) and semi-finals Saturday at 4 PM and 5 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2017 Christmas Classic
Laurel, Maryland - December 8-10, 2017


LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Hannah Shnurman v. 17 Abril Prado - 2 PM

9 Adriana Riveros - BYE
8 Carla Muñoz - BYE

5 Alexandra Herrera - BYE
12 Sheryl Lotts - BYE

13 Cassandra Lee - BYE
4 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

3 Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14 Jennifer Dering - BYE

11 Adrianne Haynes - BYE
6 Cristina Amaya - BYE

7 Natalia Mendez - BYE
10 Nancy Enriquez - BYE

15 Amie Brewer - BYE
2 Frédérique Lambert - BYE

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria v. 16 Hannah Shnurman or 17 Abril Prado - 6 PM
8 Carla Muñoz v. 9 Adriana Riveros - 6 PM

5 Alexandra Herrera v. 12 Sheryl Lotts - 3 PM
4 Rhonda Rajsich v. 13 Cassandra Lee - 3 PM

3 Jessica Parrilla v. 14 Jennifer Dering - 4 PM
6 Cristina Amaya v. 11 Adrianne Haynes - 4 PM

7 Natalia Mendez v. 10 Nancy Enriquez - 5 PM
2 Frédérique Lambert v. 15 Amie Brewer - 5 PM

LPRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera - BYE
4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez v. 5 Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts - 7 PM

3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - BYE
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera v. 4 Carla Muñoz & Natalia Mendez or 5 Rhonda Rajsich & Sheryl Lotts - 7 PM
2 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 3 Jessica Parrilla & Frédérique Lambert - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekend Round Up - Camacho & Murray win doubles & WRT gives out awards

Felipe Camacho and Samuel Murray won the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Future Doubles division on the weekend at the John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, when they defeated Adam Manilla and Nicholas Riffel, 15-4, 15-7, in the final.

It’s the second straight tournament Camacho and Murray have reached the final. They lost to Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn last time out at the IRT Winter Rollout in St. Louis.

World Racquetball Tour Awards

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2017 season ended on the weekend with the Alamo City Open in San Antonio, Texas. Thus, the WRT year end awards were given out.

The 2017 Player of the Year was David “Bobby” Horn, who also won the Alamo City Open on Sunday. The Rookie of the Year was Erick Cuevas, and Sportsmanship Award went to Gerardo Franco with Rodrigo Montoya named the Fan Favourite.

Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour

This week’s big event is the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland. Look for our coverage of it later this week.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


IRT Futures Doubles Final

Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray d. Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel, 15-4, 15-7

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Horns wins 2017 WRT Alamo City Open and is named Player of the Year

David Horn defeated Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 8-15, 11-9, to win the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Alamo City Open in San Antonio, Texas Sunday. Horn’s win cemented him as the season ending #1 WRT player, so he was also named Player of the Year. Also, Horn’s win was his fourth WRT title this year.

Cardona was the WRT Player of the Year the past two seasons, but in 2017, he only won one tournament.

After dropping the first game, 15-12, Cardona came out strong in game two, as he built up a 9-1 lead. He extended that lead to 13-2 and got to game point at 14-4. But Horn dug in, and as he started to edge closer to Cardona, Cardona called a timeout at 14-7.

Horn was able to score another point when play resumed, but Cardona then got a side out and finished off the game at 15-8.

Game three started slowly, as eight rallies only got them to 1-1. Then Cardona edged ahead at 5-2. But Horn cameback, using primarily backhand lob serves - either straight or Z - to the left side: Cardona’s backhand. When Horn took the lead at 6-5, Cardona called a timeout.

Cardona got the serve back after the timeout, but wasn’t able to score before Horn took the serve back. Horn continued to score, and when the score reached 9-5, Cardona took another timeout.

When play resumed, Horn hit a backhand cross court winner from shoulder high to get his first match point at 10-5. But a Cardona backhand denied Horn the win. Yet Cardona couldn’t score either, so Horn had match point #2, which Cardona again denied with a forehand down the left side.

Then Cardona started scoring. A backhand winner made it 10-6. A forehand pinch, 10-7. Horn skipping a forehand shot made it 10-8. When Cardona hit a backhand cross court winner, making it 10-9, Horn called a timeout.

On the next rally, Cardona made took excellent diving gets, but the second one, which he hit to the ceiling, came back and hit him as he was trying to get out of the way. Match point #3 for Horn, and again Cardona denied him. This time Cardona just flicked his wrist as he hit a backhand pinch shot for a winner.

In the next rally, Horn got a big forehand set up with Cardona forced to the left side of the court, and Horn made no mistake by hitting a winner to the right side.

With his fourth match point, Horn made good with a backhand shot that was tight down the left wall. Fourth match point and fourth tournament win of 2017 for Horn.

Cardona didn’t leave San Antonio empty handed though, as he and Gerardo Franco won the WRT Alamo City doubles title by defeating Rodrigo Montoya and Andree Parrilla, 15-5, 15-14.

The WRT will kick off its 2018 season with the WRT Longhorn Open January 12-14 in Austin, Texas.

2017 WRT Alamo City Open
December 1-3 - San Antonio, Texas


Singles - Final Sunday

2) David Horn d. 4) Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 8-15, 11-9

Doubles - Final Sunday

2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-5, 15-14

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pratt wins 1st IRT event at 2017 John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions

Charles Pratt won his 1st International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Tier 1 event Saturday night at the 2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, where he grew up playing. Pratt’s win makes him the 36th man to win an IRT event, and the single victory ties him with Ben Croft, Mike Guidry, Brian Hawkes, Tim Sweeney and Rich Wagner.

Pratt defeated Mario Mercado, 11-4, 11-1, 12-10. Mercado’s appearance in an IRT final was the 1st of his career, and the 1st time a South American born player has reached an IRT final. Pratt was only playing his fourth career semi-final today, and Mercado his second semi-final.

Pratt was in control in games one and two, as he jumped out to big leads on Mercado in both games. In game one, Pratt was up 6-0 before Mercado got on the board, and he was up 7-0 in game two.

But Mercado never quit, and in game four he looked like he was going to turn it around. They were close early in the game, tied at 2-2 and 4-4. Then Mercado put together some points to lead 7-4, and 10-6. To that point Mercado hadn’t trailed Pratt.

But Pratt saved game point with a backhand serve return. Two serve return skips by Mercado made the score 10-8 in Mercado’s favour, and he called a timeout to regroup. But that didn’t help, as Pratt hit a drive serve ace to the left side when play resumed, which made the score 10-9.

On his next serve, Pratt drove the ball to the right, and he buried Mercado’s return into the front left corner with his backhand to tie the game 10-10. Pratt drove serve to the left next, and Mercado hit a pinch backhand return that Pratt dove to hit, and made a winner into the front corner. 11-10.

With his first match point, Pratt drove the ball to the left, which began a long rally that included a diving get by Mercado. But Pratt ended the rally with a backhand winner that sealed his 1st IRT victory.

It was an outstanding comeback.

The IRT is now on a break for the holidays. The next IRT Tier 1 event will be the LA Open presented by Coast-to-Coast in Canoga Park, California January 4-7, 2018. That will by followed by the Lewis Drug Pro-Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota January 18-21.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Final

Charles Pratt d. 8) Mario Mercado, 11-4, 11-1, 12-10

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Horn & Cardona into final at 2017 WRT Alamo City Open

David Horn will play Alejandro Cardona in the final of the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Alamo City Open in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday. A win will make Horn the #1 player at the year end. He may have already assured him of the #1 rank by just reaching the final, as the current #1 - Rodrigo Montoya - lost to Cardona in the semi-finals, 15-9, 15-8.

Horn survived two close games against surprise semi-finalist Ernesto Ochoa, but then won the tie-breaker by a wide margin, making the final score line 15-14, 14-15, 11-3.

Ochoa had a great tournament, as he was a 1st time semi-finalist, and even a first time quarterfinalist. In the quarters, Ochoa beat WRT #3 Andree Parrilla, 15-8, 9-15, 11-9. Ochoa was up 10-3 on Parrilla, but could not finish him off until his 7th match point.

Cardona and Montoya will face off again, as they’ll face each other in the doubles final Sunday. Cardona and Gerardo Franco defeated Alan Natera and Ochoa, 15-3, 12-15, 11-6, in one semi-final, while Montoya and Andree Parrilla beat Jaime Martell and Ross Smith Jr, 15-6, 15-12, in the other.

The singles final is Sunday at 12:30 PM with the doubles final immediately following it. You can watch the action live on Saturday and Sunday via the WRT website or the WRT Facebook page.

2017 WRT Alamo City Open
December 1-3 - San Antonio, Texas


Singles - Quarterfinals Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 8) Christian Longoria, 13-15, 15-11, 11-2
4) Alejandro Cardona d. 5) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-10, 15-14

11) Ernesto Ochoa d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-8, 9-15, 11-9
2) David Horn d. 7) Jaime Martell, 15-10, 15-2

Singles - Semi-finals Saturday

4) Alejandro Cardona d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-9, 15-8
2) David Horn d. 11) Ernesto Ochoa, 14-15, 15-14, 11-3

Singles - Final Sunday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Alejandro Cardona v. 2) David Horn - 12:30 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 4) Jaime Martell & Ross Smith Jr, 15-6, 15-12
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Alan Natera & Ernesto Ochoa, 15-3, 12-15, 11-6

Doubles - Final Sunday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v 2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 1:35 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Mercado & Pratt win semis at 2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions

A new International Racquetball Tour (IRT) winner will be crowned Saturday night at the 2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, as Mario Mercado and Charles Pratt won their respective semi-final matches Saturday afternoon. Both Pratt and Mercado are in the final for the first time.

In the semi-finals, Pratt pulled the big upset by knocking off IRT #2 Rocky Carson in five games, 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5. Mercado also played a tough match, as he went four games with Samuel Murray, winning 13-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5.

You can watch the final live Saturday evening at 7 PM PST via the IRT Network.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Semi-finals - Saturday

8) Mario Mercado d. 5) Samuel Murray, 13-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5
Charles Pratt d. 2) Rocky Carson, 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5

Final - Saturday

8) Mario Mercado v. Charles Pratt - 7 PM

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Pratt continues to win at 2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions

Rocky Carson, the #2 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), remains the favourite to win the 2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, after defeating Jose Diaz in the quarterfinals, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8. Carson will face Charles Pratt in the semi-finals, as Pratt was an upset winner against 6th seed Jansen Allen, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.

In the other semi-final, Mario Mercado will face Samuel Murray with each seeking their first career final appearance. Mercado defeated Adam Manilla in three close games, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, in the quarters. Murray won a marathon match with Tony Carson (no relation to Rocky) after dropping the first two games, so the final scoreline was 10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4.

The quarterfinals will be streamed live Saturday beginning at noon via the IRT Network, and the final will follow at 7:00 PM. All times Pacific.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Quarterfinals - Friday

8) Mario Mercado d. Adam Manilla, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
5) Samuel Murray d. Tony Carson, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4

Charles Pratt d. 6) Jansen Allen, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
2) Rocky Carson d. Jose Diaz, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8

Semi-finals - Saturday

5) Samuel Murray v. 8) Mario Mercado - 1 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Charles Pratt - Noon

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First rounds at 2017 WRT Alamo City Open

Seven of the top eight seeds are through to the quarterfinals in singles at the 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Alamo City Open in San Antonio, Texas, and all four of the top seeds in doubles have made the semi-finals. In singles the exception is 11th seed Ernesto Ochoa who narrowly defeated 6th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-13, 15-14. He’ll play 3rd seed Andree Parrilla in the quarters Saturday.

Top seed Rodrigo Montoya and 2nd seed David Horn remain on track in their bids to finish the year as the #1 WRT player.

The quarterfinals begin Saturday morning at 10:30 AM with the semi-finals Saturday evening at 5 PM and 6:05 PM. The final is set for Sunday at 12:30 PM. You can watch the action live on Saturday and Sunday via the WRT website or the WRT Facebook page.

2017 WRT Alamo City Open
December 1-3 - San Antonio, Texas

Singles - Round of 32


1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 32) Glenn Martineau, 15-5, 15-11
16) Eddie Sada d. 17) Ross Smith Jr, 10-15, 15-10, 11-7

9) Francisco Troncoso d. 24) Miguel Escobedo, 15-3, 15-6
8) Christian Longoria d. 25) Micah Farmer, 15-3, 15-6

5) Jake Bredenbeck d. 28) Alan Márquez, 15-1, 15-4
12) Alan Natera d. 21) Brennan Jennings, 15-14, 15-8

13) Hiroshi Shimizu d. 20) Sam Hojat, 15-3, 15-0
4) Alejandro Cardona d. 29) Lorenzo Valdez, 15-2, 15-1

3) Andree Parrilla d. 30) Cayden Akins, 15-9, 15-9
19) A. J. Fernandez d. 14) Erick Fernandez, 15-9, 15-14

11) Ernesto Ochoa d. 22) Elias Nieto, 15-3, 15-5
6) Gerardo Franco d. 27) Raul Valdez, 15-9, 15-7

7) Jaime Martell d. 26) Ruben Martinez, 15-0, 15-10
10) Shai Manzuri d. 23) Craig Clement Jr., 15-7, 15-6

15) Juan Loreto d. 18) Erik Mendoza, 15-10, 15-6
2) David Horn d. 31) Nicholas Pavloski, 15-1, 15-3

Singles - Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 16) Eddie Sada, 15-3, 15-1
8) Christian Longoria d. 9) Francisco Troncoso, 15-12, 15-14

5) Jake Bredenbeck d. 12) Alan Natera, 15-6, 15-9
4) Alejandro Cardona d. 13) Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-5, 15-2

3) Andree Parrilla d. 19) A. J. Fernandez, 15-1, 15-10
11) Ernesto Ochoa d. 6) Gerardo Franco, 15-13, 15-14

7) Jaime Martell d. 10) Shai Manzuri, 15-13, 15-11
2) David Horn d. 15) Juan Loreto, 15-7, 15-7

Singles - Quarterfinals Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 8) Christian Longoria - 1:45 PM
4) Alejandro Cardona v. 5) Jake Bredenbeck - 12:40 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 11) Ernesto Ochoa - 10:30 AM
2) David Horn v. 7) Jaime Martell - 11:35 AM

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
9) Marty Ahumada & Tyler Panozzo d. 8) Tyrone Gilmore & Glenn Martineau, 15-12, 15-14

5) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings - BYE
4) Jaime Martell & Ross Smith Jr - BYE

3) Alan Natera & Ernesto Ochoa - BYE
6) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valdez d. 11) Ramon Florez & Able Perez, 15-6, 15-5

10) Craig Clement Jr. & Nicholas Pavloski d. 7) James Aguirre & Erik Mendoza, 15-13, 15-14
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 9) Marty Ahumada & Tyler Panozzo, 15-14, 15-9
4) Jaime Martell & Ross Smith Jr d. 5) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings, 12-15, 15-11, 11-6

3) Alan Natera & Ernesto Ochoa d. 6) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valdez, 15-7, 15-3
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 10) Craig Clement Jr. & Nicholas Pavloski, 15-5, 15-6

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 4) Jaime Martell & Ross Smith Jr
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Alan Natera & Ernesto Ochoa

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Round of 16 at the IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions

Upsets continued in the Round of 16 Friday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, as three of the top four seeds went out. One of those upsets was by injury, as Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 IRT player, was a late withdrawal from the tournament, which was to the benefit of Adam Manilla, who got the forfeit win over Waselenchuk in the Round of 16. Manilla will play Mario Mercado in the quarterfinals, as Mercado defeated Robert Collins, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10, in the 16s.

Charles Pratt took out IRT #3 Alvaro Beltran, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8, and #4 Daniel De La Rosa suffered the same fate from the racquet of Tony Carson, who won their match, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7. Both Pratt and Carson are former top 10 players, so are not out of left field, but anytime you beat the #3 or #4 player, it’s a big win.

In the quarters, Pratt will play 5th seed Samuel Murray, who was straight game winner over Sunji Spencer, 11-1, 11-4, 11-3, while Carson faces 6th seed Jansen Allen, who beatJustus Benson, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4.

Jose Diaz was also an upset winner in the Round of 16, as he ousted 7th seed Felipe Camacho, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11. The win gets Diaz a showdown with the sole remaining top 4 player in the draw: Rocky Carson, as the IRT #2 beat Mauro Rojas, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, in the 16s.

With the top half of the draw consisting of Mercado versus Manilla and Murray versus T. Carson, a first time finalist is guaranteed. Tony Carson has the most semi-final appearances of the four with 3 semis, while Manilla is playing in the quarterfinals for the first time. Mercado and Murray have both been in the semis once. On the bottom half of the draw, Allen has been a semi-finalist 5 times, Pratt 3 times, and Diaz is only playing his 4th quarterfinal.

In contrast, Rocky Carson has reached the semi-finals 156 times, going on to the finals 96 times (61.5%) and winning the final 25 times. If Vegas is setting a betting line on this tournament, Rocky Carson is the clear favourite.

The quarterfinals will be streamed live Friday afternoon from 5 PM via the IRT Network. The semi-finals will be Noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Pacific.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Round of 16 - Friday

Adam Manilla d. 1) Kane Waselenchuk, injury forfeit
8) Mario Mercado d. Robert Collins, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10

5) Samuel Murray d. Sunji Spencer, 11-1, 11-4, 11-3
Tony Carson d. 4) Daniel De La Rosa, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7

Charles Pratt d. 3) Alvaro Beltran, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8
6) Jansen Allen d. Justus Benson, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4

Jose Diaz d. 7) Felipe Camacho, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11
2) Rocky Carson d. Mauro Rojas, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6

Quarterfinals - Friday

8) Mario Mercado v. Adam Manilla - 7 PM
Tony Carson v. 5) Samuel Murray - 8 PM

6) Jansen Allen v. Charles Pratt - 5 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Jose Diaz - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Qualifying at IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions

A few upsets on Thursday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, but the big news was that Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 IRT player, would miss the event due to a back injury. Waselenchuk was undefeated this season and last, so his absence throws the tournament outcome up in the air, although on most occasions when Waselenchuk has missed an event Rocky Carson, the IRT’s #2 player, has come out on top.

Two five game matches were played Thursday, and in one Sunji Spencer upset Thomas Carter, 11-3, 4-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3, to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time. In the other, Charles Pratt came back from two games down to defeat Dylan Reid, 9-11, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5.

Other upset winners were Tony Carson over Scott McClellan, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7, and Mauro Rojas’s defeat of Nicholas Riffel, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-0.

The IRT Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 5 PM on. Also, the semi-finals will be Noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Pacific.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Q8) Adam Manilla d. John Wolfe, 11-1, 11-1, 11-2
Q1) Robert Collins d. Matthew Goolsby, 11-0, 11-0, 11-0

Sunji Spencer d. Q4) Thomas Carter, 11-3, 4-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3
Tony Carson d. Q5) Scott McClellan, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7

Q6) Charles Pratt d. Dylan Reid, 9-11, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5
Q3) Justus Benson d. Tim Prigo, 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5

Q2) Jose Diaz d. Sam Bredenbeck, 11-0, 12-10, 11-0
Mauro Rojas d. Q7) Nicholas Riffel, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-0

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Adam Manilla - Noon
8) Mario Mercado v. Robert Collins - Noon

5) Samuel Murray v. Sunji Spencer - 1 PM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Tony Carson - 1 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Charles Pratt - 10 AM
6) Jansen Allen v. Justus Benson - 10 AM

7) Felipe Camacho v. Jose Diaz - 11 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Mauro Rojas - 11 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 WRT Alamo City Open - Preview

The 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) season ends this weekend with the Alamo City Open in San Antonio, Texas. David Horn can finish #1, if he wins the tournament, but he comes into the event seeded #2 with Rodrigo Montoya #1. Fewer than 200 ranking points separate Horn and Montoya with Andree Parrilla in 3rd about 1200 points behind Horn.

Horn won the last WRT title in Utah, and two of the last three, which is part of how he’s got himself into position to finish the year on top. But the Alamo City field is good with all of the top 10 ranked WRT players set to compete in San Antonio.

The Round of 32 will begin Friday morning with the Round of 16 to follow late Friday afternoon and evening. The quarterfinals begin Saturday morning at 10:30 AM with the semi-finals Saturday evening at 5 PM and 6:05 PM. The final is set for Sunday at 12:30 PM. You can watch the action live on Saturday and Sunday via the WRT website or the WRT Facebook page.

2017 WRT Alamo City Open
December 1-3 - San Antonio, Texas

Singles - Round of 32


1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 32) Glenn Martineau
16) Eddie Sada v. 17) Ross Smith Jr

9) Francisco Troncoso v. 24) Miguel Escobedo
8) Christian Longoria v. 25) Micah Farmer

5) Jake Bredenbeck v. 28) Alan Márquez
12) Alan Natera v. 21) Brennan Jennings

13) Hiroshi Shimizu v. 20) Sam Hojat
4) Alejandro Cardona v. 29) Lorenzo Valdez

3) Andree Parrilla v. 30) Cayden Akins
14) Erick Fernandez v. 19) A. J. Fernandez

11) Ernesto Ochoa v. 22) Elias Nieto
6) Gerardo Franco v. 27) Raul Valdez

7) Jaime Martell v. 26) Ruben Martinez
10) Shai Manzuri v. 23) Craig Clement Jr.

15) Juan Loreto v. 18) Erik Mendoza
2) David Horn v. 31) Nicholas Pavloski

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / Tournament of Champions Preview

Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), has been running rampant. He’ll have a chance to continue that rampage this weekend at the John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon. Waselenchuk has surrendered only 12.07 points per match this season (not counting the three matches where his opponent has forfeited), which astonishing. He has dropped a couple of games, after sweeping through all of his matches last season.

Waselenchuk’s record since the US Open in October is jaw dropping, as in five matches (the three forfeit wins have come in the last two events) he’s only allowed 24 points to be scored against him. That’s an average of 1.6 points against per game! Anyone want to argue against Waselenchuk being the best men’s racquetball player of all time?

Nevertheless, there will be 23 other players trying to prevent another Waselenchuk win this weekend in Portland. The field includes the top IRT players, such as #2 Rocky Carson, #3 Alvaro Beltran and #4 Daniel De La Rosa.

Other players of note include former top 10 players Tony Carson and Charles Pratt. Mauro Rojas will also be in Portland off his Boy’s U18 World Junior Championship win earlier this month.

The IRT Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 5 PM on. Also, the semi-finals will be Noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Pacific.

2017 IRT John Pelham Memorial / ProKennex Tournament of Champions, November 30-December 2
Portland, Oregon


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Q8) Adam Manilla v. John Wolfe
Q1) Robert Collins v. Matthew Goolsby

Q4) Thomas Carter v. Sunji Spencer
Q5) Scott McClellan v. Tony Carson

Q6) Charles Pratt v. Dylan Reid
Q3) Justus Benson v. Tim Prigo

Q2) Jose Diaz v. Sam Bredenbeck
Q7) Nicholas Riffel v. Mauro Rojas

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - Noon
8) Mario Mercado v. Q1 - Noon

5) Samuel Murray v. Q4 - 1 PM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q5 - 1 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Q6 - 10 AM
6) Jansen Allen v. Q3 - 10 AM

7) Felipe Camacho v. Q2 - 11 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 11 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bolivans win doubles, Colombians singles at 2017 Bolivarian Games

The conclusion of the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia confused The Racquetball Blog staff, as some of the teams in Men’s and Women’s Doubles that were in the final were teams that we thought had lost earlier in the medal round, so we weren’t sure why that was. But we’ve been told that two of the Colombian players - Mario Mercado and Adriana Riveros - were ruled ineligible late in the tournament, because they had not met the eligibility requirements. Both Mercado and Riveros were born in Bolivia, and only got their Colombian passports recently. Bolivarian Games rules are that players need to have a passport for the country they are representing for at least three years, which is much longer than Mercado and Riveros have had theirs, so they were disqualified.

Thus, contrary to what we reported a few days ago, Colombia wasn’t in either Men’s or Women’s Doubles final.

Bolivia took advantage of this, and swept the doubles events. On the Men’s side, Bolivians Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso beat Luis Perez and Ramon De Leon of the Dominican Republic, 15-1, 15-3, while their team-mates Jenny Daza and Stefanny Barrios won a close match against Guatemalans Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-14, 4-15, 11-9.

In the singles competitions, Colombians swept the finals. Cristina Amaya won the Women’s Singles by defeating Bolivian Jenny Daza, 15-12, 15-11, and Sebastian Franco beat Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia, 15-10, 15-13, to win the Men’s Final.

Overall, Bolivia topped the medal standings with eight total medals: four gold, two silver and two bronze. Colombia was second with four overall: two gold and two bronze. Guatemala won two silver medals, Ecuador one silver and four bronze, and Dominican Republican won one silver and one bronze. Four years ago it was Ecuador who topped the medal standings. The locale for the 2021 Bolivarian Games has not been chosen.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Final - Gold medal match

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Jenny Daza (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-11

Medal Standings

GOLD Cristina Amaya (Colombia)
SILVER Jenny Daza (Bolivia)
BRONZE Carla Muñoz (Chile) & Brenda Laime (Bolivia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Final - Gold medal match

Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) d. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-14, 4-15, 11-9

Medal Standings

GOLD Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia)
SILVER Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)
BRONZE Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)

WOMEN’S TEAM

Medal Standings

GOLD Bolivia
SILVER Guatemala
BRONZE Colombia & Ecuador

MEN’S SINGLES

Final - Gold medal match

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-13

Medal Standings

GOLD Sebastian Franco (Colombia)
SILVER Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)
BRONZE Carlos Keller (Bolivia) & Fernando Rios (Ecuador)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Final - Gold medal match

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-1, 15-3

Medal Standings

GOLD Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)
SILVER Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez (Dominican Republic)
BRONZE Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) and Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile)

MEN’S TEAM

Medal Standings

GOLD Bolivia
SILVER Ecuador
BRONZE Colombia & Dominican Republic

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lambert & Murray win at Canadian Team Selection Event

Frédérique Lambert and Samuel Murray won the Men's and Women's divisions, respectively, at the first Canadian Racquetball National Team Selection Event of the season on the weekend in Vernon, British Columbia. The outcomes are not surprising, as Lambert and Murray are the highest ranked Canadian players on their respective racquetball pro tours.

In the Women’s Final, Lambert defeated veteran Jennifer Saunders, 15-6, 15-4, while Murray beat Tim Landeryou, 15-3, 15-8, in the Men’s Final.

In the women’s semi-finals, Lambert defeated Danielle Drury, 15-11, 15-3, while Saunders needed a tie-breaker to get past Christine Richardson, 15-4, 4-15, 11-8. Murray defeated Coby Iwaasa in one men’s semi, 15-11, 15-8, as Iwaasa made his return to competitive racquetball after a two years away on mission as part of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Landeryou upset top men’s seed, and Canadian #1, Mike Green in the other men’s semi, 15-17, 15-3, 11-5.

This Selection Event was the first opportunity for players to earn points in the selection process for the 2018 World Championships in China next August. The next Selection Event will be in Kitchener, Ontario, February 2-4, 2018 with the 2018 Canadian National Championships in Winnipeg, May 20-26 2018, serving as the third and final selection event.

2017 Racquetball Canada Selection Event
November 23-26, Vernon, British Columbia

Men's Open

Final


3) Samuel Murray d. 4) Tim Landeryou, 15-3, 15-8

3rd Place

2) Coby Iwaasa d. 1) Mike Green, forfeit

Semi-finals

4) Tim Landeryou d. 1) Mike Green, 15-17, 15-3, 11-5
3) Samuel Murray d. 2) Coby Iwaasa, 15-11, 15-8

Quarterfinals

1) Mike Green d. 8) Nicolas Bousquet, 15-9, 15-6
4) Tim Landeryou d. 5) James Landeryou, 17-15, 15–6

3) Samuel Murray d. 7) Lee Connell, 15-3, 15-8
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 5) Pedro Castro, 18-16, 14-4, forfeit

Women's Open

Final


1) Frédérique Lambert d. 2) Jennifer Saunders, 15-6, 15-4

3rd place

3) Christine Richardson d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-9, 15-9

Semi-finals

1) Frédérique Lambert d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-11, 15-3
2) Jennifer Saunders d. 3) Christine Richardson, 15-4, 4-15, 11–8

Quarterfinals

1) Frédérique Lambert d. 8) Cassie Prentice, 15-8, 15-0
4) Danielle Drury d. 5) Michèle Morissette, 15-11, 15-12

3) Christine Richardson d. 6) Valerie Fallu, 15-2, 15-3
2) Jennifer Saunders d. 7) Erin Geeraert, 15-5, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, November 24, 2017

Bolivia in both Women’s & Men’s Finals at 2017 Bolivarian Games

Bolivians have claimed two of the three spots in the Men’s and Women’s Singles gold medal finals at the Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia. The Women’s Singles final will be Bolivian Jenny Daza versus Colombian Cristina Amaya, while Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia claimed one of the spots n the Men’s Final with a possibility his team-mate - Carlos Keller - will win the other spot.

On the womeen’s side, Amaya beat Brenda Laime of Bolivia, 15-4, 15-5, in one semi-final, while Daza defeated Carla Muñoz of Chile, 15-11, 15-4, in the other, and on the men’s side, Moscoso needed three games to fend off Ecuador’s Fernando Rios, winning 14-15, 15-4, 11-5. The last semi-final involves Keller and Sebastian Franco of Colombia,

The semi-finals will conclude Friday with the finals Saturday in Santa Marta, Colombia.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Brenda Laime (Bolivia), 15-4, 15-5
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-11, 15-4

Final - Gold medal match

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-10
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Lucia Sarmiento   & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-13, 15-3

Final - Gold medal match

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)

MEN’S SINGLES

Semi-finals

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Fernando Rios (Ecuador), 14-15, 15-4, 11-5
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Carlos Keller  (Bolivia), 15-14, 11-15, 11-4

Final - Gold medal match

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-10, 15-3
Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-12, 15-5

Final - Gold medal match

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Rios into semi-finals at 2017 Bolivarian Games

Fernando Rios of Ecuador is the upset winner so far in Men’s Singles quarterfinals at the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia, as he defeated Mario Mercado of Colombia, 15-3, 7-15, 11-7. Rios will play Conrrado Moscoso in the semi-finals later Friday, as Moscoso bear Edwin Galicia of Guatemala, 15-7, 15-10, in the quarters.

There were no upsets in the Women’s Singles quarters, although there were some matches with Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) regulars. In one, Colombian Cristina Amaya defeated Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala, 15-8, 15-10, while Carla Muñoz of Chile beat Adriana Riveros of Colombia, 15-7, 15-3, in another.

Bolivian Jenny Daza ended the run of Guatemala’s Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-12, 15-8, and Daza’s team-mate Brenda Laime needed a tie-breaker to defeat Merynanyelly Delgado, 15-6, 14-15, 11-4.

The semi-finals will be played Friday with the finals Saturday in Santa Marta, Colombia.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES


Quarterfinals

Brenda Laime (Bolivia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 14-15, 11-4
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), 15-8, 15-10

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-12, 15-8
Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-7, 15-3

Semi-finals

Brenda Laime (Bolivia) v. Cristina Amaya (Colombia)
Carla Muñoz (Chile) v. Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia)
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Lucia Sarmiento   & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)

MEN’S SINGLES

Quarterfinals

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-10
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Mario Mercado (Colombia), 15-3, 7-15, 11-7

Carlos Keller  (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-10, 15-2
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-12

Quarterfinals

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)
Carlos Keller  (Bolivia) v. Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Semi-finals

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Medal round day one at 2017 Bolivarian Games

The medal round began Thursday at the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia. There were no big surprises, in general, but another good win in Women’s Singles for Guatemalan Maria Renee Rodriguez who defeated Maria Paz Muñoz of Ecuador, 11-15, 15-8, 11-5. She’ll play Jenny Daza of Bolivia in the quarterfinals.

But Muñoz wasn’t winless Thursday, as she and team-mate Lucia Sarmiento came back from a game down, including fighting off match point, to beat Mariana Tobon and Lilian Zea of Venezuela, 7-15, 15-14, 11-5.

The medal round continues in Santa Marta Friday with the quarterfinals and semi-finals in singles and the semi-finals in doubles.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Round of 16


Brenda Laime (Bolivia) - BYE
Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-9, 15-11

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 15-11, 15-11
Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Paola Guerra (Venezuela), 15-0, 15-1

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - BYE
Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 11-15, 15-8, 11-5


Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-2
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

Quarterfinals

Brenda Laime (Bolivia) v. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)
Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. Cristina Amaya (Colombia)

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) v. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)
Carla Muñoz (Chile) v. Adriana Riveros (Colombia)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Quarterfinals


Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE
Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-8, 15-8

Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 7-15, 15-14, 11-5
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

Semi-finals

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia)
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)

MEN’S SINGLES

Round of 16


Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-2
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 15-14, 15-4

Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-13
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-1, 15-0

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-4, 15-6
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-, 15-

Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-2, 15-11
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-2, 15-5

Quarterfinals

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala)
Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) v. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic)
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Quarterfinals


Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-3, 14-15, 11-5
Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-9, 15-8.

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-8, 15-2
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-1, 15-1

Semi-finals

Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Bolivarian Games - Last day of group stage play

Women’s and Men’s Singles group stage matches are through at the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia. In Women’s Singles, Colombian Cristina Amaya defeated Carla Muñoz of Chile, 15-12, 7-15, 11–6, but we believe Muñoz will still top Group B, although she, Amaya and Guatemala’s Maria Renee Rodriguez were all 1-1 in the group matches. But Muñoz won 3 games and lost 2, while Amaya was 3 & 3, and Rodriguez 2 & 3, so we think that’s the way they will be ranked.

A dramatic match in Group D of Women’s Singles, as Paola Guerra of Venezuela defeated Alejandra Jimenez of the Dominican, 11-15, 15-11, 11-10. With the win, Guerra will be 3rd in the group, behind Gabriela Martinez of Guatemala in first and Adriana Riveros of Colombia, second.

In Men’s Singles, Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia and Luis Perez of the Dominican Republic battled for 1st place in Group A with the the Bolivian Moscoso coming out on top, 7-15, 15-4, 11-2. Another Men’s Singles match that went breaker was a surprise, as Colombian Sebastian Franco was pushed to three games by Venezuelan Luis Zea despite Zea coming into the match winless. But Franco was able to pull out the match in three games, 15-10, 10-15, 11-4.

The group stage wraps up Wednesday, and the medal round begins Thursday. The finals will be Saturday in Santa Marta, Colombia.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1


Brenda Laime (Bolivia) d. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-14, 3-15, 11-6
Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) - BYE

Round 2

Brenda Laime (Bolivia) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 15-12, 10-15, 11-4
Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 11-15, 15-9, 11-9
Brenda Laime (Bolivia) - BYE

Group A - Standings

1. Brenda Laime (Bolivia) - 2-0
2. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - 1-1
3. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) - 0-2

Group B - Round 1

Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 13-15, 15-11, 11-7
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

Round 2

Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-4
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

Round 3

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) d. Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-12, 7-15, 11-6
Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group B - Standings

1. Carla Muñoz (Chile) - 1-1 (3-2 games)
2. Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - 1-1 (3-3)
3. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - 1-1 (2-3)

Group C - Round 1

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-7, 15-5
Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Round 2

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 10-15, 15-12, 11-4
Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-14, 15-5
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - BYE

Group C - Standings

1. Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - 2-0
2. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - 1-1
3. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) - 0-2

Group D - Round 1

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-1, 6-15, 11-8
Paola Guerra (Venezuela) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 11-15, 15-11, 11-10

Round 2

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Paola Guerra (Venezuela), 15-3, 15-3
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-5

Round 3

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-0, 15-0
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Paola Guerra (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-9

Group D - Standings

1. Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - 3-0
2. Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - 2-1
3. Paola Guerra (Venezuela) - 1-2
4. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic) - 0-3

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Group A - Round 1


Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 12-15, 15-11, 11-9
Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Round 2

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-2, 15-4
Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-11, 15-13
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Group A - Standings

1. Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - 2-0
2. Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - 1-1
3. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic) - 0-2

Group B - Round 1

Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-10
Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela) - BYE

Round 2

Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-0, 15-2
Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 3

Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-2
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group B - Standings

1. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - 2-0
2. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) - 1-1
3. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela) - 0-2

MEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1


Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-4
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-3, 15-5

Round 2

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-6, 15-2
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 14-15, 15-13, 11-4

Round 3

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 7-15, 15-4, 11-2
Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-6, 15-0

Group A - Standings

1. Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - 3-0
2. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) - 2-1
3. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala) - 1-2
4. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru) - 0-3

Group B - Round 1

Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-11
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Fernando Rios (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-7

Round 2

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-0, 15-6
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-2

Round 3


Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-10, 10-15, 11-4
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 8-15, 15-0, 11-2

Group B - Standings

1. Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - 3-0
2. Fernando Rios (Ecuador) - 2-1
3. Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 1-2
4. Luis Zea (Venezuela) - 0-3

Group C - Round 1

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-5
Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-2, 15-0

Round 2

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-3, 15-2
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-3, 10-15, 11-1

Round 3

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) vd Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-14, 15-9
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-1, 15-1

Group C - Standings

1. Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - 3-0
2. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) - 2-1
3. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - 1-2
4. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru) - 0-3

Group D - Round 1

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-8
Johan Adasme (Chile) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-6

Round 2

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-5, 15-1
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 11-15, 15-12, 11-9

Round 3

Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-8, 15-6
Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-10

Group D - Standings

1. Mario Mercado (Colombia) - 3-0
2. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 2-1
3. Johan Adasme (Chile) - 1-2
4. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela) - 0-3

MEN’S DOUBLES

Group A - Round 1


Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-3
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-3

Round 2

Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-6, 15-0
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-3

Round 3

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), forfeit - 15-0, 15-0
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 15-13

Standings

1. Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - 3-0
2. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - 2-1
3. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) - 1-2
4. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru) - 0-3

Group B - Round 1

Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-10, 15-9
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-2

Round 2

Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-2
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-6, 15-3

Round 3

Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala), 15-6, 14-15, 11-7
Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 9-15, 15-11, 11-8

Standings

1. Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - 3-0
2. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) - 2-1
3. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela) - 1-2
4. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - 0-3

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 Bolivarian Games - Group Stage Day 1 & 2

The 2017 Bolivarian Games are going on now in Santa Marta, Colombia. The Bolivarian Games are a quadrennial event (i.e., one that occurs every 4 years) that is a stepping block to the Olympics. The Olympics were last year in Rio, so this is the first year of a new quadrennial. Thus, smaller multi-sport games are occurring this year.

Next year there will be the Central American and Caribbean Games, which is a bigger event than the Bolivarian Games. Then in 2019, the Pan American Games will occur in Lima, Peru, and then in 2020 the Summer Olympics are in Tokyo. Racquetball hasn’t been included in the Olympic Games - yet - (we’ve talked about this issue previously), but it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and racquetball is a part of these other games.

There are only 8 countries in the event, but there are some high quality players involved. As with other international events, the competition begins with a group stage lasting three days followed by a medal round.

They’ve played two days of the group stage, and there have been some interesting results and several tie-breakers. Perhaps the most interesting result so far is Guatemala’s Maria Renee Rodriguez defeating Colombian Cristina Amaya, 13-15, 15-11, 11-7, in Group B. But Rodriguez may not finish top of the group, because she lost to Carla Muñoz of Chile, 15-3, 15-4. Muñoz and Amaya square off in the last match of the group today, and if Muñoz wins, she’ll top the group. But a win by Amaya and it’ll depend on games won to determine the group finishing order.

The group stage wraps up on Wednesday with the medal round beginning Thursday. The finals will be Saturday in Santa Marta, Colombia.

2017 Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia
November 20-25, 2017

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1


Brenda Laime (Bolivia) d. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-14, 3-15, 11-6
Mariana Tobon (Venezuela) - BYE

Round 2

Brenda Laime (Bolivia) d. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela), 15-12, 10-15, 11-4
Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) v. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela)
Brenda Laime (Bolivia) - BYE

Group B - Round 1

Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), 13-15, 15-11, 11-7
Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE

Round 2

Carla Muñoz (Chile) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-4
Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

Round 3

Cristina Amaya (Colombia) v. Carla Muñoz (Chile)
Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

Group C - Round 1

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador), 15-7, 15-5
Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Round 2

Jenny Daza (Bolivia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic), 10-15, 15-12, 11-4
Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Maria Jose Muñoz (Ecuador) v. Merynanyelly Delgado (Dominican Republic)
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - BYE

Group D - Round 1

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Adriana Riveros (Colombia), 15-1, 15-6, 11-8
Paola Guerra (Venezuela) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 11-15, 15-11, 11-10

Round 2

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Paola Guerra (Venezuela), 15-3, 15-3
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-5

Round 3

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
Adriana Riveros (Colombia) v. Paola Guerra (Venezuela)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Group A - Round 1


Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Maria Jose Muñoz & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador), 12-15, 15-11, 11-9
Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Round 2

Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) d. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic), 15-2, 15-4
Maria Jose Muñoz & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Round 3

Maria Jose Muñoz & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) v. Merynanyelly Delgado & Alejandra Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros (Colombia) - BYE

Group B - Round 1

Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia), 15-8, 15-10
Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela) - BYE

Round 2

Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) d. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela), 15-0, 15-2
Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) - BYE

Round 3

Jenny Daza & Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) v. Mariana Tobon & Lilian Zea (Venezuela)
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) - BYE

MEN’S SINGLES

Group A - Round 1


Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-4
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-3, 15-5

Round 2

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Jose Luis Ponce (Peru), 15-6, 15-2
Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) d. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala), 14-15, 15-13, 11-4

Round 3

Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic)
Jose Luis Ponce (Peru) v. Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala)

Group B - Round 1

Francisco Troncoso (Chile) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-6, 15-11
Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Fernando Rios (Ecuador), 15-6, 15-7

Round 2

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-0, 15-6
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-1, 15-2

Round 3


Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Luis Zea (Venezuela)
Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)

Group C - Round 1

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-5
Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-2, 15-0

Round 2

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) d. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru), 15-3, 15-2
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) d. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-3, 10-15, 11-1

Round 3

Carlos Keller (Bolivia) v. Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)
Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) v. Sebastian Mendiguri Tuesta (Peru)

Group D - Round 1

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador), 15-10, 15-8
Johan Adasme (Chile) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 15-5, 15-6

Round 2

Mario Mercado (Colombia) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-5, 15-1
Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela), 11-15, 15-12, 11-9

Round 3

Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. Johan Adasme (Chile)
Mario Mercado (Colombia) v. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela)

MEN’S DOUBLES

Group A - Round 1


Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic), 15-4, 15-3
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-0, 15-3

Round 2

Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic) d. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru), 15-6, 15-0
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) d. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia), 15-12, 15-3

Round 3

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) v. Jose Luis Ponce & Oscar Navarro (Peru)
Mario Mercado & Sebastian Franco (Colombia) v. Luis Perez & Ramon De Leon (Dominican Republic)

Group B - Round 1

Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-10, 15-9
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-2

Round 2

Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) d. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela), 15-7, 15-2
Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) d. Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile), 15-6, 15-3

Round 3

Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (Guatemala) v. Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
Johan Adasme & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Ricardo Gomez & Luis Zea (Venezuela)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Waselenchuk wins in St Louis at 2017 IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout

Kane Waselenchuk, the International Racquetball Tour's (IRT's:) #1 player won the St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout in St. Louis, Missouri Saturday by defeating IRT #2, Rocky Carson, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4, in the final. Waselenchuk's win continues his undefeated season, and puts his tournament winning streak at 19. Saturday's win was the 109th of Waselenchuk's career.

In the semi-finals, Waselenchuk was a forfeit winner over Daniel De La Rosa, while Carson beat Jansen Allen, the 6th seed, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3.

In doubles, Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn won a tie-breaker to defeat Felipe Camacho and Samuel Murray, 12-15, 15-8, 11-8.

The next IRT Tier 1 event will be the Portland Tournament of Champions, November 30 to December 3 in Portland, Oregon.

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout - November 16–18, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Daniel De La Rosa, forfeit
2) Rocky Carson d. 6) Jansen Allen, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3

Final - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Rocky Carson, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn - BYE
5) Tony Carson & John Scott d. 4) Robert Collins & Justus Benson, 15-12, 15-6

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray - BYE

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn d. 5) Tony Carson & John Scott, 15-6, 15-9
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray d. 3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel, 15-14, 15-9

IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn d. 2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray, 12-15, 15-8, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Allen into semis at 2017 IRT St Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout

Jansen Allen is into the semi-finals at the 2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout in St. Louis, Missouri, which is his first semi-final appearance since March. Allen, seeded 6th, got there by upsetting 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7. In the semis, Allen will face IRT #2 Rocky Carson, who was a winner over Sebastian Franco in the quarterfinals on Friday, 11-6, 11-10 [sic], 11-2.

Kane Waselenchuk, the IRT's #1 player, defeated fellow Canadian Samuel Murray, 11-3, 11-1, 11-2, to reach the semis, where he will play IRT #4 Daniel De La Rosa, who needed five games to get past 5th seed David Horn, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-1.

The semi-finals are Saturday morning at 10 and 11 AM, and will be streamed live via the IRT Network. The final is Saturday night at 7 PM. All times Central.

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout - November 16–18, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Samuel Murray, 11-3, 11-1, 11-2
4) Daniel De La Rosa d. 5) David Horn, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-1

6) Jansen Allen d. 3) Alvaro Beltran, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
2) Rocky Carson d. 7) Sebastian Franco, 11-6, 11-10 [sic], 11-2

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Daniel De La Rosa - 11 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. 6) Jansen Allen - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn - BYE
4) Robert Collins & Justus Benson v. 5) Tony Carson & John Scott - 9 AM

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, November 17, 2017

No upsets in Round of 16 at 2017 IRT St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout

Everything went according to form in the Round of 16 at the 2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout in St. Louis, Missouri, as the higher seeds have won all eight matches with only two going more than three games. IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk only needed three games to get past Adam Manilla, winning 11-1, 11-0, 11-0.

Waselenchuk will play 8th seed Samuel Murray in the quarterfinals, as Murray beat Felipe Camacho, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4, in one of the two Round of 16 matches to go four games. In the other, IRT #4 Daniel De La Rosa dropped the first game against Justus Benson, but came back to win in four games, 10-12, 11-3, 11-7, 13-11. Benson was looking good, especially with his drive serve to the left side.

Finally, in a match that we would have thought would go more than three games, David Horn defeated Jake Bredenbeck in three straight games, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4. Horn will play De La Rosa in the quarters later today.

The quarterfinals will be Friday afternoon and evening from 4 PM on, and can be viewed live via the IRT Network. They’ll play both the semi-finals and final on Saturday, so the semis are at 10 and 11 AM with the final at 7 PM. All times Central.

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout - November 16–18, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Adam Manilla, 11-1, 11-0, 11-0
8) Samuel Murray d. Felipe Camacho, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4

5) David Horn d. Jake Bredenbeck, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
4) Daniel De La Rosa d. Justus Benson, 10-12, 11-3, 11-7, 13-11

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Thomas Carter, 11-6, 11-7, 13-11
6) Jansen Allen d. Fabrizio Mora, 11-3, 11-1, 11-0

7) Sebastian Franco d. Robert Collins, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7
2) Rocky Carson d. Nicholas Riffel, 11-7, 11-8, 11-3

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 8) Samuel Murray - 6 PM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. 5) David Horn - 5 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. 6) Jansen Allen - 7 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. 7) Sebastian Franco - 4 PM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn - BYE
4) Robert Collins & Justus Benson v. 5) Tony Carson & John Scott - 9 AM

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Qualifying results from 2017 IRT St Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout

The 2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout kicked off in St. Louis, Missouri Thursday night with former top 10 player Tony Carson making just his fourth appearance on tour in the last three years.

Carson played Jake Bredenbeck in qualifying for a spot in Friday’s Round of 16 against David Horn, but it was Bredenbeck who came out on top, winning 11-0, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9.

The other qualifying result of note was Fabrizio Mora’s upset win over Scott McClellan, 5-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9. Mora will play Jansen Allen in the 16s Friday.

The Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon and evening from 4 PM on. They’ll play both the semi-finals and final on Saturday, so the semis are at 10 and 11 AM with the final at 7 PM. All times Central.

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout - November 16–18, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Qualifying Round - Thursday

Q8) Adam Manilla d. Juan Martinez III, 11-5, 11-1, 11-0
Q1) Felipe Camacho - BYE

Q4) Jake Bredenbeck d. Tony Carson, 11-0, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9
Q5) Justus Benson d. Dane Bjorn, 11-2, 11-8, 11-0

Q6) Thomas Carter d. Troy Warigon, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4
Q3) Fabrizio Mora d. Scott McClellan, 5-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9

Q2) Robert Collins - BYE
Q7) Nicolas Riffel d. Noe Rivera, forfeit

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Adam Manilla - Noon
8) Samuel Murray v. Felipe Camacho - Noon

5) David Horn v. Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Justus Benson - 11 AM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Thomas Carter - 1 PM
6) Jansen Allen v. Fabrizio Mora - 1 PM

7) Sebastian Franco v. Robert Collins - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Nicholas Riffel - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn - BYE
4) Robert Collins & Justus Benson v. 5) Tony Carson & John Scott - 9 AM

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout Preview

The 2017 St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout is this weekend’s International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Tier 1 event happening in St. Louis, Missouri. The top players are all there, as well as a former top 10 player in Tony Carson. He’ll play Jake Bredenbeck in qualifying for a spot in the Round of 16 against David Horn.

Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 IRT player, will be looking to continue his tournament winning streak, but IRT #2 Rocky Carson will try to prevent that happening, as will #3 Alvaro Beltran and #4 Daniel De La Rosa.

The Round of 16 should be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon and evening from 4 PM on. They’ll play both the semi-finals and final on Saturday, so the semis are at 10 and 11 AM with the final at 7 PM. All times Central.

2017 St. Louis IRT Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout - November 16–18, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Qualifying Round - Thursday

Q8) Adam Manilla v. Juan Martinez III - 6 PM
Q1) Felipe Camacho - BYE

Q4) Jake Bredenbeck v. Tony Carson - 6 PM
Q5) Justus Benson v. Dane Bjorn - 6 PM

Q6) Thomas Carter v. Troy Warigon - 7 PM
Q3) Scott McClellan v. Fabrizio Mora - 7 PM

Q2) Robert Collins - BYE
Q7) Nicolas Riffel v. Noe Rivera - 7 PM

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - Noon
8) Samuel Murray v. Felipe Camacho - Noon

5) David Horn v. Q4 - 11 AM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q5 - 11 AM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Q6 - 1 PM
6) Jansen Allen v. Q3 - 1 PM

7) Sebastian Franco v. Robert Collins - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn - BYE
4) Robert Collins & Justus Benson v. 5) Tony Carson & John Scott - 9 AM

3) Adam Manilla & Nicholas Riffel - BYE
2) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Team standings for 2017 IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships

Mexico came out on top of the team standings at the 2017 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which wasn’t a surprise. But it was surprising that Bolivia won the Girls Team title, especially considering they didn’t have a team in Girls U18 Doubles, so scored zero in the division. Yet they were narrowly ahead of the Mexican girls1032 points to 1028. We think this is the first time Bolivia has won the girls title at World Juniors.

Micaela Meneses Cuellar led the Bolivian girls with gold medals in both U14 Girls Singles and U14 Girls Doubles with Camila Arnez. Three other Bolivian girls were double medalists: Stefanny Barrios won gold in U16 Singles and bronze in U18 Singles, Valeria Centellas won gold in Girls U16 Doubles (with Romina Rivero) and bronze in U18 Singles, and Romina Rivero won gold in Girls U16 Doubles (with Centellas) and bronze in Girls U16 Singles.

The USA boys won three gold medals - two from Akul Ramayani (Boys U14 Singles & Doubles, with Antonio Rojas) and one from Mauro Rojas (Boys U18 Singles), which was the most of any country. Yet they were still 2nd in the Boys Team standings with 932 points compared to Mexico’s 1200, which included gold from Sebastian Fernandez in Boys U16 Singles and gold from Gerardo Franco and Eduardo Portillo in Boys U18 Doubles.

29th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Boys Team Standings

1 Mexico - 1200 points
2 USA - 932
3 Bolivia - 844
4 Ecuador - 544
5 Canada - 510
6 Costa Rica - 506
7 Guatemala - 262
8 Chile - 252
9 Colombia - 158
10 Ireland - 152
11 Korea - 114
12 Honduras - 74
13 Argentina - 20

Girls Team Standings

1 Bolivia - 1032 points
2 Mexico - 1028
3 USA - 692
4 Canada - 304
5 Costa Rica -302
6 Ecuador - 280
7 Guatemala - 200
8 Ireland - 80
9 Korea & Colombia - 76
11 Chile - 56

Overall Team Standings

1 Mexico - 2228 points
2 Bolivia - 1876
3 USA - 1624
4 Ecuador - 824
5 Canada - 814
6 Costa Rica - 808
7 Guatemala - 462
8 Chile - 308
9 Colombia - 234
10 Ireland - 232
11 Korea - 190
12 Honduras - 74
13 Argentina - 20

U18 Boy's Singles

Gold - Mauro Rojas (USA)
SIlver - Eduardo Portillo (Mexico)
Bronze- Gerardo Franco (Mexico) and Trevor Webb (Canada), 15-3, 15-11

U16 Boy's Singles

Gold - Sebastian Fernandez (Mexico)
SIlver - Gerson Miranda (Bolivia)
Bronze- Diego Garcia (Bolivia) and Liam Evangelista (Mexico)

U14 Boy's Singles

Gold - Akul Ramayani (USA)
SIlver - Sebastian Longoria (Mexico)
Bronze- Hector Barrios (Bolivia) and Antonio Rojas (USA)

U18 Girl's Singles

Gold - Montserrat Mejia (Mexico)
SIlver - Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala)
Bronze- Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) and Valeria Centellas (Bolivia)

U16 Girl's Singles

Gold - Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia)
SIlver - Laura Flores (Mexico)
Bronze- Romina Rivero (Bolivia) and Nikita Chauhan (USA)

U14 Girl's Singles

Gold - Micaela Meneses Cuellar (Bolivia)
SIlver - Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico)
Bronze- Karime Arreola (Mexico) and Annie Roberts (USA)

U18 Boy's Doubles

Gold - Gerardo Franco & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico)
SIlver - Simon Comeau & Trevor Webb (Canada)
Bronze- Juan Francisco Cueva & Jorge Ochoa Moreira (Ecuador) and Sergio Acuña & Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

U16 Boy's Doubles

Gold - Diego Garcia & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia)
SIlver - Sebastian Fernandez & Oscar Nieto (Mexico)
Bronze- Julian Homberger & Tomas Sanchez (Costa Rica) and Juan Sebastian Flores & Esteban de Janon (Ecuador)

U14 Boy's Doubles

Gold - Akul Ramayani & Antonio Rojas (USA)
SIlver - Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico)
Bronze- Josue Bermeo & Pablo Vera (Ecuador) and Hector Barrios & Adrian Jaldin (Bolivia)

U18 Girl's Doubles

Gold - Denisse Maldonado & Montserrat Mejia (Mexico)
SIlver - Megan Carver & Hollie Scott (USA)
Bronze- Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador)

U16 Girl's Doubles

Gold - Valeria Centellas & Romina Rivero (Bolivia)
SIlver - Delia Aguilar & Laura Flores (Mexico)
Bronze- Briana Jacquet & Graciana Wargo (USA) and Nathalia Pinero & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador)

U14 Girl's Doubles

Gold - Camila Arnez & Micaela Meneses Cuellar (Bolivia)
SIlver - Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)
Bronze- Guadalupe Griffin & Valeria Hernandez (Mexico) and Heather Mahoney & Julia Stein (USA)

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, November 11, 2017

3, 2, 1 gold medals in doubles at the 2017 IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships

Bolivia won three of the four gold medals in doubles, Mexico two and USA one at the 2017 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships at the Lifetime Fitness Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday. Bolivia took two of the three gold medals in Girls Doubles and one in Boys, while Mexico took one in each, and the USA won the other Boys division.

Bolivians Valeria Centellas and Romina Rivero went undefeated through the Girls U16 round robin competition to capture the gold, and their team-mates Camila Arnez and Micaela Meneses Cuellar did the same in Girls U14. On the boys side, Bolivians Diego Garcia and Gerson Miranda narrowly defeated Sebastian Fernandez and Oscar Nieto of Mexico, 15-10, 15-14, to claim the Boys U16 title.

Mexico took both the U18 titles. Gerardo Franco and Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) beat Canadians Simon Comeau and Trevor Webb, 15-9, 15-2, for the Boys U18 title, and Denisse Maldonado and Montserrat Mejia of Mexico were winners in the Girls U18 title, going 3-1 over the double round robin competition.

Akul Ramayani and Antonio Rojas won the USA's only doubles title by defeating Mexicans Sebastian Longoria and Erick Trujillo, 15-12, 15-11, in the final of Boys U14 Doubles. The win gave Ramayani two gold medals in U14, as he also won gold in Boys U14 Singles.

There were two girls who were double gold medalists: Mejia in Girls U18 Singles and Doubles, and Cuellar in U14 Singles and Doubles.

The 2017 IRF World Juniors concluded Saturday at the Lifetime Fitness Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

29th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 4-11, 2017

U18 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

Gerardo Franco & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. Simon Comeau & Trevor Webb (Canada), 15-9, 15-2

U16 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

Diego Garcia & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Sebastian Fernandez & Oscar Nieto (Mexico), 15-10, 15-14

U14 Boy's Doubles

Final - Saturday

Akul Ramayani & Antonio Rojas (USA) d. Sebastian Longoria & Erick Trujillo (Mexico), 15-12, 15-11

U18 Girl's Doubles - Double Round Robin

Round 6
- Saturday

Megan Carver & Hollie Scott (USA) d. Denisse Maldonado & Montserrat Mejia (Mexico), 15-14, 15-13

Standings

1 Denisse Maldonado & Montserrat Mejia (Mexico) - 3-1
2 Megan Carver & Hollie Scott (USA) - 2-2
3 Maria Jose Muñoz & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - 1-3

U16 Girl's Doubles - Round Robin

Round 5
- Friday

Valeria Centellas & Romina Rivero (Bolivia) d. Nathalia Pinero & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-7
Delia Aguilar & Laura Flores (Mexico) d. Briana Jacquet & Graciana Wargo (USA), 15-4, 15-2
Cassie Prentice & Camilia Wilscam (Canada) d. Aranxa Anguizola & Melissa Barrantes (Costa Rica), 15-2, 15-3

Standings

1 Valeria Centellas & Romina Rivero (Bolivia) - 5-0
2 Delia Aguilar & Laura Flores (Mexico) - 4-1
3 Briana Jacquet & Graciana Wargo (USA) - 3-2
4 Nathalia Pinero & Ana Lucia Sarmiento (Ecuador) - 2-3
5 Cassie Prentice & Camilia Wilscam (Canada) - 1-4
6 Aranxa Anguizola & Melissa Barrantes (Costa Rica) - 0-5

U14 Girl's Doubles - Round Robin

Round 5
- Saturday

Camila Arnez & Micaela Meneses Cuellar (Bolivia) d. Guadalupe Griffin & Valeria Hernandez (Mexico), 11-15, 15-8, 11-8
Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) d. Aoife Beckett & Kelly Ann Ryan (Ireland), 15-3, 15-1
Heather Mahoney & Julia Stein (USA) d. Juliette Parent & Riley Sommerville (Canada), 15-8, 15-4

Standings

1 Camila Arnez & Micaela Meneses Cuellar (Bolivia) - 5-0
2 Sofia Freer & Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) - 4-1
3 Guadalupe Griffin & Valeria Hernandez (Mexico) - 3-2
4 Heather Mahoney & Julia Stein (USA) - 2-3
4 Juliette Parent & Riley Sommerville (Canada) - 1-4
6 Aoife Beckett & Kelly Ann Ryan (Ireland) - 0-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Two gold each in singles for the USA, Bolivia & Mexico at 2017 World Junior Championships

When a country hosts a sporting event, they hope the "home cooking" will benefit their players. That certainly seemed to be the case Saturday in the singles finals at the 29th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships at Lifetime Fitness Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the USA won two gold medals in the boys divisions.

One came in the premier Boys' event: U18, as American Mauro Rojas defeated Eduardo Portillo of Mexico in two straight games, 15-6, 15-14. After winning the first game, Rojas took a 6-0 lead in game two. But Portillo wasn't going to go that quietly, as he came back to tie it at 6-6, and they went back and forth from there.

Rojas did get another lead at 11-8, but it was Portillo who got to 14 first at 14-12. On his first game point, Portillo skipped a backhand, and that led to Rojas's 13th point. But Portillo got the serve back with a backhand pinch winner off Rojas's serve. Portillo couldn't covert his second game point, as Rojas smashed a backhand return that went off the left wall to the front wall a few feet off the floor and deep into the back court. It put Portillo in an awkward spot, and he couldn't get out of it.

Porteillo gave Rojas his 14th point on a silver platter as he blew up a backhand return, putting it right into the floor. On his first match point, Rojas hit a forehand pinch shot that Portillo could not retrieve, so Rojas is the 2017 World Junior Champion in Boys U18.

Akul Ramayani got the USA their other gold medal in Boys Singles, as he won Boys U14 by defeating Mexican Sebastian Longoria in two comfortable games, 15-10, 15-5. After a 7-4 lead in game one, Fernandez was never within fewer than three points of Ramayani except at the start of game two.

Perhaps the most dramatic final was in Boys U16, as Sebastian Fernandez of Mexico defeated Bolivian Gerson Miranda, 15-14, 15-11. Fernandez was down 14-7 in game one, but still came back to win. Then in game two, Miranda was ahead early, including an 8-3 lead. But Miranda was doing a lot of work in the match, diving multiple times on multiple rallies. It seemed that took its toll as game two went along, as Miranda appeared to be tired in the second half of game two. Thus, Fernandez caught up at 9-9, and then edged ahead to 13-10, and won it at 15-11, when he ended the last of the many long rallies the players had with a forehand cross court shot.

Gabriela Martinez will not return to Guatemala with a gold medal for the first time in World Cup competition. She'd won gold twice in both U14 and U16, but in her first U18 final, Martinez lost to Mexican Montserrat Mejia, 15-13, 4-15, 11-5. After splitting the first two games, Mejia got the first two points of game three. But Martinez responded with four straight points to make it 4-2, and it looked like she'd keep her gold medal run intact.

However, Mejia scored seven unanswered points to lead 9-4. Martinez did call a timeout at 5-4, but to no avail, as Mejia won the next three rallies. Mejia got her first match point with a backhand pinch that was flat out of the left corner. She converted that match point by hitting a drive Z serve to the left that Martinez returned with a backhand into the floor.

The win is a measure of revenge for Mejia, as she lost to Martinez in the Girls U16 final last year.

Bolivians won both the Girls U16 and U14 finals this year. Stefanny Barrios defeated Laura Flores of Mexico, 15-12, 15-13, for the U16 title, and Micaela Meneses Cuellar beat Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico), 15-3, 15-6, to win the U14 gold medal.

The IRF World Junior Championships concluded Saturday at the Lifetime Fitness Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

29th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota


U18 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

Mauro Rojas (USA) d. Eduardo Portillo (Mexico), 15-6, 15-14

U16 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

Sebastian Fernandez (Mexico) d. Gerson Miranda (Bolivia), 15-14, 15-11

U14 Boy's Singles

Final - Saturday

Akul Ramayani (USA) d. Sebastian Longoria (Mexico), 15-10, 15-5

U18 Girl's Singles

Finals - Saturday

Montserrat Mejia (Mexico) d. Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala), 15-13, 4-15, 11-5

U16 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

Stefanny Barrios (Bolivia) d. Laura Flores (Mexico), 15-12, 15-13

U14 Girl's Singles

Final - Saturday

Micaela Meneses Cuellar (Bolivia) d. Guadalupe Griffin (Mexico), 15-3, 15-6

Follow the bouncing ball….