Saturday, August 19, 2017

Juniors win in quarters at 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

More upsets at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2017 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as the 3rd and 4th seeds fell in the quarterfinals. Fourth seed Rhonda Rajsich lost to 12th seed and Girl’s U16 World Junior Champion Gabriela Martinez, 11-5, 11-3, 3-11, 11-5, and 3rd seed Alexandra Herrera was beaten by Monserrat Mejia, who was runner-up to Martinez at World Juniors last year, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5.

In the semi-finals, Mejia will face 2nd seed Jessica Parrilla, who defeated Jenny Daza, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9, while Martinez plays #1 seed Paola Longoria, who beat Natalia Mendez, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lprtour/. The semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM with the doubles semis to follow. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final afterwards.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Natalia Mendez, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1
12) Gabriela Martinez d. 4) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-5, 11-3, 3-11, 11-5

11) Monserrat Mejia d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 23) Jenny Daza, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 12) Gabriela Martinez - 6 PM
2) Jessica Parrilla v. 11) Monserrat Mejia - 5 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - 8 PM
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Top 4 seeds into quarters at 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

The top four seeds have reached the quarterfinals at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) 2017 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but there were upsets for seeds 5 through 8. Top seed and LPRT #1 Paola Longoria got the quarters with a win over Sheryl Lotts, 11-3, 11-4, 11-0. She’ll face Natalia Mendez Saturday morning, as 9th seeded Mendez beat 8th seed Susana Acosta, 11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-2, in the Round of 16.

Fourth seed Rhonda Rajsich defeated Nancy Enriquez in the 16s, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10, in what was a replay of the 2010 World Championship final, which Rajsich also won. Rajsich will face 12th seed Gabriela Martinez in the quarters, as Martinez upset 5th seed Cristina Amaya, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6. Rajsich and Martinez met in last year’s World Championships, and Martinez won that, so Rajsich may have extra incentive on Saturday.

Third seed Alexandra Herrera will face her sometime doubles partner Monserrat Mejia in the quarters, as Herrera fended off Maria Renee Rodriguez in five games, 11-5, 11-1, 2-11, 6-11, 11-2, and 11th seeded Mejia also won a five game match against 6th seed Carla Muñoz, 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9.

In the final quarter, 2nd seed Jessica Parrilla plays Bolivian veteran Jenny Daza. In the 16s, Parrilla beat Erin Rivera, 11-5, 11-1, 11-2, and Daza got the best of her doubles partner Stefanny Barrios, 11-0, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel or the LPRT Facebook page. The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 9 AM with the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sheryl Lotts d. 17) Montserrat Perez, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9

9) Natalia Mendez d. 24) Brenda Laime, 11-1, 11-13, 11-0, 11-2
8) Susana Acosta d. 25) Valeria Hernandez, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4

5) Cristina Amaya - BYE
12) Gabriela Martinez d. 21) Sofia Rascon, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9

13) Nancy Enriquez d. 20) Danisse Maldonado, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5
4) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
19) Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 14) Ana Laura Flores, 11-0, 2-11, 12-10, 12-10

11) Monserrat Mejia d. 22) Ana Kristin Rivera, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7
6) Carla Muñoz d. 27) Daniela Rico, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7

26) Stefanny Barrios d. 7) Adriana Riveros, 0-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5
23) Jenny Daza d. 10) Adrienne Haynes, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2

15) Erin Rivera d. 18) Carolina Rivera, 11-3, 11-13, 11-2, 11-2
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Sheryl Lotts, 11-3, 11-4, 11-0
9) Natalia Mendez d. 8) Susana Acosta, 11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-2

12) Gabriela Martinez d. 5) Cristina Amaya, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6
4) Rhonda Rajsich d. 13) Nancy Enriquez, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 19) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-5, 11-1, 2-11, 6-11, 11-2
11) Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Carla Muñoz, 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9

23) Jenny Daza d. 26) Stefanny Barrios, 11-0, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 15) Erin Rivera, 11-5, 11-1, 11-2

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 9) Natalia Mendez
4) Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Gabriela Martinez

3) Alexandra Herrera v. 11) Monserrat Mejia
2) Jessica Parrilla v. 23) Jenny Daza

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera d. 9) Adrienne Haynes & Carolina Rivera, 15-1, 15-6

5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4) Ana Laura Flores & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Natalia Mendez - BYE
6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon - BYE

10) Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza d. 7) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-13, 15-13
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia d. 8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera, 15-5, 15-4
5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich d. 4) Ana Laura Flores & Jessica Parrilla, 15-9, 15-11

6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon d. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Natalia Mendez, 15-9, 11-15, 11-10
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 10) Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza, 15-10, 15-6

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia v. 5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) kicks off its 2017-18 season this weekend with the 2017 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will be in action, but the #2 and #3 players are absent. Frédérique Lambert, the #2 player, has just started back at medical school this week, and #3 Samantha Salas is still recovering from shoulder surgery that she had shortly after winning the last event of last season. We understand that Salas hopes to play before the end of the year, and maybe even at the US Open in October, although that may be overly optimistic.

Thus, the top four seeds are rounded out by Jessica Parrilla at #2, Alexandra Herrera #3, and Rhonda Rajsich #4.

Also, Salas’s absence means Longoria is without her long time doubles partner. Instead, Longoria has teamed up with Mexican junior Monserrat Mejia, and they are still the #1 seed in the doubles draw with Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros the #2 seeds.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 3 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday from 9 AM to noon and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 18-20, 2017
San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sheryl Lotts v. 17) Montserrat Perez

9) Natalia Mendez v. 24) Brenda Laime
8) Susana Acosta v. 25) Valeria Hernandez

5) Cristina Amaya - BYE
12) Gabriela Martinez v. 21) Sofia Rascon

13) Nancy Enriquez v. 20) Danisse Maldonado
4) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
14) Ana Laura Flores v. 19) Maria Renee Rodriguez

11) Monserrat Mejia v. 22) Ana Kristin Rivera
6) Carla Muñoz v. 27) Daniela Rico

7) Adriana Riveros v. 26) Stefanny Barrios
10) Adrienne Haynes v. 23) Jenny Daza

15) Erin Rivera v. 18) Carolina Rivera
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 9) Adrienne Haynes & Carolina Rivera

5) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4) Ana Laura Flores & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Natalia Mendez - BYE
6) Carla Muñoz & Sofia Rascon - BYE

7) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 10) Stefanny Barrios & Jenny Daza
2) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

IRT under new leadership

The big racquetball news of the summer came last month with the announcement that E.J. Promotions purchased the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). The IRT is the longest running men’s professional racquetball tour, and was under the leadership of Jason Mannino, who had been its leader since 2009.

Who is E.J. Promotions?

E.J. Promotions is an investor group led by John Scott, who started the IRT Network in 2010. The Racquetball Blog recently interviewed Scott on this development. Scott said that he and Mannino had talked about the IRT Network taking over the IRT in the past, but Scott felt the timing wasn’t right. But the more Scott thought about it the more it made sense to him to align the broadcasting more closely with the tour. Also, he has put together a group of successful business people to back him. Scott stressed that the investment group are “business people who like racquetball, rather than racquetball people who like business,” which is an important distinction for him.

Scott had “strategic purposes both business wise and geographically” for selecting people to help him, as he wanted to have people in different parts of the United States. This led to him partner with Rick Betts and Cindy Tilbury in California, Sal and Dee Perconti in Florida, Dean Bear in New York and Robert Blumenshine in Missouri. Each member of the group brings different business skills to the table to help make the IRT successful. Mannino is still consulted from time to time - currently about one a week according to Scott - but Mannino has no ownership or management role.

Scott is motivated by a desire to grow racquetball in general, so he is looking for ways to put the tour in front of more people and is developing marketing strategies that will benefit both the tour and its players, as well as racquetball in general. Thus, he’s more focussed on off court developments than on court changes.

For example, Scott plans a junior player incentive program that will bring local kids to IRT events to showcase racquetball to them, so they are introduced to the sport to see how fun and exciting it can be. The idea would be that these kids would be provided with some equipment as well, and trial memberships at the facility hosting the IRT event, so they would have reason and opportunity to start playing racquetball.

Scott wants to put racquetball in front of more people, and to go to where people are. Asked if that means using the portable court more, Scott said he’d like to see the portable court used more, but the cost of using it, which is now only used for the US Open, makes it difficult to do. Nonetheless, he said it was a possibility and even without it, they are working on bringing racquetball to the masses.

What about the WRT?

For many years, the IRT was the only men’s pro tour, but in 2012 the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) began with the idea of creating opportunities for younger players. The Racquetball Blog asked Scott about the WRT. He said the reasoning for creating the WRT was “admirable,” although Scott wishes the same goals could have been achieved in a different way.

Scott feels that while racquetball has a good foundation often racquetball organizations have worked against each other in trying to achieve the same goals. He would like to unite the sport, so Scott feels it would be inconsistent to have that goal, and say “except for the WRT.”

Thus, Scott acknowledges the “WRT is there,” and it’s a competitor to the IRT, which he doesn’t like, because he wants to “work with them.” They have reached out to the WRT through Gearbox and its owner Rafael Filippini and they are to the point of setting up a time for the new IRT ownership group to meet with the WRT and discuss the situation and what can be done to move forward and how they can work together.

Scott is “very interested in working with the WRT. That’s my goal. If we can make that happen, fantastic! But if we can’t, then that’s too bad, and we will continue to work to be the better tour.”

Will there be changes on court?

There are 10 Tier 1 or Grand Slam tournaments on the IRT schedule for the coming 2017-18 season, and Scott feels that’s a good number, although 13 is the goal for the season, so some events could be added. In general, he’d like 13-15 Tier 1 or Grand Slam events over the season. The tournament format with the top 8 seeds put into the Round of 16 and other players qualifying for the 16s that the IRT has used for many years now will continue for this season at least. That may change going forward, but the players will continue to have input when considering such changes.

Asked about how the players have greeted the IRT ownership change, Scott said “it’s been pretty positive. Not one person [has been] worried about it,” and most have been “excited” about the change and opportunities.

Also, Scott is looking to set up a “Futures” draw that would be a second event for players outside the top 8. This Futures draw could be singles or doubles, but would have prize money and the chance to get IRT ranking points. Thus, it would be a way for up and coming players to benefit more from playing in an IRT event than simply the main IRT draw. Scott’s going to have a trial period of five Futures events and then assess how to move forward with it.

Where will the IRT be in 5 years?

Scott has ambitious 5 year goals. Their season targets are 3 Grand Slams with 13 Tier 1 events, so 16 total events per season. Moreover, they want to be a national platform with a broadcasting company.

Moreover, Scott wants racquetball to not be the sport people used to play, and he wants to stop having people’s first reaction be “that thing still exists?” when they hear the of racquetball. Scott’s looking to make racquetball the household word it used to be.

In summary, Scott is very enthusiastic about the future of the IRT and racquetball in general. He's got big goals, but Scott isn't in this alone, and has been on the scene for several years, so he's aware of what's involved. We're very interested to see where Scott and his group are going to take the IRT and how racquetball will develop in the near future.

Follow the bouncing ball....

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mar wins WRT La Loma Open, defeating Montoya in final

Javier Mar won his first World Racquetball Tour (WRT) title Saturday, when he defeated Rodrigo Montoya in the final of the La Loma Open, 15-14, 15-4, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Mar and Montoya previously met in a WRT final earlier this year at the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, where Montoya won in a tie-breaker.

Mar is the 14th player to win a WRT event. Half of those players have won more than once with Alejandro Cardona leading the way with 12 tournament wins. Montoya is 5th all time with four wins.

Montoya did win the doubles title in San Luis Potosi Saturday, as he and Andree Parrilla defeated Mar and Edson Martinez, 15-1, 15-12, in the final.

The WRT has two events next month. They’ll be in Georgia for the Atlanta Open, September 14-17, and then in Illinois for the Lifetime Chicago Open, September 28-October 1.

2017 WRT La Loma Open, San Luis Potosi, Mexico August 10-12, 2017

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 5) Christian Longoria, 15-9, 15-(-1)
6) Javier Mar d. 2) Andree Parrilla, 5-15, 15-8, 11-3

Singles - Final - Saturday

6) Javier Mar d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-14, 15-4

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 3) Edson Martinez & Javier Mar, 15-1, 15-12

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 WRT La Loma Open - Early Round Results

This weekend the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) stops in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for the La Loma Open, the second of back to back WRT events this month. Last weekend, Jake Bredenbeck won the WRT Life Time Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado, but he won’t make it two wins in a row, as Javier Mar defeated Bredenbeck, 15-14, 15-10, in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Mar will face 2nd seed Andree Parrilla in the semi-finals, as Parrilla beat Erick Garcia, 15-11, 15-11, in the quarters.

WRT #1 Rodrigo Montoya is the top seed this weekend, and he reached the semi-finals comfortably, beating Edson Martinez, 15-1, 15-1 in the quarters. Montoya will play Christian Longoria in the semis. Longoria, the 5th seed, won a close match over 4th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-11, 15-14.

You can view the semi-finals live Saturday via WRT website starting at 11 AM. Note the final will be at 5 PM Saturday with the doubles final will follow the singles final.

2017 WRT La Loma Open, San Luis Potosi, Mexico August 10-12, 2017

Singles - Round of 32

1) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE
16) Carlos Bacmeister d. 17) Erick Cuevas

9) Edson Martinez d. 24) Saul Rivera, 15-4, 15-1
8) Alex David Cocco Hayes - BYE

5) Christian Longoria - BYE
12) Rodrigo Rodriguez d. 21) Alejandro Martinez, 15-2, 15-1

20) Fabian Parrilla d. 13) Daniel Maldonado, 9-15, 15-10, 11-7
4) Gerardo Franco - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
19) Juan Loreto d. 14) Edwin Galicia, 15-13, 15-13

11) Eduardo Portillo d. 22) Alan Hernandez, forfeit
6) Javier Mar - BYE

7) Jordy Alonso - BYE
10) Erick Garcia d. 23) Elias Nieto, 15-1, 15-7

18) Alfonso Luna d. 15) Christian Wer, 15-9, 15-7
2) Andree Parrilla - BYE

Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 16) Carlos Bacmeister, 15-6, 15-5
9) Edson Martinez d. 8) Alex David Cocco Hayes, 15-5, 15-2

5) Christian Longoria d. 12) Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-2, 15-2
4) Gerardo Franco d. 20) Fabian Parrilla, 15-0, 15-13

3) Jake Bredenbeck d. 19) Juan Loreto, 15-10, 15-7
6) Javier Mar d. 11) Eduardo Portillo, 9-15, 15-13, 11-0

10) Erick Garcia d. 7) Jordy Alonso, 15-8, 14-15, 11-5
2) Andree Parrilla d. 18) Alfonso Luna, 15-6, 15-3

Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 9) Edson Martinez, 15-1, 15-1
5) Christian Longoria d. 4) Gerardo Franco, 15-11, 15-14

6) Javier Mar d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-14, 15-10
2) Andree Parrilla d. 10) Erick Garcia, 15-11, 15-11

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 5) Christian Longoria - Noon
2) Andree Parrilla v. 6) Javier Mar - 11 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 8) Juan Loreto & Fabian Parrilla, 15-8, 14-15, 11-4
5) Elias Nieto & Eduardo Portillo d. 4) Daniel Maldonado & Erick Cuevas

3) Edson Martinez & Javier Mar d. 6) Alan Alonso & Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-5, 15-5
2) Christian Longoria & Gerardo Franco d. 7) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer, 15-9, 15-10

Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 5) Elias Nieto & Eduardo Portillo
3) Edson Martinez & Javier Mar d. 2) Christian Longoria & Gerardo Franco

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 3) Edson Martinez & Javier Mar

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bredenbeck wins 2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open

Jake Bredenbeck knocked off the Rodrigo Montoya, the #1 player on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), to win the 2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado. Bredenbeck won in two straight games, 15-12, 15-11, but it was not a straight forward victory, as he had to comeback from a 10 to -1 deficit in game one to win. It’s Bredenbeck’s fourth WRT title, but his first since November 2015.

In game one, Montoya took a large lead at 10-0, and a frustrated Bredenbeck threw his racquet, which resulted in a technical from the referee. Montoya got another point after that, which made the score 11-(-1). But the technical seemed to spur Bredenbeck on, as he started to turn the tide against Montoya, scoring eight unanswered points to make it 11-7.

Montoya then got a sideout and called a timeout. When play resumed, Montoya got another point to make it 12-7, but the momentum hadn’t really shifted away from Bredenbeck, who continued to pile up the points. He tied the game at 12-12 with a drive serve ace to the left side.

A forehand pinch shot then made it 13-12, which led to a Montoya timeout. When play resumed Bredenbeck hit another ace drive serve to the left to give himself game point at 14-12. But Bredenbeck lost serve after hitting a short drive serve to the right on second serve.

Yet he got the serve right back with a forehand serve return. Bredenbeck closed out the game by hitting a drive serve to the right side from left side of the service box, which was a different look for him, and may have put Montoya off balance.

In game two, Bredenbeck to a big lead early, going up 8-1. However, Montoya slowly came back in the game, eventually tying it at 11-11. But that was as many as he would get, as Bredenbeck got a side out, and then put together a run of four straight points to win it 15-11. Montoya took a timeout at 13-11, but to no avail. The winning point came as Montoya skipped a shot, and tried to indicate that he felt he was hindered, but the referee disagreed, so the skip ended the game and match.

Bredenbeck and Montoya have now played five times on the WRT, and Montoya still holds a 3-2 advantage.

Montoya did win the doubles title, as he and Andree Parrilla came back from a game down to defeat Alejandro Cardona and Gerardo Franco, 13-15, 15-10, 11-7. Cardona and Franco were up in the tie-breaker 7-3, but Montoya and Parrilla scored eight straight points - several of which were errors by Cardona - to pull out the win.

The WRT will be back in action next weekend with the La Loma Open in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open, Centennial, Colorado August 3-6, 2017

Singles - Final - Saturday

7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-11

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, 13-15, 15-10, 11-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

Montoya & Bredenbeck win semi-finals at 2017 WRT LifeTime Denver Open

Rodrigo Montoya, the #1 player on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), has reached the final of the 2017 WRT LifeTime Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado with a semi-final win over his doubles partner, Andree Parrilla, 15-12, 15-1. In the final, Montoya will play 7th seed Jake Bredenbeck who defeated 22nd seed Andres Acuña, 15-10, 15-10, in the other semi.

Montoya and Parrilla were close early in game one of their match, but Montoya had a slight lead at 7-5. From there he scored six unanswered points to lead 13-5. However, Parrilla kept working away, and closed the gap to two points again at 14-12. Parrilla fought off four game points before Montoya was able to end the game with a backhand down the line shot.

Game two was all Montoya, as he took an early lead at 5-0, and pushed on to win 15-1, taking the match in two straight games.

Bredenbeck also defeated Acuña in straight games, and he led the entire match, taking 6-0 leads in both games one and two. Acuña didn’t roll over, though, and he cut the lead to two points in game one, when he trailed 10-8.

But Bredenbeck extended the lead again to 12-8, and got to game point at 14-9 after two drive serve aces to the left side - Acuña’s backhand side. Acuña did fight off the first game point, and scored a point before surrendering the serve back to Bredenbeck, who then closed out the game, 15-10.

In game two, Bredenbeck was up 7-0 before Acuña scored. He extended the lead to 12-4, and Acuña took a timeout. When play resumed Bredenbeck served off speed Z serves to the left side, rather than the drive serves he had been using. Although it appeared he was taking his foot off the gas, Bredenbeck did score twice with those Z serves, making the score 14-4. But then Acuña got the serve back, and proceeded to run a six points to make the score 14-10.

But an error by Acuña stopped his run, and allowed Bredenbeck the opportunity to end the game and match, which he took advantage of.

Montoya and Bredenbeck have met four times on the WRT with Montoya winning three of those matches and Bredenbeck one.

You can see the final live Saturday at 5 PM MDT via the WRT Facebook page with the doubles final to follow the singles final.

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open, Centennial, Colorado August 3-6, 2017

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-12, 15-1
7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 22) Andres Acuña, 15-10, 15-10

Singles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 7) Jake Bredenbeck - 5 PM

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 WRT LifeTime Denver Open - Quarterfinals

The bottom of the draw at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Life Time Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado continues to be problematic for higher seeds, as both lower seeds won their respective quarterfinal matches Friday. Seventh seed Jake Bredenbeck took out 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona in two straight games, 15-8, 15-4, in one quarterfinal, while 22nd seed Andres Acuña beat 14th seed Shai Manzuri in the other quarter, 15-8, 15-9, to set up a semi-final meeting between Bredenbeck and Acuña for Saturday morning.

On the top side of the draw, it’s situation normal, as #1 seed Rodrigo Montoya will play #4 Andree Parrilla after Montoya defeated Mauro Rojas, 15-6, 15-10, and Parrilla beat Jose Diaz, 15-11, 15-10, in their quarterfinal matches.

You can see the semi-finals live Saturday via the WRT website beginning at 11 AM Mountain Time with the final Saturday at 5 PM. The doubles final will follow the singles final.

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open, Centennial, Colorado August 3-6, 2017

Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 9) Mauro Rojas, 15-6, 15-10
4) Andree Parrilla d. 12) Jose Diaz, 15-11, 15-10

22) Andres Acuña d. 14) Shai Manzuri, 15-8, 15-9
7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) Alejandro Cardona, 15-8, 15-4

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Andree Parrilla - Noon
7) Jake Bredenbeck v. 22) Andres Acuña - 11 AM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - 3 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Andres Acuña & Jaime Martell, 15-5, 15-9

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla or 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri v. 2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 6 PM

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Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open - Round of 16

There have been three significant upsets in the Round of 16 at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Life Time Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado, as the 3rd, 5th and 6th seeds are out. Veteran Shai Manzuri knocked of the 3rd seed David Horn in two straight games, 15-5, 15-11. Manzuri will play Andres Acuña in the quarterfinals later on Friday, as Acuña upset 6th seed Gerardo Franco, 5-15, 15-13, 11-5, in the 16s.

In an upset by the seeding, but perhaps not based on lifetime results, Jose Diaz, seeded 12th, defeated 5th seed Jaime Martell, 15-12, 15-4, and will play 4th seed Andree Parrilla in the quarters, as Parrilla beat Sebastian Fernandez, 15-6, 15-9.

A fourth upset happened in the 8/9 match, as 9th seed Mauro Rojas won a tie-breaker with 8th seed Francisco Troncoso, 15-7, 11-15, 11-4. Rojas will play #1 seed Rodrigo Montoya in the quarters, after Montoya easily advanced past Fernando Kurzbard, 15-4, 15-2.

You can view the action live this weekend starting with the quarterfinals from 4 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final Saturday at 5 PM. The doubles final will follow the singles final.

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open, Centennial, Colorado August 3-6, 2017

Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 16) Fernando Kurzbard, 15-4, 15-2
9) Mauro Rojas d. 8) Francisco Troncoso, 15-7, 11-15, 11-4

12) Jose Diaz d. 5) Jaime Martell, 15-12, 15-4
4) Andree Parrilla d. 13) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-6, 15-9

14) Shai Manzuri d. 3) David Horn, 15-5, 15-11
22) Andres Acuña d. 6) Gerardo Franco, 5-15, 15-13, 11-5

7) Jake Bredenbeck d. 10) Mauricio Zelada
2) Alejandro Cardona d. 15) Alan Natera, 15-3, 15-1

Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 9) Mauro Rojas - 7 PM
4) Andree Parrilla v. 12) Jose Diaz - 5 PM

14) Shai Manzuri v. 22) Andres Acuña - 4 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona v. 7) Jake Bredenbeck - 6 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - 3 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Andres Acuña & Jaime Martell, 15-5, 15-9

Doubles - Final - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla or 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri v. 2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 6 PM

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2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open - Round of 32

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) resumes its 2017 season this weekend with the WRT Life Time Denver Open in Centennial, Colorado. It’s the first of back to back WRT events, as they’ll play the WRT La Loma Open next weekend in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Rodrigo Montoya is the top seed this weekend with Alejandro Cardona as 2nd seed, and David Horn and Andree Parrilla as 3rd and 4th seeds, respectively.

In the Round of 32 on Thursday, Jose Diaz, seeded 12th, defeated Remy Feldman, 15-2, 15-1, and will play Martell in the Round of 16 Friday. Also, 22nd seed Andres Acuña upset 11th seed Miguel Rodriguez Jr. in a tie-breaker, 15-4, 11-15, 11-3, so Acuña will play 6th seed Gerardo Franco in the 16s.

Also of note, 10th seed Mauricio Zelada beat 23rd seed Matt Meister, 15-14, 15-1, to set up a showdown with 7th seed Jake Bredenbeck in the Round of 16. And USA Racquetball Junior Team member Mauro Rojas defeated Nicholas Riffel, 15-13, 10-15, 11-3, and will play 8th seed Francisco Troncoso in the 16s Friday.

They have played the quarterfinals of doubles, which saw one upset, as 5th seeds Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri beat 4th seeds Sebastian Fernandez and Miguel Rodriguez Jr., 15-8, 15-6. In the semi-finals, Kurzbard and Manzuri will play the top seeds Rodrigo Montoya and Andree Parrilla, who were winners over 8th seeds Jacob Kingsford and Nicholas Riffel, 15—10, 15-12, in the quarters.

You can view the action live this weekend starting with the quarterfinals from 4 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final Saturday at 5 PM. The doubles final will follow the singles final.

2017 WRT Life Time Denver Open, Centennial, Colorado August 3-6, 2017

Singles - Round of 32

1) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE
16) Fernando Kurzbard d. 17) Andrew Clarke, 15-5, 15-9

9) Mauro Rojas d. 24) Nicholas Riffel, 15-13, 10-15, 11-3
8) Francisco Troncoso - BYE

5) Jaime Martell - BYE
12) Jose Diaz d. 21) Remy Feldman, 15-2, 15-1

13) Sebastian Fernandez d. 20) Javier Estrada, 15-5, 4-15, 11-3
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) David Horn - BYE
14) Shai Manzuri d. 19) Rogelio Castillo, 15-1, 15-5

22) Andres Acuña d. 11) Miguel Rodriguez Jr., 15-4, 11-15, 11-3
6) Gerardo Franco - BYE

7) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
10) Mauricio Zelada d. 23) Matt Meister, 15-14, 15-1

15) Alan Natera d. 18) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-14, 14-15, 11-3
2) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 16) Fernando Kurzbard - 1 PM
8) Francisco Troncoso v. 9) Mauro Rojas - 1 PM

5) Jaime Martell v. 12) Jose Diaz - 11 AM
4) Andree Parrilla v. 13) Sebastian Fernandez - 11 AM

3) David Horn v. 14) Shai Manzuri - 10 AM
6) Gerardo Franco v. 22) Andres Acuña - 10 AM

7) Jake Bredenbeck v. 10) Mauricio Zelada - Noon
2) Alejandro Cardona v. 15) Alan Natera - Noon

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 8) Jacob Kingsford & Nicholas Riffel, 15—10, 15-12
5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri d. 4) Sebastian Fernandez & Miguel Rodriguez Jr., 15-8, 15-6

3) Andres Acuña & Jaime Martell d. 6) Rogelio Castillo & Ernesto Ochoa, forfeit
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 7) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera, 15-12, 15-12

Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - 3 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Andres Acuña & Jaime Martell - 2 PM

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