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….