Saturday, May 19, 2018

Martell upsets Horn to reach the final of the 2018 WRT Georgia Open

Jaime Martell upset 2nd seed David Horn, 13-15, 15-8, 11-9, in the semi-finals of the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia, and will play top seed Jake Bredenbeck in the final on Sunday at noon. In the other semi, Bredenbeck beat Mauricio Zelada, 15-2, 15-4.

You can watch the action from Georgia via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The final will be Sunday at noon.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck d. 9) Justus Benson, 15-8, 15-7
5) Mauricio Zelada d. 4) Francisco Troncoso, 15-7, 15-11

3) Jaime Martell d. 11) Kevin Vazquez, 15-11, 15-6
2) David Horn d. 7) Luis Avila, 15-10, 15-9

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck d. 5) Mauricio Zelada, 15-2, 15-4
3) Jaime Martell d. 2) David Horn, 13-15, 15-8, 11-9

Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Jake Bredenbeck v. 3) Jaime Martell - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso v. 4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer - 7 PM
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu v. 3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

WRT 2018 Georgia Open - Round of 16

Young USA player Kevin Vazquez upset Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-7, 8-15, 11-9, in the Round of 16 at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) 2018 Georgia Open in Lilburn, Georgia on Friday. The win puts Vazquez in the quarterfinals against 3rd seed Jaime Martell, who was a straight game winner over Destry Everhart, 15-10, 15-2.

Also of note, Luis Avila beat Thomas Carter in straight games, 15-7, 15-12, and will play 2nd seed David Horn in the quarters. Finally, 9th seed Justus Benson won the 8/9 match, as he defeated Austin Cunningham, 15-10, 15-8. Benson will play top seed Jake Bredenbeck in the quarters on Saturday.

You can watch the action from Georgia via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 10 AM with the semi-finals Saturday at 5 and 6 PM. The final will be Sunday at noon.

2018 WRT Georgia Open, May 18-20
Lilburn, Georgia


Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
9) Justus Benson d. 8) Austin Cunningham, 15-10, 15-8

5) Mauricio Zelada d. 12) David Stincer, 15-13, 10-15, 11-0
4) Francisco Troncoso d. 13) Daniel Herrera, 15-3, 15-2

3) Jaime Martell d. 14) Destry Everhart, 15-10, 15-2
11) Kevin Vazquez d. 6) Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-7, 8-15, 11-9

7) Luis Avila d. 10) Thomas Carter, 15-7, 15-12
2) David Horn - BYE

Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Jake Bredenbeck v. 9) Justus Benson - 1 PM
4) Francisco Troncoso v. 5) Mauricio Zelada - 11 AM

3) Jaime Martell v. 11) Kevin Vazquez - 10 AM
2) David Horn v. 7) Luis Avila - Noon

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso - BYE
4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer d. 5) Alberto Dent & Daniel Herrera, 15-12, 15-8

3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - BYE
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Jaime Martell & Francisco Troncoso v. 4) Destry Everhart & David Stincer - 7 PM
2) Luis Avila & Hiroshi Shimizu v. 3) Justus Benson & Kevin Vazquez - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mejia & Fernandez win at 2018 Olimpiada Nacional - Mexican Junior Nationals

The Olimpiada Nacional 2018, which are the Mexican Junior Nationals, concluded earlier this week in Chihuahua, and there was an enviable participation rate, as 182 players - 75 girls and 107 boys - participated across three age categories: U18, U16, U14, which are the World Cup divisions at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships. That large participation rate produced some surprises, as only one of the twelve players seeded #1 or #2 made a final, let alone won their respective division.

But Monserrat Mejia’s win in Girl’s U18 wasn’t a surprise, as she is the current IRF World Junior Champion in the division. Mejia was the #1 seed, but needed a tie-breaker to defeat 6th seed Erin Rivera, 15-3, 7-15, 11-1, in the final.

Sebastian Fernandez won the Boy’s U18 division, which is a bit of a surprise given who else was in the draw, but not a big surprise, because Fernandez is the current U16 World Junior Champion. Yet Fernandez had to defeat the two Boy’s U18 medalists from last year’s World Juniors as well as the top seed to win the title.

In the final, Fernandez came back from a game down to defeat Eduardo Portillo, 7-15, 15-13, 11-8. Portillo was silver medalist in U18 at World Juniors last year. Fernandez squeaked out a tie-breaker against #1 seed Christian Longoria, 15-13, 5-15, 11-10, in the semi-finals, and in the quarterfinals, he beat 4th seed and 2018 World Juniors U18 bronze medalist Gerardo Franco, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7.

In U18 Doubles, neither Mejia on the girl’s side or Fernandez on the boy’s side won with their respective partners. Mejia and Claudia Vizcaino lost to Ana Laura Flores and Erin Rivera in the Girl’s U18 Doubles Final, while Gerardo Franco and Juan Loreto beat Christian Longoria and Saul Rivera, 15-12, 15-2, to win the Boy’s U18 Doubles Final.

The division winners will represent Mexico at the 2018 IRF World Junior Championships, November 10-17, which we believe will be held in Juarez, Mexico.

Olimpiada Nacional 2018
Chihuahua, Mexico - May 13-16, 2018


Girl’s U18 - Final

1) Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Erin Rivera, 15-3, 7-15, 11-1

Semi-finals

1) Monserrat Mejia d. 4) Ana Laura Flores, 15-12, 15-5
6) Erin Rivera d. 7) Ana Kristin Rivera, 15-3, 15-11

Girl’s U16 - Final

4) Delia Aguilar d. 10) Maria Gutierrez, 15-10, 15-4

Semi-finals

4) Delia Aguilar d. 1) Sofia Ramierez, 15-3, 15-4
10) Maria Gutierrez d. 14) Ana Cristina Perez, 15-6, 15-10

Girl’s U14 - Final

3) Daniela Rico d. 9) Karime Estrella, 15-11, 6-15, 11-8

Semi-finals

9) Karime Estrella d. 12) Sofia Hernandez, 3-15, 15-10, 11-1
3) Daniela Rico d. 2) Jessica Balderrama Perez, 15-8, 15-5

Girl’s U18 Doubles - Final

2) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera d. 1) Monserrat Mejia & Claudia Vizcaino, 15-11, 15-9

Semi-finals

1) Monserrat Mejia & Claudia Vizcaino d. 4) Denisse Maldonado & Abril Sacristán, 12-15, 15-9, 11-4
2) Ana Laura Flores & Erin Rivera d. 3) Mariana Gisele Avila & Natalia Gonzalez, 15-6, 15-0

Girl’s U16 Doubles - Final

5) Delia Aguilar & Ana Victoria Orozco d. 3) Guadalupe Griffin & Beatriz Hernandez, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

Semi-finals

5) Delia Aguilar & Ana Victoria Orozco d. 1) Valeria Hernandez & Sofia Ramirez, 15-3, 15-4
3) Guadalupe Griffin & Beatriz Hernandez d. 2) Vanessa Copca & Maria Gutierrez, 15-3, 14-15, 11-3

Girl’s U14 Doubles - Final

3) Andrea Ibarra & Jessica Balderrama Perez d. 1) Karime Estrella & Angela Ortega, 15-11, 7-15, 11-7

Semi-finals

1) Karime Estrella & Angela Ortega d. 4) Sofia Hernandez & Alexa Robledo, 15-2, 15-0
3) Andrea Ibarra & Jessica Balderrama Perez d. 7) Constanza Moreno & Alondra Yañez, 15-9, 15-2

Boy’s U18 - Final

12) Sebastian Fernandez d. 23) Eduardo Portillo, 7-15, 15-13, 11-8

Semi-finals

12) Sebastian Fernandez d. 1) Christian Longoria, 15-13, 5-15, 11-10
23) Eduardo Portillo d. 30) Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-6, 15-3

Boy’s U16 - Final

14) Elias Nieto d. 13) Andres Trejo, 15-11, 10-15, 11-9

Semi-finals

13) Andres Trejo d. 8) Aldo Caraveo, 15-9, 15-11
14) Elias Nieto d. 2) Guillermo De Jesus Ortega, 15-1, 15-14

Boy’s U14 - Final

10) Omar Gonzalez d. 5) Sebastián Hernández, 15-10, 15-7

Semi-finals

5) Sebastián Hernández d. 16) Andres Ruelas Jr., 15-3, 9-15, 11-9
10) Omar Gonzalez d. 19) Rodrigo Rios, 15-14, 15-1

Boy’s U18 Doubles - Final

3) Gerardo Franco & Juan Loreto d. 1) Christian Longoria & Saul Rivera, 15-12, 15-2

Semi-finals

1) Christian Longoria & Saul Rivera d. 4) Sebastian Fernandez & Luis Saldaña, 12-15, 15-12, 11-6
3) Gerardo Franco & Juan Loreto d. 2) Daniel Maldonado & Rafael Ochoa, 15-10, 13-15, 11-3

Boy’s U16 Doubles - Final

1) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo De Jesus Ortega d. 2) Elias Nieto & Andres Trejo, 3-15, 15-14, 11-9

Semi-finals

1) Manuel Moncada & Guillermo De Jesus Ortega d. 4) Aldo Caraveo, 15-14, 15-13
2) Elias Nieto & Andres Trejo d. 3) Carlos Esparza & Roberto Valencia, 15-13, 15-11

Boy’s U14 Doubles - Final

7) Sebastián Hernández & Omar Gonzalez d. 4) Juan Carlos Castillo & Juan Carlos Picard, 15-6, 15-10

Semi-finals

4) Juan Carlos Castillo & Juan Carlos Picard d. 8) Angel Camacho, 15-7, 15-4
7) Sebastián Hernández & Omar Gonzalez d. 3) Rafael Ayala & Andres Ruelas Jr., 13-15, 15-11, 11-7

Follow the bouncing ball….