Saturday, April 22, 2017

Longoria & Salas double finalists at 2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday, Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), lost to Rhonda Rajsich in the final of the Pan American Championships. But this Saturday, Longoria defeated Rajsich in three straight games, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5, in the semi-finals of the LPRT 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The win gives Longoria a chance to continue her undefeated streak this season, as she’s won nine of the ten LPRT events of the season after missing the first one.

Samantha Salas, Longoria’s long time doubles partner, will be Longoria’s opponent in the final Sunday, as Salas defeated Carla Muñoz, 11-3, 12-10, 11-7, in the other semi-final. Salas and Longoria also met in the final of US Open back in October, when Longoria won in three straight games.

Salas and Longoria are in doubles final Sunday playing together against Muñoz and Jessica Parrilla. In the semis, Longoria and Salas beat Cristina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-4, 15-9, while Parrilla and Muñoz won two close games against Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-14.

You can watch the finals live via the LPRT LiveStream channel, as the singles final will be noon Sunday with the doubles final to follow. If you miss it live, you can watch on the LiveStream channel immediately afterwards.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Adrienne Haynes, 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 4) Cristina Amaya, 11-2, 11-9, 11-1

6) Samantha Salas d. 3) Alexandra Herrera, 13-11, 11-3, 11-9
7) Carla Muñoz d. 2) Jessica Parrilla, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5
6) Samantha Salas d. 7) Carla Muñoz, 11-3, 12-10, 11-7

Final

1) Paola Longoria v. 6) Samantha Salas

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-4, 15-9
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz d. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-13, 15-14

Doubles - Final

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo - Round of 32 & 16

There were some long matches Friday in the Rounds of 32 and 16 at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) 2017 Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, but in the end the top eight seeds all advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who defeated Hollie Scott, 11-0, 11-2, 11-1, in the Round of 16. Longoria will play Adrienne Haynes, who came back from 2-1 down to defeat Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-0, in the 16s.

Second seed Jessica Parrilla also needed a tie-breaker to advance in the Round of 16, where she came back from 2-1 down to beat Da'Monique Davis, 2-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9. Parrilla will face Carla Muñoz in the quarters, as Muñoz defeated Monserrat Mejia, 11-2, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7, in the Round of 16. Muñoz's had to win a tie-breaker in the Round of 32, as she faced a former World Champion silver medalist in Nancy Enriquez, who got a 2-0 lead on Muñoz. But Muñoz came back to win three straight games, and take the match 9-11, 0-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The quarterfinals are Saturday morning at 10 and 11:05 AM and the semi-finals at 4:30 and 5:35 PM. The singles final will be noon AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Hollie Scott d. 17) Ana Laura Flores, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5

9) Adriana Riveros d. 24) Hannah Shnurman, 11-0, 11-7, 11-1
8) Adrienne Haynes d. 25) Briana Jacquet, 11-9, 11-4, 11-2

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Maria Renee Rodriguez d. 21) Lucia Gonzalez, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8

20) Danisse Maldonado d. 13) Cecilia Pratt, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
4) Cristina Amaya - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
19) Erin Rivera d. 14) Carolina Rivera, 8-11, 11-0, 7-11, 11-4, 11-1

11) Natalia Mendez d. 22) Jennifer Dering, 11-2, 11-0, 11-0
6) Samantha Salas - BYE

7) Carla Muñoz d. 26) Nancy Enriquez, 9-11, 0-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
10) Monserrat Mejia d. 23) Veronique Guillemette, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6

18) Da’Monique Davis d. 15) Laura Brandt, 11-0, 11-0, 11-6
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Hollie Scott, 11-0, 11-2, 11-1
8) Adrienne Haynes d. 9) Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-0

5) Rhonda Rajsich d. 12) Maria Renee Rodriguez, 11-2, 11-5, 11-0
4) Cristina Amaya d. 20) Danisse Maldonado, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 19) Erin Rivera, 11-5, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7
6) Samantha Salas d. 11) Natalia Mendez, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6

7) Carla Muñoz d. 10) Monserrat Mejia, 11-2, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7
2) Jessica Parrilla d. 18) Da’Monique Davis, 2-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9

Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria v. 8) Adrienne Haynes - 11:05 AM
4) Cristina Amaya v. 5) Rhonda Rajsich - 11:05 AM

3) Alexandra Herrera v. 6) Samantha Salas - 10 AM
2) Jessica Parrilla v. 7) Carla Muñoz - 10 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros d. 5) Cecilia Pratt & Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-9, 15-3

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Veronique Guillemette & Natalia Mendez, 11-15, 15-11, 11-4
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz - BYE

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - 7:45 PM
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 6:40 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 LPRT Battle of the Alamo - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) returns to San Antonio for the 2017 Battle at the Alamo. Ten of the top twelve LPRT players will be in action, including LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, and the new Pan American Champion Rhonda Rajsich, who defeated Longoria last weekend in the final of the Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Rajsich is now the #5 LPRT player, so she and Longoria could meet in the semi-finals in San Antonio.

But to get there Rajsich will likely need to get by Cristina Amaya, who’s seeded 4th this week, and was a finalist at the last LPRT event: the New Jersey Open in March.

The bottom of the draw has #2 seed Jessica Parrilla, #3 Alexandra Herrera and #6 Samantha Salas, so there will likely have a Mexican standoff in the semis between two of those three players.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 3:25 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday at 10 and 11:05 AM and the semi-finals at 4:30 and 5:35 PM. The singles final will be noon AM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

2017 LPRT Battle at the Alamo, April 21-23, 2017
San Antonio, Texas


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Hollie Scott v. 17) Ana Laura Flores

9) Adriana Riveros v. 24) Hannah Shnurman
8) Adrienne Haynes v. 25) Briana Jacquet

5) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 21) Lucia Gonzalez

13) Cecilia Pratt v. 20) Danisse Maldonado
4) Cristina Amaya - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
14) Carolina Rivera v. 19) Erin Rivera

11) Natalia Mendez v. 22) Jennifer Dering
6) Samantha Salas - BYE

7) Carla Muñoz v. 26) Nancy Enriquez
10) Monserrat Mejia v. 23) Veronique Guillemette

15) Laura Brandt v. 18) Da’Monique Davis
2) Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
4) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros v. 5) Cecilia Pratt & Maria Renee Rodriguez

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 6) Veronique Guillemette & Natalia Mendez
2) Jessica Parrilla & Carla Muñoz - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….