Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics - Saturday summary

Players will have a chance to repeat and to make amends for losses last year Sunday at the 2017 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics at the In-Shape Sport West Lane Club in Stockton, California. Both the Boy's and Girl's U18 2016 champions, Wanye Antone IV and Jordan Cooperrider, respectively, have a chance to repeat as champions. But Akul Ramayani and Briana Jacquet will have a chance to win this year after losing in finals last year.

Ramayani is in both the Boy's U14 and U16 finals. He lost the U14 final last year to Antonio Rojas, and Rojas will be his opponent again in the U14 final. In U16, Ramayani will be up against Sahil Thaker. Ramayani is already a 2017 Junior Champion, as he and Rojas won the Boy's U14 Doubles title together.

For her part, Jacquet lost the U16 final last year (to Ingrid Robledo), but has a chance to win it this year, when she plays Nikita Chauhan on Sunday. Chauhan was the U14 champion last year.

In the Girl's U18 final, Cooperrider will play Hollie Scott, while in Girl's U14, Heather Mahoney will play Annie Roberts in the final.

In Boy's U18, Antone faces Mauro Rojas in the final. Rojas won the Boy's U18 Doubles final with left-hander Lukas Le, as they defeated Ricadro Diaz and Dane Elkins, 13-15, 15-6, 11-8.

The Boy's U16 Doubles title went to Julian Singh and Mitchell Turner, who beat Ben Baron and Micah Farmer, 15-6, 15-9, in the final.

The 2017 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics concludes Sunday at the In-Shape Sport West Lane in Stockton, California.

2017 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics
Stockton, California

Boy's U14


Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Nikhil Prasad (Fremont, CA), 15-0, 15-2
Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) d. Krish Thakur (Tracy, CA), 15-11, 15-2

Final - Sunday

Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) - 9:30 AM

3rd place - Sunday

Nikhil Prasad (Fremont, CA) v. Krish Thakur (Tracy, CA) - 11:30 AM

Boy's U16


Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) d. Cayden Akins (Keller, TX), 15-13, 15-6
Sahil Thakur (Tracy, CA) d. Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA), 15-7, 7-15, 11-8

Final - Sunday

Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) v. Sahil Thakur (Tracy, CA) - 11:30 AM

3rd place - Sunday

Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA) v. Cayden Akins (Keller, TX) - 1:30 PM

Boy's U18


Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) d. Justus Benson (Austin, TX), 15-12, 15-12
Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL), 14-15, 15-6, 11-4

Final - Sunday

Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) v. Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) - 1:30 PM

3rd place - Sunday

Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL) v. Justus Benson (Austin, TX) - 12:30 PM

Girl's U14


Heather Mahoney (Penngrove, CA) d. Estefania Perez (Corvallis, OR), 15-9, 15-14
Annie Roberts (Gresham, OR) d. Julia Stein (Murrysville, PA), 15-10, 15-12

Final - Sunday

Heather Mahoney (Penngrove, CA) v. Annie Roberts (Gresham, OR) - 1:30 PM

3rd place - Sunday

Estefania Perez (Corvallis, OR) v. Julia Stein (Murrysville, PA) - 8:30 AM

Girl's U16


Briana Jacquet (Port Arthur, TX) d. Megan Carver (Spokane, WA), 15-3, 15-2
Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) d. Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, OR), 15-13, 15-10

Final - Sunday

Briana Jacquet (Port Arthur, TX) v. Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) - 10:30 AM

3rd place - Sunday

Megan Carver (Spokane, WA) v. Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, OR) - 9:30 AM

Girl's U18


Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL) d. Hannah Carver (Spokane, WA), 15-1, 15-0
Hollie Scott (Lynden, WA) d. Kristine Holman (Salem, OR), 15-4, 15-3

Final - Sunday

Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL) v. Hollie Scott (Lynden, WA) - 12:30 PM

3rd Place - Sunday

Hannah Carver (Spokane, WA) v. Kristine Holman (Salem, OR) - 1:30 PM

Boy's U18 Doubles - Round Robin - Sunday matches


Lukas Le (Arlington, TX) & Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Ricadro Diaz (Stockton, CA) & Dane Elkins (Los Angeles, CA), 13-15, 15-6, 11-8

3rd Place

Jeremy Dixon (Downers Grove, IL) & Gavin Usher (Bozeman, MT) d. Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) & Kevin Vazquez (Miami, FL), forfeit

Boy's U16 Doubles


Julian Singh (Pleasanton, CA) & Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR) d. Ben Baron (Phoenix) & Micah Farmer (Trophy Club, Texas), 15-6, 15-9

3rd Place - Sunday

Krish Thakur (Tracy, CA) & Sahil Thakur (Tracy, CA) v. Cayden Akins (Keller, TX) & Brian Barberis (McKinney, TX) - 10:30 AM

Boy's U14 Doubles - Round Robin Final Standings

1. Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, NY) & Antonio Rojas (Stockton, CA)
2. Cole Hartman (Plymouth, MN) & Nathan Soltis (Plymouth, MN)
3. Kamahele Britos (Honolulu, HI) & Julius Ellis (Stockton, CA)

Girl's U18 Doubles - Round Robin - Final Standings

1st - Hollie Scott (Bellingham, WA) & Megan Carver (Spokane, WA)
2nd - Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, Fla.) & Kaitlyn Boyle (Beaverton, OR)
3rd - Kristine Holman (Salem, Ore.) & Madison Kerzel (Salem, Ore.)

Girl's U16 Doubles - Round Robin - Final Standings

1st - Brian Jacquet (Phoenix) & Graciana Wargo (Clearwater, FL)
2nd - Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) & Elena Dent (Estero, FL)
3rd - Hannah Carver (Spokane, WA) & Megan Carver (Spokane, WA)

Girl's U14 Doubles - Round Robin - Final Standings

1st - Heather Mahoney (Penngrove, CA) & Julia Stein (Murrysville, PA)
2nd - Elena Mathew (Corvallis, OR) & Annie Roberts (Gresham, OR)
3rd - Alondra Canchola (Stockton, CA) & Tess La Rue (Morada, CA)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Salas beats Rajsich to win 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge

Samantha Salas won her 2nd career Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) Sunday, when she beat Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6, in the final of the Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico. Salas’s last win came back in 2010 against Kerri Wachtel in the Puget Sound Classic. Salas also won the doubles final, as she and Paola Longoria defeated Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia, 15-1, 15-6.

Salas and Rajsich were close early in game one, but Salas tied the scored at 3-3 with a drive serve ace to the right side, which was a omen of things to come. Salas served four more drive serve aces to the right side, as she took game one 11-3.

Salas went on a roll to start game two, going up 7-0. Rajsich took a timeout, and got on the board at 7-1, but it was only delaying the inevitable, as Salas continued to score. She ended game two with another drive serve ace to the right side, although on that serve Salas was in the center of the sevice box, while most of the match she served from the right side of the box.

Salas took the early lead again in game three at 4-0. But then the game stalled, as it took thirteen rallies to go from 4-0 to 6-1. Then the momentum shifted, as Rajsich put a few points together to make it 6-4, and then 7-6. But Rajsich couldn’t tie the game, as Salas got the serve back with a forehand cross court shot.

Three serves put Salas on game point, as she hit a drive left that Rajsich got her racquet on, but couldn’t return, followed by an ace to the left with Rajsich moving right, and then another drive left that cracked off the left side wall for an ace and made it match point at 10-6.

Salas’s first serve at match point was a short drive serve. Her second serve was a drive Z serve to the right that Rajsich returned into the middle, where Salas was standing, and she hit a backhand kill shot to win the rally, ending the game and match.

Despite the loss, it was Rajsich’s best showing of the season, as it was her first final. Rajsich did miss a few tournaments in the middle of the season after the sudden passing of her father in October, so this was her first final since then.

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge, June 16-18, 2017
Chihuahua, Mexico


5) Samantha Salas d. 6) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia, 15-1, 15-6

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Montoya defeats Landa to win 2017 WRT Paola Longoria Challenge

Rodrigo Montoya confirmed his position as the #1 player on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Sunday by defeating Alejandro Landa, 15-12, 5-15, 11-2, in the final of the Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico. Montoya’s now won three WRT this year.

Early in game one it looked like Landa would carry the day, as he took a 5-0 lead. But Montoya came back to tie it at 5-5, and they were close after that with ties at 8-8 and 12-12. Then Landa swung at a ball that was close to the right side wall, and completely missed it. They were playing in an all glass, portable court, which may have been a factor in the error, which gave Montoya a 13-12 lead.

Montoya made it 14-12 when he drove the ball to the left for an ace, as Landa had guessed Montoya was driving it right and moved to the right side. Montoya converted his first game point by again driving the ball to the left side. Landa’s backhand return came off the backwall setting up Montoya, who put the ball away with the backhand pinch shot.

In game two, Landa again took a 5-0 lead, but this time Montoya didn’t have a response, as Landa extended the lead to 8-0. Montoya did cut the lead to four, when he trailed 9-5, but a Landa timeout resulted in a sideout, and then six points on as many rallies to force a tie-breaker.

In the breaker, they went back and forth to 2-2. Then Montoya scored three straight points to lead 5-2, and Landa called a timeout. Often the player calling a timeout wins the ensuing rally, but not this time, as Montoya hit another drive serve ace to the left side when play resumed.

Landa had a chance to get the serve back on the next rally, as he had a backhand set up, but Landa skipped his shot, so Montoya led 7-2. A drive serve ace to the left side made it 8-2, and Landa seemed to sag as the writing was on the wall.

Four more rallies - including one for a broken ball - and it was over. Montoya won it with a backhand pinch shot, which is one of his favourite shots that he won many rallies with in the final.

The next WRT event is the Lifetime Denver Open, August 3-6 in Centennial, Colorado.

2017 WRT, Chihuahua, Mexico June 15-18, 2017

Singles - Final

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 6) Alejandro Landa, 15-12, 5-15, 11-2

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval - 1 PM

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