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

Semi-finals


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

Semi-finals


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

Semi-finals


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

Semi-finals


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

Semi-finals


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

Semi-finals


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

Final

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

Final

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)

Follow the bouncing ball….

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


Final

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Salas defeats Longoria to reach final of 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge

Samantha Salas defeated Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s), for the first time since 2005 on Saturday, winning 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, in the semi-finals of the Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico. Longoria had beaten Salas 41 straight matches in between Salas’s victories. Also, this is Longoriia’s first loss since March 2015, when Frédérique Lambert beat her in the New Jersey Open.

The win puts Salas in Sunday’s final against Rhonda Rajsich, who had an upset win of her own in the other semi-final, as she defeated 2nd seed Lambert, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3. In their career head to head meetings, Rajsich holds an 11-5 advantage, but Salas has won three of the last five matches, including their last match in the quarterfinals of last year’s US Open, although that did go to five games.

Longoria looked like she would win in three games, as she won the first two games and was ahead in game three. But Salas had shown signs of resistance, including coming back from a big deficit in game one to make it close at 11-7. Nevertheless, it did not look like Longoria would do anything but win in three straight. Yet Salas came back and took game three.

In game four, Longoria got the early advantage, leading 5-3. But Salas then ran seven unanswered points to lead 10-5. Longoria fought off the first game point with a forehand shot driven up the right side. With the serve back, Longoria scored on four consecutive rallies to cut the lead to one at 10-9, and it looked like the LPRT #1 was going to do what she usually does: win.

But Salas got a side out, and then scored on her second game point with a backhand winner. Thus, there was going to be a fifth game that no one saw coming.

In the fifth, Salas took the early lead at 3-0 with three forehand winners. But then it was Longoria’s turn to rack up the points, and that she did, scoring seven in a row to lead 7-3. It seemed Salas’s glass slipper was going to break. It especially seemed so as Longoria’s seventh point came from an unforced skip by Salas.

However, Salas made a great forehand pinch shot winner to end the next rally, and with the serve back she hit two ace serves: a drive to the right followed by a drive to the left, which prompted Longoria to call a time out.

Longoria’s time out led to a side out, as she hit a forehand winner. But Salas immediately got the serve back with a forehand pinch shot winner. Two more Salas forehand winners later and they were tied at 7-7. Longoria got the serve back with a forehand winner.

Then two rallies ended with hinders. In the first, Longoria held up for Salas, and appealed for an avoidable, or penalty hinder, but the line judges agreed with the referee that it was a simple hinder. On the next rally it was Longoria who was in Salas’s way, and that was judged to be an avoidable, or penalty hinder. Thus, Salas was again serving at 7-7.

Yet again she failed to take advantage, as Salas made an unforced error by skipping a backhand shot. With the serve back, Longoria seemed to change her serve selection based on a suggestion from outside the court. She served a off speed Z to the left that Salas returned with a backhand wide angle pass for a winner. So, it was perhaps not the best suggestion.

Longoria wouldn’t serve again until Salas was leading 10-7 following two forehand winners and an ace drive serve to the right side.

On the first match point, Salas drove serve to the right side, and Longoria’s return hit Salas, who the referee judged to be in the way, and assessed an avoidable. Salas appealed, but the line judges agreed with the call.

However, Longoria’s serve was again not a straight drive serve, which is her bread and butter serve. Instead, she hit a jam serve to the left that was relatively high, so it bounced over to the right side, where Salas hit it with her forehand for a winner.

Salas’s second time serving for the match had a successful outcome for her, as she ended a several shot rally with a forehand cross court kill shot.

After winning the match, Salas fell down to the floor in utter joy at having defeated her long time team-mate and doubles partner. It was likely not just the joy of victory, but also the relief of over a decade of losses.

Only once before has Longoria lost a pro match after leading 2 games to 0. That happened in May 2011, when Rajsich came back to defeat Longoria in Stockton.

Salas’s only pro tournament win happened back in 2010, when she defeated Kerri Wachtel in Puget Sound, Washington. Rajsich last won on tour in October 2014, when she beat Longoria in Stockton. Salas and Rajsich have played in a pro final once before, when Rajsich carried the day to win in Dallas in August 2011.

You can watch this weekend’s final live via the LPRT LiveStream channel at 1 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

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


Semi-finals - Saturday

5) Samantha Salas d. 1) Paola Longoria, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
6) Rhonda Rajsich d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3

Final - Sunday

5) Samantha Salas v. 6) Rhonda Rajsich

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros, 15-2, 15-1
3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla, 15-14, 15-10

Doubles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Landa in WRT final for 2nd straight week

Alejandro Landa reached his second World Racquetball Tour (WRT) final in as many weeks Saturday, as the 6th seed upset 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona, 12-15, 15-14, 11-7, in the semi-finals of the Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico. Landa won last week’s WRT event in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where he also defeated Cardona in the semis. Cardona had a 14-10 lead in game two in Chihuahua, so the match was on his racquet, but he wasn’t able to close it out.

Top seed Rodrigo Montoya will be Landa’s opponent in the final on Sunday, as Montoya beat Eduardo Garay in the other semi, 15-8, 15-2, ending what had been an impressive tournament for the 20th seed Garay.

Cardona did get the better of Landa in the doubles semi-finals, as Cardona and Erick Sandoval defeated Landa and Javier Moreno, 15-12, 15-13. In the other semi-final, Montoya and Andree Parrilla beat Gerardo Franco and Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-13.

You can view the final live from Chihuahua at noon Sunday via the WRT website.

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

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 20) Eduardo Garay, 15-8, 15-2
6) Alejandro Landa d. 2) Alejandro Cardona, 12-15, 15-14, 11-7

Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 6) Alejandro Landa - Noon

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 4) Gerardo Franco & Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-13
2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval d. 3) Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno, 15-12, 15-13

Doubles - Final - Sunday

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

Follow the bouncing ball….

Rajsich into semis at 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge

Rhonda Rajsich, seeded 6th but a former #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s), upset the 3rd seed Jessica Parrilla, and came back from 2-1 down to win in five games, 11-6, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, in the quarterfinals of the Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Rajsich will play 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert in the semi-finals, as Lambert beat Susana Acosta in three straight games, 11-2, 11-1, 11-7.

On the top side of the draw, LPRT #1 Paola Longoria needed four games to defeat 9th seed Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-9, in the quarters. Longoria faces doubles partner Samantha Salas in the semis, as Salas ended the run of Nancy Enriquez through the draw, 11-6, 3-11, 11-0, 13-11. Enriquez had game points against Salas in the fourth game, but she couldn’t convert them to force a tie-breaker.

You can watch this weekend’s semi-finals live via the LPRT LiveStream channel at 5 and 6 PM Saturday. The singles final will be 1 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

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


Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 9) Natalia Mendez, 10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-9
5) Samantha Salas d. 13) Nancy Enriquez, 11-6, 3-11, 11-0, 13-11

6) Rhonda Rajsich d. 3) Jessica Parrilla, 11-6, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 7) Susana Acosta, 11-2, 11-1, 11-7

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 5) Samantha Salas - 6 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 6) Rhonda Rajsich - 5 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros - 8 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Enriquez the big winner Friday at 2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge

Nancy Enriquez was the biggest surprise Friday at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico, as the 13th seed defeated 4th seed Alexandra Herrera, 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-3, in the Round of 16. The win advances Enriquez to the quarterfinals, where she’ll play 5th seed Samantha Salas, who beat Eleni Guzman, 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-3.

In other action, LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, #2 Frédérique Lambert and #3 Jessica Parrilla all won in straight games in the 16s. Longoria beat Sofia Rascon, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5, Lambert defeated Montserrat Perez, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, and Parrilla was a winner over Erin Rivera, 11-5, 13-11, 11-2.

In the quarters, Longoria will play 9th seed Natalia Mendez, who was an upset winner against 8th seed Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-3. Parrilla will play veteran Rhonda Rajsich, who beat Jessica Maldonado, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5. Finally, Lambert will play left-handed veteran Susana Acosta, who had to come back from two games down to fend off Mexican junior Monserrat Mejia, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 9 AM to noon with the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 1 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

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


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sofia Rascon d. 17) Danisse Maldonado, 11-5, 3-11, 11-3, 11-2

9) Natalia Mendez - BYE
8) Adriana Riveros - BYE

5) Samantha Salas - BYE
12) Eleni Guzman - BYE

13) Nancy Enriquez d. 20) Daniela Molina, 11-4, 11-2, 11-0
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Erin Rivera d. 19) Ana Kristin Rivera, 3-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3

11) Jessica Maldonado - BYE
6) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Monserrat Mejia - BYE

15) Montserrat Perez d. 18) Maritza Franco, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria d. 16) Sofia Rascon, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5
9) Natalia Mendez d. 8) Adriana Riveros, 3-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-3

5) Samantha Salas d. 12) Eleni Guzman, 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-3
13) Nancy Enriquez d. 4) Alexandra Herrera, 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-3

3) Jessica Parrilla d. 14) Erin Rivera, 11-5, 13-11, 11-2
6) Rhonda Rajsich d. 11) Jessica Maldonado, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5

7) Susana Acosta d. 10) Monserrat Mejia, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 15) Montserrat Perez, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 9) Natalia Mendez - Noon
5) Samantha Salas v. 13) Nancy Enriquez - 9 AM

3) Jessica Parrilla v. 6) Rhonda Rajsich - 10 AM
2) Frédérique Lambert v. 7) Susana Acosta - 11 AM

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado d. 9) Daniela Molina & Sofia Rascon, 15-4, 15-11

5) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado - BYE
4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
6) Maritza Franco & Natalia Mendez - BYE

7) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera d. 10) Paola Padilla & Paola Quiñones, 15-5, 15-4
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 8) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado, 15-3, 15-4
4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros d. 5) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado, 15-10, 15-10

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 6) Maritza Franco & Natalia Mendez, 15-2, 15-1
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla d. 7) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera, 15-10, 15-10

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros - 8 PM
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla v. 3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 WRT Paola Longoria Challenge - Round of 16 & Quarterfinals

Eduardo Garay caused two big upsets Friday at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico, as he took out the 4th and 5th seeds in advancing to the semi-finals. In the Round of 16, Garay defeated 4th seed Andree Parrilla, 15-14, 14-15, 11-5, and then in the quarterfinals, Garay beat Jaime Martell, 15-9, 15-6.

But the biggest upset so far has been 14th seed Erick Sandoval’s win over 3rd seed David Horn, 8-15, 15-9, 11-1, in the Round of 16. However, Sandoval then lost in the quarterfinals to Alejandro Landa, 15-7, 15-11.

The two top seeds are through to the semi-finals, but they each needed tie-breakers to get there. Number 1 seed Rodrigo Montoya defeated 8th seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-9, 9-15, 11-4, and 2nd Alejandro Cardona narrowly beat 7th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-6, 14-15, 11-10. Montoya will play Garay in one semi-final, while Cardona will face Landa.

We thought the big match of the 16s would be Martell against 12th seed Javier Mar, and it lived up to expectations, as they went tie-breaker with Martell coming out on top by the narrowest of margins, winning 6-15, 15-14, 11-10.

You can view the action live from Chihuahua starting with the quarterfinals from 1 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 3 and 4 PM Saturday with the final Sunday at noon.

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

Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 17) Erik Garcia, 15-10, 15-3
8) Jake Bredenbeck d. 24) Alan Natera, 15-7, 15-14

5) Jaime Martell d. 12) Javier Mar, 6-15, 15-14, 11-10
20) Eduardo Garay d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-14, 14-15, 11-5

14) Erick Sandoval d. 3) David Horn, 8-15, 15-9, 11-1
6) Alejandro Landa d. 11) Mauricio Zelada, 15-13, 15-10

7) Gerardo Franco d. 10) Luis Avila, 15-10, 15-8
2) Alejandro Cardona d. 15) Ernest Ochoa, 15-5, 15-10

Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 8) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-9, 9-15, 11-4
20) Eduardo Garay d. 5) Jaime Martell, 15-9, 15-6

6) Alejandro Landa d. 14) Erick Sandoval, 15-7, 15-11
2) Alejandro Cardona d. 7) Gerardo Franco, 15-6, 14-15, 11-10

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 20) Eduardo Garay - 4 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona v. 6) Alejandro Landa - 3 PM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 8) Ruben Estrada & Ernest Ochoa, 15-14, 15-12
4) Gerardo Franco & Christian Longoria d. 5) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez, 15-9, 15-9

3) Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno d. 6) Rafael Filippini & Mauricio Zelada, 15-10, 8-15, 11-3
2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval d. 7) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar, 15-8, 15-9

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 4) Gerardo Franco & Christian Longoria - 5 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval v. 3) Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 LPRT Paola Longoria Challenge - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) wraps up its 2016-17 season this weekend with the 2017 Paola Longoria Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico. The top five LPRT players will be in action this weekend, led by LPRT #1 Paola Longoria. Also in action will be LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert, #3 Jessica Parrilla, as well as #4 Alexandra Herrera and #5 Samantha Salas.

They’ll also be playing doubles in Chihuahua, and the top pairings are Longoria and Salas as the 1st seeds and Lambert and Parrilla as the 2nd seeds. Herrera and Montserrat Mejia are the 3rd seeds with Eleni Guzman and Adriana Riveros as 4th 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 1 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.

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


Round of 32

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Sofia Rascon v. 17) Danisse Maldonado

9) Natalia Mendez - BYE
8) Adriana Riveros - BYE

5) Samantha Salas - BYE
12) Eleni Guzman - BYE

13) Nancy Enriquez v. 20) Daniela Molina
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Erin Rivera v. 19) Ana Kristin Rivera

11) Jessica Maldonado - BYE
6) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Monserrat Mejia - BYE

15) Montserrat Perez v. 18) Maritza Franco
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado v. 9) Daniela Molina & Sofia Rascon

5) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado - BYE
4) Eleni Guzman & Adriana Riveros - BYE

3) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
6) Maritza Franco & Natalia Mendez - BYE

7) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 10) Paola Padilla & Paola Quiñones
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla & - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 WRT Paola Longoria Challenge - Preview

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) has the second of back to back events this weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico with the Paola Longoria Challenge. The WRT was in San Luis Potosi last weekend for the Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT event, which was won by Alejandro Landa, who beat Jake Bredenbeck in the final.

Landa was seeded 6th last weekend, and despite the win he is 6th again this weekend. So much the worse for those on the bottom of the draw, especially 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona and 3rd seed David Horn. Landa has won 9 of the 12 WRT events he has entered.

Rodrigo Montoya is the top seed in Chihuahua, and he will want to do better than he did last week in San Luis Potosi, as he lost his quarterfinal match to Bredenbeck, because he failed to show up on time. A shocking result that should have him staying courtside throughout the weekend. Montoya and Bredenebck could meet in the quarters this week also, as Bredenbeck is seeded 8th.

Also notable in the draw is veteran Javier Moreno, who is seeded 22nd, and will play Mauricio Zelada in the Round of 16. Moreno, a left-hand player, is one of the reigning World Champions in Men’s Doubles - winning the title for the fourth time in his career last year with Alvaro Beltran in Cali, Colombia, and he’s playing doubles with Landa this weekend, so they could be the team to beat, despite being seeded 3rd.

Montoya and Andree Parrilla are the top seeds in doubles with Cardona and Erick Sandoval the 2nd seeds. The young team of Christian Longoria and Gerardo Franco are the 4th seeds.

You can view the action live from Chihuahua starting with the quarterfinals from 1 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 3 and 4 PM Saturday with the final Sunday at noon.

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

Singles - Round of 64

1) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE
32) Javier Estrada v. 33) Alejandro Mendoza

17) Erik Garcia - BYE
16) Daniel Neri - BYE

9) Christian Longoria - BYE
24) Alan Natera - BYE

25) Juan Loreto - BYE
8) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

5) Jaime Martell - BYE
28) Juan De Los Rios - BYE

21) Ruben Estrada - BYE
12) Javier Mar - BYE

13) Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
20) Eduardo Garay - BYE

29) Alfonso Luna v. 36) Alvaro Maldonado
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) David Horn - BYE
30) Sebastian Longoria v. 36) Humberto Natera

19) Rodrigo Rodriguez - BYE
14) Erick Sandoval - BYE

11) Mauricio Zelada - BYE
22) Javier Moreno - BYE

27) Johan Piña - BYE
6) Alejandro Landa - BYE

7) Gerardo Franco - BYE
26) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE

23) David Ortega - BYE
10) Luis Avila - BYE

15) Ernest Ochoa - BYE
18) Daniel Maldonado - BYE

31) Rogelio Castillo v. 34) Homar Prieto
2) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
8) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar v. 9) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera

5) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
4) Gerardo Franco & Christian Longoria - BYE

3) Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno - BYE
6) Rafael Filippini & Mauricio Zelada v. 11) Sebastian Longoria & Juan Loreto

7) Ruben Estrada & Ernest Ochoa v. 10) Daniel Maldonado & Homar Prieto
2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Landa wins 2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT event

Alejandro Landa isn’t the #1 player on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), but that’s only because he hasn’t played many events. When Landa enters a WRT event, he usually wins, as Landa did on Saturday, when he defeated Jake Bredenbeck, 15-6, 14-15, 11-0, to win the 2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT event in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The win was Landa’s 9th WRT title in 12 tries. He’s won at least one WRT event every year since 2013.

In the semi-finals, Landa defeated Alejandro Cardona, 15-3, 15-7, which was a measure of revenge for Landa, as Cardona got the best of him when they last met back in January at the WRT West Coast Championship in Concord, California. Cardona has beaten Landa twice in WRT events. Polo Gutierrez is the only other player to defeat Landa.

In the other semi-final, Bredenbeck beat Jordy Alonso, 15-5, 15-4.

The WRT will be back in action next weekend, when they’ll play in the Chihuahua Open in Chihuahua, Mexico, where the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) will also be in action with the Paola Longoria Challenge, June 14-18.

2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT, San Luis Potosi, Mexico June 8-10, 2017

Semi-finals

8) Jake Bredenbeck d. 13) Jordy Alonso, 15-5, 15-4
6) Alejandro Landa d. 2) Alejandro Cardona, 15-3, 15-7

Final

6) Alejandro Landa d. 8) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-6, 14-15, 11-0

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT - Quarterfinals

Only one of the top four seeds has made it into the semi-finals at the 2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s World Racquetball Tour (WRT) in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Most surprising was top seed Rodrigo Montoya being forfeited from his match versus 8th seed Jake Bredenbeck, as he wasn’t at the court within the 10 min from being called to the court. This was Montoya’s first tournament as the #1 seed, and he’ll be disappointed to lose out in that fashion.

In one semi-final, Bredenbeck will face 13th seed Jordy Alonso, who was a straight game winner over 5th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-8, 15-5. In the other semi, 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona will play 6th Alejandro Landa.

In the quarterfinals, Cardona defeated Mauricio Zelada, 15-5, 15-6, and Landa upset 3rd seed David Horn, 15-12, 15-6. Landa and Horn were close all the way in game one before Landa finished it off. But in game two, Landa took a big lead at 9-2, and although Horn called a timeout at that point, he could only manage to get a few points before Landa finished off the game and match.

You can view the semi-finals live from San Luis Potosi starting at 11 AM Saturday morning via the WRT Facebook page. Note the final will be Saturday at 5 PM CDT.

2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT, San Luis Potosi, Mexico June 8-10, 2017

Quarterfinals

8) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya, forfeit
13) Jordy Alonso d. 5) Gerardo Franco, 15-8, 15-5

6) Alejandro Landa d. 3) David Horn, 15-12, 15-6
2) Alejandro Cardona d. 10) Mauricio Zelada, 15-5, 15-6

Semi-finals - Saturday

8) Jake Bredenbeck v. 13) Jordy Alonso - Noon
2) Alejandro Cardona v. 6) Alejandro Landa - 11 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2017 Torneo Interacional Canel's WRT - Round of 32 & 16

The 2017 World Racquetball Tour (WRT) is playing two tournaments on back to back weekends, and the first is the Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT event in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which began on Friday. There have been two upsets in the Round of 16. Thirteenth seed Jordy Alonso defeated 4th seed Andre Parrilla, 15-13, 9-15, 11-9, in one match, and 10th seed Mauricio Zelada beat 7th seed Christian Longoria, 3-15, 15-13, 11-10.

Rodrigo Montoya is the top seed in San Luis Potosi, and he won his Round of 16 in two straight games, 15-6, 15-11, as did 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona, who was a winner over Erick Sandoval, 15-6, 15-7. Montoya will face Bredenbeck in the quarterfinals, and Cardona will take on Zelada.

You can view the action live from San Luis Potosi starting with the quarterfinals at 5 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 11 AM and noon on Saturday with the final Saturday at 5 PM.

2017 Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT, San Luis Potosi, Mexico June 8-10, 2017

Round of 32

1) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE
16) Abraham Pena d. 17) Alvaro Maldonado, ?

24) Ernesto Ochoa d. 9) Luis Avila, 15-10, 15-2
8) Jake Bredenbeck d. 25) Fabian Parrilla, 15-1, 15-3

5) Gerardo Franco - BYE
21) Gilberto Mejia d. 12) Alex David Cocco Hayes, 15-6, 15-6

13) Jordy Alonso d. 20) Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15-7, 15-13
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) David Horn - BYE
14) Sebastian Fernandez d. 19) Carlos Bacmeister, 15-2, 15-6

11) Victor Camacho d. 22) Alejandro Martinez, 15-4, 15-0
6) Alejandro Landa - BYE

7) Christian Longoria - BYE
10) Mauricio Zelada d. 23) Daniel Maldonado, 15-4, 15-5

15) Eduardo Portillo d. 18) Erick Sandoval, 15-1, 15-9
2) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya d. 16) Abraham Pena
8) Jake Bredenbeck d. 24) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-12, 15-11

5) Gerardo Franco d. 21) Gilberto Mejia, 15-13, 8-15, 11-5
13) Jordy Alonso d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-13, 9-15, 11-9

3) David Horn d. 14) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-11, 15-9
6) Alejandro Landa d. 11) Victor Camacho, 15-7, 15-11

10) Mauricio Zelada d. 7) Christian Longoria, 3-15, 15-13, 11-10
2) Alejandro Cardona d. 18) Erick Sandoval, 15-6, 15-7

Quarterfinals

1) Rodrigo Montoya v. 8) Jake Bredenbeck
5) Gerardo Franco v. 13) Jordy Alonso

3) David Horn v. 6) Alejandro Landa
2) Alejandro Cardona v. 10) Mauricio Zelada

Follow the bouncing ball….