Sunday, August 17, 2014

Longoria wins twice at 2014 LPRT Torneo Fenapo event

Paola Longoria was a double winner Sunday at the tournament that bears her name: the Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which is the first event of the 2014-15 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season, as she won both singles and doubles.

In the singles final, Longoria defeated Maria Jose Vargas, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2, but it could have turned out differently if Vargas's comeback in game two was successful. Longoria led 8-1 and 10-3, but Vargas came back to tie the game at 10-10, but she wasn't able to get the lead against the LPRT's #1 player.

Vargas did lead in game three, but after scoring the first two points of the game, Longoria scored eleven straight to take the match in three straight games. The win extends Longoria's tournament winning streak that began in May 2011. She's won 33 Tier 1 or Grand Slam events on the women's pro tour.

Longoria and Samantha Salas defeated 5th seeds Michelle Key and Frédérique Lambert in the doubles final, but they had to come from a game down against the American-Canadian pair, who won the first game comfortably. But the reigning three time World Champions prevailed, 4-15, 15-10, 11-4.

The live streaming of the matches was spotty, to say the least, but the matches are archived at the LPRT Network, so you can see how things played out in San Luis Potosi. The next Grand Slam LPRT event will be the Albiertos Mexicano de Racquetas in Huixquilica, Mexico September 18-21, but the 3 Wall Ball World Championship in Las Vegas from September 11-14 is a LPRT satellite event.

LPRT Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Singles - Final


1 Paola Longoria d. 3 Maria Jose Vargas, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2

Doubles - Final

2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key, 4-15, 15-10, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

2014 LPRT Torneo Fenapo - Semi-finals

Paola Longoria and Maria Jose Vargas will face off in the final of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on Sunday night. Longoria will be going for her 32nd tournament win in a row, while Vargas is trying to win her first.

Longoria reached the final by defeated fourth seed Samantha Salas, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, in the semi-finals. Salas played well, and had a 7-0 lead in game one, but could not close out the game as Longoria fought her way back into it.

In the other semi, Vargas beat second seed Rhonda Rajsich, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3, to reach her second consecutive final. Vargas has been in the finals four of the last seven LPRT tournaments.

Longoria could be a double winner on Sunday, as she and Salas are in the doubles final as well after they defeated Susana Acosta and Jessica Parrilla, 15-12, 15-7, in the semi-finals on Saturday.

But their opponents won't be Rajsich and Vargas, who were the top seeds, as they were upset by 5th seeds Michelle Key and Frédérique Lambert, 10-15, 15-9, 11-2, in the other semi.

There been some technical issues with the live feed on the LPRT Network, but they will have both finals live on Sunday, but note the times: noon for the doubles and 8 PM for the singles.

LPRT Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Singles - Semi-finals


1 Paola Longoria d. 4 Samantha Salas, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5
3 Maria Jose Vargas d. 2 Rhonda Rajsich, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3

Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria v. 3 Maria Jose Vargas - 8 PM CDT

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas d. 9 Sheryl Lotts & Kimberly Irons, 15-5, 15-10
5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key d. 4 Sofia Rascon & Lucia Gonzalez, 15-13, 14-15, 11-1

3 Susana Acosta & Jessica Parilla d. 6 Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz, 15-11, 15-7
2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 7 Cristina Amaya & Carla Muñoz, 15-10, 15-2

Doubles - Semi-finals

5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key d. 1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas, 10-15, 15-9, 11-2
2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 3 Susana Acosta & Jessica Parilla, 15-12, 15-7

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key - Noon CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 LPRT Torneo Fenapo - Quarterfinals

There have been no upsets with three of the four quarterfinals completed at the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Second seed Rhonda Rajsich ended the nice run of Kimberly Irons by defeating her in the quarters, 11-2, 11-1, 11-8.

Rajsich will play 3rd seed Maria Jose Vargas in the semi-finals Saturday, as Vargas survived a five game match with Frédérique Lambert, winning 11-4, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3.

Fourth seed Samantha Salas defeated Maria Paz Muñoz, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7, to advance to the semis, where she'll play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria, who defeated Veronica Sotomayor, 11-2, 11-2, 11-7.

Also, they are playing doubles in San Luis Potosi, and there will be two quarterfinal matches this afternoon leading to the semi-finals tonight. Fourth seeds Sofia Rascon and Lucia Gonzalez will play fifth seeds Lambert and Michelle Key, and third seeds Susana Acosta and Jessica Parilla will face sixth seeds Sotomayor and Muñoz.

There been some technical issues with the LPRT Network, but they should have the semi-finals live for you tonight beginning at 7 PM CDT.

LPRT Torneo Fenapo 2014 Paola Longoria
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Singles - Quarterfinals


1 Paola Longoria d. 8 Veronica Sotomayor, 11-2, 11-2, 11-7
4 Samantha Salas d. 12 Maria Paz Muñoz, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7

3 Maria Jose Vargas d. 6 Frédérique Lambert, 11-4, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3
2 Rhonda Rajsich d. 26 Kimberly Irons, 11-2, 11-1, 11-8

Singles - Semi-finals

1 Paola Longoria v. 4 Samantha Salas - 8 PM CDT
2 Rhonda Rajsich v. 3 Maria Jose Vargas - 7 PM CDT

Doubles - Quarterfinals

1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas d. 9 Sheryl Lotts & Kimberly Irons, 15-5, 15-10
4 Sofia Rascon & Lucia Gonzalez v. 5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key

3 Susana Acosta & Jessica Parilla v. 6 Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz
2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 7 Cristina Amaya & Carla Muñoz, 15-10, 15-2

Doubles - Semi-finals

1 Rhonda Rajsich & Maria Jose Vargas v. 4 Sofia Rascon & Lucia Gonzalez or 5 Frédérique Lambert & Michelle Key - 9 PM CDT
2 Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 3 Susana Acosta & Jessica Parilla or 6 Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz - 10 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….