Tuesday, December 16, 2014

IRT Rankings December 15, 2014 - De La Rosa #4

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) has updated its rankings after last weekend's New Jersey Open, where Daniel De La Rosa won for the first time in his career. The win moves De La Rosa up to 4th in the rankings, ahead of Jose Rojas, who's now 5th.

The top three remain the same: Kane Waselenchuk is 1st despite missing three of the last four events due to injury; Rocky Carson is solidly 2nd, as he's won three of the last four IRT events, and Alvaro Beltran, runner up in four of the last five events is 3rd.

De La Rosa being 4th is significant, as the IRT's top four players are seeded into the top four spots, but the next four players can be shuffled depending on the event. Thus, the 4th ranked player won't necessarily play the 5th ranked player in the quarterfinals (assuming they win their Round of 16 matches).

Also significantly Marco Rojas has moved up to the 8th spot, ahead of Jansen Allen in 9th and Tony Carson in 10th. The top eight players are seeded into the Round of 16, so being in that group is important.

IRT Rankings - December 15, 2014

Rank - Player - Country - Points

1 Kane WASELENCHUK (Canada) 3870
2 Rocky CARSON (USA) 3512
3 Alvaro BELTRAN (Mexico) 3122
4 Daniel DE LA ROSA (Mexico) 2136
5 Jose ROJAS (USA) 2044

6 Ben CROFT (USA) 1832
7 Chris CROWTHER (USA) 1648
8 Marco ROJAS (USA) 1640
9 Jansen ALLEN (USA) 1592
10 Tony CARSON (USA) 1530

11 Charlie PRATT (USA) 1414
12 Alejandro LANDA (Mexico) 1141
13 Jose DIAZ (USA) 738
14 Danny LAVELY (USA) 615
15 Matthew MAJXNER (USA) 574

16 David HORN (USA) 556
17 Cliff SWAIN (USA) 513
18 Tom FUHRMAN (USA) 431
19 Hiroshi SHIMIZU (Japan) 423
20 Robert COLLINS (USA) 400

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LPRT Rankings December 15, 2014 - Key cracks top 10 for first time

Maria Jose Vargas won her first Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) tournament on the weekend, and that further solidified her position as the LPRT's #2 player, behind #1 Paola Longoria and ahead of #3 Rhonda Rajsich.

Samantha Salas is back up to #4, with Frédérique Lambert in the 5th spot. Six, seven and eight are unchanged: Cristina Amaya, Cheryl Gudinas and Da'monique Davis, respectively.

Michelle Key cracks the top 10 for the first time in her career, as she's the 9th ranked player ahead of veteran left-hander Susana Acosta in 10th.

In the next 10, young players Alexandra Herrera and Maria Renee Rodriguez have cracked the top 20 for the first time. Herrera is 17th and Rodriguez is 20th.

The LPRT will begin the new year in Cincinnati with the Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati Pro-Am January 23-25, 2015.

LPRT Rankings - December 15, 2014

Rank - Name - Country - Points

1 Paola Longoria (Mexico) 2850.00
2 Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia) 1844.00
3 Rhonda Rajsich (USA) 1675.48
4 Samantha Salas (Mexico) 823.00
5 Frédérique Lambert (Canada) 763.50

6 Cristina Amaya (Colombia) 705.50
7 Cheryl Gudinas (USA) 543.50
8 Da'monique Davis (USA) 490.25
9 Michelle Key (USA) 488.55
10 Susana Acosta (Mexico) 434.50

11 Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) 417.00
12 Sofia Rascon (Mexico) 411.00
13 Sheryl Lotts (USA) 352.50
14 Aubrey Kirch (USA) 352.00
15 Adrienne Haynes (USA) 274.25

16 Jessica Parrilla (Mexico) 263.94
17 Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) 253.00
18 Carla Muñoz (Chile) 248.50
19 Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) 195.00
20 Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) 180.25

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Round Up - Wins for Acosta & Iwaasa

Susana Acosta and Coby Iwaasa won Women's and Men's Open titles, respectively, on the weekend. Acosta won the Women's Open title at the 23rd Annual Christmas Classic in Arlington, Virginia, as she defeated Da'monique Davis in the final, 15-8, 15-4.

In the semi-finals, Acosta beat Adrienne Haynes, 15-13, 15-2, and Davis defeated Jessica Parrilla, 15-10, 14-15, 11-3. It's a good win for Acosta, who's had poor results on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) so far this season.

Iwaasa beat Maurcio Zelada, 15-11, 15-14, to take the Men's Open title at the New Jersey Open in Warren, New Jersey. He defeated Danny Lavely, 12-15, 15-6, 11-4, in one semi-final, while Zelada beat Thomas Carter, 15-12, 12-15, 11-8, in the other.

Also in New Jersey, Jake Bredenbeck went 1 for 2 in doubles finals. He and Sebastian Franco won Men's Open by defeating Jose Daniel Alvarez and Fernando Rios, 15-8, 15-13, in the final, but he and Elizabeth Simmons lost the Mixed Open final to Aimee Ruiz and Charlie Pratt, 15-5, 15-5.

Ruiz also won the Women's Open title by defeating Jean Halahan, 15-5, 12-15, 11-5, in the final.

23rd Annual LPRT Christmas Classic
Arlington, Virginia

Women's Open


Susan Acosta d. Da'monique Davis, 15-8, 15-4


Susan Acosta d. Adrienne Haynes, 15-13, 15-2
Da'monique Davis d. Jessica Parrilla, 15-10, 14-15, 11-3


Susan Acosta d. Phyllis Morris, 15-5, 15-4
Adrienne Haynes d. Kimberly Thomas, 15-14, 15-4
Jessica Parrilla d. Carla Muñoz, 13-15, 15-14, 11-10
Da'monique Davis d. Maria Renee Rodriguez, 15-10, 12-15, 11-9

2014 New Jersey Open
Warren, New Jersey

Men's Open Singles


Coby Iwaasa d. Mauricio Zelada, 15-11, 15-14


Coby Iwaasa d. Danny Lavely, 12-15, 15-6, 11-4
Mauricio Zelada d. Thomas Carter, 15-12, 12-15, 11-8

Men's Open Doubles


Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco d. Jose Daniel Alvarez & Fernando Rios, 15-8, 15-13


Jose Daniel Alvarez & Fernando Rios d. Jonathan Clay & Sean Klingaman, 15-7, 15-14
Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco d. Tim Landeryou & Danny Lavely, 14-15, 15-13, 11-4

Women's Open Singles


Aimee Ruiz d. Jean Halahan, 15-5, 12-15, 11-5


Aimee Ruiz d. Samantha Simmons, 15-9, 15-4
Jean Halahan d. Elizabeth Simmons, 15-7, 15-5

Mixed Open Doubles


Aimee Ruiz & Charlie Pratt d. Elizabeth Simmons & Jake Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-5


Aimee Ruiz & Charlie Pratt d. Jean Halahan & David Barnes, 15-5, 15-2
Elizabeth Simmons & Jake Bredenbeck d. Samantha Simmons & Sebastian Franco, 13-15, 15-7, 11-10

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