Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rajsich defeats Longoria to win Ektelon LPRT Stockton Pro-Am

Every day we make a little history. Some days the history we make is more significant than other days. Sunday was one of those more significant days for Rhonda Rajsich as she defeated Paola Longoria in the final of the Ektelon Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Stockton Pro-Am in Stockton, California ending Longoria's 3 1/2 year match winning streak.

Rajsich, who just last week dropped out of the top two on the LPRT rankings to sit 3rd, defeated Longoria, 11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4. The victory may be enough to put Rajsich back into the #2 spot ahead of current #2 Maria Jose Vargas, who Rajsich beat in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Rajsich was also the last person to defeat Longoria, and that defeat happened in Stockton in May of 2011.

We wrote on Saturday that we believed Rajsich had the skills to defeat Longoria, and it's always nice when there some evidence to back up one's beliefs.

The next LPRT event will be the Paola Longoria Invitational in Monterrey, Mexico December 5-7, 2014.

2014 Ektelon LPRT Stockton Pro-Am
Stockton, Calif., October 19, 2014


Final - Sunday

3) Rhonda Rajsich d. 1) Paola Longoria, 11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Longoria & Rajsich to meet in final of the Ektelon Stockton Pro-Am

Familiar foes will once again do battle Sunday in the final of the Ektelon Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Stockton Pro-Am in Stockton, California, as LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will face off with veteran Rhonda Rajsich, currently the #3 LPRT player.

Longoria defeated Frédérique Lambert in the semis in three straight games, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7, and Rajsich beat LPRT #2 Maria Jose Vargas in four games, 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 11-4.

Sunday will be the first time Longoria and Rajsich have faced off this season. In fact, the two haven't played since April in San Antonio. Rajsich is the last person to defeat Longoria, but she did so back in May of 2011.

Since then Longoria has been unstoppable. But Sunday is a new day, and Rajsich has the skills to defeat Longoria. She just needs put it all together to carry the day.

The final can be seen on the LPRT Network at noon on Sunday.

2014 Ektelon LPRT Stockton Pro-Am
Stockton, Calif., October 17-19, 2014


Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Frederique Lambert, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7
3) Rhonda Rajsich d. 2) Maria Jose Vargas, 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 11-4

Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 3) Rhonda Rajsich - noon PDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

Carson wins Pete Pierce's Party with the Pros IRT event

Rocky Carson got his 19th win on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Saturday night in St Louis, where he won Pete Pierce's Party with the Pros tournament by defeating Alvaro Beltran in the final, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6.

The victory extends Carson's streak of at least one tour win each season that began in the 2010-11 season. In fact, Carson has won an IRT event in eight of the last nine seasons.

Carson's last tour win came in Garden City, Kansas last November, when he defeated Beltran in the final of the 23rd Annual Turkey Shoot.

The next IRT event is the Red Swain Shootout in Davison, Michigan November 6-9.

Pete Pierce's Party with the Pros
St Louis, October 18, 2014

Final - Saturday


2) Rocky Carson d. 1) Alvaro Beltran, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6

Follow the bouncing ball….