Friday, October 24, 2014

Quarterfinal day produces drama at World Junior Championships - Boy's Divisions

There was much drama Thursday - quarterfinal day - in the boy's divisions at the 26th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia, including three tie-breakers in the U18 singles division.

The U18 match that did not go breaker was between Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Nicolas Bousquet, which was won by Iwaasa - the top seed in the draw, 15-5, 15-10. Iwaasa will play Bolivian Mario Mercado in the semi-finals on Friday, as Mercado, the 5th seed, upset the 4th seed Adam Manilla of the USA, 15-14, 5-15, 11-9.

On the other side of the U18 draw, last year's champion Conrado Moscoso of Bolivia was three points from being out of the tournament against Mexican Franciso Mar, who had an 8-2 lead in their tie-breaker. But Moscoso found a way back into the match, and won it 11-7, as Mar was assessed a technical for throwing the ball out of the court. Reportedly, the incident was more accidental than intentional, but by the rules a ball that leaves the court from a player's action between rallies is a technical, so Mercado lost a point.

Moscoso will play Andres Acuña of Costa Rica, who defeated the other Mexican in the draw, Eduardo Garay, 6-15, 15-6, 11-5. Garay was a semi-finalist last year.

Thus, Mexico will be shutout of the medals in Boy's U18 for the first time in several years. A Mexican has claimed at least one of the four medals in U18 every year from 2008 on, which is when The Racquetball Blog's records of the event begin.

In Boy's U16, it will be Cristhian versus Christian in one semi-final, as Cristhian Mina of Bolivia defeated Mexican Alejandro Almada, 9-15, 15-5, 11-9, and Christian Chavez of Ecuador beat Felipe Lopez of Colombia, 15-10, 15-11.

There's a Cristian on the other side of the draw, as top seed Cristian Longoria will face American Mauro Rojas in the semis, after they won their respective quarterfinals. Longoria beat Set Cubillos of Bolivia, 15-8, 15-10, and Rojas beat fellow American Wayne Antone, 15-11, 15-0.

The semi-finalists in Boy's U14, are top seed Eduardo Portillo of Mexico, Jordan Barth of the USA, Mexican Mario Ruiz, and Andres Montero of Costa Rica.

In U14 doubles, Canadians Chris Culhane and Simon Comeau upset the 4th seeds Nicolas Zhindon and Pedro Reyes, 15-11, 15-14. After winning the first game, the Canadians were down in game two 14-4, but managed to come back and win 15-14.

The elimination round continues Thursday with the semi-finals on Friday and finals on Saturday. There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network.

There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network for free.

26th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Cali, Colombia

Boy's U18 Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Nicolas Bousquet (Canada), 15-5, 15-10
Mario Mercado (Bolivia) d. Adam Manilla (USA), 15-14, 5-15, 11-9

Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) d. Eduardo Garay (Mexico), 6-15, 15-6, 11-5
Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Francisco Mar (Mexico), 5-15, 15-11, 11-7

Semi-finals - Friday

Coby Iwaasa (Canada) v. Mario Mercado (Bolivia)
Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) v. Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Cristian Longoria (Mexico) d. Set Cubillos (Colombia), 15-8, 15-10
Mauro Rojas (USA) v. Wayne Antone (USA), 15-11, 15-0

Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) d. Alejandro Almada (Mexico), 9-15, 15-5, 11-9
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Felipe Arenas (Colombia), 15-10, 15-11

Semi-finals - Friday

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Mauro Rojas (USA)
Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) v. Christian Chavez (Ecuador)

Boy's U14 Singles

Quarterfinals


Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. Julian Homberger (Costa Rica), 15-9, 15-0
Jordan Barth (USA) d. Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia), 15-4, 15-0

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) d. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-3, 15-8
Andres Montero (Costa Rica) d. Gerson Miranda (Bolivia), 15-9, 15-7

Semi-finals - Friday

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Jordan Barth (USA)
Mario Ruiz (Mexico) v. Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

Boy's U18 Doubles

Semi-finals - Friday


Erik Garcia & Francisco Mar (Mexico) v. Andres Aviles & Pablo Sauma (Costa Rica)
Sawyer Lloyd & Adam Manilla (USA) v. Conrado Moscoso & Mario Mercado (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) d. Graham Frattinger & Trevor Webb (Canada), 15-3, 15-11
Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) d. Darragh O'Donoghue & James Ryan (Ireland), 15-11, 15-8

Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA) d. Gonzalo Paco & Marco Zambrana (Bolivia), 14-15, 15-3, 11-2
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) d. Set Cubillos & Felipe Arenas (Colombia), 15-14, 15-12

Semi-finals - Friday

Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) v. Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA)

Boy's U14 Doubles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. Sergio Ortega & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras), 15-4, 15-7
Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada) d. Pedro Reyes & Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador), 15-11, 15-14

Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica) d. Ricardo Diaz & Dane Elkins (USA), 11-15, 15-0, 11-4
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Julian Cruz & Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala), 15-2, 15-2

Semi-finals - Friday

Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada)
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quarterfinal day produces drama at World Junior Championships - Girl's Divisions

There were some upsets on quarterfinal day in the girl's competition at the 26th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia.

In Girl's U18, American Lexi York came back from 10-5 down in the tie-breaker to defeat 4th seed Hawira Rojas, 14-15, 15-9, 11-10. York got down in the breaker, because she was skipped several shots on both the forehand and backhand sides. But match point came as a result of Rojas having her headband come off as she was setting up for shot that would have got her the serve back.

York will play top seed Lucia Gonzalez of Mexico in the semi-finals Friday, as Gonzalez beat Maria Cespedes of the Dominican Republic, 15-7, 15-12, in the quarters.

Two tie-breakers in U16, and it was the top two seeds who had play them with one of them winning and the other losing. Top seed Jordan Cooperrider of the USA won her match against Merinanllely Delgado of the Dominican Republic), 15-11, 8-15, 11-5, but 2nd seed Natalia Mendez of Bolivia lost to fellow Bolivian Hawira Rojas, 9-15, 15-7, 11-8.

That could be the first time Mendez has not reached the podium when playing in a World Cup (U14, U16, U18) division.

In U14, there was a Bolivia-Bolivia match won by Wanda Carvajal, who beat team-mate Adriana Homsi, 13-15, 15-7, 11-7. Also, Mexican Ana Laura Flores defeated Maria Jose Muñoz of Ecuador, 15-5, 15-4, in the quarterfinals, and she'll play defending U14 champion Gabriela Martinez, who was a winner over Alexis Iwaasa of Canada, 15-2, 15-3.

Carvajal and Homsi will play for gold in U14 doubles, as they defeated Ecuador's Ivana Sempertegui & Adriana Homsi, 15-3, 15-7, in the semi-finals Thursday. Their opponents will be Monserrat Mejia and Andrea Ramirez of Mexico, as they beat Alejandra Jimenez Castillo and Rodaliza Perdomo of Dominican Republic, 15-11, 15-4.

In U16 and U18 doubles the top seeds will play for gold Saturday, as they both won their semi-final matches Thursday. In U18, Ximena Gonzalez and Alexandra Herrera of Mexico will face Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez of Guatemala, and in U16 Mexicans Diana Aguilar and Ana Sofia Gasca will face off against Melania Sauma and Sofia Soley of Costa Rica.

The elimination round continues Friday with the semi-finals and finals on Saturday. There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network for free.

26th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Cali, Colombia

Girl's U18 Singles


Quarterfinals - Thursday

Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico) d. Maria Cespedes (Dominican Rep.), 15-7, 15-12
Lexi York (USA) d. Hawira Rojas (Bolivia), 14-15, 15-9, 11-10

Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala), 15-3, 15-11
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) d. Michèle Morissette (Canada), 15-3, 15-12

Semi-finals - Friday

Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico) v. Lexi York (USA)
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) v. Alexandra Herrera (Mexico)

Girl's U16 Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Jordan Cooperrider (USA) d. Merinanllely Delgado (Dominican Republic), 15-11, 8-15, 11-5
Melania Sauma (Costa Rica) d. Erika Manilla (USA), 15-5, 15-7

Diana Aguilar (Mexico) d. Sofia Soley (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-7
Hawira Rojas (Bolivia) d. Natalia Mendez (Bolivia), 9-15, 15-7, 11-8

Semi-finals - Friday

Jordan Cooperrider (USA) v. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica)
Diana Aguilar (Mexico) v. Hawira Rojas (Bolivia)

Girl's U14 Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday


Monserrat Mejia (Mexico) d. Amita Gondi (India), 15-5, 15-8
Wanda Carvajal (Bolivia) d. Adriana Homsi (Bolivia), 13-15, 15-7, 11-7

Ana Laura Flores (Mexico) d. Maria Jose Munoz (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-4
Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) d. Alexis Iwaasa (Canada), 15-2, 15-3

Semi-finals - Friday

Monserrat Mejia (Mexico) v. Wanda Carvajal (Bolivia)
Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) v. Ana Laura Flores (Mexico)

Girl's U18 Doubles

Semi-finals - Thursday


Ximena Gonzalez & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) d. Merinanllely Delgado & Maria Cespedes (Dominican Rep.), 15-4, 15-0
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Danielle Drury & Michèle Morissette (Canada), 15-3, 15-9

Final - Saturday

Ximena Gonzalez & Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala)

Girl's U16 Doubles

Semi-finals - Thursday


Diana Aguilar & Ana Sofia Gasca (Mexico) d. Alexandra Murray & Jewel Sauvé (Canada), 15-0, 15-1
Melania Sauma & Sofia Soley (Costa Rica) d. Jordan Cooperrider & Erika Manilla (USA), 15-6, 15-13

Final - Saturday

Diana Aguilar & Ana Sofia Gasca (Mexico) v. Melania Sauma & Sofia Soley (Costa Rica)

Girl's U14 Doubles

Semi-finals - Thursday


Monserrat Mejia & Andrea Ramirez (Mexico) d. Alejandra Jimenez Castillo & Rodaliza Perdomo (Dominican Rep.), 15-11, 15-4
Wanda Carvajal & Adriana Homsi (Bolivia) d. Maria Jose Munoz & Ivana Sempertegui (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-7

Final - Saturday

Monserrat Mejia & Andrea Ramirez (Mexico) v. Wanda Carvajal & Adriana Homsi (Bolivia)

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Day one of elimination at World Junior Championships - Boy's Divisions

There were a few upsets on the boy's side Wednesday at the 26th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia, as they played the first day of the elimination round.

In U18, Nicolas Bousquet of Canada beat American Connor Laffey, 15-10, 15-1, and will play top seed and fellow Canadian Coby Iwaasa in the quarterfinals Thursday, as Iwaasa defeated Chilean Rodrigo Salgado, 15-4, 15-9, Wednesday. Thus, Canada is assured of a medal, but only one, as either Bousquet or Iwaasa will be at least a bronze medalist with a win on Thursday.

There's a similar situation for the USA in Boy's U16, as Wayne Antone had two wins on Wednesday: first over Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-5, and then an upset of the 4th seed Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia), 10-15, 15-3, 11-4, to reach the quarters.

Antone will play fellow American Mauro Rojas in the quarters Thursday, as Rojas defeated Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-1, Wednesday.

Antone's wasn't the only upset in U16, as Felipe Arenas of Colombia beat the 2nd seed Jose Ubilla of Costa Rica, 15-12, 10-15, 11-2, to reach the quarters, where he'll play Christian Chavez of Ecuador, who was a winner against Costa Rican Alexander Pirie, 15-5, 15-13.

The Costa Ricans will have a chance to even the score in doubles Thursday, as Pirie and Ubilla will play Arenas and Set Cubillos in the quarterfinals.

The only U16 doubles match Wednesday was a dramatic tie-breaker with several great rallies won by 9th seeds Graham Frattinger and Trevor Webb over 8th seeds Manuel Diaz and Richie Soto of the Dominican Republic, 14-15, 15-12, 11-5. The Canadians will play Mexicans Jordy Alonso and Cristian Longoria Thursday.

In U14, 9th seed Julian Homberger of Costa Rica upset 8th seed Akul Ramayani of the USA, 15-9, 15-3, but the other American Jordan Barth - who's approximately twice a big as his team-mate, defeated Nicolas Zhindon of Ecuador, 15-3, 15-7. Ramayani is playing also playing in U12, where he's still alive in the quarterfinals.

Thursday in the U14 singles quarters, Homberger will play Mexican Eduardo Portillo, who beat Pedro Reyes (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-2 Wednesday, and Barth will face 4th seed Fernando Ruiz of Bolivia, a winner against Johan Adasme of Chile, 15-1, 15-1, Wednesday.

The elimination round continues Thursday with the semi-finals on Friday and finals on Saturday. There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network.

There will be live streaming of the semi-finals and finals from Cali via the IRF Network for free.

26th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships
Cali, Colombia

Boy's U18 Singles


Coby Iwaasa (Canada) d. Rodrigo Salgado (Chile), 15-4, 15-9
Nicolas Bousquet (Canada) d. Connor Laffey (USA), 15-10, 15-1

Mario Mercado (Bolivia) d. Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-0, 15-10
Adam Manilla (USA) d. Jorge Ochoa (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-4

Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) d. Connor Culhane (Japan), 15-1, 15-2
Eduardo Garay (Mexico) d. Andres Aviles (Costa Rica), 15-11, 15-2

Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia) d. Hanzel Martinez (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-3
Francisco Mar (Mexico) d. Mateo Espinoza (Ecuador), 15-6, 115-11

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Coby Iwaasa (Canada) v. Nicolas Bousquet (Canada)
Adam Manilla (USA) v. Mario Mercado (Bolivia)

Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) v. Eduardo Garay (Mexico)
Francisco Mar (Mexico) v. Conrado Moscoso (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Singles

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) d. Graham Frattinger (Canada), 15-13, 15-8

Trevor Webb (Canada) - BYE
Set Cubillos (Colombia) - BYE

Mauro Rojas (USA) - BYE
Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic) - BYE

Wayne Antone (USA) d. Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-6, 15-5
Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia) - BYE

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) - BYE
Richie Soto (Dominican Republic) d. Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala), 15-8, 15-2

Darragh O'Donoghue (Ireland) - BYE
Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) - BYE

Christian Chavez (Ecuador) - BYE
Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) - BYE

Felipe Arenas (Colombia) d. James Ryan (Ireland), 13-15, 15-11, 11-2
Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) - BYE

Round of 16

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) d. Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)
Set Cubillos (Colombia) d. Trevor Webb (Canada), 15-9, 15-8

Mauro Rojas (USA) d. Danny Perdomo (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-1
Wayne Antone (USA) d. Gonzalo Paco (Bolivia), 10-15, 15-3, 11-4

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) d. Richie Soto (Dominican Republic), 15-6, 15-2
Cristhian Mina (Bolivia) d. Darragh O'Donoghue (Ireland), 15-3, 15-3

Christian Chavez (Ecuador) d. Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-13
Felipe Arenas (Colombia) d. Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica), 15-12, 10-15, 11-2

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Set Cubillos (Colombia)
Mauro Rojas (USA) v. Wayne Antone (USA)

Alejandro Almada (Mexico) v. Cristhian Mina (Bolivia)
Christian Chavez (Ecuador) v. Felipe Arenas (Colombia)

Boy's U14 Singles

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) - BYE
Pedro Reyes (Ecuador) d. Julian Cruz (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-6

Akul Ramayani (USA) - BYE
Julian Homberger (Costa Rica) - BYE

Jordan Barth (USA) - BYE
Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) - BYE

Johan Adasme (Chile) d. Santiago Apa Placenti (Argentina), 15-6, 15-8
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) - BYE

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) - BYE
Sergio Ortega (Honduras) d. Allan De Leon (Panama), forfeit

Chris Culhane (Canada) - BYE
Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) - BYE

Javier Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
Andres Montero (Costa Rica) - BYE

Simon Comeau (Canada) d. Camilo Sabogal (Colombia), 15-13, 15-6
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE

Round of 16

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) d. Pedro Reyes (Ecuador), 15-2, 15-2
Julian Homberger (Costa Rica) d. Akul Ramayani (USA), 15-9, 15-3

Jordan Barth (USA) d. Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador), 15-3, 15-7
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) d. Johan Adasme (Chile), 15-1, 15-1

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) d. Sergio Ortega (Honduras), 15-6, 15-8
Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) d. Chris Culhane (Canada), 15-11, 14-15, 11-3

Andres Montero (Costa Rica) d. Javier Martinez (Guatemala), 15-1, 15-7
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) d. Simon Comeau (Canada), 15-2, 15-7

Quarterfinals

Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Julian Homberger (Costa Rica)
Fernando Ruiz (Bolivia) v. Jordan Barth (USA)

Mario Ruiz (Mexico) v. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)
Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Andres Montero (Costa Rica)

Boy's U18 Doubles

Erik Garcia & Francisco Mar (Mexico) - BYE
Andres Aviles & Pablo Sauma (Costa Rica) d. Nicolas Bousquet & Coby Iwaasa (Canada), 15-10, 15-10

Conrado Moscoso & Mario Mercado (Bolivia) d. Hanzel Martinez & Juan Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-5
Sawyer Lloyd & Adam Manilla (USA) d. Mateo Espinoza & Jorge Ochoa (Ecuador), 15-4, 15-2

Semi-finals - Friday

Erik Garcia & Francisco Mar (Mexico) v. Andres Aviles & Pablo Sauma (Costa Rica)
Sawyer Lloyd & Adam Manilla (USA) v. Conrado Moscoso & Mario Mercado (Bolivia)

Boy's U16 Doubles

Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Graham Frattinger & Trevor Webb (Canada) d. Manuel Diaz & Richie Soto (Dominican Republic), 14-15, 15-12, 11-5

Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) - BYE
Darragh O'Donoghue & James Ryan (Ireland) - BYE

Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA) - BYE
Gonzalo Paco & Marco Zambrana (Bolivia) - BYE

Set Cubillos & Felipe Arenas (Colombia) - BYE
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Jordy Alonso & Cristian Longoria (Mexico) v. Graham Frattinger & Trevor Webb (Canada)
Darragh O'Donoghue & James Ryan (Ireland) v. Christian Chavez & Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador)

Jordan Barth & Justus Benson (USA) v. Gonzalo Paco & Marco Zambrana (Bolivia)
Alexander Pirie & Jose Ubilla (Costa Rica) v. Set Cubillos & Felipe Arenas (Colombia)

Boy's U14 Doubles

Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) - BYE
Sergio Ortega & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras) d. Johan Adasme & Ari Weissbrot (Chile), 15-5, 15-7

Pedro Reyes & Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) - BYE
Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada) - BYE

Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica) - BYE
Ricardo Diaz & Dane Elkins (USA) - BYE

Julian Cruz & Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala) - BYE
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) - BYE

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Santiago Garcia & Eduardo Portillo (Mexico) v. Sergio Ortega & Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)
Pedro Reyes & Nicolas Zhindon (Ecuador) v. Simon Comeau & Chris Culhane (Canada)

Julian Homberger & Andres Montero (Costa Rica) v. Ricardo Diaz & Dane Elkins (USA)
David Cordoba & Gerson Miranda (Bolivia) v. Julian Cruz & Geovani Mendoza (Guatemala)

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