Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mexico wins team title at 2014 Pan Am Championships

Mexico finished on top of the overall standings at the XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as they were first in both men's and women's competitions winning a total of six medals: gold in both men's and women's doubles and silver and bronze in both men's and women's singles.

Coming second overall was the USA, who had a gold medal performance in men's singles from Jose Rojas and a silver in men's doubles.

Argentina made their best ever showing, finishing third overall with a gold in women's singles from Maria Jose Vargas, a silver in women's doubles and a bronze in men's doubles.

Canada came fourth overall with two bronze medals, and then Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia had one bronze medal each.

The results reinforce the strength of Mexican racquetball, and came without the current women's World Champion Paola Longoria.

XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz, Bolivia - April 12-19, 2014


Women's Singles

GOLD - Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina)
SILVER - Susana Acosta (Mexico)
BRONZE - Samantha Salas Solis (Mexico) and Cristina Amaya (Colombia)

Women's Doubles

GOLD - Susana Acosta & Samantha Salas Solis (Mexico)
SILVER - Maria Jose Vargas & Véronique Guillemette (Argentina)
BRONZE - Frédérique Lambert & Josée Grand'Maître (Canada) and Veronica Sotomayor & Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)

Men's Singles

GOLD - Jose Rojas (USA)
SILVER - Andree Parrilla (Mexico)
BRONZE - Polo Gutierrez (Mexico) and Vincent Gagnon (Canada)

Men's Doubles

GOLD - Daniel De La Rosa & Edson Martinez (Mexico)
SILVER - Jose Rojas & David Horn (USA)
BRONZE - Ricardo Monroy & Roland Keller (Bolivia) and Daniel Maggi & Shai Mazuri (Argentina)

Women's Team

GOLD - Mexico
SILVER - Argentina
BRONZE - Canada
4th - Ecuador

Men's Team

GOLD - Mexico
SILVER - USA
BRONZE - Bolivia
4th - Canada

Combined Team

GOLD - Mexico
SILVER - USA
BRONZE - Argentina
4th - Canada

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rojas wins men's singles, Mexico men's doubles at Pan Am Championships

American Jose Rojas won men's singles but lost men's doubles Saturday at the XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as Mexico and the USA split the men's gold medals. Rojas defeated Andree Parrilla, 15-4, 15-11, in the singles final to earn his first individual gold medal in international competition.

Rojas had a chance to sweep up the gold medals in Santa Cruz, as he and David Horn were in the men's doubles final, but they lost to Mexicans Daniel De La Rosa and Edson Martinez, 14-15, 15-12, 11-1.

With the win, De La Rosa becomes the fifth player to win Pan Am Championship gold in both singles and doubles, joining Canadian Mike Green, American Bill Sell, Mexican Polo Gutierrez and Bolivian Ricardo Monroy. De La Rosa won the Pan Am Championships singles title in 2011.

The next international event will be the International Racquetball Federation (IRT) World Championships June 14-21 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz, Bolivia - April 12-19, 2014


Men's Singles - Final

Jose Rojas (USA) d. Andree Parrilla (Mexico), 15-4, 15-11

Men's Doubles - Final

Daniel De La Rosa & Edson Martinez (Mexico) d. Jose Rojas & David Horn (USA), 14-15, 15-12, 11-1

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Vargas & Mexico win gold at Pan Am Championships

Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina and Susana Acosta of Mexico split the women's finals at the XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Vargas winning the singles gold and Acosta the doubles gold with Samantha Salas Solis.

Vargas defeated Acosta in two straight games to take the singles title, 15-4, 15-8. The win is a first gold medal for Argentina or any South American women at the Pan Am Championships.

But in doubles the Mexican team of Acosta and Salas Solis took out the Argentine team of Vargas and Véronique Guillemette in three games, 10-15, 15-8, 11-7.

The win is Acosta's and Salas Solis's fourth Pan Am Championship title in doubles and second that they have won together. Their other win was in 2010.

The next international event will be the International Racquetball Federation (IRT) World Championships June 14-21 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

XXVII Pan American Racquetball Championships
Santa Cruz, Bolivia - April 12-19, 2014


Women's Singles - Final

Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) v. Susana Acosta (Mexico), 15-4, 15-8

Women's Doubles - Final

Susana Acosta & Samantha Salas Solis (Mexico) d. Maria Jose Vargas & Véronique Guillemette (Argentina), 10-15, 15-8, 11-7

Follow the bouncing ball....