Saturday, October 10, 2015

All Mexico LPRT doubles final at 2015 US Open

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) doubles final at the 2015 United Healthcare US Open in Minneapolis will be an all Mexico affair, as #1 seeds Paola Longria and Samantha Salas defeated 4th seeds Susana Acosta and Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-5, in one semi-final and the young team of Alexandra Herrera and Monserrat Mejia knocked off 3rd seeds Michelle Key and Frédérique Lambert in the other semi-final, 13-15, 15-9, 11-7.

How young are Herrera and Meija? They're teenagers. Herrera, a left-hander, was a double gold medalist in Girl's U18 at last year's World Junior Championships, winning in singles and doubles, while Mejia won gold in Girl's U14 doubles.

They've beaten the #2 and #3 seeds to get to the final, but Saturday they'll be up against the three time reigning World Champions. The test doesn't get any tougher.

The final will be 4 PM CDT Saturday.

2015 United Healthcare US Open - LPRT Draws
Minneapolis - October 7-11, 2015


1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas d. 4) Susana Acosta & Jessica Parrilla, 15-5, 9-15, 11-5
Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia d. 3) Michelle Key & Frédérique Lambert, 15-13, 9-15, 11-7

Final - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - 4:00 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Croft & Waselenchuk, Bredenbeck & Diaz win semis at 2015 US Open

Defending International Racquetball Tour (IRT) US Open doubles champions Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk looked unlikely to defend their title as Croft was hurting on Thursday, as he's coming back from shoulder surgery. But they've made it to the at the 2015 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis final, after defeating brother Jose Rojas and Marco Rojas, 15-10, 15-2.

They'll face another young team in the final, as Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz defeated Jansen Allen and Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 15-12, in the other semi-final.

"Always fun playing with Jake," said Diaz, "because he's just a monster on the court. To get a win against [Allen and Pratt]. It's pretty big."

Bredenbeck agreed, saying "I feel we play together really well. [Jose] takes pressure off me, because he's going to be there and cover. I can just shoot the ball."

Part of their advantage could be that they have matching shoes. Diaz was telling Bredenbeck that he liked his shoes, and they weren't expensive, and they passed a store that had them, and Bredenbeck needed some new court shoes, so "it's works out perfect," said Bredenbeck.

"I was going for the green ones," said Bredenbeck, "but they didn't have them."

"Luckily," added Diaz.

The final will be streamed live via the IRT Network at 5 PM CDT.

2015 United Healthcare US Open - IRT Draw
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 7-11, 2015

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Jose Rojas & Marco Rojas, 15-10, 15-2
Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 15-12

Final - Saturday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 5:00 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 US Open IRT Quarterfinals

Ten time US Open champion and seven time defending champion Kane Waselenchuk continued his mission for #11 Friday at the United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships, as he defeated Jansen Allen, 11-3, 11-1, 11-1, in the quarterfinals. Waselenchuk will now face Alvaro Beltran in the semi-finals Saturday. Beltran beat Anthony Herrera in the quarterfinals, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

Daniel De La Rosa - the 4th ranked player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) - has reached the semi-finals of United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships for the first time in his career after defeating 5th seed Jose Rojas, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5, in the quarterfinals Friday in Minneapolis.

The win, which came Rojas's fourth straight US Open quarterfinal appearance, avenged a loss to Rojas last month in Kansas.

Afterwards, De La Rosa said he felt "I'm ready for this" last night, and that he'd been working on his mental preparation. "I don't have anything to lose."

All the top four seeds made the semi-finals, and all did so in three straight games, which suggests that they are cut above the rest of the field.

Play will streamed live via the IRT Network.

2015 United Healthcare US Open - IRT Draw
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 7-11, 2015

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. 8) Marco Rojas, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5
4) Daniel De La Rosa d. 5) Jose Rojas, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Anthony Herrera, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8
2) Kane Waselenchuk d. 7) Jansen Allen, 11-3, 11-1, 11-1

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 4) Daniel De La Rosa - 2:00 PM CDT
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. 3) Alvaro Beltran - 11:00 AM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….