Friday, August 1, 2014

PASO Sports Festival - Preview

Saturday the Pan American Sport Organization's (PASO's) Sports Festival racquetball competition will begin in Guadalajara, Mexico. The PASO Sports Festival event is for all non-team sports that will compete next year at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The events began in early July and will run into September in various places in Mexico.

Because the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships were just held in June, Canada, Mexico and the USA have generally sent younger, less experienced teams to Guadalajara.

We've told you the Canadian and American teams previously (but we'll review them below). The Mexican team will be Sofia Rascon and Lucia Gonzalez in Women's Singles with Alexandra Herrera and Ximena Gonzalez in Women's Doubles. All of those are young players, some still juniors.

However, the Mexican men are their A team with Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa playing Men's Singles with Javier Moreno and Beltran playing Men's Doubles. You'd have to think that Mexico could sweep the men's events with that line-up.

The Mexican coaches will be Fabian Parrilla and Yanko Renteria.

The USA team will be Rhonda Rajsich and Da'monique Davis in Women's Singles with Devon Pimentelli and Rajsich playing Women's Doubles. Jake Bredenbeck and David Horn will play Men's Singles, and the American Men's Doubles team will be Jose Diaz and Bredenbeck.

Dave Ellis will be the Head Coach with Brent Huff as the Trainer and Assistant Coach and Cheryl Kirk as Team Leader.

The Canadian team has Samuel Murray and Coby Iwaasa playing Men's Singles with Tim Landeryou and Pedro Castro playing Men's Doubles. Frédérique Lambert and Christine Richardson will be the Women's Singles players with Danielle Drury and Valerie Fallu playing Women's Doubles.

Rino Langelier and Corey Osborne will be coaching the team.

No word on any live streaming from Guadalajara (or where to find results come to that), but we'll pass any information along as we find it.

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, July 19, 2014

USA names team & LPRT names scholarship recipients

USA Racquetball Team for PASO Sports Festival

USA Racquetball has announced its team for the 2014 Pan American Sport Organization (PASO) Sports Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico August 2-8. This is a lead up event for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

The team will be led by Rhonda Rajsich, who will play both Women's Singles and Doubles. Da'monique Davis will play Women's Singles and Devon Pimentelli will partner with Rajsich in Women's Doubles.

On the men's side, Jake Bredenbeck will play both Men's Singles and Doubles with Jose Diaz as his doubles partner. David Horn will be the other American player in Men's Singles.

Bredenbeck, Davis, Diaz and Pimentelli are all playing in their first international event for the USA, and Horn is playing in just his second event (his first was earlier this year at the Pan American Championships). In contrast, Rajsich is making her 18th appearance for Team USA.

Dave Ellis will be the Head Coach with Brent Huff as the Trainer and Assistant Coach and Cheryl Kirk as Team Leader.

LPRT Scholarships

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) has announced its scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 season. The six players are Lucia Gonzalez, Aubrey Kirch, Sheryl Lotts, Hailey Miller, Sofia Rascon and Maria Renee Rodriguez.

This is the second season the LPRT has awarded scholarships to promising young players. Kirch and Rodriguez also got scholarships last season. With that help, Kirch finished 7th and Rodriguez 25th in the LPRT season ending rankings.

The scholarships involve several things, and have an estimated $1,625 value. They are awarded to players between 18 and 25 who will compete in at least five (5) LPRT events not including the US Open or US Nationals.

These scholarships should help the LPRT have another exciting season.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

WOR Championships - Carson, Tisinger, Key & Key, Swain & Tucker win

The World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) Championships happened in Huntington Beach, California on the weekend, and there were some surprising results. But it was no surprise that Rocky Carson won Men's Singles defeating Josh Tucker in the final, 15-8, 15-12.

Carson defeated Daniel De La Rosa in one semi-final, 15-7, 12-15, 11-7, while Tucker beat Charlie Pratt in the other, 15-14, 10-15, 11-7.

Janel Tisinger won Women's Singles, which also wasn't a surprise, as she's been an outdoor champion before. Nevertheless, Tisinger defeated another former WOR champion Rhonda Rajsich in the final, 15-13, 15-7.

In the semi-finals, Tisinger beat Sofia Rascon, 15-7, 15-4, and Rajsich beat Michelle Key, 12-15, 15-14, 11-3.

However, Key and her sister Danielle were one of the surprises in Huntington Beach, as they won Women's Doubles beating Rajsich and Martha McDonald in the final, 15-12, 15-14. They were the 5th seeds, and upset the #1 seeds Tisinger and Aimee Ruiz in the semi-finals, 15-3, 15-12.

In the other semi-final, 2nd seeds Rajsich and McDonald defeated Kris Kaskawal and Mary Schoumaker, 15-5, 15-2.

While Women's Doubles went to a young team in the Key sisters, Men's Doubles was won by veterans Tucker and Cliff Swain. Tucker and Swain, seeded 9th in the draw, defeated 6th seeds Craig Lane and Scott Davis in the final, 15-5, 15-0.

Tucker and Swain beat 5th seeds Carson and Jose Rojas in the semi-finals, 15-10, 15-8, with Lane and Davis defeating 10th seeds Ben Croft and Rod Frontino, 15-9, 15-14.

Tisinger and Greg Solis won the Mixed Open Doubles title defeating Ruiz and Rojas, 15-5, 15-3, in the final. In the semi-finals, Tisinger and Solis beat Key and De La Rosa, 10-15, 15-12, 11-2, and Ruiz and Rojas defeated Kaskawal and Gabriel Medina, 15-12, 11-15, 11-8.

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