Congrats to your One-wall Doubles winners on the weekend:
- Men’s Pro Doubles: Robert Sostre/William Rolon
- Women’s Pro Doubles: Masiel Rivera/Aimee Roehler
- Mixed Pro Doubles: Robert Sostre/Masiel Rivera
- 75+: Sergio Rivera/Suresh Vemulapalli
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The weather looked great and the competition was awesome all weekend. Here’s a recap of the four biggest draws.
Men’s Pro Doubles recap:
12 teams entered this draw, split into three RR groups. The format gave the winners of the RR groups byes into the knockout semis, and then the three second place teams played a winner-take all mini-RR group to determine the last semi finalists.
- @Robert Sostre and William Rolon
- @Yasmani Perez and Alejandro Barceló
- @Ignacio Espinal and Eric Faro
The three 2nd place teams who duked it out for the last semi spot were:
- @Thomas Gerhardt and @Mike Harmon
- @Richie MIller and @David Blatt
- @Freddie Ramirez and @Joe Young
Ramirez and Young claimed the last knockout spot by topping the wild card RR group.
In the semis, Sostre/Rolon took out Ramirez/Young in a matchup of long-time one-wall partners Iceman and Freddie. In the other semi, Espinal & Faro topped the surprise group winners Perez/Barcelo.
In the final, Sostre/Rolon were just too strong and took out Espinal & Faro in two close games.
Women’s Pro Doubles Recap:
The Women’s pro doubles played one big RR group to determine the top two teams, who then met again in a winner take all final.
In the group stage, LPRT touring pro @Masiel Rivera and Hall of Famer @Aimee Roehler cruised to a group win, with #1 seeds and NY one-wall legends @Maira Ramos and @Kathy Guinan taking second.
In the knockout final, Rivera/Roehler won the rematch against the New Yorkers to take the pro title.
Mixed Pro Recap;
An excellent mixed doubles draw was hit somewhat by injuries by Sunday morning, but still featured some top teams battling it out. The 10 teams split into RR groups of five each, with the top two teams advancing to the knockouts.
Group A winners: Sostre/Rivera
Group B winners: @Ruben Pagan / Roehler.
Second place finishers: @David Blatt and @Anita Maldonado from Group A, and @Richard Miller / @Maira Ramos from group B.
In the knockouts, Sostre/Rivera held serve in the top half, while Pagan/Roehler were upset by the NYC pairing of MIller/Ramos. In the final, Sostre/Rivera made it a double, winning the Mixed 21-16.
Combined 75+ Recap
The Combined 75+ was nearly as big of a draw as the Men’s Pro, and was hotly contested. Like with Mixed, the 11 teams split into two big RR groups, with the top two teams advancing to the semis.
From Group A, @Alejandro Barcelo and @Richie Miller took the group, with the traveling VA team of @Sergio Rivera and @Suresh Vemulapalli taking 2nd.
In Group B: the pro finalists Espinal and Faro took the top spot, while the Miami duo of @Daniel Talamo and @Gleiber Barrios Subires surprised some one-wall top pros to take second.
In the knockouts, some amazing upsets. Barcelo/Miller took out the underdog Miami pairing in the first semi, but the Virginians shocked the pro finalists to get to the finals. There, Rivera and Vemalapalli took out another favored pro outdoor pairing to surprise the tournament and win the final. Kudos to Rivera and Suresh for their big win!
Thanks to the Tourney Directors @thao le and @maddie melendez for putting this event on! Thanks to @vic leibofsky for his help on the draws and making sure all of us watching from afar knew what was going on.
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Per our handy master racquetball calendar …
… The next big tournament on the schedule is the IRT Suivant Consulting Grand Slam in Mid January 2022. We have a few lower tier events in the early part of January.