The 2023 Kwm Gutterman 3Wall Ball Outdoor Championships are in the books. It was a fun, long weekend in Las Vegas on the grounds of The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod , with players from all over the country competing in Racquetball, Paddleball, and Handball.
Congrats to your Pro racquetball division winners on the weekend:
– Men’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: Daniel De la Rosa & Alejandro Landa
– Women’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera
– Mixed Pro 3-wall Doubles: De La Rosa & Hollie Rae Scott
– Men’s Pro 1-wall Doubles: Eduardo Portillo & Benny Goldenberg
– Mixed Pro 1-wall Doubles: De La Rosa/Scott
– Men’s 3-wall Singles: Alan Natera
– Women’s 3-wall Singles: Mejia
A big weekend for De La Rosa, who entered 4/won 4 divisions (3 pro racquetball divisions plus a paddleball division too). DLR teamed with Scott to win both
Mixed pro titles and, for the first time ever, do a clean sweep of all four mixed pro titles from the three outdoor majors. A fantastic achievement. Mejia took
the 3-wall singles/doubles double, her second straight 3-wall outdoor singles title.
Also Congrats to the winners of the other major Racquetball divisions held this weekend:
– CPRT Pro Doubles: Alvaro Beltran & Rick “Soda Man” Koll
– Combined 75+ Men’s Doubles: Cesar Chavez & Landa
– Centurion/Combined 100+ Men’s Doubles; Tony Burg & Scott St. Clair
– Men’s Open Doubles: Chavez & Emmett Coe
– Women’s Open Doubles: Sonja Septon (competed as a King of the Court)
– Mixed Open Doubles: Mike Harmon & Sarah Noye
– King of the Court Legends competition: Keith Minor
And Here’s the winners of the non-racquetball disciplines competed this weekend
– Paddleball Men’s Doubles: Daniel De La Rosa/ Emmett Coe
– Paddleball Mixed Doubles: Victoria Rodriguez/ Emmett Coe
– Handball 3-wall Big Ball Men’s Doubles: Anthony Hernandez / Tywan Cook
– Handball 1-wall Big Ball Men’s Doubles: Tywan Cook / Michael Christopher:
– Handball 3-wall Big Ball Men’s Singles: Anthony Hernandez
– Handball 1-Wall Big Ball Men’s Singles: Tywan Cook
A triple crown for Brooklyn’s Cook, and a double Paddleball title for Coe, which should be no surprise given the number of national titles he holds.
R2 Sports App home page for event: https://www.r2sports.com/website/event-website.asp?TID=40677
Match Reports in the database by division (racquetball divisions only)
– Men’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/2hq
– Women’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/u28
– Mixed Pro 3-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/fy6
– Men’s Pro 1-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/usc
– Women’s Pro 1-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/m12
– Mixed Pro 1-wall Doubles: https://rball.pro/tkt
– Men’s 3-wall Singles: https://rball.pro/b9t
– Women’s 3-wall Singles: https://rball.pro/13m
Here’s the Triple Crown reports in the database, showing all the winners of all divisions over the years.
– Men’s Doubles Triple Crown Report: https://rball.pro/pdb
– Women’s Doubles Triple Crown Report: https://rball.pro/5pw
– Mixed Doubles Triple Crown Report: https://rball.pro/bhn
– Men’s Singles Triple Crown Report: https://rball.pro/49e
– Women’s Singles Triple Crown Report: https://rball.pro/hl6
Here’s a recap of the draws. Because of the number of divisions to cover, we’ll run through in narrative format instead of round-by-round.
– Men’s 3-wall Pro Doubles: De La Rosa won this title for the 6th time in 7 years, teaming this year with the very improved Alex Landa to take the title over last year’s finalists Manilla & Riffel. Adam and Nick, as they did last year, rolled into the final playing smart, tactical racquetball and were not seriously challenged until the final. DLR continues to show why he’s the best all-around player in the world, killing everything in his reach and leading his team to victory.
There were a couple of notable early round matches. In the opener, #13 seeds Chris & Jack McDonald absolutely pulverized the #4 seeds Waselenchuk & Beltran 8 & 4, surprising the crowd who turned out to watch two legends of the sport. Chris (who has made the pro final in Men’s doubles three times in his career) was just lights out and the brother-brother team created a tactical nightmare for the IRT veterans, who had no answers for McDonald’s pace and aggression. In the quarters, 1-wall specialists Sostre & Goldenberg faced the 3-wall veterans Solis & Allin and played a fantastic, brutal 11,(11),10 match in the 95-degree sun. There was little between the teams on the day, and the crowd was treated to an awesome match.
– Women’s 3-wall Pro Doubles: 10 of the currently ranked top 17 LPRT pros were in Las Vegas, and the pro draws were littered with the sport’s top females mixing it up with outdoor veterans. In the pro doubles, current #1 Mejia, relatively new to outdoor, continues to impress, taking her first outdoor pro doubles title with the improving Herrera. They topped Scott & Lawrence in a tightly-contested 11-8 final.
– Mixed 3wall Pro Doubles: the final pro match competed at the event lived up to its billing as the highly anticipated rematch of DLR/Scott & Kane/Key (full of all sorts of interpersonal overtones) became a highlight show of shot-making from all parties. DLR and Scott ground out a 15-10 win in game one, then ran away with it in game 4 as DLR finger-wagged his way through one kill shot after another. Nonetheless, Kane and Key were an impressive team, and Kane will only improve in the 3-wall discipline going forward. It’s fantastic having the 13-time IRT pro champ here, and I hope he continues to play the outdoor majors.
– Men’s One wall Pro Doubles; The ever improving Lalo Portillo joined forces with NY-one wall veteran Goldenberg to grind out a title over the #1 seeds and multi-time champions of this event Sostre & Rolon in a slugfest on the show-court.
– Women’s One Wall Pro Doubles: Munoz won her second straight Vegas One-wall pro ladies doubles title, teaming with Laime to take a strange final over the eventual 3-wall champs Herrera & Mejia. After edging them 11-10 in game one, they blew out the two top LPRT pros 11-1 in game two for the win. This was a great division, with each of the 6 teams featuring a past pro doubles outdoor champion.
– Mixed One Wall Pro Doubles: The semis of the Mixed one-wall pro doubles tournament featured men who had combined for a grand total of 20 year end IRT #1 titles (between Kane, Cliff Swain , and DLR). The action on the court bore that out. Waselenchuk, who recently relocated to San Antonio and who has been playing with the big one-wall community there, showed just how quickly he’s picking up the discipline, but the more experienced outdoor player DLR drove his team to the win.
Other Rball divisions:
– CPRT Pro Doubles: Alvaro Beltran & Rick “Soda Man” Koll outlasted Rocky Carson and Jesus Ustarroz in the CPRT final, with the two veteran IRT champions battling it out on one side while the west coast outdoor specialists battled it on on the other.
– Combined 75+ Men’s Doubles: Cesar Chavez & Landa: Chavez and Landa ground out a tough win over the Gainesville-based McDonald brothers Chris & Jack in one of the very last matches played on Sunday.
– Centurion/Combined 100+ Men’s Doubles; @Tony Burg & Scott St. Clair, who are tough enough in 40+ or 75+, cruised to the 100+ win.
– Men’s Open Doubles: Chavez & Emmett Coe: SoCal’s Chavez got the double, pairing with Coe to take the Open title. They topped Dj Mendoza & Rhys Andersen in the final.
– Women’s Open Doubles: Sonja Septon took the Open Doubles title … how did she do that by herself you ask? Well, because the competitors played it as a “King of the Court” style where each of the 6 entrants played a full doubles match paired with each of the other 5. It gives everyone a ton of play. LPRT commissioner @TTj Baumbaugh came in 2nd.
– Mixed Open Doubles: Mike Harmon & Sarah Noyes from Florida took the 4-team mixed open draw, with NorCal’s @Walter Ramos and Erica Williams coming in 2nd.
– King of the Court Legends competition: Keith Minor topped the IRT legends-heavy King of the Court division and won the “Belt” for next year. It was awesome to see all the KOTC competitors all weekend.
Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend from both pro tours, especially the work all weekend from broadcasters Favio Soto and @Pablo Fajre and the IRTLive crew, as well as Jerry J Josey Jr. JT R Ball , and Tj Baumbaugh and guest stars on the LPRT feed.
Thanks to the Tourney Directors Mc Vegas for putting this event on, as well has his entire 3Wall Ball team. Peggine Tellez , Jen O’Meara , and especially @Peter McMillan worked tirelessly all weekend, along with dozens of other volunteers at the front desk and behind the scenes to make this tourney happen.
Thanks to the primary Tourney Sponsors @KWM Kwm Gutterman, PROKENNEX , @AGE Age Solutions , @LPL Financial, and Randy Root . Thanks also to the dozen other sponsors who helped either with product or finances. Without you, we do not have a pro sport, and without you we don’t have 3WallBall. Thank for all you do.
Per our handy master racquetball calendar …
We have a break in the action for most of October, then the sport’s biggest international stages is here in the Pan Am Games. The top representatives from every country will bein Chile from 10/21 to 10/26 to compete.