PRO RACQUETBALL STATS

2017-18 LPRT SEASON WRAP UP

Pro Racquetball Stats offers up short season recaps of the year end, top ten ranked players on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour.

1. PAOLA LONGORIA • Mexico

Longoria finishes the season nearly 1,000 points ahead of #2. To put this in context, this is nearly 5 tournament wins "worth" of points. She won 7 of the 9 events, missing one event and losing in the San Antonio final to her doubles partner Salas to break a 28-match winning streak. She now has 82 Tier 1 wins in the database and claims 89 LPRT career wins (an off-season todo-item will be to resolve this discrepancy and see if I'm missing results for early in her career). You know a player is dominant when you're more interested in her losses than her wins: she finishes the season with a 32-1 record.

2. FREDERIQUE LAMBERT • Canada

Frederique Lambert missed a couple of events early but still showed why she's the dominant #2 player in the world, making 5 finals. She lost all five; four to Longoria and one in a walk-over when she had to leave a tourney early. Her medical school commitments will continue, but hopefully her tour participation will as well, because she's nearly as dominant as a #2 as Longoria is as a #1.

3. JESSICA PARRILLA • Mexico

Jessica Leona Parrilla missed the last event of the season due to a knee injury suffered at Mexican Worlds Selection event the previous weekend, but thanks to fortuitous results in that event she maintained her #3 ranking on the season. Parrilla made four semis and a final, was seeded #1 at one event and had a couple of unlucky early-round match-ups against Salas and Vargas, else her season might look a bit better. No word as of this writing as to the extent of her injury; lets just hope it isn't bad enough to cost her any part of the upcoming season.

4. ALEXANDRA HERRERA • Mexico

Alexandra Herrera: She missed the final event of the season (possibly still celebrating her big doubles win in the Mexican Selection event), but thanks to Rhonda's quarter-finals loss she jumped up one ratings slot to finish the year #4. This is Herrera's highest ever ranking (she finished #5 last season) and she'll look to keep pushing upwards.

5. RHONDA RAJSICH • USA

Rhonda Rajsich improved one spot from her year end ranking last year ... but probably is disappointed because her upset loss in the quarters of the Kanas event cost her a shot at the #4 or even #3 ranking on the year. She made 5 semi-finals on the season but didn't push through to make a final for the first season in her entire full-time touring pro career.

6. NANCY ENRIQUEZ • MEXICO

Nancy Enriquez de Chavez gets the award for most improved player, making a semi and a final and staking claim to being one of the elite players in the sport. Enriquez didn't play a pro match for 6 years (May 2011 to April 2017) but got a number of great wins this season over top players. Enriquez also made some noise in the Mexican National tourneys, making the semis of both Mexican Nationals and the recent Mexican Worlds selection event.

7. NATALIA MENDEZ • Argentina

Natalia Mendez slumped slightly in the 2nd half of the season, suffering three first-round exits but still maintaining her top 8 seed. This is just Mendez' second pro season and she's now firmly entrenched in the top 8, with 3 quarterfinals and 2 semi final appearances this season.

8. CRISTINA AMAYA • Colombia

Cristina Amaya kept her #8 seed despite missing the season's final event. She achieves her eighth straight top 10 finish, though she failed to break past the quarters in any pro event this season. The reigning Bolivarian games champ has had a busy Int'l schedule that continues into this summer.

9. MARIA JOSE VARGAS • Argentina

Maria Vargas: the former #2 player on tour missed half the season but still managed to salvage a top 10 ranking. She got a tournament win this year (a walk-over over Lambert), but was plagued by tough early-round match-ups as she built back her rankings. She had losses to Rhonda in the 32s, Salas in the 16s and Lambert in the quarters of events this year; all at least semis-quality match-ups. If Vargas comes back to play the tour regularly ... she's a favorite to return to her lofty top 2-3 ranking.

10. CARLA MUNOZ • Chile

Carla Carla Muñoz Montesinos: the busy Chilean made four quarterfinals but was not able to match her break out season of 2016-17. She did manage to compete on the LPRT, play multiple international events and take Inter-collegiates in one season. 

NOTABLE MENTIONS BY RANKING

11. SAMANTHA SALAS • Mexico

Samantha Salas Solis: She missed the first 6 events of the season recovering from shoulder surgery ... but she's back 100%, having put a on #1 Longoria. She should begin her climb back up the rankings at the beginning of next season and challenge Vargas & Lambert for the #2 spot on tour. Meanwhile, she's rejoined her frequent doubles partner Longoria and they finished the season undefeated, winning San Antonio, World Doubles in Denver and the season's final event in Overland Park.

12. ADRIANA RIVEROS • Colombia

 Adriana Riveros treaded water in singles (she finished last year ranked 10th on tour in singles) but was dominant in doubles, finishing ranked 4th on the LPRT doubles circuit. She and frequent partner Amaya got a doubles title and made three other finals on the year.

15. GABY MARTINEZ • Guatemala

Ana Gabriela Martinez made a quarter and a semi this year and got a number of notable wins. She is also a rising force to be reckoned with on the doubles side, teaming with fellow country-woman Marie Renee Rodriguez (who finished right behind her at #16 this year) to make noise in recent IRF events.

17. MONTSE MEJIA • Mexico

Montserrat Montse Mejia finished 17th despite only playing 3 events; she made a quarter and a semi while still playing juniors (she's the reigning Mexican and World 18U girls champ). She's also a rising force on the doubles side; finishing the pro season ranked 6th in the pro doubles ranking.

We've alluded above to doubles rankings, so here's a quick overview of the doubles results for the season as well:

Longoria also "won" the LPRT doubles title, and her two partners on the year (Herrera and Salas) were ranked 2nd and 3rd. Riveros and Amaya were 4th and 5th respectively, pairing frequently to compete well together. Mexican Junior Mejia finished 6th despite rarely playing while she finishes her studies, but her teaming up with Herrera has proven big-time dividends, including a trip to Columbia later this year as they upset the #1 team in the Mexican selection event finals last weekend.

Argentinian Mendez finished 7th and won a doubles title playing with Herrera early on; now she has settled into a partnership with country-person Vargas and might start making moves up the rankings. Parrilla finished 8th and did not have a steady partner the entire season, playing with three different players throughout the year. Her best partnership seems to be with Lambert ... but that seems to be on hold while we await word of her injury.

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