Players traveled from 6 different countries and under pandemic safety protocols to battle for record breaking prize money. The athletes put on a show starting in the qualifier round of 64 all the way through the finals. Prize money in 3 divisions was at stake: Pro singles, Pro Doubles, and Women's Open Singles. Our sincere gratitude goes to Randy Root of TeamRoot.Com, our sole sponsor and racquetball enthusiast, for his generous support.
The 3WallBall World Outdoor Championships went off under some new guidelines for the year of Covid-19. Although the pandemic delayed some of racquetball's grandest indoor events, the Vegas 3WallBall Team, lead by Mike Coulter, managed to pull off a success. Amazing matches were played on the annually constructed courts in the STRAT parking lot. We saw a mix of WOR legends and Hall of Famers playing with some indoor legends and first time 3WallBall players. We saw short wall, one wall, singles, doubles, paddle ball, and handball, all played in front of the iconic hotel.
World #1 Paola Longoria battles past #2 Maria Jose Vargas in Greenville, SC, 15-5, 15-6 in their sixth Finals pairing of the season. Longoria has now beaten Vargas 5 of 6 and now 4 in a row.
Longoria played comfortably this weekend with just 8 points scored against her as the high water mark in any game (by Montse Mejia) and 11 total points in a match (by Mejia in the Quarters and by Vargas in the Finals).
Vargas, on the other hand, had some close games early in the 16s and Quarters vs Sheryl Lotts and Valeria Centellas respectively before finishing them off in the 2nd game of the match. Then, Vargas needed a tie-breaker with #6 Rhonda Rajsich losing the 2nd game before taking the 3rd 11-1 to reach the Finals.
Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the LPRT, capped off the Florida Pro/Am with another Singles title over Maria Jose Vargas. This was the fifth time the players have met in a Finals this season (out of six) with Paola coming out the victor now for the fourth time.
Maryland Christmas Classic is the Gift that Keeps on Giving
Always a memorable and festive event with tremendous fans and support. Congratulations to our winners and finalists! Singles winner Paola Longoria, finalist María Jose Vargas. Doubles winners Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, finalists María Jose Vargas and Natalia Mendez.
Congratulations to Paola Longoria for winning the singles title over Maria Jose Vargas and to Montse Mejia and Alexandra Herrera for winning the doubles title over Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas Solis at the 2019 Paola Longoria Experience #1 Grand Slam in San Luis Potosi Mexico.