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US Open Championship Update 2015

October 31st, 2015 Comments off
Paola Longoria wins 2015 US Open Championships bringing her to her 6th title.

Paola Longoria wins 2015 US Open Championships bringing her to her 6th title.

CONGRATULATIONS to my “Championship Team”…Paola Longoria for winning her 6th US Open title and Rocky Carson finishing in the semi finals

CONGRATULATIONS to my “Junior Championship Team”…Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner for winning 2 Bronze Medals

The 2015 United Healthcare US Open Championships held in Minneapolis, MN was an amazing event.  It was held at the Life Time Fitness Center, inside the Target Center, and there were 800+ participants, 18 countries and $67,000.00 in prize money. The 20th annual event was the biggest and most widely viewed event in racquetball history.

All http://www.irtnetwork.com/ subscribers can see Paola and Rocky’s matches in the archives as well as the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Pro Singles and Doubles finals will be aired on the Tennis Channel…days and times to be announced.

Rocky Carson in deep thought during his semi final match at the 2015 US Open. Then its all smiles later celebrating TEAM HEAD.

“Rocky Carson in deep thought during his semi final match at the 2015 US Open. Then it’s hanging out with TEAM HEAD.”

 

Paola Longoria defended her title from 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and is now the 6th time 2015 United Healthcare US Open Champion. She won the event in fashion against her rival Rhonda Rajsich in 4 games. She played amazingly well throughout the week with her aggressive style of play and her consistency. She dropped one game to, Veronica Sotomeyer in the semi-finals, and one game to Rhonda Rajsich in the finals, on the way to being crowned the 2015 US Open Champion.

Paola also won the 2015 United Healthcare US Open Women’s Pro Doubles title with her regular doubles partner, Samantha Salas Solis.  They are the most dominating doubles teams presently playing, as they are the reigning World Doubles Champions and Pan American Doubles Champions.

Paola continues to build her portfolio of being the LPRT’s #1 ranked professional player in the world where winning is a way of life for Paola.

 

Rocky Carson made it to the semi-finals of the 2015 United Healthcare US Open, but fell short to his rival, Daniel De La Rosa, in a 5th game tie-breaker, 10-12. Rocky fought hard and played well, but unfortunately Daniel came back at the end to squeak out the 5th game victory.

 

Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner at 2015 US Open Championships on their way to their first Bronze Medals.

Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner at 2015 US Open Championships on their way to their first Bronze Medals.

Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner both played the US Open for the first time and brought home Bronze Medals in their respective divisions.

 Jordan lost a tough Women’s Pro Qualifier, but then bounced back in the Women’s Open Division to defeat the girl she lost to at the Junior World Championships last year in Cali, Columbia and played Veteran Pro Susy Acosta very close in the semi-finals.

Mitchell, at the age of 15, marched through the Men’s B Division like he owned it. Won a few tiebreakers and 2 very close matches, but in the end he fell a little short in the semi-finals. 

ALL their hard work paid big dividends as they used the Racquetball Sports Triangle that I advocate in my book, Championship Racquetball. ALL year long they never missed a beat working on their racquetball skills, their mental skills and their conditioning/nutritional skills. They knew all three sides of the triangle needed to work together in order for them to reach their championship level game and they did.
 

Everyone wants to hold a US Open title from the pro division all the way down to the amateur divisions, which is what makes it so competitive and exciting.

 

I had so many of my students and our campers attend this event. …CONGRATS to all of them:

Tammarrian Rogers/Vivian Rodriguez 1st in the Women’s Elite

Heather Hojat  1st in the Women’s 25+ & 1st in Women’s 25A/45A

Dragana Bulatovic Semi-Finals Women’s A

Julienne Arnold Semi-Finals Women’s 40+

Jane Nixon 2nd in the Women’s D & Women’s 45+ C & Women’s 45C/55C

Sue Goodwin in the Semi-Finals Women’s 50+

Eugene Cole 2nd in the Men’s 45+

Daryl Cooperrider Semi-Finals Men’s 55A’

Dean Baer 2nd in Men’s Heroes Singles Open/A

 

I had to wear so many hats such as coach, run the HEAD Penn booth, meet for the USAR-IP Certification Program, commentate on the IRT Network, sell our “Championship Products”…book, video, camps and and and.

It is an event you DO NOT want to miss next year so plan for it and you will not be sorry you attended the BEST EVENT of the year.

 

****My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” lead by Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner are representing the USA at the Junior World Championships in Dominican Republic November 6-14. Good Luck and stay focused. Bring home the hardware.

***It will be streamed live on the International Federation Racquetball website.

Sudsy Monchik at the 2015 US Open Championships during his induction into the USAR Hall of Fame.

Sudsy Monchik at the 2015 US Open Championships during his induction into the USAR Hall of Fame.

A special CONGRATULATIONS to Sudsy Monchik, one of my dearest friends and athletes, who I coached to 5X #1 pro ranking and 4X US Open Champion, and who was inducted into the USAR Hall of Fame for 2015.

I cannot begin to tell you what a true champion he was as he climbed the ranks as a junior, adult and culminating as a pro player.

Sudsy’s work ethic and his generosity to give back to the sport that was so good to him is second to none. It was both an honor and privilege to coach him as a player and now it is amazing to see him share his experiences as the coach of the Ecuador Racquetball Team.
Sudsy has come full circle and I am GLAD I was and still am a part of his life.

Love you Sudsy…the skies the limit!

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September Update 2015

October 2nd, 2015 Comments off

“Rocky Carson makes the finals in 3 out of 3…in KS & Las Vegas, NV”

“Paola Longoria wins Singles & Doubles…in Las Vegas, NV”

 “Jordan Cooperrider wins the Triple Crown at the WRT in FL”

“Wayne Antone & Mitchell Turner training hard for Junior World’s”

 

My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” led by Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria, both started their season winning, on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) & the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT).
 

Rocky Carson continued where he left off last season and made the finals 3 out of 3. In the first indoor tournament of the season, Rocky made the finals in KS by beating Jansen Allen in the quarterfinals and Felipe Camacho in the semifinals before losing to Kane Waselenchuk in the finals in 4 games. 

The following weekend Rocky headed to the last outdoors tournament of the season. He is the most decorated outdoor player ever with 15+ career titles and added to his winning ways by making it to the finals of both the men’s pro singles and doubles in Las Vegas, NV. Rocky won the 3Wallball men’s pro doubles division and took home second in the men’s pro singles competition.

 

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Rocky Carson winner of pro doubles at 3WBall.

Paola Longoria is the world’s best indoor racquetball player, and Paola proved she is just as dominant on the outdoor court in winning her first 3Wallball World Championship pro singles and doubles titles under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Paola entered the event seeded last in the singles draw due to her ‘rookie’ status on the outdoor tour, but that didn’t matter as she knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds before defeating the defending champion in the tournament final of the women’s pro singles division. Paola teamed up with experienced Michelle Key to make it 2 for 2 and also won the women’s pro doubles division in similar dominating fashion.

 

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Paola Longoria winner of pro singles/doubles at 3WBall.

*Rocky and Paola now are both turning their attention back to indoors in preparation for the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. Taking place during the 2nd weekend in October, the US Open is racquetball’s largest and most prestigious tournament of the year. Rocky is a former US Open Champion while paola has won the event five-time, including the last four in a row. 

 

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” led by Jordan Cooperrider, Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner also started their season working hard in preparation for the Junior World Championships in the Dominican Republic in early November. 

Jordan Cooperrider continues to dominate the Women’s Open divisions in Florida. At the WRT Sarasota, FL event she took 1st place in 3 of the 3 divisions she entered…Women’s Open singles, doubles and mixed open doubles. I call it the “Triple Crown”.

Jordan Cooperrider , Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner getting ready for Jr. World championships in November w Coach Davis and Paola Longoria superstar.

Jordan Cooperrider , Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner getting ready for Jr. World championships in November w Coach Davis and Paola Longoria superstar.

Wayne Antone has been training really hard with me in Salem, OR as well has been sparring with Charlie Pratt in Portland, OR and Tony Carson in Eugene, OR. He is on track for some big local tournaments leading up to the Junior World Championships.

Mitchell Turner has been training really hard with me in Salem, OR and Seattle, WA as well has been sparring with Charlie Pratt in Portland, OR. He is on track for some big local tournaments leading up to the Junior World Championships.

*Jordan and Mitchell will also be heading to the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis for the 1st time ever. This tournament will be a great lead up for them in preparation for the Junior Worlds in the beginning of November.

**All IRT Tier 1 and Grand Slam events are streamed live on the IRT Network.

***All LPRT Tier 1 and Grand Slams are streamed on Livestream.com.

****All IRF International Events are streamed on Livestream.com…the USAR Channel.

 

Enjoy your journey to your “championship game” like my “championship team”.

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