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Canadian men's team silver medalists and women's team bronze at the 2012 Racquetball World Championships
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - After great performances on Friday that gave them a chance to win gold in the men's team event at the 16th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mike Green of Burlington, Ont. and Kris Odegard of Saskatoon came up a bit short on Saturday in the final against Team USA.
Green faced American Rocky Carson, the #2 player on the men's pro tour - the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) - and although Green played well, Carson was just that much better, winning in two straight games, 15-8, 15-8.
That meant that Odegard had to win his match against Jose Rojas (the #3 IRT player) to force a third and deciding doubles match. Early, it looked like the doubles match would be necessary, as Odegard was playing well and got to game point first at 14-12. But he couldn't get that last point, as Rojas came back and won game one 15-14.
In game two, Rojas started well and built a big lead at 11-5. But Odegard didn't give up and cut the difference to one at 11-10. However, that's as close as he got, as Rojas made some clutch shots and closed out game two, taking the match, 15-14, 15-10.
The team competition involves countries facing off against each other in a best of three match format: two singles matches and a doubles match. If one team wins the first two matches, then the third is not played. The order of the matches varies by round, so doubles could played first, second or third, if necessary.
The Canadian women won their bronze medal match as their opponents from Colombia had to default due to an injury to Carolina Gomez, who was playing both singles and doubles for them.
In the women's final, Mexico defeated the USA, 2-0, to win the women's team title for the first time. Indeed, it's the first time that the Americans have not won the women's title at the IRF World Championships.
They did it with wins by Paola Longoria against Rhonda Rajsich, 15-4, 14-15, 11-9, and by Jessica Parrilla over Cheryl Gudinas, 15-13, 13-15, 11-9.
In the overall standings (combining men's and women's results), the USA came first, Mexico second, Canada third and Ecuador was fourth.
For further information contact Darrell Davis, VP High Performance at firstname.lastname@example.org , or 306-596-4505 or Racquetball Canada’s media contact Evan Pritchard at email@example.com
2012 INTERNATIONAL RACQUETBALL FEDERATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Note: Seeding is in parentheses
MEN'S TEAM COMPETITION
Final - Saturday
(1) USA d. (2) CANADA, 2-0
- Rocky Carson (USA) d. Mike Green (Burlington, Ont.), 15-8, 15-8
- Jose Rojas (USA) d. Kris Odegard (Saskatoon), 15-14, 15-10
3rd PLACE - Saturday
(3) Mexico d. Bolivia, 2-0
- Polo Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-5, 15-11
- Gilberto Mejia (Mexico) d. Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia), 15-3, 15-3
WOMEN'S TEAM COMPETITION
FINAL - Saturday
(3) Mexico d. (1) USA, 2-0
- Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 15-2, 15-1
- Jessica Parrilla (Mexico) d. Cheryl Gudinas (USA), 15-13, 13-15, 11-4
3rd PLACE - Saturday
(2) CANADA d. (13) Colombia, 2-0
- Brandi Jacobson Prentice (Vaudreuil-dorion, Que.) d. Cristina Amaya (Colombia), default
- Jennifer Saunders (Winnipeg) d. Carolina Gomez (Colombia), injury forfeit
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