Team USA Strikes Gold

July 25, 2016, 4:07 p.m. (ET)

Team USA Strikes Gold at IRF World Championships

Rocky Carson Wins Record Fifth-Straight Singles World Championship
Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger Take the Women’s Doubles Title

Cali, Colombia – The U.S. National Racquetball Team concluded play in the 18th International Racquetball Federation World Championships with Gold Medals in Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, and Men’s Team along with Silver Medals in Men’s Doubles, Overall Team and Women’s Team.

Rocky Carson, 37, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., added to his legendary international record with his fifth-straight Singles World Championship title.  Carson sealed his Gold Medal performance with a three-game victory over Daniel De La Rosa of Mexico 15-11, 5-15, 11-5.  In completing what is now a decade of dominance in the bi-annual World Championships, along with his back-to-back Pan Am Games Singles Gold Medals, Carson has cemented his legacy as the most decorated man in the history of IRF competition.

Aimee Ruiz, 41, of Whitehouse Station, N.J. and Janel Tisinger, 33, of Simi Valley, Calif. teamed up to win the Women’s Doubles World Championship.  In the final, the duo defeated two-time defending champions Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas of Mexico, 15-11, 9-15, 11-8.  For Ruiz, this was her third Doubles World Championship title with as many partners.  This victory marked the first World Championship for Tisinger, an accomplishment made more special with her mother, USA Racquetball Hall of Fame member Debra Tisinger-Moore, serving as Assistant Coach.

The United States also brought home a Silver Medal in Men’s Doubles where Jake Bredenbeck, 24, of Marine on St. Croix., MN and Jose Diaz, 23 of Stockton, Calif. lost in the finals to Mexicans Alvaro Beltran and Javier Moreno, 12-15, 9-15.

In the Overall Team competition, Team USA finished second to Mexico as a result of the Gold Medal performances of Carson, Ruiz and Tisinger, as well as the Silver Medal performance in Men’s Doubles.

The United States Men won the Men’s Team competition by the narrowest of margins over Mexico.  In addition to Carson’s Singles Gold and the Silver Medal in Men’s Doubles, Chris Crowther, 37 of Carlsbad, Calif., added valuable points to the Men’s Team’s one-point victory by reaching the quarterfinals in Singles competition.

On the Women’s side, the Doubles Championship for Ruiz and Tisinger secured a second-place finish.  Rhonda Rajsich, 37 of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Michelle Key, 27 of Gilbert, Ariz., both contributed to the Women’s Team’s Silver Medal in Singles play.

TEAM USA was led by Head Coach Dave Ellis of Stockton, Calif.  Serving as Assistant Coach was Debra Tisinger-Moore of Simi Valley, Calif.  Rounding out the delegation was Team Leader, Cheryl Kirk, of Naperville, Ill., and Brent Huff, Team Trainer, of St. Charles, Ill.

Overall Team Results

  1. Mexico                                    824 points
  2. United States 670 points
  3. Bolivia 438 points
  4. Canada 395 points
  5. Ecuador 347 points

MeMen’s Team Results

  1. USA      393 points
  2. Mexico 392 points
  3. Bolivia      252 points
  4. Canada      199 points
  5. Ecuador      182 points

Women’s Team Results

  1. Mexico                                    432 points
  2. United States 277 points
  3. Guatamala 227 points
  4. Canada 196 points
  5. Bolivia 186 points

2. About USA Racquetball

USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.

Media Contact

Steve Czarnecki, USA Racquetball Executive Director,