2018 National Doubles Champions

Feb. 13, 2018, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

2018 National Doubles Racquetball Championships Concludes
Monchik Makes His Return at 43 and Wins the Doubles U.S. National Team Qualifying Division

Rocky Carson and Sudsy Monchik with "The Team Behind the Team" on the court after their victory.

Tempe, AZ – With 343 participants and over 533 matches held, the 2018 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championship concluded on Sunday. Saturday’s marquee match ups in the Women’s Doubles U.S. Team Qualifying division ended in a thrilling tie-breaker as Sharon Jackson (Atlanta, GA) and Kelani Bailey (Roanoke, VA) defeated Rhonda Rajsich (Fountain Hills, AZ) and Sheryl Lotts (Bedford, OH) 15-10, 11-15, 11-8. This is the duo’s first National Doubles title together.

In a battle for the Men’s Doubles U.S. Team Qualifying title, veterans and current U.S. Team member Rocky Carson (Ladera Ranch, CA) and Sudsy Monchik (Staten Island, NY) overcame the onslaught brought by David Horn (Stockton, CA) and Mauro Daniel Rojas (Stockton, CA), 15-14, 15-8. This marks the first time that Sudsy Monchik makes the U.S. National Team since 1995, when he represented Team USA at the Pan American Games. More impressive is that Monchik wins this event and earns his appointment to the U.S. National Team at 43 years of age, quite an accomplishment for the former and now current member of Team USA.

Kelani Bailey/Sharon Jackson post match interview with Jason Thoerner, USAR Executive Director.

In the race for the 2018-19 U.S. National Team, Rhonda Rajsich won the Women’s Singles U.S. Team Qualifying division by forfeit over Kelani Bailey, while Rocky Carson defeated Charlie Pratt 15-5, 13-15, 11-7 in the Men's Singles U.S. Team Qualifying division.

As National Doubles Champions, Jackson, Bailey, Carson and Monchik earned appointments and secured positions on the U.S. National Team and will represent Team USA at the 2018 IRF World Championships in Haining City, Zhejiang Province, China this coming August. Support Team USA In their journey to the World Championships by donating to the Team USA Challenge.

For all the complete results and final finishers, please visit the official results page on our R2sports tournament page link.

l-r: Sheryl Lotts, Sharon Jackson, Rhonda Rajsich and Kelani Bailey.