Men's Singles U.S. Team Qualifying Division
Horn Wins His First U.S. National Singles Title
With over 200 players from 31 states competing for age and skill titles, ClubSport Pleasanton hosted 472 matches over five days, the 2018 National Singles Championship concluded this weekend in Pleasanton, California, with Rhonda Rajsich (Fountain Hills, AZ) and David "Bobby" Horn (Pleasanton, CA) claiming national titles. Serving as the third Team Qualifier and worth 50% of the points for the 2018/2019 U.S. National Team, the Team slots were wide open.
Heading into the week, Rhonda Rajsich led the women’s point chase with 46 points. In a match where the scores didn't reflect the play, Rajsich defeated doubles partner Sheryl Lotts (Bedford, OH) 15-5, 15-4 in the semifinal match. In the other semifinal, Kelani Bailey dropped the first game to Adrienne Haynes (Memphis, TN) 5-15, but came roaring back winning 15-7 And 11-6.
A rematch of the Women's Singles Team Qualifying event final in Tempe, Arizona, the two were ready for a head to head battle. Rajsich defended her title winning in two games, 15-9, 15-7. Winning her 11th national title, Rajsich said, "This one is dedicated to my Uncle Rob," who passed away during the Pan-American Championships. "I had a different set of hurdles to overcome, and it still hasn't hit me yet."
In the Men's Singles Team Qualifying division, the Final was a battle of the 209, with David "Bobby" Horn taking on a refocused José Rojas (Stockton, CA). Playing twelve straight weeks of racquetball for Team USA and on the pro tour, Horn defeated José Diaz (Stockton, CA) in a back and forth battle during the semifinals, 15-12, 9-15, 11-10. In a tough semifinal match against Junior National Team Head Coach, Charlie Pratt (Gainesville, FL), José Rojas didn't miss a beat after being away from competitive play for almost 2 years, winning in two games, 15-13, 15-10.
Playing in his home club, the fans came out in force to cheer Horn's win. There was a thunderous cheer when he won following his forth match point opportunity. Showing both power and finesse, Horn not only won the title, but clinched the top spot in the Race for the Team, punching his ticket to Cali, Colombia for the IRF World Championships this August.
Click here to see all results for the 2018 National Singles Racquetball Championship.