Day Three: Small Ball 3WallBall Singles and Doubles + 1-Wall and 3-Wall Big Ball Action
3-Wall Small Ball Singles Final: Ruiz vs. Fink
2011 3-Wall Small Ball Singles champion Shorty Ruiz met first-time finalist David Fink in the Friday evening ESPN3 final. Fink had defeated Ruiz in their previous two 3-Wall Small Ball encounters at the 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships and would need a third consecutive victory to win his first Yellow Jersey. Ruiz started quickly in game one, building a 6-2 lead in game one with a dominating return of serve and fly kills. Ruiz kept Fink off balance for the remainder of the game, sealing a one-game lead, 15-5. Fink adjusted the Ruiz’s power return in game two, building an 8-4 lead and ultimately serving for the game at 14-8. Fink squandered three setups and six serves to win the game, while Ruiz seized the momentum to serve at match point, 15-14. Fink ended Ruiz’s seven-point run to serve for the game for the seventh time at 16-15, but was still unable to close out the game. Ruiz scored the final three points of the game to become the first two-time Small Ball 3WallBall singles champion.
Ruiz def Fink 15-5, 18-16
3-Wall Small Ball Doubles Final: Montijo/Torres vs. Morales/Fink
Morales and Fink teamed up for the first time at the 3WallBall Championships and clicked like a seasoned pair in game one of the final, controlling the rallies and the front court to take a one-game lead. Torres and Montijo applied more pressure in game two, adding zip to their overhand drives and making sensational retrieves to dominate the game and force a decider. Torres and Montijo continued to dominate in game three, building a 10-2 lead in the third game to 15. Team Torres/Montijo stood just two points from the title at 13-5 when Team Morales/Fink charged. With Morales playing perfect two-wall pinch out-the-door shots and Fink converting setups, Team Morales/Fink stood just one point from forcing overtime at 13-14. Team Torres/Montijo called a timeout, earned a quick side out, and when Fink shot from 30-feet, Montijo was there for the match-ending re kill.
Final: Team Torres/Montijo def Team Morales/Fink
3-Wall and 1-Wall Big Ball Singles
The top Big Ball WallBall stars advanced in the 1-Wall and 3-Wall Big Ball singles, setting up an exciting weekend of action on the Las Vegas Strip.
Saturday will feature the Men’s and Women’s 1-Wall and 3-Wall Big Ball 3WallBall singles and doubles, with WallBall’s top stars aiming for their spots in Sunday’s finals.
Stay tuned to wphlive.tv for updates throughout the week!
Watch LIVE on ESPN3 & www.watchespn.com beginning at 12pm Pacific time as the WPH turns to the 1 wall portion of the event and will feature semifinal action from 12p-4pm; meanwhile, the 3 wall big ball brackets continue with a live stream at www.wphlive.tv/live also at 12pm.
12:00pm – Upper Bracket Semis – 1 Wall Big Ball Pro Doubles (Carlin Rosa/Tywan Cook or Ralph Romano/Izzy Rivera vs Hector Velez/Carlos Pena vs Pee Wee Castro/Gio Vasquez)
12:45am – Lower Bracket Semis – 1 Wall Big Ball Pro Doubles (Enrique Santiago/Rookie Wright or Joshua Milian/Kadeem Bush vs Andres Calle/Chris Show or Timothy Gonzalez/Samuel Sanford
1:30pm – Lower Bracket Semis – 1 Wall Small Ball Pro Singles – Robert Lee vs Pee Wee Castro
2:15pm – Upper Bracket Semis – 1 Wall Small Ball Pro Singles – Nick Roman vs Gio Vasquez
3:00pm – Upper Bracket Semis – 1 Wall Big Ball Pro Singles – Timothy Gonzalez vs Kadeem Bush
To follow the results and draws from all three sports go to:
Results from Paddleball, HERE>
Results from Handball, HERE>
Results from Racquetball, HERE>