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APCON Development 3WallBall Beach Bash Recap

by Todd Boss

2024 APCON Development Beach Bash
(Photo by 3WallBall)

Congrats to your Pro winners on the weekend:


- Men's Pro Doubles: Robert Sostre and Benny Goldenberg
- Women's Pro Doubles: Michelle Key and Katie Neils
- Mixed Pro Doubles: Robert Sostre and Kelani Lawrence
- Men's Pro Singles: DJ Mendoza
- Women's Pro Singles: Veronica Sotomayor

Executive Summary: Sostre takes two titles and has a huge weekend. Goldenberg goes undefeated in Men's and CPRT. Key wins her record extending 34th WOR major title. Lawrence and Neils return to the winner's circle. Sotomayor repeats, and Mendoza is a first time winner in singles.

R2 Sports App home page for event: https://www.r2sports.com/website/event-website.asp?TID=41755
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Reports on ProRacquetballStats.com:

Match reports for 2024 Beach Bash:

- Men's Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/g69
- Women's Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/ego
- Mixed Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/s1n
- Men's Pro Singles: https://rball.pro/9xz
- Women's Pro Singles: https://rball.pro/672

Triple Crown Reports for all past WOR major champions:

- Men's Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/3lj
- Women's Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/zoa
- Mixed Pro Doubles: https://rball.pro/obz
- Men's Pro Singles: https://rball.pro/9ey
- Women's Pro Singles: https://rball.pro/h27
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Here’s a quick run through the draws, reviewing the action.

Men's Pro Doubles:

One-wall NYC legends Sostre & Goldenberg held serve as the #1 seeds and took the pro draw without dropping a game. With Sostre manning the left-side, he demonstrated his hall of fame hand-speed and one-wall defense all weekend to grind out the win. They toppled two Floridians in Yasmani Perez & Javier Trujillo in the final, who really raised some eyebrows this weekend as pro division debutants.

The tenor of the match was set at the end of the first game, when a line call at game point was over-turned by Perez, giving their opponents the game. Great sportsmanship all around, and great play for the neutrals to watch.

Photos from the 2024 APCON Development Beach Bash
Photo by: onewallball.com

Women's Pro Doubles:

The Arizona pair of Michelle Key and Katie Neils took the pro doubles title over surprise finalists from Miami Chanis Leon and Yurisleidis Allue. Leon and Allue showed why you can't just assume touring pros will win in outdoor (especially one-wall), topping two teams of LPRT veterans to make the final.

Mixed Pro Doubles:

Sostre padded his Hall of Fame resume, earning his 17th WOR Major doubles title by teaming with Lawrence to hold serve as the #1 seed and win out. They survived the toughest quarter (against IRT legend Sudsy Monchik and his wife, 2-time Beach Bash singles champ Sotomayor), cruised past fellow NYers Blatt & Silva in the semis, then downed two top outdoor pros in future WOR HOFamer Rocky Carson and Jessica Parrilla in a back and forth 13,(13),8 final.

Photos from the 2024 APCON Development Beach Bash
Photo by: onewallball.com

Men's Pro Singles:

The wide-open draw came down to two gun slingers from San Antonio, who also happen to be doubles partners on the weekend. USA u21 Mendoza took out my pre-tournament favorite David Blatt and then the hard hitting Norcal Lefty Walter Ramos to earn the final. Jennings took out Florida's Michael White and then #1 seed Javier Trujillo to make the final. There, Mendoza ground out a win against his partner for the title.

Women's Pro Singles:

#1 Veronica Sotomayor defended her Beach Bash singles title by topping two veteran outdoor players in Jessica Parrilla and Michelle Key in the final for the win. Key vanquished #2 Kelani Lawrence in a 21-19 semis bruiser to earn her first singles final since 2016. Sotomayor repeats as champ and puts herself in an early lead for the outdoor cup.

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Other Notable draws:

- CPRT 40+ Doubles: 6th seeds Benny Goldenberg and Marcos Gravier survived three straight tiebreakers to come out on top of the CPRT 40+ Pro draw, defeating the #2, #3, and #4 teams along the way. In the final they topped Robert Sostre and Mike Harmon in a great 11-8 tiebreaker.

- Men's 75+: Carson and Barcelo (partners in both Pro and 75+) held serve as the #1 seeds and conquered the 75+ division. They topped surprise finalists Floridians Michael Boyle & Travis Burnell, who surprised the bottom half as the #11 seeds and beat #6, #3, and #2 seeded teams to reach the final.

- Men's 100+: Outdoor legend Richie Miller and Marty Hogan survived a huge 100+ draw and topped Cheven Kimbrough & Guillemo Castellon in the final.

Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend from the LPRT video crew.

Thanks to the Tourney Directors Peggine Tellez , Jen O'Meara , Mike Coulter and the entire 3Wall Ball crew for putting this event on and ensuring the legacy of outdoor majors.

Photos from the 2024 APCON Development Beach Bash
Photo by: onewallball.com
Photos from the 2024 APCON Development Beach Bash
Photo by: onewallball.com

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