posted on October 28, 2014 00:00
"It was the Greatest Moment
of my Racquetball Life"
October 28, 2014 - Miami, FL
It was June 21, 2014, the final day of the 8-day world championship international event. Florida's Alejandro Herrera became a World Champion in Men's Doubles at the biannual 2014 IRF 17th World Racquetball Championships in Burlington, Canada.
Alejandro had the opportunity to play for his heritage country. He was on Team Colombia, along with fellow Floridian, Claudia Andrade. His doubles partner was Sebastian Franco.
Alejandro and Team Colombia earned a bye in the Round of 32, and in the Round of 16 they took on Costa Rica and defeated Joaquin Solera and Pablo Sauma Masis, 10-15, 15-9, 11-6.
Next, it was Mexico in the Quarter-Finals. Alejandro and partner Sebastian had to face down Alvaro Beltran and Edson Martinez. Team Colombia prevailed in the tie-breaker, winning 15-14, 6-15, 11-9.
In the Semi-Finals, Alejandro and Team Colombia stepped it up and defeated Conrado Moscoso and Mario Mercado of Bolivia in two straight, 15-11, 15-2.
All that was left were the home country favorites, Canada's Mike Green and Vincent Gagnon in the Finals. Canada had just defeated Ben Croft and Tom Fuhrmann of Team USA in the Semi's, so it would be the first Men's Doubles World Championship Final ever (since it all began in 1981) to not have USA or Mexico in the Finals.
The first game of the Finals was close early and the lead went back and forth, but Colombia scored nine unanswered points to win game one, 15-11.
Alejandro and Sebastian continued that strategy of double lob serving to the Canadians in game two, but Canada continued to fight hard. Canada's Mike Green and Vincent Gagnon held Colombia at 12 for a hand-out and a side-out, but they just couldn't score their next time in the box.
For Canada, Gagnon was playing in his first World Championship Final, while it was the second for Green, who lost the Men's Doubles Final four years earlier in South Korea to Team USA's Ben Croft and Mitch Williams.
Then, as Team Colombia was serving at 14-5 in game two, it was all summed up in Alejandro's quote:
"It was the Greatest Moment of my Racquetball Life"
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