- Jaime Torres
Congratulations Kelani Lawrence
Congratulations to Virginia's own Kelani Lawrence for her 1st place finish in the 2019 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships. She took down veteran Rhonda Rajsich in a tie breaker in the semi-finals and entered the finals against 2019 Intercollegiate Racquetball Women's Champion Hollie Scott. Hollie had a slow start in the first game, but came back from an 8-0 deficit to win game one 15-12. With Malia on the other side of the glass coaching her up, Kelani was not ready to throw in the towel. Kelani rolled to a 15-8 victory in game 2, and popped out to an early lead in the tie breaker. Hollie fought her way back to game point, leading Kelani 10-9. After a side out, Kelani's signature Z-serve scored her a quick 10-10 tie and the momentum. Exhibiting the patience of a saint, Kelani executed a beautiful 5-shot rally to win the game, the match, and the Gold. Our most heartfelt congratulations to Kelani for her victory and to her mother, Malia Bailey, for her induction into the Hall of Fame. Great weekend for two lovely ladies from Chesapeake, Virginia!