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[11417805_10153455070433799_1551229517701578746_o-300x237]Tijuana, MEX, WPH Press, 11/21/19- Samzon Hernandez, Alfredo Morales and Team USA traveled south of the border on the third weekend of November to challenge Tijuana’s best 2-Wall doubles teams on their home courts in special USA vs. Mexico showdowns.

Playing with limited experience in the main event on the massive 2-Wall court, Team Samzon/Fredo adjusted quickly against Tijuana superpowers Victor Depo and Muneco.

Team USA and Team Mexico split the first two games in the one-match exhibition and it appeared that Team Mexico would defend its home court in the tiebreaker, as Muneco led his team and country to a 12-8 lead in the decider to 15. Team USA rallied, overcoming exhaustion and a boisterous crowd to stun Muneco and Depo.

“The 2-Wall game is a whole different level of playing,” explained Hernandez. “Those guys specialize in the long 2-Wall courts, known in Mexico as Fronton. Muneco is the top Fronton player so we really had our work cut out for us. Things didn’t look good for us at 8-12 in the tiebreaker but we managed to pull it out for the win. It was really tiring. You need more energy in the long courts to return the ball. The rallies are long and you really start to get tired. Normally you have to hit the ball above the red line on the front wall, but we compromised and we were allowed to hit kills (below the red line).”

Prior to the Tijuana’s Fronton main event, current 3WallBall Big Ball champion Brian Medina lost to Tijuana’s Martin in singles but teamed with Torito to defeat Team Tijuana in doubles. Javi Flores teamed with Chopper in a losing effort against Tijuana’s Team Carlos/Topiz, Fredo Morales teamed with Torito to defeat Team Muneco/Carlos, then teamed with Oscar for another Team USA win. In total, Team USA won five matches to Team Tijuana’s two on Team Tijuana’s home court, a stellar effort for the superstars from Southern California.

Congratulations to Team USA!

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