Janel Tisinger

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Janel Tisinger
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1983-03-13) March 13, 1983 (age 35)
Residence Simi Valley, California
Sport
Sport Racquetball
Achievements and titles
World finals 1st 2016 (doubles)
National finals 1st 2013, 2014, 2016 (doubles)

Janel Tisinger (born March 13, 1983) is an American racquetball player. She is the current World Champion in Women’s Doubles,[1] winning the title in 2016 with Aimee Ruiz.

International career[edit]

Tisinger has competed for the USA four times. Her first appearance on Team USA was in 2007, when she played Women’s Doubles with Rhonda Rajsich at the Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile, where they won gold.

She didn’t play on the team again until 2014, when Tisinger played Women’s Singles and Doubles at the Pan American Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There she lost to Susana Acosta of Mexico in the Round of Singles[2] of Women’s Singles, 13-15, 15-7, 11-4. In doubles, Tisinger was again paired with Rajsich, but they lost in the quarterfinals to Veronica Sotomayor and Maria Paz Muñoz of Ecuador, 15-8, 7-15, 11-6.[3]

Her next two international appearances were in Women’s Doubles with Aimee Ruiz at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships. In 2014, they lost in the final to Mexicans Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, 15-4, 15-12. But in a rematch of that final, in 2016 Tisinger and Ruiz came out on top, beating the Mexicans, 15-11, 9-15, 11-8.

US Championships[edit]

Tisinger has won three USA National Championships in Women’s Doubles, all with Aimee Ruiz as her partner. They first won in 2013, when they defeated sisters Danielle and Michelle Key in the final, 15-6, 15-8.[4] They followed that up in 2014 by defeating Rhonda Rajsich and Kim Russell-Waselenchuk, 15-9, 15-10, in the final.[5] Tisinger and Ruiz won for a third time in 2016, when they narrowly defeated Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts in the final, 15-12, 12-15, 11-10,[6] which qualified them to appear at the 2016 World Championships.

Tisinger has also been runner up in Women’s Doubles at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships three times. In 2015, she and Ruiz lost the final to Rajsich and Russell-Waselenchuk, 1-15, 15-10, 11-9.[7] Her other runner up placings were in 2009[8] and 2010,[9] when she and Rajsich played together. In both years, they lost to Ruiz and Jackie Paraiso.

For the 2012 championships, Tisinger teamed up with Kristen Bellows, and they lost to Rajsich and Russell-Waselenchuk, 15-9, 15-4, in the quarterfinals.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Tisinger hasn't played professional racquetball very much, so she's never been ranked in the top 10 of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour. Perhaps her best pro results are two quarterfinal finishes at the US Open Racquetball Championships in 2009 and 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Tisinger is the daughter of Debbie Tisinger-Moore, who is a noted racquetball player in her own right and a member of the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame.[11] Tisinger-Moore was also an assistant coach on Team USA for the 2016 World Championships, when daughter Janel won gold.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local woman wins big in racquetball championship | www.simivalleyacorn.com | Simi Valley Acorn". simivalleyacorn.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  2. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: PARC XXVII Pan Am Championships - Singles 32s & 16s". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  3. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: PARC XXVII Pan Am Championships - Women's doubles quarterfinals". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  4. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: 46th USA Racquetball Doubles Championships - Three new winners & an 8th". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  5. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: Carson & Rojas, Ruiz & Tisinger win 47th USA Doubles Championships". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  6. ^ "Women's Doubles US Team Qualifying Single Elimination - Racquetball - 2016 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships". r2sports.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  7. ^ "Women's Doubles US Team Qualifying Single Elimination - Racquetball - 2015 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships". r2sports.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  8. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: USAR 2009 Doubles Championships". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  9. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: USA National Doubles Championships - Final". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  10. ^ "The Racquetball Blog: USA National Doubles Championships - Final". theracquetballblog.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  11. ^ "Hall of Fame". teamusa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  12. ^ "Team USA Strikes Gold". teamusa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06.