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Remonte: Galarreta "STAR" matches -- through Apr. 27, 2017

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For more information about these players, who also play in Euskal Jai Berri short court tournaments, see the Euskal Jai Berri match results page, on the right side of the blog.

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Sagardoaren Txapelketa/El Torneo de la Cidra/Cider Tournament begins March 2. 

Note: Other information about each Galarreta session (including results and up to date win and loss records for the month), can be found below this tournament section.

Preview article (Oriamendi 2010)

Preview article (Kronika) (Basque)

The  Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII, which features 8 Oriamendi roster pairs (10 players from the A Group and 6 from the B Group). began on March 2. The tournament will be contested in two 4 team groups (A and B). Each team corresponds to a cider house sponsor.

Note that the letters next to the team correspond to their Oriamendi group, not their Sagardoaren group.

Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) (B-A)
Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) (A-B)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (A-A)
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) (B-A)
Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala) (A-A)
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) (A-B)
Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) (A-B)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika) (B-A)

The tournament will consist of a League phase, a single round robin in each group. That will be followed by a playoff phase involving all teams. It will be a seeded knock-out playoff. The winner of each League group will be seeded into the semi-final. The 2nd place team will be seeded into the quarter-final. The 3rd and 4th place teams will play off across groups for a 2nd quarter-final place. The winner of the quarter-final will play the winner of the League phase in the semi-final. The two semi-final winners will play in the final on April 29, 2017.

Scoring for the League phase will be as follows.

Match winner (40 point matches): 4pts.
36-39: 2pts.
32-35: 1pt
0-31: 0pts.

Previous winners (Source: Oriamendi 2010 Emaitzak/Resultados database)

2011--Juaristi-Olazar 40 Endika-Urrutia I 36
2012--Onatz-San Miguel 40 Juaristi-Olazar 31
2013--Matxin III-Etxeberria III 40 Jauristi-Agirrezabala 33
2014--Etxeberria IV-Ion 40 Matxin III-Etxeberria III 34
2015--Zeberio II-Endika 40 Uterga-Olazar 27 (Full match video--EITB)
2016--Segurola-Endika 40 Uterga-Aizpuru III 38 (Full match video--EITB)

Endika is the only player to have won 2 STs. Juaristi, Olazar, and Endika have played in 3 finals. Matxin III, Etxteberria III, and Uterga have played in 2 finals.

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April 29, 2017

Final:

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) (Group B--1)

Preview article (Diario Vasco)

April 22, 2017

2nd Semi-final 

Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) (Group B--1) defeated Altzueta (Ezkurra-Zubiri (substituting for Aizpuru III)) (Group B--3) 40-35

Match article

9 photos (Oriamendi2010)

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

7-3; 21-12; 26-23; 31-23; 31-29; 35-31; 38-33; 40-35

Scoring

Otaegi +23 -4; Ion +12 (including 5 service aces) -3
Ezkurra +22 -4; Zubiri +6 (including 4 service aces) -1

O-I led most (or possibly all) of the match, parrying each thrust of E-Z (26-23--31-23; 31-29--35-31; 38-33--40-35) to even the score for their loss to the same partnership on March 2 (40-37) that opened this competition. More importantly, it advanced them to the final on May 29, 2017 against Larre Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz). The match article praised the play of Otaegi (noting his 4 two wall shots, which were also the type of shots that caused all of his errors), who played shot for shot with Ezkurra throughout. The small back court advantage that Ion had over Zubiri was enough to seal the victory. The road doesn't get any easier for the Petritegi team as they will face the only undefeated team (4-0) in the tournament. Petritegi is now 3-1. Altzueta finished their tournament 3-3. Zubiri was 1-1 as a substitute for Aizpuru III and 1-2 as a substitute in this tournament. He also substituted in a 1/8 final match on April 8 for Bereziartua.

Note: for those who would like to "scout" the final, both these teams have full match videos for matches earlier in the competition. Both teams played on March 18:

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) defeated Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) 40-31
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) defeated Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 40-36

Full match video for both matches (Matches are in the order listed above). The first match was also discussed in a recent blog post. See below under the March 18 entry for more details on both of these matches.

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April 15, 2017

1st Semi-final:

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) (Group A--1) defeated Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) (Group B--2) 40-38

Match article

11 photos (Oriamendi2010.com Facebook Page) (Added April 17, 2017).

Detailed linescore (winners always listed 1st)

3-0, 3-6. 3-7, 3-8, 12-16, 12-17, 12-18, 14-18, 15-18, 15-19, 16-19, 20-20, 21-20, 23-21, 23-23, 23-24, 24-24, 25-24, 26-24, 28-25, 28-27, 29-27, 29-29, 30-29, 30-30, 32-32, 32-33, 32-34, 33-34, 33-35, 34-37, 36-37, 37-37, 38-37, 38-38, 40-38

Salient scoring statistics:

Urriza +20; Uterga +21

The match article said this almost 1 1/2 hour match was the best of the tournament. It is difficult to argue the point after looking at the detailed linescore that accompanied it. U-L built a 6 point lead early but at the halfway point it was 20-20. During the 2nd half of the match no more than 3 points separated the teams. At 34-37, U-L were at the brink of a championship match. But a 6-1 run at the very end, featuring an Azpiroz service ace that scored the winning point, and 3 U-L errors, put U-A into the final with the winner of  the second semi-final: Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) (Group B--1) v Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) (Group B--3). That match will be played next Saturday. U-L finished their tournament with 3 wins and 2 losses. U-A remain undefeated at 4-0. Of last year's finalists, only one player, Aizpuru III, remains in the tournament. For Uterga, it was the end of a long weekend. He played in a Quarter-final of this tournament on Thursday, a League match in the short court Casco Viejo de Pamplona Tournament yesterday, and this match today.

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April 13, 2017

Quarter-final:

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) (Group B--2) defeated Setien (Ansa II-Endika) (Group B--4) 40-23

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

4-1; 4-9; 19-16; 20-18; 26-18; 30-22; 40-23

No scoring information was provided for this match.

In a match that was almost identical to their first League match on March 4 (see below), U-L won easily to move on to a semi-final next week against Group A winners and the only undefeated team in the tournament, Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz). It was a particularly disappointing exit for A-E, who had played extremely well in their previous 2 matches. Outside of an early 8-1 run that gave them a 9-4 lead, A-E were completely dominated by U-L. The match article indicated that Uterga handled everything that Ansa II hit at him, U-L finished with a flair as a 10-1 run turned the match into a complete rout. Uterga is now 5-0 v Ansa II in 2017. Urriza and Uterga will play each other twice in the next 3 days. On Friday, April 14 they will play in a Casco Viejo de Pamplona "Primary" League match on the short court. The next day they will play in this Semi-final. U-L improved their ST record to 3-1. A-E ended their tournament at 2-3.

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April 8, 2017

Match article for both matches.

Full match video for both matches (EITB)

Quarter-final:

Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) (Group B--3) defeated Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) (Group A--2) 40-28

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

12-4; 22-17; 30-23; 40-28

Scoring:

Ezkurra +24 -3; Aizpuru III +11 (including 5 service aces) -4
Ezkurra II +11 -3; Barrenetxea IV +8 (including 3 service aces) -4

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

This, according to the match article, was an easy victory for E-A. They jumped off to a big lead, were challenged slightly in mid-match, but then pulled away to a double figure victory. The win upped their record to 3-2 in the tournament overall, and moved them on to the semi-finals, where they will face Group B winner Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion).  (Note: There is full match video (EITB) of Petritegi's March 18 40-36 victory over Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) (begins at 1 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds on the video).

In this match, "Ezkurra volvió a ser el mejor pelotari y se movió sobre la cancha con velocidad, al igual que el jueves pasado" (Google Translate English: "Ezkurra returned to being the best pelotari and moved on the pitch with speed, just like last Thursday." In the 1/8 final (April 1) and this Quarter-final he has sparkled with +43 -7. If you also add last Thursday's (April 6) Star Match (see below), which was not a ST VII match, where he was +22 -1, his last 3 matches have yielded and astounding +65 -8. He, like Endika in the first match, is peaking at exactly the right time. Uncle Ezkurra is now 10-2 in matches against Nephew Ezkurra II, whose Oialume Zar team ended the tournament with a 1 win and 3 defeats.

1/8 finals:

Setien (Ansa II-Endika) (Group B--4) defeated Bereziartua (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II))-Zubiri (substituting for Agirrezabala)) (Group A--3) 40-30

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

12-3; 25-11. 34-19; 40-30

There was no scoring information provided for this match.

A-E, after starting at 0-2 in this tournament, have now won their last two matches in dominating fashion. The match article's succinct appraisal, "Ansa y Endika dominaron por completo con un Endika amo y señor" (Google Translate English: "Ansa and Endika dominated completely with an Endika master and lord"), indicates 2 things. 1) This match wasn't as close as the final score indicated--A-E look to be a handful for their next opponent in the quarter-finals (Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga)), and 2) Endika appears to have his "game" in order, which means trouble for any opponent. He has the added incentive of the opportunity to win this tournament 3 years in a row. The road will still be difficult, having to pass through Uterga and then possibly Ezkurra, Urriza or both, but A-E seem to be peaking at the right time. Bereziartua, who did not play a single match with their original A-A team of Zeberio II and Agirrezabala, and played today without either of them, finished the tournament with 1 win and 3 defeats.

Feature article on Ansa II's perspective on the tournament.


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April 1, 2017

1/8 finals:

Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) (Group B--3) defeated Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (Group A--4) 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st):

18-18; 22-22; 31-36; 36-36; 37-39; 40-39

Scoring:

Ezkurra +19 -4; Aizpuru III +9 (including 5 service aces) -7
Etxeberria IV +17 -6; Etxeberria III +10 (including 3 service aces) -4

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

The ST 1/8 finals opened with a tense, exciting match that was won by the minimum at the very end . The first half of the match was even. A 14-9 run by E-E put them ahead but a 6-1 run by E-A tied the score. At 39-37 E-E were poised to move on the quarter-finals. It was not to be. Two Aizpuru III service aces sandwiched around an Etxeberria IV missed 2 wall shot (source for point order: Diario Vasco April 2 match article). E-E, the only (A-A) team in the tournamnt, were eliminated and finished with 1 win and 3 losses. E-A, now 2-2 over all, move on to the quarter finals.

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March 25, 2017

Group B

Setien (Ansa II-Endika) defeated Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 40-19 A-E 4pts. E-A 0pts.

Match article

There was no linescore information in the match article.

Salient scoring statistics: Endika +15 service aces, Ansa II +16 -2.

Group B and the League phase of the tournament ended with a bang as A-E, who had lost their first two matches heavily enough to have not earned a single point, crushed E-A. It made no difference in the final Group B Table, as A-E still finished at the bottom of the table. But Endika had 15 aces and the Setien team had +31. They have well and truly come to the party. The 1/8 round pits the 3 and 4 teams in each Group against their 4 and 3 counterparts in the opposite Group. Next week A-E will face Bereziartua (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala) to begin the playoffs. The winners move on to the quarter-finals. Endika is looking for a "threepeat" in this tournament and his 3rd champinship in 4 ST finals. Setien has a very difficult road to a championship, a 4 match road. But I wouldn't count them out, especially after this win. As for the match itself, the match article emphasized that the A-E strategy of "playing deep" to keep the ball away from Ezkurra worked very well.

Final League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Note: Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) actually won Group B. I had them second due to a better point differential. But the determining factor was the head to head match, which Petritgi won 40-36 on March 18. The error has been corrected below (added April 9, 2017).

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)........................3-0......120-86...12
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..1-2..... 108-113...6
Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala).........1-2.......99-98......5(1)(2)(3)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....1-2.......89-119....4

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.
(2) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 16.
(3) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 23.

Group B

Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)..................2-1......117-104.......10
Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-1.......116-100......10
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-2.......97-117.........6(1)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)..............1-2........90-99..........4

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 23, 2017

Group A

Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) defeated Bereziartua (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala) 40-33. E-B 4pts. Z-A 1pt.

Match article

Selected linescore:

33-32; 40-33.

Salient scoring statistics: Barrenetxea IV +17 (including 7 service aces)

This match finished the Group A League competition. E-B's victory moved them into second place with 6 points. They are now seeded into the quarterfinal round and  have to win only 2 matches to make the final. Z-A added 1 point to their total, finishing 3rd with 5 points. They will play a match against Group B 4th place Setien (Ansa II-Endika). The winner move on to the quarter-finals.  (Corrected March 26, 2017--I was unaware that the 1/8 finals matches were played across groups).  As for the match, E-B were in control throughout, amassing leads of as many as 10 points, but S-A fought back almost to equality. As is perhaps often the case when a team spends a long time chasing, when they finally get to their goal, the effort extended to get there seems to exhaust them. E-B finished the match with an 8-1 run. An ominous sign, perhaps to all the teams, was Barrenetxea VI's statistics. He is 33+ (including 15 service aces) in his last two matches (see March 11 match below).

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)......................3-0......120-86...12
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..1-2..... 108-113...6
Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala)........1-2.......99-98......5(1)(2)(3)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....1-2.......89-119....4

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.
(2) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 16.
(3) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 23.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-1.......116-100......10
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................2-1......117-104.......10
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-1........78-77........6(1)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-2........50-80........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 18, 2017

Full match video for both matches (EITB--2nd match added by EITB March 30, 2017)

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) defeated Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) 40-31 U-A 4pts. E-E 0pts.

Match article

No linescore was given.

Scoring

Urriza +18 -3; Azpiroz +15 (including 7 service aces) -3
Etxeberria IV +14* -9; Etxeberria III +11 (including 3 service aces) -0

*Estimated from the other scores

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

U-A guaranteed themselves a semi-final seed by wrapping up their league phase with a 3-0 12pt. perfect record. It was an easy victory according to the match article, which praised the play of Azpiroz while mentioning that Urriza "no fue tan decisivo como en otras ocasiones" (!) with (only) +18 and a +15 ratio. E-E finished with a 1-2 4pt. record. Their final position in the table will be either 3rd or 4th, depending on the outcome of the final group A match between Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala). and Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV). E III played his usual steady game but E IV, according to the match article, had a bad day at the office.

Group B

Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) defeated Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 40-36. O-A 4pts. U-L 2pts.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

10-10: 39-34; 40-36.

Partial Scoring:

Otaegi +15 -6; Ion +15 (including 6 service aces) -?
Uterga +18 -4; Larranga +? -6*

*Estimated from the other scores

This was one of the best matches of the tournament. Two points at the end of the match earned U-L 2 League points to keep them tied at the top of the table with O-I in spite of  the defeat. Both teams finished the League phase with 2-1 records. Where they will finish in the table depends on the result of the final League match between Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) and Setien (Ansa II-Endika). If Altzueta wins that match, there will be a three way tie at the top. The match article seemed to indicate that point differential would be the determining placement factor if that happened.

O-I led for most of the match, but never by more than 3 points. The match article praised both Otaegi's and Ion's play. Otaegi made 5 of his 6 errors at the beginning of the match, but played almost flawless remonte after that.

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)......................3-0......120-86...12
Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala)........1-1.......66-58.....4(1)(2)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....1-2.......89-119....4
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..0-2.......68-80......2

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.
(2) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 16.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-1.......116-100......10
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................2-1......117-104.......10
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-1........78-77........6(1)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-2........50-80........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 16, 2017

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz) defeated Bereziartua (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala) 40-26. U-A 4pts. Z-A 0pts.

Match Article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

3-10; 29-18; 40-26

There was no scoring information in the match article.

A gigantic 26-8 run in the middle of the match turned a very ominous situation into a rout for the winners. With the win, they are almost guaranteed a semi-final seed. Azpiroz, the most successful of the 6 players added to the Oriamendi2010 roster last May had some interesting things to say regarding his participation in this match and tournament:

"...jugar con Urriza es mucho más fácil. Me quita las dífíciles y me deja pelota buena para gozar. Así es más sencillo, aunque hoy he jugado bien".

Loose translation (Google English):

 "...playing with Urriza is a lot easier, he takes away the difficult ones and gives me a good ball to enjoy." A sentiment no doubt shared by other back court players when pairing with an in form Urriza.

and

 "Imagínate que ya estaba feliz por jugar y ahora que hemos empezado ganando los dos primeros partidos ni te cuento".

Loose translation (Google English):

"Imagine that I was already happy to play and now that we have started winning the first two games, I just can't tell you."

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)......................2-0.......80-55......8
Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala)........1-1.......66-58.....4(1)(2)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....1-1.......58-79......4
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..0-2.......68-80......2

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.
(2) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 16.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-0........80-60........8
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................1-1........77-68........6
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-1........78-77........6(1)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-2........50-80........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 11, 2017

Group A

Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) defeated Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) 40-39. E-E 4pts. E-B 2pts.

Match Article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

14-7; 14-14; 20-17; 23-18; 28-27; 32-28; 38-32; 39-39; 40-39

Scoring:

Etxeberria IV +21 -2; Etxeberria III +10 -7 (including 1 service fault)
Ezkurra II +13 -5; Barrenetxea IV  +16 (including 8 service aces) -3 (including 1 service fault)

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

This was the 3rd match in the tournament to be decided by 3 points or less, and the most exciting one so far. After E-E were in control for the entire match E-B made a terrific late comeback, an 8-1 run (helped by a couple of E IV errors) to send the game to its 79th point. In spite of his late wobble E IV had a terrific match with a +19 ratio. B IV also played an excellent match, finding his serve and being the 2nd highest scorer in the match with a +13 ratio.

Group B

Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) defeated Setien (Ansa II-Endika) 40-28. O-I 4pts. A-E 0pts.

Match Article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

17-18; 28-20; 35-25; 40-28

Scoring:

Otaegi +17 -3; Ion +13 (including 6 service aces) -2
Ansa II +11 -6; Endika +11 (including 5 service aces) -5

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

The match article had a simple theory:

Si en ambos lados de la cancha son mejores una de las parejas poco tienen que hacer la otra pareja

Which I think means that when one team's front court man plays better than the other, and the same thing is true of the back court... well it isn't surprising who won this match. Otaegi had a +9 ratio advantage over Ansa II and Ion had a +5 advantage over Endika. While the numbers don't exactly add to the final score, they are close enough to tell the story. And it is instructive to note that this was a close match through its first half. O-I took control when it mattered and continually increased their lead after an 11-2 run put them in command. The loss means that A-E will finish at the bottom of Group A.

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala)........1-0.......40-18.....4(1)
Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)......................1-0.......40-29......4
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....1-1.......58-79......4
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..0-2.......68-80......2

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-0........80-60........8
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................1-1........77-68........6
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-1........78-77........6(1)
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-2........50-80........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 9, 2017

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga)  defeated Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III)  40-38 U-L 4pts. E-A 2pts.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

10-10; 10-17; 21-21; 34-35; 37-37; 38-38; 40-38

Salient scoring statistics: Uterga +25, including the last 2, which won the match.

The brief match story describes a brilliant encounter in which there were 18 equal scores. An 11-4 run allowed U-L to get back into the match. It was a great battle that Uterga finally decided with 2 winners at the end. The victory gives U-L the inside track to a Group B first place finish.

Group A

Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)  defeated Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) 40-29. U-A 4pts. E-B 0pts.

Match article

This was an easy victory for U-A. The match article discussed Barrentxea IV's recovery from illness that kept him out of action for two months before returning last week.

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala)........1-0.......40-18.....4(1)
Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)......................1-0.......40-29......4
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)..0-1.......29-40......0
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III)....0-1.......18-40......0

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 2-0........80-60........8
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-1........78-77........6(1)
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................0-1........37-40........2
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-1........22-40........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 4, 2017

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) defeated Setien (Ansa II-Endika) 40-22 .U-L 4pts. A-E 0pts.

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

4-4: 18-4: 40-22

Group A

Bereziartua (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala) defeated Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) 40-18. Z-A 4pts. E-E 0pts.

Match article for both matches

The match article had little to say about either match except that they were both emphatic victories. There was an interview with Uterga that discussed the importance of getting off to a good start. It also discussed selected ciders from selected ciderhouses. The heavy defeats put the two losing teams in a bad position early. Although every team makes the playoffs, the teams finishing 3rd and 4th will have a difficult and long road to the final.

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group A

Bereziartua (Zeberio II-Agirrezabala).....1-0.......40-18.....4(1)
Gurutzeta (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) 0-1.......18-40......0
Larre-Gain (Urriza-Azpiroz)
Oialume Zar (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV)

(1) Segurola substituted for Zeberio II on March 4.

Group B

Gaztañaga (Uterga-Larranaga) 1-0........40-22........4
Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-0........40-37........4(1)
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................0-1........37-40........2
Setien (Ansa II-Endika)............0-1........22-40........0

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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March 2, 2017

Group B

Altzueta (Ezkurra-Zubiri substituting for Aizpuru III) defeated Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion) 40-37. E-Z 4pts. O-I 2pts.

Match article

The match article gave no details about match progress or scoring summary. It simply said that this was a great match and everyone played well. Ezkurra was spotlighted for his performance.

League table

Key: Sponsor; players; wins-losses, points for-against, League points. Note that Original pairs names will be used. Substitutes will be noted.

Group B

Altzueta (Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) 1-0........40-37........4(1)
Petritegi (Otaegi-Ion)................0-1........37-40........2

(1) Zubiri substituted for Aizpuru III on March 2.

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Star Match and session information

April 27, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Ezkurra-Endika (A-A) defeated Urriza-Etxeberria III (A-A) 40-32.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

32-30; 40-32

Partial scoring:

Ezkurra +19 -4; Endika +8 service aces
Urriza +17 -4; Etxeberria III + 2 service aces

An 8-2 run, featuring excellent play from Ezkurra, made the difference as E-E opened up a very tight match to win fairly comfortably. According to the match article, it was a very close match all the way to the end, with each side enjoying small advantages.

In other matches:

1. Erburu (B) defeated Benat (B) 30-28. Going into this match Erburu had lost 3 consecutive matches and was at the foot of the Group B delantro table. Benat had won 3 consecutive matches and was at the head of that table.

3. Zeberio II-Labaka (A-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Zubiri (B-B) 40-36. A-B 4-2 B-B 2-4. This was Zeberio II's 6th consecutive victory. It was Labaka's 5th consecutive victory. This was Zubiri's 5th consecutive defeat.

4. Segurola-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Larranaga (B-B) 30-23.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................5-0....200-171..+6
Ezkurra(d).........................5-2.....272-237..+1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-3)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-3....174-180...-2
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1......69-60.....+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Uterga(d)...........................1-2....107-103....-1 (ST VII 3-2)
Urriza(d)............................1-3....136-158....-2 (ST VII 4-0)

Ion(z).................................3-1....155-141...+3 (ST VII 3-1)
Endika(z)...........................3-1....143-137...+1(ST VII 2-3)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-3....133-155....-3 (ST VII 1-3)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-5....196-226....-2 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Otaegi(d)...........................3-1.....125-120....+2 (ST VII 3-1)
Benat(d).............................4-2....198-183.....-1
Segurola(d)........................3-3....194-203.....+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Ansa II(d)..........................2-3....151-156......-1 (ST VII 2-3)
Erburu(d)...........................2-5....206-233.....+1
Goikoetxea V(d)................1-3....108-120.....+1
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-4....165-186......-2 (ST VII 1-3)

Labaka(z)..........................5-1....193-165.....+5
Aizpuru III(z)....................3-1....135-125.....-1 (ST VII 2-2)
Azpiroz(z).........................5-2....233-214....+1 (ST VII 4-0)
Otano(z)............................3-3....192-188....+2
Garces(z)...........................3-3....191-192.....-2
Larranaga(z)......................3-5....265-262.....-1 (ST VII 3-2)
Zubiri(z)............................0-5....165-190.....-5(ST VII 1-2)

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April 22, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match:  Otaegi-Ion (B-A) defeated Ezkurra-Zubiri (substituting for Aizpuru III) (A-B) 40-35. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Zubiri's 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Otano (B-B) defeated Erburu-Garces (B-B) 35-31.

3. Zeberio II-Larranaga (A-B) defeated Segurola-Etxeberria III (B-A) 40-28. This was Zeberio II's 5th consecutive victory.

4. Goikoetxea V-Labaka (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Azpiroz (A-B) 30-25. B-B 4-3 A-B 3-4.This was Labaka's 4th consecutive victory. Azpiroz' 4 match winning streak came to an end.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................4-0....160-135..+5
Ezkurra(d).........................4-2....232-205...-1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-3)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-3....174-180....-2
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1......69-60.....+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Uterga(d)...........................1-2....107-103....-1 (ST VII 3-2)
Urriza(d)............................1-2....104-118...-1 (ST VII 4-0)

Ion(z).................................3-1....155-141....+3 (ST VII 3-1)
Endika(z)...........................2-1....103-105....-1(ST VII 2-3)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-3....133-155....-3 (ST VII 1-3)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-4....164-186...-1 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Benat(z).............................4-1....170-153.....+3
Otaegi(d)...........................3-1....125-120.......+2 (ST VII 2-1)
Ansa II(d)..........................2-2....128-126.....+1 (ST VII 2-3)
Segurola(d)........................2-3....164-180.....-2 (ST VII 1-3)
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-3....129-146.....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Goikoetxea V(d)................1-3....108-120.....+1
Erburu(d)...........................1-5....176-205......-3

Labaka(z)..........................4-1....153-129.....+4
Aizpuru III(z)....................3-1....135-125.....-1 (ST VII 2-2)
Azpiroz(z).........................4-2....203-191....-1 (ST VII 4-0)
Otano(z).............................3-3....192-188....+2
Garces(z)...........................3-3....191-192.....-2
Larranaga(z).......................3-4....242-232....+1 (ST VII 3-2)
Zubiri(z).............................0-4.....129-150...-4(ST VII 1-2)

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April 20, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Ezkurra-Ion (A-A) defeated Urriza-Barrenetxea IV (A-A) 40-29.

There was no Oriamendi2010 match article for this match.

Match article (Diario Vasco)

Ezkurra and Ion both tuned up for their Sagardoaren Txapelketa Semi-final match on Saturday (where they will be playing against each other) by dominating U-B. The DV match article said this about Ezkurra (who has been almost perfect in his last 4 matches): "El genio de Doneztebe fue amo y señor de la cancha. Hizo lo que quiso." Google English Translation: "The genius of Doneztebe was master of the court. He did what he wanted."

In other matches:

1. Benat-Labaka (B-B) defeated Erburu-Garces (B-B) 35-29.

3. Zeberio II-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Larranaga (B-B) 40-35. A-B 3-2 B-B 2-3. This was Zeberio II's and Azpiroz' 4th consecutive victory.

4. Otaegi-Otano (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Zubiri  (A-B) 30-29. A-B 3-3 B-B 3-3.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................3-0....120-107..+4
Ezkurra(d).........................4-1....197-165...+1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-2)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-2....149-150....-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1......69-60.....+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Uterga(d)...........................1-2....107-103....-1 (ST VII 3-2)
Urriza(d)............................1-2....104-118...-1 (ST VII 4-0)

Ion(z).................................2-1....115-106....+2 (ST VII 2-1)
Endika(z)...........................2-1....103-105....-1(ST VII 2-3)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-3....136-146...+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-3....133-155....-3 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Benat(z).............................3-1....135-122.....+2
Otaegi(d)...........................2-1......85-85.......+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Ansa II(d)..........................2-2....128-126.....+1 (ST VII 2-3)
Segurola(d)........................2-2....136-140.....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-3....129-146.....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Erburu(d)...........................1-4....145-170......-2
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-3......78-95........-3

Azpiroz(z).........................4-1....178-161....+4 (ST VII 4-0)
Labaka(z)..........................3-1....123-104....+3
Aizpuru III(z)....................3-1....135-125.....-1 (ST VII 2-2)
Garces(z)...........................3-2....160-157.....-1
Otano(z).............................2-3....157-157....+1
Larranaga(z).......................2-4....202-204.....-2 (ST VII 3-2)
Zubiri(z).............................0-3......94-110.....-3(ST VII 1-1)

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April 15, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Star Match: Urriza-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Uterga-Larranaga (A-B)  40-38. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Garces (B-B) defeated Erburu-Otano (B-B) 35-31.

3. Ezkurra II-Etxebrria III (B-A) defeated Segurola-Barrrentxea IV (B-A) 40-36. Ezkurra II ended a 4 match losing streak with this victory.

4. Ansa II (B) defeated Goikoetxea V (B) 30-16.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................2-0.....80-72......+3
Ezkurra(d).........................3-1....157-136....-1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-2)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-1....120-120...+1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1..69-60.........+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Urriza(d)............................1-1..75-78.........+1 (ST VII 4-0)
Uterga(d)...........................1-2.107-103.......-1 (ST VII 3-2)


Endika(z)...........................2-1....103-105....-1(ST VII 2-3)
Ion(z).................................1-1......75-77.....+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-2.....104-115...-2 (ST VII 1-3)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-3.....136-146..+1 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Benat(z).............................2-1....100-93.......+1
Ansa II(d)..........................2-2....128-126.....+1 (ST VII 2-3)
Segurola(d)........................2-2....136-140.....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Otaegi(d)...........................1-1......55-56........-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-2......94-106.....+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Erburu(d)...........................1-3....116-135......-1
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-3......78-95........-3

Azpiroz(z).........................3-1....138-126....+3 (ST VII 4-0)
Aizpuru III(z)....................3-1....135-125.....-1 (ST VII 2-2)
Garces(z)...........................3-1....131-122....+3
Labaka(z)...........................2-1.....88-75.......+2
Larranaga(z).......................2-3....167-164.....-1 (ST VII 3-2)
Otano(z).............................1-3.....127-128....-3
Zubiri(z).............................0-2......65-80.......-2(ST VII 1-1)

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April 13, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Star Match: Uterga-Larranaga (A-B)  defeated Ansa II-Endika (B-A) 40-23. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. Uterga ended a 5 match losing streak with this victory. Endika's 4 match winning streak came to an end.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Garces (A-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Otano (B-B) 35-34. A-B 2-2 B-B 2-2

3. Zeberio II-Ion (A-A) defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III (A-A) 40-37.

4. Segurola-Labaka (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Aizpuru III (B-B) 30-25. Aizpuru III's 4 match winning streak came to an end.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................2-0..80-72....+3
Ezkurra(d).........................3-1.157-136..-1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-2)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-1.120-120.+1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1..69-60...+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Uterga(d)...........................1-1..69-63...+1 (ST VII 3-1)
Urriza(d)............................0-1..35-40....-1 (ST VII 3-0)

Endika(z)...........................2-1.103-105.-1(ST VII 2-3)
Ion(z).................................1-1..75-77...+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-1..68-75....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-3..96-110..-3 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Segurola(d)........................2-1.100-100.+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Benat(z).............................1-1..65-62....-1
Otaegi(d)...........................1-1..55-56....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Ansa II(d)..........................1-2.98-110....-1 (ST VII 2-3)
Erburu(d)...........................1-2.85-100..+1
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-2..62-65....-2
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-2..54-70....-4 (ST VII 1-3)


Aizpuru III(z)....................3-1.135-125.-1 (ST VII 2-2)
Labaka(z)...........................2-1..88-75...+2
Azpiroz(z)..........................2-1..98-88...+2 (ST VII 3-0)
Garces(z)............................2-1..96-91...+2
Larranaga(z).......................2-2.129-124.+1 (ST VII 3-1)
Otano(z).............................1-2..96-93....-2
Zubiri(z).............................0-2..65-80....-2(ST VII 1-1)

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April 8, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Star Match: Ezkurra-Aizpuru III (A-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Barrentxea IV (B-A) 40-28. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Aizpuru III's 4th consecutive victory. It was Ezkurra II's 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Benat-Larranaga (B-B) 35-30.

3. Ansa II-Endika (B-A) defeated (Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Zubiri (substituting for Agirrezabala) (B-B) 40-30. A-B 2-1 B-B 1-2. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Endika's 4th consecutive victory. It was Zubiri's 4th consecutive defeat.

4. Etxeberria IV-Labaka (A-B) defeated Etxarri-Etxeberria (A-A) III 30-20. A-B 2-1 A-A 1-2.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).........................3-0.120-96...+3 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-2)
Zeberio II(d)......................1-0..40-35...+2
Etxarri(d)...........................2-1..85-86....-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1..69-60...+1 (ST VII 1-3)
Urriza(d)............................0-1..35-40....-1 (ST VII 3-0)
Uterga(d)...........................0-1..29-40....-5 (ST VII 2-1)

Endika(z)...........................2-0..80-65....+4(ST VII 2-2)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-1..68-75....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Ion(z).................................0-1..35-40.....-3 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-2..59-70....-2 (ST VII 1-3)

Group B

Otaegi(d)............................1-0..30-26...+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Ansa II(d)..........................1-1..75-70....+1 (ST VII 2-2)
Benat(z).............................1-1..65-62....-1
Segurola(d)........................1-1..70-75...-.1 (ST VII 1-3)
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1..28-30....-1
Erburu(d)...........................1-2.85-100..+1
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-2..54-70....-4 (ST VII 1-3)

Aizpuru III(z)....................3-0..110-95..+4 (ST VII 2-2)
Azpiroz(z)..........................2-1..98-88...+2 (ST VII 3-0)
Labaka(z)...........................1-1..58-50....+1
Garces(z)............................1-1..61-57...+1
Otano(z).............................1-1..62-58....-1
Larranaga(z).......................1-2.89-101...-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Zubiri(z).............................0-2..65-80....-2(ST VII 1-1)

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April 6, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Star Match: Ezkurra-Azpiroz (substituting for Barrenetxea IV) (A-B) defeated Uterga-Larranaga (substituting for Ion) (A-B) 40-29

Match article

Selected linescore: (winners always listed 1st)

10-7; 14-10; 23-15; 30-19; 40-29

Scoring:

Ezkurra + 22 -1; Azpiroz: +7 (including 2 service aces) -2
Uterga +18 -8; Larranaga +8* -3*

*Estimated from the other scores

The match article said Ezkurra had his best day "in months." The scoring statistics bear that out. His almost perfect day led E-A to an easy victory in a match where both back court players were substitutes. Ion was out with a shoulder injury. No reason was given for Barrenetxea IV's absence. E-A established a lead in the first half  and extended it it the second. Ezkurra served notice to his future Sagardoaren Txapelketa opponents that he still, at age 43, can dominate matches. This was Uterga's 5th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Garces (B-B) defeated Erburu-Otano (B-B) 35-27. Garces got a good long look at the opponents he and Goikoetxea V will be facing on April 7, 2017 in the 1st "B" Semi-Final Liga match of the Euskal Jai Berri IV Casco Viejo de Pamplona short court tournament. Benat ended a 7 match losing streak with this victory.

3. Zeberio II-Endika (A-A) defeated Urriza-Zubiri (A-B) 40-35. This was billed as a "2nd Star Match". A-A 1-1 A-B 1-1. This was Zeberio II's first match since he was injured while playing (and winning) a semi-final match with Endika v Ezkurra II-Ion in the Tourneo IV Gala de Remonte "flash" tournament on January 26, 2018 (see also below on that date for more information about that tournament). Urriza's 5 match winning streak came to an end.

4. Etxarri-Aizpuru III (A-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Labaka (B-B)30-28. A-B 1-1 B-B 1-1.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).........................2-0..80-68...+2 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 2-2)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-0..65-56...+2
Zeberio II(d)......................1-0..40-35...+2
Etxeberria IV(d)................0-1..39-40....-3 (ST VII 1-3)
Urriza(d)............................0-1..35-40....-1 (ST VII 3-0)
Uterga(d)...........................0-1..29-40....-5 (ST VII 2-1)

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-0..40-35...+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Endika(z)...........................1-0..40-35...+3 (ST VII 1-2)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-1..39-40....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Ion(z).................................0-1..35-40.....-3 (ST VII 2-1)

Group B

Benat(z).............................1-0..35-27...+1
Segurola(d)........................1-0..40-35...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Otaegi(d)............................1-0..30-26...+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1..28-30....-1
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-1..26-30....-3 (ST VII 1-2)
Ansa II(d)..........................0-1..35-40....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Erburu(d)...........................0-2..50-70....-2

Aizpuru III(z).....................2-0..70-67...+3 (ST VII 1-2)
Azpiroz(z)..........................1-1..63-58...+1 (ST VII 3-0)
Garces(z)............................1-1..61-57...+1
Otano(z).............................1-1..62-58....-1
Larranaga(z).......................1-1..59-66....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Labaka(z)...........................0-1..28-30....-2
Zubiri(z).............................0-1..35-40....-1(ST VII 1-0)

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April 1, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Note: As of April 1, there were no other scores listed at the Oriamendi2010 web site. Source for these scorce: Diario Vasco Cartelera: April 2, 2017.

Star Match: Ezkurra-Aizpuru III) (A-B) defeated (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (A-A) 40-39, See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. A-B 1-0 A-A 0-1

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Otano (A-B) defeated Erburu-Azpiroz (B-B) 35-23. A-B 1-0 B-B 0-1.

3. Segurola-Barrenetxea IV (B-A) defeated Ansa II-Ion (B-A) 40-35.

4. Otaegi-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Garces (B-B) 30-26. Garces' 8 match winning streak came to an end.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Etxarri(d)...........................1-0..35-23..+1
Ezkurra(d).........................1-0..40-39...+1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 2-2)
Etxeberria IV(d)................0-1..39-40....-3 (ST VII 1-3)

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-0..40-35...+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-1..39-40....-1 (ST VII 1-3)
Ion(z).................................0-1..35-40.....-3 (ST VII 2-1)

Group B

Segurola(d)........................1-0..40-35...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Otaegi(d)...........................1-0...30-26...+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-1..26-30....-3 (ST VII 1-2)
Ansa II(d)..........................0-1..35-40....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Erburu(d)...........................0-1..23-35....-1

Otano(z).............................1-0..35-23...+1
Larranaga(z).......................1-0..30-26...+1 (ST VII 2-1)
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0..40-39...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Garces(z)............................0-1..26-30....-1
Azpiroz(z)..........................0-1..23-35....-3  (ST VII 3-0)

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April 2017
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March 30, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Urriza-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Uterga-Barrenetxea IV (A-A) 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

14-11; 14-21; 23-24; 30-30; 31-30; 32-36; 36-39; 40-39

Scoring:

Urriza +21 -1, Etxeberria III +5 -7
Uterga +16 -7, Barrenetxea IV +16 (including 9 service aces) -2

Note: Individual scoring does not add up to the total score.

There were 8 star matches in March. 6 of them were Sagardoaran Txapelketa matches. Of the 8, 5 were decided by 3 points or less. Two were decided by the minimum. This match was perhaps the most exciting of all. After a 10-0 run put U-B in command, U-E slowly fought back to equality at 30, and then took the lead. At 31-30, Etxeberria III accidentally hooked a shot into Urriza's leg. It looked like a serious injury according to the match article, but Urriza came back after treatment and finished the match. Still reeling from the injury U-E suffered through a 6-1 U-B run that seemed decisive. At the very last moment U-E won the final 4 points, and the match. The scoring, interestingly, didn't come close to the final score in the match, but did reveal that a) Etxeberria III does occasionally make mistakes, and b) Barrenetxea IV is well and truly back from his long layoff. On Mar. 11 he had 8 service aces. On Mar 23, he had 7. In this match he had 9. It will be interesting to see how he progresses in the knock-out phase of the ST. This was Urriza's 5th consecutive victory. It was Uterga's 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1.  Erburu-Garces (B-B) defeated Benat-Labaka (B-B) 35-18. Garces finished March with a perfect 6-0 record. Overall it was his 8th consecutive victory. It was Benat's 7th consecutive defeat.

3. Ansa II-Aizpuru III (B-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Azpiroz (B-B) 40-26.

4. Goikoetxea V-Zubiri (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Larranaga (A-B) 30-27. B-B 4-2 A-B 2-4.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Final Table for March

Group A

Urriza(d)............................5-1..239-201..+5 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................3-2..177-193..-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Uterga(d)............................3-4..271-259..-4 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-4..211-200..-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-3..114-149..-2 (ST VII 1-2)

Etxeberria III(z)...............3-2..159-183...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Barrenetxea IV(z).............3-3...227-230...-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Ion(z)..................................2-3...191-184...-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Endika(z)............................2-3...168-177..+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-4....157-168..-3 (ST VII 1-2)

Group B

Erburu(d)........................5-1...188-159...+3
Segurola(d)......................4-2...189-170...+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Otaegi(d)..........................3-2...160-155....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............4-4..216-222....+1
Ansa II.............................3-3..188-168....+3 (ST VII 1-2)
Ezkurra II(d)..................1-4...170-193....-2 (ST VII 1-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-6...153-210...-7

Garces(z).........................6-0....205-143..+8
Azpiroz(z)........................5-2....236-212..-2  (ST VII 3-0)
Labaka(z)........................4-3...204-182...-1
Larranaga(z)...................3-3...194-189...-3(ST VII 2-1)
Zubiri(z)..........................3-4....211-230..+2 (ST VII 1-0)
Aizpuru III(z)..................3-4....199-219..+1 (ST VII 0-2)
Otano(z)...........................1-4....128-159...-2

In uneven pairings:

A-B 2-1; A-A 1-2
B-B 4-2; A-B 2-4
B 1-0; A 0-1

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March 25, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match:  Ansa II-Endika (B-A) defeated Ezkurra-Aizpuru III (A-B 40-19. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Garces (A-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Otano (B-B) 35-22.  B-B 3-2. A-B 2-3. This was Garces' 7th consecutive victory.

3. Urriza-Zubiri (A-B) defeated Ezkurra II-Ion (B-A) 40-36. This was Urriza's 4th consecutive victory. Zubiri ended a 4 match losing streak with this victory.

4. Segurola-Etxeberria III (B-A) defeated Etxeberria IV-Azpiroz (A-B) 30-25. Aspiroz' 6 match winning streak came to an end.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Urriza(d)...........................4-1..199-162..+4 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................3-2..177-193..-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Etxarri(d)...........................3-3..184-170..+1
Uterga(d)...........................3-3..232-219...-3 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-3..114-149....-2 (ST VII 1-2)

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............3-2...188-190...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Etxeberria III(z).................2-2....119-144..+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Ion(z)..................................2-3...191-184...-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Endika(z)............................2-3...168-177...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-4....157-168....-3 (ST VII 1-2)


Group B

Erburu(d).........................4-1...153-141...+2
Segurola(d)......................4-2...189-170...+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Otaegi(d).........................3-2...160-155....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............3-4..186-195....-1
Ansa II.............................2-3..148-142....+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Ezkurra II(d)....................1-3..144-153....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-5...135-175...-6

Garces(z).........................5-0....170-125..+7
Azpiroz(z).......................5-1....210-172...-1  (ST VII 3-0)
Labaka(z).........................4-2....186-147..+1
Larranaga(z)....................3-2....167-159....-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Zubiri(z)..........................2-4....181-203..+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Aizpuru III(z)..................2-4....159-193....-2 (ST VII 0-2)
Otano(z)...........................1-4....128-159....-2

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March 23, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Ezkurra-Endika (A-A) defeated Uterga-Ion (A-A) 40-38.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

34-23; 36-34; 39-38; 40-38

This was a tuneup for future Sagardoaren Txapelketa play for all four players (each with a different partner than today). It somewhat mirrored the ST match that followed it (see Sagardoaran Txapelketa above) in that the winners led throughout the match until the losers put up a tremendous challenge at the end. Led by Ezkurra (who was spotlighted for excellent play in the match article), E-E survived the onslaught in what must have been an exciting finish. Endika ended a 5 match losing streak with this victory.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Garces (B-B) defeated Benat-Otano (B-B) 35-23. Garces won his 6th consecutive match. Benat suffered his 6th consecutive defeat.

3. Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV (B-A) defeated Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala (B-A) 40-33. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

4. Ansa II-Labaka (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Aizpuru III (B-B) 30-13. Ansa II ended a 5 match losing streak with this victory.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Urriza(d)...........................3-1..159-126..+3 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................3-1..158-153..+2 (ST VII 1-1)
Uterga(d)...........................3-3..232-219...-3 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-3..149-148...-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-2....89-119...-1 (ST VII 1-2)

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............3-2...188-190...+2 (ST VII 1-2)
Ion(z).................................2-2...155-144....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-2....89-119.....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Endika(z)...........................1-3...128-158...+1 (ST VII 0-2)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-4..157-168.....-3 (ST VII 1-2)


Group B

Erburu(d).........................4-1...153-141...+2
Segurola(d)......................3-2...159-145....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Otaegi(d).........................3-2...160-155....-1 (ST VII 2-1)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............3-3..164-160...+1
Ezkurra II(d)....................1-2..108-113....+1 (ST VII 1-2)
Ansa II.............................1-3..108-123....+1 (ST VII 0-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-5...135-175...-6

Azpiroz(z).......................5-0....185-142..+6  (ST VII 3-0)
Garces(z).........................4-0....135-103..+6
Labaka(z).........................4-2....186-147..+1
Larranaga(z)....................3-2....167-159....-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Aizpuru III(z)..................2-3....140-153....-1 (ST VII 0-1)
Otano(z)...........................1-3...106-124....-1
Zubiri(z)..........................1-4..141-167.....-4 (ST VII 1-0)

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March 18, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Urriza-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (A-A) 40-31. A-B 2-1 A-A 1-2. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Azpiroz' 6th consecutive victory

In other matches:

1. Goikoetxea V-Garces (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Labaka (A-B) 35-32. B-B 3-1 A-B 1-3. This was Garces' 5th consecutive victory.

3.Otaegi-Ion (B-A) defeated Uterga-Larranaga) (A-B) 40-36. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

4. Segurola-Aizpuru III (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Zubiri (B-B) 30-28. This was the 5th consecutive defeat for Ansa II and 4th consecutive defeat for Zubiri.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Urriza(d)...........................3-1..159-126..+3 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 3-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................2-1..118-115..+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Uterga(d)...........................3-2..194-179...-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-3..149-148..-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-2....89-119...-1 (ST VII 1-2)

Ion(z).................................2-1...117-104...+2 (ST VII 2-1)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............2-2...148-157...+1 (ST VII 0-2)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-2....89-119.....-1 (ST VII 1-2)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-3..124-128.....-2 (ST VII 1-1)
Endika(z)............................0-3...88-120.....-5 (ST VII 0-2)

Group B

Otaegi(d)..........................3-1..147-125...+3 (ST VII 2-1)
Segurola(d)......................3-1...126-105...+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Erburu(d).........................3-1...118-118...+1
Goikoetxea V(d)..............3-3..164-160...+1
Ezkurra II(d)....................0-2....68-80......-2 (ST VII 0-2)
Ansa II.............................0-3...78-110.....-5 (ST VII 0-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-4...112-140...-5

Azpiroz(z).......................5-0....185-142..+6  (ST VII 3-0)
Garces(z).........................3-0....100-80....+5
Labaka(z)........................3-2....156-134....-1
Larranaga(z)....................3-2....167-159....-2 (ST VII 2-1)
Aizpuru III(z)..................2-2....127-123...+1 (ST VII 0-1)
Otano(z)...........................1-2.....83-89.....+1
Zubiri(z)..........................1-4..141-167.....-4 (ST VII 1-0)

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March 16, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Urriza-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala (B-A) 40-26. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Azpiroz' 5th consecutive victory. Segurola's 5 match winning streak came to an end.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Otano (A-B) defeated Benat-Zubiri (B-B) 35-24. A-B 2-2 B-B 2-2. This was Benat's 5th consecutive defeat.

3. Ezkurra-Barrenetxea IV (A-A) defeated Uterga-Endika (A-A) 40-38. Uterga's 9 match winning streak (10 if you count his victory in the 2017 Euskal Jai Berri Gala del Remonte match with Endika over Urriza-Ion) came to an end. 8 of the 9 Galarreta matches were Star matches. Uterga joins Aritz (Miami Jai Alai) as the two players I have found so far who have had 10+ consecutive victories in 2017. This was Endika's 5th consecutive defeat.

4. Otaegi-Labaka (B-B) defeated Goekoetxea V-Larranaga (B-B) 30-21. Larranaga's 4 match winning streak came to an end.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)..........................3-1..158-139...-1  (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 2-0)
Urriza(d)...........................2-1..119-95....+2 (ST VII 2-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................2-1..118-115..+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-2..117-113..+2
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1...58-79.....+1 (ST VII 1-1)

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............2-2.148-157...+1 (ST VII 0-2)
Ion(z).................................1-1.....77-68...+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-1.....58-79...+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-3.124-128....-2 (ST VII 1-1)
Endika(z)............................0-3...88-120....-5 (ST VII 0-2)


Group B

Erburu(d).........................3-1...118-118...+1
Segurola(d)......................2-1....96-77......-1 (ST VII 1-1)
Otaegi(d)..........................2-1...107-89....+2 (ST VII 1-1)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............2-3...129-128....-2
Ezkurra II(d)....................0-2....68-80......-2 (ST VII 0-2)
Ansa II.............................0-2....50-80......-4 (ST VII 0-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-4...112-140...-5


Azpiroz(z).......................4-0....145-111..+5  (ST VII 2-0)
Garces(z).........................2-0.....65-48.....+4
Labaka(z)........................3-1....124-99....+3
Larranaga(z)...................3-1....131-119....-1 (ST VII 2-0)
Aizpuru III(z)..................1-2.....97-95......-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Otano(z)...........................1-2.....83-89.....+1
Zubiri(z)..........................1-3..113-137.....-3 (ST VII 1-0)

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March 11, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (A-A) defeated (Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV) (B-A) 40-39. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. Etxeberria IV broke a 4 match losing streak with this victory. A-A 1-1 A-B 1-1.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Benat-Aizpuru III (B-B) 35-29. This was Azpiroz' 4th consecutive victory. It was Benat's 4th consecutive defeat.

3.  Otaegi-Ion (B-A) defeated Ansa II-Endika (B-A) 40-28. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was the 4th consecutive defeat for both Ansa II and Endika.

4. Segurola-Labaka (B-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Agirrezabala (B-A) 30-19.  This was Segurola's 5th consecutive victory. B-B 2-1 A-B 1-2.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................3-0.120-99..+9  (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 2-0)
Urriza(d)............................1-1..79-69...+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................1-1..78-77....-1  (ST VII 1-1)
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1...58-79..+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................1-2...82-89..+1

Ion(z).................................1-1..77-68....+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................1-1.58-79.....+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-2..98-88....-1 (ST VII 1-0)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-2.108-119..-2 (ST VII 0-2)
Endika(z)...........................0-2..50-80.....-4 (ST VII 0-2)


Group B

Segurola(d)......................2-0....70-37.....+5 (ST VII 1-0)
Erburu(d).........................3-1...118-118...+1
Goikoetxea V(d)..............2-2...108-98.....-1
Otaegi(d)..........................1-1....77-68.....+1 (ST VII 1-1)
Ezkurra II(d)....................0-2....68-80......-2 (ST VII 0-2)
Ansa II.............................0-2....50-80......-4 (ST VII 0-2)
Benat(d)...........................0-3...88-105.....-4

Larranaga(z)....................3-0....110-89.....+4 (ST VII 2-0)
Azpiroz(z).......................3-0....105-85.....+4 (ST VII 1-0)
Garces(z).........................2-0.....65-48......+4
Labaka(z)........................2-1.....94-78......+2
Aizpuru III(z)..................1-2....97-95.......-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Zubiri(z)..........................1-2...89-102......-2 (ST VII 1-0)
Otano(z)...........................0-2....48-65.......-3

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March 9, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match:  Uterga-Larranaga (A-B)  defeated Ezkurra-Aizpuru III (A-B) 40-38. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Uterga's 9th consecutive victory. It was Larranaga's 4th consecutive victory.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Labaka (A-B) defeated Benat-Zubiri (B-B) 35-29. Etxarri stopped a 5 match losing streak with this win. A-B 1-1 B-B 1-1

3. Urriza-Azpiroz) (A-B)  defeated Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV (B-A) 40-29. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

4. Goikoetxea V-Garces (B-B) defeated Erburu-Otano (B-B 30-18. This was Garces' 4th consecutive victory.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................3-0.120-99..+9  (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 2-0)
Urriza(d)............................1-1..79-69...+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................1-1..78-77....-1  (ST VII 1-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................1-2...82-89..+1
Etxeberria IV(d)................0-1...18-40...-4 (ST VII 0-1)

Agirrezabala(z)..................1-1..79-58....+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-1..69-79.....-1 (ST VII 0-1)
Ion(z).................................0-1..37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Endika(z)...........................0-1..22-40.....-3 (ST VII 0-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-1.18-40......-2 (ST VII 0-1)

Group B

Segurola(d)......................1-0....40-18.....+4 (ST VII 1-0)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............2-1....89-68.....+2
Erburu(d).........................2-1....83-89......-1
Otaegi(d)..........................0-1....37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Ezkurra II(d)....................0-1....29-40.....-1 (ST VII 0-1)
Ansa II.............................0-1....22-40......-3 (ST VII 0-1)
Benat(d)...........................0-2....59-70......-3

Larranaga(z)....................3-0....110-89.....+4 (ST VII 2-0)
Garces(z).........................2-0.....65-48......+4
Azpiroz(z).......................2-0.....70-56......+3 (ST VII 1-0)
Labaka(z).........................1-1....64-59......+1
Aizpuru III(z)..................1-1.....68-60.......-1 (ST VII 0-1)
Zubiri(z)..........................1-2...89-102......-2 (ST VII 1-0)
Otano(z)...........................0-2....48-65.......-3

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March 4, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Uterga-Larranaga (A-B) defeated Ansa II-Endika (B-A) 40-22. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Uterga's 8th consecutive victory.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Garces (B-B) defeated Benat-Otano (B-B) 35-30.

3.  Segurola (substituting for Zeberio II)-Agirrezabala) (B-A) defeated (Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III) (A-A) 40-18. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above. This was Segurola's 4th consecutive victory. It was Etxeberria IV's 4th consecutive defeat. A-B 1-0 A-A 0-1.

4. Goikoetxea V-Aizpuru III (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Zubiri (A-B) 30-20. This was Etxarri's 5th consecutive defeat. B-B 1-0 A-B 0-1.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................2-0..80-61...+8  (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 1-0)
Ezkurra(d).........................1-0..40-37...+1  (ST VII 1-0)
Urriza(d)............................0-1..39-40....-1
Etxeberria IV(d)................0-1...18-40...-4 (ST VII 0-1)
Etxarri(d)...........................0-2...47-60...-5

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-0..40-39....+1
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-1..79-58....+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Ion(z).................................0-1..37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Endika(z)...........................0-1..22-40.....-3 (ST VII 0-1)
Etxeberria III(z).................0-1.18-40......-2 (ST VII 0-1)

Group B

Erburu(d).........................2-0....65-59.....+3
Segurola(d)......................1-0....40-18.....+4 (ST VII 1-0)
Goikoetxea V(d)..............1-1....59-50.....+1
Otaegi(d)..........................0-1....37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)
Benat(d)...........................0-1....30-35......-2
Ansa II.............................0-1....22-40......-3 (ST VII 0-1)

Larranaga(z).....................2-0....70-51......+3 (ST VII 1-0)
Aizpuru III(z)..................1-0.....30-20......+1
Garces(z).........................1-0.....35-30......+3
Azpiroz(z)........................1-0....30-27......+2
Zubiri(z)..........................1-1....60-67.......-1 (ST VII 1-0)
Labaka(z).........................0-1.....29-30......-2
Otano(z)...........................0-1.....30-35......-2

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March 2, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Star Match: Ezkurra-Zubiri  (A-B) defeated Otaegi-Ion (B-A) 40-37. See VII Sagardoaran Txapelketa above.

In other matches:

1. Azpiroz (B) defeated Etxarri (A) 30-27. This was Etxarri's 4th consecutive defeat. B 1-0 A 0-1

3. Uterga-Barrenetxea IV (A-A) defeated Urriza-Agirrezabala (A-A) 40-39. Barrenetxea IV played in his first Galarreta match since December 17. Uterga won his 7th consecutive match.

4. Erburu-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Labaka (B-B) 30-29. Goikoetxea V's 5 match winning streak came to an end.

The four matches were decided by a total 8 points.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).........................1-0..40-37...+1 (Sagardoaren Txapelketa VII 1-0)
Uterga(d)...........................1-0..40-39...+7
Urriza(d)............................0-1..39-40....-1
Etxarri(d)...........................0-1..27-30....-4

Barrenetxea IV(z)..............1-0..40-39....+1
Agirrezabala(z)..................0-1..39-40.....-2
Ion(z).................................0-1..37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)

Group B

Erburu(d).........................1-0....30-29......+2
Goikoetxea V(d)..............0-1....29-30.......-1
Otaegi(d)..........................0-1....37-40.....-2 (ST VII 0-1)

Azpiroz(z)........................1-0....30-27......+2
Zubiri(z)..........................1-0....40-37......+1 (ST VII 1-0)
Larranaga(z).....................1-0....30-29.......+2
Labaka(z).........................0-1.....29-30.......-2

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February 25, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Ezkurra II-Ion (B-A) defeated Etxeberria IV-Endika (A-A) 40-26

Match article

The match article contained few details, with no linescore and only the sketchiest of details for the scoring of one player (Ion +11). It did note that the winners dominated at each position. It was far different from the exciting match played by the same two teams in the January 14, 2017 "Star Match." The winners were the same, by 40-38 on that occasion. A-B 2-1 A-A 1-2.

In other matches: (Note: three of the four matches were "unbalanced" group matches, either A-A v A-B or A-B v B-B. An interesting development was that the "lower" class group won all three matches).

1. Erburu-Garces (B-B) defeated Benat-Labaka (B-B) 35-26.

3. Segurola-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Agirrezabala (B-A) 40-28. B-B 6-3 A-B 3-6.

4.  Goikoetxea V-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Agirrezabala (B-A) 30-17. This was Goikoetxea V's 5th consecutive victory. B-B 7-3 A-B 3-7.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Final table for February 2017

Group A

Uterga(d)............................5-0..200-162..+6
Ezkurra(d).........................2-2...140-152...-2
Etxarri(d)...........................3-4..191-222....-3
Urriza(d).............................1-4.185-194....+1
Etxeberria IV(d).................0-3...84-120....-3

Ion(z)..................................5-3..301-272...+2
Etxeberria III(z)................3-3..229-220....-1
Endika(z)............................3-3..201-223....-2
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-6..233-275....-1

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)................5-1...192-146....+5
Ezkurra II(d).....................5-2...256-239....+3
Segurola(d)........................4-2....205-168....+3
Otaegi(d)............................3-3...145-169.....-1
Eburu(d)............................2-2...127-120....+1
Benat(d).............................1-4...150-167.....-1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-5...202-215......-2

Otano(z)............................4-1...170-151.......-1
Larranaga(z)....................4-2...173-160......+1
Azpiroz(z).........................5-3...254-223......+1
Labaka(z)..........................3-4...207-216.......-1
Garces(z)...........................2-2...108-121......+2
Zubiri(z)............................2-3...154-156.......-2
Aizpuru III(z)....................0-2....48-60..........-2

In unbalanced matches (see the individual match information for the month)

A-B 2-1 A-A 1-2
B-B 7-3 A-B 3-7

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February 23, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Uterga-Ion (A-A) defeated Ezkurra-Endika (A-A) 40-26

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

8-10; 13-15; 21-21; 28-22; 30-24; 33-25; 40-26.

Scoring:

Uterga +20 -4; Ion +13 (including 9 service aces) -2
Ezkurra +11 -4; Endika +7 (including 2 service aces) -3

Note that the individual totals do not add up to the final score.

The preview article for this match mentioned that E-E had won the last 6 consecutive matches they played together, including 2 against U-I. That streak came crashing to a halt in a match that was a tale of two halves. The first was extremely close. At 21-21 it was anyone's match. Then came U-I, who won easily with a 19-5 run, climaxed by a 10-2 finish. Both players had superb matches, each dominating his opponent. This was Uterga's 6th consecutive victory.

In other matches:

1. Goikoetxea V-Garces (B-B) defeated  Erburu-Otano (B-B) 35-30. This was Goikoetxea V's 4th consecutive victory. Otano's 4 match victory streak came to an end.

3. Ezkurra II-Agirrezabala (B-A) defeated Ansa II-Etxeberria III (B-A) 40-35. Agirrezabala ended a 5 match losing streak with his first victory of the month.

4. Otaegi-Labaka (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Azpiroz (A-B) 30-19.  B-B 5-3 A-B 3-5.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................5-0..200-162..+6
Etxarri(d)............................3-3..174-192...-2
Ezkurra(d)..........................2-2...140-152..-2
Urriza(d).............................1-4.185-194...+1
Etxeberria IV(d).................0-2....58-80.....-2

Endika(z)............................3-2..175-183....-1
Ion(z)..................................4-3..261-246...+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................3-3..229-220....-1
Agirrezabala(z)...................1-5..205-235...+1

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)................4-1...162-129....+4
Ezkurra II(d)......................4-2...216-213....+2
Segurola(d)........................3-2...165-140....+2
Otaegi(d)...........................3-2...117-129.....+1
Eburu(d)............................1-2....92-94.........-2
Benat(d).............................1-3..124-132.....+1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-5...202-215......-2

Otano(z)............................4-1...170-151.......-1
Larranaga(z)......................3-2...143-143.......-2
Azpiroz(z).........................4-3...214-195.......-1
Labaka(z)..........................3-3...181-181.......+2
Zubiri(z)............................2-2...137-126.......-1
Garces(z)...........................1-2....73-95.........+1
Aizpuru III(z)....................0-2....48-60..........-2

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February 18, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Urriza-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Ezkurra-Ion (A-A) 40-34

Match article

Selected linescore (winning team always listed 1st)

1-5; 5-10; 6-14; 11-18; 20-18; 20-20; 26-20; 30-24; 37-31; 40-34

Scoring:

Urriza +21 -4; Etxeberria III +11 (including 3 service aces) -1
Ezkurra +20 -4; Ion +8 (including 4 service aces) -4 (including 1 service fault)

Note that the individual totals do not add up to the final score.

Again, just as last Thursday, this was a match of two halves. Only this time, the score was tied at the half way mark. U-E made their comeback in the first half of the match. A 9 point run took them to a 20-18 lead. After E-I equalized a 6 point run by U-E gave them a lead they maintained for the rest of the match. Urriza and Ezkurra had basically the same strong scoring differentials that they usually have. It was Etxeberria III who made the difference in this match, with his solid scoring and steady, error free play. He is a player who can very quietly dominate the back court. His advantage over Ion made up almost the entire margin of victory. Urriza ended a streak of 5 consecutive defeats with this victory.

In other matches:

1. Goikoetxea V-Aspiroz (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Larranaga (A-B) 35-30. B-B 4-3. A-B 3-4.

3. Segurola-Endika (B-A) defeated Etxeberria IV-Agirrezabala (A-A) 40-29.  Agirrezabala suffered his 5th consecutive defeat. A-B 1-1. A-A 1-1.

4. Ezkurra II-Labaka (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Zubiri (B-B) 30-29.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................4-0..160-136..+5
Ezkurra(d)..........................2-1...114-112..-1
Etxarri(d)............................3-2..155-162..-1
Urriza(d).............................1-4.185-194...+1
Etxeberria IV(d).................0-2....58-80.....-2

Endika(z)............................3-1..149-143...+2
Etxeberria III(z)..................3-2..194-180...+1
Ion(z)..................................3-3..221-220....-1
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-5..165-200....-5

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)................3-1...127-99......+3
Segurola(d)........................3-2...165-140....+2
Ezkurra II(d)......................3-2...176-178....+1
Otaegi(d)............................2-2...87-110.......-2
Eburu(d)............................1-1....62-59........-1
Benat(d).............................1-3..124-132.....+1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-4...167-178......-1

Otano(z)............................4-0...140-116......+4
Azpiroz(z).........................4-2...195-165......+2
Larranaga(z)......................3-2...143-143.......-2
Zubiri(z)............................2-2...137-126.......-1
Labaka(z)..........................2-3....151-162.....+1
Aizpuru III(z)....................0-2....48-60..........-2
Garces(z)...........................0-2....38-65..........-2

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February 16, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Uterga-Endika (A-A) defeated Urriza-Agirrezabala (A-A) 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

6-6; 15-8; 27-14; 28-21; 32-27; 37-32; 37-35; 39-35; 39-39; 40-39

Scoring:

Uterga +20 -6;  Endika +10 (including 5 service aces) -5
Urriza +26 -8; Agirrezabala +2 -2

Uterga defeated Urriza for the second time this month, but only by the minimum and only after Urriza orchestrated a spirited comeback from a deficit that reached 13 points at the half-way point. Up until then, Urriza had a poor match by his standards, with 7 errors. But he only made 1  more error for the rest of the match and really got his power offense in gear, according to the match article. Even with his heroics, U-E still had a 39-35 lead. 4 straight U-A points set up the final point, which ended with a Uterga winner. It was Uterga's 5th consecutive victory and Urriza's 5th consecutive defeat. Agirrezabala suffered his 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Otano (B-B) defeated Erburu-Labaka (B-B) 35-27. Benat ended a 4 match losing streak. Otano has won 4 consecutive matches.

3. Ansa II-Ion (B-A) defeated Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III (B-A) 40-38. Ansa II ended a 5 match losing streak.

4.  Segurola-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Larranaga (B-B) 30-13

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................4-0..160-136..+5
Ezkurra(d)..........................2-0...80-72.....+2
Etxarri(d)............................3-1..125-127..+1
Etxeberria IV(d)..................0-1....29-40....-1
Urriza(d).............................0-4.145-160...-5

Endika(z)............................2-1..109-114...+1
Ion(z)..................................3-2..187-180...+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................2-2..154-146...-1
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-4..136-160....-4

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)................2-1....92-69......+2
Segurola(d)........................2-2...125-111....+1
Ezkurra II(d)......................2-2...146-149.....-1
Otaegi(d)............................2-2...87-110.......-2
Eburu(d)............................1-1....62-59........-1
Benat(d).............................1-3..124-132.....+1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-3...138-148....+1

Otano(z)............................4-0...140-116......+4
Larranaga(z)......................3-1...113-108.......-1
Zubiri(z)............................2-1...107-96........+1
Azpiroz(z).........................3-2....160-135.....+1
Labaka(z)..........................1-3....121-133......-1
Aizpuru III(z)....................0-2....48-60..........-2
Garces(z)...........................0-2....38-65..........-2

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February 11, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Uterga-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Etxeberria IV-Endika (A-A) 40-29

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

12-11; 20-11; 40-29

Scoring:

Uterga +20 -4; Etxeberria III +13 (including 4 service aces) -1
Etxeberria IV +17 -5; Endika +6 (including 2 service aces) -4

Note: scoring given in the match article does not add to the final score.

U-E broke open a close match toward the end of the 1st half with a 9-0 run. The match was nearly even after that. The spotlight was put on Etxeberria III in the match article, which said he clearly outplayed Endika (a victory for finesse over power on this day) and "Si el zaguero en teoría superior se ve superado es difícil que gane esa pareja" (loosely translated by Google: "if the supposedly superior defender is overcome, it is difficult for his team to win." Uterga won his 4th consecutive match.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Otano (A-B) defeated  Benat-Azpiroz (B-B) 35-32. Benat suffered his 4th consecutive defeat. A-B 3-2 B-B 2-3

3. Ezcurra II-Labaka (B-B) defeated Segurola-Ion (B-A) 40-33. Labaka broke a 6 match losing streak with this victory. A-B 3-3 B-B 3-3

4. Goikoetxea V-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Garces (B-B) 30-14.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................3-0..120-97....+4
Ezkurra(d)..........................2-0...80-72.....+2
Etxarri(d)............................3-1..125-127..+1
Etxeberria IV.......................0-1....29-40....-1
Urriza(d).............................0-3.106-120...-4

Etxeberria III(z)..................2-1..116-106...+2
Ion(z)..................................2-2..147-142....-2
Endika(z)............................1-1...69-75.......-1
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-3..97-120......-3

Group B

Eburu(d)............................1-0....35-24.......+2
Goikoetxea V(d)................2-1....92-69......+2
Ezkurra II(d)......................2-1.108-109......+1
Otaegi(d)...........................2-1... 74-80........-1
Segurola(d)........................1-2....95-98.......-1
Ansa II(d)..........................0-3...98-110.......-5
Benat(d).............................0-3....89-105......-4

Larranaga(z)......................3-0...100-78........+3
Otano(z)............................3-0...105-89........+3
Zubiri(z)............................2-1...107-96........+1
Azpiroz(z).........................2-2....130-122......-1
Labaka(z)..........................1-2....94-98.........+1
Aizpuru III(z)....................0-2....48-60..........-2
Garces(z)...........................0-2....38-65..........-2

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February 9, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Ezkurra-Endika (A-A) defeated Urriza-Agirrezabala (A-A) 40-35

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

4-3; 4-4; 6-6; 8-8; 10-13; 14-20; 23-23; 28-28; 29-29; 31-31; 32-32; 33-33; 37-33; 40-35

Partial scoring

Ezkurra +25 -5; Endika +13 (including 5 service aces) -6*
Urriza    +18; Agirrezabala +6 (including 2 service aces)

* Estimated from the other scores

4 consecutive two wall winners (3 by Ezkurra) made the difference in this exciting match. Though they trailed most of the match E-E never let their deficit get out of hand. At 10-13, Ezkurra suffered a leg injury, but was able to return. At that point his team lost 7 of the next 11 points, but followed that with a 9-3 run to get back into the match.  It was Urriza's 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches

1. Eburu-Otano (B-B) defeated Benat-Garces (B-B) 35-24

3. Uterga-Zubiri (A-B) defeated Ansa II-Ion (B-A) 40-34. It was Ansa II's 5th consecutive defeat.

4. Goikoetxea V-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Aizpuru III (A-B) 30-20. Gokoetxea V ended a 7 match losing streak with this victory. A-B 2-2 B-B 2-2.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential. Third tie breaker is point winning percentage.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................2-0...80-68.....+3
Ezkurra(d)..........................2-0...80-72.....+2
Etxarri(d)............................2-1...90-95.....-1
Urriza(d).............................0-3.106-120...-4

Endika(z)............................1-0...40-35......+3
Ion(z)..................................2-1..114-102....-1
Etxeberria III(z)..................1-1..76-77.......+1
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-3..97-120......-3

Group B

Otaegi(d)...........................2-0... 60-50.......+3
Eburu(d)............................1-0....35-24.......+2
Goikoetxea V(d)................1-1...62-55........+1
Segurola(d)........................1-1...62-58........+1
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-1....68-76........-1
Benat(d).............................0-2....57-70........-3
Ansa II(d)..........................0-3...98-110........-5

Otano(z)............................2-0....70-57.........+2
Larranaga(z)......................2-0....70-64.........+2
Azpiroz(z).........................2-1....98-87.........+2
Zubiri(z)............................2-1...107-96........+1
Garces(z)............................0-1....24-35.........-1
Labaka(z)...........................0-2....54-65.........-6
Aizpuru III(z).....................0-2...48-60.........-2

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February 4, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Ezkurra-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Urriza-Zubiri (A-B) 40-37. A-A 1-0 A-B 0-1

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

22-8; 38-37; 40-37

Ezkurra returned after being out of action with a thigh injury suffered in a December 29, 2016 "Star" match. In an exciting and well played match E-E outlasted U-Z 40-37. U-Z fought their way back into the match after being down by 14 points. Zubiri's 7 match winning streak came to an end. Etxeberria III broke a 4 match losing streak.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Labaka (B-B) 35-32. This was Goikoetxea V's 7th consecutive defeat. It was Labaka's 6th.  A-B 2-1 B-B-1-2

3. Segurola-Ion (B-A) defeated Ezkurra II-Agirrezabala (B-A) 40-28.

4. Otaegi-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Aizpuru III (B-B) 30-28. This was Ansa II's 4th consecutive defeat.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Group A

Etxarri(d)............................2-0....70-65....+2
Uterga(d)............................1-0...40-34.....+2
Ezkurra(d)..........................1-0...40-37.....+1
Urriza(d).............................0-2...71-80......-3

Ion(z)..................................2-0...80-62......+2
Etxeberria III(z)..................1-1..76-77.......+1
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-2...62-80.......-2

Group B

Otaegi(d)...........................2-0... 60-50.......+3
Segurola(d)........................1-1...62-58........+1
Ezkurra II(d)......................1-1....68-76........-1
Benat(d).............................0-1....33-35........-2
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1...32-35.........-7
Ansa II(d)..........................0-2....64-70.........-4

Larranaga(z)......................2-0....70-64.........+2
Otano(z).............................1-0....35-33........+1
Zubiri(z)............................1-1....67-62..........-1
Azpiroz(z)..........................1-1....68-67........+1
Aizpuru III(z).....................0-1....28-30.........-1
Labaka(z)..........................0-2....54-65.........-6

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February 2, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Uterga-Ion (A-A) defeated Urriza-Agirrezabala (A-A) 40-34.

There was no match article for this match as of February 3, or any other information for any of the other matches. If a match article becomes available, I will link to it.

1. Etxarri-Otano (A-B) defeated Benat-Azpiroz (B-B) 35-33. Otano returned to action at Galarreta for the first time since October 6. He broke a 4 match losing streak.  A-B 1-0 B-B 0-1

3. Ezkurra II-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Etxeberria III (B-A) 40-36. Etxeberria III lost his 4th consecutive match.  A-B 1-1 B-B 1-1

4. Otaegi-Zubiri (B-B) defeated Segurola-Labaka (B-B) 30-22. Zubiri won his 7th consecutive match. Labaka lost his 5th.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Group A

Uterga(d)............................1-0...40-34.....+2
Etxarri(d)............................1-0....35-33....+1
Urriza(d).............................0-1...34-40......-2

Ion(z)..................................1-0...40-34......+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................0-1...36-40.......-4
Agirrezabala(z)...................0-1...34-40.......-1

Group B

Otaegi(d)...........................1-0... 30-22.......+2
Ezkurra II(d).....................1-0....40-36........+2
Benat(d)............................0-1....33-35.........-2
Ansa II(d)..........................0-1...36-40..........-3
Segurola(d)........................0-1...22-30..........-2

Zubiri(z)............................1-0....30-22........+7
Larranaga(z)......................1-0....40-36........+1
Otano(z).............................1-0....35-33........+1
Azpiroz(z)..........................0-1....33-35.........-1
Labaka(z)...........................0-1....22-30.........-5

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January 28, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Uterga-Agirrezabala (A-A) defeated Ansa II-Ion (B-A) 40-34

Match article

In a brief match article that provided no individual scoring or match linescore, it was explained that U-A had control of the match for most of its duration. However, A-I managed to tie the score at 28. From there a 12-6 run by U-A, partly fueled by A-I errors, insured the victory. Agirrezabala was spotlighted for his excellent play. This was the first time these two teams have ever played each other. It was also the first time U-A have played together since late 2015. Uterga broke a 4 match losing streak. A-A 5-1 A-B 1-5.

In other matches:

1. Otaegi-Garces (B-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Larranaga (B-B) 35-21. Goikoetxea V lost his 6th consecutive match.

3. Etxeberria IV-Zubiri (A-B) defeated Segurola-Etxeberria III (B-A) 40-38. Zubiri finished the month with a perfect 6-0 record with his 6th consecutive victory. He earned a perfect 40 ranking points and finished first in the B Group January Monthly Rankings.

4. Barricart-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Labaka (A-B) 30-21. This was Labaka's 4th consecutive defeat. B-B 3-0 A-B 0-3

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Final table for January 2017

Group A

Urriza(d)............................5-1...188-163......-1 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament) (1-1 T VI G (Torneo VI GALA)

Etxeberria IV(d)...............3-1...158-104......+2
Zeberio II(d)......................3-2....177-166.....+1 (1-0 T VI G)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-3....112-134......-1
Uterga(d)............................1-4...154-169.....+1 (0-1 IOT) (0-1 T VI G)

Etxeberria III(z)................3-3..216-197.........-3 (0-1 T VI G)
Agirrezabala(z)..................2-2..122-136.......+1
Endika(z)............................2-4..194-207........+2 (0-1 IOT) (1-0 T VI G)
Ion(z)...................................2-5..213-246.........-1 (1-1 T VI G)

Group B

Azpiroz*(d)......................1-0...30-18........+3
Barricart(d)......................3-1..122-98.......+2
Ezkurra II(d)....................4-2..196-192.....+1 (1-1 T VI G) 
Erburu(d)..........................3-2..155-149....+1
Otaegi(d)...........................2-2...111-94.......+1 
Benat(d)............................2-2...130-140.....-1 
Segurola(d).......................2-3..158-168......-1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-4..167-188......-2
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-4..98-135........-6

Zubiri(z)..............................6-0..210-167.....+6
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Azpiroz*(z)........................ 6-2..222-192......+1 (1-1 T VI G)
Garces(z).............................2-2...138-124......+2
Zaldua(z).............................2-2..135-133......+1
Larranaga(z)...................... 2-4..171-185......-2
Labaka(z)............................1-4..154-176.......-4
Martirena(z)........................0-2...56-65.........-5

In unbalanced matches (see the individual match information for the month)

A-A 5-1--A-B 1-5
A 1-0--B 0-1
B-B 3-0--A-B 0-3
B-B 1-0--A-A 0-1

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January 26, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

This session's "Star" match consisted of the last 3 matches of the session, the Torneo VI GALA, a "flash tournament" with each match played to 25.

Semi-finals:

Urriza-Azpiroz (A-B) defeated Uterga-Etxeberria III (A-A) 25-23

Zeberio II-Endika (A-A) defeated Ezkurra II-Ion  (B-A) 25-22

Zeberio II was injured in this match. E II-I advanced to the final.

Final:

Ezkurra II-Ion (B-A) defeated Urriza-Azpiroz (A-B) 25-23.

Feature article with information about the tournament

Tournament article

The tournament article said little about the matches, except for the fact that the final was closely contested, E II-I established a 14-10 lead, and then held on for the championship. Urriza's 5 match winning streak came to an end in the final.  A-A 4-1 A-B 1-4.

In the other match:

Erburu-Garces defeated Benat-Labaka 40-33

In other news, Zaldua suffered a knee injury in a bicycle accident. The injury required surgery and he will miss "a few months."

Zaldua injury article

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................5-1...188-163......-1 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament) (1-1 T VI G (Torneo IV GALA)

Etxeberria IV(d)................2-1....118-66......+1
Zeberio II(d)......................3-2....177-166.....+1 (1-0 T VI G)
Etxarri(d)...........................2-2....91-104......+1
Uterga(d)............................0-4....114-135.....-4 (0-1 IOT) (0-1 T VI G)

Etxeberria III(z).................3-2...178-157.......-2 (0-1 T VI G)
Endika(z)............................2-4..194-207........+2 (0-1 IOT) (1-0 TVI G)
Ion(z)...................................2-4..179-206.......+1 (1-1 T VI G)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-2....82-102........-1 

Group B

Azpiroz*(d)......................1-0...30-18........+3
Ezkurra II(d)....................4-2..196-192.....+1 (1-1 T IV G) 
Barricart(d).......................2-1...92-98.......+1
Erburu(d)..........................3-2..155-149....+1
Segurola(d).......................2-2..120-128.....+1 
Benat(d)............................2-2...130-140.....-1
Otaegi(d)...........................1-2...76-73.........-1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-3..133-144......-1
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-3..77-100.......-5

Zubiri(z).............................5-0..170-129......+5
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Azpiroz*(z)........................ 5-2..192-171.......-1 (1-1 T VI G)
Zaldua(z)............................2-2..135-133......+1
Larranaga(z)...................... 2-3..150-150.......-1
Garces(z).............................1-2...103-103.....+1
Labaka(z)............................1-3..133-146.......-3
Martirena(z)........................0-2...56-65.........-5

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January 21, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Etxberria IV-Endika (A-A) defeated Zeberio II-Etxeberria III (A-A) 40-35

Background article

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

4-10; 12-12; 13-13; 15-15; 18-18; 19-19; 20-20; 22-22; 27-27; 30-30; 31-32; 39-32; 39-35; 40-35

Scoring: Note: I understood only the front court scoring. Even with the help of Google Translate, I could not understand the back court scoring. Any help would be gratefully accepted.

Etxeberria IV +24 - 2 Zeberio II +23 -5 Endika ? ? Etxeberria III ? ?

In the first meeting between these teams in over a year (which E IV-E also won), E IV-E prevailed over the veteran (42 and 43 years old) team of Z II-E III. It was a wonderfully competitive match that was finally decided by an 8-0 run by E IV-E late in the match. 4 of the 8 were Endika service aces. Etxeberria III's 4 match winning streak was broken, as well as Endika's 4 match losing streak.

In other matches:

1. Barricart-Zuberi (B-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Labaka (B-B 35-31. Zuberi won his 5th consecutive match. Goikoetxea V lost his 5th.

3. Ezkurra II-Zaldua (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Agirrezabala (B-A) 40-29.  B-B 2-0 A-B 0-2.

4. Segurola-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Larranaga (B-B) 30-19.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................4-0...140-115......+4 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)

Etxeberria IV(d)................2-1....118-66......+1
Zeberio II(d)......................2-2...152-144......-2
Etxarri(d)...........................2-2....91-104......+1
Uterga(d)............................0-3....91-110.......-3 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z).................3-1...155-132......-1
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-2....82-102.......-1 
Ion(z).................................1-3..132-158........+1
Endika(z)...........................1-4..169-185........+1 (0-1 IOT)

Group B

Azpiroz*(d)......................1-0...30-18........+3
Ezkurra II(d).....................3-1..149-144.....+2 
Benat(d)............................2-1...97-80.......+2
Barricart(d).......................2-1...92-98.......+1
Erburu(d)..........................2-2..115-116......-1
Segurola(d).......................2-2..120-128.....+1
Otaegi(d)...........................1-2...76-73.........-1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-3..133-144......-1
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-3..77-100.......-5

Zubiri(z).............................5-0..170-129......+5
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Azpiroz*(z)........................4-1..144-123......+1
Zaldua(z)............................2-2..135-133......+1
Larranaga(z)...................... 2-3..150-150.......-1
Labaka(z)............................1-2..100-106......-2
Garces(z).............................0-2...63-70.........-3
Martirena(z)........................0-2...56-65.........-5

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January 19, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Urriza-Agirrezabala (A-A) defeated Uterga-Endika (A-A) 40-32.

Match article 

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

4-12; 11-14; 16-18; 20-20; 25-25; 31-29; 38-29; 40-32

Scoring: Urriza +24 -5 Agirrezabala +9 (including 3 service aces) -3
               Uterga +10 -4 Endika +13 (including 4 service aces) -4

Note that individual scores do not add up to the total.

It was a match of two almost equal parts, as U-E dominated most of the first half before being tied at exactly 20-20. The match stayed even going into the 30s, with U-A forging ahead, but only by two points. From there, with Urriza taking the initiative, U-A scored 7 straight points to decide the outcome. Urriza was not quite as devastating as he had been a week ago, when he scored 32 points in a "Star" match victory. Still, he nearly doubled the output of any of the other players. He has now won 4 straight matches against Uterga since Uterga won on December 24, 2016. Two have been singles matches, and 1 was a short court Euskal Jai Berri Tournament win. Overall, Urriza has now won 4 consecutive matches at Galarreta. Uterga and Endika lost their 4th consecutive matches. This was Agirrezabala's 1st "Star" match victory since January 23, 2016. He missed most of the 2016 calendar year with an injury that kept him out of action for 10 months.

In other matches:

1. Etxarri (A) defeated Goikoetxea V (B) 30-17. Goikoetxea V lost his 4th consecutive match. A 1-0 B 0-1.

3. Ezkurra II-Larranaga (B-B) defeated Zeberio II-Zaldua (A-B) 40-37. B-B 1-0 A-B 0-1.

4. Benat-Zubiri (B-B) defeated Erburu-Azpiroz (B-B) 30-14. Azpiroz' 6 match winning streak in the back court came to an end. Zubiri won his 4th consecutive match.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. First tie-breaker is wins. Second tie breaker is point differential.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................4-0...140-115......+4 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)

Zeberio II(d)......................2-1...117-104......-1
Etxarri(d)...........................2-2....91-104......+1
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1.....78-66........-1
Uterga(d)............................0-3....91-110.......-3 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z)............... 3-0...120-92.........+4
Agirrezabala(z)..................1-1....53-62..........+1 
Ion(z).................................1-3..132-158........+1
Endika(z)............................0-4..129-150.........-4 (0-1 IOT)

Group B

Azpiroz*(d).......................1-0...30-18........+3
Benat(d)............................2-1...97-80.......+2
Ezkurra II(d)....................2-1..109-115.....+1
Erburu(d)..........................2-2..115-116......-1
Otaegi(d)...........................1-1...57-43.......+1
Barricart(d).......................1-1...57-67.........-1
Ansa II(d)..........................1-2..104-104......+1
Segurola(d)........................1-2..90-109........-2
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-2..46-65..........-4


Zubiri(z).............................4-0..135-98........+4
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Azpiroz*(z).........................3-1..114-104.......-1
Larranaga(z)......................2-2..131-120......+2
Labaka(z)............................1-1...69-71.........-1
Zaldua(z).............................1-2..95-104........-1
Garces(z).............................0-2...63-70..........-3
Martirena(z)........................0-2...56-65..........-5

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January 14, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Ezkurra II-Ion(A-A) defeated Etxeberria IV-Endika (A-A) 40-38

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

30-30; 39-36; 39-38; 40-38

Salient scoring statistics: Ezkurra II +22

In a match that was as close as the above linescore shows, E-I won when Etxeberria IV, who was so amazing in his two wall play two weeks ago (when he made 10--see 1:56:33-1:59:19 to enjoy 3 of the best that finished the match--and missed 1--see 1:37:18-1:37:47 of the video linked here or below) missed a two wall shot that would have tied the score at 39. According to the match story, it was a terrific contest. Ion broke a 4 match losing streak.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Zubiri (B-B) defeated Barricart-Garces (B-B) 35-22.

3. Ansa II-Zaldua (B-B) defeated Segurola-Labaka (B-B) 40-34.

4. Otaegi-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Etxarri-Agirrezabala (A-A) 30-13. Azpiroz won his 6th consecutive match in the back court, to go along with his 3 match winning streak in the front court. He has played his last two matches in  front and then back, and defeated at least 1 A player in each. Otaegi broke a 4 match losing streak. B-B 1-0. A-A 0-1.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................3-0.....100-83......+3 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)

Zeberio II(d)......................2-0.....80-64........+2
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-1.....78-66........-1
Etxarri(d)...........................1-2.....61-87.........-2
Uterga(d)............................0-2.....59-70........-2 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z)............... 3-0...120-92.........+4
Ion(z)...................................1-3..132-158........+1
Agirrezabala(z)..................0-1....13-30...........-1
Endika(z)............................0-3...97-110..........-3 (0-1 IOT)

Group B

Azpiroz*(d).......................1-0...30-18........+3
Erburu(d)..........................2-1..101-86.......+1
Otaegi(d)............................1-1...57-43.......+1
Benat(d).............................1-1...67-66.......+1
Ezkurra II(d).....................1-1...69-78........+1
Barricart(d).......................1-1...57-67.........-1
Ansa II(d)...........................1-2.104-104.....+1
Segurola(d)........................1-2..90-109........-2
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1.. 29-35.........-3


Azpiroz*(z).........................3-0..100-74........+6
Zubiri(z)..............................3-0..105-84........+3
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Labaka(z)............................1-1...69-71.........-1
Zaldua(z).............................1-1...58-64.........+1
Larranaga(z).......................1-2...91-83.........+1
Garces(z).............................0-2...63-70..........-3
Martirena(z).......................0-2...56-65..........-5

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January 12, 2017  (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Urriza-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Uterga-Ion (A-A) 40-37.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

1-0; 9-16; 25-31; 31-31; 34-33; 35-35; 39-35; 39-37; 40-37

Salient scoring statistics: Urriza +32; all 4 players combined -9

This fantastic match featured Urriza's astronomical total of winners. No one could say how long it had been since a player scored over 30 points in a match. But just as impressive, in my opinion, was the average 2 errors by each player. The last 7 points of the match were scored on winners by Urriza (35-35--39-35, 40-37) and Uterga (39-35--39-37). If you watched last week's #3 match (see below), where E-III and Ion also opposed each other in the back court, it will come as no surprise that few errors were likely to come from their cestas. This was Etxeberria III's 4th consecutive victory. Ion suffered his 4th consecutive defeat.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Labaka (B-B) defeated Erburu-Garces (B-B) 35-31

3. Zeberio II-Zubiri (A-B) defeated Ansa II-Endika (B-A) 40-35. Endika lost his second consecutive match, after winning the previous 5.

4. Azpiroz-Larranaga(B-B) defeated Etxarri-Zaldua (A-B) 30-18. Azpiroz won his 2nd 3rd (corrected January 16, 2017) consecutive match in the front court, to go along with his 5 consecutive wins in the back court. Larranaga snapped a 4 match losing streak. B-B 1-0. A-B 0-1.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................3-0.....100-83......+3 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)

Zeberio II(d)......................2-0.....80-64........+2
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-0.....40-26........+3
Etxarri(d)...........................1-1.....48-57.........-1
Uterga(d).......................... .0-2.....59-70.........-2 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z)............... 3-0...120-92.........+4
Endika(z)............................0-2...59-70............-2 (0-1 IOT)
Ion(z)...................................0-3..92-120...........-4

Group B

Azpiroz*(d).......................1-0...30-18........+3
Barricart(d).......................1-0...35-32........+1
Erburu(d)..........................1-1...66-64.........-1
Benat(d).............................1-1...67-66........+1
Segurola(d)........................1-1...56-69..........-1
Otaegi(d)............................0-1...27-30..........-4
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1.. 29-35..........-3
Ezkurra II(d).....................0-1...29-40..........-2
Ansa II(d)...........................0-2...64-70.........-2


Azpiroz*(z).........................2-0...70-61.........+5
Zubiri(z)..............................2-0...70-62.........+2
Labaka(z)............................1-0...35-31.........+1
Aizpuru III(z).....................1-0...30-29.........+2
Larranaga(z).......................1-2...91-83.........+1
Garces(z).............................0-1...31-35..........-2
Zaldua(z).............................0-1...18-30..........-1
Martirena(z)........................0-2...56-65..........-5

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January 7, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in)

Urriza (A) defeated Endika (A) 30-24

This was the final of the VII Master Individual Oriamendi Tournament.

Match linescore source: EITB and Diario Vasco, statistics source: Diario Vasco

Condensed Match linescore (winner always listed 1st).

1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-4, 4-4, 4-5, 6-5, 6-8, 7-8, 7-11, 8-11, 8-12, 9-12, 9-13, 14-13, 14-14, 15-14, 15-15, 15-16, 16-16, 16-18, 19-18, 19-20, 19-21, 20-21, 23-21, 23-22, 26-22, 26-23, 28-23, 28-24, 30-24

Scoring

Urriza +23 (including 6 service aces) -3 Endika +21 (including 2 service aces) -7

Balls in play: 218
Time of the match: 62 minutes 30 seconds

Match preview

Match article

Match article, with statistics and linescore (Diario Vasco)

Full match video (EITB)

About a year ago (January 9 and 18, 2016), Uterga defeated Urriza in two singles tournaments (last year's Oriamendi VI Master (30-27) and Euskal Jai Berri Navidad Festival (30-15)). Since that time, Urriza has appeared in 3 singles tournaments--2 Galarreta long court (Kutxabank, VII Oriamendi Masters), and 1 short court (Euskal Jai Berri Navidad (Labrit)). His record in those tournaments is 7 wins, 0 losses and he has won all three convincingly. He defeated Urterga 3 times, Ion twice, Barrenetxea IV once, and Endika once. His average margin of victory in the 7 matches is 30-21.

Since December 26, 2016 he has defeated Uterga twice by the same margin (30-22) and now Endika. They are arguably the top front and back court players on the Oriamendi2010 roster. The victory over Endika was the most difficult, as the linescore shows. Halfway through the match Urriza trailed. But then he simply took over, outscoring Endika 11-3. When you watch the match, watch how he goes into a higher gear to make anti-climactic a match that was terrifically competitive. He just does more things better than anyone else. And is a joy to watch. With the win, Urriza has now won this tournament 3 times. Uterga and Ezkurra have won it twice.

Endika's 5 match winning streak came to an end.

In other matches:

1.  Barricart-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Benat-Larranaga (B-B) 35-32. Azpiroz won his 5th consecutive match in the back court. Barricart broke a 5 match losing streak.

3. Etxeberria IV-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Segurola-Ion (B-A) 40-26. Segurola's 4 match winning streak came to an end. Because EITB televises the 3rd match of the sessions that have championship finals for the Star Match, you can watch this match. It will not disappoint. A-A 3-0 A-B 0-3

Full match video (EITB) (match begins at 1 hour, 13 minutes on the video)

Condensed linescore (winners always listed 1st).

3-0; 3-1; 4-1; 4-2; 6-2; 6-3; 11-3; 11-4; 12-4; 12-6; 19-6; 19-7; 21-7; 21-8; 22-8; 22-9; 24-9; 24-14; 25-14; 25-15; 28-15; 28-16; 30-16; 30-17; 32-17; 32-18; 33-18; 33-21; 34-21; 34-23; 36-23; 36-25; 39-25; 39-26; 40-26

Scoring (source: my scoring assignments). EITB did not visually score the match. Your scoring may be different.

Balls in play: 347

Etxeberria IV +26 (11 10 two wall winners) -1; (error corrected January 16, 2017)
Etxeberria III +7 (including 3 service aces and 2 two wall winners) -0
Segurola +14 (4 two wall winners) -6
Ion + 11 (including 3 service aces and 3 two wall winners) -1

My scoring tends to favor winners over errors and gives the server an ace every time a point is decided by the serve.

However many points you think E IV scored, he had a magnificent match. The E-E team played as close to flawless Remonte as I have seen in my short time watching the sport. Two points that you might want to view are 34-22 (1:52:37-1:53:04) and 38-25 (1:57:17-1:57:45). During both those points, E III executed successful behind the back rebotes. For an enhanced linescore of this match see the link to "MY ARTICLE" here.

A-A 2-0. A-B 0-2.

4. Etxarri-Zubiri defeated Otaegi-Martirena 30-27. Otaegi and Martirena  lost their 4th  and 5th consecutive matches respectively. A-B 1-0. B-B 0-1.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Urriza(d)............................2-0.....60-46........+2 (2-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)

Etxeberria IV(d)................1-0.....40-26........+3
Zeberio II(d)......................1-0.....40-29........+1
Etxarri(d)...........................1-0.....30-27........+1
Uterga(d)...........................0-1.....22-30.........-1 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z)...............2-0....80-55..........+3
Endika(z)..........................0-1...24-30............-1 (0-1 IOT)
Ion(z).................................0-2....55-80...........-3

Group B

Erburu(d)...........................1-0...35-29........+2
Barricart(d)........................1-0...35-32........+1
Segurola(d)........................1-1...56-69..........-1
Ansa II(d)...........................0-1...29-30.........-1
Benat(d)..............................0-1..32-35..........-1
Otaegi(d)............................0-1..27-30..........-4
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1.. 29-35..........-3
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-1...29-40..........-2

Azpiroz(z).........................2-0...70-61..........+5
Zubiri(z)...........................1-0...30-27...........+1
Aizpuru III(z)...................1-0...30-29..........+2
Larranaga(z).....................0-2...61-65..........-3
Martirena(z)......................0-2...56-65..........-5

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January 5, 2017 (letters adjacent to players names identify the group they are in).

Urriza (A) defeated Uterga (A) 30-22

This was the in the 2nd semi-final of the VII Master Individual Oriamendi Tournament.

Preview article

Match article 

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

5-6; 11-6; 12-8; 21-10; 22-16; 30-22

Scoring: Urriza +27 (including 7 service aces) -4 (including 1 service fault) Uterga +18 (including 5 service aces) -3 (including 2 service faults).

Urriza followed up his championship victory over Uterga on the short court at Pamplona last week with this win on the long court. The two victories were by identical scores. In this one a 16-4 run (5-6 to 21-10) gave him a platform to cruise to victory. Uterga fought back with his own 6-1 run at that point but it wasn't enough. At 12-8 a ball from Uterga struck Urriza on the wrist and the match was delayed. Uterga had won the last two editions of this tournament.  Uterga, Urriza, and Ezkurra have each won two of the first 6 tournaments. Uterga's 7 match winning streak came to an end.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Azpiroz (B-B) defeated Goikoetxea V-Martirena (B-B) 35-29.

3. Zeberio II-Etxeberria III (A-A) defeated Ezkurra II-Ion(B-A) 40-29. A-A 1-0. A-B 0-1.

4. Segurola-Aizpuru III (B-B) defeated Ansa II-Larranaga (B-B) 30-29.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Zeberio II(d)......................1-0.....40-29........+1
Urriza(d)............................1-0.....30-22........+1 (1-0 IOT--Individual Oriamendi Tournament)
Uterga(d)...........................0-1.....22-30.........-1 (0-1 IOT)

Etxeberria III(z).................1-0....40-29.......+2
Ion(z).................................0-1....29-40........-2

Group B

Erburu(d)...........................1-0...35-29.........+2
Segurola(d)........................1-0...30-29.........+4
Ansa II(d)...........................0-1...29-30.........-1
Goikoetxea V(d)................0-1.. 29-35..........-3
Ezkurra II(d)......................0-1...29-40..........-2

Aizpuru III(z)..................1-0...30-29..........+2
Azpiroz(z).......................1-0...35-29..........+4
Larranaga(z)......................0-1...29-30..........-2
Martirena(z)......................0-1...29-35..........-4

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January 2017
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December 31, 2016

Note: Beginning with these matches players will be identified with their ranking group (A or B)

Endika (A) defeated Ion (A) 30-19.

This was the in the 1st semi-final of the VII Master Individual Oriamendi Tournament.

Match article

Partial linescore (winner always listed 1st).

15-15; 24-15; 28-17; 30-19

Salient scoring statistics. Endika 17 service aces Ion 1 service ace.

Endika scored over half his points via service aces. In the first half of the match He achieved equality by scoring 8 of his 15 points with aces. His 9 point run to begin the 2nd half of the match was decisive. This was Endika's 5th consecutive victory. These two players met in a semi-final of the 2015 tournament, the only other time in the last three years they have played each other in a singles match, Endika won 30-23.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Zaldua (B-B) defeated Barricart-Martirena (B-B) 30-21. This was Barricart's 5th consecutive loss.

3. Etxeberria IV-Exteberria III (A-A) defeated Zeberio II-Larranaga (A-B) 35-28.

4. Segurola-Aizpuru III (B-B) defeated Otaegi-Zubiri (B-B) 30-28.

A (perhaps) interesting note. This was the first Galarreta session all year that didn't have at least one 40 point match.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Final Table for December 2016

Group A

Uterga(d)..........................5-0......200-150.......+7 (3-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............4-1......182-166.......+2
Urriza(d)............................3-3.....217-236........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Etxarri(d)..........................1-1........67-72..........-1
Zeberio II(d)......................2-4.....218-220........-3
Ezkurra(d).........................2-5.....239-260........-1 (0-3) CORPO)


Endika(z).............................6-1....269-220.......+5 (3-0 CORPO) (1-0 IOT)
Ion(z)....................................4-4....280-273........-1 (1-2 CORPO) (0-1 IOT)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................3-5....290-314.......+1 (0-3 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-3.....143-159.......-2

Group B

Ansa II(d)......................1-0.......30-17............+1
Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)...................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Erburu(d).....................4-2......198-181..........+1
Otaegi(d).......................3-3......180-173...........-3
Segurola(d)...................3-3......170-164...........+3
Benat(d)........................3-3......174-184...........+3
Goikoetxea V(d)...........3-4......188-194...........-2
Ezkurra II(d)................2-5.....241-268............-1 (1-2 CORPO)
Barricart(d)..................0-4......97-125..............-5

Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1
Azpiroz*(z)....................3-1.....122-101............+3
Zaldua(z)........................5-3.....259-241...........+2
Larranaga(z)..................4-4.....234-242............-1
Zubiri(z).........................4-5......288-332...........-2 (2-1 CORPO)
Aizpuru III*(z)...............1-1......45-63.............+1
Labaka(z).......................2-4.....160-183............-2
Martirena(z)...................2-6....226-235............-3

December 29, 2016

Ezkurra-Zubiri  defeated Uterga-Larranaga 21-17

**Correction: Uterga-Larranaga were awarded a 40-21 victory in this match, according to the Oriamendi2010 database.  Changes in the monthly standings, scoring, and winning-losing streaks have been made for Dec. 29 and  Dec.31. (Added January 27, 2017).

Match article 

The match was ended after Ezkurra was forced to retire with a thigh injury.  E-Z were awarded the victory. It is unknown at this time when Ezkurra will return.Uterga won his 7th consecutive match.

In other matches:

1. Erburu-Azpiroz defeated Etxarri-Martirena 35-27. In his second professional match, Etxarri suffered his first defeat.

3. Segurola-Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III 40-39. This was Segurola's 2nd consecutive win after 7 consecutive losses.

4. Ansa II-Zaldua defeated Otaegi-Labaka 30-17. Ansa II played in his first match since November 3, 2016 and broke a two match losing streak.

In other news the VII Masters Oriamendi singles tournament will be played with semi-finals (Endika v Ion and Uterga v Urriza) in the Dec. 31 and January 5, 2017 Star matches. The final will be played in the Jan. 7 Star match. An Oriamendi2010 news release provides further details. Uterga is the defending champion, having defeated Urriza 30-27 in last years final on January 9, 2016.  

Full Match video of the 2016 final.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)..........................5-0......200-150.......+7 (3-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............3-1......147-138.......+1
Urriza(d)............................3-3.....217-236........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Etxarri(d)..........................1-1........67-72..........-1
Ezkurra(d).........................2-5.....239-260........-1 (0-3) CORPO)
Zeberio II(d)......................2-3.....190-185........-2

Endika(z).............................5-1....239-201.......+4 (3-0 CORPO)
Ion(z)....................................4-3....261-243.......+1 (1-2 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................2-5....265-286........-2 (0-3 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-3.....143-159.......-2

Group B

Ansa II(d)......................1-0.......30-17............+1
Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)...................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Erburu(d)......................4-2......198-181..........+1
Otaegi(d).......................3-2......152-143...........-2
Goikoetxea V(d)...........3-4......188-194...........-2
Segurola(d)...................2-3......140-136...........+2
Benat(d)........................2-3......144-163...........+2
Ezkurra II(d)................2-5.....241-268............-1 (1-2 CORPO)
Barricart(d)..................0-3......76-95...............-4

Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1
Azpiroz*(z)....................3-1.....122-101............+3
Larranaga(z)..................4-3......206-207............+2
Zaldua(z)........................4-3.....229-220............+1
Zubiri(z).........................4-4.....260-302............-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Labaka(z).......................2-4.....160-183............ -2
Martirena(z)...................2-5....205-205............-2
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35.............-2

December 24, 2016

Uterga-Endika defeated Urriza-Etxeberria III 40-38

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

5-10; 15-10; 20-17; 22-20; 23-28; 28-32; 33-32; 40-38

Scoring: Uterga +19 -3 Endika +14 (including 7 service aces) -2
               Urriza +22 -2 Etxeberria III +11 (including 6 service aces) -5

In their first partnership since winning the Orona Parejas final on December 17, Ut-En, after a titanic struggle with Ur-Et, emerged victorious. The lead changed hands in the early, middle, and late stages of the match. Each team had big runs (Ut-En 10-0, 5-0; Ur-Et 10-5, 8-1). Endika was spotlighted by the match article for his excellent play. As the scoring shows, both of the front men had their usual excellent matches. In fact, given that that only 12 of the 78 points came via errors, it must be inferred that this was a high quality contest. To give a little context into just how well played this match was, look at some comparative figures. For the 12 matches in the Orona Parejas tournament we have error statistics for, the error rate was around 25 percent (that can only be approximated because of the sources and accuracy of scoring). 7 of the 10 OP players were Oriamendi "A" players. Of these 7, 3 each were the top front and back court men on the roster.  For this match, in which all 4 were "A" players, the error rate was 15 percent. This was Uterga's 6th consecutive victory. Endika won his 4th consecutive match.

In other matches (there were only 3 matches due to the Christmas holiday):

1. Etxarri-Zubiri defeated Goikoetxea V-Martirena 40-37.

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st).

4-1; 18-12; 22-16; 29-20; 31-32; 40-37

Etxarri scoring: +17 -7

15 match photos (Oriamendi2010 Facebook page).

Mikel Etxarri began his career as an Oriamendi2010 front court man in style, scoring slightly less than half his team's points in a close, exciting victory. This pleased him almost as much as his supporters.

3. Etxeberria IV-Larranaga defeated Zeberio II-Zaldua 40-39. This match completed a session in which 234 of a possible 237 points were scored.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................4-0......160-129.......+6 (3-0 CORPO)
Etxarri(d)..........................1-0........40-37.........+1
Etxeberria IV(d)...............3-1......147-138.......+1
Urriza(d)............................3-3.....217-236........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Zeberio II(d)......................2-3.....190-185........-2
Ezkurra(d).........................2-4.....218-220........+1 (0-3) CORPO)

Endika(z).............................5-1....239-201.......+4 (3-0 CORPO)
Ion(z)....................................3-3....221-204........-2 (1-2 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................2-4....226-246........-1 (0-3 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-3.....143-159.......-2

Group B

Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)..................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Otaegi(d).......................3-1......135-113...........-1
Erburu(d).......................3-2......163-154...........-1
Goikoetxea V(d)...........3-4......188-194...........-2
Benat(d)........................2-3......144-163...........+2
Ezkurra II(d)................2-4.....202-228...........+1 (1-2 CORPO)
Segurola(d)...................1-3......100-97.............+1
Barricart(d)..................0-3......76-95...............-4

Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1
Azpiroz*(z)....................2-1......87-74...............+2
Zubiri(z).........................4-3.....239-262............+2 (2-1 CORPO)
Zaldua(z)........................3-3.....199-193............-2
Larranaga(z)..................3-3.....166-186...........+1
Labaka(z).......................2-3.....143-153............-1
Martirena(z)...................2-4....178-170.............-1
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2

December 22, 2016

Ezkurra-Endika defeated Zeberio II-Ion 40-32.

Match article

There was no match article for this match. Instead there was a feature article on a new player on the Oriamendi2010 roster, who will play his first match on Saturday, December 24. Mikel Etxarri is 31, much older than the new players (except Garces) added in May.  He has been an amateur Navarra champion in Xare and Paleta Goma. He will play with Zubiri v Goikoetxea V-Martirena in the first match of a truncated 3 match Christmas Eve session.

In other matches:

1. Benat-Azpiroz defeated  Erburu-Labaka 35-24. Benat won his 2nd consecutive match after losing the previous 8.

3. Ezkurra II-Zubiri defeated Etxeberria IV-Zaldua 40-37. 

4. Segurola-Martirena defeated Goikoetxea V-Larranaga 30-7. It was Segurola's 1st victory after 7 consecutive defeats. The 23 point margin of victory was the largest for a Galarreta match since September 29, 2016, when Endika-Martirena defeated Ezkurra II-Labaka 40-10. This was the first time since February 4, 2016 that a team was held under 10 points (Ansa II-Zubiri defeated Ezkurra II-Larranga 30-9) at Galarreta.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................3-0.......120-91.......+5 (3-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............2-1......107-99.........-1
Urriza(d)............................3-2.....179-196........+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Zeberio II(d)......................2-2.....151-145........-1
Ezkurra(d).........................2-4.....218-220........+1 (0-3) CORPO)

Endika(z).............................4-1....199-163.......+3 (3-0 CORPO)
Ion(z)....................................3-3....221-204........-2 (1-2 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................2-3....188-206.......+2 (0-3 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-3.....143-159.......-2

Group B

Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)..................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Otaegi(d).......................3-1......135-113...........-1
Erburu(d).......................3-2......163-156...........-2
Goikoetxea V(d)...........3-3......151-154...........-1
Benat(d)........................2-3......144-163...........+2
Ezkurra II(d)................2-4.....202-228...........+1 (1-2 CORPO)
Segurola(d)...................1-3......100-97.............+1
Barricart(d)..................0-3......76-95...............-4

Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1
Azpiroz*(z)....................2-1......87-74...............+2
Zaldua(z).......................3-2......160-153............-1
Zubiri(z).........................3-3.....199-225............+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Martirena(z)...................2-3.....141-130............+1
Labaka(z).......................2-3.....143-153............-1
Larranaga(z)..................2-3.....126-147.............-2
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2

December 17, 2016

Star Match:  see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 final below (directly below December 1, 2016)

In other matches:

1. Goikoetxea V-Zaldua defeated Barricart-Larranaga 30-22. This was Barricart's 4th consecutive defeat.

3. Urriza-Etxeberria III defeated Ezkurra-Barrenetxea IV 40-38.

Full match video (EITB). Match begins at 1 hour, 12, minutes, 22 seconds on the video.

Scoring : Urriza +11 -6 Etxeberria III +10 -6
               Ezkurra +14 -8 Barrenetxea IV +12 -11

388 balls in play. Urriza 97, Etxeberria III 97; Ezkurra 80, Barrenetxea IV 114

Time of the match: 1 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

In what must have been a difficult and anticlimactic match for all 4 players (who had been eliminated from the Orona tournament and had to watch the championship post-match ceremonies from "up close and personal" before playing), U-E managed to survive. That the match was exciting and was 78 points long (although uncommonly error filled for players of such high caliber) is a testament to their professionalism. There weren't many smiles on players' faces during the course of the match. It seemed the player with the least to smile about was Ezkurra, who was hit with errant shots twice. Early in the match he took one to the ribs. On the last point of the match, Barrenetxea IV, trying to save the point, mishit one off the side of Ezkurra's crash helmet. The ball flew high in the air after the impact, but Ezkurra seemed uninjured. He suffered his 5th defeat in the last 6 matches.

4. Etxeberria IV-Aspiroz defeated Segurola-Zubiri 30-20. Etxeberria IV won his 2nd consecutive match after a long injury absence. Segurola lost his 7th consecutive match.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................3-0.......120-91.......+5 (3-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............2-0......70-59..........+2
Zeberio II(d)......................2-1.....119-105........+1
Urriza(d)............................3-2.....179-196........+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).........................1-4.....178-188.........-1 (0-3) CORPO)

Endika(z).............................3-1....159-131.......+2 (3-0 CORPO)
Ion(z)...................................3-2....189-164........-1 (1-2 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1
Etxeberria III(z)..................2-3....188-206.......+2 (0-3 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-3.....143-159.......-2

Group B

Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)..................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Otaegi(d).......................3-1......135-113...........-1
Erburu(d).......................3-1......139-121...........-1
Goikoetxea V(d)...........3-2......144-124...........+1
Benat(d)........................1-3......109-139...........+1
Ezkurra II(d)................1-4.....162-191............-2 (1-2 CORPO)
Barricart(d)..................0-3......76-95...............-4
Segurola(d)...................0-3......70-90...............-7


Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1
Zaldua(z).......................3-1......123-113.............+3
Larranaga(z)..................2-2.....119-117............-1
Labaka(z).......................2-2....119-118............+2
Azpiroz*(z).....................1-1......52-50..............+1
Zubiri(z)........................2-3.....159-188............-2 (2-1 CORPO)
Martirena(z)...................1-3.....111-123.............-3
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2

December 15, 2016

Star Match: Ezkurra-Etxeberria III defeated Urriza-Zubiri 40-28

Match article

Selected line score (winners always listed 1st)

10-9; 25-22; 35-25; 40-28

Scoring:
Ezkurra +24 -3 Etxeberria III +8 (including 1 service ace) -3
Urriza +16 -6 Zubiri +6 -2

In the de facto (although not official) 3rd place match of the Parejas Orona Tournament, E-E were in control for the last 3/4 of the match to win easily. Ezkurra had a great day with +24 and a differential of +21. He broke a 4 match losing streak.

In other  matches:

1. Benat-Zaldua defeated Erburu-Garces 35-34. Benat won for the first time after 8 consecutive defeats. Erburu's 5 match winning streak came to an end.

3. Zeberio II-Larranaga defeated Otaegi-Barrenetxea IV 40-35.

4. Azpiroz-Labaka defeated Goikoetxea V-Martirena 30-26. Azpiroz is now 2-0 in the front court this year.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................2-0.......80-61..........+4 (2-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............1-0......40-39..........+1
Zeberio II(d)......................2-1.....119-105........+1
Urriza(d)............................2-2.....139-158........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).........................1-3.....140-148.......+1 (0-3) CORPO)

Ion(z)...................................3-1....159-124.........+3 (1-1 CORPO) 
Endika(z).............................2-1....119-101.......+1 (2-0 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68.........+1 
Barrentxea IV......................1-2.....105-119.......-1
Etxeberria III(z)..................1-3....148-168........+1 (0-3 CORPO)

Group B

Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Azpiroz*(d)..................1-0.......30-26.............+2
Otaegi(d).......................3-1......135-113...........-1
Erburu(d).......................3-1......139-121...........-1
Goikoetxea V(d)...........2-2......114-102...........-1
Ezkurra II(d)................1-3.....132-151.............-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Benat(d)........................1-3......109-139...........+1
Segurola(d)...................0-2......50-60...............-6
Barricart(d)..................0-2......54-65...............-3

Garces(z).......................3-1......139-109............-1 
Larranaga(z)..................2-1.......97-87..............+1
Zaldua(z).......................2-1......93-91..............+2
Zubiri(z)........................2-2......139-158............-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Labaka(z).......................2-2....119-118............+2
Martirena(z)...................1-3.....111-123.............-3
Azpiroz*(z).....................0-1........22-30.............-3
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2

December 10, 2016

Star Match and Match 3:  see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 semi-final. below (directly below December 1, 2016). In other matches:

1. Erburu-Garces defeated Benat-Martirena 35-28. Eburu won his 5th consecutive match. Benat's losing streak was extended to 8.

4. Goikoetxea V-Labaka defeated Barricart-Larranaga 30-27. Labaka won his first match this month.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................2-0.......80-61..........+4 (2-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)...............1-0......40-39..........+1
Urriza(d)............................2-1.....111-118.........+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Zeberio II(d)......................1-1......79-70..........-1
Ezkurra(d).........................0-3.....100-120........-4 (0-3) CORPO)

Ion(z)...................................3-1....159-124.........+3 (1-1 CORPO) 
Endika(z).............................2-1....119-101.......+1 (2-0 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV......................1-1.....70-79...........+1
Agirrezabala(z)....................1-1......53-68..........+1
Etxeberria III(z)...................0-3....100-140........-3 (0-3 CORPO)

Group B

Otaegi(d).......................3-0......100-73...........+3
Erburu(d).......................3-0.......105-86...........+5
Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Goikoetxea V(d)...........2-1......88-72..............+2
Ezkurra II(d)................1-3.....132-151.............-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Segurola(d)...................0-2......50-60...............-6 
Barricart(d)..................0-2......54-65...............-3
Benat(d)........................0-3......74-105.............-8

Garces(z).......................3-0.......105-74............+3 
Zubiri(z)........................2-1......111-118............+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Larranaga(z)................1-1.......57-52..............-1
Zaldua(z)......................1-1.....58-57..............+1
Labaka(z).......................1-2.......89-92............+1
Martirena(z)..................1-2.......85-93..............-2
Azpiroz(z).....................0-1........22-30.............-3
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2

December 8, 2016

Star Match:  see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 semi-final below (directly below December 1, 2016). In other matches:

1. Erburu-Zaldua defeated Barricart-Martirena 35-27. Eburu won his 4th consecutive match. The defeat stopped Martirena's winning streak at 5.

3. Etxeberria IV-Barrenetxea IV defeated Zeberio II-Endika 40-39. Etxeberria IV returned to action after 6 1/2 months. He last played April 16. The victory broke a 4 match losing streak for that began March 24.

4. Otaegi-Agirrezabala defeated Segurola-Labaka 30-28. Segurola lost his 6th consecutive match.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Uterga(d)...........................1-0......40-34..........+3 (1-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria IV(d)................1-0......40-39..........+1
Zeberio II(d)......................1-1......79-70..........-1
Urriza(d)............................1-1......71-79...........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).........................0-2......73-80...........-3 (0-2 CORPO)

Ion(z)...........................3-0......120-84............+4 (1-0 CORPO) 
Endika(z).....................1-1......79-74..............-1 (1-0 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV...............1-1......70-79.............+1
Agirrezabala(z)............1-1......53-68..............+1
Etxeberria III(z)...........0-2......73-80...............-2 (0-2 CORPO)

Group B

Otaegi(d).......................3-0......100-73...........+3
Erburu(d).......................2-0.......70-58.............+4
Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23............+3
Goikoetxea V(d)...........1-1......58-45..............+1
Barricart(d)..................0-1......27-35...............-2
Ezkurra II(d)................1-2.....93-111.............+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Segurola(d)...................0-2......50-60...............-6 
Benat(d)........................0-2......46-70...............-7

Garces(z).......................2-0.......70-46..............+2 
Larranaga(z)..................1-0.......30-22...........+1
Zaldua(z).......................1-1.....58-57.............+1
Martirena(z)..................1-1.......57-58..............-1
Zubiri(z).........................1-1......71-79...............-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Azpiroz(z).......................0-1........22-30.............-3
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35..............-2
Labaka(z).......................0-2......59-65...............-3

December 3, 2016

Star Match:  see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 semi-final. below (directly below December 1, 2016). In other matches:

1. Goikoetxea V-Garces defeated Benat-Aizpuru III 35-15. Benat suffered his 7th consecutive defeat. Aizpuru III continued his shuttling between front and back court, moving back to the back court after two matches in the front court.

3. Urriza-Zuberi v Ezkurra II-Ion (CORO semi-final) was postponed due to a neck injury suffered by Urriza in an auto accident. The match was re-scheduled for next Thursday, December 8. In place of this match Zeberio II-Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Barrentxea IV 40-30. It was Zeberio II's first Galaretta match since August 11.

Full match video (EITB)  (Match begins at 1 hour, 12 minutes, 22 seconds on the video) (Scoring, match statistics, and video added December 17, 2016).

Scoring (EITB) Zeberio II +13 -2 Ion +12 -5
                          Ezkurra II +15 -6 Barrenetxea IV +8 -9

Match statistics: 379 balls in play (Zeberio II 80, Ion 115; Ezkurra II 94, Barrenetxea IV 90

Time of the match: 50 minutes, 25 seconds

4. Otaegi-Larranaga defeated Segurola-Azpiroz 30-22.  Segurola lost his 5th consecutive match.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Zeberio II......................1-0......40-30..........+1
Uterga...........................1-0......40-34..........+3 (1-0 CORPO)
Urriza(d).......................1-0......40-39..........+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).....................0-2......73-80...........-3 (0-2 CORPO)

Ion(z)...........................2-0......80-53..............+3 
Endika(z).....................1-0......40-34..............+2 (1-0 CORPO)
Barrentxea IV...............0-1......30-40...............-3
Agirrezabala(z)............0-1......23-40...............-2
Etxeberria III(z)...........0-2......73-80...............-2 (0-2 CORPO)

Group B

Otaegi(d).......................2-0......70-45.............+2
Aizpuru III*(d).............1-0.......30-23.............+3
Erburu(d).......................1-0.......35-31.............+3
Goikoetxea V(d)...........1-1......58-45.............+1
Segurola(d)...................0-1......22-30..............-5 
Ezkurra II(d).................0-2......53-80..............-2
Benat(d)........................0-2......46-70..............-7

Garces(z).......................2-0.......70-46...........+2 
Martirena(z)..................1-0.......30-23...........+5
Larranaga(z)..................1-0.......30-22...........+1
Zubiri(z)........................1-0.......40-39...........+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Labaka(z).......................0-1......31-35............-2
Zaldua(z)........................0-1.....23-30.............-1
Azpiroz(z)......................0-1.......22-30............-3
Aizpuru III*(z)...............0-1.......15-35............-2

December 1, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 below. In other matches:

Erburu-Garces defeated Benat-Labaka 35-31. Eburu won his 3rd consecutive match. Garces broke a 4 game losing streak. Benat suffered his 6th straight defeat.

Otaegi-Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Agirrezabala 40-23. According to the Oriamendi2010 database, this was Agirrezabala's first Galarreta match since Feburary 4, 2016.

Aizpuru III-Martirena defeated Goikoetxea V-Zaldua 30-23. Martirena won his 5th consecutive match. Zaldua had his 3 match winning streak stopped. Aizpuru III played his second straight game in the front court.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Urriza(d).......................1-0......40-39..........+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).....................0-1......39-40...........-2 (0-1 CORPO)

Ion(z)...........................1-0......40-23.............+2
Etxeberria III(z)...........0-1......39-40..............-1 (0-1 CORPO)
Agirrezabala(z)............0-1......23-40..............-2

Group B

Otaegi(d).......................1-0......40-23.............+1
Aizpuru III(d)...............1-0.......30-23.............+3
Erburu(d).......................1-0.......35-31.............+3
Benat(d)........................0-1......31-35..............-6
Goikoetxea V(d)...........0-1......23-30..............-1
Ezkurra II(d).................0-1......23-40..............-1

Martirena(z).....................1-0.......30-23...........+5
Garces(z)..........................1-0......35-31...........+1
Zubiri(z)...........................1-0.......40-39...........+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Labaka(z)..........................0-1......31-35............-2
Zaldua(z)...........................0-1.....23-30.............-1

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December 2016
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46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 Note: The tournament was made up, almost entirely, of Star Matches. It ran through November and December. Tournament Star matches are referred back (see above) or forward (see below). This tournament breaks the regular flow of Star Match reports and is covered continuously from its beginning to its end. Tournament matches are included in the monthly records of the participants with a note about their tournament record for the current month.


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A major doubles tournament, the 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016, began on November 3 and will end with a final on December 17, 2016. It is to be contested as a round robin league phase with 5 pairs:

Urriza-Zubiri
Ezkurra II-Ion
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III
Segurola-Barrenetxia IV
Uterga-Endika

Winners of each match will receive 4 points. Losers with 36-39 points will receive 2 points, 32-35 points will receive 1 point, and less than 32 points will receive 0 points. The top four teams at the end of the league phase will meet in two semi-finals (1 v 4 and 2 v 3) on December 3 and 10. Semi-final winners will meet on in a final on December 17. All matches will take place at Galarreta Fronton, Hernani (1) (2). We will keep an account of the tournament in this space. For more information about this tournament see the Oriamendi2010 announcement.

Tournament announcement article (Diario Vasco)

December 17, 2016 (Final)

Uterga-Endika defeated Ezkurra II-Ion 40-30 

Full match video (EITB)

Full match video (EITB via Oriamendi2010) (Added Dec. 22, 2016)

Preview article (Oriamendi 2010) Article contains a list of winners of this tournament from 1972-2015 and also 1964, 1957, and 1943

Preview articles (Diario Vasco)

1st preview article
2nd preview article 

Match article (Oriamendi2010)

Diario Vasco

Match Statistics, scoring, and linescore (Diaro Vasco)

"Time of the match: 62 minutes and 14 seconds. Actual playingtime: 19:25

Balls in play: 394.

Service Aces: Endika, 3. Ion, 3.

Service Faults: Endika, 0. Ion, 0.

Winners in play: Uterga, 21. Endika, 8. Ezkurra II, 19. Ion, 4.
Errors in play: Uterga, 2. Endika, 2. Ezkurra II, 5. Ion, 3.

Scoring (EITB)

Uterga +19 -2, Endika +10 -4; Ezkurra II +18 -8 Ion +6 -3

Condensed linescore (winners always listed first): 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 5-2, 5-3, 9-3, 9-4, 10-4, 10-11, 12-11, 12-13, 15-13, 15-15, 16-15, 16-17, 18-17, 18-19, 23-19, 23-21, 24-21, 24-22, 27-22, 27-24, 32-24, 32-25, 33-25, 33-27, 35-27, 35-28, 39-28, 39-30, 40-30.

It is difficult to imagine a match played this well (53 or 58 winners, 12 or 17 errors in total, depending on who was scoring) could end up this one sided. The answer is that U-E built small advantages into a big victory. Uterga was +1 (EITB) or +2(DV) winners and -3(DV) or -6(EITB) errors v Ezkurra II. Endika was +4 (both sources) winners and -1(DV) or +1(EITB) errors v Ion. It added up to a decisive win for the champions, but a quick look at the linescore shows that this match was very close during its first half. It wasn't until a 9-3 run from 24-22 that U-E were able to break it open (46:02-54:55 on the video). U-E finished the tournament with 5 wins and 2 losses. E-E finished 4-3.

Endika, Urriza, and Ion won individual awards. Selected awards were presented by José Joaquín Erkizia, a Remonte fan who has attended matches at Galarreta regularly since it opened in June of 1970. Mr. Erkizia is 94.

December 10, 2016 (2nd semi-final)

(Star Match): Uterga-Endika defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III 40-27

(3.): Urriza-Zubiri defeated Ezkurra II-Ion 40-39

Match article for both matches
 
Match Article for both matches (Diario Vasco)

U-E v E-E

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

6-1; 23-21; 29-21; 35-26; 40-27

Partial Scoring: Uterga +17 -2 Endika +14 -3
                          (Ezkurra-Exteberria III) +22 -9

E-E needed to win by at least 6 points to advance to the final. They never came close as U-E advanced. A 6-1 start and then a 6 point run in mid-game clinched the victory. Again, as in the first semi-final, Exteberria III's serve set up Uterga for easy points. E-E finish the tournament 1-5 (including a forfeit defeat due to an Ezkurra injury).  U-E meet Ezcurra II-Ion in the final next Saturday, December 17, 2016.

U-Z v E-I

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st)

5-10; 10-13; 17-13; 26-19; 26-25; 32-29; 32-32; 38-36; 38-39; 40-39

Partial Scoring: Urriza +23 -3   
                           Ion +22 -1

This match had much more drama than the first, as U-Z needed to win by 9 or more in order to advance.  At 26-19, it looked like they had a real opportunity. But some excellent play by Ion got E-I back in the game. At 26-25, U-Z needed to win by at least 14-6. At 32-32 E-I were in the final. The last 15 points were closely contested, but, in the end, academic. Ion had a magnificent match with a + 21 differential and over half his team's points. Urriza was his usual magnificent self, to no avail. U-Z finished the tournament 4-2.

December 8, 2016 (1st semi-final)

Ezkurra II-Ion defeated Urriza-Zubiri 40-31

Match article

Selected line score (winners always listed first)

8-3; 8-8; 10-11; 15-19; 17-21; 19-22; 27-22; 30-26; 36-27; 39-28; 39-31; 40-31

Scoring: Ezkurra II +19 (including 10 two-wall winners) -4; Ion +11 -7
               Urriza +16 -4 Zubiri +5 -6

Note that totals do not add to the final score. This is either a translation error by me or an incorrect count of scoring in the match article.

Urriza recovered from his auto accident and this semi-final match, which had been postponed last Saturday, was the Star match. A 20-6 run turned a 22-19 U-Z lead into a 39-28 E-I lead. Since there are two semi-finals with total point differential the determining factor if the matches are split, E-I need to score 32 points in the 2nd semi-final to move on to the final. A split with an equal 40-31 win by U-Z would put them in the final based on their victory in the second match. Ezkurra II was spotlighted in the match article for his excellent play. The article also speculated that Urriza possibly was still suffering from the effects of his accident, as he seemed to run out of stamina in the second half of the match after dominating the first half. The second installment of the first semi-final (Uterga-Endika v Ezkurra-Exteberria III) will be played in Saturday December 10. U-E need only score 35 points to move on to the final.

December 3, 2016 (1st semi-final)

Uterga-Endika  defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III 40-34

The second semi-final, Urriza-Zuberi v Ezkurra II-Ion, was postponed due to a neck injury suffered by Urriza in an auto accident. The match was re-scheduled for next Thursday, December 8.

Match article

Full match video (EITB) (added Dec. 17, 2016)

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

1-1; 29-28; 33-30; 37-31; 40-34

Match Statistics: 446 balls in play (Uterga 108, Endika 118; Ezkurra 104, Etxeberria III 116)

Time of the match: 1 hour, 4 minutes, 58 seconds.

Scoring (EITB): Uterga +17 - 9 Endika +5 -11
                           Ezkurra +9 -8  Etxeberria III +5 -10           

Oriamendi2010 scoring was replaced with EITB scoring and match statistics added Dec. 17, 2016.

U-E were in control of the match almost from the beginning. They quickly established a cushion of around 5 points and weren't challenged until late in the game. But as soon as they were they re-established the lead that they had throughout the 1st 3/4 of the match. The match article underlines the play of Uterga and Etxeberria III, for different reasons. Many of Etxeberria III's serves were too far off the left wall, allowing Uterga to feast on 2 wall shots (8 winners from that shot, although I'm not sure all of those were off the serve). Ezkurra had (for him) a rather ordinary match. The win puts U-E in a position where they only need to score 35 points in the 2nd semi-final, as point differntial is tie-breaker in case the two semi-finals are split. If E-E win the 2nd semi-final by the identical score they lost this one, they will advance to the final based on having won the 2nd match.

December 1, 2016 

Urriza-Zuberi defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III 40-39


Match article

Selected linescore (winner always listed first

19-25; 31-30; 33-30; 33-36; 40-39

Scoring: Urriza +22 -4 Zubiri +6 -4
               Ezkurra +20 -6 Etxeberria III +12 -6

Note that totals do not add to the final score. This is either a translation error by me or an incorrect count of scoring in the match article.

This was the final match of the league phase. Of the 9 matches played (the match between Uterga-Endika and Ezkurra-Etxeberria III was forfeited to U-E due to an injury to Ezkurra), 6 were decided by 4 points or less, 5 by 3 points or less, 4 by two points or less, and 2 by the minimum. This was another great match that went down to the last point. E-E needed 36 points to pick up the two league points they needed to make the playoffs. A 6 point run at 30-33 gave them the points they needed to equal Segurola-Barrentxea IV's 8 points. Since E-E defeated S-B 40-37 on November 3, they earned the final semi-final slot. S-B were eliminated from the tournament. 

It turns out that Uterga-Endika were awarded 40 points for their forfeit win. It also turns out that in spite of what the match article from last week said, this tournament was determined by points, not by record, and the tie breaker was indeed point differential when head to head competition couldn't determine it. This is difficult to understand because the point differential that put U-E in first place was not actually earned by points scored on the court, but by forfeit. A strong argument could be made that U-Z should have finished first, E-I second (both with 3-1 records, and U-Z defeated E-I head to head (40-28) on November 19), with U-E third. However, Oriamendi2010 has not contacted me about this :) :)

The league phase will be followed by 2 semi final matches (December 3 and 10, 2016):

Uterga-Endika v Ezkurra-Etxeberria III
Urriza-Zubiri v Ezkurra II-Ion

In case each team winning one match, the first tie breaker will be point differential. If point differential is identical, the winner of the second match will move on to the finals.

Final League table. Note: Oriamendi2010 uses point differential to rank teams with equal points. E-E earned the final playoff slot because they defeated S-B in their league match.  


Uterga-Endika................... 2-2.....12pts.......157-107*
Urriza-Zubiri.....................3-1......12pts........151-145
Ezkurra II-Ion....................3-1.....12pts.......148-153
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III......1-3......8pts.........117-157*
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-3......8pts.........140-151

* Points from a forfeit (40-0) U-E victory over E-E due to an Ezkurra injury are included in final point differential totals.

November 26, 2016

Ezkurra II-Ion defeated Segurola-Barrenetxea IV 40-36

Match article  

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

0-7; 8-8; 11-16; 36-36; 40-36

Scoring: Ezkurra II +20 (including 6 two wall winners) -3 Ion +9 (including 7 service aces) -5
               Segurola +18 -1 Barrenetxea IV +10 (including 3 service aces) -5 (including 3 service faults)

Note that totals do not add to the final score. This is either a translation error by me or an incorrect count of scoring in the match article.

The match article said this was the best match of the tournament so far. The score was tied at 36 before Ezkurra II led his team to victory. This win guarantees E-I a place in the semi-finals.The other possibilities are thoroughly discussed in the match article.  Included in the discussion is the fact that due to an injury to Ezkurra, Ezkurra-Etxeberria III were forced to forfeit a match to to Uterga-Endika (40-0). If Ezkurra is unable to play again in the tournament, E-E will be eliminated, leaving the other four teams to contest the semi-finals. If he can play, the possibilities are discussed in the match article.

League table. Note: Oriamendi2010 uses point differential to rank teams with equal points.

Ezkurra II-Ion....................3-1.....12pts.......148-153*
Uterga-Endika................... 2-2.....12pts.......117-107**
Urriza-Zubiri.....................2-1......8pts.........111-106
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-3......8pts.........140-151
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-2......6pts.........78-77**

*E-I are listed above U-E in spite of their lower point differential due to the fact that the match article for the Nov. 26 match said that they were.

**Includes a U-E defeat of E-E by 40-0, a forfeit due to an injury to Ezkurra. It is unknown if the "points" in this match will be included in each team's point differential. For the purposes of the table above, I have not added them in.

 November 24, 2016

Uterga-Endika defeated Segurola-Barrenetxea IV 40-27

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

4-9; 9-13; 13-13; 15-13; 17-16; 31-20; 34-26; 40-27

Scoring:  Uterga +18 -4 Endika +17 (including 8 service aces) -4
                Seguroloa +10 -2 Barrenetxea IV +9 (including 5 service aces) -3

After a slow start, U-E outscored S-B 36-18 for an easy victory. The match article highlighted Endika's play. The scoring shows what he is capable of from the back court. Although this was U-E's first tournament victory, it catapulted them into first place in the league. At present 2 points separate the five teams. The league table makes for curious reading, especially for those used to sports league tables that are arranged by win-loss record. In this tournament team points are paramount (see tournament explanation above) and point differential, rather than winning percentage, breaks ties. It is entirely possile that a team with a losing record could finish higher than one with a winning record.

League table. Note: Oriamendi2010 uses point differential to rank teams with equal points.

Uterga-Endika...................1-2......8pts.........117-107
Urriza-Zubiri.....................2-1......8pts.........111-106
Ezkurra II-Ion....................2-1......8pts........108-117
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts.........78-77
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-2......6pts.........104-111

November 19, 2016

Urriza-Zubiri defeated Ezkurra II-Ion 40-28

Match article

Full match video (EITB)

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

1-1; 11-2; 16-6; 24-15; 31-22; 34-27; 40-28

Scoring: Urriza +23 -2 Zubiri +9 (including 4 service aces) -9*
               Ezkurra II +14 -5 Ion +3 (including 2 service aces) -3

*Estimated from the other scores.

Urriza took over this match as only he can, totally dominating the scoring. An early 10-1 run gave U-Z an advantage that E-I could never dent. The dominant win moved U-Z from last place in the league table to a tie for first. Their superior point differential actually moved them into first place. E-I's Cinderella run (2 wins by a total of 3 points) came to a crashing end... for the moment :)

League table Note: Oriamendi2010 uses point differential to rank teams with equal points.

Urriza-Zubiri.....................2-1......8pts.........111-106
Ezkurra II-Ion....................2-1......8pts........108-117
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-1......6pts.........77-71
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts.........78-77
Uterga-Endika...................0-2......4pts.........77-80

 November 17, 2016

Urriza-Zubiri defeated Uterga-Endika 40-38

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

24-18; 28-28;  33-37; 39-37; 39-38; 40-38

Scoring: Urriza +21 -4 Zubiri +11 (including 8 service aces) -3 (including 1 service fault)
               Uterga +20 -7 Endika +11 (including 7 service aces) -3

Note that totals do not add to the final score. This is either a translation error by me or an incorrect count of scoring in the match article. 

The tournament served up another close and entertaining match, with a 7-1 U-Z run at the very end making the difference. The teams were never more than 6 points apart.

League table

Ezkurra II-Ion....................2-0......8pts........80-77
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-1......6pts.........77-71
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts.........78-77
Uterga-Endika...................0-2......4pts.........77-80
Urriza-Zubiri.....................1-1......4pts.........71-78

Note: Oriamendi2010 uses point differential to rank teams with equal points.
Hence U-E rank higher than U-Z even though U-Z have a better win-loss record. This is an incredibly close competition so far. Of the 5 matches played, 4 have been decided by 3 or less points.

November 12, 2016

Ezkurra II-Ion defeated Uterga-Endika 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

8-8; 21-21; 21-27; 30-27; 35-35; 37-37; 39-37; 39-39; 40-39

Scoring: Ezkurra II +17 -6*; Ion + 11 (including 1 service ace) -2
               Uterga +17 -3*; Endika +14 (including 5 service aces) -9

*Estimated from the other scores.

In a wild match that went to the final point, EII-I won their 2nd straight to go to the top of the table with 8 points. Their total point differential for the two wins is 3 points. Endika, back in action for the first time since October 1st, had his usual productive offensive output but an uncharacteristically high number of errors, not terribly surprising given the long layoff. The tournament has been tremendously exciting and competitive to this point, with scores of 40-31, 37, 38, and 39. If the matches stay this competitive, it could be "anybody's ball game."

League table

Ezkurra II-Ion....................2-0......8pts........80-77
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-1......6pts.........77-71
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts.........78-77
Uterga-Endika...................0-1......2pts.........39-40
Urriza-Zubiri.....................0-1......0pts.........31-40

November 10, 2016

Segurola-Barrenetxea IV defeated Urriza-Zubiri 40-31

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first):

13-8; 13-16; 18-25; 19-26; 20-27; 21-28; 22-29; 30-29; 30-31; 40-31

Scoring: Segurola +13 -3; Barrentxea IV +20 (including 8 service aces) -2
               Urriza +19 -3* ; Zubiri +7 (including 5 service aces) -4

*Estimated from the other scores

S-B used a tremendous finish (18-2 made up of two segments--8-0 and 10-2, after trailing 22-29) to turn what looked like a sure defeat into a dominant victory (U-Z ended up with no points). As the linescore indicates, U-Z were in control for much of the match from the time they took an early lead on the strength of an 8-0 run of their own, until the end. The match story points to Barrenetxea IV as the star, and it is difficult to dispute that after looking at his statistics. His +20 led all scorers, and his 8 service aces were noteworthy. In recent matches between Barrenetxea IV and Urriza, Urriza has had good success nullifying Barrentxea IV's tremendous service game. He stopped Barrentxea IV's serve cold in the Kutxa Bank singles final September 10 and also shut him down in matches on Sep. 15. and Oct. 15.  On Oct. 27, when Barrenetxea IV had 12 service aces, his team beat Urriza's. And so it was today. His 8 service aces helped win the match. The match story credited a switch in position from where he usually serves as key to the effectiveness of the serve.

League table

Segurola-Barrenetxea IV...1-1......6pts........77-71
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts........78-77
Ezkurra II-Ion....................1-0......4pts........40-38
Urriza-Zubiri.....................0-1......0pts.........31-40
Uterga-Endika

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November 5, 2016

Ezkurra II-Ion defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III 40-38

Match article:

Selected linescore (winners always listed first):

1-6; 10-10; 14-14; 20-16; 22-22; 27-27; 32-27; 32-31; 35-35; 35-37; 37-37; 38-38; 40-38

Partial scoring: Ezkurra II +16 Ion +10 (including 3 service aces) -0
                          Ezkurra +16

Full match video (Source: EITB)

In a wildly fluctuating and competitive match E II-I finally prevailed. The match was close throughout, neither team able to open more than a 5 point lead. The loss broke Ezkurra's 7 match (all Star match) winning streak. Uncle Ezkurra's record v nephew Ezkurra II is now 9-2. The win moved E II-I into second place in the competition, the 4 points moving them past Segurola-Berrenetxea IV.

League table

Ezkurra-Etxeberria III.......1-1......6pts........78-77
Ezkurra II-Ion....................1-0......4pts........40-38
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV....0-1.....2pts........37-40
Urriza-Zubiri
Uterga-Endika

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November 3, 2016

Ezkurra-Etxeberria III defeated Segurola-Barrentxea IV 40-37

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

7-0; 16-16; 23-22; 32-32; 40-37

Scoring: Ezkurra +14 -4 Etxeberria III +21 (including 3 service aces) - 3*
               Segurola +18 -2 Barrenetxea IV +12 (including 1 service ace) -3*

* Estimated from the other scores

E-E began the match with a 7-0 run. S-B followed with a 16-9 burst. The match was closely contested from then on before E-E finally won. Etxeberria III had a fantastic match, outscoring his front court partner 21-14. Segurola starred for S-B. This was the Star match for the day. It was Ezkurra's 7th straight Star match victory.

League table

Ezkurra-Etxeberria III........1-0.....4pts........40-37
Segurola-Barrenetxea IV....0-1.....2pts........37-40
Ezkurra II-Ion
Urriza-Zubiri
Uterga-Endika


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46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 Note: The tournament was made up, almost entirely, of Star Matches. It ran through November and December. Tournament Star matches are referred back (after December 1) or forward (before Decmeber 1). This tournament breaks the regular flow of Star Match reports and is covered continuously from its beginning to its end. Tournament matches are included in the monthly records of the participants with a note about their tournament record for the current month.
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November 26, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above.

In other matches:

Goikoetxea V-Martirena defeated Barricart-Azpiroz 35-26. It was Martirena's 4th consecutive victory after losing 8 of the previous 9.

Uterga-Etxeberria III defeated Urriza-Larranaga 40-33. In 2016, Urriza and Uterga have played against each other 25 times, according to the Oriamendi2010 and Euskal Jai Berri databases. 21 of the matches have been at Galaratta. Urriza leads 12-9 there. They have split 4 matches in Euskal Jai Berri competitions. In the one championship match they played against each other (singles championship, January 9) Uterga won 30-27.

Erburu-Zaldua defeated Benat-Zubiri 30-20. It was Benat's 5th consecutive defeat.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Final table for November 2016

Group A

Uterga............................3-2......157-140........+2 (2-2 CORPO)*
Urriza(d)........................2-3......179-186........-2 (2-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).....................1-2........78-77..........-1 (1-2 CORPO)*

Ion(z).............................5-2......256-261.........+1 (3-1 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z)............4-3......216-222.........+2 (1-2 CORPO)*
Barrenetxea IV(z).........3-4......253-254.........-2 (1-3 CORPO)
Endika(z)........................2-2......117-107........+1 (2-2 CORPO)*

*Inludes  U-E 40-0 forfeit victory over E-E due to Ezkurra injury. Records reflect the forfeit, streaks and point differential do not include this forfeit.

Group B

Aizpuru III* (d)..............2-0........60-36........+2
Azpiroz*(d)....................1-0........35-23........+1
Goikoetxea V(d).............7-2......316-243......+1
Ezkurra II(d)..................6-3.......340-288.....+2 (3-1 CORPO)
Erburu(d)........................5-3.......233-224.....+2
Barricart(d).....................2-2......116-113......-1
Otaegi(d).........................1-1.......58-77.........-1
Segurola(d)......................3-6......315-322......-4 (1-3 CORPO)
Benat(d)...........................2-7......245-290......-5
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III*(z).................4-1.......145-132.....-1
Martirena(z).....................5-2.......237-201.....+4
Zaldua*(z).........................3-3.....167-154.....+3
Zubiri(z)...........................3-3.......185-194.....-2 (2-1 CORPO)
Azpiroz*(z).......................3-4.......204-208.....-2
Larrenaga(z).....................3-5.......238-236....-1
Labaka(z)..........................1-4......155-172......-1
Garces(z)...........................1-4......125-157.....-4

November 24, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches Erburu-Zaldua defeated Benat-Azpiroz (returning to the back court after a match last week where he played in the front) 35-26, Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III defeated Urriza-Labaka 40-35 in a match where 3 of the 4 players are in the Orona tourament, and Aizpuru III (returning  to the front court from his normal back court position)-Larranaga defeated Goikoetxea V-Zubiri 30-14.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77..........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Urriza(d).......................2-2......146-146........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Uterga...........................1-2.......117-107.......+1 (1-2 CORPO)

Ion(z).............................4-2......216-225.........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z).............3-2......176-189........+1 (1-1 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........3-3......217-214.........-1 (1-2 CORPO)
Endika(z)........................1-2......117-107........+1 (1-2 CORPO)

Group B

Aizpuru III* (d)..............2-0........60-36........+2
Azpiroz*(d)....................1-0........35-23........+1
Goikoetxea V(d).............6-2......281-217......-1
Barricart(d).....................2-1....... 90-78........+1
Ezkurra II(d)...................5-3......300-252......+1 (2-1 CORPO)
Erburu(d)..........................4-3......203-204.....+1
Otaegi(d).........................1-1.......58-77.........-1
Segurola(d)......................3-5......279-282......-3 (1-2 CORPO)
Benat(d)...........................2-6......225-260......-4
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III*(z).................4-1.......145-132.....-1
Martirena(z).....................4-2.......202-175.....+3
Zubiri(z)...........................3-2.......165-164....-.1 (2-1 CORPO)
Azpiroz*(z).......................3-3......178-173.....-1
Larrenaga(z).....................3-4.......205-196....+1
Zaldua*(z).........................2-3.....137-134.....+2
Labaka(z)..........................1-4......155-172......-1
Garces(z)...........................1-4......125-157.....-4

November 19, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches Barricart-Barrenetxea IV defeated Segurola-Aizpuru III 40-25 (Full match video here) (EITB. Match begins at 1 hour and 31 seconds of the video). The loss broke Aizpuru III's 6 match winning streak (5 in the back court and one in the front). Goikoetxea V-Zaldua defeated Erburu-Larranaga 30-13. The loss ended Zaldua's 6 match losing streak (3 in the back court, 2 in the front court, and 1 in a singles match). In the other match, Azpiroz-Martirena defeated Benat-Garces 35-23. Azpiroz moved to the front court in this match, joining Endika, Aizpuru III, and Zaldua as back courters who have recently also played in the front court. Going the other way, Ezkurra played and won one match in the back court in early September.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Urriza(d).......................2-1......111-106........+2 (2-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77..........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Uterga............................0-2.......77-80...........-3 (0-2 CORPO)

Ion(z).............................4-2......216-225.........-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........3-2......190-174........+3 (1-1 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z).............2-2......136-154.........-2 (1-1 CORPO)
Endika(z).......................0-2........77-80...........-2 (0-2 CORPO)

Group B

Azpiroz*(d)....................1-0........35-23........+1
Aizpuru III* (d)..............1-0........30-22........+1
Goikoetxea V(d).............6-1......267-187......+1
Barricart(d).....................2-1....... 90-78........+1
Ezkurra II(d)...................4-3......260-217......-1 (2-1 CORPO)
Erburu(d)..........................3-3.....168-178.......-1
Otaegi(d).........................1-1.......58-77.........-1
Segurola(d)......................3-4......252-242......-2 (1-1 CORPO)
Benat(d)..........................2-5.....199-225.......-3
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III*(z).................4-1.......145-132.....-1
Zubiri(z)...........................3-1.......151-134....+2 (2-1 CORPO)
Martirena(z).....................4-2.......202-175.....+3
Azpiroz*(z)......................3-2.......152-138....+1
Larrenaga(z).....................2-4......175-182......-2
Zaldua*(z)........................1-3.......102-108....+1
Labaka(z)..........................1-3......120-132.....+1
Garces(z)...........................1-4......125-157.....-4

November 17, 2012

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches Zaldua lost his 6th straight match (front and back court combined) in a 35-31 loss with Benat to Erburu-Martirena. Goikoetxea V's 6 match winning streak was broken in a 30-22 loss with Garces to Aizpuru III-Azpiroz. It was Aizpuru III's 6th straight victory (1st in the front court after 5 straight in the back court). (Note that as of November 18, this is subject to change, as the winning team was left blank in the Oriamendi2010 match result listings, although the teams were confirmed in the Nov. 18, 2016 Diario Vasco Cartelera). In the other match, Ezkurra II-Labaka defeated Segurola-Larrenaga 40-32.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77..........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Urriza(d)........................1-1.......71-78..........+1 (1-1 CORPO)
Uterga............................0-2.......77-80...........-3 (0-2 CORPO)

Ion(z).............................4-1......188-185........+3 (2-0 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........2-2......150-149........+2 (1-1 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z).............2-2......136-154.........-2 (1-1 CORPO)
Endika(z).......................0-2........77-80...........-2 (0-2 CORPO)

Group B

Aizpuru III* (d)..............1-0........30-22........+1
Goikoetxea V(d).............5-1......237-174......-1
Ezkurra II(d)...................4-2......232-177......+2 (2-0 CORPO)
Erburu(d)..........................3-2.....155-148......+2
Segurola(d)......................3-3......227-202......-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Barricart(d).....................1-1....... 50-53........-1
Otaegi(d).........................1-1.......58-77.........-1
Benat(d)..........................2-4.....176-190.......-2
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III*(z).................4-0.......120-92......+5
Zubiri(z)...........................2-1.......111-106.....+1 (1-1 CORPO)
Martirena(z).....................3-2......167-152......+2
Azpiroz(z)........................3-2...... 152-138.....+1
Larrenaga(z).....................2-3......162-152......-1
Labaka(z)..........................1-3......120-132.....+1
Garces(z)...........................1-3......102-122......-3
Zaldua*(z).........................0-3.......72-95.........-4

 November 12, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches: Goikoetxea V-Martirena defeated Benat-Labaka 35-25. It was Goikoetxea V's 6th consecutive victory. From September 6-October 1 he won 6 consecutive matches, 5 at Galarreta and 1 other (B championship of the Navarre Tournament). He had an ordinary October (3-4 including a 3 match losing streak). The latest winning streak has come in November. Since early September he is 15-4 overall. Aizpuru III won his 5th consecutive match, pairing with Erburu to defeat Barricart-Azpiroz 30-20.  Segurola-Larranaga defeated Otaegi-Etxeberria III 40-18.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77..........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Uterga............................0-1.......39-40...........-2 (0-1 CORPO)
Urriza(d)........................0-1.......31-40...........-1 (0-1 CORPO)

Ion(z).............................4-1......188-185........+3 (2-0 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........2-2......150-149........+2 (1-1 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z).............2-2......136-154........-2 (1-1 CORPO)
Endika(z).......................0-1........39-40...........-1 (0-1 CORPO)

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d).............5-0......215-144......+6
Ezkurra II(d)...................3-2.....192-145.......+1 (2-0 CORPO)
Segurola(d)......................3-2.....195-162......+2 (1-1 CORPO)
Erburu(d)..........................2-2.....120-117......+1
Barricart(d).....................1-1....... 50-53........-1
Otaegi(d).........................1-1.......58-77.........-1
Benat(d)..........................2-3.....145-155.......-1
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III(z).................. 4-0.......120-92......+5
Larrenaga(z).....................2-2......130-112......+1
Martirena(z).....................2-2......132-121......+1
Azpiroz(z)........................2-2...... 122-116......-1
Zubiri(z)...........................1-1.......71-68.........-1 (0-1 CORPO)
Garces(z)..........................1-2.......80-92.........-2
Zaldua*(z)........................0-2......41-60..........-3
Labaka(z)..........................0-3......80-100.......-3

November 10, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches Goikoetxea V won his 5th straight match, teaming with Ion to defeat Urriza II-Martirena 40-35. Azpiroz defeated Zaldua 30-18 in the opening match of the session. Benat-Aizpuru III edged Erburu-Labaka 30-27 in the final match of the session.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77..........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Urriza(d).......................0-1........31-40..........-1 (0-1 CORPO)

Ion(z).............................3-1......148-146........+2 (1-0 CORPO)
Etxeberria III(z).............2-1......118-114........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........2-2......150-149........+2 (1-1 CORPO)

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d).............4-0......180-119......+5
Barricart(d).....................1-0....... 30-23........+1
Otaegi(d).........................1-0.......40-37........+3
Segurola(d)......................2-2.....155-144.......+1 (1-1 CORPO)
Ezkurra II(d)...................2-2.....152-146.......-1 (1-0 CORPO)
Benat(d)..........................2-2.....120-120.......+1
Erburu(d)..........................1-2.......90-97.........-2
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III(z).................. 3-0.......90-72........+4
Azpiroz(z)........................2-1...... 102-86.......+2
Zubiri(z)...........................1-1.......71-68.........-1 (0-1 CORPO)
Martirena(z).....................1-2.......97-96.........-1
Larrenaga(z).....................1-2.......90-94.........-.1
Garces(z)..........................1-2.......80-92..........-2
Labaka(z)..........................0-2......55-65..........-2
Zaldua*(z).........................0-2......41-60.........-.3

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November 5, 2016

Star Match:  see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches: Martirena broke his 7 match losing streak with 30-21 opening match singles win over Garces. Barricart returned to action for the first time since September 24, partnering with Aizpuru III in a 30-23 win over Benat-Zaldua. Zaldua moved back to the back court after 3 consecutive starts in the front court. In the other match Goikoetxea V-Barrenetxea IV defeated Segurola-Larranaga 40-38 in a match televised by EITB.

Full match video (Source: EITB, match begins at 1:12:02 on the video)

The matchup was interesting because Segurola-Barrenetxea IV are playing as a team in the Parejas Orona Tournament (see above).

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-1........78-77.........-1 (1-1 CORPO)


Etxeberria III(z).............2-1......118-114........-1 (1-1 CORPO)
Ion(z).............................2-1......108-111........+1 (1-0 CORPO)
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........1-2......110-118........+1 (0-1 CORPO)

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d).............3-0......100-84........+4
Barricart(d).....................1-0....... 30-23........+1
Otaegi(d).........................1-0.......40-37........+3
Ezkurra II(d)...................2-1.....117-106.......+2 (1-0 CORPO)
Erburu(d)..........................1-1.......63-67.........-1
Segurola(d)......................1-2.....115-113........-2 (0-1 CORPO)
Benat(d)..........................1-2.......90-93.........-1
Ansa II(d)........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d).......................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Aizpuru III(z).................. 2-0.......60-45.........+3
Zubiri(z)...........................1-0.......40-28.........+1
Martirena(z).....................1-1.......62-56.........+1
Azpiroz(z)........................1-1...... 72-68.........+1
Larrenaga(z).....................1-2.......90-94.........-.1
Garces(z)..........................1-2.......80-92..........-2
Labaka(z)..........................0-1......28-35...........-1
Zaldua*(z).........................0-1......23-30..........-2
 
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November 3, 2016

Star Match: see 46th Campeonato Oficial de Remonte Parejas Orona 2016 above. In other matches, Benat-Azpiroz defeated Erburu-Labaka 35-28. Ezkurra II-Zubiri defeated Zaldua-Ion 40-28, It was Zaldua's 3rd consecutive match (and 5th overall since October 8) in the front court. He is 2-3 in those matches. Goikoetxea V-Larranaga defeated Ansa II-Garces 30-24.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).....................1-0........40-37.........+7 (1-0 CORP)


Etxeberria III(z).............2-0........80-74.........+2 (1-0 CORP)
Ion(z).............................1-1........68-73..........-1
Barrenetxea IV(z)..........0-2.......70-80..........-2 (0-1 CORP)

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d).............2-0.......60-46........+3
Otaegi(d).........................1-0.......40-37........+3
Ezkurra II(d)....................1-1.......77-68........+1
Segurola(d)......................1-1.......77-73.........-1 (0-1 CORP)
Benat(d)...........................1-1.......67-63........+1
Erburu(d)...........................1-1.......63-67.........-1
Ansa II(d).........................0-2.......57-70.........-2
Zaldua*(d)........................0-2.......50-70.........-3

Zubiri(z)...........................1-0......40-28.........+1
Aizpuru III(z).................. 1-0.......30-22.........+2
Azpiroz(z)........................1-1...... 72-68.........+1
Larrenaga(z).....................1-1.......52-54.........+1
Garces(z)..........................1-1.......59-62..........-1
Martirena(z)......................0-1......32-35..........-7
Labaka(z)..........................0-1......28-35...........-1

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November 1, 2016 (Special holiday session)

Segurola-Ion defeated Ansa II-Barrenetxea IV 40-33

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

8-4; 13-5; 16-6; 20-10; 21-15; 30-17; 33-27; 37-28; 40-33

Scoring: Segurola +14 -1 Ion +18 (including 8 service aces) -2 (including 1 service fault)
                  Ansa II +17 -4 Barrenetxea IV +13 (including 6 service aces) -4 (including 3 service faults)

S-I were in control almost from start to finish (despite  a late 10-3 run by A-B that cut the lead in half). From 13-5, the lead was never less than 5. Ion was spotlighted for his effort in establishing the lead early in the match. As the scoring shows, he had a very good day, outscoring his front court partner. Both of the winners played a very clean game (3 errors total).

In other matches:

This special session was a day for the young players on the roster. The average age of the 8 front courters was 22. The oldest (Otaegi and Segurola) were 25. Aspiroz' 8 match winning streak came to an end as he and Ezkurra II were defeated by Otaegi-Etxeberria III 40-37. Martirena lost his 7th consecutive match as he and Benat were defeated by Erburu-Garces 35-32. In the other match Goikoetxea V-Aizpuru III defeated Zaldua-Larranaga 30-22. It was Zaldua's 2nd consective match playing in the front court. Since October 8 he has played in the front court 4 times, winning 2 and losing 2.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Group A

Ion(z).............................1-0........40-33.........+1
Etxeberria III(z).............1-0........40-37.........+1
Barrenetxea IV (z)..........0-1.......33-40..........-1

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d).............1-0.......30-22........+2
Segurola(d).....................1-0.......40-33.........+1
Erburu(d)..........................1-0.......35-32........+1
Otaegi(d).........................1-0.......40-37.........+3
Ezkurra II(d)....................0-1.......37-40.........-2
Benat(d)...........................0-1.......32-35.........-1
Ansa II(d).........................0-1.......33-40........-1
Zaldua*(d)........................0-1.......22-30.........-2

Aizpuru III(z).................. 1-0.......30-22.........+2
Garces(z)..........................1-0.......35-32.........+2
Azpiroz(z).........................0-1......37-40.........-.1
Martirena(z)......................0-1......32-35..........-7
Larrenaga(z).....................0-1.......22-30..........-1

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November 2016
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October 29, 2016

Urriza-Labaka defeated Segurola-Ion 40-36

Match article:

Scoring highlights: Segurola had 9 two wall winning shots.

In a well played and hotly contested match, S-I were in control until U-L finally caught up at 36-36. They then won the final four points and the match. This was Segurola's first Star match since September 24, 2016, when he and Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Endika 40-28. Labaka's last Star match came during last Spring's Tourneo Sidra on March 24, when he and Urriza defeated Matxin III-Endika 40-34. Urriza broke a 3 match losing streak and won after 5 losses in the last 6 matches in October. All the losses came at the hands of Ezkurra.

In other matches Azpiroz increased his winning streak to 8 as he and Benat defeated Erburu-Martirena 35-31. It was Martirena's 6th consecutive loss. Ansa II and Goikoetxea V both broke 3 match losing streaks. Ansa II-Barrenetxea IV defeated Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III 40-34, and Goikoetxea V-Larranaga defeated Zaldua (who for the second time this month played in the front court)-Zuberi 30-23.


Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses, points for and against, winning or losing streaks) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables are ordered by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. 

Final Table for October, 2016

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................6-0..........240-200..+6
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99.......-1
Urriza(d)....................2-5.........252-267...+1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Barrenetxea IV(z)......3-2..........181-182..+2
Ion(z).........................4-4..........292-291...-2
Etxeberria III(z).........2-5..........245-267...-2


Group B


Otaegi(d)....................6-2.........255-230.....+2
Erburu(d)...................4-4........ 237-238.......-3
Benat(d).....................4-4.........248-252......+3
Zaldua*(d)..................1-1.........58-59........-1
Ezkurra II(d)..............4-5.........317-330......-1
Goikoetxea V(d)........3-4.........198-195......+1
Ansa II(d)..................1-2..........89-94..........+1
Segurola(d)................2-5.........249-273.......-2

Azpiroz(z).................8-1..........305-233.....+8
Zaldua*(z).................4-2..........194-196......-2
Larranaga(z)..............4-3..........246-237.....+1
Labaka(z)...................3-3..........187-188.....+3
Aizpuru III.................1-1............48-54.......+1
Garces(z)...................2-3...........150-149.....+1
Zubiri(z)....................2-5...........211-236.....-1
Martirena(z)...............2-6...........229-252.....-6
Otano(z).....................0-1............25-30........-4

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October 27, 2016

Ezkurra-Barrenetxea IV defeated Urriza-Ion 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore: (winners always listed first)

18-12; 23-21; 23-28; 29-30; 30-31; 35-35; 36-36; 36-38; 37-39; 40-39

Scoring: Ezkurra +12 -6 Barrenetxea IV +18 (including 12 service aces) -5*
               Urriza   +14 -8 Ion +14 (including 9 service aces) -2*

* Estimated from the other scores

In a match described in the match article as one of, if not the best of 2016, a match where both teams were escorted off the court with a standing ovation, Ezkurra won his 6th consecutive Star match, completing a perfect October. With defeat staring them in the face, the winners scored the last 3 points of  the match. Although it might have been one of the best, it wasn't one of the most cleanly played, as the error column (especially for the two front courters) was uncharacteristically high. One of the keys to victory was Barrenetxea IV's serve, which, when effective, is lethal. Urriza neutralized Barrentxea IV's serve (holding him to 3 service aces) in the Kutxa Bank singles final on September 10 (see below). Five days later these two teams played a Star match in which Barrenetxea IV was held to 4 service aces in a Urriza-Ion come from behind 40-34 victory. In today's match he was finally able get his serve going (12 aces) and that was enough, barely. As for Ezkurra, in October he defeated Urriza 5 times and Uterga once. It was a remarkable achievement for the 43 year old front courter. In the 6 matches he averaged +20 -4. 

In other matches, Azpiroz won his 7th consecutive match, partnering with Ezkurra II to defeat Segurola-Larranaga 40-34. Aizpuru III  broke his 5 match losing streak, partnering with Otaegi to defeat Ansa II-Zaldua 30-24. Martirena suffered his 5th consecutive defeat, losing with Erburu to Benat-Labaka 35-29 in the opening match of the session.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................6-0..........240-200..+6
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99.......-1
Urriza(d)....................1-5.........212-231....-3

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................4-3..........256-251...-1
Barrenetxea IV(z)......2-2..........141-148..+1
Etxeberria III(z).........2-4..........211-227....-1


Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Otaegi(d)....................6-2.........255-230.....+2
Erburu(d)....................4-3........206-203.......-2
Ezkurra II(d)..............4-4........283-290.......+1
Benat(d).....................3-4.........213-221......+2
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-4.........168-172.......-3
Segurola(d)................2-4.........213-233.......-1
Ansa II(d)...................0-2..........49-60.........-3

Azpiroz(z).................7-1..........270-202.....+7
Zaldua*(z).................4-2..........194-196......-2
Larranaga(z)..............3-3.........216-214......-1
Aizpuru III.................1-1............48-54.......+1
Labaka(z)...................2-3...........147-152....+2
Garces(z)...................2-3...........150-149.....+1
Zubiri(z).....................2-4...........188-206....+1
Martirena(z)..............2-5...........198-217......-5
Otano(z).....................0-1............25-30........-4

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October 22, 2016

Ezkurra-Zubiri defeated Urriza-Zaldua 40-35

Match article:

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

23-23; 24-28; 36-30; 40-35

Partial scoring: Ezkurra +19 -6 Zubiri ? (8 service aces)
                          Urriza +20 -5 Zaldua ?

A 12-2 run late in the match insured the win for E-Z.  Ezcurra's 5th consecutive win was also his 5th consecutive Star match win, as Star matches are the only matches he's played this month. He is now 8-5 v Urriza for 2016 (in matches listed at the Oriamendi 2010 Galaretta database). Four wins in the October streak have come against Urriza. The other came against Uterga. I have written a lot about Urriza-Uterga matchups in this blog because I thought (and still think) one of them will become Ezkurra's heir as top ranked front courter on the roster. The only problem with that thinking is that Ezkurra is not ready to have an heir just yet. At 43 and recently coming off a serious calf injury, he is playing magnificent Remonte. Since his return on August 4 he is 10-5 overall, and 9-2 in Star Matches. One of those 10 wins came in the back court, partnering with Urriza. At the moment, it is crystal clear who the best front courter on the roster is. Lost in the glare of Ezkurra's performance was, according to the match article, a very good effort in defeat by Zaldua, who's 7 match winning streak (one in the front court) came to an end.

In other matches Aspiroz increased his winning streak to 6 as he and Benat defeated Erburu-Martirena 35-25, Labaka broke his 4 match losing streak as he and Otaegi defeated Goikoetxea V-Aizpuru III 30-18. That match was Aizpuru III's first match since September 16 in the Navarra tournament, and first Galarrata match since September 10. In the most closely contested match of the session, Segurola-Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III 40-36.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................5-0..........200-161..+5
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99.......-1
Urriza(d)....................1-4.........173-191...-2

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................4-2..........217-211...+2
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-2..........101-109....-2
Etxeberria III(z).........2-4..........211-227....-1


Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Otaegi(d)....................5-2........225-206......+1
Erburu(d).....................4-2.........177-168.....-1
Ezkurra II(d)...............3-4........243-260.......-1
Segurola(d)................2-3........183-193.......+1
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-4.........168-172.......-3
Benat(d).....................2-4........178-192.......+1
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2

Azpiroz(z).................6-1..........230-172.....+6
Zaldua*(z).................4-1..........170-166.....-1
Larranaga(z)..............3-2.........186-174......+1
Garces(z)...................2-3...........150-149.....+1
Martirena(z)..............2-4..........169-182......-4
Zubiri(z).....................2-4...........188-206....+1
Labaka(z)...................1-3...........112-123.....+1
Otano(z).....................0-1............25-30........-4
Aizpuru III.................0-1............18-30........-5

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October 20, 2016

Ezkurra-Larranaga defeated Urriza-Zuberi 40-38

Match article: (Note that the match article is under the scheduled matches for October 22 at present. The results for all the October 20 matches can be found here.

Selected line score (winners always listed first)

0-5; 7-6; 27-17; 32-30; 35-38; 40-38

Scoring: Ezkurra +20 -4 Larranaga +15 (including 11 service aces) -6 (including 2 service faults)
               Urriza +21 -1 Zuberi +7 (including 4 service aces) -4 (including 1 service fault)

What a match this was! It had two lead changes at the very end. Both Urriza and Ezkurra played great Remonte, but they both made crucial errors at the end, swinging the match one way and then the other. The match article is excellent in its description of the whole match but especially the final points. This was the 12th time (in the Oriamendi 2010 database) that Ezcurra has played against Urriza this year. Ezcurra has now won 7. Overall, he ran his winning streak to 4. The match was an important step for both the back courters, a chance to shine on the stellar stage. Larranaga's serve was one of the difference makers. Both played very well in this match. We hope to see more of them on the big stage soon.

In other matches of note, Azpiroz won his 5th consecutive match in the opening singles match of the session, defeating Labaka 30-21. It was Labaka's 4th consecutive defeat. Otaegi's 4 match winning streak was broken as he and Barrenetxea IV were defeated by Ezkurra II-Etxeberria III 40-30.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................4-0..........160-126..+4
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99.......-1
Urriza(d)....................1-3.........138-151...-1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................3-2..........177-175...+1
Etxeberria III(z).........2-3..........175-187...+1
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-2..........101-109....-2

Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Erburu(d)....................4-1..........152-138.....+3
Otaegi(d)....................4-2........195-188.......-1
Ezkurra II(d)...............3-3........207-220.......+1
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-3..........150-142.....-2
Segurola(d)................1-3........143-157........-3
Benat(d).....................1-4........143-167........-3
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2

Zaldua*(z).................4-0..........135-125.....+6
Azpiroz(z).................5-1........195-147.......+5
Larranaga(z)..............3-2.........186-174......+1
Garces(z)...................2-3...........150-149.....+1
Martirena(z)..............2-3..........134-147......-3
Zubiri(z).....................1-4...........148-171....-1
Otano(z).....................0-1............25-30.......-4
Labaka(z)...................0-3...........82-105......-4

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October 15, 2016

Urriza-Zuberi defeated Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV 40-31

Match article:

Selected linescore (winners always listed first):

22-21; 30-24; 36-28; 40-31

Scoring: Urriza +23 (including 10 two wall shots) -3 Zuberi +9 (including 5 service aces) -3
               Ezkurra II +16 -4; Barrenetxea IV +9* (including 2 service aces) -4* (including 2 service faults)

* Estimated from the other scores

U-Z broke open what had been a very close first half of the match. Urriza was "capitan general", according to the match article. The scoring bears that out. Almost half his points were two wall winners. When he has those going as well as the awesome power he displays, the other team has little chance to win. Barrentxea IV and Zuberi (who broke a 4 match losing streak with the win) basically cancelled each other out, with Barrentxea IV not able to get his serve going. Ezkurra II, though he played very well according to the scoring, was never going to be able by himself to equal Urriza.

In other matches, Zaldua won his 7th in a row (6 in the back, 1 in the front), partnering with Erburu to defeat Goikoetxea V-Garces, while Otaegi and Aspiroz won their 4th in a row, the former partnering with Ion to defeat Segurola-Etxeberria III, the latter defeating Martirena in the opening match of the session.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................3-0..........120-88....+3
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99......-1
Urriza(d)....................1-2.........100-111..+1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................3-2..........177-175...+1
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-1..........71-69.......-1
Etxeberria III(z).........1-3..........135-157....-3

Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Otaegi(d)....................4-1........165-148.......+4
Erburu(d)....................3-1..........122-117.....+2
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-3..........150-142.....-2
Ezkurra II(d)...............2-3........167-190.......-1
Segurola(d)................1-3........143-157........-3
Benat(d).....................1-3........122-137........-2
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2

Zaldua*(z).................4-0..........135-125.....+6
Azpiroz(z).................4-1........165-126.......+4
Larranaga(z)..............2-2.........146-136......-1
Martirena(z)..............2-2..........113-117......-2
Garces(z)...................1-3...........120-128.....-1
Zubiri(z).....................1-3...........110-131....+1
Otano(z).....................0-1..........25-30........-4
Labaka(z)...................0-2...........61-75........-3

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October 12, 2016: Special Session. Matches were held today on Oct. 12 instead of the usual Thursday,  Oct. 13.

Ezkurra-Berrenetxea IV defeated Urriza-Ion 40-29

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

12-11; 19-14; 20-19; 22-21; 25-24; 26-25; 27-27; 27-29; 40-29

Partial scoring: Ezcurra: +19 -4 Barrenetxea IV +5
                          Urriza +12

U-B scored the last 13 points of the match to win. The final streak turned an extremely competitive match into an easy victory. In other news Zaldua went back to the back court and, with Ezkurra II defeated Segurola-Larranga by the minimum (40-39). It was Zaldua's 6th consecutive win (5 in the back court and 1 in the front court). 

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................3-0..........120-88....+3
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99......-1
Urriza(d)....................0-2..........60-80......-2

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-0..........40-29......+1
Ion(z).........................2-2..........137-142...-1
Etxeberria III(z).........1-2..........102-117....-2

Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Otaegi(d)....................3-1........125-115.......+3
Erburu(d)....................2-1..........92-88........+1
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-2..........121-112.....-1
Ezkurra II(d)...............2-2........136-150......+2
Segurola(d)................1-2........110-117........-2
Benat(d).....................1-3........122-137........-2
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2

Zaldua*(z).................3-0..........105-96......+5
Azpiroz(z).................3-1........135-106.......+3
Martirena(z)..............2-1...........93-87........-1
Larranaga(z)..............2-2.........146-136......-1
Garces(z)...................1-2...........91-99........+1
Otano(z).....................0-1..........25-30........-4
Labaka(z)...................0-2...........61-75........-3
Zubiri(z).....................0-3...........70-100.....-4

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October 8, 2016

Ezkurra II-Ion defeated Uterga-Etxeberria III 40-31

Match article

Partial scoring: Ezkurra II +20 -2; Ion +6*
                         Uterga -7; Etxeberria -7

* Estimated from the other scores

Ezkurra II snapped a 4 match losing streak with a big win in the "Star" match. The win also stopped a 5 match "Star" match losing streak going back to February 25. In the match that Oriamendi2010 did not have a score for as of October 10, Goikoetxea V-Martirena defeated Eburu-Zubiri 30-22 (source: Diario Vasco Cartelera, Oct. 10, 2016). Zaldua played in the front court with Azpiroz. They defeated Benat-Garces 35-29 in the opening match. It was Zaldua's 5th win in a row.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................2-0..........80-59.....+2
Uterga(d)...................1-2..........99-99......-1
Urriza(d)....................0-1..........31-40......-1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................2-1..........108-102..+2
Etxeberria III(z).........1-2..........102-117...-2

Group B

Zaldua*(d)..................1-0.........35-29........+1
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-1..........92-82.........+1
Otaegi(d)....................2-1..........95-86........+2
Erburu(d)....................1-1..........57-60........-1
Segurola(d)................1-1..........71-77..........-1
Benat(d).....................1-2..........94-102.......-1
Ezkurra II(d)...............1-2..........96-111......+1
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2

Martirena(z)..............2-0...........65-52........+3
Zaldua*(z).................2-0...........65-57........+4
Azpiroz(z).................2-1..........100-78.......+2
Larranaga(z)..............2-1..........107-96......+2
Otano(z).....................0-1..........25-30........-4
Garces(z)...................0-2...........61-70........-2
Labaka(z)...................0-2...........61-75........-3
Zubiri(z)......................0-2...........41-70.......-3

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October 6, 2016

Ezkurra-Ion defeated Urriza-Etxeberria III 40-31

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

13-22; 29-24; 32-30; 40-31

Scoring: Only one score was given. The only one we need to know: Ezkurra +28

The match article described this match as "electric." Beginning at 13-22, Ezkurra put on a shot clinic that led to a 16-2 run that turned the game around. Quantitative measures come up short when an artist is at work. In other news, Goikoetxea V's 6 match winning streak (5 at Galaretta) was snapped in a close defeat (with Garces) at the hands of Benat-Zaldua. It was Zaldua's 4th win in a row.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................2-0..........80-59.....+2
Uterga(d)...................1-1..........68-59.....+1
Urriza(d)....................0-1..........31-40......-1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Ion(z).........................1-1..........68-71......+1
Etxeberria III(z)..........1-1..........71-77......-1

Group B

Erburu(d)...................1-0..........35-30........+1
Segurola(d)................1-0..........40-37........+2
Goikoetxea V(d)........1-1..........62-60.........-1
Otaegi(d)....................1-1..........55-55........+1
Benat(d).....................1-1..........65-67........+1
Ansa II(d)...................0-1..........25-30.........-2
Ezkurra II(d)...............0-2.........56-80..........-4

Zaldua(z)..................2-0...........65-57.........+4
Martirena(z)..............1-0...........35-30........+2
Azpiroz(z)..................1-1...........65-49.......+1
Larranaga(z)..............1-1...........67-65.......+1
Garces(z)...................0-1...........32-35........-1
Labaka(z)...................0-1...........30-35........-2
Otano(z).....................0-1............25-30.......-4
Zubiri(z)......................0-1...........19-40........-2

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October 1, 2016

Ezkurra-Endika defeated Uterga-Ion 40-28

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

7-7; 11-11; 15-15; 18-18; 24-18; 30-23; 33-27; 40-28

Scoring: Ezkurra +21 -2; Endika +8 (including 6 service aces) -0
               Uterga   +20 -9; Ion +6 (including 2 service aces) -2

Note: Scoring is an estimate. The actual match article says something different. Either I made a mistake translating Google Translate English into English or the scorer double counted points as winners and errors.

E-E stopped Uterga's "Star" match winning streak at four. Whatever the exact scoring, Endika was the difference maker, according to the match article. The match was played to equality throughout it's first half before E-E slowly took command. In other news, Goikoetxea V increased his winning streak to 6, including 5 at Galaretta and the final of the B group competition at the recently concluded Navarra tournament. He is 8-2 going back to August 27.

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker. Winning and losing streaks will also be kept up to date.

Group A

Ezkurra(d).................1-0..........40-28.....+1
Uterga(d)...................0-1..........28-40......-1

Endika(z)...................1-0..........40-28......+2
Etxeberria III(z).........1-0..........40-37......+1
Ion(z).........................0-1..........28-40.......-1

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)........1-0..........30-25........+5
Erburu(d)....................1-0..........35-30........+1
Segurola(d)................1-0..........40-37........+2
Ezkurra II(d)...............0-1..........37-40.........-3
Benat(d).....................0-1..........30-35.........-2
Otaegi(d)....................0-1..........25-30........-1

Zaldua(z)..................1-0...........30-25.........+3
Martirena(z)..............1-0...........35-30........+2
Larranaga(z).............0-1...........37-40.........-2
Labaka(z)..................0-1...........30-35.........-2
Azpiroz(z)..................0-1...........25-30........-1

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October 2016
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September 29, 2016

Uterga-Ion defeated Ezkurra-Etxeberria III 40-30

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

3-9; 18-10; 21-21; 24-26; 34-26; 40-30

Scoring: Uterga +24 (including 15 two wall winners); -2* Ion +12 (including 6 service aces) -2 (both service faults)
           Ezkurra +20 -2; Etxeberria III +6 (including 1 service ace) -2

* Estimated from the other scores

In a match with wild momentum swings (3-9; 15-1; 3-11; 10-0), the last swing went to U-I. U-I's last six points of the match were earned by Uterga 2 wall winners. This was a rematch of the September 10, 2016 match dominated by U-I and discussed in the main blog. Uterga has now won 4 consecutive "Star" matches and 5 consecutive Galaretta matches. In the Oriamendi2010 database, he was 6-2 in September, 5-1 at the Galaretta and 1-1 in the recently completed Navarra Tournament, losing to Endika-Ion in the final. In other news, Endika continued to play the front court in a match in which he and Martirena defeated Ezkurra II-Labaka 40-10. While he is scheduled to partner with Ezkurra and play the back court on Saturday, interested fans are beginning to wonder perhaps when, not if, he will switch to the front court permanently.

Correction:  The match article noted Endika's great play in the front court in the Navarra Tournament and speculated on when he would switch to the front court permanently. This indicated my ignorance about Endika's career. In researching the history of the Sagardoaren Txapelketa for the 2017 edition (see above), I discovered that Endika had played in the inaugural final (2011) in the front court. Some research in the Oriamendi2010 database showed that records of Endika's matches (going as far back as April 29, 2010) had him in the front court from April of 2010 until October 3, 2013. So his being in the front court in the Navarra tournament was no "experiment." And we'll probably be waiting a long time before he "switches to the front court permanently." (Added March 3, 2017).

Remonte (Galarraga matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 29, 2016 (Final table for September)

Group A

Urriza(d)...................3-0.........110-83 (1-0 TK)
Endika*(d)................1-0...........40-10
Uterga(d).................5-1..........268-185
Matxin III (d)............1-3..........121-136
Ezkurra*(d)..............1-3..........122-159


Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z).........................4-3..........244-220..(0-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z).........2-5..........232-264
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-3..........111-123..(1-1 TK)
Endika*(z)..................0-2.............65-80

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)........5-1..........181-154
Ansa II(d)..................4-2...........211-190
Otaegi(d)...................3-3...........195-180
Ezkurra II(d)..............4-5..........281-310
Barricart(d)................2-3..........128-141
Benat(d).....................2-4..........177-188
Segurola(d)................2-5..........229-246
Erburu(d)..................1-3..........104-135

Martirena(z)..............5-1..........195-133
Larranaga(z).............5-2..........242-241
Azpiroz(z).................4-2..........189-173
Zubiri(z)....................4-2..........217-208
Garces(z)..................2-2...........117-113
Labaka(z)..................3-3..........164-191
Otano(z)....................2-5..........189-198
Zaldua(z)..................2-5...........195-219
Aizpuru III.................0-1...........17-35

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September 24, 2016

Segurola-Ion defeated Ezkurra II-Endika 40-28

Match article

Ion had an excellent match in this easy victory. In other matches, Zaldua won and Martirena lost, both for the first time this month.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 24, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................3-0.........110-83 (1-0 TK)
Uterga(d)..................4-1.........228-155
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-2..........92-119
Matxin III (d).............1-3........121-136


Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z).........................3-3...........204-190..(0-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z).........2-4...........202-224
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-3..........111-123..(1-1 TK)
Endika(z)...................0-2.............65-80

Group B

Goikoetxea V(d)........5-1..........181-154
Ansa II(d)..................4-2...........211-190
Ezkurra II(d)..............4-4..........271-270
Otaegi(d)...................2-3..........165-159
Benat(d)....................2-3..........156-158
Barricart(d)................2-3..........128-141
Segurola(d)...............2-5..........229-246
Erburu(d)..................1-3..........104-135

Larranaga(z).............5-1..........221-211
Martirena(z)..............4-1..........155-123
Zubiri(z)....................4-2..........217-208
Azpiroz(z).................3-2..........159-147
Labaka(z)..................3-2..........154-151
Garces(z)..................2-2..........117-113
Otano(z)....................2-4..........163-168
Zaldua(z)..................1-5...........165-198
Aizpuru III................0-1..........17-35

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September 22, 2106

Uterga-Etxeberria III defeated Matxin III-Barrenetxea IV 40-26.

Match article

Uterga won his 3rd consecutive "Star" match (See Sep. 8, and 17th below and 4th consecutive match (see Sep. 10 below). His earlier slump is becoming a distant memory. It was Etxeberria III's 2nd consecutive "Star" match victory (see his victory with Uterga on Sep. 8 below). It was Barrenetxea IV's 3rd consecutive "Star" match defeat (see Sep. 10 and 15 below). In other news, Endika played his first Galaretta match since July 21. A rib injury sidelined him and he missed the Kutxa Bank tournament. He also returned to the Torneo Communidad Foral de Navarra on September 16. In that tournament, he is playing the front court, with Ion as his partner. They will be playing in the final on September 25 against the winner of the Uterga-Etxeberria III v Ezkurra II-Barrentxea IV semi-final. For more on that final see the Oriamendi news story.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 22, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................3-0.........110-83 (1-0 TK)
Uterga(d)..................4-1.........228-155
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-2..........92-119
Matxin III (d)............1-3........121-136


Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z).........................2-3..........164-162..(0-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z).........2-4...........202-224
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-3..........111-123..(1-1 TK)
Endika(z)....................0-1...............37-40

Group B

Ansa II(d)..................4-1..........178-150
Goikoetxea V(d)........4-1..........151-129
Ezkurra II(d)..............4-3..........243-230
Barricart(d)................2-2..........103-111
Erburu(d)...................1-2............76-100
Otaegi(d)...................1-3..........125-126
Benat(d)....................1-3..........121-130
Segurola(d)...............1-5..........189-218

Martirena(z)..............4-0..........130-93
Larranaga(z)..............4-1..........181-178
Azpiroz(z).................3-1..........126-107
Zubiri(z)....................4-2..........217-208
Labaka(z)..................3-2..........154-151
Otano(z)....................2-3..........135-133
Garces(z)...................1-2...........87-88
Aizpuru III.................0-1..........17-35
Zaldua(z)....................0-5..........130-170

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September 17, 2016

Uterga-Larranaga defeated Ansa II-Ion 40-33

Match article

Uterga won his second consecutive "Star" match and third consecutive match  (see Sep. 10, and 8 below). Larranaga won his second (see Sep. 1 below).

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Most wins or fewest losses will be the first tie breaker..Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 17, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................3-0.........110-83 (1-0 TK)
Uterga(d)...................3-1.........148-129
Matxin III (d)............1-2..........95-96
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-2..........92-119

Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z).........................2-3..........164-162..(0-1 TK)
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-2...........85-83..(1-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z).........1-4...........162-198

Group B

Ansa II(d)..................3-1..........148-127
Goikoetxea V(d)........3-1..........116-96
Ezkurra II(d)..............3-3..........203-193
Barricart(d)................2-2..........103-111
Otaegi(d)...................1-2..........88-86
Benat(d)....................1-2..........88-95
Erburu(d)..................1-2..........76-100
Segurola(d)............... 1-4.........166-188

Martirena(z)..............4-0..........130-93
Zubiri(z)....................4-1..........184-173
Larranaga(z).............3-1..........141-141
Azpiroz(z).................2-1..........91-74
Labaka(z)..................2-2..........124-128
Otano(z)....................2-2..........112-103
Garces(z)..................1-2...........87-88
Aizpuru III................0-1..........17-35
Zaldua(z)...................0-5..........130-170

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September 15, 2016

Urriza-Ion defeated Ezkurra-Barrenetxea IV 40-34

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

10-21; 17-28; 24-30; 24-31; 27-33; 40-34

Scoring: Urriza +18 -5; Ion +13 (including 6 service aces) -5
          Ezkurra +15 -6; Barrenetxea IV +10 (including 4 service aces) -3

For the second Star match doubles match in a row (See Sep. 8, 2016 below),the winners came from far behind to win in an exciting finish. After trailing by as many as 11 points early and still behind by 6 at 27-33, U-I finished with a 13-1 streak to win.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 15, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................3-0.........110-83 (1-0 TK)
Uterga(d)..................2-1..........108-96
Matxin III (d)............1-2..........95-96
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-2..........92-119

Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z)..........................2-2..........131-122..(0-1 TK)
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-2...........85-83..(1-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z)..........1-3..........125-158

Group B

Ansa II(d)..................3-0.........115-87
Goikoetxea V(d)........2-1..........86-80
Barricart(d)................2-1..........87-81
Benat(d).....................1-1..........58-60
Ezkurra II(d)..............2-3........163-156
Otaegi(d)...................1-2..........88-86
Segurola(d)...............1-3.........129-148
Erburu(d)...................0-2..........41-70

Martirena(z)..............3-0..........95-63
Zubiri(z)....................3-1..........144-136
Azpiroz(z).................2-1..........91-74
Labaka(z)..................2-1..........108-98
Larranaga(z).............2-1.........101-108
Garces(z)..................1-2.........87-88
Otano(z)....................1-2.........82-87
Aizpuru III.................0-1.........17-35
Zaldua(z)...................0-4.........100-135

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 September 10, 2016

The Star match was the Torneo Kutxabank final.

Urriza defeated Barrenetxea IV 30-21

Full match video (EITB via Oriamendi 2010)

Full Match Video (EITB)

Match article

Match article (Deia)

Background article

List of past tournament victors

Feature article: Interview with Matxin II (Diario Vasco)

Urriza outplayed Barrenetxia IV in all phases of the game to score a comprehensive victory. Urriza denied Barrenetxia IV his most important asset in this tournament, the devastating serve that had gotten him around 11 points in each match up to this one. In this match he scored 3. That factor, along with Urriza's surprisingly (for a player who doesn't serve in most matches) effective serve, and arsenal of great shots, sealed the outcome. Barrenetxea IV fought hard and continually tried to get back in the game (as the drawn out condensed linescore shows), but Urriza was always there to stop him. With the victory, Urriza equals the great Matxin II for second most victories in this tournament (4). The leader is Ezkurra (11). Urriza finishes the tournament 3-0. Barrentxia IV finishes 3-1.

Condensed linescore (winner always listed first).

1-0; 1-1; 2-1; 2-2; 4-2; 4-3; 5-3; 5-4; 9-4; 9-7; 10-7; 10-9; 13-9; 13-10; 15-10; 15-11; 16-11; 16-12; 19-12; 19-13; 22-13; 22-14; 23-14; 23-17; 24-17; 24-18; 25-18; 25-19; 26-19; 26-20; 27-20; 27-21; 30-21

Note: I used my own scoring as no scoring that I  found had winners and errors that added to anywhere near the final score. None that I found incorporated service faults. EITB provided no scoring of any kind for this match. All scoring judgments are mine alone. Let them be a point of departure.

Scoring:  U +23 (including 5 service aces) -5 (including 3 service faults)
                B +16 (including 3 service aces) -7 (including 1 service fault)

Number of balls in play: 171

Number of balls/number of points

0-4: 39
5-9: 10
10-14: 2

Longest point 12 (point beginning at 5-3 and ending at 5-4--17 minutes 41 seconds--18:20 on the video; 12 (point beginning at 13-9 and ending at 13-10--31:00--31:12)

Points of interest:

1. Point beginning 0-0, ending 1-0--9:42--9;59. Urriza's first serve. Note the break (curve) on the serve from left to right. This movement on the serve will challenge Barrenetxea IV throughout the match.

2.  Point beginning at 2-1, ending at 2-2--11:42--11:53. Barrentxea's 1st serve of the match.

3.  Point beginning at 5-4,ending at 6-4--20:01--20:13 Soft touch by Urriza.

4. Point beginning at 10-8, ending at 10-9--27:46--28:05. Beautiful dejada by Barrenextea IV. After 1-1, the closest he gets to the lead in the match.

5. Point beginning at 13-9, ending at 13-10--31:52--32:20. Possibly the best point of the match. Great finishing two wall by Barrentxea IV

6. Point beginning at 17-12, ending at 18-12--43:02--43:12. Leaping save by Urriza.

7. Point beginning at 21-13, ending at 22-13--48:14--48:19. Great movement away from Barrentxea IV on the Urriza serve. Ace.

8. Point beginning at 29-21, ending at 30-21--1:07:26--1:07:44. Soft two wall by Urriza to finish things off in style.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage.  Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 10, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................2-0..........70-49 (1-0 TK)
Uterga(d)...................2-1..........108-96
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-1..........58-79
Matxin III (d).............0-2.........65-70

Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-1..........51-43..(1-1 TK)
Ion(z)..........................1-2..........91-88..(0-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z)..........1-3..........125-158

Group B

Ansa II(d)..................2-0..........75-48
Benat(d).....................1-0..........35-25
Barricart(d)................2-1..........87-81
Ezkurra II(d)..............2-2........137-126
Goikoetxea V(d)........1-1..........51-57
Otaegi(d)...................1-2..........88-86
Segurola(d)...............1-2..........90-108
Erburu(d)..................0-2..........41-70

Zubiri(z)....................3-0..........105-96
Martirena(z)..............2-0..........65-37
Azpiroz(z).................2-0..........65-44
Labaka(z)..................2-1..........108-98
Larranaga(z).............1-1..........61-69
Otano(z)....................1-2.........82-87
Aizpuru III................0-1..........17-35
Garces(z)...................0-2.........52-65
Zaldua(z)...................0-3.........77-100

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September 8, 2016

Uterga-Etxeberria III defeated Matxin III-Ion 40-38

Match Article

Selected linescore (winner always listed first)

6-10; 11-16; 17-17; 26-24; 28-33; 32-38; 40-38

Scoring: Uterga +15 -4; Exteberria III +16 (including 6 service aces) -1
               Matxin III +21 -8; Ion +12 (including 8 service aces) -1*

* Estimated from the other three scores

Three Etxeberria III service aces contributed to the final 8-0 run that turned the match around.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Point differential will be the tie breaker.

Sep. 8, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................1-0..........40-28
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-0..........40-39
Uterga(d)..................1-1..........68-78
Matxin III (d).............0-1.........38-40

Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-0..........30-13..(1-0 TK)
Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Etxeberria III(z)..........1-2..........107-118
Ion(z)..........................0-2.........51-70..(0-1 TK)

Group B

Barricart(d)................2-0..........70-46
Benat(d).....................1-0..........35-25
Ansa II(d)..................1-0..........40-31
Goikoetxea V(d)........1-1..........51-57
Ezkurra II(d)..............1-2..........107-99
Otaegi(d)...................1-2..........88-86
Segurola(d)...............1-2..........90-108
Erburu(d)...................0-2..........41-70

Zubiri(z)....................3-0..........105-96
Martirena(z)..............2-0..........65-37
Azpiroz(z).................2-0..........65-44
Labaka(z).................1-1..........78-71
Larranaga(z).............1-1..........61-69
Garces(z)...................0-2.........52-65
Zaldua(z)....................0-2.........50-70
Otano(z).....................0-2.........47-70

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September 3, 2016

The Star match was the second Torneo Kutxabank semi-final match.

Barrenetxea IV defeated Ion 30-13

Match article (Oriamendi2010)

Match Article (Diario Vasco) This article contains a complete match linescore and statistics.

Scoring: (Source: EITB) Barrenetxea +23 -5; Ion +8 -7  Two of the three sources used agreed that Barrenextea's +23 included 13 service aces.

Full match video for this match and the third match (see below) (Source: EITB)

Barrenetxea IV dominated the match from the early stages. He scored almost half his points on service aces, something Urriza (his opponent in the final next Saturday, September 10, and who played today directly after him) surely noticed. Barrenetxea IV has averaged 11.5 service aces in the two matches in this tournament where the match article mentioned service ace data.  He has also defeated one of the best three front courters on the roster, Uterga, on his way to this final. In that match, according to Ezkurra in the preview article linked to in the September 1 summary below, Barrenetxea IV caused problems for Uterga with the serve.  Urriza is a front courter who is comfortable returning serves. Urriza is also one of the three best front courters on the roster. Barrenetxea IV is playing great Remonte. The final will be an intriguing and hopefully very competitive match. Barrenextea IV enters it with a 3-0 record in the tournament. Urriza is 2-0. Ion finished 1-2.

Also, in an interesting development, Ezkurra partnered in the back court with Urriza today. They defeated Uterga-Etxeberria III 40-28.

Scoring (Source: EITB): Urriza +23 -4; Ezkurra +13 -5
                                        Uterga +12 -2; Exteberria III +7 -2

Balls in play: 355: Urriza 87; Ezkurra 97; Uterga 79; Exteberria III 92

Related article about Ezkurra's temporary move to the back court (Diario Vasco)

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Most wins or fewest losses will be the first tie breaker. Point differential will be the second tie breaker.

Sep. 3, 2016

Group A

Urriza(d)...................1-0..........40-28
Ezkurra*(d)...............1-0..........40-39
Uterga(d)..................0-1..........28-40

Barrenetxea IV(z)......1-0..........30-13..(1-0 TK)
Ezkurra*(z)................1-0..........40-28
Ion(z)..........................0-1.........13-30..(0-1 TK)
Etxeberria III(z)..........0-2..........67-80

Group B

Barricart(d)................2-0..........70-46
Ansa II(d)..................1-0..........40-31
Goikoetxea V(d)........1-0..........30-27
Ezkurra II(d)..............1-1..........69-59
Erburu(d)...................0-1..........16-35
Otaegi(d)...................0-2..........58-65
Segurola(d)...............0-2..........50-70

Zubiri(z)....................2-0..........65-58
Martirena(z)..............1-0..........35-16
Azpiroz(z).................1-0..........30-19
Labaka(z).................1-0..........40-31
Larranaga(z).............1-0..........40-39
Garces(z)...................0-1.........27-30
Zaldua(z)....................0-2.........50-70
Otano(z).....................0-2.........47-70

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September 1, 2016

Ezkurra-Larranaga defeated Ezkurra II-Exteberria III 40-39

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

24-24; 36-32; 37-39; 40-39

Partial scoring: Larranaga +10 (including 6 service aces) -5

In an amazing final decade the lead changed hands twice. Uncle Ezcurra's team had to win the final three points in order to defeat Nephew Ezcurra II's team. In 10 matches between the uncle and nephew, the uncle has now won nine. It was also Ezcurra's fourth consecutive Star match win without defeat since returning from injury on August 4.

The Saturday, September 3 Star match will be the second semi-final of the Torneo Kutxabank.

Preview article

Preview article (Dairio Vasco)

It will be Barrenetxia IV v Ion. Barrenetxia IV won the Group B league phase outright with 2 victories in as many matches. Ion was the default second place finisher in Group A despite losing the only match he played in the league phase. The reason for this was the loss of Endika for the duration of the tournament due to a rib injury. There was no substitute. The match article details the three balls that each player chose for this match. Barrenetxia's ranged between 128 and 130 grams, Ion's between 129 and 131. The winner of this semi-final meets Urriza, who defeated Uterga in the first semi-final on August 27 (see below), in the final on September 10. Whoever wins this semi-final will be playing in his first individual final.

Remonte (Galarreta matches only) monthly tables (wins-losses) (d-Delantro--Front z-Zaguero--Back *-d+z)--record will be kept by position). Tables will be kept by winning percentage. Most wins or fewest losses will be the first tie breaker. Point differential will be the second tie breaker.

Sep. 1, 2016

Group A

Ezkurra*(d)...............1-0............40-39

Etxeberria III(z).........0-1............39-40

Group B

Barricart(d)................1-0............35-16
Ansa II(d)..................1-0............40-31
Goikoetxea V(d)........1-0............30-27
Ezkurra. II(d).............0-1............39-40
Otaegi(d)...................0-1............27-30
Segurola(d)...............0-1............31-40
Erburu(d)...................0-1............16-35

Martirena(z)...............1-0...........35-16
Labaka(z)...................1-0...........40-31
Zubiri(z)......................1-0...........30-27
Larranaga(z)..............1-0...........40-39
Garces(z)...................0-1...........27-30
Zaldua(z)....................0-1...........31-40
Otano(z).....................0-1...........16-35

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September 2016
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August 30, 2016 (Special Session)

Urriza-Etxeberrea III defeated Uterga-Ion 40-36

Match article

Partial scoring Urriza +24 -1; Uterga +22 -4

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August 27, 2016

The Star match was the first Torneo Kutxabank semi-final match.

Urriza defeated Uterga 30-20

Match article

Selected linescore (winner always listed first)

2-5; 9-5; 10-8; 30-20

With the victory, Urriza earns a place in the final September 10. He will face the winner of the September 3 semi-final between Barrenextea IV and Ion. Uterga finishes the tournament 1-2.

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August 25, 2016

Ezkurra-Etxeberria III defeated Ezkurra II-Barrenetxea IV 40-33

Match article

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

9-6; 9-12; 25-22; 30-22; 40-33

Scoring: Ezkurra +24 -3; Etxeberria III +6 (including 4 service aces) -1
               Ezkurra II +13* -5*; Barrenetxea IV +16 (including 4 service aces) -5

* Estimated from the other three scores

It was a case of experience over age (and the uncle over the nephew) in today's Star match. E-E, 43 years old each, were able to defeat their opponents, whose total age was 49. A 21-10 run in the middle of the match settled the outcome. In three Star matches since his return from injury on August 4, Ezkurra has averaged +22 -3. His teams have won all three. To be able to be that consistent and that good is amazing, to be able to do it at age 43 is astonishing. What a player!

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August 23, 2016 (Special Session)

Ezkurra-Ion defeated Uterga-Barrenetxea IV 40-30

Match article

Selected linescore (winner always listed first)

4-7; 27-10; 31-15; 31-24; 32-24; 40-30

Scoring: Ezkurra +19 -4; Ion +14 (including 7 service aces) -5*
              Uterga +9 -3;  Barrenetxea IV +12 (including 6 service aces) -4

*Estimated from the other three scores.

The eye popping 23-3 run by E-I early in the match overwhelmed the 9-0 run by U-B in a belated attempt to cut the deficit. A missed two wall winner by Uterga ended that streak. For E-I, it was their third consecutive win together (after August 11 and 13, where they won in non-Star matches).

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August 20, 2016

The Star match was a Group B Torneo Kutxabank league match.

Uterga defeated Aizpuru III 30-14

Match article

Match article with statistics, linescore, and analysis (Diario Vasco)

The match statistics tell the story of this match

Uterga +25 (including 8 service aces) -1 (1 service fault)
Aizpuru III +13 (including 3 service aces) -5

Two 7-0 runs (from 6-6 to 13-6 and from 15-9 to 22-9) sealed the victory.

With the win, Uterga advances to the semi-finals, meeting Urriza (winner of Group A) on September 3.

Barrenetxea IV, the winner of Group B meets Ion, the de-facto 2nd place finisher in Group A (due to a rib injury that kept Endika out of the tournament--Oriamendi2010 decided not to name a substitute) on August 27.

Final league table

Group A

Urriza 1-0--4 points
Ion 0-1 (1-1)--0 points
Endika 0-0

Group B

Barrenextea IV 2-0--8 points
Uterga 1-1--4 points
Aizpuru III 0-2 (2-2)--0 points

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August 18, 2016

The Star match was a Group A Torneo Kutxabank league match.

Urriza defeated Ion 30-14

Match article

Match article with statistics, linescore, and analysis (Diario Vasco)

A 18-1 run by Urriza turned a 1-4 deficit into a 19-5 advantage. From there he cruised to an easy victory.

It was also announced that Endika has a rib injury that will most likely not allow him to participate. Unless a substitute is used, this means Urriza will pass straight to the semi-finals as winner of Group A and Ion will go up against Barrenetxea VI in the second semi-final.

Group A

Urriza 1-0--4 points
Endika 0-0
Ion 0-1 (1-1)--0 points

Group B

Barrenextea IV 2-0--8 points
Aizpuru III 0-1 (2-1)--0 points
Uterga 0-1--0 points

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August 16, 2016 (Special Session)

The Star match was a Group B Torneo Kutxabank league match.

Barrenetxea IV defeated Aizpuru III 30-14

Match article

Scoring: Barrenetxea IV +27 (including 10 service aces) -3 (including 2 service faults); Aizpuru III +11 (including 4 service aces) -3

Match article, statistics (slightly different from above) and full linescore (Diario Vasco)

Barrenetxea's massive victory, fueled by winning 16 of the last 20 points in  the match, wins Group B and propels him into the semi-final against the second place finisher in Group A. As for Aizpuru III, he now has the same league match record (0-1) and number of points (0) as his next opponent, Uterga. The winner earns 2nd place and advances to the semi-final against the winner of Group A. The loser is out of the tournament.

Group A

Urriza 0-0
Endika 0-0
Ion 0-0 (1-0)

Group B

Barrenextea IV 2-0--8 points
Aizpuru III 0-1 (2-1)--0 points
Uterga 0-1--0 points

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August 13, 2016

The Star match was the opening match of the league phase of the Torneo Kutxabank.

Table determination in the league phase:

Winner of a match gets 4 points
Loser: 27-29--2 points; 24-26--1 point; <24--0 points

The league phase will be a round robin in each group. This phase will be played on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, lasting from August 13-25. First and second place in each group advance. Semi-finals are August 27 and September 3. 1st place v 2nd place in the other group. Winners will play in a final on September 10.

Barrenetxea IV defeated Uterga 30-21

Match article

Selected linescore (winner always listed first)

7-1; 25-12; 30-21

Group A

Urriza 0-0
Endika 0-0
Ion 0-0 (1-0)

Group B

Barrenextea IV 1-0--4 points
Aizpuru III 0-0 (2-0)--0 points
Uterga 0-1--0 points

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August 11, 2016

Aizpuru III defeated Matxin III 30-29

Match article for this match (Note: the match article for this match was accidently placed with the scores for the August 9 matches.

Selected linescore (winner always listed first)

5-5; 12-7; 14-8; 15-14; 24-25; 25-25; 25-27; 27-27; 28-28; 29-29; 30-29

Scoring: Aizpuru III +23 (including 3 service aces) -3; Matxin III +26 (including 3 service aces) -7 (including 1 service fault)

An incredibly close and exciting finish highlighted this match. Aizpuru III scored his 29th and 30th points with two wall winners. The last point was a long point and at the end of it, both players received a standing ovation. With the victory, Aizpuru III joins Uterga and Barrenetxea IV in Group B.

Match article (explaining the makeup of Group B of the  upcoming Kutxabank Tourneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer. This article was placed with the August 11 matches.

To recap (see below for match articles and statistics), the tournament began with four players vying for a final quarter-final slot.

Zaldua defeated Martirena 30-18 on July 23 (Martirena finished 0-1)
Otano defeated Erburu 30-19 on July 28 (Erburu finished 0-1)
Zaldua defeated Otano 30-12 on July 30 (Otano finished 1-1)

Zaldua advanced into the quarterfinals to determine the last place in group A. Urriza and Endika were seeded into the league phase of the tournament in Group A. Uterga and Barrenetxia IV were seeded into the league phase of the tournament in Group B.

Group A matches to determine the third contestant.

Segurola defeated Zaldua 30-28 on August 4 (Zaldua finished 2-1)
Ion defeated Segurola 30-20 on August 9 (Segurola finished 1-1)

Group B matches to determine the  third contestant

Aizpuru III defeated Ansa II 30-17 on August 6 (Ansa II finished 0-1)
Aizpuru III defeated Matxin III 30-29 on August 11 (Matxin III finished 0-1)

Ion earns the third place in Group A:

Urriza 0-0
Endika 0-0
Ion 0-0 (1-0)

Aizpuru III earns the third place in Group B

Uterga (0-0)
Barrenetxia IV (0-0)
Aizpuru III (0-0) (2-0)

Table determination in the league phase:

Winner of a match gets 4 points
Loser: 27-29--2 points; 24-26--1 point; <24--0 points

The league phase will be a round robin in each group. This phase will be played on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, lasting from August 13-25. First and second place in each group advance. Semi-finals are August 27 and September 3. 1st place v 2nd place in the other group. Winners will play in a final on September 10

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August 9, 2016 (Special Session)

Ion defeated Segurola 30-20

Match article

Match article (Source: Diario Vasco)

This article contains a complete match linescore and extensive match statistics.

This was the one of a series of elimination matches and detrmined the final place in Group A of the upcoming Kutxabank Tourneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer. Ion joins Urriza and Endika in Group A.

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August 6, 2016

Zeberio II-Ion defeated Urriza-Zubiri 40-28

Match article

Selected linescore: (winner always listed first)

25-25; 40-28

In addition, Aizpuru III defeated Ansa II 30-17.

With the defeat, Ansa II was eliminated from the upcoming Kutxabank Tourneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer.

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August 4, 2016

Star Match: Ezkurra-Barrenetxea IV defeated Uterga-Ion 40-31.

Match article

Match highlights and interview with Ezcurra (Source: EITB)

Ezkurra returned to action after missing 6 weeks with a calf injury. Two months ago to the day, these two teams faced each other in the Star Match. U-I won 40-38. This time the outcome was reversed.

Selected line score  (winner always listed first).

6-6; 12-7; 16-12; 26-15 (during which Ezkurra hit three consecutive two-wall winners); 30-18;  35-30; 40-31 (Ezkurra won the final point of the match with a slow two-wall shot from the 10 line--see the match highlights and compare to match article--that landed just in bounds and bounced into the netting before it could be returned).

Scoring:

Ezkurra +22 -3; Barrenetxea IV +13 (including 7 service aces) -2
Uterga +16 -2; Ion +10 (including 3 service aces) -2 

In addition, Segurola defeated Zaldua 30-28.

The defeat eliminated the young back courter  from the upcoming Kutxabank Tourneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer.
             
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July 30, 2016.

In the final of the play-in tournament to determine a place in the upcoming Kutxabank Torneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer.

Zaldua defeated Otano 30-12.

Match article

Selected linescore: (winner always listed first)

0-2; 5-2; 10-8; 19-8; 30-12

Scoring: Zaldua +26 (including 12 service aces), -2 (including 1 service fault); Otano +10 (including 3 service aces), -4 (including 3 service faults)

Star Match: Urriza-Larranaga defeated Matxin III-Barrenetxea IV 40-38.

There was no print coverage of the match.

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July 28, 2016:

Star Match: Uterga-Barrenetxea IV defeated Urriza-Ion 40-26.

Match article:

After losing the last two star matches between these two pairs (May 19 and June 9) by identical 40-33 scores, U-B won this match decisively.

In a second semi-final of a play-in tournament for the upcoming Kutxabank Torneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer. Otano defeated Erburu 30-19. Two back courters, Otano and Zaldua (winner of last week's semi-final match against Martirena--see below) will meet on Saturday, July 30, with a place in the KT going to the winner.

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July 23, 2016:

Star Match: Zeberio II-Aizpuru III  defeated Matxin III-Etxeberria III 40-34

Match article:

Selected linescore: (winners always listed first)

1-1; 12-5; 29-10; 40-34

Also, Zaldua defeated Martirena 30-18 in the first semi-final of a play-in tournament ahead of the upcoming Kutxabank Torneo, an annual singles tournament held at Galaretta Fronton at the end of the summer.

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July 21, 2016

Star Match: Urriza-Aizpuru III defeated Zeberio II-Ion 40-36

Match Article:

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

8-8; 10-10; 15-15; 21-21; 23-23; 25-31; 29-35: 39-35; 39-36; 40-36

Scoring:

Urriza--+20 -3; Aizpuru III--+13 (including 6 service aces) -3
Zeberio II--+14 -1; Ion--+14 (including 5 service aces) -3

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July 16, 2016

Star Match: Zeberio II-Barrenetxea IV defeated Urriza-Etxeberria III 40-31

Match Article:

This was a rematch of the recently played final of the San Fermin Tourneo, won by Urriza-Etxeberria III 40-24.

Selected linescore: (winners always listed first)

5-0; 12-5; 20-13; 36-30; 40-31

Scoring:

Zeberio II--+24 -5; Barrenetxea IV--+7 (including 3 service aces) -6 (including 1 service fault)
Urriza--+15 -4; Etxeberria III--+5 (including 2 service aces) -2