Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Round Up - Wins for Simpson, Best & Rios and Franco

Brian Simmpson defeated Keith Minor to win the 24th Annual Turkey Shoot, a Tier 3 event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) on Sunday in Lombard, Illinois. Simpson lost the first game, but was up in the second, when Minor had to default due to injury, making the final score line 8-11, 7-0, injury default.

In the semi-finals, Simpson defeated Brad McCunniff, 11-2, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9, and Minor beat Andrew Price, 11-4, 13-11, 11-3.

Elsewhere, Jeremy Best and Fernando Rios won Men’s Open Doubles at the 2015 St Louis Winter Rollout in St. Louis, Missouri by defeating John Kleinschmidt and Ryan Maher, 15-11, 15-3, in the final. Best and Rios beat Dylan Reid and Josh Pearl in one semi-Final, while Kleinschmidt and Maher upset top seeds Brian Pineda and Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 5-15, 11-5, in the other.

Finally, at the 2015 WRT Kitsap Splat in Bremerton, Washington, Gerardo Franco won Men’s Open with a straight game victory over Nicolai Miramontes in the final, 15-8, 15-11. Both semi-final matches were also straight game wins, as Franco beat Paul Kiil, 15-10, 15-11, and Miramontes defeated Miguel Rodriguez Jr, 15-4, 15-5.

The big event this coming weekend is Racquetball Canada’s first National Team Selection Event of the season in Brossard, Que., November 27-29, 2015.

24th Annual Turkey Shoot Open, November 19-22, 2015
Lombard, Illinois

Men’s Open Final

Brian Simpson d. Keith Minor, 8-11, 7-0, injury forfeit


Keith Minor d. Andrew Price, 11-4, 13-11, 11-3
Brian Simpson d. Brad McCunniff, 11-2, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9

2015 St Louis Winter Rollout, November 19-22
St. Louis, Missouri

Men’s Open Doubles


Jeremy Best & Fernando Rios d. John Kleinschmidt & Ryan Maher, 15-11, 15-3


John Kleinschmidt & Ryan Maher d. Brian Pineda & Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 5-15, 11-5
Jeremy Best & Fernando Rios d. Dylan Reid & Josh Pearl

2015 WRT Kitsap Splat, November 20-22
Bremerton, Washington

Men’s Open


Gerardo Franco d. Nicolai Miramontes, 15-8, 15-11


Gerardo Franco d. Paul Kiil, 15-10, 15-11
Nicolai Miramontes d. Miguel Rodriguez Jr, 15-4, 15-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bredenbeck wins 2015 WRT Kitsap Splat

Jake Bredenbeck won the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Kitsap Splat in Bremerton, Washington, Saturday by defeating Alejandro Cardona in two straight games, 15-14, 15-11. Cardona had won the last four WRT events, including three wins against Bredenbeck in the final.

Afterwards, Bredenbeck said it “feels good to get the win,” especially so as Cardona had beaten him so often lately.

Bredenbeck was 10-5 in game one, when Cardona called a timeout. That break lead to a six unanswered points, and a 11-10 lead for Cardona. From there it was back and forth.

Cardona reached 14 first, leading 14-12, and it was Bredenbeck’s turn to call a timeout. Again that break shifted momentum, as Bredenbeck got the serve back with a forehand pinch shot. He tied it at 14-14 with an ace drive serve to the left side, and then Bredenbeck won it with a forehand killshot down the line.

Game two was close the whole way, but Bredenbeck led the whole way after they were tied at 3-3. After that, the closest Cardona got was when he trailed 7-6. Bredenbeck got to match point at 14-11, but it took three tries to finish it off. The end came when Bredenbeck drove serve to the left side, and Cardona’s return was a backhand shot that took a big skip as he hit it into the floor almost immediately after making contact with the ball.

The Monterrey Open will be next WRT event. It’s scheduled for December 3-6 in Monterrey, Mexico.

2015 WRT Kitsap Splat, November 20-22
Bremerton, Washington

Singles - Final

2) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-11

Singles - Semi-finals

1) Alejandro Cardona d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-7, 15-12
2) Jake Bredenbeck d. 6) Jaime Martell, 14-15, 15-1, 11-5

Doubles - Semi-finals

1) Alejandro Cardona & Jaime Martell d. 4) Gerardo Franco & Anthony Herrera, 8-15, 15-5, 11-10
2) David Horn & Andree Parrilla d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco, forfeit

Doubles - Final

1) Alejandro Cardona & Jaime Martell d. 2) David Horn & Andree Parrilla, forfeit

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Waselenchuk wins 2015 IRT St Louis Winter Rollout

Kane Waselenchuk defeated Rocky Carson to win the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) St Louis Winter Rollout in St. Louis, Missouri, 11-2, 11-5, 11-2. It’s the fifth win of the season for the IRT’s #1 player.

Waselenchuk started strong in the match, as he went out to a 6-0 lead in game one before Carson even served. He cruised from there to win game one 11-2.

Despite that Carson took the early lead in game two, as he went up 5-0. They traded points then, and were tied at 6-6. Waselenchuk scored a couple more to make it 8-6, and a frustrated Carson hit the ball after the rally was over and it went out of the court, reportedly hitting a spectator. That resulted in a technical, reducing Carson’s score to five.

A key aspect to winning then facing higher ranked players is to not make mistakes. In those situations, you can’t afford to make mistakes, But Carson made one today, which cost him a point. He didn’t score another, as Waselenchuk closed out game two 11-5.

Game three was tied at 2-2 before Waselenchuk turned up the heat, scoring nine unanswered points to win 11-2 with the final point coming off a soft backhand rekill pinch to the front right corner.

The IRT is now on a break until the new year, when they will kick off action for 2016 with the Cactus Salon NYC Pro-Am on Long Island, N.Y. January 14-17.

2015 St Louis Winter Rollout, November 19-22
St. Louis, Missouri


1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Rocky Carson, 11-2, 11-5, 11-2

Follow the bouncing ball….