Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 IRT Krowning Moment Bobcat Open - Round of 16

Two upsets in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Krowning Moment Bobcat Open in San Marcos, Texas, as Alejandro Landa takes out 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran in four games, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, and Marco Rojas beat 7th seed Ben Croft in five games, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-0.

How big is Landa's victory? Consider he did not make it past the Round of 16 last season (only two appearances), and Beltran never failed to reach at least the quarterfinal in all 11 events last season. Thus, Landa's win is a major one, and he'll play Chris Crowther next, as Crowther beat Charlie Pratt in the 16s, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1.

Rojas's win is less surprising, as he did reach the quarters five times last year and the semi-finals once. Croft lost twice in the 16s last season in eight appearances (once to Pratt and once to Jansen Allen).

Young Canadian Coby Iwaasa came within a game of causing another upset, as he went tie-breaker with 5th seed Daniel De La Rosa before losing, 2-11, 11-8, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6.

The other Round of 16 matches were won in three straight games by IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, #2 Rocky Carson, #4 Jose Rojas, and #8 Tony Carson (no relation to Rocky). Waselenchuk and Tony Carson will face off in the quarters while Rocky Carson faces Marco Rojas (Jose's brother).

The quarterfinals begin Friday afternoon, and can be viewed live via the IRT Network.

2014 Krowning Moment Bobcat Open
San Marcos, Texas

Round of 16


Kane Waselenchuk d. Matthew Majxner, 11-2, 11-0, 11-4
Tony Carson d. Jansen Allen, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10

Daniel De La Rosa d. Coby Iwaasa, 2-11, 11-8, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6
Jose Rojas d. Andree Parrilla, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7

Alejandro Landa d. Alvaro Beltran, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
Chris Crowther d. Charlie Pratt, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1

Marco Rojas d. Ben Croft, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-0
Rocky Carson d. Danny Lavely, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2

Quarterfinals

Kane Waselenchuk v. Tony Carson - 5 PM CDT
Jose Rojas v. Daniel De La Rosa - 7 PM CDT

Chris Crowther v. Alejandro Landa - 6 PM CDT
Rocky Carson v. Marco Rojas - 4 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

2014 LPRT Abiertos Mexicano de Racquetas Preview

The 2014-15 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) continues this weekend with the 2014 Abiertos Mexicano de Racquetas in Huixquilucan, Mexico. There's a small field this weekend, as only 18 players are in the field, but the LPRT's #1 player, Paola Longoria, is in the field and she'll be the big draw for the weekend.

Longoria is undefeated since May 2011, and she'll be looking to continue that streak on home soil this weekend.

Most of the top 10 will be in Huixaquilucan, including LPRT #2 Rhonda Rajsich and #3 Maria Jose Vargas. Samantha Salas, the 4th ranked LPRT player, is missing this tournament, reportedly due to injury.

Even with a small draw there should be several exciting matches, and you can follow the action live via the LPRT Network beginning on Saturday.

2014 LPRT Abiertos Mexicano de Racquetas
Huixquilucan, Mexico

Singles - Round of 32


1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Monserrat Mejia v. 17 Regina Franco

9 Sofia Rascon - BYE
8 Da'monique Davis - BYE

5 Frédérique Lambert - BYE
12 Carla Muñoz - BYE

13 Carolina Luque - BYE
4 Cristina Amaya - BYE

3 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
14 Jessica Parrilla - BYE

11 Sheryl Lotts - BYE
6 Susana Acosta - BYE

7 Cheryl Gudinas - BYE
10 Michelle Key - BYE

15 Alexandra Herrera v. 18 Maritza Franco
2 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 IRT Krowning Moment Bobcat Open - Qualifying Rounds

Qualifying is done at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season opening tournament - the Krowning Moment Bobcat Open in San Marcos, Texas - and there were a few upsets in qualifying Friday.

Canadian Coby Iwaasa defeated Jose Diaz, 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, to reach the Round of 16 for the second time in his career. He'll play Daniel De La Rosa in the 16s. Mexican Andree Parrilla, the World Junior U16 Champion, also reached the 16s for the second time in his career with a win against Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8.

Another upset was Danny Lavely's win over Alex Ackermann, 11-2, 11-8, 9-11, 2-11, 11-5, which put Lavely into the 16s against IRT #2 Rocky Carson.

Some highlights of the Round of 16 should be Chris Crowther versus Charlie Pratt, Ben Croft versus Marco Rojas, and Tony Carson versus Jansen Allen.

All the action can be viewed live via the IRT Network from 10 AM CDT Friday with the first Round of 16 matches.

2014 Krowning Moment Bobcat Open
San Marcos, Texas

Qualifying Round 1


Matthew Majxner - BYE
Scott McClellan d. Vincente Hernandez, 11-2, 11-1, 11-3

Bruce Robles d. Rudy Duran, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
Robert Collins - BYE

Jansen Allen - BYE
BYE

Daeyong Kwon - BYE
Juan Esparza - BYE

Coby Iwaasa - BYE
Kenny Green Jr. d. Jody Morris, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8

BYE
Jose Diaz - BYE

Hiroshi Shimizu - BYE
Jaime Martell d. Roland Keller, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6

Allen Hernandez d. David Mendoza, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3
Andree Parrilla - BYE

Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
Pedro Gonzalez d. Rhett Collins, 11-2, 11-8, 11-2

Omar Hernandez d. Luis Corona, fft
Alejandro Landa - BYE

Charlie Pratt - BYE
BYE

Gerardo Guevara d. Stan Briggs, 11-1, 11-1, 11-0
Sebastian Franco - BYE

Joe Workman - BYE
Eddie Sada - BYE

BYE
Marco Rojas - BYE

Alex Ackermann - BYE
Arturo Burruel d. Matt Benton, 11-1, 11-6, 11-8

Joel Ernst d. Eduardo Munoz, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-9
Danny Lavely - BYE

Qualifying Round 2

Matthew Majxner d. Scott McClellan, 11-8, 11-4, 11-0
Robert Collins d. Bruce Robles, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 12-10

Jansen Allen - BYE
Daeyong Kwon d. Juan Esparza, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4

Coby Iwaasa d. Kenny Green Jr., 11-3, 11-0, 11-1
Jose Diaz - BYE

Hiroshi Shimizu d. Jaime Martell, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4
Andree Parrilla d. Allen Hernandez, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6

Pedro Gonzalez d. Jake Bredenbeck, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10
Alejandro Landa d. Omar Hernandez, 11-1, 11-0, 11-2

Charlie Pratt - BYE
Gerardo Guevara d. Sebastian Franco, 11-4, 11-5, 13-15, 11-9

Eddie Sada d. Joe Workman, 11-2, 11-3, 8-11, 2-11, 11-5
Marco Rojas - BYE

Alex Ackermann d. Arturo Burruel, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Danny Lavely d. Joel Ernst, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4

Qualifying Round 3

Matthew Majxner d. Robert Collins, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9
Jansen Allen d. Daeyong Kwon, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3

Coby Iwaasa d. Jose Diaz, 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8
Andree Parrilla d. Hiroshi Shimizu, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8

Alejandro Landa d. Pedro Gonzalez, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
Charlie Pratt d. Gerardo Guevara, 11-4, 11-2, 11-5

Marco Rojas d. Eddie Sada, 11-6, 11-1, 11-2
Danny Lavely d. Alex Ackermann, 11-2, 11-8, 9-11, 2-11, 11-5

Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk v. Matthew Majxner
Tony Carson v. Jansen Allen

Daniel De La Rosa v. Coby Iwaasa
Jose Rojas v. Andree Parrilla

Alvaro Beltran v. Alejandro Landa
Chris Crowther v. Charlie Pratt

Ben Croft v. Marco Rojas
Rocky Carson v. Danny Lavely

Follow the bouncing ball….