Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Round Up - Jackson & Diaz win

Sharon Jackson won the Women's Open division of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati Pro-Am by defeating Susana Acosta in the final, 15-13, 15-10. In the semi-finals, Jackson beat Da'monique Davis, 15-11, 15-12, and Acosta had the narrowest possible win over Adrienne Haynes, 15-14, 15-14.

Over in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jose Diaz won Men's Open with a win over Jordan Barth, the current World Junior Champion in Boy's U14. Diaz defeated Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-7, in one semi-final, with Barth beat Lee Connell, 15-3, 15-6, in the other.

2015 Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati LPRT Pro-Am
Cincinnati, January 23-25, 2015

Women's Open Final

Sharon Jackson d. Susana Acosta, 15-13, 15-10


Susana Acosta d. Adrienne Haynes, 15-14, 15-14
Sharon Jackson d. Da'monique Davis, 15-11, 15-12

2015 Lewis Drug 37th Annual Pro-Am
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 23-25, 2015


Jose Diaz d. Jordan Barth


Jose Diaz d. Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-7
Jordan Barth d. Lee Connell, 15-3, 15-6

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cardona wins 2015 WRT San Diego Open

Alejandro Cardona defeated Anthony Herrera, 15-8, 15-0, to win the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) San Diego Open Sunday. They were close early in game one, but Cardona pulled ahead to lead 8-4, and was in control from there.

Cardona drove serve to both sides, and hit some great forehands that kept Herrera under pressure. Often it was all Herrera could do to just keep the ball in play, let alone make a good shot of his own.

Jake Bredenbeck and Sebastian Franco won the WRT doubles division by defeating Javier Mar and Alan Natera, 15-13, 6-15, 11-5, in the final. Mar and Natera were surprise finalists, as they were the 6th seeds, but knocked off the 3rd seeds Jaime Martell and Andree Parrilla in the quarterfinals and 2nd seeds Herrera and David Horn in the semi-finals to reach the final.

The next two WRT events are the Seattle Open February 19-22 and then the Pleasanton Open in Pleasanton, California February 17-March 1.

Past WRT matches can be viewed via their YouTube channel.

WRT 2015 San Diego Open


3) Alejandro Cardona d. 5) Anthony Herrera, 15-8, 15-0

Doubles Final

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco d. 6) Javier Mar & Alan Natera, 15-13, 6-15, 11-5

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Waselenchuk wins singles, Beltran & Carson win doubles at IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am

Kane Waselenchuk won the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Lewis Drug 37th Annual Pro-Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sunday by defeating Rocky Carson in the final, 11-5, 11-5, 11-1. With the win, Waselenchuk should regain the #1 IRT ranking from Carson. Sunday's win was Waselenchuk's fifth this season.

In four tournament matches in Sioux Falls, Waselenchuk didn't lose a single game, and his opponents only scored 27 points total (2.25 points per game).

The final, which unofficially took 48 minutes, was unusual in that Waselenchuk lob served far more than he drove serve. We counted 40 lob serves to 12 drive serves over the course of the match, although at the end of game three Waselenchuk hit three consecutive drive serves to end it.

Waselenchuk generally controlled the match right from the start, as he took a 6-1 lead in game one. Carson called a timeout, and scored two points to cut Waselenchuk's lead to 6-3.

But that was as close as Carson could get, as Waselenchuk won game one 11-5. Game two was similar, as Waselenchuk led 6-1, and 7-3 before winning 11-5 again. Game three wasn't close at all, as Waselenchuk completed the sweep, 11-1.

In the doubles final, Carson and Alvaro Beltran defeated Waselenchuk and Ben Croft, 15-13, 15-14, although it looked like it would be the other way, as Waselenchuk and Croft jumped out to a 7-1 lead in game one. However, Carson and Alvaro Beltran came back and won it 15-13.

Then in game two, Carson and Beltran took 5-1 and 8-4 leads only to see Waselenchuk and Croft come back and tie it at 8-8. But Carson and Beltran responded by regaining the lead and running the score to 14-11.

However, Waselenchuk and Croft got the serve back, and scored three points off two forehand pinch shots by Croft and a Waselenchuk drive serve to the right - Alvaro Beltran's side - that was an ace.

At 14-14, Waselenchuk again drove the ball to Beltran, but that led to a ceiling ball error by Croft, which was forced by a strong Beltran shot.

Back in the service box, Beltran hit a straight lob to Croft, who returned it cross court to Carson. Carson hit a backhand pinch shot - the last of many he hit in the match - for the winning point.

The IRT event will be in Sarasota, Florida next for the IRT Florida Pro-Am February 25 to March 1.

2015 Lewis 37th Annual Pro-Am - Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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

Pro Doubles - Final

2 Alvaro Beltran & Rocky Carson d. 1 Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk, 15-13, 15-14

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