Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bredenbeck bests Montoya to win 2018 WRT Longhorn Open

Jake Bredenbeck defeated Rodrigo Montoya, 15-3, 15-11, to win the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, the first WRT event of 2018. Bredenbeck came into the event as the #4 WRT player with Montoya #2. Both rankings could change with the new rankings on Monday, as Bredenbeck didn’t play this event last year due to injury, while Montoya was the defending champion.

Thus, Montoya’s loss in the final will mean he drops ranking points, while Bredenbeck’s win will be a pure gain. David Horn, the WRT #1 player, lost in the semi-finals to Bredenbeck, which is the same result he had at last year’s Longhorn Open. Andree Parrilla, WRT #3, was a quarterfinalist this year and last, and he’s 1300 points ahead of Bredenbeck, so Bredenbeck’s win may be enough to move him past Parrilla into 3rd.

Eduardo Garay, the other semi-finalist this weekend, should get a big rankings boost, as he’s currently 39th - he was seeded 22nd for the tournament - with 600 points, and could move up into the top 20 come Monday.

In doubles, Gerardo Franco and Alejandro Cardona beat Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri, 15-5, 15-7, to win the title. Franco and Cardona beat Sebastian Fernandez and Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-9, in one semi-final, while Kurzbard and Manzuri defeated Jaime Martell and Edson Martinez in the other, 15-7, 9-15, 11-9.

The next WRT will be the Midwest Championship in Minneapolis, March 1-4.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Final - Sunday

4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 2) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-3, 15-11

Doubles - Semi-finals - Sunday

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri d. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez, 15-7, 9-15, 11-9
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria, 15-7, 15-9

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri, 15-5, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

Montoya & Bredenbeck to face off for 2018 WRT Longhorn Open title

Rodrigo Montoya and Jake Bredenbeck survived two close semi-final matches at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas Saturday, and they will meet in Sunday’s final. Second seed Montoya needed a tie-breaker to defeat 22nd seed Eduardo Garay, 14-15, 15-3, 11-9, while Bredenbeck beat WRT #1 David Horn in two close games, 15-14, 15-12.

Horn had a 7-1 lead in game one of his semi versus Bredenbeck, but then gave up nine straight points to trail trail 10-7. Horn did retake the lead at 11-10, but Bredenbeck got to 14 first at 14-11. However, Bredenbeck couldn’t convert his first few game points, and Horn tied the game at 14-14. But his comeback fell short, as Bredenbeck converted his 4th game point to take a 1-0 lead.

Game two was also back and forth early. But then Horn took a 11-5 lead, and it looked like a tie-breaker would be necessary. But Bredenbeck scored ten of the next eleven points to finish off the game, 15-12, and the match in two straight games,

Montoya had a chance to win game one, when he led 14-12, but the impressive Garay won three straight points to deny him. After a second game that was all Montoya, it was Garay who held the advantage in the tie-breaker, as he went up 6-2. But Montoya slowly worked his way back, and caught up at 9-9.

Montoya’s 10th point came when Garay skipped a backhand serve return, and his 11th was also off a skip, as Garay tried to hit a backhand pinch. It was a sad end to a great match performance by Garay, who made some great diving gets including rallies when he dove more than once to keep the ball in play.

Montoya wasn’t as successful in doubles, as he and Andree Parrilla lost to Jaime Martell and Edson Martinez, 15-14, 15-14. Martell and Martinez will play Fernando Kurzbard and Shai Manzuri in the semi-finals Sunday morning, as they got an injury default win over Garay and Javier Mar, who was injured during his quarterfinal match with Montoya.

The finals will be live on Sunday via WRT website or its Facebook page with the singles final at 11:40 AM followed by the doubles final at 12:35 PM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) David Horn, 15-14, 15-12
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 22) Eduardo Garay, 14-15, 15-3, 11-9

Singles - Final - Sunday

2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck - 11:40 AM

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez d. 1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-14, 15-14
5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri d. 4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar, injury forfeit

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria d. 6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa, 13-15, 15-11, 11-2
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado, 15-6, 15-4

Doubles - Semi-finals - Sunday

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri v. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez - 9:30 AM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - 9:30 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Garay joins top 3 seeds in semi-finals at 2018 WRT Longhorn Open

World Racquetball Tour (WRT) #1 David Horn squeaked into the semi-finals at the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, as he needed a tie-breaker to defeat 8th seed Christian Longoria, 15-13, 11-15, 11-9. Horn will play 4th seed Jake Bredenbeck in the quarters Saturday night, as Bredenbeck beat 5th seed Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-3

Eduardo Garay came into the tournament as the 22nd seed, but he is through to the final four after beating 3rd seed Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 14-15, 11-2. He’ll try to keep his streak going against WRT #2 Rodrigo Montoya in the semis.

You can watch the action from Austin via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The singles semi-finals are Saturday night at 7:50 PM and 8:45 PM, and the final will be Sunday at 11:40 AM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) David Horn d. 8) Christian Longoria, 15-13, 11-15, 11-9
4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 5) Alejandro Cardona, 15-14, 15-3

22) Eduardo Garay d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 14-15, 11-2
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 10) Javier Mar, 15-3 - injury forfeit

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) David Horn v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck - 7:50 PM
2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 22) Eduardo Garay - 8:45 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez d. 8) George Bustos & Ross Smith Jr., 15-13, 15-6

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - BYE
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar - BYE

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - BYE
6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa d. 11) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings, 15-3, 15-0

7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado d. 10) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valadez, 11-15, 15-13, 11-6
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. 9) Jaime Martell & Edson Martinez - 5:15 PM
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar v. 5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - 6:10 PM

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria v. 6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa - 6:10 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado - 5:15 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Round of 32 and 16 at the 2018 WRT Longhorn Open

The top seeds have taken care of business at the first World Racquetball Tour (WRT) event of 2018: the Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas. Top seed David Horn won both his matches on Friday in straight games, as did 2nd seed Rodrigo Montoya. Horn will play Christina Longoria in the quarterfinals, while Montoya plays Javier Mar.

Horn beat John Rhodes, 15-2, 15-4, in the Round of 32, and Victor Camacho in the Round of 16, 15-3, 15-4. We thought Montoya might have some difficulty in his matches in the 32s and 16s, but judging from the scores, he had little difficulty, as he defeated Taylor Knoth, 15-5, 15-9, in the Round of 32, and then beat Edson Martinez, 15-0, 15-4, in the Round of 16.

Mar is one of two upset winners in the quarterfinals, as 10th seeded Mar defeated 7th seed Jaime Martell in two close games, 15-13, 15-14, in the 16s. Eduardo Garay caused the other upset, but needed a tie-breaker to do it, as he beat 6th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-8, 11-15, 11-9. Garay will play 3rd seed Andree Parrilla in the quarters.

You can watch the action from Austin via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The quarterfinals will be Saturday afternoon with the and semi-finals Saturday night at 7:50 PM and 8:45 PM, and the final will be Sunday at 11:40 AM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1) David Horn d. 32) John Rhodes, 15-2, 15-4
17) Victor Camacho d. 16) Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-3, 15-3

9) Francisco Troncoso d. 24) Erik Mendoza, 15-3, 15-9
8) Christian Longoria d. 25) Rogelio Castillo, 15-2, 15-5

5) Alejandro Cardona d. 28) Alejandro Almada, 11-15, 15-5, 11-8
12) Ernesto Ochoa d. 21) Daniel Maldonado, 15-8, 15-11

13) Shai Manzuri d. 20) Justus Benson, forfeit
4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 29) Raul Valadez, 15-2, 15-4

3) Andree Parrilla d. 30) Rodrigo Garay, forfeit
14) Sebastian Fernandez d. 19) Fernando Kurzbard, 15-13, 15-7

22) Eduardo Garay d. 11) Jose Diaz, forfeit
6) Gerardo Franco d. 27) A. J. Fernandez, 15-2, 15-8

7) Jaime Martell d. 26) Brent Walters, 15-7, 15-2
10) Javier Mar d. 23) Eddie Sada, 15-5, 15-4

15) Edson Martinez d. 18) Juan Loreto, 15-2, 15-4
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 31) Taylor Knoth, 15-5, 15-9

Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) David Horn d. 17) Victor Camacho, 15-3, 15-4
8) Christian Longoria d. 9) Francisco Troncoso, 15-9, 15-9

5) Alejandro Cardona d. 12) Ernesto Ochoa, 15-6, 15-5
4) Jake Bredenbeck d. 13) Shai Manzuri, 15-4, 15-13

3) Andree Parrilla d. 14) Sebastian Fernandez, 15-10, 15-7
22) Eduardo Garay d. 6) Gerardo Franco, 15-8, 11-15, 11-9

10) Javier Mar d. 7) Jaime Martell, 15-13, 15-14
2) Rodrigo Montoya d. 15) Edson Martinez, 15-0, 15-4

Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) David Horn v. 8) Christian Longoria - 1:50 PM
4) Jake Bredenbeck v. 5) Alejandro Cardona - 3:10 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 22) Eduardo Garay - 3:10 PM
2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 10) Javier Mar - 1:50 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
8) George Bustos & Ross Smith Jr. v. 9) Rodrigo Garay v. Edson Martinez - 10 AM

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - BYE
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar - BYE

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - BYE
6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa v. 11) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings - 10 AM

7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado v. 10) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valadez - 10 AM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WRT 2018 Longhorn Open - Preview

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) kicks off its 2018 season in Austin, Texas with the Longhorn Open. There’s a full draw of 32 players led by 2017 WRT Player of the Year David Horn, and with several good players outside the top four seeds.

Indeed, the path to the final for WRT #2 Rodrigo Montoya is unenviable. First off he’ll play Taylor Knoth - a former World Junior and USA Racquetball Intercollegiate Champion - in the Round of 32. A win over Knoth will likely put Montoya up against Edson Martinez - a former Mexican National Team member - in the Round of 16. The winner of that will probably need to play either 7th seed Jaime Martell - a WRT event winner - or 10th seed Javier Mar, the current Pan American Champion, in the quarterfinals.

Then if Montoya has successfully made it through the quarters he’ll likely face one of 3rd seed Andree Parrilla, 6th seed Gerardo Franco, 11th seed Jose Diaz or 14th seed Sebastian Fernandez. Then, Horn could be waiting for Montoya in the final.

If Montoya wins the 2018 Longhorn Open, he will have earned it.

On the top side of the draw with Horn are 4th seed Jake Bredenbeck, 5th seed Alejandro Cardona, 8th seed Christian Longoria, as well as veteran Shai Manzuri who’s seeded 13th.

You can watch the action from Austin via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The play begins Friday with the 32s and 16s. The quarters and semis will be Saturday afternoon and night, respectively, with the final Sunday at 11:40 AM.

2018 WRT Longhorn Open, January 12-14
Austin, Texas


Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1) David Horn v. 32) John Rhodes - 3:45 PM
16) Erick Cuevas Fernandez v. 17) Victor Camacho - 3:45 PM

9) Francisco Troncoso v. 24) Erik Mendoza - 4:55 PM
8) Christian Longoria v. 25) Rogelio Castillo - 4:55 PM

5) Alejandro Cardona v. 28) Alejandro Almada - 3:45 PM
12) Ernesto Ochoa v. 21) Daniel Maldonado - 3:45 PM

13) Shai Manzuri v. 20) Justus Benson - 4:55 PM
4) Jake Bredenbeck v. 29) Raul Valadez - 4:55 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. 30) Rodrigo Garay - 3:45 PM
14) Sebastian Fernandez v. 19) Fernando Kurzbard - 3:45 PM

11) Jose Diaz v. 22) Eduardo Garay - 4:55 PM
6) Gerardo Franco v. 27) A. J. Fernandez - 4:55 PM

7) Jaime Martell v. 26) Brent Walters - 4:55 PM
10) Javier Mar v. 23) Eddie Sada - 4:55 PM

15) Edson Martinez v. 18) Juan Loreto - 3:45 PM
2) Rodrigo Montoya v. 31) Taylor Knoth - 3:45 PM

Doubles - Round of 16 - Saturday

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
8) George Bustos & Ross Smith Jr. v. 9) Rodrigo Garay v. Edson Martinez - 10 AM

5) Fernando Kurzbard & Shai Manzuri - BYE
4) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar - BYE

3) Sebastian Fernandez & Christian Longoria - BYE
6) Patric Mascorro & Ernesto Ochoa v. 11) Sam Hojat & Brennan Jennings - 10 AM

7) Rogelio Castillo & Daniel Maldonado v. 10) A. J. Fernandez & Raul Valadez - 10 AM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fernandez wins Men's Open at 2018 LA Open

Sebastian Fernandez won the Men’s Open division at the 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California Sunday, and he beat three top 20 players on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) to get the title. In the final, Fernandez defeated IRT #12 Felipe Camacho, 15-11, 15-10.

In the semi-finals, Fernandez beat Robert Collins, IRT #17, 15-7, 15-9, and in the quarterfinals, he got the best of IRT #10 Sebastian Franco, 15-5, 13-15, 11-6. Fernandez is the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Champion in Boy’s U16.

This weekend’s main event is the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas. Then next weekend the IRT is back in action with the 40th Annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 18-21, 2018. January concludes with a Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) Grand Slam event. The Sweet Caroline Open will be January 26-28 in Greenville, South Carolina.

2018 Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Men’s Open - Final

8) Sebastian Fernandez d. 3) Felipe Camacho, 15-11, 15-10

3rd place

5) Robert Collins d. 2) Dylan Reid, 15-14, 14-15, 11-10

Semi-finals

8) Sebastian Fernandez d. 5) Robert Collins, 15-7, 15-9
3) Felipe Camacho d. 2) Dylan Reid, forfeit

Quarterfinals

8) Sebastian Fernandez d. 1) Sebastian Franco, 15-5, 13-15, 11-6
5) Robert Collins d. 4) Justus Benson, 15-8, 15-3

3) Felipe Camacho d. 6) Brandon Davis, 15-14, 15-14
2) Dylan Reid d. 10) Nicholas Riffel, 15-10, 15-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Sunday, January 7, 2018

De La Rosa wins singles, Landa & Murray doubles at 2018 IRT LA Open

Daniel De La Rosa won the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California Sunday as Kane Waselenchuk was unable to play due to an injury he picked up in his semi-final match on Saturday. Waselenchuk completed his semi versus Mario Mercado, but in the first game he slipped on the court in attempting to retrieve a ball, and we think that’s where the injury occurred. Waselenchuk didn’t miss a beat in the match, so appeared to be fine, but when he got up on Sunday morning, his knee was stiff and swollen. Waselenchuk did go to the club in an effort to prepare to play the final, but those preparations were unsuccessful in getting him ready for De La Rosa. Thus, he forfeited the match.

The win is De La Rosa’s 3rd on tour, and his first since the 2017 Lewis Drug event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the next event on the IRT calendar, so De La Rosa will go into that event as both the defending champion and the latest winner on tour.

The Los Angeles Open doubles final was great, which did a lot to make up for the singles final forfeit. Fifth seeds Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray narrowly defeated 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, 15-14, 14-15, 11-9. The match featured great shots and great gets by all four players.

In game one, Bredenbeck and Diaz were up 14-12, but a backhand winner by Murray denied them the first game point, and then a Landa wide angle forehand winner denied them the second game point. With the serve back, Landa and Murray won three straight rallies to take the game. Bredenbeck skipped a forehand shot that make it 13-14. Then Murray hit a backhand shot that went between Bredenbeck and Diaz, and neither of them went for it, making it 14-14. Then a Murray winner winner finished off the game 15-14.

Landa and Murray led most of the way in game two, and when they got to game point at 14-9, it looked like they would win it in two straight games. But an avoidable hinder call on Landa gave the serve back to Bredenbeck and Diaz, who got three straight points with Diaz serving that made it 14-12. Then Landa hit a forehand pinch winner and Murray a forehand cross court winner, so they were serving for the match once again.

But Diaz hit a forehand pinch return winner off Landa’s serve, and then hit another pinch to end the next rally, so Landa and Murray were 0 for 3 on match points. Thus, the situation was just like game one. One team was up 14-12, and it played out the same way, as the team on 12 came back to win 15-14.

Still at 14-12 it looked like a comeback wasn’t in the cards when Diaz skipped a touch shot from inches away from the front wall. However, Murray skipped a backhand shot that made it 14-13. Then Bredenbeck tied the game at 14-14 with a backhand pinch winner, and they forced Murray into skipping a backhand shot that ended the game 15-14.

Often when the first two games of a match are close, the tie-breaker is not close. It looked like that would be the case in this match, as Landa and Murray went up 6-0 in game three. But Bredenbeck and Diaz worked their way back into the match, and cut the deficit to two at 9-7.

A Murray backhand got his side the serve back, and a Landa pinch put them on match point again - for the 4th time - at 10-7. But an avoidable call on Murray followed by a mis-hit forehand by Landa once again denied them the match.

Thus, it looked like game three might mirror games one and two where the team that got to game point first did not win the game. That seemed likely when Murray skipped a backhand for the third time in seven rallies to make the score 8 serving 10. A Diaz forehand cross court shot made it 9-10, and caused Landa and Murray to call timeout.

When play resumed, Bredenbeck skipped an open forehand shot, and then was forced into skipping a backhand shot, so Landa and Murray got their sixth match point opportunity. This one they made good on with Bredenbeck again taking the last shot: a backhand cross court that skipped.

The next IRT event will be the 40th Annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 18-21, 2018.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Final - Sunday

4) Daniel De La Rosa d. 2) Kane Waselenchuk, injury forfeit

IRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-14, 14-15, 11-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

Waselenchuk & De La Rosa play in the final of the 2018 IRT LA Open

Kane Waselenchuk and Daniel De La Rosa will square off in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California. In the semi-finals, Waselenchuk, the 2nd seed, defeated 6th seed Mario Mercado, 15-5, 15-2, and 4th seed De La Rosa upse top seed and IRT #1 Rocky Carson, 15-5, 15-7. Carson’s loss and Waselenchuk’s win will almost certainly mean a flip of the two in the next IRT rankings, as Carson was ahead of Waselenchuk by a little over 84 points.

The doubles final will be between 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz and 5th seeds Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray. Bredenbeck and Diaz needed a tie-breaker in the semi-finals to fend off 3rd seeds Jansen Allen and Charlie Pratt, 15-8, 14-15, 11-5, while Landa and Murray beat 8th seeds Adam Manilla and Nicolas Riffel, 15-14, 15-2, in the other semi.

The finals are Sunday morning at 11 AM for singles and noon for doubles. Go to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for the action. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Daniel De La Rosa d. 1) Rocky Carson, 15-5, 15-7
2) Kane Waselenchuk d. 6) Mario Mercado, 15-5, 15-2

Final - Sunday

2) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Daniel De La Rosa - 11 AM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, forfeit
5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado, 15-10, 15-8

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt d. 6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla, 15-10, 15-14
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins, 15-6, 15-12

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel, 15-14, 15-2
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt, 15-8, 14-15, 11-5

IRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Quarterfinal results from 2018 IRT Los Angeles Open

Three of the top four seeds are through to the semi-finals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California. But top seed and IRT #1 Rocky Carson needed a tie-breaker to defeat 9th seed Sebastian Franco, 9-15, 15-11, 11-3. Carson will play IRT #4 Daniel De La Rosa in the semi-finals Saturday, as De La Rosa was an easy winner over Jansen Allen, 15-2, 15-3.

On the other side of the draw, IRT #2 Kane Waselenchuk defeated Alejandro Landa, 15-11, 15-9, in the quarterfinals. Waselenchuk will face Mario Mercado in the semi-finals, as Mercado had a forfeit win over IRT #3 Alvaro Beltran.

The doubles quarterfinals are Saturday morning at 9 and 10 AM with the singles semi-finals in the afternoon at 2 and 3 PM and the doubles semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM in the evening. Go to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for the action. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM followed by the doubles final at noon. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. Sebastian Franco, 9-15, 15-11, 11-3
4) Daniel De La Rosa d. 5) Jansen Allen, 15-2, 15-3

6) Mario Mercado d. 3) Alvaro Beltran, forfeit
2) Kane Waselenchuk d. 7) Alejandro Landa, 15-11, 15-9

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 4) Daniel De La Rosa - 3 PM
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. 6) Mario Mercado - 2 PM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel - 10 AM
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - 10 AM

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt v. 6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla - 9 AM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins - 9 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open - Round of 16

Both top seeds Rocky Carson and Kane Waselenchuk advanced to the quarterfinals in two straight games at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California. Carson, the #1 IRT player, defeated Jake Bredenbeck, 15-2, 15-12, and IRT #2 Waselenchuk beat Jose Diaz, 15-5, 15-2. Bredenbeck was up on Carson in game two with leads of 5-0 and 12-10, but the veteran Carson came back to finish off the match in two straight games.

Both the 3rd and 4th seeds needed breakers to win their Round of 16 matches. Third seed Alvaro Beltran defeated Adam Manilla, 15-9, 12-15, 11-7, and 4th seeds Daniel De La Rosa came back from a game down and 12-4 down in game two to overcome Charlie Pratt, 4-15, 15-13, 11-7. The loss means Pratt won’t win back to back IRT events, as he was the winner of the last IRT event of 2017: the Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon.

Sebastian Franco had the only upset victory in the 16s, as he won a breaker against 8th seed Samuel Murray, 13-15, 15-9, 11-7. Franco will play Carson in the quarterfinals later today.

The quarterfinals will be Friday evening from 6 and 7 PM. Go to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for the action. The semi-finals will be Saturday afternoon at 2 and 3 PM with the doubles semis at 5 PM Saturday. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM followed by the doubles final at noon. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. Jake Bredenbeck, 15-2, 15-12
Sebastian Franco d. 8) Samuel Murray, 13-15, 15-9, 11-7

5) Jansen Allen d. Felipe Camacho, 15-6, 15-14
4) Daniel De La Rosa d. Charlie Pratt, 4-15, 15-13, 11-7

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Adam Manilla, 15-9, 12-15, 11-7
6) Mario Mercado d. David Horn, 15-13, 15-5

7) Alejandro Landa d. Andree Parrilla, 15-4, 15-11
2) Kane Waselenchuk d. Jose Diaz, 15-5, 15-2

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. Sebastian Franco - 7 PM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. 5) Jansen Allen - 7 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. 6) Mario Mercado - 6 PM
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. 7) Alejandro Landa - 6 PM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel d. 9) Tim Herman & Michael Myers, 15-3, 15-10

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray d. 12) Luis Rivero & Israel Torres, 15-4, 15-1
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado d. 13) Emmett Coe & Jeremy McGlothin, 15-10, 15-13

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt - BYE
6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla d. 11) Brian Pineda & Dane Elkins, 15-7, 15-4

7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins d. 10) Justus Benson & Mauro Rojas, 15-6, 12-15, 11-8
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt v. 6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open - Qualifying Rounds

Adam Manilla caused the only upset in the final round of qualifying Thursday at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California, as he defeated Robert Collins, 15-9, 15-9. The win puts Manilla into the Round of 16 on Friday, when he’ll play 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran.

There were a couple of tie-breakers in qualifying, including an 11-10 match, which was won by Mauro Rojas, who defeated Troy Warigon, 13-15, 15-12, 11-10, in the first round of qualifying. Nicholas Riffel also went breaker with Daniel Neri, winning 15-10, 6-15, 11-7.

The Round of 16 will be Friday morning at 10 AM with the quarter finals Friday evening from 6 PM, and look to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for the action. The semi-finals will be Saturday afternoon at 2 and 3 PM with the doubles semis at 5 PM Saturday. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM followed by the doubles final at noon. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Justus Benson - BYE
Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

Sebastian Franco - BYE
Dylan Reid d, Dane Elkinsm 15-7, 15-3

Sebastian Fernandez d. Joel Adler, 15-12, 15-14
Felipe Camacho - BYE

Charlie Pratt - BYE
Nicholas Riffel d. Daniel Neri, 15-10, 6-15, 11-7

Adam Manilla d. Danny Lavely, 15-9, 15-10
Robert Collins - BYE

David Horn - BYE
Israel Torres d. John Wolfe, fft

Mauro Rojas d. Troy Warigon, 13-15, 15-12, 11-10
Andree Parrilla - BYE

Jose Diaz - BYE
Scott McClellan d. Luis Rivero, 15-3, 15-3

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q8) Jake Bredenbeck d. Justus Benson, 15-4, 15-8
Q1) Sebastian Franco d. Dylan Reid, 15-13, 15-8

Q4) Felipe Camacho d. Sebastian Fernandez, 15-9, 15-10
Q5) Charlie Pratt d. Nicholas Riffel, 15-11, 15-14

Q6) Adam Manilla d. Robert Collins, 15-9, 15-9
Q3) David Horn d. Israel Torres, 15-2, 15-4

Q2) Andree Parrilla d. Mauro Rojas, 15-7, 15-13
Q7) Jose Diaz d. Scott McClellan, 15-3, 15-3

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM
8) Samuel Murray v. Sebastian Franco - 11 AM

5) Jansen Allen v. Felipe Camacho - 11 AM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Charlie Pratt - 11 AM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Adam Manilla - 10 AM
6) Mario Mercado v. David Horn - 10 AM

7) Alejandro Landa v. Andree Parrilla - 10 AM
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. Jose Diaz - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel v. 9) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - Noon

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 12) Luis Rivero & Israel Torres - Noon
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 13) Emmett Coe & Jeremy McGlothin - Noon

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt - BYE
6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla v. 11) Brian Pineda & Dane Elkins - Noon

7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins v. 10) Justus Benson & Mauro Rojas - 1 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open - Preview

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) begins 2018 in the same place as they began the 2017-18 season: Canoga Park, California, where they’ll play the 2018 Los Angeles Open. Thirty-one players are in the draw, and the top seed is Rocky Carson, not Kane Waselenchuk, as Carson is slightly ahead of Waselenchuk in the rankings, which seems crazy since Waselenchuk hasn’t lost a non-injury match since 2013.

But Carson has played more tournaments than Waselenchuk over the last 12 months, which is the ranking period, so he has passed Waselenchuk by a little over 84 points.

The seeding will probably just make Waselenchuk’s path to the final different than it usually is, although he’s probably not happy about being #2. Alvaro Beltran has moved past Daniel De La Rosa into the #3 spot, which would usually be a good thing, as it would mean avoiding Waselenchuk in the semis. But not this tournament. Sorry SeƱor Beltran.

Charlie Pratt, winner of the last IRT event of 2017, will try to win his 2nd IRT event this weekend, but he still has to play a qualifying match. If he wins that - versus Nicholas Riffel or Daniel Neri - Pratt will be up against Jansen Allen, then likely Daniel De La Rosa in the quarterfinals and Carson in the semis. Win #2 won't come easy, but then neither did win #1.

They are also playing doubles this weekend, and there are several good teams including top seeds Beltran and De La Rosa, and 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz. But also in the field are Allen and Pratt, Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, David Horn and Andree Parrilla, and Alejandro Landa and Samuel Murray.

Look to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for this weekend’s action. The Round of 16 will be Friday morning at 10 AM with the quarter finals Friday evening from 6 PM. The semi-finals will be Saturday afternoon at 2 PM with the doubles semis at 5 PM Saturday. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM followed by the doubles final at noon. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Los Angeles Open, January 4-7, 2018
Canoga Park, California


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Justus Benson - BYE
Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

Sebastian Franco - BYE
Dane Elkins v. Dylan Reid

Sebastian Fernandez v. Joel Adler
Felipe Camacho - BYE

Charlie Pratt - BYE
Nicholas Riffel v. Daniel Neri

Adam Manilla v. Danny Lavely
Robert Collins - BYE

David Horn - BYE
John Wolfe v. Israel Torres

Mauro Rojas v. Troy Warigon
Andree Parrilla - BYE

Jose Diaz - BYE
Scott McClellan v. Luis Rivero

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q8) Jake Bredenbeck v. Justus Benson
Q1) Sebastian Franco v. Dane Elkins or Dylan Reid

Q4) Felipe Camacho v. Sebastian Fernandez or Joel Adler
Q5) Charlie Pratt v. Nicholas Riffel or Daniel Neri

Q6) Robert Collins v. Adam Manilla or Danny Lavely
Q3) David Horn v. John Wolfe or Israel Torres

Q2) Andree Parrilla v. Mauro Rojas or Troy Warigon
Q7) Jose Diaz v. Scott McClellan or Luis Rivero

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. Q8 - 11 AM
8) Samuel Murray v. Q1 - 11 AM

5) Jansen Allen v. Q4 - 11 AM
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q5 - 11 AM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Q6 - 10 AM
6) Mario Mercado v. Q3 - 10 AM

7) Alejandro Landa v. Q2 - 10 AM
2) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q7 - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel v. 9) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - Noon

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray v. 12) Luis Rivero & Israel Torres - Noon
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 13) Emmett Coe & Jeremy McGlothin - Noon

3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt - BYE
6) David Horn & Andree Parrilla v. 11) Brian Pineda & Dane Elkins - Noon

7) Felipe Camacho & Robert Collins v. 10) Justus Benson & Mauro Rojas - 1 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….