Friday, January 19, 2018

Landa upsets Carson in quarterfinals of 2018 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am

Friday night was a good night to be a #1 seed at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 40th annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as the #1 seeds in both singles and doubles lost their semi-final matches. In singles, top seed Rocky Carson was upset by 8th seed Alejandro Landa in a long match that ended, 15-14, 11-15, 11-4, for Landa.

The first game was close the whole way with Carson always slightly ahead of Landa until the end, when Landa tied it at 12-12. Then he got to 14 first, leading 14-13. But Carson called a timeout, and then fought off game point, and tied it at 14-14 when Landa skipped a backhand shot.

But Landa made good with a backhand on the next rally, and Carson returned the favour as he skipped a backhand to end the game at 15-14 for Landa. Carson wanted to appeal the call, but was out of appeals, yet the call seemed correct.

In the second game, Landa seemed like he would win in two straight games, as he was up 10-4. But Carson is the IRT’s #2 player for a reason, and he outscored Landa 11-1 the rest of the game to win it 15-11 and force a breaker.

But that was a small consolation for Carson, as Landa won game three by a comfortable margin at 11-4.

In doubles, Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa were the top seeds, but fell to fellow Mexicans Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya, 15-12, 15-8.

Yet Beltran and De La Rosa won their singles matches, and will play each other in the semi-finals Saturday. Beltran beat Sebastian Franco, 15-7, 15-4, and De La Rosa defeated David Horn, 15-12, 15-12.

The other semi will also be a match between doubles partners, as Landa will play Samuel Murray, who outlasted Montoya over three games, 15-10, 5-15, 11-5. In the breaker, Montoya had the early lead at 5-3, but Murray scored eight unanswered points to carry the day.

And also like Beltran and De La Rosa, Landa and Murray lost their quarterfinal doubles match, losing to Jansen Allen and Felipe Camacho, 15-13, 15-9. Allen and Camacho will play Mar and Montoya in the semis.

The other doubles semi-final will see 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz face off with 10th seeds David Horn and Mauro Rojas. Both teams survived close quarterfinal matches. Bredenbeck and Diaz needed three games to overcome Alejandro Cardona and Gerardo Franco, 13-15, 15-12, 11-8, while Horn and Rojas won two close games against Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, 15-14, 15-12.

The semi-finals will be on the IRT Network at noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final at 10 AM Sunday. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday afternoon at 3 and 4 PM with the final Sunday at 11 AM.

2018 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am, January 18-21 2018
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Quarterfinals - Friday

8) Alejandro Landa d. 1) Rocky Carson, 15-14, 11-15, 11-4
5) Samuel Murray d. Rodrigo Montoya, 15-10, 5-15, 11-5

3) Alvaro Beltran d. 6) Sebastian Franco, 15-7, 15-4
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. David Horn, 15-12, 15-12

Semi-finals - Saturday

5) Samuel Murray v. 8) Alejandro Landa - Noon
2) Daniel De La Rosa v. 3) Alvaro Beltran - 1 PM

IRT Doubles Quarterfinals - Friday

8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-12, 15-8
4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho d. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray, 15-13, 15-9

6) David Horn & Mauro Rojas d. 3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado, 15-14, 15-12
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. 10) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco, 13-15, 15-12, 11-8

IRT Doubles Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho v. 8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - 3 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 6) David Horn & Mauro Rojas - 4 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

2018 IRT 40th Annual Lewis Drug Pro-Am - Round of 16

Top seed Rocky Carson is through to the quarterfinals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 40th annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota after defeating Javier Mar in the Round of 16, 15-6, 15-14. Mar had a chance to win game two, serving at 14-13, but Carson denied him.

Carson will play Alejandro Landa in the quarterfinals later on Friday, as Landa defeated Tim Landeryou, 15-5, 3-15, 11-6, in the 16s.

Two upsets and two tie-breakers in the Round of 16, and one of those was the same match, as David Horn came back from a game down to defeat 7th seed Mario Mercado, 8-15, 15-3, 11-9. Horn will play 2nd seed Daniel De La Rosa in the quarters, as De La Rosa beat Nicholas Riffel, 15-7, 15-10, in the 16s.

Rodrigo Montoya had the other upset as he beat 4th seed Jansen Allen, 15-4, 15-5. The win puts Montoya into the quarters against 5th seed Samuel Murray, who needed three games to get by Jose Diaz, 15-9, 12-15, 11-9.

The last quarterfinal will be 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran versus 6th seed Sebastian Franco, as Beltran beat Gerardo Franco (no relation to Sebastian), 15-13, 15-9, and Sebastian Franco defeated Jake Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-12.

The quarterfinals will be on the IRT Network from 5 PM on Friday with the semi-finals at noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final at 10 AM Sunday. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday evening with the semi-finals Saturday afternoon at 3 and 4 PM with the final Sunday at 11 AM.

2018 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am, January 18-21 2018
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. Javier Mar, 15-6, 15-14
8) Alejandro Landa d. Tim Landeryou, 15-5, 3-15, 11-6

5) Samuel Murray d. Jose Diaz, 15-9, 12-15, 11-9
Rodrigo Montoya d. 4) Jansen Allen, 15-4, 15-5

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Gerardo Franco, 15-13, 15-9
6) Sebastian Franco d. Jake Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-12

David Horn d. 7) Mario Mercado, 8-15, 15-3, 11-9
2) Daniel De La Rosa d. Nicholas Riffel, 15-7, 15-10

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. 8) Alejandro Landa - 5 PM
5) Samuel Murray v. Rodrigo Montoya - 6 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran v. 6) Sebastian Franco - 5 PM
2) Daniel De La Rosa v. David Horn - 6 PM

IRT Doubles Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 9) Taylor Knoth & Dylan Reid, 15-13, 15-9

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - BYE
4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho - BYE

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado - BYE
6) David Horn & Mauro Rojas d. 11) Michael Phillips & Tyler Thielen, 15-3, 15-9

10) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 7) Thomas Carter & Nicholas Riffel, 15-2, 12-15, 11-5
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE

IRT Doubles Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - 8 PM
4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho v. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - 7 PM

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 6) David Horn & Mauro Rojas - 8 PM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz v. 10) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am - Qualifying results

Thursday International Racquetball Tour (IRT) qualifying rounds at the 40th annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are through, and there were a few surprises by the seedings. The biggest upset was Tim Landeryou’s win over 9th seed Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-13, but Landeryou is a veteran of Canadian National Team, so not a real surprise. Landeryou will play 8th seed Alejandro Landa in the Round of 16 on Friday.

Robert Collins, the 13th seed, lost in the 1st round of qualifying to Taylor Knoth, 15-12, 15-6. But Knoth failed to reach the 16s, as he lost to Rodrigo Montoya, 15-6, 15-3, in the 2nd round of qualifying. Montoya will play 4th seed Jansen Allen in the Round of 16 Friday.

Two other smaller upsets were caused by Gerardo Franco and Nicholas Riffel. Franco, seeded 19th, defeated 14th seed Justus Benson, 15-6, 15-6, and faces Alvaro Beltran in the 16s. Eighteenth seed Riffel beat 15th seed Thomas Carter, 15-11, 15-9, and plays 2nd seed Daniel De La Rosa on Friday.

The IRT Network will have the action from Sioux Falls starting with the Round of 16 on Friday morning at 9 and 10 AM Central with the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The semi-finals will be at noon and 1 PM Saturday with the final at 10 AM Sunday. The doubles quarterfinals are Friday evening with the semi-finals Saturday afternoon at 3 and 4 PM with the final Sunday at 11 AM.

2018 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am, January 18-21 2018
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday afternoon

Javier Mar d. James Landeryou, 15-5, 15-7
Scott McClellan d. Tyler Thielen, 15-9, 15-3

Felipe Camacho - BYE
Tim Landeryou d. Dylan Reid, 15-14, 8-15, 11-2

Sebastian Fernandez d. Matthew Majxner, 12-15, 15-5, 11-5
Jose Diaz d. Tommy Murray, 15-9, 15-0

Taylor Knoth d. Robert Collins, 15-12, 15-6
Rodrigo Montoya d. Tanner Prentice, 15-6, 15-8

Gerardo Franco d. Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 15-9
Justus Benson d. Michael Phillips, 15-3, 15-5

Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
Francisco Troncoso d. Lee Connell, 15-8, 15-2

Alejandro Cardona d. Mauro Rojas, 10-15, 15-8, 11-3
David Horn - BYE

Thomas Carter d. Jeff Zomer, 15-8, 15-5
Nicholas Riffel d. Justin Johnson, 15-6, 15-7

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday night

Q8) Javier Mar d. Scott McClellan, 15-4, 15-6
Q1) Tim Landeryou d. Felipe Camacho, 15-8, 15-13

Q4) Jose Diaz d. Sebastian Fernandez, 15-9, 15-10
Q5) Rodrigo Montoya d. Taylor Knoth, 15-6, 15-3

Q6) Gerardo Franco d. Justus Benson, 15-6, 15-6
Q3) Jake Bredenbeck d. Francisco Troncoso, 15-2, 15-4

Q2) David Horn d. Alejandro Cardona, 15-11, 8-15, 11-1
Q7) Nicholas Riffel d. Thomas Carter, 15-11, 15-9

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Rocky Carson v. Javier Mar
8) Alejandro Landa v. Tim Landeryou

5) Samuel Murray v. Jose Diaz
4) Jansen Allen v. Rodrigo Montoya

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Gerardo Franco
6) Sebastian Franco v. Jake Bredenbeck

7) Mario Mercado v. David Horn
2) Daniel De La Rosa v. Nicholas Riffel

IRT Doubles Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 9) Taylor Knoth & Dylan Reid - Noon

5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - BYE
4) Jansen Allen & Felipe Camacho - BYE

3) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado - BYE
6) David Horn & Mauro Rojas v. 11) Michael Phillips & Thyler Thielen - Noon

7) Thomas Carter & Nicholas Riffel v. 10) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco - 11 AM
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….