Sunday, October 21, 2018

Parrilla defeats Iwaasa to win 2018 WRT Canadian Open

Andree Parrilla defeated Coby Iwaasa, 15-11, 15-13, to win the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Canadian Open in Calgary, Alberta Sunday, denying the Canadian Iwaasa a chance to win in his home province. Parrilla had to overcome a hand injury he sustained in game one after diving for a ball to get the win.

Early in game one, it looked like Iwaasa would carry the day, as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and was ahead 7-3 when Parrilla took the injury timeout. Iwaasa maintained the lead as the game resumed, going out to a 10-5 lead.

Parrilla took a normal timeout at that point, and staged a comeback, as he scored 10 of the next 11 points to win 15-11. Iwaasa called a timeout when Parrilla when ahead 12-11, but to no avail. Parrilla got to game point with a backhand overhead killshot that some thought skipped, but it was called good. He ended it on the next rally with a drive down the left side that Iwaasa wasn’t ready for.

Game two started slowly, but all the points went Parrilla’s way, as he took a 4-0 lead. Iwaasa cut the lead in half, trailing 4-2, but Parrilla jumped ahead to lead 10-2 despite a Iwaasa timeout at 8-2.

Parrilla got to match point at 14-4, but Iwaasa fought off two match points and then started his comeback. Iwaasa is a power player, but in his comeback he used lob and half lob serves to Parrilla, serving both to the right and left sides. He scored six points on consecutive rallies to make the score 14-10, and causing Parrilla to call a timeout.

When play resumed, Parrilla hit perhaps his worst shot of the match, as he skipped a forehand shot. That made the score 14-11. Iwaasa scored twice more to get within one at 14-13, but a Parrilla backhand got him back in the service box.

On his 3rd match point, Parrilla hit a drive serve to Iwaasa’s backhand that was returned cross court for a winner. Iwaasa served a lob to the left side that Parrilla hit early with his backhand for a down the line winner.

Parrilla’s 4th match point began with a lob serve that kissed off the left side wall. Iwaasa hit a ceiling ball return, so Parrilla scrambled up to the front court, and hit a backhand shot off the shot hop. That wasn’t an easy play, but Parrilla did it successfully, as a surprised Iwaasa was still standing in the backcourt. It was the play of a man desperate to end a match after giving up nine straight points.

Parrilla’s win is his 5th on the WRT, and first since last October, when he won in Mexicali.

In the doubles final, it was to be Alejandro Cardona and Gerardo Franco versus Jake Bredenbeck and Samuel Murray, but Sam Bredenbeck played instead of Murray, and we’re not sure why that was. And if Murray was unable to play, did Cardona and Franco win by default? Regardless, Cardona and Franco won the match that was played, coming back after dropping the first game to win the tie-breaker, 5-15, 15-8, 11-9.

There was a even a bit of uncertainly at the end of the match, as after the first match point seemed to be won by Cardona and Franco, it was determined that the ball was broken, so they had to replay the rally. Cardona finished off the next rally with a solid forehand kill shot to end the match for good.

The 2018 WRT season will end with the Alamo City Open November 30 to December 2 in San Antonio. If you missed any of the action from Calgary check out the WRT Facebook page or the WRT YouTube channel.

2018 WRT Canadian Open, October 19-21
Calgary, Alberta


Singles - Final - Sunday

4) Andree Parrilla d. 22) Coby Iwaasa, 15-11, 15-13

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco d. 4) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck, 5-15, 15-8, 11-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

Parrilla & Iwaasa faceoff in 2018 WRT Canadian Open final

Mexican Andree Parrilla and Canadian Coby Iwaasa will renew their rivalry Sunday in the final of the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Canadian Open in Calgary, Alberta, as they were both upset winners in the semi-finals. Parrilla knocked off WRT #1 David Horn, 11-15, 15-11, 11-3, in one semi, while Iwaasa got the better of 7th seed Gerardo Franco, 15-7, 15-11, in the other.

Parrilla and Iwaasa, both 22, were born barely a month apart in July and June, respectively, of 1996. They played each other three times back in 2013 and 2014: twice in the Men’s Open division of the US Open - Parrilla defeating Iwaasa in the final in 2013 and Iwaasa beating Parrilla in the semi-finals in 2014, as he went on to win the division - as well as in the semi-finals of Boy’s U16 at the 2013 World Junior Championships, when Parrilla won.

Iwaasa's US Open Men's Open title happened a week after he won his first WRT event in Lombard, Illinois. He beat Alejandro Cardona in the final and defeated Sebastian Franco, Polo Gutierrez and Horn to get to the final. Then in the fall of 2015, Iwaasa went on a two year mission to Japan as a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. He returned to Canada barely a year ago, and to competitive racquetball last November.

During that period, Parrilla was busy. He won four WRT events, as well as an International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event, when he beat Horn in the final of the 2018 Shamrock Shootout.

Sunday, Parrilla will have a chance win his 5th WRT event, and first since Mexicali in October 2017 - though Parrilla's only played two WRT events since then. For his part, Iwaasa will have a chance to win his 2nd WRT event Sunday, and to do it in his home province. Iwaasa hails from Lethbridge, Alberta, a small city south of Calgary.

In doubles, 2nd seeds Alejandro Cardona and Gerardo Franco came back to win a tie-breaker against 3rd seeds Jaime Martell and Alan Natera, 5-15, 15-10, 11-7, and they’ll play 4th seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Samuel Murray in the final, as Bredenbeck and Murray beat Mitch Brayley and Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-5.

You can watch the action from Calgary via the WRT website or its Facebook page. The singles final is scheduled for noon with the doubles final at 2 PM. All times are Mountain.

2018 WRT Canadian Open, October 19-21
Calgary, Alberta


Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Andree Parrilla d. 1) David Horn, 11-15, 15-11, 11-3
22) Coby Iwaasa d. 7) Gerardo Franco, 15-7, 15-11

Singles - Final - Sunday

4) Andree Parrilla v. 22) Coby Iwaasa - Noon PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Jake Bredenbeck & Samuel Murray d. 8) Mitch Brayley & Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-5
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Jaime Martell & Alan Natera, 5-15, 15-10, 11-7

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 4) Jake Bredenbeck & Samuel Murray - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Iwaasa into semi-finals at 2018 WRT Canadian Open

Coby Iwaasa - playing close to his hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta - is into the semi-finals of the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Canadian Open in Calgary, Alberta, after defeating Jordy Alonso, 15-5, 15-9. He’ll play Gerardo Franco in the semis, as Franco pulled out a tie-breaker victory over Eduardo Portillo, 10-15, 15-10, 11-7.

On the top of the draw, it’ll be #1 versus #4 in the semi-finals, as David Horn, WRT #1, beat Luis Avila, 15-5, 15-12, and Andree Parrilla, WRT #4, defeated Canadian Samuel Murray, 15-10, 15-11, ending the hopes for an all-Canadian final in Calgary.

The quarterfinals continue Saturday afternoon with the semi-finals at 2:45 and 3:30 PM. The final Sunday at noon. You can watch the action from Calgary via the WRT website or its Facebook page.

The doubles draw has two play in matches Friday afternoon followed by the quarterfinals Friday night. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday afternoon with the doubles final Sunday at 2 PM. All times are Mountain.

2018 WRT Canadian Open, October 19-21
Calgary, Alberta


Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) David Horn d. 9) Luis Avila, 15-5, 15-12
4) Andree Parrilla d. 21) Samuel Murray, 15-10, 15-11

22) Coby Iwaasa d. 14) Jordy Alonso, 15-5, 15-9
7) Gerardo Franco d. 15) Eduardo Portillo, 10-15, 15-10, 11-7

Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) David Horn v. 4) Andree Parrilla - 5:45 PM
7) Gerardo Franco v. 22) Coby Iwaasa - 3:30 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Jake Bredenbeck & Samuel Murray v. 8) Mitch Brayley & Tim Landeryou - 4:15 PM
2) Alejandro Cardona & Gerardo Franco v. 3) Jaime Martell & Alan Natera - 4:15 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….