Jack Huczek defeated Rocky Carson to win the Lewis Pro-Am, a Tier 2 event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But Huczek needed five games to do it, winning 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9.
With the win, Huczek gained the edge over Carson in the meetings between the IRT's top two players this season, having won two of their three matches. In October, Huczek (IRT #2) defeated Carson (IRT #1) for the Canadian Classic title, while Carson won their battle in the Juarez Open final in November.
Huczek and Carson teamed up to take the doubles title in a tune up for next weekend's US Doubles Championship in Tempe, Arizona. They beat Alvaro Beltran and Andy Hawthorne in the final, 15-13, 15-8.
Mitch Williams had a good weekend in Sioux Falls, winning third in both singles (defeating Beltran in three straight games for third, 11-9, 11-1, 11-2) and doubles with partner Ruben Gonzalez. However, Shane Vanderson didn't fare so well, losing to Williams in the quarter finals of singles and then again to Williams and Gonzalez in the doubles third place match.
Vanderson played doubles with Jason Thoerner, and they'll be playing together in Tempe, while Williams will be playing with Ben Croft, who wasn't in Sioux Falls.
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