Monday, May 4, 2009

IRT - Motorola Pro Nationals Qualifying

Below are the draws for this week's Motorola International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Pro Nationals in Chicago. It will be interesting to see how Mitch Williams follows up his breakthrough victories in Allentown at the Dennis Rosenberg Pro Am, the most recent IRT event. Can he repeat his run to the final? You can be sure that Rocky Carson and Jack Huczek, Williams's victims in Allentown, will do everything they can to prevent a repeat.

Also, Kane Waselenchuk will be looking to cap his return to the IRT by finishing with a win. He's only lost once this season, and won't be interested in doing that again.

But Alvaro Beltran, the man who beat Waselenchuk at the California Open in January, is in the draw for Chicago, after missing the Allentown event due to illness. As the 1st and 4th seeds, respectively, Waselenchuk and Beltran are scheduled to meet in the semi-finals if they can get through the first two rounds.

Beltran's made the semis in all Tier 1 IRT events this season, save two, and one of those was the US Open when he lost to Waselenchuk in the quarter finals. Waselenchuk has made the semis in each of the tournaments he's been in this season.

Motorola Pro Nationals
First Round Qualifying

Darrin McNally v. Geoff Goldblatt
Eduardo Avila v. Dean Hamiti
Manuel Flores v. Bryan Crosser
Jose Luis Martinez v. Brian Simpson
Felipe Munoz v. Dave Rocchi

Second Round Qualifying
Q1: Rafael Filipinni v. Gilberto Mejia
Q8: Kris Odegard v. either Darrin McNally or Geoff Goldblatt

Q5: Alejandro Landa v. either Eduardo Avila or Dean Hamiti
Q4: Javier Moreno v. either Manuel Flores or Bryan Crosser

Q3: Charlie Pratt v. Polo Gutierrez
Q6: Lee Connell v. either Jose Luis Martinez or Brian Simpson

Q7: Tony Carson v. either Felipe Munoz or Dave Rocchi
Q2: Cliff Swain v. Keith Minor

Third Round Qualifying
Chris Crowther v. Q1
Anthony Herrera v. Q8

Andres Herrera v. Q5
Alejandro Herrera v. Q4

Juan Herrera v. Q3
Travis Woodbury v. Q6

Hiroshi Shimizu v. Q7
Andy Hawthorne v. Q2

Main Draw - Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk v. either Anthony Herrera or Q8
Ben Croft v. either Chris Crowther or Q1

Jason Mannino v. either Alejandro Herrera or Q4
Alvaro Beltran v. either Andres Herrera or Q5

Jack Huczek v. either Travis Woodbury or Q6
Shane Vanderson v. either Juan Herrera or Q3

Mitch Williams v. either Andy Hawthorne or Q2
Rocky Carson v. either Hiroshi Shimizu or Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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