Friday, February 12, 2010

USA National Doubles Championships - Men's 16s Results

The big news from Tempe, Arizona, site of the 2010 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championship, is that Jack Huczek is not in the tournament. He was scheduled to play with Rocky Carson but Carson is now playing with Josh Tucker. The Racquetball Blog doesn't know why there's been this change, but we're trying to find out.

Perhaps equally interesting Carson and Tucker maintained the #1 seeding given to Carson and Huczek, who were defending champions. Tucker's a very respectable player, but he wasn't part of the 2009 winning team and isn't #2 on the International Racquetball Tour, like Huczek. Thus, their seeding at #1 is questionable.

Nonetheless, Carson and Tucker won their first match, defeating Ken Angelocci and Andy Lewis, 15-2, 15-6, in the Round of 16 on Thursday. They will face Andy Hawthorne and Jeff Stark in the quarter finals, as Hawthorne and Stark defeated Craig Lane and Greg Solis, 15-2, 9-15, 11-3, in what was an slight upset by the seedings as Hawthorne and Stark are seeded 9th with Lane and Solis 8th.

The only other upset in the Round of 16 was 11th seed Dan Llacera and Mike Orr's victory over 6th seed Zach Apperson and Doug Ganim, 15-6, 15-12. Their quarter final match will be against 3rd seeds Jason Thoerner and Shane Vanderson, who defeated Todd Entrikin and Dale Valentine, 15-9, 15-13.

The quarter final matches begin late Friday afternoon, and the event is being streamed live via

2010 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Division Entries

Round of 16

Rocky Carson & Josh Tucker d. Ken Angelocci & Andy Lewis, 15-2, 15-6
Andy Howthorne & Jeff Stark d. Craig Lane & Greg Solis, 15-2, 9-15, 11-3

Jason Mannino & Eric Muller d. Anthony Herrera & Taylor Knoth, 15-7, 15-5
Chris Crowther & Tim Doyle d. Jansen Allen & Tony Carson, 8-15, 15-11, 11-1

Jason Thoerner & Shane Vanderson d. Todd Entrikin & Dale Valentine, 15-9, 15-13
Dan Llacera & Mike Orr d. Zach Apperson & Doug Ganim, 15-6, 15-12

Jeff Bell & Tom Fuhrman d. Shawn Royster & Cliff Swain, 15-11, 11-15, 11-6
Ben Croft & Mitch Williams d. Jonathan Dunn & Jason Geis, 12-15, 15-1, 11-1

Rocky Carson & Josh Tucker vs. Andy Howthorne & Jeff Stark
Chris Crowther & Tim Doyle vs. Jason Mannino & Eric Muller

Jason Thoerner & Shane Vanderson vs. Dan Llacera & Mike Orr
Ben Croft & Mitch Williams vs. Jeff Bell & Tom Fuhrman

Follow the bouncing ball....


Todd Boss said...

They probably keep the seed because the organizers didn't want to (or didn't have the time to) re-do the draw. That's an awful lot of work, especially with time conflicts and some of the guys doing multiple divisions.

Leo Vasquez said...

Hmmm...well, I know changing the draw at the last minute is a pain in the neck because I have done it many times.
I may have swapped the seeds, giving Mitch Williams and Ben Croft the #1 seed and made Rocky and Josh #2 to keep some kind of seeding theory... :-)
Regardless, should be some great matches now that Jack is missing.