Friday, May 28, 2010

Tisinger & Hawthorne big winners in quarter-finals of 2010 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships

Andy Howthorne and Janel Tisinger created the big quarter final upsets in Houston on Friday at the 2010 USA Racquetball (USAR) National Singles Championships. Tisinger had the bigger victory as she defeated the top seed and defending champion Aimee Ruiz, 15-13, 15-13, while Hawthorne took out Shane Vanderson, 15-7, 15-8.

Tisinger will now face Kerri Wachtel in the semis, as Wachtel defeated Adrienne Fisher in the quarters, 15-11, 11-15, 11-8, which was an upset by the seedings, although Wachtel is higher ranked in the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) rankings. Wachtel is looking to qualify for the US Team for the first time in her career.

But those upsets on the top side of the draw mean it's more likely that either 2nd seed Cheryl Gudinas or 3rd seed Rhonda Rajsich will add another US Nationals title to their resume, as they will meet in the other semi-final. In the quarters, Gudinas defeated Keely Franks in two straight games, 15-0, 15-2, while Rajsich needed a tie-breaker to beat Krystal Csuk, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2.

On the men's side, both top seeds are still alive as #1 Jack Huczek defeated Taylor Knoth, 15-11, 15-8 in the quarters, and #2 Rocky Carson beat Mike Harmon, 15-8, 15-8. In Saturday's semi-finals, Huczek will play Hawthorne and Carson will face Chris Crowther, who defeated Jose Rojas, 15-2, 15-2, in the quarters.

The semi-finals go on Saturday and finals on Sunday. You can watch the finals live over the internet via Racquetball

YMCA Downtown, Houston - HOUSTON, TX

Men's Singles US team Qualifying

Quarter finals

Jack Huczek d. Taylor Knoth, 15-11, 15-8
Andy Hawthorne d. Shane Vanderson, 15-7, 15-8

Chris Crowther d. Jose Rojas, 15-8, 15-4
Rocky Carson d. Mike Harmon, 15-8, 15-8

Semi finals

Jack Huczek vs. Andy Hawthorne
Rocky Carson vs. Chris Crowther

Women's Singles US team Qualifying

Quarter finals

Janel Tisinger d. Aimee Ruiz, 15-13, 15-13
Kerri Wachtel d. Adrienne Fisher, 15-11, 11-5, 11-8

Rhonda Rajsich d. Krystal Csuk, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2
Cheryl Gudinas d. Keely Franks, 15-0, 15-2

Semi finals (seeding)

(5) Kerri Wachtel vs. (8) Janel Tisinger
(2) Cheryl Gudinas vs. (3) Rhonda Rajsich

Follow the bouncing ball....

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