Friday, October 1, 2010

Racquet House San Diego Pro-Am - Quarter finals

The top two seeds didn't have great starts in their quarter final matches, but both are through to the semi-finals at the Racquet House San Diego Pro-Am tournament. Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), was behind in both the first games against Jose Rojas, as Rojas got to 5 first in both game one and two. However, Waselenchuk recovered to win in three straight games, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2.

Second seed Rocky Carson had a tougher road, as he didn't just fall behind within a game, but dropped the first two to Chris Crowther. However, Crowther wasn't able to finish out the match, and Carson came back to win in five games, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5. Crowther did have a 5-3 lead in the tie-breaker, but Carson then won the next 8 points to win the match.

Carson will play Ben Croft in the quarter finals, as Croft beat Andy Hawthorne, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-7 on Friday.

Jack Huczek survived a tough match against Mike Green, winning 11-6, 3-11, 12-10, 11-6. Green has a big drive serve, so he's definitely helped by the change to two serves this season. It looked like Green might pull the upset, as after leveling the match at one game a piece he had a game point in the third game at 10-9.

But Huczek got the serve back and another point to make it 10-10. They went back and forth for six rallies before Huczek put two straight points together. Even so Green took a 4 to -1 lead in the fourth game after Huczek was assessed a technical for hitting the ball after the rally was over. But Huczek fought back to tie it at 6-6 and from there Green didn't get another point.

The semi-finals and finals are available with a subscription to the IRT Network. The first semi is set for 4 PM PDT Saturday with the second semi to be played at 5 PM PDT. The final will be at noon on Sunday.

San Diego Racquet House Pro/Am
San Diego, California - September 30-October 3, 2010

Quarter finals

Kane Waselenchuk d. Jose Rojas, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2
Jack Huczek d. Mike Green, 11-6, 3-11, 12-10, 11-6

Ben Croft d. Andy Hawthorne, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-7
Rocky Carson d. Chris Crowther, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5

Semi finals

Kane Waselenchuk v. Jack Huczek - 5 PM Saturday
Rocky Carson v. Ben Croft - 4 PM Saturday

Follow the bouncing ball....

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