Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 USA National Doubles Championships - QFs

Two upsets happened in the first two quarter final matches at the 44th USA National Doubles Championship in Tempe, Arizona, but there was only one minor upset in the rest of the quarter finals.

The larger upset happened on the men's side as 2nd seeds Jason Mannino and Eric Muller lost to 7th seed Jansen Allen and Tony Carson, 15-10, 7-15, 11-5. Allen and Carson will face Chris Crowther and Shane Vanderson.

Third seeds Crowther and Vanderson had a scare as they dropped game one against Jeff Stark and Shawn Royster and were down in the middle of game two. But they managed to come back and win the second game and then took the tie-breaker by a wide margin, winning 14-15, 15-11, 11-3.

In the 4th versus 5th seed match, 5th seeds Andy Hawthorne and Jose Rojas came out on top over veterans Cliff Swain and Josh Tucker, winning in two straight game, 15-13, 15-2.

Top seeds Rocky Carson and Jack Huczek won their quarter final match in two straight games, defeating Anthony Herrera and John Scott, 15-4, 15-7. They face Hawthorne and Rojas in the semi-finals on Saturday.

On the women's side, sisters Danielle and Michelle Key - seeded 5th - defeated 4th seeds Kristen Bellow and Janel Tisinger, winning in two straight games 15-11, 15-10. The win gives the Keys the first chance to defeated the reigning 5 time champions Aimee Ruiz and Jackie Paraiso, as that's who they'll meet in the semi-finals on Saturday.

On the other side of the women's draw it will be Rhonda Rajsich and Kim Russell-Waselenchuk versus Krystal Csuk and Cheryl Gudinas in the other semi-final, as Rajsich and Russell-Waselenchuk defeated the mother-daughter team of Malia Bailey and Kelani Bailey, 15-11, 15-7, and Csuk and Gudinas beat Laura Fenton and Liz Alvarado, 15-14-15-8.

Matches in the men's and women's US Team Qualifying Divisions can be seen via the IRT

2011 44th USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Qualifying Division


Quarter finals

Jack Huczek & Rocky Carson d. Anthony Herrera & John Scott, 15-4, 15-7
Andy Hawthorne & Jose Rojas d. Cliff Swain & Josh Tucker, 15-13, 15-2
Chris Crowther & Shane Vanderson d. Jeff Stark & Shawn Royster, 14-15, 15-11, 11-3
Jansen Allen & Tony Carson d. Eric Muller & Jason Mannino, 15-10, 7-15, 11-5

Jack Huczek & Rocky Carson v. Andy Hawthorne & Jose Rojas
Jansen Allen & Tony Carson v. Chris Crowther & Shane Vanderson


Quarter finals

Jacqueline Paraiso & Aimee Ruiz - BYE
Danielle Key & Michelle Key d. Janel Tisinger & Kristen Bellows, 15-11, 15-10
Krystal Csuk & Cheryl Gudinas d. Laura Fenton & Liz Alvarado, 15-14, 15-8
Kim Russell-Waselenchuk & Rhonda Rajsich d. Kelani Bailey & Malia Bailey, 15-11, 15-7

Jacqueline Paraiso & Aimee Ruiz v. Danielle Key & Michelle Key
Kim Russell-Waselenchuk & Rhonda Rajsich v. Krystal Csuk & Cheryl Gudinas

Follow the bouncing ball....

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