Friday, March 18, 2011

IRT - MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am Quarter Finals

The top seeds are through to the semi-finals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am in Salt Lake City, Utah. Top seed Kane Waselenchuk defeated Chris Crowther in two games after Crowther seemed to injury himself early in the second game, leading to his forfeit late in that game.

It was an unfortunate end to a match that started well with a very close first game that Waselenchuk won 12-10. Crowther did serve for that game at 10-9, but couldn't finish it off.

Then in game two, a ball came into the middle of the court and Waselenchuk leaned back to hit a pinch to the front left corner. Crowther was positioned behind him, and also leaned back to get out of Waselenchuk's way, which may have led to him tweaking his back. Crowther has been bothered with back trouble this season.

Jack Huczek will be Waselenchuk's opponent in the semi-finals, as Huczek defeated Tony Carson, 11-2, 11-8, 11-7, in the quarter finals.

On the bottom of the draw, 2nd seed Rocky Carson defeated Jose Rojas, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-2. Rojas was ahead in game one, but the former #1 found a way to pull out the victory.

Carson will next play Ben Croft, who was a winner over Andy Hawthorne in three straight games, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4.

Remember there will be two rounds of play Saturday, as the final will be Saturday night rather than Sunday as per usual. The semis are set to go at 11 AM and noon on Saturday with the final at 7 PM. All times are MDT.

The IRT Network will be web-casting the MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am matches.

2011 MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am, Salt Lake City, Utah
Quarter finals

Kane Waselenchuk d. Chris Crowther, 12-10, 10-0 injury forfeit
Jack Huczek d. Tony Carson, 11-2, 11-8, 11-7

Ben Croft d. Andy Hawthorne, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Rocky Carson d. Jose Rojas, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-2


Kane Waselenchuk v. Jack Huczek - Noon Saturday
Rocky Carson v. Ben Croft - 11 AM Saturday

Follow the bouncing ball....

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