Saturday, February 4, 2012

IRT - MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am QFs

Only two of the top four seeds have made it through to the semi-finals at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both first seed Rocky Carson and second seed Ben Croft have had a relatively paths to the semis, as they won both their two matches on Friday in three straight games.

Carson beat Ruben Gonzalez, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, in the Round of 16 before seeing off Andy Hawthorne in the quarter finals, 11-3, 11-3, 11-6, while Croft took out Felipe Camacho, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, in the 16s and veteran left hander Javier Moreno, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4, in the quarters in what was a battle of former University of Colorado - Pueblo players.

Joining Carson and Croft in the semi-finals are Alvaro Beltran and Shane Vanderson.

Beltran came through qualifying on Thursday, and then beat Charlie Pratt in the 16 on Friday, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9. In the quarters, Beltran faced third seed Jose Rojas, and after dropping the first game won the next three games to win the match, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10, and advance to the semi-finals, where he'll face Croft.

Vanderson's path to the semis was the most dramatic, as he was down 2-0 against fourth seed Chris Crowther, before staging a comeback in the last quarter final match on Friday, winning 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5.

Vanderson will be face Carson in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The IRT Network will be web-casting the MonaVie Salt Lake Pro-Am semi-finals at at 11 AM MST and noon MST with the final to follow on Saturday night at 7 PM MST.

2012 MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro/Am - Salt Lake City, Utah

Quarter finals

Rocky Carson d. Andy Hawthorne, 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
Shane Vanderson d. Chris Crowther, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5

Alvaro Beltran d. Jose Rojas, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10
Ben Croft d. Javier Moreno, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4


Rocky Carson v. Shane Vanderson
Ben Croft v. Alvaro Beltran

Round of 16

Rocky Carson d. Ruben Gonzalez, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
Andy Hawthorne d. Anthony Herrera, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 11-0

Shane Vanderson d. Juan Herrera, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7
Chris Crowther d. Arthur Schmeiser, 11-1, 11-7, 11-2

Jose Rojas d. Brad Schopieray, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9
Alvaro Beltran d. Charlie Pratt, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9

Javier Moreno d. Tony Carson, 11-7, 11-3, fft
Ben Croft d. Felipe Camacho, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5

Follow the bouncing ball....

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