Saturday, May 26, 2012

An American, a Canadian and two Mexicans go into the semis at the Ektelon Nationals

Only one American has reached the semi-finals of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) division at the Ektelon Nationals in Fullerton, California, and that's Rocky Carson, the #2 IRT player, who defeated Shane Vanderson in the quarter finals, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.

Carson will play sixth seed Alvaro Beltran of Mexico, who upset third seed Jose Rojas in the quarters, 13-11, 11-0, 11-2.

There was an upset on the top side of the draw as well, as Mexican Polo Gutierrez, who came through qualifying, defeated Chris Crowther the fifth ranked IRT player, 4-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5.

Gutierrez will next face the IRT's #1 player Kane Waselenchuk, as Waselenchuk beat Tony Carson, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6. Waselenchuk's a Canadian, but resides in Austin, Texas.

Play continues in Fullerton through Sunday, and the IRT Network is live streaming the semi-finals Saturday and final on Sunday.

IRT Ektelon Nationals - Fullerton, California 

Quarter finals

Kane Waselenchuk d. Tony Carson, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6
Polo Gutierrez d. Chris Crowther, 4-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5

Alvaro Beltran d. Ben Croft, 13-11, 11-0, 11-2
Rocky Carson d. Shane Vanderson, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7


Kane Waselenchuk v.  Polo Gutierrez - 7:10 PM PDT
Rocky Carson v. Alvaro Beltran - 3:40 PM PDT

Follow the bouncing ball…. 

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