Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Kansas City Pro-Am / Ghost of Georgetown - Quarter finals

Two matches went the distance and two went three straight in the quarter finals of the Ghost of Georgetown - Kansas City Pro-Am International Racquetball Tour (IRT) tournament. The top two seeds, Kane Waselenchuk and Rocky Carson were the straight game victors.

Waselenchuk made short work of Tony Carson, 11-1, 11-2, 11-1, but Carson's three games with Shane Vanderson were all close, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.

Waselenchuk will play Alvaro Beltran in the semi-finals on Saturday, as Beltran defeated Ben Croft in five games, 1-11, 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8. After splitting the first two games, Beltran needed five game points before finishing game three.

But game four was all Croft, as he forced a tie-breaker. He kept the momentum up in the tb as Croft went out to a 7-0 lead. But Beltran battled back with 9 straight points before Croft got another. But that was all Croft could manage as Beltran closed it out 11-8.

Beltran lob served but to the left - rather than his usual right side lobs, and he had the ball nick off the side wall deep and low on the left wall, which proved effective. Croft also was upset by some of the calls during the match.

Jose Rojas will be Rocky Carson's opponent in the semis, as Rojas defeated Chris Crowther in five games in the quarters, 13-11, 13-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-2. After two close games, it seemed that Rojas might put it away in three, as he was up 6-3 in game three only to have Crowther respond with eight unanswered points.

The same thing happened in game four, as Rojas was again up 6-3 and lost 11-6. In game five, Rojas once again had the early lead, but this time it was 6-2, and perhaps that made all the difference, as Rojas went on to win 11-2 and advance to the semis.

You can watch the semi-finals from Kansas City via the internet on the IRT Network. They're set to kick off at 4 PM and 5 PM CDT on Saturday.

2012 Kansas City Pro-Am - The Ghost of Georgetown

Quarter finals

(1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Tony Carson, 11-1, 11-2, 11-1
(5) Alvaro Beltran d. (4) Ben Croft, 1-11, 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8

(3) Jose Rojas v. (6) Chris Crowther, 13-11, 13-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-2
(2) Rocky Carson v. (7) Shane Vanderson, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9


(1) Kane Waselenchuk v. (5) Alvaro Beltran, 5 PM CDT
(2) Rocky Carson v. (3) Jose Rojas, 4 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

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