Thursday, January 3, 2013

IRT - 2013 California Open Preview

And on the third day of 2013, the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) swings back into action with the Coast to Coast California Open in Reseda, California. IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk will be back in action after missing the last event of 2012 due to a nagging knee injury. That event - the New Jersey Open - was won by IRT #2 Rocky Carson, who'll be playing at home, in some sense, as lives in the Los Angeles area.

But Waselenchuk and Carson won't be in action until Friday, as the top 8 players are seeded into the Round of 16. Thursday belongs to the players trying to qualify for other 8 spots in the 16s.

The most intriguing of the potential qualifying matches is Jose Diaz versus Jansen Allen, which would be for a spot in the 16s against Rocky Carson. But they'll both have to win a match to set that up.

Other likely matches for spots in the 16s are between Polo Gutierrez and David Horn and veterans Javier Moreno and Hiroshi Shimizu.

The IRT Network will be web-casting California Open matches beginning Thursday January 3 at 8 PM PST.

2013 California Open - Reseda, California

Round 1

Aaron Embry v. John Wolfe
Keith Minor v. John Molinari
Majeed Shahin v. Robert Collins

Round 2

Marco Rojas v. Hank Minardo
Arthur Schmeiser v. Eric Harper

Hiroshi Shimizu v. Tim Prigo
Jose Serrano v. Luis Reveron

Alex Landa v. Aaron Embry or John Wolfe
Matt Majxner v. Thomas Fuhrmann

David Horn v. Mike Orr
Polo Gutierrez v. Keith Minor or John Molinari

Armondo Bermudez v. Rafael Filippini
Andrew Gale v. Cliff Swain

Jose Diaz v. Majeed Shahin or Robert Collins
Jansen Allen v. Felipe Munoz

Round 3

Q8: Marco Rojas or Hank Minardo v. Arthur Schmeiser or Eric Harper
Q1: Javier Moreno v. Hiroshi Shimizu or Tim Prigo

Q4: Daniel De La Rosa v. Jose Serrano or Luis Reveron
Q5: Alex Landa or Aaron Embry or John Wolfe v. Matt Majxner or Thomas Fuhrmann

Q6: Polo Gutierrez or Keith Minor or John Molinari v. David Horn or Mike Orr
Q3: Brad Schopieray v. Armondo Bermudez or Rafael Filippini

Q2: Anthony Herrera v. Andrew Gale or Cliff Swain
Q7: Jose Diaz or Majeed Shahin or Robert Collins v. Jansen Allen or Felipe Munoz

Main Draw - Round of 16 - Friday

Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
Andy Hawthorne v. Q1

Chris Crowther v. Q4
Jose Rojas v. Q5

Alvaro Beltran v. Q6
Ben Croft v. Q3

Tony Carson v. Q2
Rocky Carson v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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