Sunday, January 13, 2013

IRT - Carson win 2013 New York Temperature Controls Pro-Am

Rocky Carson defeated Jose Rojas, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4, to win the New York Temperature Controls Pro-Am in Syosset, New York Sunday for his 2nd win of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season. The win was the 15th of Carson's career and kept him undefeated against Rojas in seven matches.

Game one was streaky, as Carson came out strong, and went up 7-0, and 10-2. Rojas came back to make it 10-7. Carson took a time-out and when play resumed he got the serve back.

The next two rallies were indicative of the match. Carson drove serve right and Rojas dove right to return, hitting a straight in kill shot that was never more than two inches off the floor. Carson thought Rojas didn't get the ball, but he clearly did.

However, on the next rally, Rojas drove serve to the right. Carson returned it cross court, and Rojas blew up a back hand shot. He hit it into the floor around the service box. It was one of too many unforced errors by Rojas.

Rojas started well in game two, holding the lead at 6-4. They were back and forth after that, but Rojas was again in the lead at 9-7 after a drive serve ace to the right side.

Again Carson called a time out. When play resumed, Rojas hit a short serve, and then lob served to the left, which led to a long, scramble of a rally that Carson won. Carson then served out the game, hitting some jam serves to the left that were difficult for Rojas to even return.

Carson led wire to wire in game three, although it was close in the mid-game, when he led 6-4. But Rojas couldn't get any more points than that, as Carson went on to win it 11-4.

The win gives Carson two victories on tour for the first season since 2008-09, when he also won two. Carson's only won more than one IRT event in a season twice before. In 2008-09 and 2007-08, when he won seven times.

The next IRT Tier 1 event is the Florida Spring Break Pro-Am March 6-10, 2013.

New York Temperature Controls Pro-Am - January 10-13, 2013
Syosset, New York


Rocky Carson d. Jose Rojas, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

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