Friday, May 17, 2013

IRT - 2013 USAR Ektelon Nationals Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk reached the quarter-finals of the USA Racquetball (USAR) Ektelon Nationals in Fullerton, California - the last event of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season - with a comfortable win over Alejandro Landa, 11-5, 11-6, 11-0. He'll face Javier Moreno in the quarters, as Moreno was a winner against Shane Vanderson by injury default.

Daniel De La Rosa continues to do well as he upset the 7th seed Tony Carson in three games, 11-3, 11-5, 13-11. He'll play another Carson in the quarters, as IRT #2 Rocky Carson won his match against Brad Schopieray.

The anticipated match between Chris Crowther and Polo Gutierrez wasn't as special as we thought it might be, as Crowther won in three straight games, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2, against Gutierrez, who upset him at this tournament last year.

The biggest surprise in the quarters is Fernando Rios, who defeated Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu in the Round of 16, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9, to set up a quarter final match with Ben Croft, who was a straight game winner over Andy Hawthorne, 11-5, 11-2, 11-3. Rios was the silver medalist at last year's Pan American Championships, but he'll need to have a gold medal performance on Friday if he's going to beat Croft.

The IRT Network will web-cast all of the quarter final matches from Fullerton beginning Friday at 11 AM Pacific time.

USA Racquetball Ektelon Nationals
May 15-19, 2013, Fullerton, California

Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk d. Alejandro Landa, 11-5, 11-6, 11-0
Javier Moreno d. Shane Vanderson, injury forfeit

Jose Rojas d. David Horn, 7-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-9
Chris Crowther d. Polo Gutierrez, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2

Fernando Rios d. Hiroshi Shimizu, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9
Ben Croft d. Andy Hawthorne, 11-5, 11-2, 11-3

Daniel De La Rosa d. Tony Carson, 11-3, 11-5, 13-11
Rocky Carson d. Brad Schopieray


Kane Waselenchuk v. Javier Moreno - 6 PM PST
Chris Crowther v. Jose Rojas - 11 AM PST

Ben Croft v. Fernando Rios - 1 PM PST
Rocky Carson v. Daniel De La Rosa - 4 PM PST

Follow the bouncing ball….

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