Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 IRT Cactus Salon New York City Pro-Am - Preview

The Cactus Salon New York City Pro-Am is the second of back to back tournaments on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), and there's a large draw with three rounds of qualifying on Thursday before the Round of 16 begins on Friday.

The quarter finals could see a battle of brothers, as Jose and Marco Rojas are seeded 4th and 5th, respectively, and would meet in the quarters if they win their Round of 16 matches.

New York state native Nick Montalbano, who reached the 16 of this event last year and was a semi-finalist in last season's New Jersey Open, is in the draw, and he would meet 2nd seed Rocky Carson in the 16s if he wins his two qualifying matches.

There are several Canadians in the draw, led by Vincent Gagnon, who will likely play Charlie Pratt in the 3rd round of qualifying. That should be a good match and also set up a good battle in the 16s, as the winner will play Jansen Allen.

Also, there are two good juniors in the draw. Mexican Andree Parrilla is the U16 World Junior Champion, and left hander Adam Manilla is the US Junior National Champion in U18.

To reach the 16s, Parrilla will have to defeat Tony Dornelle or Manolo Sandoval and then likely Alejandro Herrera, which would put him up against IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the 16s. Manilla will have to overcome Jonathan Clay and Mauricio Zelada to claim the Q5 spot and a match will Marco Rojas in the Round of 16.

The IRT Network will carry the action live over the web beginning Thursday night from 8 PM EST and then all day Friday beginning at 10 AM EST.

2014 Cactus Salon New York City Pro-Am - Syosset, New York

Preliminary Round 1

Alexander Barch v. Jared Torres
Tony Dornelle v. Manolo Sandoval

Oscar Arias v. Sebastien Juteau
Scott Manship v. Sean Klingaman

Nicolas Bousquet v. Michael Leduc

Preliminary Round 2

Alejandro Herrera v. Alexander Barch or Jared Torres
Andree Parrilla v. Tony Dornelle or Manolo Sandoval

James Scott v. Spencer Shoemaker
Adam Manilla v. Jonathan Clay

David Horn v. Oscar Arias or Sebastien Juteau
Joseph Palazzo v. Andrew Kopf

John Scott v. Mitch Posner
Anthony Herrera v. Scott Manship or Sean Klingaman

Vincent Gagnon v. Samuel Murray
Tanner Gross v. Thomas Carter

Robert Collins v. Nicolas Bousquet or Michael Leduc
Nick Montalbano v. Alec Wasilonsky

Preliminary Round 3

Q8 Alejandro Herrera or Alexander Barch or Jared Torres v. Andree Parrilla or Tony Dornelle or Manolo Sandoval
Q1 Jose Diaz v. James Scott or Spencer Shoemaker

Q4 Mauricio Zelada v. Adam Manilla or Jonathan Clay
Q5 David Horn or Oscar Arias or Sebastien Juteau v. Joseph Palazzo or Andrew Kopf

Q6 Anthony Herrera or Scott Manship or Sean Klingaman v. John Scott or Mitch Posner
Q3 Charlie Pratt v. Vincent Gagnon or Samuel Murray

Q2 Andy Hawthorne v. Tanner Gross or Thomas Carter
Q7 Nick Montalbano or Alec Wasilonsky v. Robert Collins or Nicolas Bousquet or Michael Leduc

Main Draw of 16
(with seeding)

1 Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
8 Chris Crowther v. Q1

5 Marco Rojas v. Q4
4 Jose Rojas v. Q5

3 Alvaro Beltran v. Q6
6 Jansen Allen v. Q3

7 Daniel De La Rosa v. Q2
2 Rocky Carson v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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