Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Pro Kennex IRT Tournament of Champions Qualifying Results

The 2014 Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions, which is the last event of the 2013-14 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season is underway in Portland, Oregon, and there were no real upsets in the qualifying matches on Thursday.

Connor Laffey did have an upset win over Alejandro Herrera, but that was by forfeit. Nonetheless it does give the junior American player a chance to play 4th seed Jose Rojas in the Round of 16.

There are a few interesting matches in the 16s, including former #1 Cliff Swain versus 7th seed Chris Crowther with the winner to likely face 2nd seed Rocky Carson in the quarter-finals.

Also, Oregon native Charlie Pratt will be up against Jansen Allen in the 8/9 seed match, as well as an all Mexican battle between veteran Alvaro Beltran and Andree Parrilla, the current U16 World Junior Champion. And Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu faces Ben Croft.

The IRT Network will broadcast qualifying Thursday from 4 PM PDT and the Round of 16 beginning at 10 AM PDT Friday. Note that the final will be Saturday night at 7:00 PM PDT.

2014 Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions, Portland, Oregon
Qualifying Rounds

Round 1

David Barnhart d. Brandon Thurman, 11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2

Round 2

Q8: Mauro Rojas d. James Scott, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10
Q1: Charlie Pratt d. David Barnhart, 11-0, 11-7, 11-2

Q4: Thomas Fuhrmann d. A. C. Bates, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
Q5: Connor Laffey d. Alejandro Herrera, fft

Q6: Andree Parrilla d. Joel Barshaw, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-6
Q3: Hiroshi Shimizu d. Jorge Carlos Thomas, 11-6, 11-4, 11-0

Q2: Cliff Swain d. Jake Birnel, 11-2, 12-10, 11-5
Q7: Wayne Antone IV d. John Scott, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5

Main Draw - Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk v. Mauro Rojas
Jansen Allen v. Charlie Pratt

Daniel De La Rosa v. Thomas Fuhrmann
Jose Rojas v. Connor Laffey

Alvaro Beltran v. Andree Parrilla
Ben Croft v. Hiroshi Shimizu

Chris Crowther v. Cliff Swain
Rocky Carson v. Wayne Antone IV

Follow the bouncing ball....

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