Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 IRT Krowning Moment Bobcat Open - Round of 16

Two upsets in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Krowning Moment Bobcat Open in San Marcos, Texas, as Alejandro Landa takes out 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran in four games, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, and Marco Rojas beat 7th seed Ben Croft in five games, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-0.

How big is Landa's victory? Consider he did not make it past the Round of 16 last season (only two appearances), and Beltran never failed to reach at least the quarterfinal in all 11 events last season. Thus, Landa's win is a major one, and he'll play Chris Crowther next, as Crowther beat Charlie Pratt in the 16s, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1.

Rojas's win is less surprising, as he did reach the quarters five times last year and the semi-finals once. Croft lost twice in the 16s last season in eight appearances (once to Pratt and once to Jansen Allen).

Young Canadian Coby Iwaasa came within a game of causing another upset, as he went tie-breaker with 5th seed Daniel De La Rosa before losing, 2-11, 11-8, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6.

The other Round of 16 matches were won in three straight games by IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, #2 Rocky Carson, #4 Jose Rojas, and #8 Tony Carson (no relation to Rocky). Waselenchuk and Tony Carson will face off in the quarters while Rocky Carson faces Marco Rojas (Jose's brother).

The quarterfinals begin Friday afternoon, and can be viewed live via the IRT Network.

2014 Krowning Moment Bobcat Open
San Marcos, Texas

Round of 16

Kane Waselenchuk d. Matthew Majxner, 11-2, 11-0, 11-4
Tony Carson d. Jansen Allen, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10

Daniel De La Rosa d. Coby Iwaasa, 2-11, 11-8, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6
Jose Rojas d. Andree Parrilla, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7

Alejandro Landa d. Alvaro Beltran, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
Chris Crowther d. Charlie Pratt, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1

Marco Rojas d. Ben Croft, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-0
Rocky Carson d. Danny Lavely, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2


Kane Waselenchuk v. Tony Carson - 5 PM CDT
Jose Rojas v. Daniel De La Rosa - 7 PM CDT

Chris Crowther v. Alejandro Landa - 6 PM CDT
Rocky Carson v. Marco Rojas - 4 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

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