Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Temperature Controls NYC Pro-Am Quarterfinals

Two upsets in the quarterfinals of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am in Syosset, N.Y., although the top two seeds both won.

Top seed Rocky Carson beat 9th seed Marco Rojas in four games, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3, and second seed Kane Waselenchuk defeated 7th seed Jansen Allen, 11-0, 11-5, 11-3.

Carson will face 5th seed Daniel De La Rosa in the semi-finals on Saturday, as De La Rosa came back from two games down to upset 4th seed Jose Rojas in five games, 11-13, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-3.

De La Rosa's win was all the more remarkable, because he could hardly put weight on his left leg by the end of the match. He hurt his groin early on, and was hampered from at least the second game on.

In his injured condition, De La Rosa hit straight lobs on the right side that Rojas usually returned to the ceiling, which led to many pinch winners by De La Rosa.

Rojas had a chance to win the match in game four, when he led 10-9, but he wasn't able to finish off De La Rosa, who took full advantage to force game five.

3rd seed Alvaro Beltran was also feeling the effects of an injury that he sustained earlier in the day against Robert Collins in the Round of 16, but he wasn't able to overcome against 6th seed Ben Croft, who won their quarterfinal match in four games, 12-10, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7.

In game one, it looked like Beltran might be able to win despite his injury, as was up 8-2. However, Croft scored 8 straight points to lead 10-8. Beltran tied it at 10-10 before Croft completed the comeback, winning 12-10.

Game two was all Croft, but Beltran won game three, and they were tied 7-7 in game four before Croft finished off the match, hitting a forehand pinch shot to end it.

The IRT Network will have the semi-finals live from 4 PM EST Saturday. The final will be noon on Sunday.

2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am - Syosset, New York

Main Draw of 16

(with seeding)


1 Rocky Carson d. Marco Rojas, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3
5 Daniel De La Rosa d. 4 Jose Rojas, 11-13, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-3

6 Ben Croft d. 3 Alvaro Beltran, 12-10, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7
2 Kane Waselenchuk d. 7 Jansen Allen, 11-0, 11-5, 11-3


1 Rocky Carson v. 5 Daniel De La Rosa - 5 PM EST
2 Kane Waselenchuk v. 6 Ben Croft - 4 PM EST

Follow the bouncing ball….

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