Sunday, January 18, 2015

Waselenchuk wins 2015 IRT Temperature Controls NYC Pro-Am

Kane Waselenchuk won his fourth International Racquetball Tour (IRT) tournament of the 2014-15 season, as he defeated Rocky Carson in the final of the 2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am in Syosset, N.Y., 11-4, 11-7, 11-6, on Sunday.

Waselenchuk started well, taking a 5-0 lead in game one. Carson cut the lead to 5-2, but was never closer than that, as Waselenchuk went on to win game one 11-4.

In game two, Waselenchuk again led early, but they were back and forth with ties at 3-3 and 5-5. Then Carson took a two point lead at 7-5, and it looked like he could level the match.

However, Waselenchuk responded, scoring two points to tie the game at 7-7. He took the lead with an incredible overhead pinch from 39' that was flat in the front left corner. He kept going from there and took game two 11-7.

Down 2-0, Carson did not fold his tent and go home. He continued to battle, and they were close early in game three, as in game two. Carson took a lead at 5-4.

But Waselenchuk again responded. He tied the match off a poor serve return from Carson off a rare lob serve to the right side. Carson hit an overhead return that went right into the floor.

From there, Waselenchuk took the lead and didn't relinquish it. Throughout the match his shots put a lot of pressure on Carson, who made several great gets, but too often his shots were just keeping the ball in play rather than putting the pressure back on his opponent.

Afterwards, Waselenchuk said "my serve return was really, really good. That was the difference." Waselenchuk did hit some great returns, even off of good serves by Carson.

Waselenchuk added that it "feels nice to play and not feel dizzy," as he had missed recent tournaments due to inner ear troubles that effected his balance.

The IRT will be back in action next weekend with the Lewis Drug Pro-Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Qualifying play begins Thursday.

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

Main Draw of 16

(with seeding)


2 Kane Waselenchuk d. 1 Rocky Carson, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

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