Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beltran & Carson win IRT Long Beach Open

Top seeds Alvaro Beltran and Rocky Carson won their second doubles event of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season Saturday, as they won the final of the Long Beach Open in Long Beach, California. But significantly they played 3rd seeds Daniel De La Rosa and Jose Rojas in the final, winning 15-4, 15-6.

De La Rosa and Rojas were upset winners in the semi-finals, taking out 2nd seeds Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk, 15-14, 7-15, 11-6. The other semi-final was close too, as Beltran and Carson also needed a tie-breaker to defeat 4th seeds Jansen Allen and Charlie Pratt, 15-3, 6-15, 11-9.

Both previous pro doubles finals this season were between Beltran and Carson and Croft and Waselenchuk with each team winning once. If they met on Saturday, it would have been the season tie-breaker. But De La Rosa and Rojas prevented that opportunity.

There are three events left on the 2014-15 IRT schedule with the next on being the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational in Edinburg, Texas, April 30-May3. That will be followed by the Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon May 14-17, and finally the Fresno Summer Kickoff Pro/Am in Fresno, California May 28-31.

2015 Long Beach Open
Long Beach, California - April 9-11, 2015

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Rocky Carson d. 4) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt, 15-3, 6-15, 11-9
3) Daniel De La Rosa & Jose Rojas d. 2) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk, 15-14, 7-15, 11-6

Final - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Rocky Carson d. 3) Daniel De La Rosa & Jose Rojas, 15-4, 15-6

Follow the bouncing ball….

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