Saturday, October 10, 2015

Croft & Waselenchuk, Bredenbeck & Diaz win semis at 2015 US Open

Defending International Racquetball Tour (IRT) US Open doubles champions Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk looked unlikely to defend their title as Croft was hurting on Thursday, as he's coming back from shoulder surgery. But they've made it to the at the 2015 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis final, after defeating brother Jose Rojas and Marco Rojas, 15-10, 15-2.

They'll face another young team in the final, as Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz defeated Jansen Allen and Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 15-12, in the other semi-final.

"Always fun playing with Jake," said Diaz, "because he's just a monster on the court. To get a win against [Allen and Pratt]. It's pretty big."

Bredenbeck agreed, saying "I feel we play together really well. [Jose] takes pressure off me, because he's going to be there and cover. I can just shoot the ball."

Part of their advantage could be that they have matching shoes. Diaz was telling Bredenbeck that he liked his shoes, and they weren't expensive, and they passed a store that had them, and Bredenbeck needed some new court shoes, so "it's works out perfect," said Bredenbeck.

"I was going for the green ones," said Bredenbeck, "but they didn't have them."

"Luckily," added Diaz.

The final will be streamed live via the IRT Network at 5 PM CDT.

2015 United Healthcare US Open - IRT Draw
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 7-11, 2015

Semi-finals - Friday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. 4) Jose Rojas & Marco Rojas, 15-10, 15-2
Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz d. Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt, 15-10, 15-12

Final - Saturday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk v. Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz - 5:00 PM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

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