Friday, March 11, 2016

Bredenbeck into semi-finals at 2016 IRT 31st Shamrock Shootout

Jake Bredenbeck continues to roll at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois with a win in the quarterfinals over Jansen Allen, 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8. That was Bredenbeck’s first quarterfinal, so he’s now in his first semi-final, which will be against Daniel De La Rosa, who was also an upset winner against 3rd seed Jose Rojas, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9.

Bredenbeck’s win in his first quarterfinal puts him in good company that includes Sudsy Monchik, Jason Mannino, Ruben Gonzalez, Jose Rojas, John Ellis and Cliff Swain. Swain went on a one that tournament, which was in Tulsa back in 1985. John Ellis also won his first quarter and semi-final, but then lost the final to Swain.

But several great players did not win their respective first quarterfinal appearances, including Jack Huczek, Marty Hogan, Daniel De La Rosa, Ben Croft, Rocky Carson, Alvaro Beltran, and Kane Waselenchuk.

Waselenchuk’s first two quarterfinal appearances were both losses. The first to Swain, and the second to Alvaro Beltran. But those matches were back in 2000, and both went five games before Waselenchuk came up short.

On Friday, Waselenchuk won his quarterfinal against Marco Rojas, 11-2, 11-1, 11-3. He’ll face Alvaro Beltran in the semi-finals after Beltran defeated Sebastian Franco in the quarters, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9.

The first IRT semi-final will be streamed live from 11 AM CST Saturday via the IRT Network with the second to follow at 1 PM. The final will be 7:30 PM Saturday.

2016 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout, March 10-13
Lombard, Illinois

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Marco Rojas, 11-2, 11-1, 11-3
4) Alvaro Beltran d. Sebastian Franco, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9

3) Jose Rojas v. 6) Daniel De La Rosa, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9
Jake Bredenbeck d. 7) Jansen Allen, 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Alvaro Beltran - 11 AM Saturday
6) Daniel De La Rosa v. Jake Bredenbeck - 1 PM Saturday

Follow the bouncing ball….

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