Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 IRT Galaxy Custom Printing Atlanta Open Pro-Am - Quarterfinals

Alejandro Landa and Charlie Pratt are surprise semi-finalists at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Galaxy Custom Printing Atlanta Pro-Am, as they had to come through Thursday qualifying to get to the semis. It’s rare that one player does that at an IRT stop, but for two to do it is special.

Pratt had the bigger win in the quarterfinals Friday night, as he defeated 4th seed Alvaro Beltran, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 14-12. Landa’s big win came in the Round of 16 when he defeated IRT #2 Rocky Carson, but he successfully followed that up with a quarterfinal win over 7th seed Jansen Allen, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9.

Two of the usual suspects join Landa and Pratt in the semis, as IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk comfortably got there with a quarterfinal win over Marco Rojas, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8. IRT #3 Daniel De La Rosa had a bit more difficulty, as he needed four games to fend off 6th seed Sebastian Franco, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7.

In the semis, Waselenchuk will play Pratt, and De La Rosa faces Landa in an All-Mexico showdown.

The semi-finals can be seen live via the IRT Network beginning Saturday at noon and 1 PM with the final Saturday at 6 PM. The doubles semi-finals are Saturday morning at 9 and 10 AM with the final Saturday night at 7 PM. All times Eastern.

2016 Galaxy Custom Printing IRT Atlanta Pro-Am - November 3–6, 2016
Lilburn, Georgia

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Marco Rojas, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8
Charlie Pratt d. 4) Alvaro Beltran, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 14-12

3) Daniel De La Rosa d. 6) Sebastian Franco, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
Alejandro Landa d. 7) Jansen Allenm 11-9, 11-7, 11-9

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Charlie Pratt - Noon
3) Daniel De La Rosa v. Alejandro Landa - 1 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Rocky Carson v. 5) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray - 9 AM
2) Felipe Camacho & Daniel De La Rosa v. 3) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt - 10 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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