Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), broke the glass slipper Andree Parrilla had worn in his run to the final of the 32nd Annual Shamrock Shootout in Lombard, Illinois, as Waselenchuk defeated Parrilla 11-1, 11-4, 12-10, in the final.
Waselenchuk remains undefeated this season, winning all six events he’s entered, and eight in a row dating back to last season.
Despite the loss, Parrilla came to Lombard as the 14th ranked IRT player. He’s a little more than 150 ranking points behind 10th ranked Felipe Camacho, who has Round of 16 finish in Lombard, so it’s possible that Parrilla may crack the top 10 with his first IRT final appearance.
In reaching the final, Parrilla knocked off IRT #2 Rocky Carson in the semi-finals, and IRT #3 Daniel De La Rosa in the Round of 16, as well as 11th ranked Alejandro Landa in the quarterfinals. So, he wasn’t gifted the spot in the final. Parrilla earned it.
Moreover, although Waselenchuk won in three straight games, Parrilla scored more points than he had in any of the previous four meetings on tour. Indeed, in their last meeting - earlier this season at the 2016 US Open - Waselenchuk blanked Parrilla, 11-0, 11-0, 11-0. Thus, Parrilla’s 15 points today is certainly a better result than that.
The IRT will be back in action next weekend in Dayton, Ohio for the Raising Some Racquet for Kids Pro-Am, March 23-36.
2017 IRT Shamrock Shootout, March 16-19
1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Andree Parrilla, 11-1, 11-4, 12-10
Follow the bouncing ball….