Thursday, September 7, 2017

The 2017-18 IRT season begins in Canoga Park

The 2017-18 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) begins today in Canoga Park, California site of the 2017 Phase IV Scientific Health & Performance Pro-Am. There’s a healthy draw this weekend, as 37 players are in the singles draw led by IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who’s coming off not just an undefeated season in 2016-17, but a season where he didn’t lose a game in any of the 29 matches he played. An astounding accomplishment.

Rounding out the top four seeds this weekend are IRT #2 Rocky Carson, #3 Daniel De La Rosa and #4 Alvaro Beltran.

They are also playing doubles in Canoga Park, and the big news there is that Ben Croft is in the draw with Kane Waselenchuk. This is Croft’s first appearance on tour since last year’s US Open. Croft and Waselenchuk won the US Open in 2015 and 2014, but since having shoulder surgery in 2015 Croft has played very little, and mostly just doubles with Waselenchuk, who hasn’t played with anyone else since partnering with Croft.

Look to the IRT Network, or the IRT Facebook page, for this weekend’s action. The Round of 16 is Friday afternoon from 3 PM to 6 PM with the quarter finals Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon, and the semi-finals at 4 PM and 5 PM Saturday. The final will be Sunday at 11 AM. All times Pacific.

2017 IRT Phase IV Scientific Health & Performance Pro-Am, September 7-10, 2017
Canoga Park, California

Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Set Cubillos v. Adam Manilla
Jose Diaz v. Bryan Crosser

Samuel Murray - BYE
Sebastian Fernandez v. Dane Elkins

Majeed Shahin v. Rodrigo Montoya
Robert Collins v. Luis Perez

Charlie Pratt v. Ramon De Leon
Francisco Troncoso v. Nicholas Riffel

Thomas Carter v. John Wolfe
Scott McClellan v. Justin Johnson

Felipe Camacho - BYE
Gerardo Franco v. Troy Warigon

Luis Avila v. Wayne Antone IV
David Horn - BYE

Jake Bredenbeck v. Hank Minardo
Andrés Gómez v. Miguel Rodriguez Jr.

Qualifying Round 2 - Friday

Q8) Set Cubillos or Adam Manilla v. Jose Diaz or Bryan Crosser
Q1) Samuel Murray v. Sebastian Fernandez or Dane Elkins

Q4) Majeed Shahin or Rodrigo Montoya v. Robert Collins or Luis Perez
Q5) Charlie Pratt or Ramon De Leon v. Francisco Troncoso or Nicholas Riffel

Q6) Thomas Carter or John Wolfe v. Scott McClellan or Justin Johnson
Q3) Felipe Camacho v. Gerardo Franco or Troy Warigon

Q2) David Horn v. Luis Avila or Wayne Antone IV
Q7) Jake Bredenbeck or Hank Minardo v. Andrés Gómez or Miguel Rodriguez Jr.

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - 5 PM
8) Andree Parrilla v. Q1 - 5 PM

5) Jansen Allen v. Q4 - 6 PM
4) Alvaro Beltran v. Q5 - 6 PM

3) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q6 - 3 PM
6) Sebastian Franco v. Q3 - 3 PM

7) Mario Mercado v. Q2 - 4 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 4 PM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
8) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn v. 9) Set Cubillos & Andrés Gómez - Noon

5) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. 12) Adam Manilla & Nicolas Riffel - Noon
4) Jansen Allen & Charlie Pratt v. 13) Tim Herman & Michael Myers - 1 PM

3) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 14) Ramon De Leon & Luis Perez - Noon
6) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla v. Bryan Crosser & Dane Elkins - 1 PM

7) Felipe Camacho & Samuel Murray v. Sebastian Fernandez & Miguel Rodriguez Jr. - Noon
2) Rocky Carson & Tito Montanez - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

1 comment:

Joshua Godinez said...

Yay! Cindy said Kane wasn't playing singles a couple weeks ago and was only doing doubles with Ben. Glad to see that's changed. I'll be there playing my mediocre B division game, but mainly watching out for all the pro's. I'm totally stoked to finally see the professionals in person. Not to mention hearing John Scott broadcasting matches. See you there!