Friday, November 30, 2018

Horn & Pratt win in 16s at 2018 IRT Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions

Two upsets in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2018 Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, as USA Racquetball National Junior Team coaches David Horn and Charles Pratt won their matches and will play each other in the quarterfinals. Horn beat 5th seed Mario Mercado, 15-12, 15-4, while Pratt, the defending champion of this event, ousted 4th seed Sebastian Franco, 15-4, 15-7.

IRT #1 Alejandro Landa won his first match by defeating 16th seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-6, 15-12, and will play former #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the quarterfinals, as Waselenchuk beat Tony Carson, 15-11, 15-4, in the 16s.

The biggest upset almost went to 18th seed Robert Collins, who pushed IRT #2 Rocky Carson to a tie-breaker, and was up in the breaker before Carson pulled things together to comeback and win, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6. Carson will face 7th seed Samuel Murray in the quarters after Murray defeated Jansen Allen, 15-4, 15-12.

Finally, fellow Mexicans Daniel De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran will square off in the quarters after winning their respective Round of 16 matches. De La Rosa beat Adam Manilla, 15-5, 6-15, 11-4, and Beltran got the better of Jose Diaz, 15-9, 15-11.

The quarterfinals will begin at 5 PM in Portland, and will be streamed live on the IRT Network and the IRT YouTube channel. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and noon Saturday with the final Saturday night at 7:00 PM. All times Pacific.

2018 IRT Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions
November 29-December 1 - Portland, Oregon

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alejandro Landa d. Jake Bredenbeck, 15-6, 15-12
8) Kane Waselenchuk d. Tony Carson, 15-11, 15-4

David Horn d. 5) Mario Mercado, 15-12, 15-4
Charles Pratt d. 4) Sebastian Franco, 15-4, 15-7

3) Daniel De La Rosa d. Adam Manilla, 15-5, 6-15, 11-4
6) Alvaro Beltran d. Jose Diaz, 15-9, 15-11

7) Samuel Murray d. Jansen Allen, 15-4, 15-12
2) Rocky Carson d. Robert Collins, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alejandro Landa v. 8) Kane Waselenchuk - 7 PM
David Horn v. Charles Pratt - 8 PM

3) Daniel De La Rosa v. 6) Alvaro Beltran - 5 PM
2) Rocky Carson v. 7) Samuel Murray - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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