Friday, October 24, 2008

US Open : Men's 16s

The men's field is down to eight at the US Open in Memphis, and it's an expected eight. The top 8 seeds - and top 8 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) players - with one exception are in Friday's quarter finals.

The exception is an expected one, as three time champion Kane Waselenchuk, seeded 11th, is the other player, as he defeated 6th seed Mitch Williams in the Round of 16. Waselenchuk was expected because he has won each of the three tournaments he's been in this season. Waselenchuk will play Alvaro Beltran (3rd seed) in the quarters.

Highlights from the Round of 16 included the five game match lasting over two hours between Jason Thoerner and Chris Crowther that Thoerner pulled out after being down two games to one. Also, Javier Moreno had game point on Jack Huczek when he was up 10-7 in the second game of their match, but Huczek came back to tie it at 10 and then win 12-10 and go on to take the match in straight games.

Men's Results Round of 16:
(Matches listed in draw order)

Rocky Carson d. Kris Odegard, 11-2, 11-3, 11-8
Jason Thoerner d. Chris Crowther, 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3

Shane Vanderson d. Juan Herrera, 11-8, 11-0, 11-4
Jason Mannino d. Anthony Carson, 9-11, 11-2, 11-1, 11-2

Alvaro Beltran d. Alejandro Herrera, 10-12, 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
Kane Waselenchuk d. Mitch Williams, 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6

Ben Croft d. Andy Hawthorne, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9
Jack Huczek d. Javier Moreno, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9

Quarter finals

Rocky Carson vs. Jason Thoerner
Jason Mannino vs. Shane Vanderson

Alvaro Beltran vs. Kane Waselenchuk
Jack Huczek vs. Ben Croft

Follow the bouncing ball....

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