Thursday, October 5, 2017

IRT Doubles set for 2017 UnitedHealthCare US Open

Another day of doubles action, and another 11-10 tie-breaker. This time is was Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso surviving a comeback by Thomas Carter and Kyle Ulliman, 15-8, 12-15, 11-10, in the last round of qualifying in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) competition at the 2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open in Minneapolis. The win gets Keller and Moscoso a spot in the quarterfinals against the top seeds and two time US Open IRT Doubles Champions Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk this evening.

After splitting the first two games, Bolivians Keller and Moscoso took the early lead in the break at 4-0 and 6-2. Then then got to match point at 10-5, but lefty-righty team of Carter and Ulliman were not going to go quietly. They got the serve back when Moscoso was hit by the ball, and got within three at 10-7. But Moscoso got his side the serve back with a forehand cross court shot to the right side.

Yet Keller and Moscoso's second and third match points disappeared as they each made an unforced error. That allowed Carter and Ulliman another opportunity to score, and score they did, adding three to their total and tying the game at 10-10 with two winners from Carter and a serve return error by Keller. But a long rally ended when Ulliman, who had shot driven to his side, tried to go to the ceiling, and didn't get the ball to the front wall.

Carter managed to fend off Moscoso and Keller's fourth match point with a winner down the middle, but 5 was the lucky number for the team from Bolivia, as they won it on a Moscoso forehand wide angle pass over to the right side.

The IRT semi-finals at 2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open will be Friday evening at 7:20 and 5:20 with the final Saturday at 5 PM at the Life Time Athletic Target Center club in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 4-8, 2017

IRT Men’s Doubles Qualifying

Round 3 - Thursday morning

Q1 - Andree Parrilla & Rodrigo Montoya d. Javier Mar & Edson Martinez, 15-13, 15-12
Q4 - Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. Thomas Carter & Kyle Ulliman, 15-8, 12-15, 11-10

Q3 - Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde d. Nicholas Riffel & Adam Manilla, 15-7, 15-10
Q2 - Jose Diaz & Jake Bredenbeck d. Carlos Keller & Kadim Carrasco, 15-5, 15-5

IRT Men’s Doubles - Quarterfinals - Thursday night

1) Kane Waselenchuk & Ben Croft v. Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 8:50 PM
4) Sebastian Franco & Mario Mercado v. Andree Parrilla & Rodrigo Montoya - 8:50 PM

3) Jansen Allen & Samuel Murray v. Jose Diaz & Jake Bredenbeck - 7:40 PM
2) Daniel De La Rosa & Alvaro Beltran v. Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde - 7:40 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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