Friday, March 29, 2019

Carson & Moscoso in both IRT singles semi-finals and doubles final at 2019 Bolivia American Iris Open

Rocky Carson, the top seed at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2019 Bolivia American Iris Open in Cochabamba, Bolivia, won his quarterfinal match against Carlos Keller, 15-8, 15-11. He’ll play a surprise surprise semi-finalist on Saturday, as 5th seed Mario Mercado beat 4th seed Andree Parrilla, 15-7, 15-11.

Carson will also play in the IRT Doubles final, as he and Felipe Camacho beat Alvaro Beltran and Alejandro Landa, 4-15, 15-6, 11-7. Carson and Camacho had never played together, and were seeded 5th so reaching the finals is an achievement in itself.

Their opponents in the final will be Bolivians Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso, who beat 2nd seeds Rodrigo Montoya and Andree Parrilla, 15-3, 15-11. Keller and Moscoso are a regular team. In fact, they were bronze medalists in Men’s Doubles at last year’s International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships.

Like Carson, Moscoso is also in the semi-finals of singles as well as the doubles final. He beat 2nd seed Landa in the quarterfinals, 15-9, 11-15, 11-0. Moscoso led for much of the first game of that match, as well as 5-0 in the second game. But Landa scored 10 of the next 11 points to lead 10-6, and went on to win game two 15-11, and force a tie-breaker.

You might have thought Landa had the momentum going into the breaker. But on the first rally, Moscoso had to hit a second serve, which was a half lob to the left side. Landa stepped up to take it early with this backhand, and hit it into the floor almost directly at his feet. It was bad mistake, and an omen of what was to come, as Moscoso rolled through the breaker with Landa only serving four times. Moscoso winners kept Landa off the board on those four occasions.

In the semis, Moscoso will face Mexican veteran Alvaro Beltran, who got the best of a young Mexican in Gerardo Franco, winning 15-11, 15-5.

Look for the action via the usual IRT sources: the IRT Facebook page or the IRT YouTube channel. The semi-finals will be Saturday at noon and 2 PM with the singles final at 1 PM Sunday. The doubles final will be Saturday at 7 PM. The time in Cochabamba is the same as Eastern time in North America.

2019 Open Bolivia American Iris, March 27-31, 2019
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Rocky Carson d. Carlos Keller, 15-8, 15-11
5) Mario Mercado d. 4) Andree Parrilla, 15-7, 15-11

3) Alvaro Beltran d. Gerardo Franco, 15-11, 15-5
Conrrado Moscoso d. 2) Alejandro Landa, 15-9, 11-15, 11-0

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson v. 5) Mario Mercado - Noon
3) Alvaro Beltran v. Conrrado Moscoso - 2 PM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Alejandro Landa d. 8) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller, 15-12, 15-8
5) Felipe Camacho & Rocky Carson d. 4) Eduardo Garay & Mario Mercado, 15-12, 15-14

6) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn, 13-15, 15-10, 11-4
2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla d. 7) Gerardo Franco & Eduardo Portillo, 15-8, 15-6

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

5) Felipe Camacho & Rocky Carson d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Alejandro Landa, 4-15, 15-6, 11-7
6) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 2) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla, 15-3, 15-11

IRT Doubles - Final - Saturday

5) Felipe Camacho & Rocky Carson v. 6) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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