Friday, November 19, 2021

Top 4 seeds bow out in doubles at the 2021 IRT Sarasota Open

For possibly the first time in racquetball history, the top four seeds all lost in the quarterfinals. That happened in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doubles division at the 2021 Sarasota Open presented by Team Dovetail on Friday night. Eighth seeds Sebastian Fernandez and Andree Parrilla caused the biggest upset, as they defeated top seeds and US Open champions Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa, 15-14, 15-8. Fernandez, the youngest of the players in the match, made many winning shots and served well to Beltran, as they were both playing on the right side.

Fernandez and Parrilla are a new team, as Parrilla previously played with Eduadro Portillo. But Portillo and new partner Rocky Carson - the 6th seeds - also successfully reached the semi-finals by beating 3rd seeds Sebastian Franco and Eduardo Garay, 15-7, 15-3.

The other two quarterfinal matches were both forfeits due to injury, as both Alejandro Landa and Carlos Keller are hurt. Landa was part of the 2nd seeded team with Samuel Murray, and they forfeited to 7th seeds Adam Manilla and Mario Mercado. Keller and Kadim Carrasco, the 4th seeds, forfeited to 5th seeds Roland Keller (Carlos’s older brother) and Conrrado Moscoso. Thus, Manilla and Mercado will face off with Keller and Moscoso in the semis.

The IRT doubles semi-finals will be Saturday at 1 and 2 PM, and the final at 8 PM Saturday. All times are Eastern. Look for the action via the IRT YouTube channel., as well as its Facebook page.

Arizona Open Racquetball Championships
November 11-14, 2021 - Tempe, Arizona

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

8) Sebastian Fernandez & Andree Parrilla d. 1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-14, 15-8
5) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 4) Kadim Carrasco & Carlos Keller, injury forfeit

6) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo d. 3) Sebastian Franco & Eduardo Garay, 15-7, 15-3
7) Adam Manilla & Mario Mercado d. 2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray, injury forfeit

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

5) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso v. 8) Sebastian Fernandez & Andree Parrilla - 8 PM
6) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo v. 7) Adam Manilla & Mario Mercado - 7 PM

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