Friday, January 21, 2022

Round of 16 at 2022 IRT Suivant Consulting Grand Slam

Is it really an upset if the winning player is a two time World Champion? Rodrigo Montoya, current International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion in Men’s Doubles and former IRF World Champion in Men’s Singles, upset 3rd seed Samuel Murray, 12-15, 15-9, 11-6, in the Round of 16 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2022 Suivant Consulting Grand Slam in Lilburn, Georgia Friday. Montoya’s win ensures there’s a new champion in Georgia this year, as Murray was the event’s defending champion. Montoya will play former IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the quarterfinals Saturday morning, as Waselenchuk made short work of Erick Trujillo - the 2021 IRF Boy’s U18 World Junior Champion - winning 15-1, 15-1.

The Montoya-Murray match was the only one to go to a tie-breaker in the 16s, and two matches ended in injury forfeits. IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa defeated 16th seed Sebastian Fernandez, when Fernandez withdrew midway through game one. He had injured his back during his first match Friday, and tried to play through it, but thought it better of it after finding himself down 8-0 to De La Rosa. De La Rosa will play 8th seed Rocky Carson in the quarters, as Carson defeated 9th seed Jake Bredenbeck in the 16s, 15-14, 15-11.

Sebastian Franco also won by injury forfeit, as 5th seed Eduardo Portillo was injured early in game one of their match. Franco, the 12th seed, will play 4th seed Andree Parrilla in the quarterfinals, as Parrilla beat Andres Acuña, 15-5, 15-12, Friday.

Also, the battle between the two most recent IRT winners - 7th seed Conrrado Moscoso and 10th seed Mario Mercado - went to Moscosco in two straight games, 15-8, 15-13. In the quarters, Moscoso will play IRT #2 Alejandro Landa, who defeated Thomas Carter, 15-8, 15-12, on Friday.

In doubles, the higher seeds won most of the matches played, but two matches were defaulted. Portillos’s injury forced him and Carson to forfeit their match against Javier Martinez and Juan Salvatierra. Also, Landa and Murray defaulted their match to Jordy Alonso and Rodrigo Rodriguez. Apparently, Murray had picked up an injury in his singles match against Montoya, although we don’t have confirmation of that.

The top seeds Alvaro Beltran and De La Rosa comfortably won their match, beating 16th seeds Wilbert Cerna & Justin Simpson, 15-3, 15-2. They’ll play 9th seeds Acuña and Alan Natera, who were the only upset winners in a match that was played, as they came back to defeat 8th seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck in three games, 14-15, 15-4, 11-7.

You can see the 2022 Suivant Consulting Pro-Am matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The quarterfinals are 10 and 11 AM Saturday with the semi-finals at 4 PM and 5 PM. The final will be 11 AM Sunday. The doubles quarters will be Saturday afternoon at 1 and 2 PM followed by the semi-finals Saturday night at 7 and 8 PM. The doubles final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 Suivant Consulting Grand Slam, January 20-23, 2022
Lilburn, Georgia

IRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 16) Sebastian Fernandez, 8-0, injury forfeit
8) Rocky Carson d. 9) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-14, 15-11

12) Sebastian Franco d. 5) Eduardo Portillo, 1-4, injury forfeit
4) Andree Parrilla d. 13) Andres Acuña, 15-5, 15-12

14) Rodrigo Montoya d. 3) Samuel Murray, 12-15, 15-9, 11-6
6) Kane Waselenchuk d. 22) Erick Trujillo, 15-1, 15-1

7) Conrrado Moscoso d. 10) Mario Mercado, 15-8, 15-13
2) Alejandro Landa d. 15) Thomas Carter, 15-8, 15-12

IRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 8) Rocky Carson - 11 AM
4) Andree Parrilla v. 12) Sebastian Franco - 11 AM

6) Kane Waselenchuk v. 14) Rodrigo Montoya - 10 AM
2) Alejandro Landa v. 7) Conrrado Moscoso - 10 AM

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 16) Wilbert Cerna & Justin Simpson, 15-3, 15-2
9) Andres Acuña & Alan Natera d. 8) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck, 14-15, 15-4, 11-7

12) Javier Martinez & Juan Salvatierra d. 5) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo, injury forfeit
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso d. 13) Robert Collins & David Horn, 15-10, 15-10

3) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 14) Austin Cunningham & Dylan Pruitt, 15-11, 15-8
6) Kadim Carrasco & Mario Mercado d. 11) Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer, 15-7, 15-3

7) Sebastian Fernandez & Andree Parrilla d. 10) Sebastian Franco & Erick Trujillo, 15-11, 15-13
15) Jordy Alonso & Rodrigo Rodriguez d. 2) Alejandro Landa & Samuel Murray, forfeit

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 9) Andres Acuña & Alan Natera - 1 PM
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso v. 12) Javier Martinez & Juan Salvatierra - 1 PM

3) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 6) Kadim Carrasco & Mario Mercado - 2 PM
7) Sebastian Fernandez & Andree Parrilla v. 15) Jordy Alonso & Rodrigo Rodriguez - 2 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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