Thursday, March 17, 2022

Day one of the 37th Annual IRT PapaNicholas Coffee Shamrock Shootout

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) is back in action this weekend in Lombard, Illinois, where they’ll play the 37th Annual PapaNicholas Coffee Shamrock Shootout. Andree Parrilla comes into the event as the most recent IRT winner after a victory in Georgia in January, when he defeated Kane Waselenchuk in the final.

But it’s Daniel De La Rosa who is the top seed this weekend with Parrilla 2nd seed and Waselenchuk 3rd. Thus, Parrilla and Waselenchuk could face off in the semi-finals in Illinois. Alejandro Landa is the 4th seed. Overall there are 31 players in the field including some that are likely using the event as a tune up for next month’s Pan American Championships in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Players like Mario Mercado and Sebastian Franco of Colombia, Bolivians Conrrado Moscoso and Roland Keller, Canadian Samuel Murray and Costa Rican Andres Acuña, as well as Mexicans Rodrigo Montoya and Javier Mar, who are the current International Racquetball Federation (IRF)) Men’s Doubles World Champions.


Perhaps curiously, they will play doubles before singles on Friday, and it’s likely some of the field will play four times on Friday: 2 singles matches and 2 doubles. Alvaro Beltran and De La Rosa are the top seeds with Montoya and Mar as 2nd seeds. Jake Bredenbeck and Samuel Murray - who might be called Team Big’n’Tall - are 3rd seeds with Bolivians & Moscoso and Keller seeded 4th.

The IRT matches begin Thursday with the qualifying round. The Round of 32 begins Friday at 1 and 2 PM with the Round of 16 at 7 and 8 PM Friday evening. The quarterfinals will be Saturday at 10 AM onwards with the semi-finals at b4 4:30 and 5:30 PM, and the final at noon Sunday. Doubles will be two rounds on Friday at 10 and 11 AM and then the quarterfinals at 4 and 5 PM. The doubles semi-finals will be at 7:30 and 8:30 PM Saturday and the final will be 1 PM Sunday. All times are Central. Look for the action via the IRT YouTube channel., as well as its Facebook page.

37th Annual IRT PapaNicholas Coffee Shamrock Shootout
March 17-20, 2022 - Lombard, Illinois

IRT Singles - Qualifying Round - Thursday

Q1 - Thomas Carter - BYE
Q8 - Jordy Alonso v. Jim Douglas, 15-2, 15-0

Q5 - Erick Trujillo v. Ferd Samson, 15-3, 15-9
Q4 - Robert Collins v. Benajmin Horner, 15-9, 15-5

Q3 - Javier Mar d. Rodrigo Mendoza, 15-7, 15-3
Q6 - Erick Cuevas Fernandez d. Victor Migliore, 15-7, 15-4

Q7 - Juan Salvatierra d. Geovani Mendoza, 15-5, 15-9
Q2 - Sebastian Fernandez d. Abraham Mercado, forfeit

IRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Eduardo Garay v. 17) Thomas Carter - 2 PM

9) Jake Bredenbeck v. Jordy Alonso - 2 PM
8) Rocky Carson - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
12) Sebastian Franco v. Erick Trujillo - 2 PM

13) Adam Manilla v. Robert Collins - 2 PM
4) Alejandro Landa - BYE

3) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
14) Andres Acuña v. Javier Mar - 1 PM

11) Alvaro Beltran v. Erick Cuevas Fernandez - 1 PM
6) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

7) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE
10) Mario Mercado v. Juan Salvatierra - 1 PM

15) Rodrigo Montoya v. Sebastian Fernandez - 1 PM
2) Andree Parrilla - BYE

IRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
8) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo v. 9) Andres Acuña & Jordy Alonso - 11 AM

5) Sebastian Fernandez & Andree Parrilla v. 12) David Kimmick & Vineet Singh - 11 AM
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

3) Jake Bredenbeck & Samuel Murray - BYE
6) Sebastian Franco & Eduardo Garay v. 11) Victor Migliore & Kyle Ulliman - 10 AM

7) Adam Manilla & Mario Mercado v. 10) Erick Cuevas Fernandez & Erick Trujillo - 10 AM
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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