Saturday, May 14, 2022

Murray & Waselenchuk through to semi-finals at 2022 IRT New York Open

A Canadian will be in the final of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) New York Open in Wantagh, New York on Sunday, as both Samuel Murray and Kane Waselenchuk won their respective quarterfinals Saturday morning, and will play each other in the semi-finals Saturday night for a spot in Sunday’s final. Waselenchuk made a statement by defeating IRT #2 Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 15-6. Parrilla had defeated Waselenchuk earlier this year, but didn’t come close doing so on Saturday.

Samuel Murray, the IRT’s #3 player, went to a tie-breaker with #6 Conrado Moscoso, winning 15-8, 4-15, 11-7. In the breaker, there wasn’t more than a one point difference until Murray pulled ahead from 5-5 to 7-5, and he held the lead from there on. Moscoso got it back to one point at 8-7 down, but Murray got the last three points to close out the win.

In the other quarterfinal matches IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa needed a tie-breaker to defeat 8th seed Mario Mercado, 15-9, 9-15, 11-2, and 4th seed Alejandro Landa beat 12th seed Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-6.

You can see the 2022 New York Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play continues Saturday with the semi-finals at 7 and 8 Saturday night. The final will be at noon Sunday. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT New York Open, May 12-15, 2022
Wantagh, New York

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Mario Mercado, 15-9, 9-15, 11-2
4) Alejandro Landa d. 12) Adam Manilla, 15-12, 15-6

3) Samuel Murray d. 6) Conrrado Moscoso, 15-8, 4-15, 11-7
7) Kane Waselenchuk d. 2) Andree Parrilla, 15-0, 15-6

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Alejandro Landa - 8 PM
3) Samuel Murray v. 7) Kane Waselenchuk - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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