Friday, September 30, 2022

Bredenbecks upset Mar & Montoya in IRT Doubles quarterfinals at 2022 US Open

Brothers Jake and Sam Bredenbeck, the 7th seeds, defeated 2nd seeds Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya, 15-7, 15-10, in the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doubles quarterfinals Friday at the 2022 US Open at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The win knocks out the former International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Men’s Doubles World Champions. The Bredenbecks will play 3rd seeds Samuel Murray and Andree Parrilla in the semi-finals Saturday, as Murray and Parrilla beat Sebastian Franco and Eduardo Garay, 15-10, 15-4, on Friday.

Top seeds and current IRF Men’s Doubles World Champions Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa almost joined Mar and Montoya on the sidelines, as they were pushed to three games by the young team of Sebastian Fernandez and Adam Manilla, but eked out the win, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7. That sets up a rematch of this year’s World Championship final with Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso on Saturday, as Keller and Moscoso beat Andrés Acuña and Eduardo Portillo, 15-7, 15-4, Friday.

The Bredenbecks got off to a good start in game one versus Mar and Montoya, going up 8-1, and they kept the lead all game, although Mar and Montoya made it close at 9-7. But they wouldn’t get any more than that, as the Bredenbecks won it 15-7.

In game two, they were close early, and tied at 5-5. Mar and Montoya got the next five points to lead 10-5, and it looked like they would be playing a tie-breaking third game. So, the Bredenbecks called a timeout.

They got eight points on as many rallies to take the lead at 13-10, and at that point Mar and Montoya called a timeout. They got the serve back on the next rally, but were unable to score any points, as they were assessed a penalty hinder to go half down, and then Montoya skipped a backhand shot to give the brothers the serve back.

Jake Bredenbeck got his side to match point with a forehand pinch shot, and they won it when Montoya skipped a backhand shot to give the Bredenbecks their match winning point.

Franco and Garay actually led for much of game one against Murray and Parrilla, including at 3-0 and 10-5. But they got stuck there, as Murray and Parrilla scored ten unanswered points to comeback and win it, 15-10. Parrilla - playing the right side - hit high lob serves into the center of the court between his opponents, which proved to be an effective strategy.

Garay actually tried to use the same strategy in game two, but not with as much success. The teams were close early, but after being tied 3-3, Murray and Parrilla scored six points to lead 9-3 and went on to close it out 15-4, and win in two straight games.

The IRT doubles semi-finals will be Saturday at 11:10 AM and 12:10 PM with the final Saturday at 5:10 PM.

You can watch the US Open IRT action from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis by going to the IRT YouTube channels or their Facebook page.

2022 US Open - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
September 28-October 2, 2022

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Sebastian Fernandez & Adam Manilla, 15-9, 13-15, 11-7
4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso v. 5) Andés Acuña & Eduardo Portillo, 15-7, 15-4

3) Samuel Murray & Andree Parrilla v. 6) Sebastian Franco & Eduardo Garay, 15-10, 15-4
7) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck d. 2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya, 15-7, 15-10

IRT Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa v. 4) Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso - 12:10 PM

3) Samuel Murray & Andree Parrilla v. 7) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck - 11:10 AM

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