Saturday, November 5, 2022

De La Rosa and Montoya will face off in final of 2022 IRT Dovetail Open

Daniel De La Rosa, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), is in his 3rd final of 2022, as he defeated Andrés Acuña, 15-10, 15-13, in the semi-finals of the Dovetail Open in Sarasota, Florida. De La Rosa will play 11th seed Rodrigo Montoya in the final Sunday.

Montoya advanced to the final after IRT #2 Conrrado Moscoso had to withdraw from their semi-final match early in game one with Montoya leading 4-2. Montoya hit a backhand ceiling ball from the back left corner, and Moscoso backpedaled to hit the next shot, but tripped over Montoya, who was getting up from the floor. The contact was slight, but enough to cause Moscoso to fall backwards and he hit his head on the back wall.

Moscoso was seeking to win a third straight IRT event after capturing his first US Open title last month, and following that up with a win at the Golden State Open in California. He also won Men’s Singles at the 2022 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August, so Moscoso is the most in form player at the moment.

While it was suspected that he suffered a concussion as a result of his fall, the IRT released a statement - - indicating that medical professionals assessment of Moscoso was that he did not have a concussion, and that he should rest over night.

Earlier in the day, Moscoso and Alejandro Landa won their doubles semi-final match against Acuña and Alan Natera, 15-7, 15-11, so it’s possible that he could be fit to play in the doubles final on Sunday. His condition will be re-assessed in the morning to determine that.

If Moscoso does play the doubles final, he’ll again face Montoya, as Montoya and Javier Mar defeated Kadim Carrasco and De La Rosa, 15-10, 9-15, 11-4, in the other semi-final.

You can see the 2022 IRT Dovetail Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final to follow at noon. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT Dovetail Open, November 3-6, 2022
Sarasota, Florida

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 8) Jake Bredenbeck, 14-15, 15-8, 11-7
12) Andrés Acuña d. 4) Eduardo Portillo, forfeit illness

11) Rodrigo Montoya d. 3) Andree Parrilla, 15-14, 15-10
2) Conrrado Moscoso d. 7) Rocky Carson, 15-12, 15-5

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Daniel De La Rosa d. 12) Andrés Acuña, 15-10, 15-13
11) Rodrigo Montoya d. 2) Conrrado Moscoso, 4-2, injury default

Final - Sunday

1) Daniel De La Rosa v. 11) Rodrigo Montoya - 11 AM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Alejandro Landa & Conrrado Moscoso d. 8) Andrés Acuña & Alan Natera, 15-7, 15-11
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 3) Kadim Carrasco & Daniel De La Rosa, 15-10, 9-15, 11-4

Doubles - Final - Sunday

2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Alejandro Landa & Conrrado Moscoso - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

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