Friday, December 2, 2022

Top seeds into semi-finals at 2022 IRT John Pelham Memorial tournament

Andree Parrilla, the top seed at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon, eked out the first game of his quarterfinal match against 9th seed Thomas Carter, and then won the second game in a romp, taking the match in two straight games, 15-14 15-2. He’ll play 5th seed Jake Bredenbeck in the semi-finals Saturday, as Bredenbeck upset 4th seed Samuel Murray, 15-9, 15-4, in the quarters.

Carter seemed like he was going to take game one against Parrilla, the #2 ranked IRT player. They were close most of the way, but when Parrilla was up 12-9, Carter called a timeout.

The break proved to be effective, as he got three points to tie the game at 12-12, and then went ahead 14-12. After Parrilla tied it at 14-14, Carter had another chance to serve, and in that rally he held up as Parrilla was in the way of him swinging at the ball. But the referee called a hinder, not an avoidable or penalty hinder, which

The Racquetball Blog staff all thought was an avoidable.

On the replay, Parrilla got the serve back, and won the game on the next rally, when Carter skipped a shot. Carter only got two points after that, and he scored those after Parrilla already had 12 in game two.

Second seed Eduardo Portillo had a decisive two game victory in the quarters over 7th seed Rodrigo Montoya, 15-1, 15-4, which was a surprisingly wide margin of victory, as Montoya is a former International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Champion in Men’s Singles. But Portillo looked like the champ on Friday.

Portillo will play 3rd seed Alejandro Landa in the semi-finals, as Landa held off 6th seed Mario Mercado, 15-6, 14-15, 11-5, in the quarterfinals.

You can see of the John Pelham Memorial tournament action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The semi-finals are 11 AM and noon on Saturday, and the final Saturday night at 6 PM. All times Pacific.

2022 IRT John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions
December 1-4, 2022 - Portland, Oregon

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Andree Parrilla d. 9) Thomas Carter, 15-14, 15-2
5) Jake Bredenbeck d. 4) Samuel Murray, 15-9, 15-4

3) Alejandro Landa d. 6) Mario Mercado, 15-6, 14-15, 11-5
2) Eduardo Portillo d. 7) Rodrigo Montoya, 15-1, 15-4

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Andree Parrilla v. 5) Jake Bredenbeck - 11 AM
2) Eduardo Portillo v. 3) Alejandro Landa - Noon

Follow the bouncing ball….

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