Friday, January 26, 2024

Quarterfinal drama at 2024 IRT Lewis Drug Pro-Am

Third seed Conrrado Moscoso beat 6th seed Adam Manilla, 15-1, 15-5, in the first quarterfinal match at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Lewis Drug Pro/Am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Moscoso will play veteran Canadian Samuel Murray, in the semi-finals on Saturday, as Murray came back to defeat young Mexican Erick Trujillo, 10-15, 15-13, 11-4, in the second quarterfinal Friday.

In the other quarterfinals, former #1 Kane Waselenchuk came back from a game down to defeat 8th seed Andrés Acuña, 13-15, 15-10, 11-4, and 4th seed Rodrigo Montoya did likewise to fend off 5th seed Andree Parrilla, 12-15, 15-9, 11-9.


The top seeds in doubles - Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya - beat 8th seeds Robert Collins and Erick Trujillo in two straight games, 15-10, 15-2. But the 2nd seeds, Daniel De La Rosa and Alejandro Landa, lost a contentious tie-breaker to Alvaro Beltran and Adam Manilla, 11-15, 15-14, 11-9.

Beltran and Manilla eked out the second game to force a tie-breaker. They got up 3-0 in the breaker, only to see De La Rosa and Landa get 10 unanswered points to reach match point at 10-3.

Cue the comeback.

Beltran and Manilla prevented De La Rosa and Landa from scoring four times, and slowly worked their way back into the game. Landa skipped a shot that made it 10-10, and Beltran mockingly applauded him.

Landa did not take that well, and went toe to toe with Beltran. They had been talking throughout the match, and both had done things that could have resulted in technical faults, yet none had been called, though they would have been in an international match, which is less tolerant of bad behaviour.

There was a bit of physical contact between the two, and a lot of jawing as they went nose to nose a few times before play resumed. At one point, the IRT Commissioner came on the court to try to calm things down, although he separated them, they came together a couple more times before play resumed.

The referee assessed technicals - finally! - to both sides, so the score went from 10-10 to 9-9, with Beltran (the first server for his side) serving. After a hinder, Beltran hit winning shots on back to back rallies that made it 10-9 and then 11-9, to win the game and match for his team. Landa left the court without shaking hands.

Fourth seeds Kadim Carrasco and Conrrado Moscoso also won a close tie-breaker, as they defeated 5th seeds Andrés Acuña and Alan Natera, 10-15, 15-7, 11-10. They’ll play 3rd seeds Andree Parrilla and Eduardo Portillo in the semi-finals Saturday, as Parrilla and Portillo beat 6th seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Sam Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-5.

The singles semi-finals Saturday at 4 and 5 PM and the final Sunday at 11. The doubles semis will be Saturday at 11 AM and noon, and final at noon on Sunday. You can see some of the IRT action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. All times Central.

2024 IRT 44th Lewis Drug Pro/Am
Sioux Falls, South Dakota - January 25-28, 2024

IRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

17) Kane Waselenchuk d. 8) Andrés Acuña, 13-15, 15-10, 11-4
4) Rodrigo Montoya d. 5) Andree Parrilla, 12-15, 15-9, 11-9

3) Conrrado Moscoso d. 6) Adam Manilla, 15-1, 15-5
7) Samuel Murray d. 15) Erick Trujillo, 10-15, 15-13, 11-4

IRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Rodrigo Montoya v. 17) Kane Waselenchuk - 5 PM
3) Conrrado Moscoso v. 7) Samuel Murray - 4 PM

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya d. 8) Robert Collins & Erick Trujillo, 15-10, 15-2
4) Kadim Carrasco & Conrrado Moscoso d. 5) Andrés Acuña & Alan Natera, 10-15, 15-7, 11-10

3) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo d. 6) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck, 15-5, 15-5
7) Alvaro Beltran & Adam Manilla d. 2) Daniel De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa, 15-11, 14-15, 11-9

IRT Doubles - Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 4) Kadim Carrasco & Conrrado Moscoso - 11 AM
3) Andree Parrilla & Eduardo Portillo v. 7) Alvaro Beltran & Adam Manilla - Noon

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