Carson/Huczek Win National Doubles
USAR National Doubles Championship US Team Qualifying Division Championship match:
International Racquetball Tour (IRT) top pros competed for positions on the United States Racquetball Team. Jack Huczek/Rocky Carson d Vanderson/Crowther 7, (5), 10, taking the the National Doubles Championship and earning a spot on the U.S. Team.
Vanderson/Crowther got into a rhythm, but not until the end of the first game and not soon enough to pull off a win, giving up the first game 7-15. Game two saw them continue their momentum, pounding the ball mean and fast to a 15-5 win staying alive for a tiebreaker. In game 3, they stuck to their guns, but not a game instead only what Chris described afterwards as “rip the balls, play hard, and whatever happens, happens.”
Carson/Huczek, who have played together for over a decade, fought back. After at least one controversial call and a close score, they took a timeout before the second server at 10-10. Carson “got a nice little break in the back” with an ace serve that gave them the win.
Rocky Carson/Jack Huczek d Andy Hawthorne/Jose Rojas 15-13, 15-10
Chris Crowther/Shane Vanderson d Chris Crowther/Shane Vanderson 15-10, 15-8
Andy Hawthorne/Jose Rojas put up a fight, but the #1 seed, Rocky Carson/Jack Huczek team defeated them in two straight 15-13, 15-10.
Carson/Huczek will advance to the final against Vanderson/ Crowther, with the winner earning spots on the US Team and the chance to play in the 16th PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara, Mexico next October.
Chris Crowther and Shane Vanderson move on to the finals at the USAR National Doubles Championships in Tempe,
AZ, after winning two straight to take the match from Jansen Allen/Tony Carson
#1 seed Rocky Carson/Jack Huczek, #2 and #3-ranked players on the IRT Tour defeated “the mouth of the IRT” Network announcer John Scott who partnered with Anthony Herrera, ranked #13 on the pro tour.
Top-ranked tour players Andy Hawthorne/Jose Rojas partnered for the #5 seed in the draw, defeating retired pros & the #6-seed team of Josh Tucker/Cliff Swain in 2 games in the 3rd Quarterfinal match. Rojas dialed into smart doubles shots to help win game 1, 15-13. Tucker/Swain didn’t seem to have the fire to battle back from a large deficit in the 2nd, quickly sending Hawthorne/Rojas to the semis with a 15-2 win.
Top IRT pros #3 Vanderson/Crowther teamed up but played more like two singles as #6-seed Jeff Stark/Shawn Royster took game 1. Vanderson/Crowther apparent strategy of isolating Stark gave them the win in game 2 and then the tiebreaker, as they survived the 2nd Quarterfinal match with scores of (14), 11, 3.
#7 Carson/Allen upset #2 Mannino/Muller, who couldn’t quite shake the rust off their racquets when stepping out of the
IRT boardroom and onto the hardwood. Carson/Allen, the reigning U.S. Open Men’s Double Champions, played sharp and consistently to take the match.