Kane Captures 2015 Florida IRT ProAm
Kane Waselenchuk defeated Rocky Carson in the 2015 Florida IRT ProAm 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 to capture his third title in 2015, and in front of a packed house at the Sarasota YMCA after defeating #3 Alvaro Beltran in four games, 12-10, 6-11, 11-2, 11-0 in the 2nd semifinal. #1 Rocky Carson played past #4 Daniel De La Rosa 11-7, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10.
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#2 Kane Waselenchuk d#1 Rocky Carson 11-8, 11-8, 14-12
Rocky Carson faced off against #2 Kane Waselenchuk in the 2015 Florida IRT ProAm Championship Final tonight at 7 p.m. EST. Kane defeated Alvaro in four games 12-10, 6-11, 11-2, 11-0 in the 2nd semifinal to face #1 Rocky Carson who played past Daniel De La Rosa 11-7, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10.
game one- Waselenchuk came out firing hard drive serves that forced Carson to lung and pop his returns up to the ceiling. Waselenchuk reached a 4-0 lead rather quickly before allowing Carson a chance in the server’s box. Waselenchuk let up on the intensity and did not get as low as usual on his shots and skipped 3 straight balls. Carson, was able to heat up and bring some back-hands from shoulder height into the corners for winners. Waselenchuk, who started the game on a run of points was unable to put away many of his set-ups. Carson takes the lead at 8-5 and was controlling center court As soon as it looked as if Carson was in command of this game, Waselenchuk rattles off 6 straight points. It occurred so quickly, that many, including Carson were left stunned. Of note, Waselenchuk opted to lob serve most of this game after his initial early run. The late bombardment of 6 points by Waselenchuk took a total of 2 minutes. 11-8, Waselenchuk.
Game two- Carson came out hitting deceptively strong and low drive serves that aced Waselenchuk twice. Carson had built good momentum in game one and was continuing to press an offensive agenda early in this game and was shooting, unusually, before Waselenchuk. Carson was much lighter on his feet and extended Waselenchuk’s deficit to 7-1. Waselenchuk was still connecting with some of his signature demonstrative kill-shots but it was taking him longer in the rally than normal to do so. Carson was having success driving serves to the Waselenchuk back-hand all game. At 3-8, Waselenchuk scored four points in a row utilizing passes more so than kill-shots. Both players entered into long rallies at this point of the game, something that fans and analysts are not used to seeing from Waselenchuk. Like in the first, Waselenchuk went on a huge run and scored 7 unanswered points. At game point, Waselenchuk drive z served to Carson’s back-hand and is able to end the rally with soft hands in the front court. Waselenchuk, again, in the blink of an eyem was able to steal away with this game, turning the tide in a matter of minutes. 11-8, Waselenchuk.
Game three- Waselenchuk started strong in this game and came out to a 3-1 advantage. Carson managed to find his footing and hit three skill-full shots on the run for winners. Carson took the lead at 7-4 and though he once again seemed in the driver’s seat of the game, no lead had proven safe. Waselenchuk, in fairness, skipped 4 of Carson’s 7 points. Carson aced served Waselenchuk in the left hand corner to score his first 9th point in any game. Waselenchuk called a time-out but that did not slow the rolling Carson from scoring another point on a cross court kill. Waselenchuk was not done however. He sided out Carson and again went to work on the lead. At 6-10, Waselenchuk began to score from every angle and Carson looked deflated. As in the previous two games, Waselenchuk came back from behind and tied the game at 10’s. Both players traded points at this crucial crossroads of the match, 11-11, 12-12. Waselenchuk was the player who had the finishing power yet again and dashed Carson’s hopes of a 4th game, scoring the next two. 14-12, Waselenchuk.
2015 Florida IRT ProAm Semifinals
Saturday’s semifinals feature the top-four ranked players on the pro tour. Top seed Rocky Carson takes on #4 Daniel De La Rosa in the first match at 11 a.m. EST #2 Kane Waselenchuk faces #3 Alvara Beltran in the second semifinal at noon. In the quarterfinals: Carson beat Charlie Pratt in four games, De La Rosa defeated Jansen Allen, Waselenchuk beat Jose Rojas and Beltran outlasted Ben Croft in a five-game tiebreaker — after taking a pizza break in game four.
Semifinal Match Recaps
by Tim Prigo
Rocky Carson def Daniel De La Rosa 11-7, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10
game one- The two began by siding out multiple times before Carson re-killed De La Rosa’s high return of serve for the first point of the match. Carson scored two more from disorienting De La Rosa with jam shots. De La Rosa got on the board with a flat backhand off of an over-hit ceiling ball. De La Rosa did well staying and swinging low at the start of this game. Both players remained stuck at three points for several rallies, having many long exchanges. De La Rosa kept the slight edge, leading Carson for much of the game. At 5-6, Carson hit an ace that tied De La Rosa on the right-hand side. De La Rosa power-skipped to cede another point to trail for the first time in the game. De La Roas timeout. The break seemed to serve Carson as he started with an ace followed by a spinning backhand that found the bottom board. Carson soon reached game point at 10-7. He took game one off of a De La Rosa ceiling ball that came off the back for an easy setup, 11-7.
game two- Much like in the first, the duo stayed close in the score line for the beginning of the game. Carson went on a scoring tear first, bringing the count to 5-1. Carson did well to get his first serve attempts in while De La Rosa struggled to get in the box. De La Rosa also made many uncharacteristic errors while the veteran appeared to completely control the headspace of the up-and-comer. Carson made quick work of De La Rosa in this game. At 10-1, Daniel De La Rosa was able to stave off many game points and scored a point from a crisp cross-court pass, gaining steam. But he was ultimately overtaken by a Carson down-the-line pass. 11-2.
game three- De La Rosa needed to get back into this match, both mentally and strategically as he looked dejected for most of the second game. De La Rosa began to connect and put an end to the long exchanges that favored Carson. De La Rosa lead early at 4-2. Carson began to miss many set ups and lacked the killer instinct to go for many offensive opportunities that could put the hobbled De La Rosa away. By 6-2 De La Rosa had taken command of the game, but the tempo of play stayed dangerously in Carson’s comfort zone. Long breaks between points and slow ceiling ball rallies characterized the style of play. As this continued, Carson’s point crept up. He tied De La Rosa at six. De La Rosa pushed hard to capture this game as he hit drive serves with enough power to garner weak returns. At 6-9, Carson hit an ace to the forehand side followed by a serve that jammed De La Rosa. Two easy points for Carson. De La Rosa, in danger of being lulled out of the match, must have felt the pressure to shoot the ball as he went on an offensive rant to close out a highly contested game three, 11-8.
game four- The competitiveness continued to reach high levels as both players battled for each point. De La Rosa’s body language no longer connoted defeat and Carson kept playing at his usual high level. The match stayed very tight until Carson got hot with his backhand and went on a scoring run to 8-3. De La Rosa called time. This pause proved valuable for De La Rosa as he was able to get back in the box and go on a run of his own. At 8-7 Carson sent a blistering serve to the back-hand that De La Rosa was not able to get a racquet on. Carson made De La Rosa stretch across center court from a hard cross court pass for another point. De La Rosa got back into the box at 7-10 and was able to make a valiant comeback to tie the game at 10-10. Carson stayed diligent however, and scored the next two points to secure his spot in the finals. 12-10, Carson.
#2 Kane Waselenchuk def #3 Alvaro Beltran 12-10, 6-11, 11-2, 11-0
game one- Beltran started the match out ferociously, moving well and hitting the bottom boards for a 3-0 lead. Beltran was putting the ball away very well at the start of this game, leaving his feet multiple times for diving kills making points. Waselenchuk was hitting the ball hard enough to keep Beltran off-balance but was not putting routine shots down. Waselenchuk eventually found the box and his serve became the greatest weapon on the court as he scored four straight. Tied at 5-5, Beltran was able to find his groove, putting down soft pinches that he cut off in the front couple. That coupled with Waselenchuk skips boosted Beltran to 10-7. Beltran took a timeout in hopes to gain strength and focus for one final point push. Waselenchuk was the one who came out hot however, as he scored three straight points off hard-z serves to the Beltran back-hand. Waselenchuk continued to push and scored another, with a down-the-line pass and, at 11-10, rolled a ball down the line from 38 feet to capture the first game victory. 12-10, Waselenchuk.
game two- Both players traded sideouts and began the game looking equally matched. At 2-2, Waselenchuk impeded Beltran’s backswing earning the #3 seed a point from the hinder. Waselenchuk was upset about the ruling and it seemed that his frustration caused him to enter into a scoring lull, skipping many balls. Beltran continued to stay focused and made the most of his offensive opportunities to pull ahead, 8-4. Beltran lost the serve and not wanting to let momentum slip away called a timeout. Waselenchuk scored two quick points but Beltran was able to stop the ‘Kane-Train’ before it gained unstoppable force and got back in the server’s box. Beltran came up with clutch drive serve’s to Waselenchuk’s backhand that put Beltran on the precipice of a game-two victory. At 10-6, Beltran hit a crack ace on the right-hand side to finish strong. 11-6, Beltran.
Game three- Again, both players came out hitting well and there was not much between the two. Sideouts and points were exchanged in turn. Waselenchuk took the slight edge after a long rally that saw both player’s dive twice. Beltran looked fatigued after this and was not putting the same precision on his shots that had been the case in the first two games. Waselenchuk continued to move well picking up many would-be pinch winners in the frontcourt. Waselenchuk picked up steam and his serves landed just over the short line with authority. Waselenchuk took his most commanding lead of the match thus far at 8-2. Beltran tried to stop the bleeding with a timeout and long discussions with referee Charlie Pratt, but none of these strategies had affect. Waselenchuk easily scored the next three points and sealed the game three win, 11-2.
game four- Waselenchuk continued his groove into the fourth game with laser serves that Beltran was lucky to get a racquet on. In a matter of two minutes, Waselenchuk was up 5-0. Waselenchuk shifted into a higher gear and began to hit aces and re-kills at will. By the time Waselenchuk was up 8-0, Beltran had only served once. Beltran skipped and Waselenchuk killed everything. At 9-0 Beltran took a timeout but to no avail as upon time resuming, Waselenchuk ran out two points. Match, Waselenchuk, 11-0.
Quafterfinal Match Recaps
by Tim Prigo
#4 Daniel De La Rosa def #5 Jansen Allen 11-3, 11-9, 11-2
game one- With only 3 minutes expired in the first game De La Rosa was up to a 7-0 lead. Flashy shots and hard ace serves all seemed to connect for the young Mexican at the beginning of this match. Allen took a time out in hopes of weathering the storm, and though Allen got back in the box and was able to score his first point of the match, De La Rosa showed no signs of slowing. He trudged ahead to an 11-3 win in an eight-minute game. De La Rosa went for almost all offensive shots and even took some low percentage chances in the first game but everything seemed to land.
Game two- Allen came out with the first point of game two, but was quickly quelled by De La Rosa’s potent offensive rhythm. Not only was De La Rosa shooting the ball better but he was also putting more power on his shots. Even though De La Rosa seemed to control the beginning of this game, he never went on an unanswered point run. Tied at 3-3, Allen was able to take his first lead of the match by taking advantage of an out-of-position De La Rosa. Though Allen never seemed to be hitting as crisply as De La Rosa, he was moving very well and extending many rallies. Halfway through this game, the red hot De La Rosa began to cool. Allen continued playing diligently to take the lead at 6-5. The duo stayed neck and neck throughout this game with only one point separating them for most of the time. De La Rosa, at 9-7, received a point from an Allen skip that brought him to game point. Allen stayed resilient and battled off many game points as he slowly earned points that brought him to 9-10. De La Rosa was able to close the game with an ace serve to the forehand when Allen was leaning left. 11-9, De La Rosa.
Game three- De La Rosa again started out strong for a 4-0 lead. It appeared that De La Rosa had this match all but sealed if he could continue to maintain his focus. Allen did not have answers for the questions put forth from De La Rosa’s racquet. De La Rosa was loose and relaxed and exacting in his placement. Allen never folded completely, he was just outplayed in almost every aspect. At 8-2, De La Rosa looked in complete control and seemed to be getting better as the game went on, and started to hit trick shots. At 10-2, De La Rosa seized the win off an Allen skip. 11-2.
#3 Alvaro Beltran def #6 Ben Croft 11-8, 2-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5
game one- Beltran drew first blood for a 2-0 lead, working off his wallpaper lob serve. Croft began the match with hard straight-in drives At 3-3, both players had already come out of the court to have words with the ref. Croft and Beltran were both exchanging sideouts and the match seemed poised for high drama as the crowd was growing increasingly vocal. Beltran went on a run that saw many points coming from soft touches in the front court. These dinks and off speed shots frustrated Croft who was called for a warning after hitting the ball after the rally. Beltran, at 10-8, hit a half-drive z serve to the Croft backhand that was called a skip for game one, 11-8.
game two- Croft began this game very strong. His drive serves kept Beltran off-balance and he put away all of his set-ups. Up 6-0, Croft looked as if he had found the groove that had eluded him in the first game. Beltran eventually got on the board with an ace serve and a Croft skip for 2-7. Croft continued his onslaught, scoring from ace serves, kill shots off of the back wall and reverse pinches. Beltran appeared helpless against a rolling Croft and at 10-2, took a timeout. When time resumed Beltran hit a 3-wall boast for a sideout but was not able to score and quickly lost the serve. Croft scored the game point from a lethargic Beltran skip. 11-2, Croft.
Game three- Croft began the game with a skip to give Beltran the first point of the match. Croft did not falter for long though, and put six points on the board with excellent hard drive serves. Croft was able to cut off many of the returns that Beltran presented him with in the front court, driving the ball into the corners for winners. Beltran could not connect with the front wall and was swinging at half speed, often times coming up with skips. Beltran was not putting away the shots that he is most notable for, namely his pinches and off-of-the-backwall finesse maneuvers. Croft continued to dominate the game in every instance and at 10-3, Beltran did not even attempt to return the serve. 11-3, Croft.
Game four- Beltran came out in game four strong. He had shaken off what he portrayed in the previous game. Up 6-0, Beltran seemed to connect on every shot, a completely reversing his play up to this point. Beltran seemed to frustrate Croft as he was putting everything down. At 7-0, Croft took a timeout and was able to regain the serve and score his first three points of the game. At 8-3, Beltran looked formidable at every turn of play. Croft had an uphill battle this whole game as every time he looked to be gaining momentum Beltran would dink the ball into the corner to stifle his run. Beltran won game four, 11-5.
game five- Croft scored first to get out in front in the critical tiebreaker. Beltran soon answered back with a point of his own. Beltran was able to work off of his high lob serves and soon took the lead at 5-2. After being called for an avoidable and then a technical, Croft seemed to be out of the game, down 1-6. Croft was able to sideout Beltran however, and score a point off of a loose swing from his opponent. Croft went into the drive serve position and hit two short serves. Though it looked as if the match was all but sealed, Beltran had a few inopportune skips and Croft an ace. Even at 4-10, Croft tried to mount a comeback but was soon derailed by another expertly placed Beltran pinch kill. At game point, a long rally ensued that Croft lost. 11-5, Beltran.
#1 Rocky Carson def #9 Charlie Pratt 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-4
game one- Carson began with the serve and received the first point by way of a Pratt skip from deep in the court. Pratt was unable to get to the ball in the next rally and two bounces were called. 2-0, Carson. Pratt earned a side-out via a backhand pinch but was not able to score off his serve in the next volley. Carson and Pratt enter into a 15-20 shot rally with Pratt clearly being lured into Carson’s style of play. Carson won the rally and scored two more points to make the score read, 4-0. Pratt was finally able to get on the board. First, a Carson skip to get to 1, then a Pratt roll-out to get 2. The next rally Pratt keeps the pressure on Carson and kept his opponent on the defensive before putting the ball away. Pratt continued to build momentum and scored the next two points off serve-return-kill exchanges. Pratt now took the lead and the tide of the game yielded a sudden shift. Carson time-out. When play resumed, Pratt was able to continue his full court press and keep Carson off balance, earning another point. 6-4. Carson eventually returned to the box and scored a point he garnered from an excellent drive-z that tied Pratt up in the left corner. Pratt was not to be in the back court for long though, as he got back in the box and scored two more points in dominant fashion. 8-6, Pratt. Carson broke his strings and upon the game resuming got back in the box and scored two points to tie the game at 8-8. The duo remained gridlocked at 8’s for several rallies before Pratt scored from a serve-return-kill for a point. Pratt then scored with an ace for game point. The next rally saw Pratt controlling center court and Carson scrambling to get to every shot. Eventually, one of Pratt’s shot caught the crack and rolled out to give him the game, 11-9.
game two- The second game started with a Pratt injury to his left knee that was profound enough for him to take 5 minutes of his injury time-out. Carson took an early commanding lead at 3-0. The knee of Pratt seemed to be at the least, a major annoyance, as he was not moving or rotating his hips well. Carson continued to truck the lead forward with a bevvy of aces and hard roll-out pinches. Pratt was able to score a point at 1-6, from a Carson skip. Carson continued his dominance of the game and at 8-2 landed two aces in a row for his first game point. Pratt never attempted to make any adjustments to off set Carson’s scoring streak. Pratt skipped the game away. 11-2, Carson.
game three- This game started in the same fashion as the second. Carson scored easily with aces and pinches while Pratt hit many weak returns. At 3-0, Pratt sided-out Carson and went on his first run since game one. At 3-3, Pratt was able to stop the easy points from hemorrhaging and got into the match, standing toe to toe with Carson. At 4-4, Carson went on a major serving offensive, keeping Pratt off balance and hitting some deadly kills. Pratt regained the serve and goes on his own scoring campaign to take a one point lead, 8-7. Both players looked strong and neither made very many unforced errors. It had been a game of runs. Carson timeout. Pratt came back into the game flat, allowing Carson to easily take the serve and then score 3 points. 10-7 Carson, in a dramatic turn. Carson took the game from a Pratt skip off a serve. Pratt never recovered from coming out anemic after the time-out. 11-7 Carson.
game four- The fourth game began slowly as neither player could find their footing. It was Carson who found the score board first with an ace serve followed by a weak skip from Pratt off the back wall. Carson now took the reigns of the game and went on a tear to get to 4-0. Carson dialed in his serve in this game helping him to garner set-up after set-up from Pratt. At 6-1, Carson continued to tighten his game up, looking better and better as the match went on. Pratt appeared a bit fatigued, and was having trouble getting in his drive serves. Pratt gained a little momentum and was able to get into some long exchanges with Carson. The score line was brought to 4-7, before Carson got back into the driver’s seat. Carson scored the next 3 points and at 10-4 took the match from a hard around the world that saw Pratt too exhausted to turn his body and get to the ball in time. 11-4 Carson.
#2 Kane Waselenchuk d #7 Jose Rojas 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
game one- Waselenchuk and Rojas both looked fresh as neither had dropped a game thus far in the event. Waselenchuk scored first with an ace to the Rojas backhand. Rojas scored three in succession as he was able to anticipate where Waselenchuk was going to be shooting. Up 5-3,Waselenchuk had worked all his points from serves, acing Rojas or getting serve-return-kills. Rojas had trouble finding himself in the rally mid-game, something that favored him earlier. Now he was typically was only able to hit the return of serve before Waselenchuk put it away. At 4-9 Rojas called a time-out. Rojas was able to get back in the box and rattle off a point from a Waselenchuk skip. The momentum was never to build for Rojas however, as Waselenchuk controlled center court and took game one, 11-5.
game two- Rojas was able to get out to a 3-0 lead utilizing some excellent drive-serves to Waselenchuk’s backhand. Rojas scored another with soft hands in the front court. Waselenchuk got back in the box after hitting a blistering down-the-line pass. Three points were scored to bring the count to 3-4. Waselenchuk, who had started this game slow, showed signs of heating up. Rojas handed Waselenchuk the next three points from skips that he tried hitting lower-percentage shots from deep in the back-court. At 4-7, Rojas called a timeout. Rojas got back in the service box but was quickly shuttled back fora return of serve by way of a Waselenchuk pinch. Waselenchuk now had all the momentum, and ran the score line to 10-4. Rojas tried to mount a run by hitting down-the-line passes. He did earn two points before succumbing in a yet another serve-return-kill exchange. Waselenchuk, 11-6.
game three- Waselenchuk began this game similarly to how he ended the last. Bombarding Rojas with his drive-serve and then putting the next ball away or completely controlling center court. Rojas was able to get into more rallies in this game, but usually found himself diving from one side of the court to the other as Waselenchuk stayed on his feet. Waselenchuk was the player on the offensive and Rojas, while making some amazing gets, was on the defense. At 5-1, Waselenchuk’s serves were looking to be too much for Rojas as he poked two into the floor. Rojas hit many uncharacteristic weak shots and also missed many of his set-ups in this game. At 1-10 Rojas was able to get back in the server’s box and score 4 quick points with flat kills. Every shot Rojas hit looked as if he were swinging for the fences, connecting on each. Waselenchuk finally stopped the Rojas run, and got back the serve. Waselenchuk called a timeout . The match ended strangely, as Waselenchuk hit a serve to the backhand side of Rojas that looked clearly short but was called good by the ref. Rojas stood in disbelief as Waselenchuk walked off the court. The two had a long conversation at the door before finally shaking hands for the match just played. Waselenchuk won, 11-5.
The 2015 Florida IRT ProAm: Fighting to the Homestretch
by Tim Prigo
As the 2014-2015 IRT season turns the corner into the homestretch of play, the pros are jockeying for the all important end-of-year ranking positions. The backdrop of the next proving ground will be in sunny warm Sarasota, Florida. All the top players in the world will take to the courts for the 1st annual Florida IRT Pro/Am, February 26 – March 1, 2015. The Sarasota YMCA will host an event that will see many of the important storylines of the season continue to play out. Most notably, the battle for #1 between Rocky Carson and Kane Waslenchuk will heat up as Carson is only 72 points ahead of Waselenchuk going into Florida, meaning that a Waselenchuk win places him back in the world’s #1 ranking spot.
Tournament Director Chad Bailey, who is president of the Florida Racquetball Association, tells of the excitement surrounding the event. “A lot of people in the Florida Racquetball Association want to see this event happen; it has a really good buzz right now.” Bailey is taking the helm of his first tier 1. “We like the event in Florida and wanted it to remain. When the slot became available, I didn’t want to see it go away.” For many tournament directors, the decision to put on such a large event ultimately comes down to why. “I could see that people in the (racquetball) community were interested. My main goal is to grow the sport. That has always been my main goal, and it is not about the money.”
Much of Bailey’s sentiment symbolizes the ethos of the racquetball culture in Florida. “We have a tight-knit core of players. Our ties to each other extend outside the racquetball court as well. We’re friends as well as competitors.” Although Florida is no stranger to the IRT, this event hopes to reboot and reinvigorate that meaningful bond.
The Sarasota YMCA is a large club. Bailey believes that due to the club’s size it will expose a lot of non-racquetball players to the event. There are 6 glass-wall-back courts in a line, which will makes it easy for fans to peruse matches freely during the qualifiers. There is also viewing upstairs. The championship court bleachers allow for more than 250 fans to watch. In addition, a live feed from the IRT network will be projected in other parts of the club. Plus, a players and sponsors will be able to mingle and relax in the VIP lounge.
The Florida IRT ProAm carries a lot of weight in terms of ranking with highly contested positions at a late point in the 2014-2015 season. The battle for #1 between Carson and Waselenchuk is just a start, with Waslenchuk appearing as lethal as ever having not dropped a single game in the last two events. Down the line, Daniel De La Rosa (4), Ben Croft (5) and Jose Rojas (6) are all within striking distance of one another. A strong showing from any one of these players could unsettle the rankings. Vying for the prestigious top 8 are Marco Rojas (7), Jansen Allen (8) and Charlie Pratt (9). This group of three will be in hot contention with each other to cement themselves in the top 8 as only about 50 ranking points separate the group. Local favorite, Mike Harmon, is known as one of the best regional players, and capable of upsetting top names.
Sarasota boasts some of the hottest nightlife and tourist hubs in the country along with warm weather, top-grade restaurants, shops, and nightclubs all within minutes of the YMCA. Countless sponsors large and small made this event possible, including the Florida Racquetball Association and The Sarasota Sports Commission (visitsarasota.org), Mike Ammen and the Ammen Family Funeral are the top supporters. Without supporters such as the Ammen family, this event would not have been possible.
Florida will prove to be an exciting arena for what has been one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory. In a sport where the yearend rankings are the most coveted prize, 6 of the top 9 positions could all change. On the hinge of one tournament, one match and possibly one swing of a racquet, the rankings could look a lot different come March 2nd.
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