MWRA Season Opener Recap

MWRA Season Opener Recap

Washington, Mo. September 19, 2018- The first event of the 2018-2019 International Racquetball Tour’s (IRT) season finished on Saturday this past weekend in Laurel, Maryland and set the bar for the rest of the season!

Packed house watching the action
Carson with supporters after the Saturday final

The #1 ranked player in the world, Rocky Carson from Landera Ranch, California, finished the event in the same place of his ranking….NUMBER ONE! Carson defeated the #7 ranked player on Tour, Sam Murray from Baie-Comeau, Quebec, in the finals by a score 15-7, 15-12 to give Carson his 26th championship title. Murray has reached three semi-finals before, but this was his first finals appearance since he has played on Tour.
Quarter-Finals:
In an exciting three-game tiebreaker, Carson defeated Andree Parrilla, from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, by a final score of 15-9, 14-15, 11-10. Parrilla was down 6-14 midway through the second game, but made a mountain of a comeback to take game two and send himself and Carson to a tiebreaker.
Sebastian Franco, from Cali, Columbia, and Adam Manilla, from Centennial, Colorado squared off in their quarter-final match, which Franco won decisively by scores of 15-9, 15-4.
Murray and Thomas Carter, from Murrysville, Pennsylvania went head-to-head in their quarter-final match which was closer in the second game than the first. Murray defeated Thomas, who advanced into the quarter-finals with a bye after defeating Justus Benson from New Braunfels, Texas, by a final score of 15-2, 15-11.
It was a Texan showdown in the final quater-final between the #2 ranked player on Tour, Alex Landa residing in El Paso, Texas, and Jansen Allen, from Rice, Texas. In a close first game, Landa pulled off the victory with a final score of 15-12. In game two, Allen let Landa have too much control of the court and was defeated  15-3.

Semi-Finals:
The first semi-final match between Carson and Franco started with Franco in the lead 4-0 before Carson got down to business and took game one 15-8. Franco started the second game just as Carson started the first, slow and playing from behind at 5-1 with Carson in the lead. Carson went on a tear and took the lead at 9-8, before rallying off a couple more killshots and finishing off Franco 15-12.
In the second semi-final, Murray and Landa traded results and almost the same scores in the first two games with scores of 15-8 Murray and 15-9 Landa. It was in the game three tiebreaker where we witnessed Murray advance to his first ever Tier 1 final on Tour. Murray defeated Landa with a final score of 11-7 in game three.

Rocky Carson with MWRA Trophy

Final:
In the Saturday night final, fans got to witness some entertaining rallies and some top-level performances from both Carson and Murray. Carson seemed to be in control as he defeated Murray in game one by a final score of 15-7. Murray fought hard in game two against Carson showing great talent and little emotion, but was defeated in the end 15-12. With that being Murray’s first final with the IRT, look for him in future finals this season.
From September 26-30 the Tour will be traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada to broadcast the World 3 Wallball Championships and then immediately heading to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2018 UnitedHealthCare US Open from October 3-7. Watch all the live action from the IRT’s multiple online platforms: Facebook, TwitchTv, YouTube and the IRT Network!

Head Staff Writer:
Kelly R. Diesel
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