Waselenchuk wins third straight IRT tournament of season
by Justin Johnson
Kane Waselenchuk plowed through the field of the Krowning Moment Bobcat Invitational in the same fashion an out-of-control locomotive plows through obstacles going downhill at full speed – quickly and without much resistance.
The recently crowned U.S. Open Champion looked as strong as ever, taking the championship over Rocky Carson 11-6, 11-3, and 11-2 for his third tournament win in as many tries this season.
Waselenchuk jumped out to a lightning-quick 10-0 lead in game one before getting off track with a couple of playful shot attempts on game point that missed their mark. Carson took advantage of the miscues to work his way back to a 10-6 score, but Waselenchuk’s fourth ace of the game ended the comeback and set the tone for the rest of the match.
The serve that ended game number one remained a familiar sight in game number two. Six aces propelled Waselenchuk to a 2-0 lead, the final three ending the game on points 9, 10, and 11.
Waselenchuk continued to take advantage of pinpoint serving to pick up another quick victory and close out the match with an 11-2 victory in the third game. Three aces and a serve that resulted in a Carson skip resulted in four points. Four more points came on three-shot rallies ending with a Waselenchuk kill, two rallies ended with a Waselenchuk kill on the fifth shot, and Carson skipped in another ball to account for 11 points in the final game.