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2006 National Singles Photos – Men’s Open Quarterfinals

June 5th, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

Quarterfinal 1 – Jack Huczek def. Chris Crowther (15-9, 15-8 )

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Chris Crowther proved he has what it takes to hang with the big boys, but ended up being no match for the number two player in the world, Jack Huczek. Jack chased down everything on the court, and kept things under control with his amazing consistency.


Jack Huczek takes advantage of a pinned Chris Crothwer,
and forces him to the air. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Chris Crowther smashes a serve to Jack Huczek in
the first quarterfinal match. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Quarterfinal 2 – Shane Vanderson def. Andy Hawthorne (15-8, 15-7)

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Shane started this match missing some shots he was previously killing in the 16′s. Andy came out strong, and with his AWESOME getting ability he kept the scores close for most of the game. Shane’s THUNDER backhand and forehand serve returns proved to be too much to handle, and he took the match in two straight games.


Shane Vanderson blasts a photon past Hawthorne. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Andy Hawthorne gets some hangtime to cover a
backhand rocket delivered by Vanderson. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Quarterfinal 3 – Jason Thoerner def. Mitch Williams (15-14, 14-15, 11-7)

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Let’s just say that this was the match of the event. Both players giving 110%, both on top of their game, and neither willing to give up on a single rally. The first game ended with Thoerner on top at 15-14, over an hour after the start of the match. After an entire game of controvertial calls (just ask Thoerner), Mitch leaves the court the victor of game 2 at 15-14. Just so there was no doubt, Jason leaves the court shouting “2 against 1 .. 3 against 1 … I WILL NOT BE DENIED” refering to the refs who didn’t see things his way. The tie breaker followed the same path as the previous two games, with both players in it till the end. Jason made a few crucial shots late in the match to seal his spot in the semifinals.


Jason Thoerner refuses to let the forehand pass go, and
makes an incredible return in the back court. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Put another “check” in the “hustle” box for Mitch Williams, as another
kill from Thoerner is scraped off the court. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Quarterfinal 4 – Rocky Carson def. Micah Rich (15-2, 15-3)

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After amazing upsets over Doug Ganim and John Ellis, Micah started this match with nothing to lose. Whether out of gas from the previous rounds, or simply out-classed in these quarterfinals, he couldn’t get things started against Rocky. Carson simply flat killed every serve return, and made sure no rally went more than 2 or 3 hits. Carson would end both games quickly, and have plenty of gas left in the tank for a semifinal matchup against Jason Thoerner.


Rocky Carons hustles down a ball in the front court. Photo: Geoff Thomsen

Micah Rich gets ready for a forehand setup during his
quarterfinal match with Carson. Photo: Geoff Thomsen
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Related posts:

  1. 2006 Singles Photos – Women’s Open Quarterfinals
  2. 2006 National Singles Photos – Men’s Semifinals
  3. 2006 National Singles Photos – Men’s and Women’s Finals
  4. Photos – 2006 National Singles Round of 16 (and misc.)
  5. Photos – Women’s Semifinals – 2006 National Singles

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