Saez goes undefeated to take Midwest 9-Ball event

Robb Saez went undefeated through a field of 94 entrants on-hand for the $3,500-added 9-Ball event of the Midwest 9-Ball Tour stop on the weekend of November 12-13; one of three events the tour holds annually at Shooter's in Olathe, KS. Saez had to get by Joey Gray twice to do it; once, among the winners' side final 16, and again, after Gray had fought his way through seven matches on the loss-side to get back to the finals.

Once Saez had dispatched Gray to the loss-side 9-7, he went on to defeat Chip Compton by the same score and move among the winners' side final four, where he met up with Glenn Atwell. Shane McMinn, in the meantime, squared off against David Matlock.  In three 9-6 victories, Saez downed Atwell, Matlock got by McMinn, and then, Saez got into the hot seat with a victory over Matlock.

Atwell moved over to face Gray, who'd already chalked up four straight on the loss-side, including a 9-7 win over Steve Boucher, and a 9-5 victory over Andrew Pettinger. McMinn picked up Mike Banks, Jr., who'd already won the tour stop's One-Pocket event, and had defeated Chip Compton and Dustin Gunia, both 9-6, to reach McMinn. 

Gray defeated Atwell 9-4 and moved into the quarterfinals to face McMinn, who'd eliminated Banks, Jr. 9-3. After downing McMinn 9-2 in those quarterfinals, Gray then defeated Matlock 9-4 in the semifinals for a second chance versus Saez. Saez completed his undefeated day with a single set, 9-5 victory that secured the event title.