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HES 1-WALL DOUBLES - Final Results 

Men's Finalists (l-r) Wright, Polanco, Lee, Roberts Women's Finalists (l-r) Smith, Davis, McCourt, Calderon
New Jersey's Frank Rivera promotes his sport on the turnpike

The H.E.S., located in Brooklyn, is the indoor backup facility for the USHA National One-Wall Championships. All matches consisted of one 25 point game and the entire tournament was completed on just one day. Thanks to Moshit Paskal of the HES and Artie Fuchs for making the arrangements.

Men's Doubles

Preliminary Round:  Pete Pelligrini/ Gabe Vazquez d. Milton Jones/Phong Nguyen 18, Kendell Lewis/Andy Rousseau d. Paul Angel/Nick Theodorakis 8, Carlos Lopez/Ed Maisonet d. Henry Santiago/Tyrone Snell 7
Quarterfinals:  Satish Jagnandan/Robert Sostre d. Pelligrini/Vazquez 13, Jonathan Lee/Tony Roberts d. PeeWee Castro/Victor LoPierre 16, Lewis/Rousseau d. Joe Kaplan/Cesar Sala 23, Willie Polanco/Rookie Wright d. Lopez/Maisonet 20
Semifinals:  Lee/Roberts d. Jagnandan/Sostre 16, Polanco/Wright d. Lewis/Rousseau 13
Final:  Polanco/Wright 12

The quarterfinal match-up of Lewis/Rousseau against Kaplan/Sala was full of great handball action. There were moments when all four players were were flying through the air to make spectacular returns. Andy and Kendell won the squeeker by just two points.

Lee and Roberts into their semifinal match-up as huge underdogs and came out with a stunning 25-16 victory over the current YMCA champions Jagnandan and Sostre. Polanco and Wright had little difficulty disposing of Lewis and Rousseau.

The "giant killers", Jon and Tony, ran out of miracles and were defeated 25-12 by Rookie and Willie. The cash awards were $500/team for the champions, $250/team for the runners-up, and $125/team for the semifinalists.

Women's Doubles

Quarterfinals:  Anna Calderon/Theresa McCourt bye, Veronica Figueroa/Melody Ruiz d. Brenda Pares/Bernice Torres 13, Barbara Jackson/Dori Ten d. Alethia Mendez/Cynthia Johnson 14, Tracy Davis/Sydell Smith d. Lori Acevedo/Maggie Crespo 24
Semifinals:  Calderon/McCourt d. Figueroa/Ruiz 10, Davis/Smith d. Jackson/Ten 19
Final:  Calderon/McCourt d. Davis/Smith 23

Rising star, Lori Acevedo, and new-comer Maggie Crespo were within just one point of defeating the current national champions but somehow Davis and Smith managed to score the last point to win the cliff hanger. Figueroa and Ruiz surprised the fans by leaving Pares and Torres on a mere 13.

Anna and Theresa were all business as they defeated Veronica and Melody 25-10. Sydell and Tracy earned their trip to the finals by winning a 25-19 seesaw game over Barbara and Dori.

Davis and Smith lead 15-8 before McCourt asked for Calderon to take over the power side. With Anna on the left, the team surged to a 24-20 lead. Tracy aced Theresa 3 teams before her serve got returned. A rally ensued and Davis was called out on an avoidable hinder. Calderon and McCourt capitalized on the costly error and tallied the tournament winning point.

Plaques were awarded to the top four teams.

90-Plus Handicap Doubles

Preliminary Round:  Ray Montes/Ron Pescatore d. Steve Kraft/Frank Rivera 8
Round of 16:  Rene Caraballo/Felix Zilberbrand d. Montes/Pescatore 17, Norm Adler/Jim Martini d. Paul Angel/Max Forcht 20, John Murdoch/Dwayne Sampson d. Al Nelson/Kareem/Wilkerson 20, Joe Heins/Nuck Theodorakis d. Artie Fuchs/Mike Grabowski 18, Hugo Camacho/Stu Kirzner d. Joe Constanzo/Corey Silverman 11, Robert Caime/Elliott Nadel d. Ray Clark/Ron Frisina 21, Sal Catuadella/Larry Drago d. Joe Amacio/Anthonty D'Auria 20, Matt Abbatiello/Joe Jacaruso d. George Hofman/Al Weinstein 14
Quarterfinals:  Caraballo/Zilberbrand d. Adler/Martini 15, Heins/Theodorakis d. Murdoch/Sampson 22, Camacho/Kirzner d. Caime/Nadel 7, Abbatiello/Jacaruso d. Catuadella/Drago 17
Semifinals:  Caraballo/Zilberbrand d. Heins/Theodorakis 14, Abbatiello/Jacaruso d. Camacho/Kirzner 15
Final:  Abbatiello/Jacaruso d. Caraballo/Zilberbrand 15

The Finals were played between Matt Abbatiello/Joe Jacaruso and Last year's reining champs Rene Caraballo/Felix Zilberbrand. The game changed hands early and often until Matt's drives and kill shots and Joe's steadiness and serve proved to hard to overcome as they prevailed 25-15. We would like to thank George Hofman for not only helping with refing but bringing various platters of food for the players and the guests.

by Artie Fuchs
photos by Jimmy Russo at HandballCity.com


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