FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Players moved deeper into their respective draws and matches were even more competitive on the second day of play at the Nationals.
In Men's Open Singles action, Killian Carroll rolled into the semis with a two-game win over Vic Perez, 21-14, 21-8, and Martin Mulkerrins stopped Daniel Cordova 21-14, 21-7 for the right to face Carroll in tomorrow's first semifinal. That match is a replay of the 2018 World Championship final.
In another Worlds rematch, Paul Brady closed out an impressive victory over Luis Cordova Jr. after a narrow first-game win, 21-19, 21-8.
To secure the final semifinal spot, David Fink played close to a perfect match against Sean Lenning. Even though Lenning was returning many of Fink's low driving shots and serves, he could never establish a rhythm through two games. Fink cruised to victory with 21-4, 21-6.
The day wrapped with a very special Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Nationals Banquet. A huge crowd packed the banquet room at Los Cab to witness the inductions of Vince Munoz and David Chapman, two of the most dominant players in the past 25 years.
Paul Durso made the induction speech and introduced Vince Munoz. Munoz thanked his family, his coach Tony Huante, and all the handball players who helped train and motivate him to be better. He also was thankful to be inducted with David Chapman.
In moving speeches by David Fink and Chapman's younger brother, John Chapman, we celebrated the career of David Chapman. Both speakers touched on Chapman's ever-present intense competitive drive along with his compassion and friendship off the court.
A moment of silence was observed for Hall of Fame Contributor Alvis Grant.
Ron Cole and William Cervantes were honored at the banquet for attaining Grand Masters status (10 or more National Age Division titles).
Draws and results are now available at the tournament's R2sports site HERE.
If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device. The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals. Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day.
Friday, June 28 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI
Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4
Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk