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69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Catriona Casey wasn't fazed after a lopsided loss (4-21) to start the Women's Open Singles final against Ciana Ni Churraoin.  Casey calmly regrouped and place a proverbial tourniquet on Ni Churraoin's offensive game plan for the rest of the match to win, 4-21, 21-8, 11-0.  Casey neutralizing her opponent's power and athleticism by placing her shots deep 

where Churraoin couldn't easily execute flykills or set-ups off the back wall.  When presented the opportunity to kill, Casey found the bottom board more times than not en route to her dominating the remainder of the match. 

Over past two Nationals (Worlds and Three-Wall), it appeared Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez's doubles dominance had come to an end.  The longtime doubles duo soon found themselves in familiar territory: The Winner's Circle. Lenning and Chavez regained their National Doubles crown with authority over Daniel and Luis Cordova, 21-11, 21-11.  The combination of Lenning's backwall kills with Chavez covering the front court proved devastating to the Cordova brothers.  The win establishes Lenning and Chavez as one of the best doubles teams in handball history. 

In the Men’s Big Ball Open Singles, Gabino Valezquez won his second singles title with an impressive two-game win over Brian Medina, 21-11, 21-11. 

The 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships were truly special given the historic marks set, and they celebrated along with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies of Vince Munoz and David Chapman.  Watch the Hall of Fame induction ceremony HERE.

See the final results at the 69th USHA Nationals R2sports site HERE

The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Watch the replay by clicking on each day's link. 

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  

 


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --  After three attempts, Paul "Gunner" Brady joined Naty "El Gato" Alvarado at the top of the leader board for USHA National Four-Wall Singles titles (11) and also became the oldest USHA singles champion at 39.  In the historic final, Brady conjured up one of his most dominant performances defeating Martin Mulkerrins, 21-11, 21-7.  Watch the final match point HERE.

Not 24 hours earlier, Mulkerrins looked unbeatable on his way to defeating Killian Carroll in the semifinal.  But on this day, Brady wouldn't be denied another chance at history. 

Mulkerrins shot out to a small lead as the gallery settled into their seats only to see Brady settle into the match and take a lead he would not relinquish.  The second game started, and Brady soon held an 11-4 advantage.  Mulkerrins would make one final push, putting together an array of kills that wowed the capacity crowd and gave hope to those hoping for more handball.  Brady however, had other plans and viewers noticed more velocity and effort into each shot.  As Mulkerrins would set up for a kill, Brady would almost glide to the correct spot with anticipation for a rekill. 

With match point in the balance, a Mulkerrins return landed short of the front wall, and Brady let out an exuberant yell.  Always a gentleman, Mulkerrins gave his opponent a congratulatory embrace, and afterwards the new champion fell to his knees to take in the moment while the gallery applauded.  The win capped an incredible week and a journey that took slightly longer than first expected.  

In the Women's Open division, Catriona Casey returns to the final where she'll face Ciana Ni Churraoin.  Casey stopped Danielle Daskalakis 21-8, 21-5, while Ni Churraoin defeated Fiona Tulley, 21-8, 21-2.

In Men's Open Doubles, Daniel and Luis Cordova advanced to the final to play Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez.  

See more of Saturday’s results 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  

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (Catrionia Casey vs. Ciana Ni Churraoin)

11:00 AM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Sean Lenning / Marcos Chavez vs. Luis Cordova / Daniel Cordova)

1:00 PM                WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Catriona Casey / Tracy Davis vs. Fiona Tully / Ciana Ni Churraoin)


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --  There will be a new Open Singles champion first the first time since 2016. Martin Mulkerrins will face Paul Brady in a rematch of the 2013 Nationals Final (played in Des Moines, Iowa).  

Saturday’s first semifinal match of the 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships was a rematch of the 2018 Worlds final, but this time Mulkerrins defeated Killian Carroll, 21-13, 21-19. 

The first game played out with Mulkerrins controlling the action, playing virtually mistake-free and relaxed.  In the second, a motivated Carroll pressed the issue against his opponent, knowing he needed to force a third game to advance to his fourth consecutive final. 

But Mulkerrins didn’t let up, coming back and holding off one last Carroll push to win the second game by a slim two-point margin. 

Even with the lead, Mulkerrins knew Carroll was capable of turning the match’s tide. 

“When we played in Minnesota, I had a lead, only to see him come back and take control of the match.” he said. 

In the second semifinal, Paul Brady looked as dominant as ever, giving David Fink little chance for any scoring opportunities to mount a comeback.  Brady’s offensive arsenal kept Fink playing in the backcourt for the majority of the match, neutralizing the lefty’s exceptional front-court game. 

In Women’s Open action, Danielle Daskalakis pulled out an exciting win over Tracy Davis, 21-16, 6-21, 11-10.  Davis had the match’s momentum and matchpoint twice before Daskalakis fought back, finishing her comeback with a left-handed tomahawk kill for the victory.  She’ll face Catriona Casey in tomorrow’s first semifinal. 

See more of Friday’s results 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  


 


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  

 


 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- The "June Gloom" clouds gave way to sunshine on Wednesday in Southern California as matches began for the 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships.   While most first-day matches produce lopsided scores, many of this year's first rounds went to three games.  While the tiebreaker matches were exciting for fans, Wednesday's results set the table for some epic match-ups in the quarterfinals on Thursday. 

In the Open Singles, Stephen Cooney pulled out a 21-20 win in the first game only to see Jeff Streibig battle back to take the second, 21-17.   Cooney would edge Streibig in the tiebreaker 11-7.  Both Niall O'Connor and Sam Esser produced nearly identical scores with O'Connor winning, 21-20, 18-21, 11-8.  

The evening ended with a round of 16 match between Vic Perez and Emmett Peixoto.  Perez began the match delivering low-driving serves that hopped in either direction, putting Peixoto on the defensive to start each rally.  The result was a 21-10 victory.  Peixoto adjusted in the second, using his athleticism and power to keep pace with Perez.  On the brink of a tiebreaker, Perez zipped a ball in for a right-front corner kill to earn the side out.  Back in the service box, Perez tied the score 20-20 and was in control of the action with match point on the line.  Peixoto spanned the length of the court three times-diving twice-to chase down each ball for a retrieve until his final attempt fell short.  A relieved Perez shook hands with Peixoto who wished him the best in the next round.

Defending champion Killian Carroll will face Vic Perez in the first quarterfinal of the day.  In the opposite side of the draw, Paul Brady faces Luis Cordova Jr.  

The Southern California Handball Association proudly hosts the USHA National Four-Wall Championships at Los Caballeros Sports Village, marking the 69th anniversary of the annual tournament.

This is also the 100th anniversary of handball national championships in the United States.  In 1919, Bill "Murder Ball" Ranft slammed, winning singles and doubles titles at the first AAU National Handball Championships hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 

Draws and start times 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. 

Direct Link for Friday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

11:00 AM              MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

12:00 PM              MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

2:00 PM                 WOMEN’S SINGLES RD OF 8 (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

3:00 PM                 WOMEN’S SINGLES RD OF 8 (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

4:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – LENNING/CHAVEZ VS RUIZ/MONTIJO OR ANDERSON/ANDERSON

5:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – COONEY/O’CONNOR VS ESSER/LANGMACK

6:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – CORDOVA/CORDOVA VS PEREZ/CORTEZ OR TBD

7:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – CARROLL/MULKERRINS VS TORRES/COLLADO OR TBD

 

Saturday, June 29th - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

11:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

12:00 PM              MEN’S SINGLES FINALS (TBD)

2:00 PM                 MEN’S SINGLES BIG BALL SEMIFINALS – MEDINA VS BECERRA

4:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

5:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

6:00 PM                 WOMEN’S DOUBLES (2ND ROUND TBD)

 

Sunday, June 30th, 2019 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (TBD)

11:00 AM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (TBD)

1:00 PM                WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (TBD)

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