12th USHA Wallball Nationals

BROOKLYN -- All eyes were on No. 1 seed and defending champion Timothy Gonzalez at this years USHA Wallball National Championships.  Once again, Gonzalez showed he can deliver results under pressure as well as thrive on it.  Not quite ready to relinquish his crown as NYC's best wallballer, Gonzalez defeated Kadeem Bush convincingly in the final 25-9.  After collecting his gold USHA medallion, he completed the slam with partner Carlos Pena, defeating Carlin Rosa and Allan Sanchez to capture the Men's Pro Doubles title.  

Gonzalez was only a week removed from an injury default in the Castle Hill Gladiator event while younger players were beginning to step up their games.  With 35 players in the Pro Singles and 16 doubles teams in Doubles, Gonzalez's stamina would be tested through 5 rounds of singles and 4 rounds of doubles.  If the scores were an indicator of his dominance, Gonzalez faced little resistance besides a quarterfinal battle against Cory Vadala (25-21).  That match proved to be the wake-up call Gonzalez needed as he held his semifinal and final opponents to single digits. 

In Women's Pro action, Jenny Qu nabbed her second National title (2017) by drubbing Melanie Garate, 25-9.  Qu stopped Garate's sibling Jessenia in the semis, 25-18.

Ruby Lloyd and Biridiana Garcia have put together an impressive streak successfully defending their doubles title with a 25-20 win over Jenny Qu and Danielle Daskalakis.  

In the Masters Singles, Brooklyn's ageless George Figueroa defeated Cesar Sala 25-24 in one of the tournament's most exciting finals.   

The lone division to finish on Saturday was the Golden Masters (50+) Singles, where No. 5 Seed Ronald Beard of Dix Hills ran the table with a 25-7 win over Jason Samuels in the final.

See the final results and draws at the R2sports tournament site HERE.
Photos courtesy of Castle Hill Handball Club Gladiator Event.