TEMPE, Ariz. -- The USHA, through the FIRST ACE Development Program, aspires to train new handball instructors to teach the game in schools, rec centers and clubs across the nation. Through the efforts of Arizona State University Handball Coach Dan Willeford, a Handball: Teach the Teacher Clinic was held at the ASU Rec Center on Saturday, October 7. Coach Willeford organized and conducted the clinic which certified eight new instructors, five of whom are on the ASU Handball Team and working to be part of the Mardak Endowment Program.
The teaching clinic began with a "Handball Jeopardy" Q&A session in the classroom, reviewed lesson plans by LeaAnn Martin and Pete Tyson, discussed teaching strategies, and provided demonstrative drills on the court.
The goal is to have the certified instructors venture to Metro Phoenix high schools to promote handball and teach the game to new players. Many of the instructors are alumni at the schools, and as members of the college handball team at ASU, they're testimony that students can play the game and compete at the collegiate level after high school. The FIRST ACE Development Program will provide handball equipment for all the new instructors who will teach at their respective schools.
This effort at Arizona State (and at other universities around the country), is part of the Mardak Community Challenge, where communities awarded funding will be tasked to find local funding to match the Mardak awards. The Mardak funds will pay college students to teach handball and mentor younger students.
Thank you to Coach Willeford, Sun Devil Handball and the new instructors for their efforts to Grow the Perfect Game!
The following feature appears in the May 2017 Handball Magazine.
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Morones' lesson: 'Take the right road'
Former pro player Randy Morones with wife Sofia.
The Morones family has some very gifted handball players. Who is the best player in the Morones family?
|RANDY MORONES’ USHA TITLES
1982: 13-under, junior nationals, Tucson
1983: 15-under, junior nationals, Burlingame, Calif.
1987: 23-under, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
1988: 19-under, junior nationals, Burlingame, Calif.
1988: Open doubles runner-up (Haynes), four-wall, Berkeley
1990: Open doubles runner-up (Haynes), four-wall, Atlanta
1993: Pro singles runner-up, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
DAVE MORONES’ USHA TITLES
1985: 35+ singles, Masters Singles, Las Vegas
1986: 35+ singles, four-wall nationals, Houston
1987: 35+ singles, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
1987: 35+ singles, Masters Singles, Charlotte
1989: 40+ singles, four-wall nationals, Palatine, Ill.
1990: 40+ singles, four-wall nationals, Atlanta
1990: 40+ doubles (Lou Marquez), four-wall nationals, Atlanta
2002: 50+ doubles (Ken Eng), four-wall nationals, Las Vegas
2002: 50+ doubles (Ken Eng), Masters Doubles, San Diego
2005: 55+ doubles (Tim Ryan), four-wall nationals, Houston
Left: Dave and Randy Morones on August ‘87 Handball cover.
Bob is a longtime open-level singles and doubles player in Southern California. Yet he is arguably not the best handball player in the Morones family.
Bob’s older brother, Dave, and Dave’s son, Randy, had extraordinary careers from the 1970s through the ’90s. Randy was a pro tour regular. Dave won many open singles and doubles events around the West and 10 national age-group titles as well.
Dave and Bob grew up in Pico Rivera, Calif., in a family of four boys and four girls. Most of the family still lives in Southern California, and they stay connected. Their father Martin died in 2016 and their mother Betty in 2015. Randy is Dave’s second son.
Let’s talk about your families today.
Bob: I’m married to my wife Lynn. Her sister worked at the Hacienda Heights club and introduced us. We have one son, Gary, 23. He excels in soccer and martial arts. He manages a bakery called 85 Degrees.
Dave: My wife Virginia and I have three children: Vince, Randy and Antonette. I have another son, David Jr. We have nine grandchildren: Randy, R.J., Alexis, Ryan, Jacob, Anissa, David III, Elena and Melikie.
Randy: My wife Sofia and I were married in May 2015. Her brother Robert introduced us. We started by talking on the prison phone a little at a time. Sofia is my best friend, and she helps me stay positive while I am in here. I have two sons, Randy, 26, and R.J., 18.
So you guys started outdoors, hitting the big ball at Smith Park in Pico Rivera?
Dave: Yes, my dad would take us to Smith Park to play three-wall. We would pick up tennis balls and shave them to use as handballs. We learned our skills playing local guys, plus guys who were released from the local jail. My dad would arrange games for us at the park. Later I met John Chavez, a fireman from Pico Rivera. He invited me to play indoors at the station. I was reluctant at first because I only knew about handball at the park.
Bob: I was the youngest of eight kids. I started at 8 years old. We would all go to Smith Park, where we played three-wall big-ball. We played every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It was a way of life for us. Dave was the best player.
Randy: I started playing handball as a young boy when my dad would take me to the Longhorn Club. I practiced on my own for years. When I was 14, I started competing in open tournaments. I played open singles and open doubles with my dad.
Bob Morones (right) with wife Lynn, son Gary and Maggie the dog on a sunny day last winter.
Bob: When my brother Dave became a top player, we joined Longhorn Club in La Habra. It was a single-court club. We had two open teams, and we would challenge Long Beach Athletic Club. They had Matt Kelly, Stuffy Singer, Skip McDowell and other great players. I have played doubles with many great partners, including Poncho Monreal, Jack Hulick and my brother Dave.
Dave: Los Angeles had a lot of great players. I got to play Stuffy Singer, Paul Haber, Naty Alvarado, Jim Vandenbos and many other great players. I realized playing against such talent, you can’t win all the time, but I’d try to play my best every match.
Name some favorite tournament wins.
Bob: Poncho and I won the open tournament at Hacienda Athletic Club two years in a row. The first year we beat Doug Glatt and Larry Morefield. The next year we beat Dave and Randy in the final. Those were good wins!
Dave: Every tournament win is a great experience. One time I played Paul Haber. He was so good at ceiling balls! After losing the first game, I was determined to cut off every shot so he couldn’t set up on his ceiling balls. It worked. I used to play Richard Lopez (Valenzuela) a lot as he was coming up. I remember one tournament in Whittier, Richard and I were playing in the final for prize money. He won the first game and joked about me being an old man. I won the next two games and told him, “You had the money, Richard. Next time don’t get me mad.” Richard is my good friend. I introduced him to his wife Donna. When I got older I started playing in age-group singles and doubles at the USHA nationals. I won 10 national titles from 1985 to 2005.
Randy: One year my dad and I won the open doubles in Fresno. Then we had to play each other in the singles final! I made the national pro singles final in 1993 and played David Chapman, but David won. In 1990, Dennis Haynes and I played Doug Glatt and Rod Prince in the national open doubles final. They won 11-10 … we were so close! I’m sorry to hear about Dennis’ passing this year. He was a very good player.
Name some Morones family handball rivals out there over your careers.
Bob: Naty Alvarado was the greatest rival in our time … for everyone. He was the best player. There were so many other good players we competed with — Don Chamberlin, David Chapman, Doug Glatt, Jack Hulick, Matt Kelly, Skip McDowell, Lew Morales, Jim Vandenbos. L.A. is a great place to play handball.
Who was your favorite doubles partner?
Bob: Jack Hulick, Dave Morones and Poncho Monreal. Jack was the best two-handed player around. Poncho was an exceptional player. My brother Dave is so tenacious! I am more of a finesse player.
Dave: Randy, Bob, Lou Marquez, Red Gastulem. I also played doubles with David Chapman when he was young.
Randy: My dad Dave was by far my favorite partner. We always knew where each other was and who would take the shot.
Name your favorite pro players.
Bob: Paul Haber was so good, so consistent, and he had a lot of heart. But Naty Alvarado … he was something else.
Dave: Randy was my favorite pro! I had a chance to play many of them in my day. Naty Alvarado was the best in my time.
Randy: Early in my pro career my toughest matches came from Tati Silveyra and John Bike. Later David Chapman came up, and he became the best for many years.
What are your favorite hobbies when not playing handball?
Bob: My wife Lynn and I like to visit the local casinos. We also like to hang out with our son Gary. I am still working. I have a truck and operate a delivery service.
Dave: I ride bicycles with my brother Martin. I talk to Randy all the time on the phone. We also enjoy camping with our grandkids. I retired a few years back.
Dave, you had a battle with colon cancer not long ago. How are you doing?
Dave: I was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. The doctors performed surgery to remove a section of my colon. It was kind of rough for a while. I lost weight and stopped playing. Now I’m feeling better and coming back to the courts again. Bob and I just played a doubles event in Las Vegas this year. (They won the 60-plus doubles.)
Dave Morones and wife Virginia relax on the sofa with six of their nine grandchildren.
If you see Dave, Bob — or eventually Randy — out on the courts, take some time to observe their game styles … unique, aggressive and with a lot of heart.
She sees Randy regularly and she will get him all the messages she receives. It is a good thing for our players who care about Randy to reach out to him. He could use a little extra some love right now during a tough time in his life.
Thank you USHA for printing this interview. My thanks to all of you who take the time to reach out to Randy as well.
Chatten Hayes, 2012 Carl Porter Award recipient and Über-Volunteer hostess is rocking a new look this week. And David loves it (and her)! She had major surgery in early September, and doctors found ovarian cancer. She began chemo earlier this week. The surgeon expresses the discovery like this: “We threw a brick through a plate-glass window and got all the big pieces swept up, and now we are doing some “mop-up” chemo to take care of any remaining cells.” Her cancer is the type most responsive to treatment and it didn’t spread beyond her abdomen.
Chatten wants her handball family to know she feels wonderful about “Doc G’s” sense of humor and skill and the care she’s received. She and David are so grateful for the enormous support shown by friends, family, neighbors, players, colleagues and even the mailman and regulars at the coffee bar.
Chatten has this to say:
“I am grateful for my lifetime of excellent health. This was my first time in a hospital, let alone having any surgery. We joke a lot over here, go big or go home!
As for my hair, well, I think we all know how I feel about my HAIR. It’s basically the only vanity I indulge in – I will never be on the best dressed list or drive a hot car. But … my hair. When I was told I’d lose it, I decided immediately to shave my head. And we made a party out of it. My friend Eian Petry has been keeping my locks gorgeous for more than 22 years. He opened his salon last Monday (which was also his 60th birthday) to do it. We laughed so hard my hair flew off!!!
I will continue to sport this look (while spending next to nothing for hair care – sorry, Eian) for a few months, and don’t be surprised if the Pacific Boxer team shows up in Springfield next February with a few baldies! It was discussed at a team meeting a couple of weeks ago. Solidarity, baby!
And the First Donor is: Sean Lenning – I’m a fan of you and your hairline! You are going to have a great WPH R48Pro season! So I count $50 in the kitty already. Oh, and maybe I should include David? Ok, $100.
I need to add that we are being very selective about where our information is coming from. David and I are limiting ourselves to information and anecdotes provided to us specifically about MY cancer from MY team. It’s enough to take in what’s right in front of us. We are asking everyone to curb kindly impulses to provide more for us to digest. We appreciate your understanding.
Lastly, I remind all you gals to PAY ATTENTION. You can find more information about the subtle and somewhat mysterious symptoms here: http://ovarian.org/about-ovarian-cancer/what-are-the-signs-a-symptoms
My dear friends, I love you muchly and I loved Handball from the moment David introduced me. Thank you from the bottom of my hair-er-HEART, for decades of loving me back, and I’ll see you soon.” -- Chatten
By Tom Sove, Game Committee Chair
Rules are intended to ensure fair play and safety. The current glove rule, Rule 2.3.B Style states: The usual hitting surfaces of the glove must be light in color and made of a soft material or leather. The fingers may not be webbed, connected or removed. Any gloves which provide an unfair advantage are not allowed, and must be replaced at the referee’s direction. At the recent January, 2017 board meeting the USHA passed a change to the glove rule, adding the phrase “with wetness easily detected by visual inspection” to the end of the first sentence.
As we all know, the only reason we wear gloves is to keep the ball dry to prevent the ball from sliding during the rally. Obviously, a ball that slides can create an unfair advantage for one player and a disadvantage for the other. This wording is intended to augment the already existing wording that the glove material must be light in color. The USHA believes that fairness demands that a referee may be able to ascertain when a glove is wet enough to affect play before it happens. Hence the wording incorporated includes “light in color” and “wetness detected by visual inspection”. Without a quick visual inspection (at times, from about 20 feet away), if a referee can only determine wet gloves by rubbing a ball on the glove it is too late to prevent slides, which can certainly create an unnecessary delay in a match. Repeatedly needing to do this creates additional problems.
Recent trends in glove manufacturing have resulted in the introduction of some gloves that do not meet this criteria. They are neither light in color nor readily show wetness by visual inspection. We purposefully did not delineate either glove brands or glove material in the hope that these same providers/manufacturers will still pursue viable gloves that meet the parameters of the rule, and thereby offer more options to our players. In fact, the USHA was actively pursuing a new glove using a synthetic material. However, we were unconvinced the material would meet our own criteria and we halted our efforts.
This issue was brought to us by the WPH. Their valuable input underscored the need to amend the rule. According to David Fink, referees were having problems detecting wet gloves in their pro tournaments, resulting in unfortunate slides affecting outcomes of matches. Not only were officials having problems, even some players weren’t sure if their gloves were wet. Our final version of the rule change was shared with the WPH, and they enthusiastically endorsed and embraced it. Dave Vincent writes: “I support the article, wording and direction you are taking here.”
The application of the rule is simple. The referee may enforce the removal of an offending glove at any time during a match.
*This article will be published in the next issue of HANDBALL MAGAZINE.
|Chris Miranda steps into a shot in the Men's Wallball Doubles final.|
|Sean Lenning chases down a deep return in the Men's Open Singles Final.|
|Jurell Bastidas punches a ball to the ceiling against Sean Lenning in the semifinals.|
Masters (40-plus): Kendall Lewis
Masters B (40-plus): Junior Bermudez
Golden B (50-plus): Tim Thompson
Veteran Golden (55-plus): Matthew Osburn
Super Masters (60-plus): Marc Penick
Diamond Masters (70-plus): Rick Graham
Veteran Diamond Masters (75-plus): Norm Young
|Dane Szatkowski shoots against Braulio Ruiz in the Men's Open Quarterfinals.|
See results HERE.
|Ricardo Palma shoots against Dan Valera in the Men's A Singles.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tracy Davis and David Fink come up big at Hall of Fame & Women's Classic. The former Women's Classic champ Davis took back the Classic title over defending champ Jennifer Schmitt in two games. On the Men's side, Fink repeated his win over Sean Lenning in singles and teamed with Braulio Ruiz to take the doubles over Lenning and Dylan Key.
Davis made a statement in the first game, utilizing her power serve with relentless precision that kept the experienced Schmitt on her heals. While Schmitt adjusted to the speed, she couldn't mount a comeback bid losing 21-8. In the second, Davis once again built a big leads of 13-4 and 17-8 and appeared to be on the way to victory. But Schmitt adjusted, hitting defensive shots which forced Davis to the back of the court and neutralized her power. Schmitt kept chipping away at her deficit and nearly tied the score before Davis earned the side out leading 18-17. At that point, Schmitt burned her final timeout to regroup and make a final push for a tiebreaker.
When play resumed, Davis regained her early match form to get out of her scoring slump and score match point on a drive along the wall to the deep left which wasn't returned.
This year's Men's Open final was a rematch from 2016; however, it didn't have the same drama as last year's contest. In less than 30 minutes, David Fink successfully defended his Hall of Fame title, making quick work of Sean Lenning who was hampered by a left shoulder injury suffered last month. While one-armed Lenning's heroics worked in earlier rounds, Fink refused to rally with his opponent, aggressively killing the ball and ending rallies with every opportunity.
In the doubles final, Fink and partner Braulio Ruiz kept their foots on the gas pedal, relentlessly forcing shots to Lenning's left and serving to Lenning's partner, Dylan Key. The young Key made several big plays and held his own with the top pros on the same court but ultimately couldn't withstand the firepower of Fink and Ruiz, falling in two games, 21-14, 21-8.
Video replays of the Women's Classic and Men's Open finals are available on the United States Handball Association's Facebook (no audio).
See draws and results HERE.
Women's Classic Drop-Down Divisions:
5th Place Playoff (from Quarterfinals)
Semifinals: Amy Gross d. Kena Byrd-Jackson, 12, 15; Donna Mosely d. Terry Bowman, 16, 13.
5th Place final: Gross d. Mosely, 5, 16.
7th Pace final: Bowman d. Byrd-Jackson, (11), 20, 7.
A Singles (9th Place Playoff from Round of 16)
Quarterfinals: Dimas, BYE; Sojourner d. Camacho, 14, 15; Della Croce d. Smith, (16), 12, 9; Valdillez d. Norenberg, 13, 1.
Semifinals: Dimas d. Sojourner, 6, 3; Valdillez d. Della Croce, 16, 18.
Final: Dimas d. Valdillez, 4, 4.
B Singles Consolation (from A)
Semifinals: Camacho, BYE; Smith d. Norenberg, 1, 9.
Final: Camacho d. Smith, 12, 14.
As if playing two matches on Saturday weren't enough, WPH's David Fink led a youth handball clinic for juniors and collegiate students at the TRC once play was finished. A number of kids attended to learn basic fundamentals and winning strategies to improve their games. Photo courtesy of WPH.
Players, families and fans gathered at the Hall of Fame for the annual Celebration Banquet. People in attendance enjoyed dinner and had a chance to tour the Hall of Fame Museum. Nathaniel Frank was given the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award.
See times, draws and each day's result HERE.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT RECEIVED BY OUR TOURNAMENT SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
Vince San Angelo
|John & Carol Ross
Just before the days of summer may start to wane
Along comes the tradition of this venerable campaign
Set in a place with hospitality supreme
To Toledo, these warriors start to stream
It is our beloved game that they come to play
A grueling version, the 3-wall way
But before one point is played or scored
People gather to remember beyond the game that is adored
The outdoor elements and sometimes shadowy light
Adds to the atmosphere and utter delight
Before it is all said and done
These games to be played are only half the fun
Food and libations help to recount or embellish a memory
Families, friends revel in camaraderie
Perhaps a fierce rivalry will be renewed
Or new ones to begin in respect and gratitude
For each and every player, a single focus abound
By the end of the journey, he or she hopes to wear a crown
Into the hollowed trenches, the heated battle begins
The first two games to 21 wins
And should those two games not be enough
One more game, to eleven, rough and tough
From the rafters the arching ball rebounds
Often reaching beyond the natural end line a retriever pounds
Back and forth in this manner they go
These are some of the rhythms of this ebb and flow
Confining the action between the walls and the lines
The victor, in measured steps and dexterity combines
Whether ending a rally with the vaunted kill
Each point is contested with determination and will
To survive and move on is the mantra and daily goal
Remaining aloft, continue the fight in the winners fold
And should your efforts fall short of the desired top tier
Along the way, there is always encouragement, support and cheer
Perhaps in defeat, you shrug and gather your gear
Whispering deep inside, “I’ll rebound, there is always next year”
So who are these pursuers of this the perfect game
It would be Herculean in task to give you every name
So in fairness to all participants and warriors alike
This [space] is lovingly for you, Tom, Dick, Harry and Mike
When we think of these championships and the allure
There are legacies and dynasties that endure
The generations of men and women return each year to play
For the enjoyment of the game and to perhaps light the way
Many brothers team and this is great to see
Like Dane and Adam Szatkowski
Along with the brothers Anderson, Eric and Lee
Let’s not forget Bastidas’, Jurrell and Tyree
Munson, David and Mike, like playing brothers trust
Similarly with Lemus siblings, Marco and Carlos
To be sure there are also brothers who do not pair
But it does not mean that well, they do not fair
Zimet, Dan and Adam come to mind
Let’s not leave Dave and Larry Dohman behind
And to parent and child who also join the fray
Carrying on the traditions of our game, valiantly display
When we describe the accomplishment among the ranks
Let us applaud the double, double of The Franks
Son Nathaniel, slamming the Bs
And dad Alan, mastering with complimentary partners of last names Zs
Of course, there are also dozens more to laud
Beginning with impressive debut of Chris Persaud
And in the category among the merry
The successful pairing of Eisenbooth and Berry
By reputation, some participants are expected to win
As with Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning
As they continue to dominate over the field
Year after year, even when pressed, they never yield
These championships, like so many are a grind
The toll they take are often visible on body and rattles the mind
We reach deep to find salve and solace, seeking to recover
Perhaps in time for next year, a solution to discover
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sunday's matches wrapped up a tremendous 65th USHA Collegiate National Championships at Arizona State. The ASU Sun Devil Handball Club was recognized as the USHA Organization of the Year on Saturday night, and they delivered an exceptional event. University of Florida's Michael Morgan was honored with the USHA Coach of the Year award. Lake Forest's Ricardo Palma and Juan Canales were awarded the John C. Sabo Scholarships.
After the banquet, collegiate players and coaches enjoyed an after party with pool, table tennis and cyber bowling in Sparky's Den at the Student Union.
In Sunday's finals, Trinity College Dublin's Ciara Mahon dominated all opponents during the week to win her first Women's Open Singles title defeating Limerick's Niamh Dunne, 21-15, 21-9.. The win denied University of Limerick's chances to sweep the singles. Mahon jumped to big leads in both games and cruised to the title despite a late-game surge from Dunne in the first game.
In the Men's Open final, University of Limerick's Colin Crehan found a higher gear whenever challenged by Leo Canales of Lake Forest winning 21-10, 21-11. Canales fell behind in both games but pushed back by executing some tough serves and timely passes to keep the score relatively close. During one of Canales' streaks, a late timeout in the second game spelled Crehan who came back in to close out the remaining points needed for championship point.
|Men's Open Finalists: Champion Colin Crehan (Limerick) with finalist Leo Canales (LFC).|
Missouri State University returned to the top of college handball Saturday by winning the combined team open title. Minnesota State-Mankato finished second.
University of Limerick won the Men's Open team title, edging out Lake Forest. In the Women's Open team standings, Missouri State topped University of Texas.
Pacific University won the Combined A team title over University of West Florida.
Stony Brook University won the Men's A team title. University of West Florida finished second.
Pacific University won the Women's A team title. Angelo State finished runner-up.
Michigan State University won the Men's B team title while Pacific finished second.
Click on the links below to see team scores.
Men's Preliminary Matches
Women's Preliminary Matches
Entry and Eligibility
- February 22 (2 pm)-play may begin
- February 26-(12 pm)-play ends
- March 3-Articles due
- A Step-by-step Guide to Collegiate Tournament Seeding HERE.
- On-line forms: WOMEN, MEN
- Please take a look at the Skill Levels Document before completing the online or mail back forms. We hope to not just a ranking of players on your team but a sense of their skills and how they compare to other players on your team. When combined with last years results we will create our first draft.
- Challenges policy-First round challenges do not require any written reason. A written reason for challenges in the second round will require a written reason.
- Returning player seeding policy-Players will be seeded above where they finished in the previous years unless they zero-pointed in the previous year. Requests to a seed below where they finished must be in writing and include the reason for the request.
2016 National Collegiate Results HERE.
The new naming conventions will be broken into Open, A, B, and C Divisions for the men and women draws. Each Division will contain a number of brackets based upon the number of players in a division.
- Open Division – Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2, A3 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2, B3, Brackets
- C Division – C1, C2, C3 Brackets
- Open Division– Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2 Brackets
- C Division - C Bracket
To categorize teams for Open, A, or B team titles, you would take the AVERAGE of the players’ seeds. For the 2015 men’s draw, to find the three Divisions you would divide the total number of entrants by 3, e.g. 162 entrants / 3 = 54.
- Open Division up to 54
- A Division 55 – 108
- B Division 109 - 162
To qualify for a team title, a school would still need to have a minimum of three players in a gender. Points would be calculated exactly how they were in 2015. The schools would have been divided as follows in the Men’s 2015 tournament using this method.
- Wall chart-Draws will be posted on the wall in a diamond shape to reflect where players move to as the players either win or lose in the first two rounds.
- Women's Divisions (template)
- Men's Divisions (template)
- Location: Lunches will be in the "Large Classroom" which is on the second floor. Go up the stairs near court 1. The Large Classroom is straight in front of you across the hall.
- Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Noon-2:15 p.m.
- Location: Green Gym (located on the first floor between courts 3 & 4).
- Time: Saturday, (Feb. 25) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Location: Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Well Devil Suite (first floor)
- Times: Wednesday (1:00 pm), Saturday (3:30 or 4:00 pm)
- Agendas: Wednesday-(meet and greet/tournament information), Saturday- (awards, articles, election, governance)
- All Tournament: (semi and finalist Open division both genders)
- All American: Top-4 (or more in case of tie) American players in top 16 Singles or finalists of Open Doubles
- Sportsmanship: (both genders)
- Most Improved Player: (both genders based on 2016 finish/2017 finish)
University of Arizona's Lucas Neff against Michael Mathis from University of West Florida in Friday's quarterfinal action in the Men's A3 action. Neff won 21-18, 21-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
It was a topsy-turvy Friday in from the Men's Open to the Men's C3 division as upsets happened across the board. While top-seeded Colin Crehan (Limerick) was not one of the casualties, others were knocked out in the first round and quarterfinals. Luis Bustos (Minnesota State-Mankato) upended third seed Anthony Collado (Lake Forest) in the first round with an 11-6 tiebreaker victory. In the same half of the bracket, Leo Canales (Lake Forest) stopped second seed Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State-Mankato) in two games, 21-10, 21-18. Canales faces Sam Esser (Missouri State) in the semifinals on Saturday.
Esser produced the match of the day earlier, fighting off match point and scoring three-straight points to defeat Seamus Conneely (Limerick) 19-21, 21-8, 11-10. Click on the draws below to see Friday's results.
The atmosphere remained electric with teammates cheers and applause ringing through the rec center while players battled on the courts. Thanks to Red Bull Energy Drinks and Jimmy John's Sandwiches for supplying products and samples for the tournament. Red Bull has a connection with handball by sponsoring the Annual Red Bull Slaps each summer in New York City (also see Red Bull's The History of Handball in 77 Seconds). The National Collegiates will continue through this weekend with singles and doubles finals wrapping up on Sunday.
Admission to watch is free! The Sun Devil Fitness Complex is located at: 400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287.
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