MAUMEE, Ohio -- The Labor Day Holiday brought warmer temps creating brutal conditions for players on the Lucas County Rec Center Courts. Temperatures were already reaching the high 80s for the 9 a.m. finals that began the day. The steamy courts didn't slow down the elite players who battled to reach the championship matches on the event's last day.
Hillary Rushe won her third consecutive Women's Open Singles championship, defeating Kristen Hughes from Austin, TX in two games, 21-7, 21-12. Rushe would pair with Carly Munson to win the Women's Doubles crown over Hughes and Leah Kirk, 21-15, 21-10.
In an all-brother Men's Open Doubles final, Daniel and Luis Cordova, making their first final appearance as partners, outlasted Dane and Adam Szatkowski 21-15, 21-15. No team could match the consistency and fire power of the Cordova duo the entire weekend en route to their doubles crown.
In other action, Mark Zamora once again took two titles home on Monday, winning the 55s with Alan Frank and the 50s with Tommy Valenzuela.
Richard Solomon won the 65 Singles before taking a 10-year hiatus. This year, Solomon slammed the 75 division, winning with Norm Young on the final day.
Once again, the Toledo Handball Club delivered an exceptional event for all the players and families who attended the 68th USHA National Three-Wall Championships. Thank you to all the exceptional volunteers who make this the best overall handball experience each year!
See final results HERE.
MAUMEE, Ohio -- It's getting crowded at the top of the all-time list for Three-Wall Nationals titles. On a September Sunday morning, Sean Lenning tied Vince Munoz by winning his tenth singles crown, defeating Daniel Cordova, 21-15, 21-2.
This year's final was vintage Lenning: shoot out to a big lead, then demoralize opponents with serves. In the first game, Lenning strung out a strong 15-1 lead before Cordova could answer. Cordova went on a 15-6 run, but couldn't secure game point. The second game started the same way, but this time Cordova didn't answer. Lenning continued to pile on points until he reached match point for this 10th title.
The joy was short-lived as the Cordovas ousted defending champions Marcos Chavez and Lenning in doubles later the same afternoon. The Cordovas play the Szatkowski brothers in an all-sibling final. The doubles final will be played at 9 a.m. local time.
In Women's action, Hillary Rushe looks to complete the three-peat bid in the Women's Open. She'll face University of Texas' Kristen Hughes in tomorrow's final.
See Sunday's results HERE.
MAUMEE, Ohio -- A late summer heat wave brought higher temperatures to the courts followed by a brief rain delay in the afternoon on Saturday. Play was suspended for a few minutes as the Toledo Handball Grounds Crew sprung into action, drying the courts with a team of propane blowers to continue play.
In Men's Open Singles action, Sean Lenning battled Luis Cordova Jr. for a spot in Sunday's final. Lenning was crushing the ball against Cordova, clearly focused on making the final, but his opponent made him work through two tough games before conceding 21-15 and 21-16.
Three-wall fans braced for the second semifinal, a match-up between the always exciting Dane Szatkowski and young star Daniel Cordova. Cordova jumped to a quick lead in the first game only to see Szatkowski come back to take a small lead. While Szatkowski looked like the more experienced three-waller, Cordova's youth combined with a nasty serve which hopped out the back of the court, helped him prevail, winning 21-16, 21-12.
Sean Lenning defends his title against Daniel Cordova in the Men's Open Singles final at 11 p.m. Watch the Men's Singles Final LIVE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/USHAHandball
In other action, Marty Clemens (shown swinging) defeated Mike Fagan for the Veteran's Golden (55-plus) title, 21-12, 21-18. Dr. Dan Zimet cruised to another singles crown, defeating Jim Karner in the Veteran Masters (45-plus) final, 21-6, 21-5.
Other title winners include: Mike Driscoll (80-plus), Richard Solomon (75-plus), John Friedrich (65-plus), Casey Mayo (40-plus), and Fernando Alvarez (40B).
See Saturday's results HERE.
MAUMEE, Ohio -- The second day of action at the 68th USHA Three-Wall Nationals brought more intense matches in singles divisions and first round play for doubles. In Men's Open Singles quarterfinal action, Luis Cordova Jr. stopped Bill Mehilos in two games, 21-11, 21-15. Cordova plays defending champion Sean Lenning in tomorrow's semifinal at 11 a.m.
Daniel Cordova plays Dane Szatkowski in the other Men's Open semifinal at 12 p.m.
See Friday's results HERE.
MAUMEE, Ohio -- The Toledo Handball Club proudly hosts the 68th USHA Three-Wall Nationals. The draws and start times are now "live" for the event. Action starts Thursday afternoon at the Lucas County Rec Center's eight regulation courts.
Handball fans will be following the results to see if defending champion Sean Lenning will continue to add to his amazing run in the singles, while teaming with Marcos Chavez to gun for another doubles crown.
Tournament registration and check-in begins on Thursday at 11 a.m. Please note: Draws and times may change. Remember to check draws on the day of the event for any updates. See draws on the R2sports tournament page HERE.
UPDATE: USHA Board Member and Game Committee Chair Tom Sove will provide a Referee Clinic at the Lucas County Rec Center, Thursday (Aug. 30) at 6:30 p.m. Everyone in attendance will become a Certified Handball Referee (and learn some in-depth insight to the rules!).