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