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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