VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- The 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships kicked off on Thursday with small ball singles and doubles action. While 11-10 tiebreakers are usually reserved for later rounds, the 11-Under division produced the tournament's first. Ethan Noriega (Whittier, CA) and Andres Estrella (Los Angeles), the division's No. 4 and No. 5 seeds battled for three games before Noriega scored the final point, causing the stands of supporters to erupt with applause (final score: 21-20, 9-21, 11-10).
All other top seeds advanced to survive another day of handball at the beach in their respective divisions.
The Southern California Handball Association made sure every junior player had an abundance of new handball gear for this year's juniors. Players were given a hat and three shirts as part of their tournament swag bag.
Junior handballers get to play three-wall just a few steps off the World Famous Venice Beach Boardwalk next to Muscle Beach. The unique drop-down format gives players the best experience (a guaranteed three-match minimum).
See Thursday's draws and results HERE.
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