USHA 4 Wall Nats Wrap-Up & Videos Posted

Posted on Jul 8 2017 - 3:08am by david
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2017 USHA 4 Wall Nationals had nearly 300 in attendance, however, if you missed it, you can still watch!  WPHLiveTV filmed all matches from the show courts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in big eight-or-more-hour blocks.  Just click play, then scroll ahead to catch the action.  In some cases, select matches have been mixed down for easier viewing.

Here are the full day’s Video Files: (Click the link below, then click the play button.  Scroll to the match of your choice using the time-stamp below)

2017 USHA 4-Wall Handball Nationals Friday

Time-stamp for Friday’s Broadcast:

00:40:00 – 01:42:00 – 4 Wall Men’s Small Ball Semis – Killian Carroll vs Paul Brady
01:54:00 – 02:50:00 – 4 Wall Men’s Small Ball Semis – Paul Brady vs Vic Perez
03:08:00 – 03:51:45 – 4 Wall Big Ball Men’s Semis – Sal Duenas vs Gabriel Molina
04:09:35 – 04:58:42 – 4 Wall Small Ball Women’s Quarters – Kristina Langhorst vs Ashley Moler

Here are the full day’s Video Files: (Click the link below, then click the play button.  Scroll to the match of your choice using the time-stamp below)

USHA 4-Wall Handball Nationals Saturday

Time-stamp for Saturday’s Broadcast:

00:16:00 – 1:45:00 – Men’s 4 Wall Small Ball Singles Final – Paul Brady vs Killian Carroll
01:51:00 – 2:22:00 – Women’s 4 Wall Small Ball Semis – Catriona Casey vs Ashley Moler
02:34:00 – 4:24:15 – Men’s 4 Wall Small Ball Doubles Semis – Rikki O’Gara/Smok’in Joe McCann vs Sean Lenning/Marcos Chavez
04:44:00 – 6:21:00 – Men’s 4 Wall Small Ball Doubles Semis – Vince Munoz/Carlos Chavez vs Vic Perez/Mando Ortiz
06:39:00 – 8:17:27 (End) – Men’s 4 Wall Big Ball Doubles Semis – Chava Cordova/Christian Salcedo vs Gabino Velazquez/Andrew Garcia

Here are the full day’s Video Files: (Click the link below, then click the play button.  Scroll to the match of your choice using the time-stamp below)

2017 USHA 4-Wall Handball NationalsSunday

Time-stamp for Sunday’s Broadcast:

00:00:00 – 58:39 – Men’s 4 Wall Big Ball Final – Sal Duenas vs Gabino Velazquez
1:24:05 – 3:17:33 – Men’s 4 Wall Small Ball Doubles Final – Sean Lenning/Marcos Chave vs Vic Perez/Mando Ortiz
3:31:00 – 4:21:31 – Women’s 4 Wall Small Ball Singles Final – Catriona Casey vs Tracy Davis
4:34:00 – 6:16:00 (End) – Men’s 4 Wall Big Ball Doubles Final – Samzon Hernandez/Sal Duenas vs Chava Cordova/Christian Salcedo

Special Remixed Matches:

2017 USHA Nationals – Women’s 4 Wall Small Ball Open Final: Casey vs. Davis (Watch HERE)

2017 USHA Nationals – Men’s 4 Wall Big Ball (WallBall) Singles Final: Sal Duenas vs. Gabino Velazquez (Watch HERE)

2017 USHA Nationals – Men’s 4 Wall Small Ball Open Final: Carroll vs. Brady (Watch HERE)

2017 USHA Nationals – Men’s 4 Wall Doubles Final (Remixed) – Chavez/Lenning vs Perez/Ortiz (Watch HERE)

2017 USHA Nationals – Men’s 4 Wall Big Ball (WallBall) Doubles Final – Duenas/Hernandez vs Salcedo/Cordova (Watch HERE)

Special thanks to Jeff Kastner, Matt Taitano, USHA President’s Club, WPHLiveTV BOD & Members, Los Caballeros Sports Village, Mike Kane, Gary Cruz, Rob Gaither, Shorty Ruiz, Catriona Casey, Ashley Moler, Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters.  – DV

Simple One-Camera Shoot – Rd of 8:

WPHLiveTV @ USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Paul Brady vs Abe Montijo (Rd 8)

WPHLiveTV @ USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Sean Lenning vs Vic Perez (Rd of 8)

WPHLiveTV @ USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Emmett Peixoto vs Joe McCann (Rd 8)

WPHLiveTV @ USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Braulio Ruiz vs Killian Carroll (Rd 8)

Simple One-Camera Shoot – Rd of 16:

WPHLiveTV @ USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Perez vs Torrez (Rd 16)

 

What happened at the nationals?  Each day is chronicled in Blog form, below…


Sunday at The 67th USHA Four Wall Nationals

Fountain Valley, CA, WPH Press, 7/2/17- Sunday at the 67th USHA National Four-Wall Championships at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA featured the two-time defending women’s singles champion and WPH WR48 #1 Catriona Casey facing women’s superstar and ageless wonder Tracy Davis in the women’s pro singles final, Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning aiming for a three-peat in the men’s pro doubles and Sal Duenas and Gabino Velazquez gunning for the big ball singles title.

Women’s Final: Casey vs. Davis (Watch HERE)

Catriona Casey entered Sunday’s final in search of her third consecutive national 4-Wall singles title to add to her glittering resume of WR48 titles and All Ireland titles. Casey had been a wrecking ball en route to the final, outscoring her two opponents 84-2. Tracy Davis was in search of her first 4-Wall singles national title and had been nearly as dominant as her counterpart in the bottom bracket, outscoring her two opponents 84-17.

The top seeds played even through the first 16 points in game one, with each notching four ace serves en route to an 8-8 tie. Casey took over from there, scoring the final 13 points of the game by extending rallies, forcing errors in the back court and executing kill shot opportunities. “Catriona seemed to figure out Tracy’s serve and she started to pin Tracy in the back left corner, where it’s very difficult to see the ball,” remarked broadcast analyst Ashley Moler.”

Casey wrapped up her third consecutive national singles title by continuing to dominate in game two, playing virtually error-free and solidifying herself as one of the greatest women players in the history of the sport.

Final: Casey def Davis 21-8, 21-5

Men’s Pro Doubles Final: Team Chavez/Lenning vs. Team Ortiz/Perez

Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning were in search of their third consecutive pro doubles national 4-Wall title, but would have to contend with the LAAC’s team of Mando Ortiz and Vic Perez. Team Chavez/Lenning defeated Team Ortiz/Perez in the 2016 Simple Green U.S. Open final at Los Caballeros eight months ago in two close games, setting the stage for an exciting final.

The “three-peat” appeared to be in jeopardy after a lopsided first game in favor of Team Ortiz/Perez, but the defending champions rallied in game two to force a decider. Neither team was able to build substantial momentum early in the tiebreaker, with each team scoring just one point per service inning. Team Chavez/Lenning eventually separated themselves, building an 8-5 lead and appearing to make it 9-5 after a 21-shot rally. A service appeal denied the ninth point and a short second serve by Lenning created a side out and an immediate boost for Team Ortiz/Perez. Team Portiz capitalized, scoring four consecutive points to serve at 9-8. Two skips by Team Portiz took them out of the service box and three quick points on Lenning’s serve sealed the match and the “three-peat” for Team Chavez/Lenning.

Final: Chavez/Lenning def Ortiz/Perez 8-21, 21-4, 11-9

Men’s Big Ball Singles Final: Sal Duenas vs. Gabino Velazquez (Watch HERE)

Sal Duenas entered the big ball singles as the top seed and lived up to his advanced billing, cruising to the final without dropping a game. Gabino Velazquez was nearly ousted from the event in the first round, surviving match point against Antonio Chavez in an 11-10 tiebreaker before cruising in his semifinal to advance to the final.

Duenas and Velazquez both hail from Orange County and have played against one another countless times and their familiarity showed in the finals. “Gman is a very tough opponent and I know that going in,” stated Duenas before the match.

Velazquez controlled the two-game final with his conditioning, outlasting Duenas in long rallies and breaking down an exhausted Duenas midway through the first game. Velazquez complimented his conditioning with deep court kills and diving re kills to take his first 4-Wall national singles big ball title.

Final: Velzquez def Duenas 21-9, 21-18

Thank you!

Thank you to the USHA and all of the volunteers for a great week at Los Caballeros and thank you to the WPH for broadcasting the action live!

To track all of the results from Los Caballeros, go here


WPHLiveTV @ The 67th USHA 4 Wall National Handball Championships – Broadcast Schedule:

Sunday at the USHA 4 Wall Nationals brings a full schedule of exciting matches to include the Pro Big Ball Singles and Doubles; Men’s Pro Small Ball Doubles & Women’s Pro Singles Final.  You can watch like beginning after 10am Pacific Time HERE and please pass along the link:  https://youtu.be/1GPhtfIXkV8

SUNDAY, JULY 2nd, 2017 
10:00  AM            Men’s Open Big Ball (Wall Ball) Singles Final – Sal Duenas (CA) vs Gabino Velazquez (CA)
11:15  AM             Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Final – Marcos Chavez (LAAC, CA) & Sean Lenning (TRC, AZ) vs Vic Perez (LAAC, CA) & Mando Ortiz (LAAC, CA)
12:30  AM           Women’s Open Singles Final (4 Wall Small Ball) – Tracy Davis (CA) vs Catriona Casey (NYAC, IRE)
1:30  PM              Men’s Open Big Ball (Wall Ball) Doubles Final – Samzon Hernandez (CA) & Sal Duenas (CA) vs Christain Salcedo (CA) & Chava Cordova (CA) 
SUNDAY, JULY 2ND VIDEO PLAYER
What happened yesterday (Saturday, July 1st)?  Read below…

The 67th USHA Four Wall Nationals – Saturday’s Wrap

Fountain Valley, CA, WPH Press, 7/1/17- The United States Handball Association is proudly hosting the 67th USHA National Four-Wall Championships at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA, featuring the top men’s and women’s pro superstars and the top master’s and junior handball players in the country. Defending men’s champion and WPH R48 #1 Killian Carroll and 10-time USHA National Four-Wall Men’s Pro Champion Paul Brady headline the men’s pro field, while defending champion and WPH WR48 #1 Catriona Casey headlines the women’s field alongside living women’s handball legend Tracy Davis. Don’t miss any of the semifinal and finals match-ups in the men’s and women’s pro singles, as well as bonus coverage of the men’s pro doubles and men’s pro big ball singles and doubles, continuing Sunday, July 2nd at www.youtube.com/weplayhandball.

Men’s Pro Final: Carroll vs. Brady (Watch HERE)

Defending champion and WPH R48 #1 Killian Carroll and 10-time USHA National Four-Wall Pro Singles Champion Paul Brady collided for the second consecutive year in the men’s pro singles final, with the pair staging the match of the century in last year’s final. Carroll was aiming to repeat and announce himself as the game’s next dominant champion, while Brady was seeking his record-tying 11th USHA Four-Wall Pro Singles Championship and to prove that he is still the best in the sport. Carroll and Brady had faced one another four times in R48 history, with Brady winning three, including their last encounter at the WPH R48 NYAC in March. By defeating Brady in last year’s final. Carroll became the first player since 2004 to defeat Brady in consecutive tournament matches since 2004.

Carroll dispelled the notion that he was a slow starter, taking an early lead by defending Brady’s power and devastating serve and executing kills when given the opportunity. “You have to visualize playing Paul all year because he is so powerful and so athletic,” stated Carroll after the match. “He is the most consistent of the pros and can run off points very quickly.”

Carroll led 11-7 20 minutes into the first game, a far cry from the 2-20 deficit he faced after 20 minutes in last year’s final. The pair traded incredible shots while burning a tremendous amount of energy to keep rallies alive. Brady took his first lead at 16-15 and eventually led 18-16. A Brady error on the 13th shot of the 18-16 rally from just 10-feet from the front wall halted his momentum. Brady proceeded to make three consecutive inexplicable errors to cede his advantage to Carroll. Carroll would eventually lead 20-18, setting the stage for two of the greatest rallies in handball history. With Carroll serving for the game at 20-19, a 40-shot rally ensued, with both players on the deck three times and Brady ultimately closing out the rally with an underhand over-the-top fist kill. Brady would cut the deficit to 19-20, but Carroll forced a side out to serve for the game a second time. The second game point was the most dramatic of the event, with Carroll ultimately recovering from four dives to end the game with a kill. “That is definitely one of the best rallies I’ve ever seen,” stated WR48 #1 and WPH color analyst Catriona Casey.

With game one under his belt, Carroll’s confidence soared in game two, while Brady’s legs appeared heavy. Carroll built an early lead by demonstrating his full arsenal of back wall, fly, underhand and corner kills, demoralizing the 10-time national champion and cruising to his second consecutive national title.

“Paul is one of, if not the greatest player of all time and to beat him for this title is a great accomplishment,” stated Carroll.

Final: Carroll def Brady 21-19, 21-6

Women’s Singles Semifinals

WPH WR48 #1 and two-time defending USHA Four-Wall Pro Women’s Singles Champion Catriona Casey cruised to the final in the women’s pro singles upper bracket and continued her assault on the record books, defeating Tucson’s Dr. Ashley Moler in two games. Casey continued to amaze in her semifinal win with her sensational blend of consistency, anticipation, power and shot making. Casey improved upon her 4.3:1 points ratio during the 2016-2017 WR48 season by outscoring her two opponents thus far in this event by a ratio of 42:1.

Second-seeded Tracy Davis was sharp in the bottom bracket, defeating veteran Jennifer Schmitt for the second time in three months to advance to her first national 4-Wall final. “I’m feeling really good,” stated the ageless Davis, who was voted “Fittest Pro” by her Race 4 Eight peers this season. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s final.”

Semifinals

Casey def Moler 21-2, 21-0

Davis def Schmitt 21-6, 21-3

Men’s Doubles Semifinals

Top-seeded and defending champions Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning split lopsided games with Ireland’s Joe McCann and Ricky O’Gara, forcing a dramatic tiebreaker. The teams traded the lead throughout the decider, with both teams appearing to have the momentum at various times. Ultimately, the clutch shot making of Chavez/Lenning prevailed, as the best buddies advanced to the final.

The bottom bracket semifinal was an all LAAC affair, as Race 4 Eight top 10’ers Mando Ortiz and Vic Perez faced 11-time national 3-Wall singles champion Vince Munoz and top master’s standout Carlos Chavez.  Team Ortiz/Perez dropped game one to their veteran opponents but rallied to dominate the next two to advance to the final.

Semifinals

Chavez/Lenning def McCann/O’Gara 8-21, 21-12, 11-9

Ortiz/Perez def Munoz/Chavez 18-21, 21-8, 11-0

Final: Chavez/Lenning vs.

Men’s Big Ball Singles

Top-seeded Sal “The Wizard” Duenas continued his march to a big ball slam in the singles semifinals, disposing of Stockton’s Manuel Chavez in two games, while Anaheim’s Gabino Velazquez ousted Christian Salcedo in two games less than 24 hours after surviving an 11-10 classic against Antonio Chavez in the opening round.

Semifinals

Duenas def M. Chavez 21-17, 21-13

Velazquez def A. Chavez 21-7, 21-14

Final: Duenas vs Velazquez

To track all of the results from Los Caballeros, go here

SUNDAY, JULY 2nd, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
10:00  AM            MEN’S SINGLES BIG BALL FINALS – SAL DUENAS VS GABINO VELAZQUEZ
11:15  AM             MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (SMALL BALL) – MARCOS CHAVEZ/SEAN LENNING VS VIC PEREZ/MANDO ORTIZ
12:30  AM           WOMEN’S SINGLES FINALS – TRACY DAVIS VS CATRIONA CASEY
1:30  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (BIG BALL) – SAMZON HERNANDEZ/SAL DUENAS VS CHRISTIAN SALCEDO/CHAVA CORDOVA 

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The 67th USHA Four Wall Nationals

Fountain Valley, CA, WPH Press, 6/30/17- The United States Handball Association is proudly hosting the 67th USHA National Four-Wall Championships at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA, featuring the top men’s and women’s pro superstars and the top master’s and junior handball players in the country. Defending men’s champion and WPH R48 #1 Killian Carroll and 10-time USHA National Four-Wall Men’s Pro Champion Paul Brady headline the men’s pro field, while defending champion and WPH WR48 #1 Catriona Casey headlines the women’s field alongside living women’s handball legend Tracy Davis.

Friday’s live broadcast kicked off with defending champion and the New York Athletic Club’s number-one seeded Killian Carroll facing fellow R48 Elite 8 rival and fourth-seeded Emmett Peixoto. The pair had met in five previous encounters, with Carroll winning four of the five, with two of those wins coming via close tiebreakers.

Carroll imposed himself early in game one, using his speed to intimidate and pressure Peixoto into errors and failed offensive conversions. Leading 6-1, Carroll made five unforced errors in the next eight rallies, opening the door for Peixoto and cutting his lead to 8-7. Carroll eliminated his errors and streaked to a 17-7 lead on the heels of a 9-0 run, sparked by great serves and bottom-board rollouts. Peixoto would rally, but the deficit was too large, as Carroll pocketed game one, 21-13.

Peixoto appeared to be more relaxed at the start of game two, slowing down the game, pushing Carroll out of the front court and seizing a 6-3 lead. Peixoto had opportunities to stretch his lead, but several errors and the inability to end rallies when given opportunities allowed Carroll to eventually tie the score at six and run away with the match. As has become his trademark, Carroll dashed to the finish line, scoring 18 of the final 19 points of the match to secure his spot in his second consecutive national final.

Paul Brady found himself in unfamiliar territory in the bottom bracket semifinal, entering the event sans the number one seed for the first time since 2004. Brady’s 2016 loss in the national final to Carroll marked his first loss in 11 starts at the Nationals, dating back to 2004 and just his fifth tournament loss in a completed match since 2004. Vic Perez was making his first semifinal appearance in his Nationals career on the heels of his quarterfinal upset against third-seeded Sean Lenning. The LAAC’s Perez also made his first semifinal in a Race stop earlier this year at January’s R48 Plummer Bash.

Brady quickly squashed any confidence that Perez had gained thus far in this event and season, taking a 17-0 lead just four minutes and 45 seconds into game one. Brady eased off the accelerator after Perez scored his first point at 17-0, but comfortably cruised to the final in a clinical 33-minute domination.

Semifinals:

Carroll def Peixoto 21-13, 21-7

Brady def Perez 21-6, 21-8

Final: Carroll vs. Brady (12:30 pm pst on Saturday, July 1)

To track all of the results from Los Caballeros, go here

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Saturday’s Link to Watch:  https://goo.gl/GqFDVJ

The Men’s small ball singles final sets to air on Saturday, followed by a select women’s semifinal match; then four wall doubles-play will commence, as Marcos Chavez & Sean Lenning gear up to three-peat.  Chavez has won four national four wall doubles titles with three different players (Norm Dunne, Vince Munoz & Sean Lenning); Lenning is in search of his fourth doubles trophy.

12:30pm  Men’s small ball singles final Brady vs Carroll
1:45pm  Women’s select semifinals (TBD)
2:45pm  Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
3:45pm  Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
4:45pm  Men’s Open Big Ball (Wallball) Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
5:45pm  Men’s Open Big Ball (Wallball) Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
Full Broadcast Schedule posted at www.race4eight.com

 


Friday’s Video Action:

Tune into the 67th USHA 4 Wall National Handball Championships from Los Caballeros Sports Village in beautiful Fountain Valley, California, Today (Friday, June 30th) through the weekend, as the top players in the world will vie for a historic trophy on the national stage.

In the Men’s Open, Killian Carroll (WPH R48Pro #1) defeated Paul Brady in last year’s thrilling breaker.  Meanwhile, Brady has been in 11 straight finals (11 out of 12 years; as Brady did not participate in the nationals of 2011 due to a finger injury) and is looking to tie the all-time 4 wall singles leader, Naty Alvarado Sr, this weekend with his 11th title.  Emmett Peixoto (CA) made back-to-back finals appearances in 2014 & 2015 and is looking to get back to the top of the food-chain with a win this morning versus Carroll; meanwhile, Vic Perez (CA) represents the LAAC, just down the street, and will pack the gallery for his semifinal appearance against the Gunner from Ireland just after noon.

You can watch the men’s open LIVE beginning Friday, June 30th, at 11am Pacific Time courtesy of the WPHLiveTV Film Crew, USHA President’s Club, Board of Directors & Members.  Both organizations ask that you help promote the broadcast by sharing the YouTube Live Link (for each day) with your friends and family.

Friday’s Link:  https://goo.gl/mGFTfD
11:00am  Killian Carroll (WPH #1) vs Emmett Peixoto (WPH #7)
12:15pm  Paul Brady (WPH #13) vs Vic Perez (WPH #10)
1:15pm  Men’s Big Ball Quarters TBD
2:30pm  Men’s Big Ball Quarters TBD

Saturday’s Link:  https://goo.gl/GqFDVJ

The Men’s small ball singles final sets to air on Saturday, followed by a select women’s semifinal match; then four wall doubles-play will commence, as Marcos Chavez & Sean Lenning gear up to three-peat.  Chavez has won four national four wall doubles titles with three different players (Norm Dunne, Vince Munoz & Sean Lenning); Lenning is in search of his fourth doubles trophy.

12:30pm  Men’s small ball singles final (TBD) Peixoto or Carroll vs Brady or Perez
1:45pm  Women’s select semifinals (TBD)
2:45pm  Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
3:45pm  Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
4:45pm  Men’s Open Big Ball (Wallball) Doubles Semifinals (TBD)
5:45pm  Men’s Open Big Ball (Wallball) Doubles Semifinals (TBD)

Sunday’s Link:  https://goo.gl/LwQXiH

In the Women’s Pro, Catriona Casey made her first finals appearance at the nationals in 2013 (losing to Reilly); then, captured three straight and is looking to take down four.  Only three women have ever gathered four singles trophies or more… Rosemary Bellini, Lisa Fraser-Gilmore and Anna Engele-Christoff.
10:00am  Men’s Big Ball (Wallball) Singles Final (TBD)
11:15am  Men’s Open Small Ball Doubles Final (TBD)
12:30am  Women’s Small Ball Open Singles Final (TBD)
1:30pm  Men’s Open Big Ball (Wallball) Doubles Final (TBD)
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Draws Posted HERE:  https://goo.gl/zuorVX

Want Wed and Thu daily wraps?  Look below.


 

 

The 67th USHA Four Wall Nationals – Day Two Recapped…

Fountain Valley, CA, WPH Press, 6/29/17- The United States Handball Association is proudly hosting the 67th USHA National Four Wall Championships at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA, featuring the top men’s and women’s pro superstars and the top master’s and junior handball players in the country. Defending men’s champion and WPH R48 #1 Killian Carroll and 10-time USHA National Four-Wall Men’s Pro Champion Paul Brady headline the men’s pro field, while defending champion and WPH WR48 #1 Catriona Casey headlines the women’s field alongside living women’s handball legend Tracy Davis.

Although Casey won’t play her first round match until Friday, she sat court side to watch the men’s quarters on Thursday.

Killian Carroll  (IRE) took his #1 ranking and top seed into the quarters where Braulio Ruiz (AZ) was gearing up for a scrappy-battle.  Ruiz, as you recall, defeated O’Gara in a Wednesday afternoon round of 16 match; meanwhile, Carroll got a first round bye and would call this round of eight clash his first of the tournament.  Ruiz jumped out with two quick ones, but Carroll settled in; scoring twelve of the next thirteen points, before closing out game one, 21-6.  Game two was similar; with Ruiz scoring two better to advance to the semis, 21-6, 21-8. (Watch HERE)

Carroll will face Emmett Peixoto (CA) on Friday [at 11am PST HERE] after Peixoto defeated Joe McCann (IRE) in two games.  Peixoto has been recovering from a broken finger (New York Pro Stop/March ’17) and has been improving with each match, “I feel good and can’t wait for tomorrow.”  Peixoto advanced with a scoreline of 21-10, 21-9 and will be seeking his third national finals appearance since 2014 (Minneapolis, Minnesota). (Watch Peixoto vs McCann HERE)

Sean Lenning (AZ) looked under-the-weather in his match versus Vic Perez (CA) this afternoon; making multiple hand-errors in the process.  “It really appears to me that Lenning is nursing a few agitating injuries,” says WPH Director, Dave Vincent.  “Sean has had a crazy season filled with ups and downs, physically.  I think they all came to a head just before this match kicked off today and I’m talking about multiple body parts from his left shoulder, to right elbow, a possible broken finger on his strong hand and a right shoulder that’s nagged him over the past half-decade.”  With that said, Vic Perez was challenged, but never allowed Lenning to get within striking distance, due to some very solid and steady play; eventually winning 21-14, 21-8.  (Watch HERE)

Perez will battle Paul Brady (IRE) in the bottom bracket semifinal @ 12:15pm PST HERE on Friday to determine who will be in Saturday’s Men’s Final (HERE @ 12:30pm).

Speaking of Brady, the Gunner put on a show against Arizona’s Abraham Montijo, Thursday afternoon.  Brady found himself down to start the match but went on a 10-0 run and eventually closed the first game with a 21-6 win.

Brady looked ten years younger as he cranked up that power that helped him win ten previous national singles trophies in game two.  Up 16-0 in the second-set, Brady watches the first point come onto the scoreboard for his foe; then exchanges smiles with young Montijo as both switched court positions.  Up until that moment, the gallery smelled a donut cooking at the Brady-Bakery (as did their lead chef).  Montijo scores four unanswered before trading side-outs.  In the end, Brady takes the match 21-6, 21-5 and will advance to his 11th straight final’s appearance (11 out of 12 years; as Brady did not participate in the nationals of 2011 due to a finger injury). Watch Brady vs Montijo HERE>

The men’s open doubles quarters will begin on Friday (HERE); meanwhile, a preliminary Women’s Pro Singles match just concluded when Maxine Strausbaugh (CA) squeaked past Scarlett Smith  (TX) 21-18, 18-21, 11-3 and will now advance to play the #1 seed, Catriona Casey (IRE), in the quarters on Friday.  The Women’s bracket is posted  HERE.

You can watch a select Women’s Semifinal match on Saturday LIVE by visiting this link>

The men’s pro small ball doubles, big ball doubles and big ball singles will kick-off on Friday.  “In fact, almost all doubles divisions will kick into gear on Friday,” says WPH Reporter and Play-by-Play man, Dave Vincent.  Meanwhile, singles has continued in junior and master divisions (Posted and tracked, HERE).

Tonight, Gary Cruz (USHA Youth Development Leader and Lifetime Volunteer, Donor and Handball Promoter/Contributor) will be honored and inducted into the USHA Handball Hall of Fame right at the Los Caballeros Sports Village.  Cruz, a Southern California do-all-guy is one of handball’s most valuable assets and is gratefully being honored and recognized for years and years of amazingly hard and passionate work, to grow the game of handball.  WPH Executives, Employees and Board Members congratulate Mr Gary Cruz for his induction and selfless contributions to the sport.

Don’t miss any of the semifinal and finals match-ups in the men’s and women’s pro singles, as well as bonus coverage of the men’s pro doubles and men’s pro big ball singles and doubles, starting at 11 am PST on Friday, June 30th on wphlive.tv.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30th, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
11:00  AM            MEN’S SEMIFINALS
12:15  PM             MEN’S SEMIFINALS
1:15  PM               MEN’S BIG BALL QUARTERS
2:30  PM             MEN’S BIG BALL QUARTERS
SATURDAY, JULY 1st, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
12:30  PM            MEN’S FINALS
1:45  PM               WOMEN’S SEMIS
2:45  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIS (SMALL BALL)
3:45  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIS (SMALL BALL)
4:45  PM              MEN’S BIG BALL DOUBLES SEMIS
5:45  PM              MEN’S BIG BALL DOUBLES SEMIS
SUNDAY, JULY 2nd, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
10:00  AM            MEN’S SINGLES BIG BALL FINALS
11:15  AM             MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (SMALL BALL)
12:30  AM           WOMEN’S SINGLES FINALS
1:30  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (BIG BALL)
You will be able to view handball on Friday, June 30th, below:

FRIDAY JUNE 30TH VIDEO PLAYER

SATURDAY, JULY 1ST VIDEO PLAYER

SUNDAY, JULY 2ND VIDEO PLAYER

To track all of the results from Los Caballeros, go here>

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Day one at the USHA 4 Wall Nationals – Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, Press-  Nearly three hundred players converged to the Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley, CA, for the 67th USHA 4 Wall Nationals on Wednesday with almost all singles brackets taking to the hardwood.

In the Men’s Open, Braulio Ruiz (AZ) started the day off with an impressive two game win against Fergal Coughlan (IRE). Ruiz, who is ranked #19 on the R48Pro Tour, will now face #1 seed [last year’s champ] Killian Carroll (#1) at 10am Thursday in the quarterfinals.  Joe McCann (IRE), took his #5 seed into the sweet-16 and  proceeded to keep his opponent [Andrew Garcia] under five total points in two games; meanwhile, Emmett Peixoto (CA) defeated Richard Palma (CA) 21-5, 21-3 and will advance to play McCann at 11:15am on Thursday.

“Is it me, or does Emmett look ten years younger?” Barked women’s #1 seed and all time great, Catriona Casey (IRE), as she looked onto the recently dedicated Tom Gilbert Memorial Court.

We agree!  Peixoto looks fit and in good spirits. *Editor’s Note:  You may recall that Peixoto broke a bone in his hand while playing in New York Circa March 2017.

Sean Lenning beat former Bay Counties youth superstar, Pete Papathemetrios (CA) in two straight.  “I played junior ball with David Fink and he inspired me to get back into this game,” said the Concord Kid.  Unfortunately for the Papathemetrios camp, Sean Lenning was just too much on this day; winning 21-5, 21-8.  Lenning (AZ) will take his #3 seed right into Vic Perez (CA) on Thursday at 12:15pm.  Perez got past Erik Torres (CA) 21-6, 21-13 earlier in the day (WATCH HERE).

Paul Brady (#2) allowed Jesse Aranda to make a quicker-than-expected visit to the ref’s chair after giving up six total in two games; meanwhile, Abraham Montijo (AZ) and Ricky O’Gara (Ire) locked horns with the late match on Wednesday.  In the end, Montijo pulls out a 11-2 breaker finish and will advance to face Brady at 1:30pm on Thursday (Quarters).  Watch Montijo & O’Gara HERE>

Paul Brady is looking to tie Naty Alvarado Sr with 11 National Handball Championship singles titles at this event.  Make sure to stay here for updates as we track The Gunner’s progress.

Men’s Open Doubles, Men’s Pro Big Ball Singles/Doubles,  and Women’s Open singles start on Friday w/one Women’s Open singles match scheduled for late Thursday afternoon (Strausbaugh vs Smith [rd 16] @ 2:30pm).

The men’s 55 singles had all top seeds advance lead by the respective #1 & #2 seeds, Mike Flannery (WA) and Bob Nicholas (CA). Gary Maga (CA), Sonny Roberts (UT), Steve King (CA), Boak Ferris (CA), Marty Clemens (IN), and Art Benitez (AZ) all advanced in their opening round of 16 matches, HERE>

In the men’s 60’s, #1 seed, Loyd Garcia (WY), John Guth (CA), Joe Thomas (PA), David Streibeg (MO), Jesus Pasos (CA), Mike Linnik (CA), Ron Strausbaugh (CA), and David Steinberg (#2) advanced to the quarters.  More HERE>

Merv Deckert (CAN) and his #1 seed awaits Dale Littwin (TX) when their Thursday morning quarters match in the 65+ singles sets to commence.  #2 seed, Ed Campbell (CA), sits at the bottom of the bracket with a similar fate.  Earlier in the day, Greg Stansbury, Dan Price, Eugene Kennedy, and Bob DeVleming, all advanced to the quarters, in what may be the deepest Veterans Bracket we have ever witnessed, HERE>

50% of the talented 70’s Diamond Masters got eliminated on Wednesday.  Dennis Berger (CA) moved past Bob Baskin (CA); Ted Dehesa (CA) squeaked by Joe Driscoll (CA); meanwhile, Tom Byer (CA) overtook Gunner Lester (CA), Wayne Baker (AZ) defeated Rick Aguirre (CA) and Bruce Handelman (NV) took down Joe Rivera (CA)–all advancing to the quarters!  HERE>

Track all Results HERE>


WPH will Broadcast the 2017 USHA 4 Wall Nationals beginning Friday @ 11am Pacific (June 30, 2017)

This broadcast is courtesy of the WPHLiveTV Broadcast Team, United States Handball Association’s President’s Club & WPH Board of Directors and Members.

*WPH has partnered with ESPN3 & WatchESPN App for six of nine events between September of ’17 to May of ’18.

**Watch Handball all season long at www.race4eight.com, as the 7th season of the WPH Race4Eight kicks off in Atlanta, GA (October ’17).

***WPHLiveTV plans to air the 3 WallBall Outdoor World Championships from Las Vegas, NV, September 21-24th.

More info regarding Vegas, ESPN3 Live Coverage and the R48Pro Tour at www.wphlive.tv

Here are the links to the YouTube Live events, airing handball this weekend:

Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEHDrqdBYWw

Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmTsrHAFAo

Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GPhtfIXkV8

Learn more about handball at www.ushandball.org & www.wphlive.tv.


WPHLiveTV, along with the USHA President’s Club, United States Handball Association, WPH Board of Directors and WPH Members will be filming/streaming the 67th USHA 4 Wall Nationals from Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley, California, beginning Friday, June 30th, at 11am Pacific Time.

WPH will be airing matches via YouTube Live with hopes of boosting the broadcast audience from handball fans to non-playing spectators, “We always hope we can market handball to non players, while also entertaining the normal handball base,” says WPH Director, Dave Vincent.  “We couldn’t have done this without the help from the USHA President’s Club and WPH Board of Directors and All Access Pass Members.  Truly a collaborative effort on all levels.”

WPH goes retro with this broadcast when Jeff Kastner leads the executive producing team for the first time since 2010 [Kastner and Vincent formed the WPH back in late 2004 with an eye set on broadcasting handball on TV.  13 years later, the two continue their efforts to promote the game with a return visit to the USHA 4 Wall Nationals].  “We aired our first USHA 4 Wall Nationals right from this same venue,” barked Kastner.  “It was 2006, some 11 years or so ago.  It wasn’t our first live stream for the sport, but it was our first big one.  It’s always cool coming back home.”

Don’t forget, the WPH is creating season Seven of the 2017/18 Race4Eight Pro Handball Tour and is putting the final touches on the ESPN Schedule now, Check their progress HERE and circle your calendar!

Tentative USHA 4 Wall National Handball Championships Broadcast Schedule Below (Some times and matches may be altered once the event kicks off.  All times in the local Pacific Zone). Visit R2sports.com for the brackets that associate themselves with this schedule (below) HERE>
FRIDAY, JUNE 30th, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
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11:00  AM            MEN’S SEMIFINALS
12:15  PM             MEN’S SEMIFINALS
1:15  PM               MEN’S BIG BALL QUARTERS
2:30  PM             MEN’S BIG BALL QUARTERS
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SATURDAY, JULY 1st, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
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12:30  PM            MEN’S FINALS
1:45  PM               WOMEN’S SEMIS
2:45  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIS (SMALL BALL)
3:45  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIS (SMALL BALL)
4:45  PM              MEN’S BIG BALL DOUBLES SEMIS
5:45  PM              MEN’S BIG BALL DOUBLES SEMIS
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SUNDAY, JULY 2nd, 2017 (WATCH HERE)
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10:00  AM            MEN’S SINGLES BIG BALL FINALS
11:15  AM             MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (SMALL BALL)
12:30  AM           WOMEN’S SINGLES FINALS
1:30  PM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINALS (BIG BALL)
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You will be able to view handball on Friday, June 30th, below:

FRIDAY JUNE 30TH VIDEO PLAYER

SATURDAY, JULY 1ST VIDEO PLAYER

SUNDAY, JULY 2ND VIDEO PLAYER

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