Thus Far: R48Pro Facts & Trends

Posted on Mar 14 2017 - 3:41am by david

DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through Houston March ‘17

The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 has produced a new finalist, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, four events broadcast on ESPN, the second 10-time R48 champion, a new member of the Elite 8, a returning star doing serious damage, the shortest match in R48 history, four players ranked inside the Elite 8 in 2011 still inside the Elite 8, and a considerable closing of the ranking points gap between all of the Elite 8 stars.

Race 4 Eight 6 Fun Facts and Trends: October 2016-present

Killian Carroll became just the third player to win back-to-back R48 Men’s Pro titles with wins at the R48 6 New Orleans and Houston (Brady, Moreno)

David Fink (2nd, 2nd, 3rd) and Luis Moreno (1st, 3rd, 2nd) have finished in the top three of the last three R48 Men’s Pro events in Plummer, New Orleans, and Houston

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 #1 to lose in the round of 16 in a Race stop at the 2017 Houston R48 6

Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury

Daniel Cordova is 1-4 in main draw tiebreakers in the R48 6 (Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink), tiebreaker win vs. Nett at the R48 6 Houston

David Fink became the third player to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady) and the first to lose three finals in a row

Emmett Peixoto was the only player to have finished in the top five of all three R48 6 events before losing in the round of 16 in the R48 6 New Orleans

The NYAC’s R48 6 will feature a four-way race for the R48 #1 (Carroll, Ortiz, Fink, Moreno)

Killian Carroll owns the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (12-1: 92%)

Mando Ortiz owns the most match wins on the R48 6 (14)

Daniel Cordova dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after New Orleans for the first time since 2015 (D. Cordova returned to the Elite 8 with a 6th place finish in the R48 6 Houston)

Vic Perez entered the Elite 8 for the first time following New Orleans, making him the longest-tenured R48 star to move into the R48 Elite 8 for the first time (6 years)

Andy Nett entered the R48 6 Minnesota with no R48 ranking and has since defeated five R48 pros in the top 11 (Moreno, Peixoto, D. Cordova, L. Cordova, Iglesias)

Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history in New Orleans from the time of the first ball struck (six minutes from the time of the first serve hit)

Paul Brady is the only player in the R48 top 15 who has not played an event this season

The R48 6 has featured five different finalists in four stops (Ortiz, McCarthy, Fink, Moreno, Carroll) and four different champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 13)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are still in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another for the second consecutive R48 event in New Orleans, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

The season-ending R48 5 #1 and #8 pros were separated by 31.5 ranking points, the current R48 6 #1 and #8 pros are separated by 18.5 ranking points, meaning the gap is closing substantially amongst the Elite 8

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 39 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-early 2017, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

In 39 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 13 different finalists. Of the 13 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S. and five from Ireland

8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto

5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 has featured one new finalist thus far (Fink)

The last 11 R48 events have been won by six different players, which is the most different winners in any 10-tournament stretch since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011

Ortiz: Houston, Minnesota

Brady: NYAC

Brady: Salt Lake City

Carroll: Portland, New Orleans, Houston

McCarthy: Simple Green U.S. Open

Moreno: Plummer

Through three Race 4 Eight 6 events, Luis Cordova is 3-1 in tiebreakers (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning/losses: Chavez), Daniel Cordova is 0-4 in tiebreakers (Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink).

In three Women’s Race 4 Eight starts in 2016, Catriona Casey outscored her nine opponents 342-95 (3.6:1), won all 18 games played, and won all three events. In four U.S. 4-Wall starts in 2016, including the three WR48 starts and the USHA 4-Wall Nationals, Casey outscored her 11 opponents 426-111 (3.8:1), won all 22 games played, and won all four events

Catriona Casey became the last player to start a Race 4 Eight event and not lose. Casey’s seven-tournament WR48 undefeated streak was ended by two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly in an 11-9 tiebreaker at the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 10 titles in 11 starts. The only other player with a WR48 title is Aisling Reilly (1)

In three meetings between R48 top five pros Mando Ortiz and Killian Carroll in 2016, Carroll outscored Ortiz 110-96 but lost two of three matches (NYAC ‘16 and Simple Green U.S. Open ’16: Ortiz, New Orleans ’16: Carroll)

After winning nine of the first 18 R48 events, Moreno won his first Race title in three years (Houston ’14) for his 10th Race title at the R48 6 Plummer Bash (2nd overall: Brady)

Of the 34 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

United States: 22

Ireland: 7

Mexico: 3

Canada: 2

Of the 22 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, nine states are represented

California (7): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Torres, Collado, Alvarado

Arizona (5): Lenning, Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz

New York (1): O’Donnell

Colorado (1): Iglesias

Texas (2): Bernhard, Pallares

Wisconsin (1): Selestow

Minnesota (3): Nett, Pesch, Stoffel

Oregon (2): Beall. Aa. Garner

*Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above live in these U.S. states

25 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (17)

Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez/Gavin Buggy (42)

Colin Crehan was the youngest qualifier in R48 history at the 2015 R48 NYAC (19)

The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)

The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

Sean Lenning was the only R48 pro to have played in every R48 event (before New Orleans ‘17, f

Most R48 events started: Lenning (38), Luis Moreno (37), David Fink (37), and Emmett Peixoto (36)

David Fink made the most career Race starts before making his first final (34)

Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (11)

16 of the last 17 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

The Race 4 Eight averages 14 hours of coverage per weekend on ESPN3, not including ESPN3 replays

Gavin Buggy is the only player to have appeared on ESPN and never lost

The Cordova brothers have each appeared in one R48 semifinal (Luis: Minnesota ’16, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15)

The first R48 final to enter overtime was the second game of the R48 II Houston final between Charly Shanks and Naty Alvarado (Shanks won 20-18)

The largest age gap between any R48 players in a main draw match was Tom Sheridan vs. Luis Moreno (20 years)

Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Shorty Ruiz owns the worst record in R48 history (0-19). Tommy Little retired from the R48 with no wins (0-9)

John Bike, Jr. was the oldest qualifier in R48 history at the 2013 R48 II Houston (47 years, 11 months)

In 39 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

Brady: 13

Moreno: 10

Lenning: 5

McCarthy: 3

Shanks: 2

Al. Garner: 1

Ortiz: 2

Carroll: 3

Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:

Paul Brady has won 13 of 17 R48 events he has entered: 76%

Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 6 R48 events he has entered: 50%

Luis Moreno has won 10 of 37 R48 events he has entered: 27%

Sean Lenning has won 5 of 38 R48 events he has entered: 13%

Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%

Killian Carroll has won 3 of 10 R48 events he has entered: 30%

In 39 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,073 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

In 15 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

Chavez: 8 (8-1 in finals)

Alvarado: 3 (3-4 in finals)

Schad: 2 (2-0 in finals)

Buggy: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Meiring: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Tyler Hamel (4), Dan Armijo (1), Dave Vincent (1), Matt Mclaughlin (1), John Bike (1), and Tom Sheridan (1) have all advanced to SR48 finals but not won a title

Tyler Hamel lost in the SR48 Houston final in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Of the 1,073 combined players that have entered the 39 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 534 earned prize money

In comparison, 9,882 players entered the 2015 Men’s U.S. Open (golf) qualifying with 49 exempt into the actual U.S. Open for a total of 9,932 players, 75 of whom were paid (0.7%) Information retrieved from here

In the 29 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 602 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens are open tournaments and the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

In the 29 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, five qualifiers out of 588 advanced to a final (0.85%), with none of the five winning the title:

Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014

Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

Brady: 13-0

Moreno: 10-6

Lenning: 5-8

Shanks: 2-4

McCarthy: 3-1

Al. Garner: 1-2

Ortiz: 2-5

Alvarado: 0-5

Peixoto: 0-2

Fink: 0-3

Carroll: 3-1

Nett 0-1

Nash: 0-1

Luis Moreno has played in the most R48 finals (16)

Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (13)

Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (8)

Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (3), and Andy Nett (1) are the only players to have advanced to a R48 final and not won a title

R48 Men’s Pro Champions have ranged in age from (22) Luis Moreno at the Plummer R48 I Stop #1 and Killian Carroll (22) at the R48 V Player’s Championship to (36) Paul Brady at the R48 V Stop #6 Salt Lake City

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (39 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

The youngest Race 4 Eight Champion in history was Catriona Casey at the WR48 I Stop #1 Simple Green U.S. Open (20)

In 17 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 56-4 (95%)

The WR48 has held 11 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

Casey: 10-1

Reilly 1-6

Gawley: 0-1

Ni Churraoin: 0-1

McMahon: 0-1

There are currently 12 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 12, seven are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, Rushe, McCarthy, O’Connor), and five are from the U.S. (Davis, Ng, Daskalakis, Moler, Koehler)

In 11 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 33-1 match record (97%)

Emmett and Courtney Peixoto de Melo and Robbie and Aoife McCarthy are the only brothers and sisters to be ranked on the Race 4 Eight

Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-11 titles

Allan Garner/Aaron Garner and Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have held R48 rankings

Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5th Place Playoff, R48 V Stop #3 New Orleans, Houston R48 V 9th place playoff, Plummer R48 6 9th place playoff , Houston R48 6 5th place final (Luis leads 4-1)

Robbie McCarthy is the only player in R48 history to have started an event and never finished outside the top 5

Diarmaid Nash and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

Of the 78 R48 finalists in 39 R48 events, five have been qualifiers, zero qualifiers have won a title

The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Brady, Moreno, Lenning, Fink

Luis Cordova Jr. has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (17), Jonathan Iglesias is second with (16), Anthony Selestow third (14) Abraham Montijo fifth (13)

The only players to face a match point and win a main draw Men’s Pro R48 match are:

Alvarado vs. Shanks Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 12-21, 21-17, 11-10

Alvarado vs. Al. Garner Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 16-21, 21-20, 11-7)

Fink vs. Iglesias Tucson 2013 (Fink 27-25)

Fink vs. Cooney Simple Green U.S. Open (2013) 17-21, 21-19, 11-10

Shanks vs. Peixoto Denver 2013 (Shanks 28-26)

Perez vs. Ortiz Tucson 2014 (Perez 10-15, 16-14, 15-8)

Crehan vs. Fink NYAC 2015 (Crehan, 1-15, 17-15, 15-13)

Ortiz vs. L. Cordova (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (21)

Qualifier Statistics:

103 players attempted to qualify during the R48 I season (21 qualified)

86 players attempted to qualify during the R48 II season (30 qualified)

91 players attempted to qualify during the R48 III season (25 qualified)

152 players attempted to qualify during the R48 IV season (26 qualified)

168 players attempted to qualify during the R48 V season (40 qualified, thus far) (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

64 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season thus far (24 qualified)

34.88% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 I season, 17.1% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 IV season (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

In the 11 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 67 out of 69 games played (97%)

Catriona Casey has won 36 of 37 matches she has played in the WR48 (97%)

Two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly (2012, 2015) is 1-7 in WR48 finals, with her lone victory coming in the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 10 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)

The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)

Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)

Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point

Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (91). Sean Lenning has the second-most match wins in R48 history (77) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first time in 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #6)

Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)

David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (10)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 pro to defeat four former or current WPH #1 pros in his maiden R48 title in Houston 2016: Emmett Peixoto (2008), Allan Garner (2009), Paul Brady (2016), Sean Lenning (2012)

Mando Ortiz and Marcos Chavez became the first duo from the same club (LAAC) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Houston ’16, Minnesota ’16)

Of the current R48 Men’s Elite 8, seven players wear unpadded gloves, one player wears padded gloves, two players wear liners, seven players wear open-lensed eye protection, one player wears lensed eye protection

Paul Brady (3), Charly Shanks, Andy Nett, and Jonathan Iglesias are the only players to defeat Luis Moreno and Sean Lenning in the same R48 event

Luis Moreno, Killian Carroll, and David Fink were the only players to lose in every round in the main draw in 2016 R48 events

Moreno: Simple Green U.S. Open (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (quarterfinal: Carroll), New Orleans (round of 16: L. Cordova), Houston (semifinal: Lenning)

Carroll: New Orleans (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (semifinals: Ortiz), Houston (quarterfinals: Brady), Salt Lake City (round of 16: Perez)

Fink: (Minnesota (final: Ortiz), New Orleans (semifinals, Brady), NYAC (quarterfinals: Ortiz), Portland (round of 16: M. Chavez)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), one member of the current Elite 8 (2016) has a wife and family (Fink)

Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)

Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)

Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)

Marcos Chavez became the first player in Race 4 Eight history to defeat doctors in consecutive matches at the 2016 SR48 Houston (Dr. Dan Zimet and Dr. Tyler Hamel)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to defeat Paul Brady in international singles play and win the tournament since 2004 (Chapman) at the 2016 Houston R48 V Stop #4 (Killian Carroll became the second at the R48 V Player’s Championship)

Mando Ortiz became the first 1st time R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4

Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (12-2)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 champion to win back-to-back tiebreakers by the minimum margin of two points in the semifinals and finals of a R48 event (Houston 2016: 15-13 x 2)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to win a R48 Men’s Pro event (Houston) in his 20s in 10 R48 events (McCarthy: 2014 R48 Player’s Championship)

Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll

Six players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings

The only matchup between left-handed players on the R48 Men’s Pro was John Bike Jr. vs. David Fink at the first R48 event (Plummer 2011: first Race match ever played)

Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)

Each of the four R48 pros to have played in at least 35 R48 events have appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)

John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48

Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event

David Fink and Aaron Garner are the only players to have forfeited a R48 main draw match (Fink: 2013 R48 III Houston, 2013 R48 IV Simple Green U.S. Open, Garner: 2016 R48 V Player’s Championship)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez became the second qualifiers to face one another in the quarterfinals of a Race 4 Eight event at the 2016 Salt Lake City Aces Stop #6 (Aaron Garner vs. Anthony Selestow were the first, 2013 Houston R48 II)

Of the current R48 Elite 8, five have college degrees and two have Master’s degrees

Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (3 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)

McCarthy: Salt Lake City (1 title)

Adam “Weekend at Bernie’s” Bernhard, esq and Ryan “Depeche Mode” Pesch are the only attorneys to have ever been ranked on the R48 tour (*Yes, you need a nickname if you are a lawyer on the R48 tour)

Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#21 in January of 2016)

The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 12: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 2014 WPH Player’s Champion Robbie McCarthy has played the fewest number of events (1)

The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8: Ortiz, Lenning, Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova, Perez (January 2017): 5’9 ¾, 179.3

The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 29.1

Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)

The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2) and Gavin Buggy (6’2)

To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts and Trends Through January of 2017

The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 has produced a new finalist, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, three events broadcast on ESPN, the second 10-time R48 champion, a new member of the Elite 8, a returning star doing serious damage, the shortest match in R48 history, four players ranked inside the Elite 8 in 2011 still inside the Elite 8, and a considerable closing of the ranking points gap between all of the Elite 8 stars.

Race 4 Eight 6 Fun Facts and Trends: October 2016-present

Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury

David Fink became the third player to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady) and the first to lose three finals in a row

Emmett Peixoto was the only player to have finished in the top five of all three R48 6 events before losing in the round of 16 in New Orleans

Houston’s R48 #6 will feature the first four-way race for #1 in the history of the R48 (Ortiz, Carroll, Fink, Moreno)

Killian Carroll owns the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (7-1: 88%)

David Fink has the most match wins on the R48 6 (12)

Daniel Cordova dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after New Orleans for the first time since 2015

Vic Perez entered the Elite for the first time following New Orleans, making him the longest-tenured R48 star to move into the R48 Elite 8 for the first time (6 years)

Andy Nett entered the R48 6 Minnesota with no R48 ranking and has since defeated five R48 pros in the top 11 (Moreno, Peixoto, D. Cordova, L. Cordova, Iglesias)

Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history in New Orleans (six minutes)

Paul Brady is the only player in the R48 top 15 who has not played an event this season

The R48 6 has featured five different finalists in four stops (Ortiz, McCarthy, Fink, Moreno, Carroll) and four different champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 13)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are currently in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another for the second consecutive R48 event in New Orleans, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

The season-ending R48 5 #1 and #8 pros were separated by 31.5 ranking points, the current R48 6 #1 and #8 pros are separated by 20 ranking points, meaning the gap is closing substantially amongst the Elite 8

 

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 38 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-early 2017, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

In 38 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 13 different finalists. Of the 13 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S. and five from Ireland

8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto

5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 has featured one new finalist thus far (Fink)

The last 10 R48 events have been won by six different players, which is the most different winners in any 10-tournament stretch since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011

Ortiz: Houston, Minnesota

Brady: NYAC

Brady: Salt Lake City

Carroll: Portland, New Orleans

McCarthy: Simple Green U.S. Open

Moreno: Plummer

Through three Race 4 Eight 6 events, Luis Cordova is 3-1 in tiebreakers (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning/losses: Chavez), Daniel Cordova is 0-3 in tiebreakers (Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez).

In three Women’s Race 4 Eight starts in 2016, Catriona Casey outscored her nine opponents 342-95 (3.6:1), won all 18 games played, and won all three events. In four U.S. 4-Wall starts in 2016, including the three WR48 starts and the USHA 4-Wall Nationals, Casey outscored her 11 opponents 426-111 (3.8:1), won all 22 games played, and won all four events

Catriona Casey became the last player to start a Race 4 Eight event and not lose. Casey’s seven-tournament WR48 undefeated streak was ended by two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly in an 11-9 tiebreaker at the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 10 titles in 11 starts. The only other player with a WR48 title is Aisling Reilly (1)

In three meetings between R48 top five pros Mando Ortiz and Killian Carroll in 2016, Carroll outscored Ortiz 110-96 but lost two of three matches (NYAC ‘16 and Simple Green U.S. Open ’16: Ortiz, New Orleans ’16: Carroll)

After winning nine of the first 18 R48 events, Moreno won his first Race title in three years (Houston ’14) for his 10th Race title (2nd overall: Brady)

Of the 37 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

United States: 27

Ireland: 8

Mexico: 3

Canada: 2

Of the 27 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, nine states are represented

California (7): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Ruiz, Torres, Alvarado, Jr.

Arizona (4): Lenning, Moreno, Fink, Montijo

New York (3): Iglesias, Schneider, O’Donnell

Texas (4): Bernhard, Pallares, Al. Garner, Hamel

Wisconsin (1): Selestow

Minnesota (3): Nett, Pesch, Stoffel

Ohio (1): Stevens

IL (1): Nahorniak, Munson

Oregon (2): Beall. Aa. Garner

*Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above live in these U.S. states

22 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (20)

Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez/Gavin Buggy (42)

Colin Crehan was the youngest qualifier in R48 history at the 2015 R48 NYAC (19)

The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Luis Moreno vs. Naty Alvarado (14 years) and Paul Brady vs. Killian Carroll (14 years) *The Moreno/Alvarado final kicked off the 1st R48 final at the 2011 Plummer Bash and the Brady/Carroll final was the 30th and final at the R48 V New Orleans

The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

Sean Lenning was the only R48 pro to have played in every R48 event (37) before New Orleans ‘17, followed by Luis Moreno (36), David Fink (36), and Emmett Peixoto (35)

David Fink made the most career Race starts before making his first final (34)

Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (11)

15 of the last 16 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

The Race 4 Eight averages 14 hours of coverage per weekend on ESPN3, not including ESPN3 replays

Gavin Buggy is the only player to have appeared on ESPN and never lost

The Cordova brothers have each appeared in one R48 semifinal (Luis: Minnesota ’16, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15)

The first R48 final to enter overtime was the second game of the R48 II Houston final between Charly Shanks and Naty Alvarado (Shanks won 20-18)

The largest age gap between any R48 players in a main draw match was Tom Sheridan vs. Luis Moreno (20 years)

Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Shorty Ruiz owns the worst record in R48 history (0-18). Tommy Little retired from the R48 with no wins (0-9)

John Bike, Jr. was the oldest qualifier in R48 history at the 2013 R48 II Houston (47 years, 11 months)

In 38 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

Brady: 13

Moreno: 10

Lenning: 5

McCarthy: 3

Shanks: 2

Al. Garner: 1

Ortiz: 2

Carroll: 2

Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:

Paul Brady has won 13 of 17 R48 events he has entered: 76%

Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 6 R48 events he has entered: 50%

Luis Moreno has won 10 of 36 R48 events he has entered: 28%

Sean Lenning has won 5 of 37 R48 events he has entered: 14%

Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%

Killian Carroll has won 2 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 22%

In 38 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,040 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

In 15 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

Chavez: 8 (8-1 in finals)

Alvarado: 3 (3-4 in finals)

Schad: 2 (2-0 in finals)

Buggy: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Meiring: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Tyler Hamel (4), Dan Armijo (1), Dave Vincent (1), Matt Mclaughlin (1), John Bike (1), and Tom Sheridan (1) have all advanced to SR48 finals but not won a title

Tyler Hamel lost in the SR48 Houston final in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Of the 1,040 combined players that have entered the 38 Men’s Pro R48 event  since 2011, 518 earned prize money

In comparison, 9,882 players entered the 2015 Men’s U.S. Open (golf) qualifying with 49 exempt into the actual U.S. Open for a total of 9,932 players, 75 of whom were paid (0.7%) Information retrieved from here

In the 28 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 577 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens are open tournaments and the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

In the 28 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, five qualifiers out of 563 advanced to a final (0.93%), with none of the five winning the title:

Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014

Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

Brady: 13-0

Moreno: 10-5

Lenning: 5-8

Shanks: 2-4

McCarthy: 3-1

Al. Garner: 1-2

Ortiz: 2-5

Alvarado: 0-5

Peixoto: 0-2

Fink: 0-3

Carroll: 2-1

Nett 0-1

Nash: 0-1

Luis Moreno has played in the most R48 finals (15)

Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (13)

Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (8)

Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (3), and Andy Nett (1) are the only players to have advanced to a R48 final and not won a title

R48 Men’s Pro Champions have ranged in age from (22) Luis Moreno at the Plummer R48 I Stop #1 and Killian Carroll (22) at the R48 V Player’s Championship to (36) Paul Brady at the R48 V Stop #6 Salt Lake City

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (38 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

The youngest Race 4 Eight Champion in history was Catriona Casey at the WR48 I Stop #1 Simple Green U.S. Open (20)

In 17 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 56-4 (95%)

The WR48 has held 11 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

Casey: 10-1

Reilly 1-6

Gawley: 0-1

Ni Churraoin: 0-1

McMahon: 0-1

There are currently 12 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 12, seven are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, Rushe, McCarthy, O’Connor), and five are from the U.S. (Davis, Ng, Daskalakis, Moler, Koehler)

In 11 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 33-1 match record (97%)

Emmett and Courtney Peixoto de Melo and Robbie and Aoife McCarthy are the only brothers and sisters to be ranked on the Race 4 Eight

Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-11 titles

Allan Garner/Aaron Garner and Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have held R48 rankings

Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5th Place Playoff, R48 V Stop #3 New Orleans, Houston R48 V 9th place playoff, Plummer R48 6 9th place playoff (Luis leads 3-1)

Robbie McCarthy is the only player in R48 history to have started an event and never finished outside the top 5Diarmaid Nash and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

Of the 76 R48 finalists in 38 R48 events, five have been qualifiers, zero qualifiers have won a title

The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Brady, Moreno, Lenning, Fink

Luis Cordova Jr. has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (16), Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez share second (15), Anthony Selestow fourth (14) Abraham Montijo fifth (12)

The only players to face a match point and win a main draw Men’s Pro R48 match are:

Alvarado vs. Shanks Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 12-21, 21-17, 11-10)

Alvarado vs. Al. Garner Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 16-21, 21-20, 11-7)

Fink vs. Iglesias Tucson 2013 (Fink 27-25)

Fink vs. Cooney Simple Green U.S. Open (2013) 17-21, 21-19, 11-10

Shanks vs. Peixoto Denver 2013 (Shanks 28-26)

Perez vs. Ortiz Tucson 2014 (Perez 10-15, 16-14, 15-8)

Crehan vs. Fink NYAC 2015 (Crehan, 1-15, 17-15, 15-13)

Ortiz vs. L. Cordova (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (21)

Qualifier Statistics:

103 players attempted to qualify during the R48 I season (21 qualified)

86 players attempted to qualify during the R48 II season (30 qualified)

91 players attempted to qualify during the R48 III season (25 qualified)

152 players attempted to qualify during the R48 IV season (26 qualified)

168 players attempted to qualify during the R48 V season (40 qualified, thus far) (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

39 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season thus far (8 qualified)

34.88% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 I season, 17.1% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 IV season (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

In the 11 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 67 out of 69 games played (97%)

Catriona Casey has won 36 of 37 matches she has played in the WR48 (97%)

Two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly (2012, 2015) is 1-7 in WR48 finals, with her lone victory coming in the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 10 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)

The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)

Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)

Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point

Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (88). Sean Lenning has the second-most match wins in R48 history (75) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first time in 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #6)

Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)

David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (10)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 pro to defeat four former or current WPH #1 pros in his maiden R48 title in Houston 2016: Emmett Peixoto (2008), Allan Garner (2009), Paul Brady (2016), Sean Lenning (2012)

Mando Ortiz and Marcos Chavez became the first duo from the same club (LAAC) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Houston ’16, Minnesota ’16)

Of the current R48 Men’s Elite 8, seven players wear unpadded gloves, one player wears padded gloves, four players wear liners, seven players wear open-lensed eye protection, one player wears lensed eye protection

Paul Brady (3), Charly Shanks, Andy Nett, and Jonathan Iglesias are the only players to defeat Luis Moreno and Sean Lenning in the same R48 event

Luis Moreno, Killian Carroll, and David Fink were the only players to lose in every round in the main draw in 2016 R48 events

Moreno: Simple Green U.S. Open (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (quarterfinal: Carroll), New Orleans (round of 16: L. Cordova), Houston (semifinal: Lenning)

Carroll: New Orleans (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (semifinals: Ortiz), Houston (quarterfinals: Brady), Salt Lake City (round of 16: Perez)

Fink: (Minnesota (final: Ortiz), New Orleans (semifinals, Brady), NYAC (quarterfinals: Ortiz), Portland (round of 16: M. Chavez)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), one member of the current Elite 8 (2016) has a wife and family (Fink)

Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)

Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)

Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)

Marcos Chavez became the first player in Race 4 Eight history to defeat doctors in consecutive matches at the 2016 SR48 Houston (Dr. Dan Zimet and Dr. Tyler Hamel)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to defeat Paul Brady in international singles play and win the tournament since 2004 (Chapman) at the 2016 Houston R48 V Stop #4 (Killian Carroll became the second at the R48 V Player’s Championship)

Mando Ortiz became the first 1st time R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4

Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (12-2)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 champion to win back-to-back tiebreakers by the minimum margin of two points in the semifinals and finals of a R48 event (Houston 2016: 15-13 x 2)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to win a R48 Men’s Pro event (Houston) in his 20s in 10 R48 events (McCarthy: 2014 R48 Player’s Championship)

Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

Of the eight R48 champions, five have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Six players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings

The only matchup between left-handed players on the R48 Men’s Pro was John Bike Jr. vs. David Fink at the first R48 event (Plummer 2011: first Race match ever played)

Ryan Pesch and Pete Svennungsen are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)

Each of the four R48 pros to have played in at least 34 R48 events have appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)

John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48

Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event

David Fink and Aaron Garner are the only players to have forfeited a R48 main draw match (Fink: 2013 R48 III Houston, 2013 R48 IV Simple Green U.S. Open, Garner: 2016 R48 V Player’s Championship)—back injuries

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez became the second qualifiers to face one another in the quarterfinals of a Race 4 Eight event at the 2016 Salt Lake City Aces Stop #6 (Aaron Garner vs. Anthony Selestow were the first, 2013 Houston R48 II)

Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and three have Master’s degrees

Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (3 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)

McCarthy: Salt Lake City (1 title)

Adam “Weekend at Bernie’s” Bernhard, esq and Ryan “Depeche Mode” Pesch are the only attorneys to have ever been ranked on the R48 tour (*Yes, you need a nickname if you are a lawyer on the R48 tour)

Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#21 in January of 2016)

The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 11: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 2014 WPH Player’s Champion Robbie McCarthy has played the fewest number of events (1)

The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8: Ortiz, Lenning, Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova, Perez (January 2017): 5’9 ¾, 175 ¾

The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 29.6

Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)

The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2) and Gavin Buggy (6’2)

To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts and Trends Through January of 2017

Through 37 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-early 2017, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

In 37 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 13 different finalists. Of the 13 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S. and five from Ireland

  • 8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto
  • 5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 has featured one new finalist thus far (Fink)

The last nine R48 events have been won by six different players, which is the most different winners in any nine-tournament stretch since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011

  • Ortiz: Houston, Minnesota
  • Brady: NYAC
  • Brady: Salt Lake City
  • Carroll: Portland
  • McCarthy: Simple Green U.S. Open
  • Moreno: Plummer

Through three Race 4 Eight 6 events, Luis Cordova is 3-0 in tiebreakers (Townsend, Montijo, Lenning), Daniel Cordova is 0-3 in tiebreakers (Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez).

In three Women’s Race 4 Eight starts in 2016, Catriona Casey outscored her nine opponents 342-95 (3.6:1), won all 18 games played, and won all three events. In four U.S. 4-Wall starts in 2016, including the three WR48 starts and the USHA 4-Wall Nationals, Casey outscored her 11 opponents 426-111 (3.8:1), won all 22 games played, and won all four events

Catriona Casey became the last player to start a Race 4 Eight event and not lose. Casey’s seven-tournament WR48 undefeated streak was ended by two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly in an 11-9 tiebreaker at the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 10 titles in 11 starts. The only other player with a WR48 title is Aisling Reilly (1)

In three meetings between R48 top five pros Mando Ortiz and Killian Carroll in 2016, Carroll outscored Ortiz 110-96 but lost two of three matches (NYAC ‘16 and Simple Green U.S. Open ’16: Ortiz, New Orleans ’16: Carroll)

After winning nine of the first 18 R48 events, Moreno won his first Race title in three years (Houston ’14) for his 10th Race title (2nd overall: Brady)

Of the 38 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, three countries are represented

  • United States: 27
  • Ireland: 8
  • Mexico: 3

Of the 27 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, nine states are represented

  • California (7): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Ruiz, Torres, Alvarado, Jr.
  • Arizona (4): Lenning, Moreno, Fink, Montijo
  • New York (3): Iglesias, Schneider, O’Donnell
  • Texas (4): Bernhard, Pallares, Al. Garner, Hamel
  • Wisconsin (1): Selestow
  • Minnesota (3): Nett, Pesch, Stoffel
  • Ohio (1): Stevens
  • IL (1): Nahorniak, Munson
  • Oregon (2): Beall. Aa. Garner

*Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above live in these U.S. states

22 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

  • Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (20)
  • Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez/Gavin Buggy (42)
  • Colin Crehan was the youngest qualifier in R48 history at the 2015 R48 NYAC (19)
  • The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Luis Moreno vs. Naty Alvarado (14 years) and Paul Brady vs. Killian Carroll (14 years) *The Moreno/Alvarado final kicked off the 1st R48 final at the 2011 Plummer Bash and the Brady/Carroll final was the 30th and final at the R48 V New Orleans
  • The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

Sean Lenning is the only R48 pro to have played in every R48 event (37), followed by Luis Moreno (35), David Fink (35), and Emmett Peixoto (34)

David Fink made the most career Race starts before making his first final (34)

Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (11)

14 of the last 15 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

The Race 4 Eight averages 14 hours of coverage per weekend on ESPN3, not including ESPN3 replays

Gavin Buggy is the only player to have appeared on ESPN and never lost

The Cordova brothers have each appeared in one R48 semifinal (Luis: Minnesota ’16, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15)

The first R48 final to enter overtime was the second game of the R48 II Houston final between Charly Shanks and Naty Alvarado (Shanks won 20-18)

The largest age gap between any R48 players in a main draw match was Tom Sheridan vs. Luis Moreno (20 years)

Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Shorty Ruiz owns the worst record in R48 history (0-16). Tommy Little retired from the R48 with no wins (0-9)

John Bike, Jr. was the oldest qualifier in R48 history at the 2013 R48 II Houston (47 years, 11 months)

In 37 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

  • Brady: 13
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 5
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Al. Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 1

Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:

  • Paul Brady has won 13 of 17 R48 events he has entered: 76%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 6 R48 events he has entered: 50%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 35 R48 events he has entered: 29%
  • Sean Lenning has won 5 of 37 R48 events he has entered: 14%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 1 of 8 R48 events he has entered: 13%

In 37 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,010 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

In 15 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

  • Chavez: 8 (8-1 in finals)
  • Alvarado: 3 (3-4 in finals)
  • Schad: 2 (2-0 in finals)
  • Buggy: 1 (1-0 in finals)
  • Meiring: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Tyler Hamel (4), Dan Armijo (1), Dave Vincent (1), Matt Mclaughlin (1), John Bike (1), and Tom Sheridan (1) have all advanced to SR48 finals but not won a title

Tyler Hamel lost in the SR48 Houston final in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Of the 1,010 combined players that have entered the 37 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 502 earned prize money

In comparison, 9,882 players entered the 2015 Men’s U.S. Open (golf) qualifying with 49 exempt into the actual U.S. Open for a total of 9,932 players, 75 of whom were paid (0.7%) Information retrieved from here

In the 26 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 563 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens are open tournaments and the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

In the 25 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, five qualifiers out of 563 advanced to a final (0.93%), with none of the five winning the title:

  • Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  • Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  • McCarthy: R48 IIINYAC 2014
  • Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  • Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

  • Brady: 13-0
  • Moreno: 10-5
  • Lenning: 5-8
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-1
  • Al. Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-5
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-2
  • Carroll: 1-1
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1

Luis Moreno has played in the most R48 finals (15)

Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (13)

Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (8)

Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (2), and Andy Nett (1) are the only players to have advanced to a R48 final and not win a title

R48 Men’s Pro Champions have ranged in age from (22) Luis Moreno at the Plummer R48 I Stop #1 and Killian Carroll (22) at the R48 V Player’s Championship to (36) Paul Brady at the R48 V Stop #6 Salt Lake City

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (37 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

The youngest Race 4 Eight Champion in history was Catriona Casey at the WR48 I Stop #1 Simple Green U.S. Open (20)

In 17 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 56-4 (95%)

The WR48 has held 11 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 10-1
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 0-1

There are currently 12 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 12, seven are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, Rushe, McCarthy, O’Connor), and five are from the U.S. (Davis, Ng, Daskalakis, Moler, Koehler)

In 11 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 33-1 match record (97%)

Emmett and Courtney Peixoto de Melo and Robbie and Aoife McCarthy are the only brothers and sisters to be ranked on the Race 4 Eight

Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner and Killian Carroll are the only R48 Champions to have only one R48 title. The other five R48 champions have won between 2-11 titles

Allan Garner/Aaron Garner and Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have held R48 rankings

Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5th Place Playoff, R48 V Stop #3 New Orleans, Houston R48 V 9th place playoff, Plummer R48 6 9th place playoff (Luis leads 3-1)

Robbie McCarthy is the only player in R48 history to have started an event and never finished outside the top 5

Diarmaid Nash and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

Of the 74 R48 finalists in 37 R48 events, five have been qualifiers, zero qualifiers have won a title

The R48 6 Minnesota was the 26th official R48 qualifier (the six Simple Green U.S. Opens, the first three R48 Player’s Championship events, and Plummer ‘17 did not have qualifiers). Including the R48 6 Minnesota, the only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Brady, Moreno, Lenning, Fink

Luis Cordova Jr. has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (16), Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez share second (15), Anthony Selestow fourth (14) Abraham Montijo fifth (11)

The only players to face a match point and win a main draw Men’s Pro R48 match are:

  • Alvarado vs. Shanks Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 12-21, 21-17, 11-10
  • Alvarado vs. Al. Garner Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 16-21, 21-20, 11-7)
  • Fink vs. Iglesias Tucson 2013 (Fink 27-25)
  • Fink vs. Cooney Simple Green U.S. Open (2013) 17-21, 21-19, 11-10
  • Shanks vs. Peixoto Denver 2013 (Shanks 28-26)
  • Perez vs. Ortiz Tucson 2014 (Perez 10-15, 16-14, 15-8)
  • Crehan vs. Fink NYAC 2015 (Crehan, 1-15, 17-15, 15-13)
  • Ortiz vs. L. Cordova (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (21)

Qualifier Statistics:

  • 103 players attempted to qualify during the R48 I season (21 qualified)
  • 86 players attempted to qualify during the R48 II season (30 qualified)
  • 91 players attempted to qualify during the R48 III season (25 qualified)
  • 152 players attempted to qualify during the R48 IV season (26 qualified)
  • 168 players attempted to qualify during the R48 V season (40 qualified, thus far) (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)
  • 25 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season thus far (8 qualified)
  • 34.88% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 I season, 17.1% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 IV season (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

In the 11 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 67 out of 69 games played (97%)

Catriona Casey has won 36 of 37 matches she has played in the WR48 (97%)

Two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly (2012, 2015) is 1-7 in WR48 finals, with her lone victory coming in the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 10 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)

The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)

Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)

Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point

Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (86). Sean Lenning has the second-most match wins in R48 history (74) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first time in 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #6)

Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)

David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (9)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 pro to defeat four former or current WPH #1 pros in his maiden R48 title in Houston 2016: Emmett Peixoto (2008), Allan Garner (2009), Paul Brady (2016), Sean Lenning (2012)

Mando Ortiz and Marcos Chavez became the first duo from the same club (LAAC) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Houston ’16, Minnesota ’16)

Of the current R48 Men’s Elite 8, seven players wear unpadded gloves, one player wears padded gloves, four players wear liners, seven players wear open-lensed eye protection, one player wears lensed eye protection

Paul Brady (3), Charly Shanks, Andy Nett, and Jonathan Iglesias are the only players to defeat Luis Moreno and Sean Lenning in the same R48 event

Luis Moreno, Killian Carroll, and David Fink were the only players to lose in every round in the main draw in 2016 R48 events

  • Moreno: Simple Green U.S. Open (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (quarterfinal: Carroll), New Orleans (round of 16: L. Cordova), Houston (semifinal: Lenning)
  • Carroll: New Orleans (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (semifinals: Ortiz), Houston (quarterfinals: Brady), Salt Lake City (round of 16: Perez)
  • Fink: (Minnesota (final: Ortiz), New Orleans (semifinals, Brady), NYAC (quarterfinals: Ortiz), Portland (round of 16: M. Chavez)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), one member of the current Elite 8 (2016) has a wife and family (Fink)

Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)

Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)

Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)

Marcos Chavez became the first player in Race 4 Eight history to defeat doctors in consecutive matches at the 2016 SR48 Houston (Dr. Dan Zimet and Dr. Tyler Hamel)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to defeat Paul Brady in international singles play and win the tournament since 2004 (Chapman) at the 2016 Houston R48 V Stop #4 (Killian Carroll became the second at the R48 V Player’s Championship)

Mando Ortiz became the first 1st time R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4

Daniel Cordova has advanced to the fewest number of semifinals of any player in the Elite 8 (one: 2015 R48 Player’s Championship)

Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (12-2)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 champion to win back-to-back tiebreakers by the minimum margin of two points in the semifinals and finals of a R48 event (Houston 2016: 15-13)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to win a R48 Men’s Pro event (Houston) in his 20s in 10 R48 events (McCarthy: 2014 R48 Player’s Championship)

Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

Of the eight R48 champions, five have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Six players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings

The only matchup between left-handed players on the R48 Men’s Pro was John Bike Jr. vs. David Fink at the first R48 event (Plummer 2011: first Race match ever played)

Ryan Pesch and Pete Svennungsen are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)

Each of the four R48 pros to have played in at least 34 R48 events have appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)

John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48

Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event

David Fink and Aaron Garner are the only players to have forfeited a R48 main draw match (Fink: 2013 R48 III Houston, 2013 R48 IV Simple Green U.S. Open, Garner: 2016 R48 V Player’s Championship)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez became the second qualifiers to face one another in the quarterfinals of a Race 4 Eight event at the 2016 Salt Lake City Aces Stop #6 (Aaron Garner vs. Anthony Selestow were the first, 2013 Houston R48 II)

Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and two have Master’s degrees

Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (3 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)

McCarthy: Salt Lake City (1 title)

Adam “Weekend at Bernie’s” Bernhard, esq and Ryan “Depeche Mode” Pesch are the only attorneys to have ever been ranked on the R48 tour (*Yes, you need a nickname if you are a lawyer on the R48 tour)

Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#21 in January of 2016)

The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 10: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 2014 WPH Player’s Champion Robbie McCarthy has played the fewest number of events (1)

The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8: Ortiz, Lenning, Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova, Perez (January 2017): 5’9 ¾, 175 ¾

The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 29.6

Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)

The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2) and Gavin Buggy (6’2)

To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts and Trends Through the R48 V Season

oie_l9eu1fqe0h85Through 36 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2016, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

In 36 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 13 different finalists. Of the 13 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S. and five from Ireland

·      8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto

·      5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 has featured one new finalist thus far (Fink)

junit5-logoThe last eight R48 events have been won by five different players, which is the most different winners in any eight-tournament stretch since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011

·      Ortiz: Houston, Minnesota

·      Brady: NYAC

·      Brady: Salt Lake City

·      Carroll: Portland

·      McCarthy: Simple Green U.S. Open

Through two Race 4 Eight 6 events, Luis Cordova is 3-0 in tiebreakers (Townsend, Montijo, Lenning), Daniel Cordova is 0-2 in tiebreakers (Lenning, Peixoto). The Cordovas are tied at #8 on the R48 Power Rankings (16.5 points each)

In three Women’s Race 4 Eight starts in 2016, Catriona Casey outscored her nine opponents 342-95 (3.6:1), won all 18 games played, and won all three events. In four U.S. 4-Wall starts in 2016, including the three WR48 starts and the USHA 4-Wall Nationals, Casey outscored her 11 opponents 426-111 (3.8:1), won all 22 games played, and won all four events

Catriona Casey became the last player to start a Race 4 Eight event and not lose. Casey’s seven-tournament WR48 undefeated streak was ended by two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly in an 11-9 tiebreaker at the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

catriona-caseyCatriona Casey leads the WR48 with 10 titles in 11 starts. The only other player with a WR48 title is Aisling Reilly (1)

In three meetings between R48 top five pros Mando Ortiz and Killian Carroll in 2016, Carroll outscored Ortiz 110-96 but lost two of three matches (NYAC ‘16 and Simple Green U.S. Open ’16: Ortiz, New Orleans ’16: Carroll)

After winning nine of the first 18 R48 events, Moreno has not won a Race title since Houston in January of 2014 (0 for 18)

Of the 39 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

·      United States: 27

·      Ireland: 8

·      Mexico: 3

·      Canada: 1

map-of-united-statesOf the 27 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, nine states are represented

·      California (7): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Ruiz, Torres, Alvarado, Jr.

·      Arizona (4): Lenning, Moreno, Fink, Montijo

·      New York (3): Iglesias, Schneider, O’Donnell

·      Texas (4): Bernhard, Pallares, Al. Garner, Hamel

·      Wisconsin (1): Selestow

·      Minnesota (3): Nett, Pesch, Stoffel

·      Ohio (1): Stevens

·      Illinois (1): Nahorniak, Munson

·      Oregon (2): Beall. Aa. Garner

*Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above live in these U.S. states

gavin-buggy22 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

Youngest ranked R48 pro: Colin Crehan (20)

Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez/Gavin Buggy (42)

Colin Crehan was the youngest qualifier in R48 history at the 2015 R48 NYAC (19)

The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Luis Moreno vs. Naty Alvarado (14 years) and Paul Brady vs. Killian Carroll (14 years) *The Moreno/Alvarado final kicked off the 1st R48 final at the 2011 Plummer Bash and the Brady/Carroll final was the 30th and final at the R48 V New Orleans

The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

Sean Lenning is the only R48 pro to have played in every R48 event (36), followed by Luis Moreno (34), David Fink (34), and Emmett Peixoto (33)

11162209_10153297594298799_4967098933318829794_nDavid Fink made the most career Race starts before making his first final (34)

Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (11)

The last 14 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

The Race 4 Eight averages 14 hours of coverage per weekend on ESPN3, not including ESPN3 replays

Gavin Buggy is the only player to have appeared on ESPN and never lost

As of November 28, 2016, Luis Cordova and Daniel Cordova are tied at #8 on the R48 Power Rankings. Both have appeared in one R48 semifinal (Luis: Minnesota ’16, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15)

The first R48 final to enter overtime was the second game of the R48 II Houston final between Charly Shanks and Naty Alvarado (Shanks won 20-18)

The largest age gap between any R48 players in a main draw match was Tom Sheridan vs. Luis Moreno (20 years)

Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Shorty Ruiz owns the worst record in R48 history (0-14). Tommy Little retired from the R48 with no wins (0-9). Abraham Montijo currently owns a 12-match losing streak (January 2015-present)

John Bike, Jr. was the oldest qualifier in R48 history at the 2013 R48 II Houston (47 years, 11 months)

sean-lenningIn 36 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

·      Brady: 13

·      Moreno: 9

·      Lenning: 5

·      McCarthy: 3

·      Shanks: 2

·      Al. Garner: 1

·      Ortiz: 2

·      Carroll: 1

paul-bradyTop five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:

·      Paul Brady has won 13 of 17 R48 events he has entered: 76%

·      Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 6 R48 events he has entered: 50%

·      Luis Moreno has won 9 of 34 R48 events he has entered: 26%

·      Sean Lenning has won 5 of 36 R48 events he has entered: 14%

·      Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%

·      Killian Carroll has won 1 of 8 R48 events he has entered: 13%

numbers-blackcartoon-logo-1In 36 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 989 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

In 15 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

·      Chavez: 8 (8-1 in finals)

·      Alvarado: 3 (3-4 in finals)

·      Schad: 2 (2-0 in finals)

·      Buggy: 1 (1-0 in finals)

·      Meiring: 1 (1-0 in finals)

Tyler Hamel (4), Dan Armijo (1), Dave Vincent (1), Matt Mclaughlin (1), John Bike (1), and Tom Sheridan (1) have all advanced to SR48 finals but not won a title

Tyler Hamel lost in the SR48 Houston final in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

show-me-the-money-38mmOf the 989 combined players that have entered the 36 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 490 earned prize money

·      In comparison, 9,882 players entered the 2015 Men’s U.S. Open (golf) qualifying with 49 exempt into the actual U.S. Open for a total of 9,932 players, 75 of whom were paid (0.7%) Information retrieved from here

In the 26 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 563 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens are open tournaments and the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

In the 25 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, five qualifiers out of 563 advanced to a final (0.93%), with none of the five winning the title:

·      Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

·      Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

·      McCarthy: R48 IIINYAC 2014

·      Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

·      Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

img_0647R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

·      Brady: 13-0

·      Moreno: 9-5

·      Lenning: 5-8

·      Shanks: 2-4

·      McCarthy: 3-1

·      Al. Garner: 1-2

·      Ortiz: 2-5

·      Alvarado: 0-5

·      Peixoto: 0-2

·      Fink: 0-1

·      Carroll: 1-1

·      Nett 0-1

·      Nash: 0-1

Luis Moreno has played in the most R48 finals (14)

pb1aPaul Brady has won the most R48 events (13)

Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (8)

Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (1), and Andy Nett (1) are the only players to have advanced to a R48 final and not win a title

R48 Men’s Pro Champions have ranged in age from (22) Luis Moreno at the Plummer R48 I Stop #1 and Killian Carroll (22) at the R48 V Player’s Championship to (36) Paul Brady at the R48 V Stop #6 Salt Lake City

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (34 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

David Fink made his first R48 final in his 34th R48 start (Minnesota): most starts in history before making a final

The youngest Race 4 Eight Champion in history was Catriona Casey at the WR48 I Stop #1 Simple Green U.S. Open (20)

In 17 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 56-4 (95%)

cropped-WR48-Pro-Handball-Logo-Full-Color-Vertical.pngThe WR48 has held 11 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

·      Casey: 10-1

·      Reilly 1-6

·      Gawley: 0-1

·      Ni Churraoin: 0-1

·      McMahon: 0-1

There are currently 12 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 12, seven are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, Rushe, McCarthy, O’Connor), and five are from the U.S. (Davis, Ng, Daskalakis, Moler, Koehler)

In 11 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 33-1 match record (97%)

cropped-IMG_0212.jpgEmmett and Courtney Peixoto de Melo and Robbie and Aoife McCarthy are the only brothers and sisters to be ranked on the Race 4 Eight

Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner and Killian Carroll are the only R48 Champions to have only one R48 title. The other five R48 champions have won between 2-11 titles

Allan Garner/Aaron Garner and Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have held R48 rankings

Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5th Place Playoff, R48 V Stop #3 New Orleans, Houston R48 V Stop #4 (Luis leads 2-1)

Robbie McCarthy is the only player in R48 history to have started an event and never finished outside the top 5

Diarmaid Nash and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

Of the 72 R48 finalists in 36 R48 events, five have been qualifiers, zero qualifiers have won a title

The R48 6 Minnesota was the 26th official R48 qualifier (the six Simple Green U.S. Opens and the first three R48 Player’s Championship events did not have qualifiers). Including the R48 6 Minnesota, the only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Brady, Moreno, Lenning, Fink

Luis Cordova Jr. has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (16), Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez share second (15), Anthony Selestow fourth (14) Abraham Montijo fifth (11)

naThe only players to face a match point and win a main draw Men’s Pro R48 match are:

·      Alvarado vs. Shanks Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 12-21, 21-17, 11-10

·      Alvarado vs. Al. Garner Plummer 2011 (Alvarado 16-21, 21-20, 11-7)

·      Fink vs. Iglesias Tucson 2013 (Fink 27-25)

·      Fink vs. Cooney Simple Green U.S. Open (2013) 17-21, 21-19, 11-10

·      Shanks vs. Peixoto Denver 2013 (Shanks 28-26)

·      Perez vs. Ortiz Tucson 2014 (Perez 10-15, 16-14, 15-8)

·      Crehan vs. Fink NYAC 2015 (Crehan, 1-15, 17-15, 15-13)

·      Ortiz vs. L. Cordova (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

12747419_10153969302013799_4429019553204188901_o-copyAnthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (21)

Qualifier Statistics:

·      103 players attempted to qualify during the R48 I season (21 qualified)

·      86 players attempted to qualify during the R48 II season (30 qualified)

·      91 players attempted to qualify during the R48 III season (25 qualified)

·      152 players attempted to qualify during the R48 IV season (26 qualified)

·      168 players attempted to qualify during the R48 V season (40 qualified, thus far) (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

·      25 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season thus far (8 qualified)

34.88% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 I season, 17.1% of the players entering the qualifier qualified during the R48 IV season (per Luis Cordova, Sr.)

12809515_10154020637848799_7034729770790086959_nIn the 11 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 67 out of 69 games played (97%)

Catriona Casey has won 36 of 37 matches she has played in the WR48 (97%)

Two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly (2012, 2015) is 1-7 in WR48 finals, with her lone victory coming in the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 10 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)

The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)

Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)

Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point

Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (82). Sean Lenning has the second-most match wins in R48 history (72) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first time in 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #6)

Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)

David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (9)

13174180_10154181937738799_6960075413064855135_n (1)Mando Ortiz became the first R48 pro to defeat four former or current WPH #1 pros in his maiden R48 title in Houston 2016: Emmett Peixoto (2008), Allan Garner (2009), Paul Brady (2016), Sean Lenning (2012)

Mando Ortiz and Marcos Chavez became the first duo from the same club (LAAC) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Houston ’16, Minnesota ’16)

Of the current R48 Men’s Elite 8, seven players wear unpadded gloves, one player wears padded gloves, four players wear liners, seven players wear open-lensed eye protection, one player wears lensed eye protection

Paul Brady (3), Charly Shanks, Andy Nett, and Jonathan Iglesias are the only players to defeat Luis Moreno and Sean Lenning in the same R48 event

Luis Moreno, Killian Carroll, and David Fink were the only players to lose in every round in the main draw in 2016 R48 events

·      Moreno: Simple Green U.S. Open (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (quarterfinal: Carroll), New Orleans (round of 16: L. Cordova), Houston (semifinal: Lenning)

·      Carroll: New Orleans (final: Brady), Tucson Memorial (semifinals: Ortiz), Houston (quarterfinals: Brady), Salt Lake City (round of 16: Perez)

·      Fink: (Minnesota (final: Ortiz), New Orleans (semifinals, Brady), NYAC (quarterfinals: Ortiz), Portland (round of 16: M. Chavez)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), two members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova)

pb_clipped_rev_1Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)

Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)

Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)

Marcos Chavez became the first player in Race 4 Eight history to defeat doctors in consecutive matches at the 2016 SR48 Houston (Dr. Dan Zimet and Dr. Tyler Hamel)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to defeat Paul Brady in international singles play and win the tournament since 2004 (Chapman) at the 2016 Houston R48 V Stop #4 (Killian Carroll became the second at the R48 V Player’s Championship)

Mando Ortiz became the first 1st time R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4

Daniel Cordova has advanced to the fewest number of semifinals of any player in the Elite 8 (one: 2015 R48 Player’s Championship)

Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (12-2)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 champion to win back-to-back tiebreakers by the minimum margin of two points in the semifinals and finals of a R48 event (Houston 2016: 15-13)

Mando Ortiz became the first player to win a R48 Men’s Pro event (Houston) in his 20s in 10 R48 events (McCarthy: 2014 R48 Player’s Championship)

sl_clipped_rev_1Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

Of the eight R48 champions, five have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Six players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz

Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings

The only matchup between left-handed players on the R48 Men’s Pro was John Bike Jr. vs. David Fink at the first R48 event (Plummer 2011: first Race match ever played)

John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48

Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event

David Fink and Aaron Garner are the only players to have forfeited a R48 main draw match (Fink: 2013 R48 III Houston, 2013 R48 IV Simple Green U.S. Open, Garner: 2016 R48 V Player’s Championship)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez became the second qualifiers to face one another in the quarterfinals of a Race 4 Eight event at the 2016 Salt Lake City Aces Stop #6 (Aaron Garner vs. Anthony Selestow were the first, 2013 Houston R48 II)

Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and two have Master’s degrees

RMCPaul Brady and Robbie McCarthy are the only players to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

·      Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (3 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)

·      McCarthy: Salt Lake City (1 title)

Adam “Weekend at Bernie’s” Bernhard, esq and Ryan “Depeche Mode” Pesch are the only attorneys to have ever been ranked on the R48 tour: Yes, you need a nickname if you are a lawyer on the R48 tour

Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #21)

The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is nine: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 10, 2014 WPH Player’s Champion Robbie McCarthy has played the fewest number of events (1)

The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8: Brady, Lenning, Ortiz, Carroll, Moreno, Peixoto, Fink, D. Cordova (May 2016): 5’9 ½, 175 ½

The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 29.55

Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)

The three tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Sean Lenning and Gavin Buggy (6’2)

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician

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