Nik Nahorniak, Des Plaines, IL

Posted on May 5 2014 - 7:55am by DV

nn1Name: Nik Nahorniak

Date of birth:  May 26, 1989

Height:  6’00”

Dominant hand:  Right

Hometown/where you live now:  Des Plaines, IL

Coach (now/ever):  Don Quinlan (Jr. Coach) Mike Dau (Collegiate Coach)

Sparring partner(s) at home:  Dave Munson, Mike Munson, Suhn Lee, Daniel Cordova, Dane Szatkowski, Bill Mehilos.

Most important win in a tournament and most satisfying win in a tournament:  Most important win was beating Peixoto, then Nett in 2012 Milwaukee Classic 4-Wall Open Singles tournament. Most satisfying win was beating Chapman in 2012 LaGrange 3-wall tournament.

Best tournament ever won:  2013 USHA 4-Wall Nationals Open Doubles with Tyree Bastidas

How long have you been playing:  Twelve Years.

What do you do for work:  Dental Clinic Assistant

What are your goals in handball going forward:  I hope to play more pro tournaments to improve my skills and be able to win on any given day.

What are your goals for the R48 season:  To play well enough to make some noticeable upsets.

Favorite handball tournament:  Simple Green US Open of Handball.

How do you prepare for Race events:  Try to play handball everyday, while cross training at my gym.

What do you love about handball:  I love the competitive nature of the sport and the great workout it provides me. I also enjoy the handball community, which has become an extension of my own family.

Favorite pro player: Paul Brady

How would you describe your game: Tenacious play with the ability to kill the ball and change speeds.

What is your best shot: Kill shots in general.

Given the choice, what top R48 would you most like to play:  Brady only because I was too nervous the first time I played him.

Who has inspired you to play this game at such a high level:  My two coaches, but mainly my father Steve.

Who do you think is the best player of all time:  Naty Alvarado Sr.

Which pro would you most like to have played in his prime:  David Chapman.

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