Olympic Club “Olympian of the Year” and R48 #8, Emmett Peixoto, continued his reign as the most prolific Olympic Club handballer of the 21st century, winning his 14th Olympic Club In-House Club Singles title against Erik Torres.
After an uncharacteristically lackluster 2018/19 season that saw Peixoto fall out of the Race 4 Eight top six and drop consecutive first round matches to end the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight season, Peixoto rededicated himself to his craft during the off-season. “The Rock” demonstrated a strong resurgence in Atlanta earlier this month, taking sixth, and continuing his stellar play in the Olympic Club In-House Club Singles.
Peixoto took control against R48 #16 Torres in the OC In-House final, showcasing his versatility and speed to frustrate and neutralize the smooth-swinging Face Team President. “Erik was really playing well,” stated Peixoto. “Erik beat Loren in the semis in a tiebreaker and both are playing good ball, so I knew I had to play my best in the final. I played very strong in the final and was able to make him (Erik) lose a bit of confidence on big setups after a while. I was digging everything, playing very aggressive, shooting well, and when off-balance, hitting really great powerful two-wall drives.”
With his 14th Olympic Club Singles title and his illustrious pro handball resume, Peixoto continues to solidify his place among the very best Olympic Club athletes over the 159-year history of the club.
Peixoto will next be in action at the WPH R48 IX Tucson Memorial, November 1-3, 2019.
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WPH Senior Writer