Thus Far: R48Pro Facts & Trends

Posted on Oct 14 2018 - 1:00pm by DV

DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 8 Atlanta ‘18

The 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 tour kicked off in Atlanta, as Lance Wachholz and E4 design hosted its third Race 4 Eight stop and the 49th Race 4 Eight stop since the first stop in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Killian Carroll has won 9 of the last 12 R48 events the R48 Men’s Pro, making Carroll the dominant R48 #1, while Catriona Casey will enter the 2018/19 Women’s Race 4 Eight season as the #1 women’s pro, having won two titles last season and 15 of 17 overall WR48 titles since the inception of the WR48 in 2013. David Fink enters the 2018/19 SR48 as the #1 senior pro, having won two of three SR48 titles during his SR48 rookie season.

Check out the Race 4 Eight Fun Facts with eighth season underway, complete with players stats, records, and much more.

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 49 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, 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 seven+ years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

  1. In 49 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been nine different champions and 15 different finalists. Of the 15 different finalists, nine have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

  1. 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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There was one new finalist on the R48 7 (D. Cordova). Through one event on the R48 8, there have been zero new finalists (one new champion: Luis Cordova)
  2. Of the 34 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 20
  • Ireland: 7
  • Mexico: 4
  • Canada: 1
  1. Of the 20 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (7): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres, Garcia, Jr., Cortez
  • Arizona (4): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (1): Iglesias
  • Texas (1): Al. Garner
  • Oregon (1): Beall
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Tennessee (1): Mattioni
  • Missouri (2): Langmack, Esser
  • Illinois (1): D. Munson

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

  1. 22 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest
  • Youngest ranked R48 pro: Sam Esser (22)
  • Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (44)
  1. Most R48 events started: Lenning (48), David Fink (47), and Emmett Peixoto (44)
  2. 23 of the last 26 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open
  1. In 49 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, nine different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 14
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 6
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 10
  • Cordova: 1
  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 6 of 48 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 10 of 20 R48 events he has entered: 50%
  1. In 49 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,488 players have entered, including the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)
  1. In 19 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 10 (10-2 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)
  • Fink: 2 (2-1 in finals)
  1. Of the 1,488 combined players that have entered the 49 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 665 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

  1. In the 39 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 856 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight
  1. In the 39 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 856 advanced to a final (.8%), with one of the seven winning the title:

 

  • Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  • Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  • McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson
  • Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  • Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016
  • Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 14-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 6-10
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-2
  • Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-3
  • Carroll: 10-3
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • Cordova: 1-1
  • Cordova 0-2

 

  1. Luis Moreno and Sean Lenning have played in the most R48 finals (16)
  2. Of the 98 R48 finalists in 49 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)
  3. 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.)
  • 125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)
  • 190 players attempted to qualify during the R48 7 season (33 qualified)
  • 15 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 8 season (8 have qualified)
  1. Sean Lenning has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (102) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  2. There has been one first-time qualifier on the R48 8 (Sam Esser: finished t13)
  3. Of the 8 qualifiers on the R48 8 season thus far, zero advanced to the quarterfinals
  4. Killian Carroll has won nine of his last 12 R48 starts, accumulating a 44-3 record in those 12 starts (75%)
  5. Killian Carroll failed to advance to a R48 final for the first time in 12 events at the R48 8 Atlanta ’18 (dating back to the 2017 R48 Plummer)
  6. Highest ranked R48 Men’s pros by country:
  • Canada: Ryan Bowler (#21 overall)
  • Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)
  • Mexico: Luis Cordova (#3 overall)
  • United States: Sean Lenning (#2 overall)
  1. 2017/18 R48 Match Analytics

Game averages tallied in games to 15. Game to 25 were included by dividing the totals by 1.7

 

Player: Killian Carroll

Kills/game: 8.8

Aces/game: 2.5

Passes/game: 2

Errors/game: 4.8

Player: Sean Lenning

Kills/game: 9.1

Aces/game: 2.3

Passes/game: 3.3

Errors/game: 6.1

 

Player: Mando Ortiz

Kills/game: 7.5

Aces/game: 1.4

Passes/game: 2.7

Errors/game: 6.5

 

Player: Daniel Cordova

Kills/game: 7

Aces/game: 1.8

Passes/game: 4.4

Errors/game: 5.2

 

Player: David Fink

Kills/game: 10.8

Aces/game: 0.8

Passes/game: 2.3

Errors/game: 5

 

Player: Luis Cordova

Kills/game: 5.3

Aces/game: 0.7

Passes/game: 2

Errors/game: 6.3

 

Player: Emmett Peixoto

Kills/game: 6.3

Aces/game: 0.3

Passes/game: 5

Errors/game: 6

 

Player: Vic Perez

Kills/game: 8.3

Aces/game: 1.2

Passes/game: 2

Errors/game: 5.2

 

Inside the Numbers

Elite 8 Men’s Pro Kill average/game to 15: 7.9

Elite 8 Men’s Pro Ace Serve average/game to 15: 1.4

Elite 8 Men’s Pro Pass Shot average/game to 15: 3

Elite 8 Men’s Pro Error average/game to 15: 5.6

 

Most average kill shots per game: Fink (10.8)

Most average ace serves per game: Carroll (2.5)

Most average pass shots per game: Peixoto (5)

Most average errors per game: Ortiz (6.5)

 

Most kill shots in one game: Fink (19) vs. Perez

Most ace serves in one game: Carroll (6) vs. Ortiz

Most pass shots in one game: D. Cordova (7) vs. Ruiz

Most errors in one game: M. Ortiz (14) vs. D. Cordova

 

R48 number’s 1-4 ranked pros average ace serves per game: 2

R48 number’s 5-8 ranked pros average ace serves per game: 0.95

 

2017/18 WR48 Match Analytics

Player: Catriona Casey

(match vs. Martina McMahon at ’17 WR48 Memorial)

Kills/game: 4.7

Aces/game: 0.3

Passes/game: 2.3

Errors/game:  10.3

 

Player: Martina McMahon

(match vs. Catriona Casey at the ’17 WR48 Memorial)

Kills/game: 6.7

Aces/game: 1.3

Passes/game: 2.7

Errors/game: 9.7

 

Player: Aimee Tuohey

(averages vs. Courtney Peixoto de Melo at the ’18 WR48 Player’s Championship and vs. Ashley Moler at the ’18 WR48 Las Vegas)

Kills/game: 7.7

Aces/game:  0.7

Passes/game: 4

Errors/game: 6.3

 

Player: Courtney Peixoto

(averages vs. Tracy Davis at the ’18 WR48 Las Vegas and vs. Aimee Tuohey at the ’18 WR48 Player’s Championship)

Kills/game: 2

Aces/game: 0.5

Passes/game: 6

Errors/game: 8.6

 

Player: Tracy Davis

(vs. Courtney Peixoto de Melo at the ’18 WR48 Las Vegas)

Kills/game: 2.5

Aces/game: 1

Passes/game: 7.5

Errors/game: 9

 

Player: Ashley Moler

(vs. Aimee Tuohey at the ’18 WR48 Las Vegas)

Kills/game: 4

Aces/game: 0

Passes/game: 2

Errors/game: 15

 

Kills=ball bounces twice in front of returner before he/she touches the ball

Aces= returner does not get his/her hand on the ball before the ball bounces twice

Passes: ball goes behind the returner and he/she does not touch the ball before the ball bounces twice

Errors: any ball that hits a player’s hand that does not make the front wall (diving, on the run not included)

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 15 titles in 17 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey and Aisling Reilly are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (15-2 in 17 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

  1. Catriona Casey became the first women’s player in the history of handball to defeat a current men’s pro in tournament play at the NYAC ‘18. Casey defeated then R48 #22 Loren Collado 25-19 in the 17th place playoffs

 

  1. 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)
  2. Shorty Ruiz holds the record for qualifying in consecutive stops: nine (2017-current)
  3. Juan Canales Sr. and Juan Canales, Jr. (MEX) are the first (and only) father and son to qualify on the R48 tour
  4. Luis and Daniel Cordova became the first (and only) brothers to play one another in a main draw match in the finals of the R48 8 Atlanta ‘18

 

  1. Diarmaid Nash (Montana ’18 vs. Lenning) and Shorty Ruiz (Las Vegas ’18 vs. Chavez) scored the most points (45) in a main draw loss during the 2017/18 R48 7 season

 

  1. David Fink (#3) and Luis Cordova (#3) became the first players in the top three to face one another in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Houston ’18)

 

  1. Marcos Chavez (Atlanta ’17) was outscored by more combined points in one event (31) than any player in the Elite 8 this during the 2017/18 R48 8 season (58-89)

 

  1. Sean Lenning (#4) and Luis Moreno (#6) became the first players in the top 8 to face one another in the round of 16 of a R48 event (Montana ’18)

 

  1. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

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

 

  1. The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)
  2. The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

 

  1. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz became the highest ranked R48 pro (#12) to lose in a R48 Pre Qualifier at the 2018 Tucson R48 Pre Qualifier

 

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

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (17)

 

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

 

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

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in 11 combined R48 semifinals and four combined finals: Luis: Salt Lake City ’17, Atlanta ‘18, Daniel: NYAC ’18, Atlanta ‘18

 

  1. 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)

 

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

 

  1. Counting only round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9th place final. Ruiz won his first R48 main draw match in Houston ’18, defeating Vic Perez

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

  1. Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (10)

 

  1. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

  1. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

  1. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

  1. The only player to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (49 events) is David Fink

 

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

 

  1. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 17 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 15-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 1-3
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1
  • Koehler 0-1
  • Tuohey: 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 9 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the nine, three are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Rushe), six are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, Peixoto de Melo, Daskalakis)

 

  1. In 17 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 52-2 match record (96%)

 

  1. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held R48 Elite 8 rankings simultaneously (Fink, Chavez)

 

  1. David Fink and Marcos Chavez are the only players to play one another twice in the same event: Las Vegas ’18 R48 quarterfinals and SR48 finals

 

  1. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

  1. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5th place playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

  1. Dalton Beall holds the record with six consecutive R48 playoff forfeits (October 2016-Feb 2018)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner and Luis “Lucho” Cordova are the only R48 Champions to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

  1. 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, Houston R48 7 5th place final, ), final, Atlanta ‘18 (Luis leads 5-2)
  2. Martina McMahon became the first left-handed player to win a R48 or WR48 stop at the 2017 Tucson Memorial

 

  1. David Fink (0-3) and Diarmaid Nash (0-1) are the only left-handed R48 Men’s pro players have appeared in R48 Men’s Pro finals
  2. No player has entered a R48 Men’s Pro event and not lost in the round of 16
  3. The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Sean Lenning and David Fink
  4. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (23), followed by Abraham Montijo (19)
  5. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)
  • McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Lenning vs. Nash Montana 2018 (Lenning 8-15, 15-13, 19-17)
  • Chavez vs. Ruiz Las Vegas 2018 (Chavez 17-15, 11-14, 17-15)
  • Munson vs. Chavez 2018 (Munson 3-15, 17-15, 15-13)
  • Ortiz vs. Pet. Funchion (Ortiz 6-15, 16-14, 15-9)
  • Perez vs. Chavez (Perez 15-10, 11-15, 17-15)
  1. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (24)
  2. 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.)
  3. In the 15 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 97 out of 101 games played (96%)
  4. 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
  5. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 15 WR48 titles to one for Reilly
  6. Max Langmack (6’8) became the tallest pro in R48 and pro handball history when he qualified at the R48 7 Houston (finished 10th)
  7. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 14 inches (Langmack vs. Pet. Funchion Atlanta ‘18)
  8. Max Langmack and Luis Cordova combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (153 inches)
  9. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point
  10. 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
  11. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the 2016/17 R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  12. 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)
  13. 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). Sean Lenning and David Fink became the second duo from the same club (Tucson Racquet Club) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Las Vegas ’18)
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Three members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Ortiz, Fink)
  17. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, Peixoto)
  18. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  19. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  20. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)
  24. 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)
  25. Shorty Ruiz became the first player in R48 history to lose back to back round of 16 matches by two points in the third game (Montana ’18, Las Vegas ’18)
  26. 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)
  27. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (currently #6). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)
  28. Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  29. Pete Svennungsen is the only player in qualifier history to lose a qualifier final by two points (25-23 vs. Moreno in ’18 Montana) and by 25 points (25-0 vs. Ruiz in ’18 Salt Lake City)
  30. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  31. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  32. Marcos Chavez defeated Emmett Peixoto in the most lopsided playoff match of the 2017/18 season at the R48 7 Las Vegas (25-2)
  33. Killian Carroll owned the best match record on the 2017/18 R48 7 (27-1), the most titles (6), and the largest points differential in an event of any player this season (+90 points at Houston’18)
  34. Daniel Cordova finished 5th more than any player on the 2017/18 R48 7 (3: Tucson ‘17, Las Vegas ’18, Houston ‘18)
  35. Luis “Lucho” Cordova authored the largest playoff comeback of the 2017/18 R48 7 season, rallying from 18-24 in the 5th place playoff final in Montana ‘18 to defeat Vic Perez 26-24
  36. David Fink and Marcos Chavez combined for the oldest combined age of any quarterfinal in R48 history at the ’18 Las Vegas Royal Flush 2017/18 R48 7 (84 years)
  37. Killian Carroll was the only player to advance to the semifinals or better of all seven 2017/18 R48 7 events
  38. Killian Carroll won the most points on the 2017/18 R48 7 (876) and owns the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  39. Mando Ortiz was the only player to reach a semifinal during the 2017/18 R48 7 that did not outscore his combined opponents during the event (81-81 Tucson ’17)
  40. Marcos Chavez (44 years, 7 month) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (Atlanta ’18)
  41. Shorty Ruiz was the only player to score 15 points in all three games of a main draw R48 match and lose the match (R16 Montana ’18 vs. Chavez)
  42. The most lopsided round of 16 match of the 2017/18 R48 7 season was the first match of the R48 7 season (Fink defeated Pesch 15-0, 15-2) and the quarterfinals in Houston (Carroll def Ruiz 15-0, 15-2)
  43. Shorty Ruiz (45-45 vs. Chavez Montana ‘18) and Killian Carroll (37-37 vs. Lenning Las Vegas ‘18) scored the same number of points as their respective opponents but lost the matches
  44. Marcos Chavez (vs. Shorty Ruiz Montana ’18), Mando Ortiz (vs. Emmett Peixoto Atlanta ’18), Sean Lenning (vs. Diarmaid Nash Montana ’18), and Dave Munson (vs. Marcos Chavez Houston ’18), Vic Perez (vs. Marcos Chavez NYAC ’18), and Mando Ortiz (vs. Peter Funchion NYAC ’18) were the only players to face match point in a main draw match and come back to win during the 2017/18 R48 7 season
  45. There were four first-time R48 qualifiers during the 2017/18 R48 7 season (Langmack, Mattioni, Pat. Funchion, Garcia, Jr))
  • Nick Mattioni: qualified at the R48 7 Atlanta (13th) and Houston (13th)
  • Patrick Funchion: qualified at the R48 7 Las Vegas, finished 13th (0-2)
  • Max Langmack: qualified at the R48 7 Houston, finished 10th (2-2)
  • George Garcia, Jr: qualified at the R48 7 Player’s Championship, finished 13th (0-2)
  1. Sean Lenning won his first R48 title in 22 months (Player’s Championship ’16) and sixth R48 title overall at the 2017/18 R48 7 Las Vegas Royal Flush
  2. Killian Carroll entered the 2017/18 R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 on 19-match R48 winning streak but lost 15-12 in the third game to Sean Lenning
  3. Catriona Casey won her 15th WR48 title in the 17th WR48 event at the ’18 Aces Player’s Championship
  4. Ashley Moler advanced to her first WR48 semifinal at the Royal Flush ’18, defeating Aoife McCarthy in the quarterfinals before losing to Catriona Casey in the semifinals
  5. Shorty Ruiz is the first player in R48 history to lose by two points in the third game in back-to-back R48 round of 16 matches (vs. Ortiz in Montana ‘18, vs. Chavez in Las Vegas ‘18)
  6. Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit in the round of 16 in 2017/18 R48 7 Las Vegas (Moreno). Beall would finally play and lose his first playoff match after the streak to Stephen Cooney
  7. Daniel Cordova, David Fink, and Mando Ortiz were the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals on the 2017/18 R48 7
  8. Shorty Ruiz was the only player to have qualified for every event during a Race season (in the 2017/18 R48 7 season)
  9. Marcos Chavez, David Fink, and George Garcia, Jr. are the only players ranked on two Race 4 Eight tours (R48 & SR48)
  10. The 2017/18 WR48 featured four different finalists from the bottom bracket of the four 2017-2018 WR48 draws: McMahon (Tucson), Peixoto de Melo (Las Vegas), Koehler (NYAC), Tuohey (Salt Lake City)
  11. Only two players appeared in the three 2017-2018 SR48 finals: Fink (2 wins, 3 finals), Chavez (1 win, 3 finals)
  12. Dan Zimet was the only player on the 2017-2018 R48, WR48, or SR48 to advance and lose in the semifinals of every event he played: Las Vegas (4th), Houston (4th), Salt Lake City (3rd)
  13. Martina McMahon was the only undefeated player on the 2017-2018 R48, SR48, or WR48 (4-0, one title)
  14. Martina McMahon (Tucson) and Danielle Daskalakis (NYAC) were the only WR48 pros to have played in just one event
  15. Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23
  16. There were 56 qualifiers on the R48 7, only Robbie McCarthy advanced to a 2017/18 R48 7 final from the qualifier
  17. Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins ended at the R48 7 ’17 Tucson Memorial (Beall), while Abraham Montijo’s streak of five consecutive qualifier wins ended at five at the R48 7 Houston ‘18 (Langmack)
  18. Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), Diarmaid Nash (Montana), Emmett Peixoto (Las Vegas, Houston), Shorty Ruiz (Houston), and Dave Munson (Houston), Vic Perez (NYAC), and Patrick Funchion (NYAC) were the only qualifiers to win main draw matches during the 2017/18 R48 7 (11 of 56: 20%)
  19. Three qualifiers advanced to the round of 8 in Houston ‘18 (Peixoto, Ruiz, Munson)
  20. Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson ‘17 for the first time since November of 2012
  21. Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history at the ’18 Red Death Montana (19-17)
  22. Two of the nine ranked WR48 pros (McMahon and Daskalakis) are left-handed (22%). Two of the 31 ranked R48 pros (Fink, Nash) are left-handed (6.5%)
  23. 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)
  24. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  25. Pete Svennungsen and Drft Fernandez have entered and back out of the most qualifiers after the deadline in R48 history (7)
  26. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 44 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)
  27. John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48
  28. Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17
  29. The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven 2016/17 R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 were 44-10 (81%) through seven events of the 2017/18 R48 7
  30. Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in the 2017/18 WR48 Las Vegas ‘18, nearly breaking her personal tournament record of 90-7 in San Francisco ’15. Casey tied her record of 90-7 in winning the WR48 NYAC ‘18
  31. Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the 2016/17 R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17
  32. David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking at the 2016/17 R48 7 NYAC ‘17 (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)
  33. Killian Carroll became just the third player to win back-to-back R48 Men’s Pro titles with wins at the 2016/17 R48 6 New Orleans ‘17 and Houston ‘17 (Brady, Moreno)
  34. Mando Ortiz became the first R48 #1 to lose in the round of 16 in a Race stop at the 2017 Houston R48 6
  35. Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury
  36. David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)
  37. Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the 2016/17 R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash finished the 2017/18 R48 7 season 27-1
  38. Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the 2016/17 R48 6 tour (4-0)
  39. Vic Perez entered the Elite 8 for the first time following the 2016/17 R48 6 New Orleans ‘17, making him the longest-tenured R48 star to move into the R48 Elite 8 for the first time (6 years)
  40. Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history from the time of the first ball struck (six minutes from the time of the first serve hit) at the 2016/17 R48 6 New Orleans ‘17
  41. Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the 2016/17 R48 6 Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14).
  42. Three members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are still in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Ortiz, Fink)
  43. Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)
  44. Luis Moreno and Luis Cordova are the only R48 pros to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  45. 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)
  46. 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)
  47. Pete Svennungsen has the most mentions on the Fun Facts of any player to have never held a ranking
  48. Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and two have a Master’s degree
  49. Paul Brady, Killian Carroll, and Sean Lenning are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

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

Carroll: Atlanta, Montana

Lenning: Las Vegas

  1. 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)
  2. Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #24)
  3. Catriona Casey pitched the only perfect game in the history of a Race 4 Eight final in not allowing a point or a side out in the final of the San Francisco Olympic Club Del Grande Dealer Group ’15
  4. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 19: Michael Gaulton
  5. The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds
  6. The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75
  7. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  8. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  9. Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a donut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)
  10. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  11. The five tallest players ever ranked on the R48 tour are Max Langmack (6’8), Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  12. The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning

184-186 Courtesy of WPH ambassador, lifetime member, and R48 referee Nick Flores:

  1. On the Men’s R48, from Season 1 through Season 7, in 150 tiebreakers:

– the player who won the 2nd game won the tiebreaker 57% of the time

– the player who served first in the tiebreaker won 61% of the time

 

  1. On the Women’s R48, from Season 1 through Season 5, in 31 tiebreakers:

– the player who won the 2nd game won the tiebreaker 71% of the time

the player who served first in the tiebreaker won 67% of the time

 

  1. On the Senior R48, from Season 1 through Season 6, in 9 tiebreakers:

– the player who won the 2nd game won the tiebreaker 56% of the time

– the player who served first in the tiebreaker won 67% of the time

 

Nick Flores: “For the Men and the Seniors, serving first in the tiebreaker is more of a factor than winning the 2nd game. However for the Women, winning the 2nd game has a higher win % than serving first, indicating momentum may be a bigger factor for Women.”

 

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  2. To view the Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios, go here

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician


Photos taken on 2018-02-09 at Las Vegas Athletic Club Central during R48 Pro Handball Tournament.

DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 7 NYAC

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its sixth event of the season at the New York Athletic Club in the middle of April, featuring the R48 and WR48 pros in action. Killian Carroll dominated the R48 Men’s field, winning his fifth title of the season without dropping a game, while WR48 #1 Catriona Casey clinched her second WR48 title of the season and 14th WR48 title overall against first-time WR48 finalist Suz Koehler.

R48 7 Fun Facts: Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, & Houston

  • Catriona Casey became the first women’s player in the history of handball to defeat a current men’s pro in tournament play at the NYAC ‘8. Casey defeated then R48 #22 Loren Collado 25-19 in the 17th place playoffs
  • Sean Lenning (Las Vegas ’18) and Killian Carroll (Montana ’18) have scored the most points (132) in a tournament this season
  • Diarmaid Nash (Montana ’18) and Shorty Ruiz (Las Vegas ’18) have scored the most points (45) in a main draw loss this season
  • David Fink (#3) and Luis Cordova (#3) became the first players to face one another in the top three in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Houston ’18)
  • Sean Lenning (#4) and Luis Moreno (#6) became the first players in the top 8 to face one another in the round of 16 of a R48 event (Montana ’18)
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta ’17) has been outscored by more combined points in one event (31) than any player in the Elite 8 this season (58-89)
  • Marcos Chavez defeated Emmett Peixoto in the most lopsided playoff match of the season at the R48 7 Las Vegas (25-2)
  • Killian Carroll owns the best match record on the R48 7 (23-1), the most titles (5), and the largest points differential in an event of any player this season (+90 points at Houston’18)
  • Daniel Cordova has finished 5th more than any player on the R48 7 (3: Tucson ‘17, Las Vegas ’18, Houston ‘18)
  • Luis “Lucho” Cordova authored the largest playoff comeback of the season, rallying from 18-24 in the 5th place playoff final in Montana to defeat Vic Perez 26-24
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez combined for the oldest combined age of any quarterfinal in R48 history at the Las Vegas Royal Flush ’18 (84 years)
  • Killian Carroll is the only player to advance to the semifinals or better of all six R48 7 events this season
  • Only Killian Carroll (6), Sean Lenning (2), Mando Ortiz (1), Luis Cordova (1), and Marcos Chavez (1) have scored 100 points in a R48 7 event thus far this season
  • Killian Carroll has won the most points on the R48 7 (750) and owns the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  • Only Killian Carroll (23), Sean Lenning (13), Mando Ortiz (11), Vic Perez (14), Luis Cordova (11)and Daniel Cordova (13) have double-digit match wins on the R48 7
  • Mando Ortiz is the only player to reach a semifinal that did not outscore his combined opponents during the event (81-81 Tucson ’17)
  • Marcos Chavez (44 years, 1 month) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (NYAC ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only player to score 15 points in all three games of a main draw R48 match and lose the match (R16 Montana ’18 vs. Chavez)
  • The most lopsided round of 16 match of the R48 7 season was the first match of the R48 7 season (Fink defeated Pesch 15-0, 15-2) and the quarterfinals in Houston (Carroll def Ruiz 15-0, 15-2)
  • Shorty Ruiz (45-45 vs. Chavez Montana ‘18) and Killian Carroll (37-37 vs. Lenning Las Vegas ‘18) scored the same number of points as their respective opponents but lost the matches
  • Marcos Chavez (vs. Shorty Ruiz Montana ’18), Mando Ortiz (vs. Emmett Peixoto Atlanta ’18), Sean Lenning (vs. Diarmaid Nash Montana ’18), and Dave Munson (vs. Marcos Chavez Houston ’18), Vic Perez (vs. Marcos Chavez NYAC ’18), and Mando Ortiz (vs. Peter Funchion NYAC ’18) are the only players to face match point in a main draw match and come back to win during the R48 7 season
  • In R48 7 matches that have gone to a tiebreaker, the player who won game two has won 74% of the tiebreakers. Six of the six tiebreakers played in Montana ’18 were won by the player winning game two (courtesy of Nick Flores)
  • There have been three first-time R48 qualifiers thus far in the R48 7 season (Langmack, Mattioni, Pat. Funchion)

Nick Mattioni: qualified at the R48 7 Atlanta (13th) and Houston (13th): 0-3

Patrick Funchion: qualified at the R48 7 Las Vegas, finished 13th (0-2)

Max Langmack: qualified at the R48 7 Houston, finished 10th (2-2)

  • Sean Lenning won his first R48 title in 22 months (Player’s Championship ’16) and sixth R48 title overall at the R48 7 Las Vegas Royal Flush
  • Killian Carroll entered the R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 on 19-match R48 winning streak but lost 15-12 in the third game to Sean Lenning
  • Catriona Casey won her 14th WR48 title in the 16th WR48 event at the NYAC ‘18
  • Ashley Moler advanced to her first WR48 semifinal at the Royal Flush ’18, defeating Aoife McCarthy in the quarterfinals before losing to Catriona Casey in the semifinals
  • Shorty Ruiz is the first player in R48 history to lose by two points in the third game in back-to-back R48 round of 16 matches (Ortiz in Montana, Chavez in Las Vegas)
  • Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit in the round of 16 in Las Vegas (Moreno). Beall would finally play and lose his first playoff match after the streak to Stephen Cooney
  • Daniel Cordova, David Fink, and Mando Ortiz are the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals on the R48 7 (Ortiz also lost in the finals in Montana ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only players to have qualified for all six R48 7 stops
  • Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23
  • There have been 48 qualifiers on the R48 7 through the NYAC, only Robbie McCarthy has advanced to a R48 7 final from the qualifier
  • Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins was ended at the R48 7 Memorial (Beall), while Abraham Montijo’s streak of five consecutive qualifier wins ended at five at the R48 7 Houston (Langmack)
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), Diarmaid Nash (Montana), Emmett Peixoto (Las Vegas, Houston), Shorty Ruiz (Houston), and Dave Munson are the only qualifiers to have won a round of 16 match on the R48 7, Vic Perez (NYAC), and Patrick Funchion (NYAC) (11 of 48: 23%)
  • Three qualifiers advanced to the round of 8 in Houston (Peixoto, Ruiz, Munson)
  • Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson for the first time since November of 2012
  • Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history (19-17)

 

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

Killian Carroll has won eight of his last ten R48 starts, accumulating a 38-2 record in those seven starts (95%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 36-10 (78%) through the first six events of the R48 7 (Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, Houston, NYAC)

Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in Las Vegas, nearly breaking her personal tournament record of 90-7 in San Francisco ’15. Casey tied her record of 90-7 in winning the WR48 NYAC ‘18

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

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

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 23-1 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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)

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)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#21 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#6 overall)

United States: Sean Lenning (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 47 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, 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.

 

  1. In 47 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 15 different finalists. Of the 15 different finalists, nine have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

  1. 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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There has been one new finalist thus far in the R48 VII (D. Cordova)

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 14 titles in 16 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey and Aisling Reilly are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (14-2 in 16 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

  1. 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)

 

  1. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

  1. Of the 30 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 19
  • Ireland: 7
  • Mexico: 3
  • Canada: 1

 

  1. Of the 19 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres
  • Arizona (4): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (3): Iglesias
  • Texas (3): Al. Garner
  • Minnesota (1): Stoffel
  • Oregon (1): Beall
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Tennessee (1): Mattioni
  • Missouri (1): Langmack
  • Illinois (1): D. Munson

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

 

  1. 24 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 (44)

 

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

 

  1. The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)
  2. The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

 

  1. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

  1. Most R48 events started: Lenning (46), Luis Moreno (42), David Fink (45), and Emmett Peixoto (42)

 

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

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (16)

 

  1. 21 of the last 24 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

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

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in seven combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17, Luis: Las Vegas ’18, Daniel: NYAC ‘18). The Flying Cordovas have appeared in two combined finals: Luis: Salt Lake City ’17, Daniel: NYAC ’18

 

  1. 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)

 

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

 

  1. Counting only round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9th place final. Ruiz won his first R48 main draw match in Houston ’18, defeating Vic Perez

 

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

 

  1. In 47 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 14
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 6
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 8
  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 6 of 46 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 9 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 50%

 

  1. In 47 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1, 434 players have entered, including the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

  1. In 18 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 9 (9-2 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)
  • Fink: 2 (2-0 in finals)
  1. Tyler Hamel (4), Dan Armijo (1), Dave Vincent (1), Matt Mclaughlin (1), John Bike (1), Tom Sheridan (1), and Chris Watkins (1) have all advanced to SR48 finals but not won a title

 

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

 

  1. Of the 1,434 combined players that have entered the 47 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 640 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

 

  1. In the 37 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 818 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

  1. In the 37 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 818 advanced to a final (.8%), with one of the seven winning the title:
  2. Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  3. Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  4. McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson
  5. Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  6. Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016
  7. Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 14-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 6-9
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-2
  • Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-3
  • Carroll: 9-3
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • Cordova: 0-1
  • Cordova 0-1

 

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

 

  1. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

  1. Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (9)

 

  1. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

  1. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

  1. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

  1. The only player to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (47 events) is David Fink

 

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

 

  1. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 16 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 14-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 1-3
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1
  • Koehler 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 11 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 11, five are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, Rushe), six are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, Peixoto de Melo, Daskalakis)

 

  1. In 16 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 49-2 match record (96%)

 

  1. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held R48 Elite 8 rankings (Fink, Chavez)

 

  1. David Fink and Marcos Chavez are the only players to play one another twice in the same event: Las Vegas ’18 R48 quarterfinals and SR48 finals

 

  1. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

  1. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5th place playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

  1. Dalton Beall holds the record with six consecutive R48 playoff forfeits (October 2016-Feb 2018)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

  1. 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, Houston R48 7 5th place final (Luis leads 4-2)

 

  1. Martina McMahon became the first left-handed player to win a R48 or WR48 stop at the 2017 Tucson Memorial
  2. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 Men’s pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16
  3. Of the 94 R48 finalists in 47 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)
  4. The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Sean Lenning and David Fink
  5. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (22), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (18)
  6. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)
  • McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Lenning vs. Nash Montana 2018 (Lenning 8-15, 15-13, 19-17)
  • Chavez vs. Ruiz Las Vegas 2018 (Chavez 17-15, 11-14, 17-15)
  • Munson vs. Chavez 2018 (Munson 3-15, 17-15, 15-13)
  • Ortiz vs. Pet. Funchion (Ortiz 6-15, 16-14, 15-9)
  • Perez vs. Chavez (Perez 15-10, 11-15, 17-15)
  1. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (24)
  2. 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.)
  • 125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)
  • 190 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (33 qualified)
  1. 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.)
  2. In the 14 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 91 out of 95 games played (96%)
  3. 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
  4. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 14 WR48 titles to one for Reilly
  5. Max Langmack (6’8) became the tallest pro in R48 and pro handball history when he qualified at the R48 7 Houston (finished 10th)
  6. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)
  7. Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)
  8. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point
  9. Sean Lenning has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (97) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  10. 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 #11)
  11. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  12. During the 7 Race48 seasons, 139 matches have gone to tiebreaker and 59% of the time(82 matches) the player who won game 2 won the tiebreaker (courtesy of Nick Flores)
  13. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (12)
  14. 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)
  15. 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). Sean Lenning and David Fink became the second duo from the same club (Tucson Racquet Club) to win Race 4 Eight singles titles at the same event (Las Vegas ’18)
  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
  17. 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
  18. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

  1. Three members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Ortiz, Fink)
  2. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, Peixoto)
  3. David Fink is the only undefeated player on any of the tours (SR48: 6-0 as of March 2018)
  4. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  5. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  6. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)
  11. 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)
  12. Shorty Ruiz became the first player in R48 history to lose back to back round of 16 matches by two points in the third game (Montana ’18, Las Vegas ’18)
  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)
  14. Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

 

  1. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#7 current). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)
  2. Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  3. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  4. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  5. Two of the nine ranked WR48 pros (McMahon and Daskalakis) are left-handed (22%). Two of the 30 ranked R48 pros (Fink, Nash) are left-handed (6.7%)
  6. 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)
  7. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  8. Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (7)
  9. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 36 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)
  10. John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48
  11. Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. Of the current R48 Elite 8, three have college degrees and two have a Master’s degree
  15. Paul Brady, Killian Carroll, and Sean Lenning are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

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

Carroll: Atlanta, Montana

Lenning: Las Vegas

  1. 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)
  2. In the 16 WR48 events held since the inception of the tour at the Simple Green U.S. Open ’13, there have been three different champions: Casey (14), Reilly (1), McMahon (1). In the last 16 R48 Men’s pro events, starting with NYAC ’16, there have been six different champions: Carroll (9), Brady (3), McCarthy (1), Ortiz (1), Moreno (1), Lenning (1). In the last 16 women’s tennis Grand Slams, starting with the 2014 French Open, there have been nine different champions: S. Williams (6), Kvitova (1), Sharapova (1), Pennetta (1), Muguruza (2), Kerber (2), Ostapenko (1), Stephens (1), Wozniacki (1)
  3. Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #24)
  4. Catriona Casey pitched the only perfect game in the history of a Race 4 Eight final in not allowing a point or a side out in the final of the San Francisco Olympic Club Del Grande Dealer Group ’15
  5. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 19: Michael Gaulton
  6. The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds
  7. The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75
  8. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  9. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  10. Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a donut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)
  11. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  12. The five tallest players ever ranked on the R48 tour are Max Langmack (6’8), Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  13. The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning
  14. To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here
  15. To view the Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios, go here
  16.  

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician

 

 

 


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 7 Houston

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its fifth event of the season in Houston on the second weekend in March, featuring the R48 and SR48 pros in action. Killian Carroll avenged his first loss of the season in Las Vegas to Sean Lenning by defeating “The Thrill” in Houston’s final, while David Fink won his second consecutive SR48 title in Space City.

R48 7 Fun Facts: Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, & Houston

  • Sean Lenning (Las Vegas ’18) and Killian Carroll (Montana ’18) have scored the most points (132) in a tournament this season
  • Diarmaid Nash (Montana ’18) and Shorty Ruiz (Las Vegas ’18) have scored the most points (45) in a main draw loss this season
  • David Fink (#3) and Luis Cordova (#3) became the first players to face one another in the top three in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Houston ’18)
  • Sean Lenning (#4) and Luis Moreno (#6) became the first players in the top 8 to face one another in the round of 16 of a R48 event (Montana ’18)
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta ’17) has been outscored by more combined points in one event (31) than any player in the Elite 8 this season (58-89)
  • Marcos Chavez defeated Emmett Peixoto in the most lopsided playoff match of the season at the R48 7 Las Vegas (25-2)
  • Killian Carroll owns the best match record on the R48 7 (19-1), the most titles (4), and the largest points differential in an event of any player this season (+90 points at Houston’18)
  • Daniel Cordova has finished 5th more than any player on the R48 7 (3: Tucson ‘17, Las Vegas ’18, Houston ‘18)
  • Luis “Lucho” Cordova authored the largest playoff comeback of the season, rallying from 18-24 in the 5th place playoff final in Montana to defeat Vic Perez 26-24
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez combined for the oldest combined age of any quarterfinal in R48 history at the Las Vegas Royal Flush ’18 (84 years)
  • Luis Moreno owns the fewest number of match wins of any player in the Elite 8 this season (2)
  • Sean Lenning and Killian Carroll are the only players to advance to the semifinals or better of all five R48 7 events this season. Carroll is the only player to advance to the final of every event this season
  • Only Killian Carroll (5), Sean Lenning (2), Mando Ortiz (1), Luis Cordova (1), and Marcos Chavez (1) have scored 100 points in a R48 7 event thus far this season
  • Luis Moreno (2-4) and Marcos Chavez (4-8) are the only players in the R48 7 Elite 8 with losing records
  • Killian Carroll has won the most points on the R48 7 (630) and owns the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  • Only Killian Carroll (19), Sean Lenning (13), Mando Ortiz (10), Vic Perez (12), and Daniel Cordova (10) have double-digit match wins on the R48 7
  • Mando Ortiz is the only player to reach a semifinal that did not outscore his combined opponents during the event (81-81 Tucson ’17)
  • Marcos Chavez (43 years, 10 months) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (Las Vegas ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only player to score 15 points in all three games of a main draw R48 match and lose the match (R16 Montana ’18 vs. Chavez)
  • The most lopsided round of 16 match of the R48 7 season was the first match of the R48 7 season (Fink defeated Pesch 15-0, 15-2) and the quarterfinals in Houston (Carroll def Ruiz 15-0, 15-2)
  • Shorty Ruiz (45-45 vs. Chavez Montana ‘18) and Killian Carroll (37-37 vs. Lenning Las Vegas ‘18) scored the same number of points as their respective opponents but lost the matches
  • Marcos Chavez (vs. Shorty Ruiz Montana ’18), Mando Ortiz (vs. Emmett Peixoto Atlanta ’18), Sean Lenning (vs. Diarmaid Nash Montana ’18), and Dave Munson (vs. Marcos Chavez Houston ’18) are the only players to face match point in a main draw match and come back to win during the R48 7 season
  • In R48 7 matches that have gone to a tiebreaker, the player who won game two has won 74% of the tiebreakers. Six of the six tiebreakers played in Montana ’18 were won by the player winning game two (courtesy of Nick Flores)
  • There have been three first-time R48 qualifiers thus far in the R48 7 season (Langmack, Mattioni, Pat. Funchion)

Nick Mattioni: qualified at the R48 7 Atlanta (13th) and Houston (13th): 0-3

Patrick Funchion: qualified at the R48 7 Las Vegas, finished 13th (0-2)

Max Langmack: qualified at the R48 7 Houston, finished 10th (2-2)

  • Sean Lenning won his first R48 title in 22 months (Player’s Championship ’16) and sixth R48 title overall at the R48 7 Las Vegas Royal Flush
  • The R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 was the first event of the R48 7 season in which Mando Ortiz failed to advance to at least the semifinals (quarterfinal loss to Luis Cordova)
  • Killian Carroll entered the R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 on 19-match R48 winning streak but lost 15-12 in the third game to Sean Lenning
  • Catriona Casey won her 13th WR48 title in the 15th WR48 event at the Las Vegas Royal Flush ‘18
  • Dr. Ashley Moler advanced to her first WR48 semifinal at the Royal Flush ’18, defeating Aoife McCarthy in the quarterfinals before losing to Catriona Casey in the semifinals
  • Shorty Ruiz is the first player in R48 history to lose by two points in the third game in back-to-back R48 round of 16 matches (Ortiz in Montana, Chavez in Las Vegas)
  • Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit in the round of 16 in Las Vegas (Moreno). Beall would finally play and lose his first playoff match after the streak to Stephen Cooney
  • Daniel Cordova, David Fink, and Mando Ortiz are the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals on the R48 7 (Ortiz also lost in the finals in Montana ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only players to have qualified for all five R48 7 stops
  • Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23
  • There have been 40 qualifiers on the R48 7 through Houston, only Robbie McCarthy has advanced to a R48 7 final from the qualifier
  • Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins was ended at the R48 7 Memorial (Beall), while Abraham Montijo’s streak of five consecutive qualifier wins ended at five at the R48 7 Houston (Langmack)
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), Diarmaid Nash (Montana), Emmett Peixoto (Las Vegas, Houston), Shorty Ruiz (Houston), and Dave Munson are the only qualifiers to have won a round of 16 match on the R48 7 (9 of 40: 23%)
  • Three qualifiers advanced to the round of 8 in Houston (Peixoto, Ruiz, Munson)
  • Paul Brady is the only R48 pro in the top 26 to not have entered a R48 7 event
  • Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson for the first time since November of 2012
  • Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history (19-17)

 

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

Killian Carroll has won seven of his last nine R48 starts, accumulating a 34-2 record in those seven starts (94%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 32-8 (80%) through the first five events of the R48 7 (Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, Houston)

Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in Las Vegas, nearly breaking her personal tournament record of 90-7 in San Francisco ‘15

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

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

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 19-1 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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)

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)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#21 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#5 overall)

United States: Sean Lenning (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 46 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, 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.

 

  1. In 46 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

  1. 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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There have been no new finalists thus far in the R48 VII

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 13 titles in 15 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey, Aisling Reilly, and Aimee Tuohey are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (13-2 in 15 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

  1. 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)

 

  1. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

  1. Of the 33 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 21
  • Ireland: 8
  • Mexico: 3
  • Canada: 1

 

  1. Of the 21 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres
  • Arizona (4): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (3): O’Donnell, Schneider, Iglesias
  • Texas (3): Al. Garner
  • Minnesota (1): Stoffel
  • Oregon (1): Beall
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Tennessee (1): Mattioni
  • Missouri (1): Langmack
  • Illinois (1): D. Munson

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

 

  1. 24 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 (44)

 

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

 

  1. The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)
  2. The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

 

  1. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

  1. Most R48 events started: Lenning (45), Luis Moreno (42), David Fink (44), and Emmett Peixoto (41)

 

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

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (15)

 

  1. 21 of the last 23 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

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

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in six combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17, Luis: Las Vegas ’18)

 

  1. 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)

 

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

 

  1. Counting only round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9thplace final. Ruiz won his first R48 main draw match in Houston ’18, defeating Vic Perez

 

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

 

  1. In 46 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 14
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 6
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Al. Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 8

 

  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 6 of 45 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 8 of 17 R48 events he has entered: 47%

 

  1. In 46 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,398 players have entered, including the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

  1. In 18 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 9 (9-2 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)
  • Fink: 2 (2-0 in finals)

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Of the 1,398 combined players that have entered the 46 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 632 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

 

  1. In the 36 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 790 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

  1. In the 36 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 743 advanced to a final (1%), with one of the seven winning the title:
  2. Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  3. Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  4. McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson
  5. Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  6. Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016
  7. Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 14-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 6-9
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-2
  • Al. Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-3
  • Carroll: 8-3
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • L. Cordova: 0-1

 

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

 

  1. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

  1. Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (9)

 

  1. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

  1. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

  1. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

  1. The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (46 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

 

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

 

  1. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 15 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 13-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 1-3
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 11 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 11, five are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, Rushe), five are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, Peixoto de Melo), and one from Canada (Gawley)

 

  1. In 15 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 46-2 match record (96%)

 

  1. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held R48 Elite 8 rankings (Fink, Chavez)

 

  1. David Fink and Marcos Chavez are the only players to play one another twice in the same event: Las Vegas ’18 R48 quarterfinals and SR48 finals

 

  1. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

  1. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5thplace playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

  1. Dalton Beall holds the record with six consecutive R48 playoff forfeits (October 2016-Feb 2018)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

  1. Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5thPlace 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, Houston R48 7 5th place final (Luis leads 4-2)

 

  1. Martina McMahon became the first left-handed player to win a R48 or WR48 stop at the 2017 Tucson Memorial
  2. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 Men’s pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16
  3. Of the 92 R48 finalists in 46 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)
  4. The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Sean Lenning and David Fink
  5. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (21), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (18)
  6. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)
  • McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Lenning vs. Nash Montana 2018 (Lenning 8-15, 15-13, 19-17)
  • Chavez vs. Ruiz Las Vegas 2018 (Chavez 17-15, 11-14, 17-15)
  • D. Munson vs. Chavez 2018 (Munson 3-15, 17-15, 15-13)
  1. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (24)
  2. 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.)
  • 125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)
  • 190 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (33 qualified)
  1. 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.)
  2. In the 13 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 85 out of 89 games played (96%)
  3. 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
  4. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 13 WR48 titles to one for Reilly
  5. Max Langmack (6’8) became the tallest pro in R48 and pro handball history when he qualified at the R48 7 Houston (finished 10th)
  6. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)
  7. Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)
  8. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point
  9. Sean Lenning has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (97) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  10. 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 #11)
  11. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  12. During the 7 Race48 seasons, 139 matches have gone to tiebreaker and 59% of the time (82 matches) the player who won game 2 won the tiebreaker (courtesy of Nick Flores)
  13. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (12)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  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
  17. 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
  18. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

  1. 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)
  2. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, M. Chavez)
  3. David Fink is the only undefeated player on any of the tours (SR48: 6-0 as of March 2018)
  4. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  5. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  6. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. Mando Ortiz became the first 1sttime R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4
  10. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)
  11. 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)
  12. Shorty Ruiz became the first player in R48 history to lose back to back round of 16 matches by two points in the third game (Montana ’18, Las Vegas ’18)
  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)
  14. Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion

  1. Dr. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#7 current). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)
  2. Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  3. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  4. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  5. 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)
  6. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  7. Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6)
  8. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 36 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)
  9. John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48
  10. Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. Of the current R48 Elite 8, two have college degrees and one has a Master’s degree
  14. Paul Brady, Killian Carroll, and Sean Lenning are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

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

Carroll: Atlanta, Montana

Lenning: Las Vegas

  1. 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)
  2. Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #21)
  3. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 18: Michael Gaulton
  4. Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 26, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady has played the fewest number of events (1)
  5. The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds
  6. The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75
  7. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  8. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  9. Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a donut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)
  10. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  11. The five tallest players ever ranked on the R48 tour are Max Langmack (6’8), Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  12. The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning
  13. 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 & Trends Through the R48 7 Las Vegas

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its fourth event of the season in Las Vegas on the second weekend in February, featuring the R48, WR48, and SR48 pros in action. Sean Lenning won his sixth R48 title in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 1-9 third game deficit to stun R48 #1 Killian Carroll, while Catriona Casey picked up her 13th WR48 title and David Fink won his first SR48 title in Las Vegas.

R48 7 Fun Facts: Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas

Sean Lenning won his first R48 title in 22 months (Player’s Championship ’16) and sixth R48 title overall at the R48 7 Las Vegas Royal Flush

The R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 was the first event of the R48 7 season in which Mando Ortiz failed to advance to at least the semifinals (quarterfinal loss to Luis Cordova)

Killian Carroll entered the R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 on 19-match R48 winning streak but lost 15-12 in the third game to Sean Lenning

Marcos Chavez’s streak of three consecutive SR48 titles came to an end with a SR48 finals loss at the Royal Flush ‘18

Catriona Casey won her 13th WR48 title in the 15th WR48 event at the Las Vegas Royal Flush ‘18

Dr. Ashley Moler advanced to her first WR48 semifinal at the Royal Flush ’18, defeating Aoife McCarthy in the quarterfinals before losing to Catriona Casey in the semifinals

Shorty Ruiz is the first player in R48 history to lose by two points in the third game in back-to-back R48 round of 16 matches (Ortiz in Montana, Chavez in Las Vegas)

Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit in the round of 16 in Las Vegas (Moreno). Beall would finally play and lose his first playoff match after the streak to Stephen Cooney

Daniel Cordova and David Fink are the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals on the R48 7

Shorty Ruiz and Abraham Montijo are the only players to have qualified for all four R48 7 stops

Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23

There have been 32 qualifiers on the R48 7 through Las Vegas, only Robbie McCarthy has advanced to a R48 7 final

Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins was ended at the R48 7 Memorial (Beall)

Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), Diarmaid Nash (Montana), and Emmett Peixoto (Las Vegas) are the only qualifiers to have won a round of 16 match on the R48 7 (5 of 32: 17%)

Paul Brady and Andy Nett are the only players in the R48 top 23 to not have entered a R48 7 event

Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson for the first time since November of 2012

Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history (19-17)

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

Killian Carroll has won six of his last eight R48 starts, accumulating a 30-2 record in those seven starts (94%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 27-5 (83%) through the first four events of the R48 7 (Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas)

Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in Las Vegas, nearly breaking her personal tournament record of 90-7 in San Francisco ‘15

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

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

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 15-1 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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)

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)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#21 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#3 overall)

United States: Sean Lenning (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 45 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, 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.

 

  1. In 45 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

  1. 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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There have been no new finalists thus far in the R48 VII

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 13 titles in 15 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey, Aisling Reilly, and Aimee Tuohey are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (13-2 in 15 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

  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). Carroll picked up three more victories against Ortiz in the first three events on the R48 7, defeating Ortiz 17-15, 15-4 in Atlanta, 15-10,15-9 in Tucson, and 12-15, 15-3, 15-11 in Montana

 

  1. 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)

 

  1. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

  1. Of the 34 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 22
  • Ireland: 8
  • Mexico: 3
  • Canada: 1

 

  1. Of the 22 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado
  • Arizona (5): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (3): O’Donnell, Schneider, Iglesias
  • Texas (3): Bernhard, Pallares, D. Cordova
  • Minnesota (2): Nett, Stoffel
  • Oregon (2): Beall
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Tennessee (1): Mattioni

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

 

  1. 24 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 (44)

 

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

 

  1. The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)
  2. The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

 

  1. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

  1. Most R48 events started: Lenning (44), Luis Moreno (42), David Fink (43), and Emmett Peixoto (40)

 

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

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (15)

 

  1. 20 of the last 22 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

  1. Gavin Buggy and Joe Harris are the only players to have appeared on ESPN and never lost

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in six combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17, Luis: Las Vegas ’18)

 

  1. 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)

 

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

 

  1. Counting only round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9thplace final

 

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

 

  1. In 45 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 14
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 6
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Al. Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 7

 

 

  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 6 of 44 R48 events he has entered: 14%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 7 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 44%

 

  1. In 45 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,343 players have entered, including the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

  1. In 17 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 9 (9-1 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)
  • Fink: 1 (1-0 in finals)

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Of the 1,343 combined players that have entered the 45 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 624 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

 

  1. In the 35 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 743 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

  1. In the 35 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 743 advanced to a final (1%), with one of the seven winning the title:
  2. Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  3. Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  4. McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson
  5. Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  6. Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016
  7. Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 14-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 6-8
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-2
  • Al. Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-3
  • Carroll: 7-3
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • L. Cordova: 0-1

 

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

 

  1. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

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

 

  1. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

  1. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

  1. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

  1. The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (45 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

 

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

 

  1. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of60-3 (95%)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 15 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 13-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 1-3
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 11 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 11, five are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, Rushe), five are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, Peixoto de Melo), and one from Canada (Gawley)

 

  1. In 15 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 46-2 match record (96%)

 

  1. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held R48 Elite 8 rankings (Fink, Chavez)

 

  1. David Fink and Marcos Chavez are the only players to play one another twice in the same event: Las Vegas ’18 R48 quarterfinals and SR48 finals

 

  1. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

  1. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5thplace playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

  1. Dalton Beall holds the record with six consecutive R48 playoff forfeits (October 2016-Feb 2018)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

  1. Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5thPlace 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)
  2. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 Men’s pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16
  3. Of the 90 R48 finalists in 45 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)
  4. The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Sean Lenning and David Fink
  5. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (19), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (18)
  6. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)
  • McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Lenning vs. Nash Montana 2018 (Lenning 8-15, 15-13, 19-17)
  • Chavez vs. Ruiz Las Vegas 2018 (Chavez 17-15, 11-14, 17-15)
  1. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (23)
  2. 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.)
  • 125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)
  • 190 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (33 qualified)
  1. 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.)
  2. In the 13 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 85 out of 89 games played (96%)
  3. 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
  4. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 13 WR48 titles to one for Reilly
  5. Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)
  6. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)
  7. Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)
  8. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point
  9. Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (96), followed by Sean Lenning (94) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  10. After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first timein 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #11)
  11. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  12. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (12)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

  1. 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)
  2. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, M. Chavez)
  3. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  4. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  5. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. Mando Ortiz became the first 1sttime R48 Men’s Pro Champion in 16 R48 events (Al. Garner, Plummer R48 III Stop #1) in winning the Houston R48 V Stop #4
  9. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)
  10. 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)
  11. Shorty Ruiz became the first player in R48 history to lose back to back round of 16 matches by two points in the third game (Montana ’18, Las Vegas ’18)
  12. 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)
  13. Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion
  14. Dr. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#7 current). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)
  15. Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  16. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  17. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  18. 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)
  19. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  20. Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6)
  21. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 36 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)
  22. John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48
  23. Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  24. 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)
  25. 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)
  26. Of the current R48 Elite 8, two have college degrees and one has a Master’s degree
  27. Paul Brady, Killian Carroll, and Sean Lenning are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match
  28. Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (4 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)
  29. Carroll: Atlanta, Montana
  30. Lenning: Las Vegas
  31. 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)
  32. Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #21)
  33. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 17: Michael Gaulton
  34. Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady has played the fewest number of events (1)
  35. The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds
  36. The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75
  37. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  38. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  39. Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a donut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)
  40. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  41. The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  42. The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning

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 & Trends Through the R48 7 Montana

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its third event of the season in Montana, featuring the largest and loudest R48 galleries in history. Killian Carroll picked up his third R48 title of the season, blitzing the field for the third consecutive event en route to his seventh R48 title.

 

R48 7 Fun Facts: Atlanta, Tucson, Montana

Sean Lenning is the only player to have lost in the semifinals of all three R48 7 events

Daniel Cordova and David Fink are the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals of the three R48 7 stops

Luis Cordova is the only player on the R48 to have lost in the quarterfinals of all three R48 7 stops

Marcos Chavez has not won a Playoff match in his last seven R48 starts

Shorty Ruiz and Abraham Montijo are the only players to have qualified for all three R48 7 stops

Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23

The only player to defeat Mando Ortiz on the R48 7 is Killian Carroll (finals: Atlanta/Montana, semifinals: Tucson)

Killian Carroll has won 24 of 26 games he has played on the R48 7 (92%)

There have been 24 qualifiers on the R48 7 through Montana, only Robbie McCarthy has advanced to the final (4%)

Four of the six R48 7 finalists are from Ireland (Carroll: 3, McCarthy: 1)

Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins was ended at the R48 7 Memorial (Beall)

Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), and Diarmaid Nash (Montana) are the only qualifiers to have won a round of 16 match on the R48 7 (4 of 24: 17%)

Paul Brady, Andy Nett, and Adam Bernhard, esq. are the only players in the R48 top 21 to not have entered a R48 7 event

Dalton Beall extended his streak of first round Playoff forfeits to seven at the R48 7 Montana (R48 record)

Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson for the first time since November of 2012

Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history (19-17)

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

Killian Carroll has won six of his last seven R48 starts, accumulating a 27-1 record in those seven starts (96%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 20-4 (83%)  through the first two events of the R48 7 (Atlanta, Tucson, Montana)

Catriona Casey outscored her WR48 opponents 361-95 in three events and 12 matches during the 2016-2017 WR48 season (4:1). This is the second season in which Casey held a 4:1 scoring ratio or better against the field

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

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

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 12-0 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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)

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)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#20 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#6 overall)

United States: Mando Ortiz (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 44 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2017, 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.

 

  1. In 44 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

  1. 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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There have been no new finalists thus far in the R48 VII

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 12 titles in 14 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey, Aisling Reilly, and Aimee Tuohey are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (12-2 in 14 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

  1. The only WPH Men’s pros currently ranked on the R48 and the WPH Outdoor are David Fink and Luis Cordova

 

  1. David Fink is the highest ranked cross over star in Men’s WPH Pro Handball: #5 on the WPH Outdoor, #3 on the R48

 

  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). Carroll picked up three more victories against Ortiz in the first three events on the R48 7, defeating Ortiz 17-15, 15-4 in Atlanta, 15-10,15-9 in Tucson, and 12-15, 15-3, 15-11 in Montana

 

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

 

  1. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

  1. Of the 32 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 21
  • Ireland: 6
  • Mexico: 3
  • Canada: 2

 

  1. Of the 21 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado
  • Arizona (5): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (3): O’Donnell, Schneider, Iglesias
  • Texas (3): Bernhard, Pallares, D. Cordova
  • Minnesota (2): Nett, Stoffel
  • Oregon (2): Beall
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch

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

 

  1. 24 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest
  • Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (19)
  • Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (43)

 

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

 

  1. The largest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Killian Carroll vs. David Fink (16 years)
  2. The smallest age gap in a Race 4 Eight final: Sean Lenning vs. Allan Garner (4 days)

 

  1. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

  1. Most R48 events started: Lenning (43), Luis Moreno (41), David Fink (42), and Emmett Peixoto (39)

 

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

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (14)

 

  1. 19 of the last 21 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

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

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in five combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17))

 

  1. 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)

 

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

 

  1. Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

  1. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9thplace final

 

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

 

  1. In 43 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 14
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 5
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Shanks: 2
  • Al. Garner: 1
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Carroll: 7

 

 

  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 41 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 5 of 43 R48 events he has entered: 12%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 7 of 15 R48 events he has entered: 47%

 

  1. In 44 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,307 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

  1. In 16 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 9 (9-1 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)

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Of the 1,307 combined players that have entered the 43 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 608 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

 

  1. In the 34 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 715 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

  1. In the 34 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 715 advanced to a final (1%), with one of the seven winning the title:
  2. Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013
  3. Nash: R48 III Houston 2014
  4. McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson
  5. Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015
  6. Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016
  7. Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 14-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 5-8
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • McCarthy: 3-2
  • Al. Garner: 1-2
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Fink: 0-3
  • Carroll: 7-2
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • L. Cordova: 0-1

 

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

 

  1. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

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

 

  1. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

  1. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

  1. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

  1. The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (44 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

 

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

 

  1. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 14 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 12-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-1
  • McMahon: 1-3

 

  1. There are currently 10 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 10, five are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, Rushe), four are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, and one from Canada (Gawley)

 

  1. In 14 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 43-2 match record (95%)

 

  1. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held R48 Elite 8 rankings (Fink, Chavez)

 

  1. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

  1. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5thplace playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

  1. Dalton Beall has forfeited seven consecutive R48 playoffs matches (2016-current)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

  1. Luis and Daniel Cordova are the only brothers to have played one another in R48 play: Tucson Memorial R48 V Stop #2 5thPlace 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)
  2. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 Men’s pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16
  3. Of the 88 R48 finalists in 44 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)
  4. The only R48 pros to have never entered a qualifier are Sean Lenning and David Fink
  5. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (19), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (17)
  6. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)
  • McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  • Lenning vs. Nash Montana 2018 (Lenning 8-15, 15-13, 19-17)
  1. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (23)
  2. 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.)
  • 125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)
  • 154 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (25 qualified)
  1. 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.)
  2. In the 12 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 79 out of 83 games played (95%)
  3. 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
  4. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 12 WR48 titles to one for Reilly
  5. Charly Shanks and Andy Nett are the tallest R48 pros to ever be ranked (6’3)
  6. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 11 inches (Shanks vs. Ortiz, Shanks vs. Iglesias, Nett vs. Ortiz, Nett vs. Iglesias)
  7. Andy Nett and Charly Shanks combined to create the tallest R48 match in history (152 inches)
  8. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point
  9. Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (96), followed by Sean Lenning (86) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  10. After reaching #2 in March of 2014, Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 “Fab 4” for the first timein 22 months following the R48 V Houston (currently #11)
  11. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  12. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (12)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

  1. 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)
  2. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 (2016) have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, M. Chavez)
  3. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  4. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  5. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. Sean Lenning is the current 1-Wall Small Ball World Singles Champion and USHA 3-Wall National Champion
  13. Dr. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#7 current). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)
  14. Of the eight R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  15. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  16. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  17. 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)
  18. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  19. Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6) Narrowly defeating then ranked #2, Luis Moreno, in the qualifier in Montana
  20. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 35 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)
  21. John Bike Jr. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member to have played on the Men’s R48
  22. Luis Moreno is the only R48 pro to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  23. 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)
  24. 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)
  25. Of the current R48 Elite 8, three have college degrees and one has a Master’s degree
  26. Paul Brady and Killian Carroll are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match      ~      Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (4 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)     ~     Carroll: Atlanta, Montana
  27. 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)
  28. Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #20)
  29. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 16: Michael Gaulton
  30. Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady has played the fewest number of events (1)
  31. The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds
  32. The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75
  33. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  34. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  35. Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a donut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)
  36. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  37. The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  38. The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning
  39. To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here

 


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 7 Tucson

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its second event of the season in Tucson, featuring more than 300 players from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Ireland. Killian Carroll picked up his second R48 title of the season, blitzing the field for the second consecutive event en route to his sixth R48 title.

Martina McMahon clichéd her maiden WR48 title in the first WR48 event of the 2017-2018 WR48 season, overcoming her greatest rival Catriona Casey in a three-game thriller.

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

Killian Carroll has won five of his last six R48 starts, accumulating a 23-1 record in those six starts (96%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 13-3 through the first two events of the R48 7 (Atlanta and Tucson)

Catriona Casey outscored her WR48 opponents 361-95 in three events and 12 matches during the 2016-2017 WR48 season (4:1). This is the second season in which Casey held a 4:1 scoring ratio or better against the field

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

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

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 8-0 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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)

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)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#20 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#6 overall)

United States: Luis Moreno (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 43 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2017, 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.

 

1.     In 43 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

2.     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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There have been no new finalists thus far in the R48 VII

 

3.     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

 

4.     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

 

5.     Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 12 titles in 14 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

6.     Catriona Casey, Aisling Reilly, and Aimee Tuohey are the only women to have started a WR48 event and never lost before the semifinals. Casey and Reilly have never lost a WR48 match before the final. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (12-2 in 14 WR48 finals). Every R48 Men’s pro has lost before the semifinals in R48 events

 

7.     The only WPH Women pros currently ranked on the WR48 and the Women’s WPH Outdoor are Catriona Casey, Tracy Davis, Martina McMahon, and Dr. Ashley Moler

 

8.     The only WPH Men’s pros currently ranked on the R48 and the WPH Outdoor are David Fink, Sean Lenning, Mando Ortiz, Luis Cordova, Daniel Cordova, Vic Perez, Abraham Montijo, and Billy O’Donnell

 

9.     Tracy Davis is the highest ranked cross over star in Women’s WPH Pro Handball: #1 on the Women’s WPH Outdoor, #4 on the WR48

 

10. Shorty Ruiz is the highest ranked cross over star in Men’s WPH Pro Handball: #3 on the WPH Outdoor, #16 on the R48

 

11. 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). Carroll picked up two more victories against Ortiz in the first two events on the R48 7, defeating Ortiz 17-15, 15-4 in Atlanta and 15-10,15-9 in Tucson

 

12. 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)

 

13. Luis Cordova is the youngest R48 pro to finish the season in the Elite age: 21 years old in 2012

 

14. Of the 32 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

·      United States: 21

·      Ireland: 6

·      Mexico: 3

·      Canada: 2

 

15. Of the 21 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented

·      California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado

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

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

·      Texas (3): Bernhard, Pallares, D. Cordova

·      Minnesota (2): Nett, Stoffel

·      Oregon (2): Beall

·      Washington (1): Lenning

·      Iowa (1): Pesch

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

 

16. 24 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

·      Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (19)

·      Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (43)

 

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

 

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

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

 

20. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

21. Most R48 events started: Lenning (42), Luis Moreno (40), David Fink (41), and Emmett Peixoto (39)

 

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

 

23. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (14)

 

24. 19 of the last 21 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

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

 

27. The Cordova brothers have appeared in five combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17))

 

28. 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)

 

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

 

30. Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Tommy Little owns the worst record in R48 history (0-9)

 

31. Shorty Ruiz snapped a 24-match R48 losing streak at the R48 7 Tucson, defeating Abraham Montijo and Ryan Pesch to advance to the 9th place final

 

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

 

33. In 43 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

·      Brady: 14

·      Moreno: 10

·      Lenning: 5

·      McCarthy: 3

·      Shanks: 2

·      Al. Garner: 1

·      Ortiz: 2

·      Carroll: 6

 

 

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

·      Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%

·      Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 9 R48 events he has entered: 33%

·      Luis Moreno has won 10 of 40 R48 events he has entered: 25%

·      Sean Lenning has won 5 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 12%

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

·      Killian Carroll has won 6 of 14 R48 events he has entered: 42%

 

35. In 43 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,277 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

36. In 16 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

·      Chavez: 9 (9-1 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)

 

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

 

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

 

39. Of the 1,277 combined players that have entered the 43 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 591 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

 

40. In the 33 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 693 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

41. In the 33 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 693 advanced to a final (1%), with one of the seven winning the title:

1.     Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

2.     Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

3.     McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014, R48 VII Tucson

4.     Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

5.     Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

6.     Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

42. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

·      Brady: 14-0

·      Moreno: 10-6

·      Lenning: 5-8

·      Shanks: 2-4

·      McCarthy: 3-2

·      Al. Garner: 1-2

·      Ortiz: 2-6

·      Alvarado: 0-5

·      Peixoto: 0-2

·      Fink: 0-3

·      Carroll: 6-2

·      Nett 0-1

·      Nash: 0-1

·      L. Cordova: 0-1

 

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

 

44. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

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

 

46. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

47. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

49. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

50. The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (43 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

 

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

 

52. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

53. The WR48 has held 14 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

·      Casey: 12-2

·      Reilly 1-6

·      Gawley: 0-1

·      Ni Churraoin: 0-1

·      McMahon: 1-3

 

54. There are currently 10 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 10, five are from Ireland (Casey, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, Rushe), four are from the U.S. (Tuohey, Davis, Moler, Koehler, and one from Canada (Gawley)

 

55. In 14 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 43-2 match record (95%)

 

56. November ’17 marked the first time in R48 history that two 40-somethings have held spits simultaneously in the R48 Elite 8 (Fink, Chavez)

 

57. No teenager has ever been ranked in the R48 Elite 8, three 40-somethings have been ranked in the R48 Elite 8 (Alvarado, Fink, Chavez)

 

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

 

59. Daniel Cordova became the first player to win the 5th place playoffs without dropping one point at the ’17 Tucson Memorial (consecutive forfeits)

 

60. Dalton Beall has forfeited five consecutive R48 playoffs matches (2016-current)

 

61. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champion to have only one R48 title. The other six R48 champions have won between 2-14 titles

 

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

 

63. 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)

64. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 Men’s pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

65. Of the 86 R48 finalists in 43 R48 events, seven have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)

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

67. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (19), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (16)

68. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

·      Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)

·      McCarthy vs. Lenning Tucson 2017 (McCarthy 3-15, 16-14, 15-2)

69. Anthony Selestow has attempted to qualify more than any player on the R48 tour (23)

70. 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.)

·      125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)

·      132 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (17 qualified)

71. 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.)

72. In the 12 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 79 out of 83 games played (95%)

73. 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

74. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 12 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

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

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

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

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

79. Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (96), followed by Sean Lenning (84) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

80. 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 #11)

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

82. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (11)

83. 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)

84. 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)

85. 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

86. 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

87. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

88. 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)

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

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

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

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

93. 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)

94. 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)

95. 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

96. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)

97. 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)

98. 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)

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

 

100.  Dr. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#7 current). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)

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

102.  Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink

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

104.  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)

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

106.  Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6)

107.  The four R48 pros to have played in at least 35 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)

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

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

110.  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)

111.  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)

112.  Of the current R48 Elite 8, three have college degrees and one has a Master’s degree

113.  Paul Brady and Killian Carroll are the only R48 men’s pros to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

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

Carroll: Atlanta

114.  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)

115.  Ryan Bowler is the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (currently #20)

116.  The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 15: Michael Gaulton

117.  Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady has played the fewest number of events (1)

118.  The average height and weight of the current R48 Elite 8 (Carroll, Moreno, Fink, Lenning, Ortiz, L. Cordova, D. Cordova, M. Chavez, V. Perez): 5’10.4, 181 pounds

119.  The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 30.75

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

121.  Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1

122.  Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a doughnut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)

123.  Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)

124.  The four tallest players currently ranked on the R48 tour are Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)

125.  The LAAC won the inaugural Manning Cup by defeating Team Tucson at the Tucson Memorial ’17, earning the title of best handball club in the world. Mando Ortiz, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez represented the LAAC in the ’17 Manning Cup. The Manning Cup was named for WPH film crew superstar Ben Manning

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


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 7 Atlanta

The 2017-2018 R48 7 kicked off in Atlanta on the first weekend of October, with Killian Carroll blitzing the field en route to his fifth R48 title. The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 produced two new finalists, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, six 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 Fun Facts and Trends: October 2016-present

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Salt Lake City ’17)

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 were 7-1 in the first event of the R48 VII (Atlanta)

Catriona Casey outscored her WR48 opponents 361-95 in three events and 12 matches during the 2016-2017 WR48 season (4:1). This is the second season in which Casey held a 4:1 scoring ratio or better against the field

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

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)

R48 #1 Killian Carroll (1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st) and R48 #2 David Fink (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd, 5th) have finished in the top five of the last five R48 Men’s Pro events

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 was 2-4 in main draw tiebreakers in the R48 6 (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias). Danos is 1-0 thus far in the R48 VII (def Fink in Atlanta)

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll became the second player to reach five straight R48 finals (Brady)

Following the NYAC ’17, the R48 Men’s Pro Rankings featured the first three-way tie for the #1 spot in R48 history (Fink, Carroll, Moreno)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 4-0 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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 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)

The R48 6 has featured seven different finalists in seven stops (Ortiz, McCarthy, Fink, Moreno, Carroll, Brady, L. Cordova) and five different champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

David Fink is believed to be the oldest athlete to ever take over the #1 ranking in any professional sport for the first time at 39 years old or older

The R48 NYAC ’17 was the first time two players with the first name Luis appeared in the semifinals in the same event (Moreno, Cordova)

In seven stops on the 2015-2016 R48 5, there were four different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (Brady, Lenning, Ortiz, Carroll). In seven stops on the 2016-2017 R48 6, there have been five different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Cordova was 4-2 in tiebreakers on the R48 6 (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning, McCarthy/losses: Chavez, Carroll), Daniel Cordova was 2-4 in tiebreakers (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#19 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#5 overall)

United States: David Fink (#2 overall)

From the 2015-2016 R48 5 season to the 2016-2017 R48 6 season, one player dropped out of the Elite 8 (Brady) and one player entered the Elite 8 (L. Cordova)

Biggest ranking jumps from the end of the R48 5 to the end of the R48 6:

Killian Carroll: #4 to #1

David Fink: #8 to #2

Luis Cordova: #9 to #5

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV) (DV also said that they were “C” Players, but his choice of wording don’t fly here)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 42 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2017, 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.

 

1.     In 42 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

 

2.     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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There have been no new finalists thus far in the R48 VII

 

3.     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

 

4.     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

 

5.     Catriona Casey leads the WR48 with 12 titles in 13 starts. The only other player with a WR48 title is Aisling Reilly (1)

 

6.     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). Ortiz picked up another win in their first encounter in 2017 Atlanta, defeating Ortiz 17-15, 15-4 to even their head-to-head at 3-3

 

7.     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)

 

8.     Of the 31 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

·      United States: 21

·      Ireland: 5

·      Mexico: 3

·      Canada: 2

 

9.     Of the 21 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented

·      California (6): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado

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

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

·      Texas (3): Bernhard, Pallares, D. Cordova

·      Minnesota (2): Nett, Stoffel

·      Oregon (2): Beall

·      Washington (1): Lenning

·      Iowa (1): Pesch

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

 

10. 24 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest

·      Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (19)

·      Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (43)

 

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

 

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

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

 

14. Sean Lenning played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

 

15. Most R48 events started: Lenning (41), Luis Moreno (39), David Fink (40), and Emmett Peixoto (38)

 

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

 

17. Catriona Casey is the only WR48 pro to have started every WR48 event (13)

 

18. 18 of the last 20 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

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

 

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

 

21. The Cordova brothers have each appeared in five combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, Daniel: Salt Lake City ’15, Daniel: Atlanta ’17))

 

22. 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)

 

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

 

24. Counting only Round of 16 and Playoff matches, Shorty Ruiz owns the worst record in R48 history (0-23). Tommy Little retired from the R48 with no wins (0-9)

 

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

 

26. In 42 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

·      Brady: 14

·      Moreno: 10

·      Lenning: 5

·      McCarthy: 3

·      Shanks: 2

·      Al. Garner: 1

·      Ortiz: 2

·      Carroll: 5

 

 

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

·      Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%

·      Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 8 R48 events he has entered: 38%

·      Luis Moreno has won 10 of 39 R48 events he has entered: 26%

·      Sean Lenning has won 5 of 41 R48 events he has entered: 12%

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

·      Killian Carroll has won 5 of 13 R48 events he has entered: 38%

 

28. In 42 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,179 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

29. In 16 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

·      Chavez: 9 (9-1 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)

 

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

 

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

 

32. Of the 1,179 combined players that have entered the 42 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 575 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

 

33. In the 32 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 685 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

 

34. In the 32 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, six qualifiers out of 685 advanced to a final (0.9%), with one of the six winning the title:

1.     Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

2.     Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

3.     McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014

4.     Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

5.     Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

6.     Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

 

35. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

·      Brady: 14-0

·      Moreno: 10-6

·      Lenning: 5-8

·      Shanks: 2-4

·      McCarthy: 3-1

·      Al. Garner: 1-2

·      Ortiz: 2-6

·      Alvarado: 0-5

·      Peixoto: 0-2

·      Fink: 0-3

·      Carroll: 5-2

·      Nett 0-1

·      Nash: 0-1

·      L. Cordova: 0-1

 

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

 

37. Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

 

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

 

39. Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 10 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

 

40. David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

 

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

 

42. 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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

 

43. The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (42 events) are Luis Moreno and David Fink

 

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

 

45. In 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

 

46. The WR48 has held 13 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

·      Casey: 12-1

·      Reilly 1-6

·      Gawley: 0-1

·      Ni Churraoin: 0-1

·      McMahon: 0-3

 

47. There are currently 12 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 12, seven are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, O’Connor, Rushe), four are from the U.S. (Davis, Ulbert, Moler, Koehler, and one from Canada (Gawley)

 

48. In 13 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 40-1 match record (98%)

 

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

 

50. 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

 

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

 

52. 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)

53. Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

54. Of the 84 R48 finalists in 42 R48 events, six have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)

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

56. Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (19), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Abraham Montijo (15)

57. 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 Salt Lake City 2016 (Ortiz 11-14, 16-14, 15-2)

·      Ortiz vs. Peixoto Atlanta 2017 (Ortiz 7-15, 17-15, 15-1)

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

59. 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.)

·      125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 qualified)

·      42 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 7 season (8 qualified)

60. 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.)

61. In the 12 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 79 out of 83 games played (95%)

62. Catriona Casey has won 45 of 46 matches she has played in the WR48 (98%)

63. 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

64. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 7-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 12 WR48 titles to one for Reilly

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

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

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

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

69. Luis Moreno has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (94), followed by Sean Lenning (82) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches

70. 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 #7)

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

72. David Fink has lost the most tiebreakers in R48 history (11)

73. 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)

74. 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)

75. 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

76. 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

77. David Fink and Luis Cordova were the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

78. 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)

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

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

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

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

83. 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)

84. 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)

85. 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

86. Paul Brady has lost just twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (14-2)

87. 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)

88. 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)

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

 

90. Dr. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (#8, May 2017). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#5, January 2015)

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

92. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink

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

94. 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)

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

96. Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6)

97. The four R48 pros to have played in at least 35 R48 events have all appeared in at least two finals (Moreno, Lenning, Fink, Peixoto)

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

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

100.                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)

101.                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)

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

103.                Paul Brady and Killian Carroll are the only R48 men’s pro to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

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

Carroll: Atlanta

104.                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)

105.                Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#19 in November of 2017)

106.                The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 14: Michael Gaulton

107.                Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady has played the fewest number of events (1)

108.                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

109.                The average age of the current R48 Elite 8 is 29.1

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

111.                Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1

112.                Ryan Pesch was the first player in R48 history to receive a doughnut to kickoff a R48 season (first match, Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1)

113.                Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)

114.                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)

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


DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 6

The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 has produced two new finalists, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, six 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

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Salt Lake City ’17)

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%)

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll)

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)

Killian Carroll (1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st), David Fink (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd) and Luis Moreno (3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 6th) have finished in the top six of the last four R48 Men’s Pro events

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 was 2-4 in main draw tiebreakers in the R48 6 (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll became the second player to reach four straight R48 finals (Brady)

Following the NYAC ’17. the R48 Men’s Pro Rankings featured the first three-way tie for the #1 spot in R48 history (Fink, Carroll, Moreno)

Killian Carroll owns the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%)

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

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 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)

The R48 6 has featured seven different finalists in seven stops (Ortiz, McCarthy, Fink, Moreno, Carroll, Brady, L. Cordova) and five different champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

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 in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, 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 26 ranking points

David Fink is believed to be the oldest athlete to ever take over the #1 ranking in any professional sport for the first time at 39 years old or older

The R48 NYAC ’17 was the first time two players with the first name Luis appeared in the semifinals in the same event (Moreno, Cordova)

In seven stops on the 2015-2016 R48 5, there were four different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (Brady, Lenning, Ortiz, Carroll). In seven stops on the 2016-2017 R48 6, there have been five different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Cordova was 4-2 in tiebreakers on the R48 6 (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning, McCarthy/losses: Chavez, Carroll), Daniel Cordova was 2-4 in tiebreakers (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#18 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#5 overall)

United States: David Fink (#2 overall)

From the 2015-2016 R48 5 season to the 2016-2017 R48 6 season, one player dropped out of the Elite 8 (Brady) and one player entered the Elite 8 (L. Cordova)

Biggest ranking jumps from the end of the R48 5 to the end of the R48 6:

Killian Carroll: #4 to #1

David Fink: #8 to #2

Luis Cordova: #9 to #5

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 41 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011 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 41 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 14 different finalists. Of the 14 different finalists, eight have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova

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 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova)

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 12 titles in 13 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 33 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

·      United States: 22

·      Ireland: 7

·      Mexico: 2

·      Canada: 2

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

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

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

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

·      Texas (3): Bernhard, Pallares, D. Cordova

·      Minnesota (2): Nett, Stoffel

·      Oregon (2): Beall

·      Washington (1): Lenning

·      Iowa (1): Pesch

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

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

·      Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (19)

·      Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (43)

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  played in the most consecutive R48 events to start a R48 career before missing New Orleans ’17 (37)

Most R48 events started: Lenning (40), Luis Moreno (39), David Fink (39), and Emmett Peixoto (37)

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 (13)

18 of the last 19 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 four combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17/Salt Lake City ‘17, 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 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 (0-21). 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 41 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

·      Brady: 14

·      Moreno: 10

·      Lenning: 5

·      McCarthy: 3

·      Shanks: 2

·      Al. Garner: 1

·      Ortiz: 2

·      Carroll: 4

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

·      Paul Brady has won 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%

·      Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 8 R48 events he has entered: 38%

·      Luis Moreno has won 10 of 39 R48 events he has entered: 26%

·      Sean Lenning has won 5 of 40 R48 events he has entered: 13%

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

·      Killian Carroll has won 4 of 12 R48 events he has entered: 33%

In 41 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,150 players have entered, included the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

In 16 SR48 events held since 2012, five players have won a SR48 title

·      Chavez: 9 (9-1 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), Tom Sheridan (1), and Chris Watkins (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 1,150 combined players that have entered the 40 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 566 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 31 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 663 qualifiers entered: *The six R48 Simple Green U.S. Opens and Plummer ’17 were open tournaments, the first three WPH Player’s Championships included only the top eight

In the 31 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, six qualifiers out of 663 advanced to a final (0.9%), with one of the six winning the title:

1.     Ortiz: R48 III Plummer 2013

2.     Nash: R48 III Houston 2014

3.     McCarthy: R48 III NYAC 2014

4.     Nett: NYAC R48 IV 2015

5.     Carroll: New Orleans R48 V 2016

6.     Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

·      Brady: 14-0

·      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: 4-2

·      Nett 0-1

·      Nash: 0-1

·      L. Cordova: 0-1

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

Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

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

Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

Killian Carroll (2017: 3 months-current)

David Fink (2017: one month)

David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (3), Andy Nett (1), and Luis Cordova (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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (41 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 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

The WR48 has held 13 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

·      Casey: 12-1

·      Reilly 1-6

·      Gawley: 0-1

·      Ni Churraoin: 0-1

·      McMahon: 0-3

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

In 13 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 40-1 match record (98%)

Emmett and Courtney Peixoto de Melo and Robbie and Aoife McCarthy are the only brothers/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)

Diarmaid Nash is the only R48 pro to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16

Of the 82 R48 finalists in 41 R48 events, six have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)

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

Jonathan Iglesias has qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (18), followed by Luis Cordova (17), Anthony Selestow/Abraham Montijo (14)

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.)

·      125 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season (40 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 12 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 79 out of 83 games played (95%)

Catriona Casey has won 45 of 46 matches she has played in the WR48 (98%)

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 12 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 (94), followed by Sean Lenning (80) *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 #7)

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

David Fink and Luis Cordova are the only players to lose in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

Fink: Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

Cordova: Simple Green U.S. Open/Plummer/New Orleans r16, Houston r8, Minnesota/NYAC semis, Salt Lake City final

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) has a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova)

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 (14-2)

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

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

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)

Pete Svennungsen has entered and back out of the most qualifiers in R48 history (6)

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 is the only R48 men’s pro to have started in a Race 4 Eight destination and never lost a match

Brady: Simple Green U.S. Open (4 titles), NYAC (4 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (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 14: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady 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)

Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)

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 & Trends Through New York ‘17

The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 has produced a new finalist, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, five 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

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll)

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, 5th) and Luis Moreno (1st, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd) have finished in the top five of the last four R48 Men’s Pro events (Plummer, New Orleans, Houston, NYAC)

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 2-4 in main draw tiebreakers in the R48 6 (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

The current R48 Men’s Pro Rankings features the first three-way tie for the #1 spot in R48 history (Fink, Carroll, Moreno)

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

Killian Carroll owns the best winning percentage on the R48 6 with more than eight matches played (15-2: 88%)

Paul Brady is the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

Killian Carroll, David Fink, and Luis Moreno own the most match wins on the R48 6 (15)

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)

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

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 16 ranking points

David Fink is believed to be the oldest athlete to ever take over the #1 ranking in any professional sport for the first time at 39 years old or older

The R48 NYAC ’17 was the first time two players with the first name Luis appeared in the semifinals in the same event (Moreno, Cordova)

In seven stops on the 2015-2016 R48 5, there were four different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (Brady, Lenning, Ortiz, Carroll). In six stops thus far on the 2016-2017 R48 6, there have been five different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 40 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 40 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 12 R48 events have been won by six different players, which is the most different winners in any 12-tournament stretch since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011

·      Ortiz: Houston, Minnesota

·      Brady: NYAC ’16, NYAC ‘17

·      Brady: Salt Lake City

·      Carroll: Portland, New Orleans, Houston

·      McCarthy: Simple Green U.S. Open

·      Moreno: Plummer

Through six Race 4 Eight 6 events, Luis Cordova is 4-1 in tiebreakers (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning, McCarthy/losses: Chavez), Daniel Cordova is 2-4 in tiebreakers (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias).

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 11 titles in 12 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 32 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented

United States: 20

Ireland: 7

Mexico: 3

Canada: 2

Of the 20 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented

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

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

New York (1): O’Donnell, Schneider

Colorado (1): Iglesias

Texas (2): Bernhard, Pallares

Minnesota (3): Nett, Pesch, Stoffel

Oregon (2): Beall

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

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

Youngest ranked R48 pro: Tyler Stoffel (19)

Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (43)

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

Most R48 events started: Lenning (39), Luis Moreno (38), David Fink (38), and Emmett Peixoto (37)

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 (12)

17 of the last 18 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 three combined R48 semifinals (Luis: Minnesota ’16/NYAC ‘17, 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 40 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, eight different players have won a Race title

·      Brady: 14

·      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 14 of 18 R48 events he has entered: 78%

·      Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 7 R48 events he has entered: 43%

·      Luis Moreno has won 10 of 38 R48 events he has entered: 26%

·      Sean Lenning has won 5 of 39 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 11 R48 events he has entered: 27%

In 40 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,113 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 1,113 combined players that have entered the 40 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 550 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 30 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 634 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 30 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, six qualifiers out of 634 advanced to a final (0.95%), with one of the six 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

·      Brady (win): NYAC 6 2017

R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:

·      Brady: 14-0

·      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: 3-2

·      Nett 0-1

·      Nash: 0-1

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

Paul Brady has won the most R48 events (14)

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

Race 4 Eight #1 Pros: History

·      David Chapman (2011: 2 months)

·      Sean Lenning (2012: one month)

·      Luis Moreno (2012-2014, 2017-current: 2 years, 3 months)

·      Charly Shanks (2013: 8 months)

·      Paul Brady: (2014-2016: 2 years, 0 months)

·      Mando Ortiz (2016-2017: five months

·      Killian Carroll (2017: 2 months-current)

·      David Fink (2017: one month-current)

David Fink is the only player to be ranked #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 on the Race 4 Eight Tour

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 (37) Paul Brady at the R48 6 NYAC

The only players to have been ranked inside the Men’s Pro R48 Elite 8 since the inception of the R48 tour in 2011 (40 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 18 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 60-3 (95%)

The WR48 has held 12 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

·      Casey: 11-1

·      Reilly 1-6

·      Gawley: 0-1

·      Ni Churraoin: 0-1

·      McMahon: 0-2

There are currently 10 women ranked on the WR48 tour. Of the 10, six are from Ireland (Casey, Reilly, McMahon, Ni Churraoin, McCarthy, O’Connor), and four are from the U.S. (Davis, Ulbert, Moler, Koehler)

In 12 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 34-1 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)

Diarmaid Nash is the only player to have ever started a R48 event and not lost in the round of 16Of the 80 R48 finalists in 40 R48 events, six have been qualifiers, one qualifier won a title (Brady)

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

Luis Cordova Jr. and Jonathan Iglesias have qualified the most times of any player on the R48 tour (17), 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.)

·      96 players attempted to qualify during the R48 6 season thus far (32 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 73 out of 77 games played (95%)

Catriona Casey has won 39 of 40 matches she has played in the WR48 (98%)

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 (93). Sean Lenning has the second-most match wins in R48 history (78) *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 #7)

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

David Fink is the only player to have lost in every main draw round during the R48 6 season

·      Simple Green U.S. Open (r16 D. Cordova), Minnesota/Plummer, New Orleans (final: Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll), Houston (sf: Moreno)

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 (14-2)

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

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

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 (qualifier) and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard (round of 16) 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 (4 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 13: Michael Gaulton

Of the R48 pros currently ranked in the top 15, 14-time R48 champion Paul Brady 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