DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the 2019 Race 4 Eight Memorial

Posted on Nov 15 2019 - 9:01am by DV

DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the 2019 Race 4 Eight Memorial

 

The 2019/20 Race 4 Eight IX hosted its third event of the Race 4 Eight IX season at the 2019 Tucson Memorial, the R48’s third event of the season and the WR48’s and SR48’s first event of the 2019/20 Race 4 Eight season.

 

The 2019 Tucson Memorial featured the 60th Race 4 Eight event in the nine-year history of the tour, with the first Race 4 Eight stop held in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

 

2019/20 R48 IX Fun Facts

 

  • Vic Perez lost in the round of 16 for the first time in 24 months at the ’19 R48 Memorial to eventual champion Martin Mulkerrins
  • After advancing to the final of her first 7 WR48 starts, Aisling Reilly has lost in the semifinals of her last 2 WR48 starts (San Francisco ’19, Memorial ’19 – both semifinal losses to Ni Churraoin)
  • R48 Elite 8 average finishes on the R48 IX season

R48 #1 Carroll: 3 (3rd in Atlanta, 3rd in Tucson). R48 IX record: 4-2

R48 #2 Danos: 6 (1st in Atlanta, 11th in Tucson). R48 IX record: 5-2

R48 #3 Lenning: 3.7 (7th in Atlanta, 2nd in Portland, 2nd in Tucson), R48 IX record: 7-3

R48 #4 Lucho: 3 (2nd in Atlanta, 1st in Portland, 6th in Tucson). R48 IX record: 9-3

R48 #5 Fink: 5 (7th in Atlanta, 3rd in Portland, 5th in Tucson). R48 IX record: 6-4

R48 #6 Perez: 6 (5th in Atlanta, 3rd in Portland, 10th in Tucson). R48 IX record: 7-4

R48 #7 Mulkerrins: 5 (9th in Atlanta, 1st in Tucson), R48 IX record: 7-1

R48 #7 Chavez: 8 (3rd in Atlanta, 13th in Tucson). R48 IX record: 2-3

  • Emmett Peixoto bounced back from consecutive 13th place finishes to end his R48 8 season with a 6th place finish at the R48 IX Atlanta
  • Sean Lenning advanced to his 21st R48 final at the ’19 Memorial, tying Catriona Casey with 21 Race 4 Eight finals. Lenning has 7 R48 titles, Casey has 19
  • 5 ranking points separates #5 and #10 on the R48 tour – this is the smallest rankings point gap between #5 and #10 in the history of the R48 Power Rankings
  • Lucho Cordova has the most wins thus far on the R48 IX tour (9)
  • After going 8-0 in the round of 16 at the R48 IX e4 Atlanta, the R48 Elite 8 slumped to 4-4 in the round of 16 at the R48 IX Memorial, the most losses for the Elite 8 in R48 round of 16 history
  • The WR48 #1 has advanced to the final of all 21 WR48 events, winning 19 (Casey)
  • The top five ranked players on the WR48 are from Ireland (first time in history)
  • Martin Mulkerrins became the first player in R48 history to lose three round of 16 matches in a row and win his next start at the ’19 Tucson Memorial
  • Leo Canales, Jr. advanced to his first R48 quarterfinal and first R48 semifinal at the ’19 Tucson Memorial – Leo defeated R48 #7 Marcos Chavez in the round of 16 and R48 #14 Niall O’Connor in the quarterfinals
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez played one another for the seventh consecutive SR48 final at the ’19 Memorial – The ’19 Memorial was the first of the seven finals that went to a tiebreaker
  • Catriona Casey and Ciana Ni Churraoin met for the third time in the last four WR48 finals at the ’19 Memorial – Casey is 3-0 in those three matchups
  • Before their seventh SR48 finals clash, David Fink and Marcos Chavez outscored their four combined opponents en route to the ’19 SR48 Memorial final by a combined score of 120-20
  • Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 for the first time since February of 2018 after losing in the round of 16 for the third time in his last four R48 starts at the ’19 Memorial – Mulkerrins knocked Peixoto out of the R48 Elite 8 with his first R48 title at the ’19 Memorial – The last time Peixoto dropped out of the Elite 8 was in 2018, “The Rock” bounced back with consecutive semifinal appearances (Houston ’18, NYAC ’18) to regain his Elite 8 status
  • Martin Mulkerrins became the second qualifier in R48 history to win the title at the ’19 Memorial (Brady)
  • David Fink finished 5th at the ’19 Tucson Memorial, setting the record for most 5th place finishes in R48 history (11)
  • Of the three 2019/20 R48 champions, Danos Cordova and Martin Mulkerrins are the only two to not lose a game en route to the title – Lucho Cordova dropped one game in his title run at the ’19 Portland Classic
  • Ciana Ni Churraoin has advanced to four WR48 finals but has yet to win a title (0-4)
  • Emmett Peixoto outscored his three ’19 Memorial 9th place opponents by a combined 75-28 (Cooney, Montijo, Perez) – Peixoto also ended a five-match losing streak against Perez in the ’19 Memorial 9th place final
  • Longest current R48 winning streaks: Mulkerrins: 4, Peixoto: 3, Fink: 2, Brady: 2
  • Longest current SR48 winning streak: Fink: 12 (4 events)
  • Longest current WR48 winning streak: Casey: 21 (7 events)
  • Lucho Cordova lost before the semifinals for the first time since the 2017/18 R48 7 at the ’19 Tucson Memorial (Mulkerrins)
  • Catriona has won the most Race 4 Eight events (19), Brady has the second most Race 4 Eight wins (15). Casey has lost just two matches in her WR48 career (Reilly, McMahon), Brady has lost just four matches in his R48 career (Ortiz twice, Carroll, Lenning)
  • Leo Canales, Jr. and Niall O’Connor became the second qualifiers to play in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Aa. Garner vs. Selestow ’13 Houston)
  • Danos Cordova swept his older brother Lucho in two games in the e4 Atlanta ’19 final, improving his R48 record to 4-5 against Lucho
  • Danos Cordova has never lost a game in a finals match he has won (Portland ’18, Tucson ’19, Atlanta ’19) and has outscored his three finals opponents (in his wins) by a combined 90-41
  • Marcos Chavez became the oldest R48 pro (45) by three years to reach a R48 semifinal in Atlanta ‘19
  • R48 #1 Killian Carroll lost in the semifinals in Atlanta ’19 for the second consecutive year. Carroll advanced to the final of all 7 seven R48 7 finals but has lost in the semifinals in four R48 starts since the start of the 2018/19 R48 8 season
  • Lucho Cordova defeated David Fink in a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals and Killian Carroll in two games in the semifinals in Atlanta ’19 in exactly the same scenario as Atlanta ’18 unfolded (both years in the upper bracket)
  • Martin Mulkerrins finished ninth in his third consecutive R48 start at the R48 IX e4 Atlanta ’19. Mulkerrins has outscored his nine ninth place opponents by a ratio of 2.8:1
  • Only one of the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches (7 matches) featured a tiebreaker in Atlanta ’19 (L. Cordova def Fink)
  • Vic Perez won fifth in Atlanta ’19, giving Vic the third most fifth place finishes in R48 history (7)
  • Daniel Cordova’s third R48 title at the R48 IX Atlanta places him tied for fifth all time (McCarthy) for most R48 Men’s Pro titles, behind Brady, Carroll, Moreno, and Lenning
  • David Fink is the only R48 pro to have played in every R48LTE (4)
  • With his win at the 2019 R48LTE Portland Classic, Lucho Cordova has now won the most R48LTE events (2)

 

 

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 60 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2019, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on WPH Patreon, race4eight.com or the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first eight+ years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

 

  1. In 60 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been 11 different champions and 17 different finalists. Of the 17 different finalists, 10 have been from the U.S., six from Ireland, and one from Mexico

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

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

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). The R48 8 featured one new finalist (Perez) and two new champions: Luis Cordova, Daniel Cordova. The R48 IX has featured one new finalist (Mulkerrins)

 

  1. Of the 30 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented (birth countries)
  • United States: 19
  • Ireland: 8
  • Mexico: 2
  • Canada: 1

 

  1. Race 4 Eight Player’s Cup Champions (ranked #1 at season’s end)

 

R48 Men’s Pro

2012: Luis Moreno

2013: Charly Shanks

2014: Luis Moreno

2015: Paul Brady

2016: Paul Brady

2017: Killian Carroll

2018: Killian Carroll

2019: Killian Carroll

 

WR48

2014: Catriona Casey

2015: Catriona Casey

2016: Catriona Casey

2017: Catriona Casey

2018: Catriona Casey

2019: Catriona Casey

 

SR48

2013: John Bike, Jr.

2014: Marcos Chavez

2015: Marcos Chavez

2016: Marcos Chavez

2017: Marcos Chavez

2018: David Fink

2019: David Fink

 

 

  1. Of the 19 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (9): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres, Cortez, McGrath, Hernandez
  • Arizona (3): Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (1): Iglesias
  • Texas (2): Bernhard, Canales, Jr.
  • Oregon (1): Aa. Garner
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Missouri (1): Langmack
  • Minnesota (1): Stoffel

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

 

  1. 25 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest
  • Youngest ranked R48 pro: Michael Gaulton (20)
  • Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (45)

 

  1. Most R48 events started: Fink (58), Lenning (57), Emmett Peixoto (53)
  2. Most R48 Men’s Pro 5th place playoff titles:
  • Fink: 11
  • Peixoto: 8
  • Perez: 7

 

  1. Danos Cordova has not dropped a game in the finals of his three R48 wins and outscored his three opponents by a combined score of 90-41 (Portland ’18, Tucson ’19, Atlanta ’19)
  2. The 60 events held on the Race 4 Eight tour since 2011 have been held in 15 different states

Idaho (3)

California (10)

Arizona (8)

Georgia (4)

Utah (8)

Washington (2)

Texas (6)

Alaska (1)

Colorado (2)

New York (6)

Louisiana (3)

Oregon (3)

Minnesota (1)

Montana (2)

Nevada (1)

 

  1. Salt Lake City (UT) is the only city to have hosted the Race 4 Eight during each season
  2. Most third place finishes on the WR48:
  • McMahon: 5
  • Davis/Gawley: 3

 

  1. California has hosted the most Race 4 Eight events of any state (10)

Fountain Valley (6)

Fresno (1)

LAAC (1)

San Francisco (2)

 

  1. 29 of the last 37 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

  1. In 60 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, 10 different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 15
  • Carroll: 13
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 7
  • Cordova: 3
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Cordova: 3
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Shanks: 2
  • Garner: 1
  • Mulkerrins: 1

 

  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 15 of 20 R48 events he has entered: 75%
  • Killian Carroll has won 13 of 28 R48 events he has entered: 46%
  • Robbie McCarthy has won 3 of 10 R48 events he has entered: 30%
  • Luis Moreno has won 10 of 42 R48 events he has entered: 24%
  • Sean Lenning has won 7 of 57 R48 events he has entered: 12%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%

 

  1. In 60 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,844 players have entered, including the invited pros, qualifiers, and U.S. Open (open draw)

 

  1. Allan “The Blonde Bombshell” Garner is the only R48 Champions to have only one R48 title. The other R48 champions have won between 2-15 titles

 

  1. Race 4 Eight Home Court Advantage (2011-present):

R48 Men’s Pro

Season 1 (2011-2012): 1 for 8 home court winners (Moreno: Tucson Racquet Club)

Season 2 (2012-2013): 1 for 7 home court winners (Lenning: Tucson Racquet Club)

Season 3 (2013-2014): 1 for 6 home court winners (Brady: NYAC)

Season 4 (2014-2015): 1 for 6 home court winners (Brady: NYAC)

Season 5 (2015-2016): 2 for 6 home court winners (Lenning: Tucson Racquet Club, Brady: NYAC)

Season 6 (2016-2017): 1 for 7 home court winners (Brady: NYAC)

Season 7 (2017-2018): 1 for 7 home court winners (Carroll: NYAC)

Season 8 (2018-2019): 3 of 9 home court winners (L. Cordova: Recreation Atlanta, Lenning: Tucson Racquet Club, Paul Brady: NYAC))

Season 9 (2019-2020): 1 for 3 home court winners (D. Cordova: Recreation ATL)

 

SR48 Pro

Season 1 (2012-2013): 0 for 3 home court winners

Season 2 (2013-2014): 1 for 3 home court winners (Meiring: Denver Athletic Club)

Season 3 (2014-2015): 0 for 4 home court winners

Season 4 (2015-2016): 0 for 3 home court winners

Season 5 (2016-2017): 0 for 3 home court winners

Season 6 (2017-2018): 0 for 3 home court winners

Season 7 (2018/2019): 1 for 3 home court winners (Fink: Tucson Racquet Club)

Season 8 (2019/2020): 1 for 1 home court winners (Fink: Tucson Racquet Club)

 

WR48 Pro

Season 1 (2013-2014): 1 for 3 home court winners (Casey: NYAC)

Season 2 (2014-2015): 1 for 4 home court winners (Casey: NYAC)

Season 3 (2015-2016): 1 for 3 home court winners (Casey: NYAC)

Season 3 (2016-2017): 1 for 3 home court winners (Casey: NYAC)

Season 5 (2017-2018): 1 for 4 home court winners (Casey: NYAC)

Season 6 (2018/2019): 0 for 3 home court winners

Season 7 (2019/2020): 0 for 1 home court winners

NBA regular season home court winning percentage: 60%

NBA playoff home court winning percentage: 65%

*NBA stats (through 2017) courtesy of fivethirtyeight.com HERE

 

  1. In 23 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 10 (10-7 in finals)
  • Fink: 6 (6-1 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. Of the 1,844 combined players that have entered the 60 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 809 earned prize money (44%)

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 45 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 999 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, and R48LTE events are open draws

 

  1. In the 45 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, eight qualifiers out of 999 advanced to a final (.8%), with two of the eight winning the title (Brady, ’17 NYAC, Mulkerrins ’19 Memorial). In comparison, five Monday qualifiers since 1980 have won on the PGA Tour (5 in 1,833 tournaments: 0.3%)
  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
  8. Mulkerrins (win): Tucson Memorial R48 IX 2019

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 15-0
  • Carroll: 13-4
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Lenning: 7-14
  • Cordova 3-2
  • Cordova: 3-2
  • McCarthy: 3-3
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • Mulkerrins: 1-0
  • Garner: 1-2
  • Alvarado: 0-5
  • Fink: 0-4
  • Peixoto: 0-2
  • Nett 0-1
  • Nash: 0-1
  • Perez: 0-1

  1. Sean Lenning has played in the most R48 finals (21)
  2. Paul Brady has never lost in a R48 final (15-0)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 21 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 19-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-4
  • McMahon: 1-4
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1
  • Davis: 0-1
  • Koehler 0-1
  • Tuohey: 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 11 women ranked on the WR48 tour

U.S (4): Davis, Moler, Peixoto de Melo, Daskalakis

Ireland (7): Casey, Ni Churraoin, Tully, McMahon, Reilly, McCarthy, McCann

 

  1. In 21 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 64-2 match record (97%)
  2. In the 19 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 121 out of 125 games played (97%)

 

  1. Naty Alvarado (5), Emmett Peixoto (2), Diarmaid Nash (1), David Fink (4), Andy Nett (1), and Vic Perez (1) are the only players to have advanced to a R48 final and not won a title

 

  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, semifinal Tucson R48LTE USHA/WPH Hall of Fame, final, Atlanta ‘19 (Luis leads 5-4)
  2. Of the 120 R48 finalists in 60 R48 events, eight have been qualifiers, two qualifiers have won a title (Brady, Mulkerrins)
  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)
  • 200 players attempted to qualify during the R48 8 season (48 qualified)
  • 102 players have attempted to qualify (thus far) during the R48 9 season (17 qualified)
  1. Sean Lenning has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (122) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  2. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 21: Michael Gaulton
  3. There were seven first-time qualifiers on the R48 8: Sam Esser: finished t13, Leo Canales, Sr.: finished t13, Drft Fernandez: finished t11, Coleman McGrath: finished t11, Sean Kerr: finished t13, Niall O’Connor: finished t13, Fergal Coughlan, Jr.: finished t11
  4. Of the 48 qualifiers on the 2018/19 R48 8 season, six advanced to the quarterfinals
  5. Highest ranked R48 Men’s pros by country:
  • Canada: Michael Gaulton (#29 overall)
  • Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)
  • Mexico: Daniel Cordova (#2 overall)
  • United States: Sean Lenning (#3 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 leads the WR48 with 19 titles in 21 starts. The only other players with a WR48 title are Aisling Reilly (1) and Martina McMahon (1)

 

  1. Catriona Casey is the only player in Race 4 Eight history to have started a Race 4 Eight event and never lost before the finals. Catriona Casey has appeared in every WR48 final ever held (19-2 in 20 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: 13 (2017-2019) *Ruiz’s streak was broken by Niall O’Connor at the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship
  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
  5. 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) *Moreno missed the entry deadline and was forced to qualify in Montana

 

  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 at the time) 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 (20)

 

  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 (Portland ’16)

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in eight combined R48 finals
  2. 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 main draw/playoff 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. Ruiz added his second main draw win at San Francisco ’19, overcoming match point to defeat Emmett Peixoto. Ruiz defeated Peixoto again in the round of 16 at the ’19 Memorial

 

  1. John Bike, Jr. was the oldest qualifier in R48 history at the 2013 R48 II Houston (47 years, 11 months). Leo Canales Sr. broke Bike’s record by qualifying at 52 years, 10 months for the Tucson Memorial ‘18

 

  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 (15)

 

  1. Sean Lenning has the most losses in a R48 final (14)

 

  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: 2 years, 5 months-as of the start of the R48 IX season)

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. 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 (39) Paul Brady at the R48 8 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 (60 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 20 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 67-4 (94%)

 

  1. January ’19 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. Team WPH Juarez Head Coach Richie “Drft” Fernandez was named the 2017 JR WPH Coach of the Year. Drft adding R48 pro to his glittering resume by defeating Marcos Chavez and qualifying at the 2018 Tucson Memorial (finished t11)

 

  1. Team WPH UWF (West Florida) Head Coach Mike Morgan was named the 2017 JR WPH College Coach of the Year

 

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

 

  1. Allan Garner/Aaron Garner, Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova, and Peter Funchion/Paddy Funchion (Bash Brothers) are the only brothers to have held R48 rankings

 

  1. Martina McMahon became the first left-handed player to win a R48 or WR48 stop at the 2017 Tucson Memorial

 

  1. David Fink (0-4) 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 (28), followed by Abraham Montijo (25)
  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 2013 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 Houston (Munson 3-15, 17-15, 15-13)
  • Ortiz vs. Pet. Funchion NYAC 2018 (Ortiz 6-15, 16-14, 15-9)
  • Perez vs. Chavez NYAC 2018 (Perez 15-10, 11-15, 17-15)
  • Perez vs. Chavez 2019 New Orleans R48LTE (13-15, 17-15, 15-11)
  • Canales Jr. vs. Ortiz 2019 Tucson R48LTE Hall of Fame (16-14, 12-15, 16-14)
  • Ruiz vs. Peixoto 2019 San Francisco (7-15, 15-6, 16-14)
  • Iglesias vs. Peixoto 2019 Salt Lake City (5-15, 16-14, 15-2)
  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. Two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly (2012, 2015) is 1-6 in WR48 finals, with her lone victory coming in the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open
  3. Catriona Casey leads Aisling Reilly 6-1 head-to-head in WR48 play with 18 WR48 titles for Casey to one for Reilly
  4. Max Langmack (6’9) became the tallest pro in R48 and pro handball history when he qualified at the 2018 R48 7 Houston (finished 10th)
  5. The largest height disparity in a R48 match is 16 inches (Langmack vs. Ortiz Montana ‘19)
  6. Max Langmack and Pete Svennungsen combined to create the tallest match in R48 qualifier history (155 inches)
  7. Tyler Hamel is the only player to have played in a R48 qualifier and never lost one point (Houston ’14)
  8. 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
  9. Mando Ortiz reached a career-high R48 ranking of #1 following the 2016/17 R48 6 Minnesota (2016)
  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)
  11. 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 and Tucson Memorial ‘18)
  12. Of the current R48 Men’s Elite 8, seven players wear unpadded gloves, one player wears padded gloves, two players wear liners, six players wear open-lensed eye protection, two players wear lensed eye protection
  13. 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
  14. Two members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the 2011 Plummer Bash are in the current Elite 8 (Lenning, Fink)
  15. One member of the original Elite 8 (2011) has a wife and family (Alvarado), three members of the current Elite 8 have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, Chavez)
  16. Paul Brady held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s tour: 20 matches and five tournaments (2014-2015)
  17. Catriona Casey held the longest winning streak on the WR48 tour: 24 matches (2013-2015)
  18. Marcos Chavez held the longest winning streak on the SR48 tour: 12 matches (2015-2016)
  19. 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)
  20. 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)
  21. Paul Brady has lost twice in the semifinals in a R48 event (15-2)
  22. 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)
  23. 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)
  24. Ashley Moler is the highest ranked R48 or WR48 doctor in history (currently #10, highest #3). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#4, current)
  25. Of the 11 R48 champions, six have been ranked #1 on the Race 4 Eight: Moreno, Lenning, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll
  26. 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)
  27. Eight players have been ranked #1 on the R48 Men’s Pro Power Rankings: Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink
  28. Only Catriona Casey has been ranked #1 on the WR48 Power Rankings
  29. Marcos Chavez defeated Emmett Peixoto in the most lopsided playoff match of the 2017/18 season at the R48 7 Las Vegas (25-2). Peixoto also lost the most lopsided playoff match of the 2018/19 R48 season (25-1 against Fergal Coughlan, Jr.). You wonder why The Rock dislikes the Fun Facts more than any other player?
  30. 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)
  31. Daniel Cordova finished 5th more than any player on the 2017/18 R48 7 (3: Tucson ‘17, Las Vegas ’18, Houston ‘18)
  32. 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
  33. 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). The oldest combined age of an Open Era ATP Grand Slam tennis match was 82 years (Pancho Gonzalez vs. Torben Ulrich, 1969 U.S. Open)
  34. Killian Carroll was the only player to advance to the semifinals or better in every R48 7 and R48 8 event
  35. Killian Carroll won the most points on the 2017/18 R48 7 (876) and owned the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  36. 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)
  37. Marcos Chavez (45) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top four (Atlanta ’19)
  38. 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)
  39. 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)
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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. Lenning won his seventh R48 title at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  43. 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 (after leading 9-0)
  44. Catriona Casey won her fifth consecutive WR48 Player’s Championship at the ’18 Aces Player’s Championship
  45. 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
  46. 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)
  47. Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit (of course) 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
  48. 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 season
  49. Shorty Ruiz was the only player to have qualified for every event during a Race season (in the 2017/18 R48 7 season)
  50. Marcos Chavez, David Fink, and Leo Canales, Sr. are the only players currently ranked on two Race 4 Eight tours (R48 & SR48)
  51. 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)
  52. Only two players appeared in the three 2017-2018 SR48 finals: Fink (2 wins, 3 finals), Chavez (1 win, 3 finals)
  53. 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)
  54. Martina McMahon was the only undefeated player on the 2017-2018 R48, SR48, or WR48 (4-0, one title)
  55. Martina McMahon (Tucson) and Danielle Daskalakis (NYAC) were the only WR48 pros to have played in just one 2017/18 WR48 event
  56. Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23
  57. There were 56 qualifiers on the R48 7, only Robbie McCarthy advanced to a 2017/18 R48 7 final from the qualifier
  58. 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)
  59. 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%)
  60. Three qualifiers advanced to the round of 8 in Houston ‘18 (Peixoto, Ruiz, Munson)
  61. Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson ‘17 for the first time since November of 2012.
  62. Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history at the ’18 Red Death Montana (19-17)
  63. There is currently one left-handed ranked WR48 pro (McMahon), while three of the 33 ranked R48 pros are left-handed (Fink, O’Connor, Coughlan, Jr.)
  64. 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)
  65. Ryan Pesch/Pete Svennungsen and Ryan Pesch/Adam Bernhard are the only attorneys to have played one another in R48 play (Plummer ’17)
  66. Pete Svennungsen has entered and backed out of the most qualifiers after the deadline (and the draw was made) in R48 history (9). Iglesias sits at number two on that list (7)
  67. 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)
  68. John Bike Jr. and David Chapman are the only current USHA Hall of Fame members to have played on the Men’s R48
  69. Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17. Cordova played three consecutive R48 #1’s in SLC ’17 (Carroll)
  70. Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in the 2017/18 WR48 Las Vegas ‘18, nearly breaking her personal tournament record (and Race 4 Eight record) of 90-7 in San Francisco ’15. Casey tied her record of 90-7 in winning the WR48 NYAC ‘18
  71. 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
  72. 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)
  73. 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)
  74. Mando Ortiz became the first R48 #1 to lose in the round of 16 in a Race stop at the 2017 Houston R48 6
  75. Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury
  76. David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)
  77. 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
  78. Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the 2016/17 R48 6 tour (4-0)
  79. 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)
  80. Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history from the time of the first ball struck (four minutes from the time of the first serve hit) at the 2016/17 R48 6 New Orleans ‘17
  81. Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the 2016/17 R48 6 Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14, Carroll: 11).
  82. 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)
  83. Luis Moreno and Luis Cordova are the only R48 pros to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  84. 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)—both with stress-induced back pain. *Paul Brady retired midway through game one in the round of 16 of the 2015 Player’s Championship with a leg injury
  85. 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)
  86. Pete Svennungsen has the most mentions on the Fun Facts of any player to have never held a ranking
  87. Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and one has a Master’s degree
  88. 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 (5 titles), Denver (1 title), Tucson (1 title), Seattle (1 title), San Francisco (1 title)

Carroll: Atlanta, Montana, San Francisco

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). Pete “Svenny” Svennungsen, esq. has come close to qualifying (add that to Svenny’s Fun Facts mentions)
  2. Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#26 in 2018). Michael Gaulton now carries the Maple Leaf (#29)
  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. Anthony Sullivan defeated Michael Gaulton 27-25 in the first Junior WPH R48 Showdown (Salt Lake City, 2016)
  5. Aimee Tuohey became the second WR48 pro (Casey) to compete in a R48 qualifier at the Atlanta R48 7 Stop #1
  6. 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)
  7. Abraham Montijo and Sergio Sotelo won the inaugural JR WPH Salt Lake City Pro/Junior Doubles (2017)
  8. The five tallest players ever ranked on the R48 tour are Max Langmack (6’9), Andy Nett (6’3), Charly Shanks (6’3), Adam Bernhard (6’3), Sean Lenning (6’2), Loren Collado (6’2)
  9. 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.”

 

  1. To see the full List of Race 4 Eight Champions and Finalists (2011-present), go here
  2. To view the Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios, go here

2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Fun Facts

 

  • The Invited 8 were a combined 42-6 (88%) against the qualifiers in the round of 16 through three events on the R48 8 Men’s Pro
  • Head to head records of the 2018/19 R48 “Fab 4”

Killian led Lenning 2-1

Killian led Lucho 3-1

Killian led Danos 2-1

Lenning led Lucho 2-0

Danos led Lenning 3-1

Lucho tied with Danos 1-1

  • Country vs. Country head to head records on the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro

Ireland led the U.S. 27-17

Mexico led the U.S. 37-12

Ireland tied with Mexico 9-9

  • Ireland vs. U.S on the 2018/19 WR48

Ireland led 16-2

  • 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Club Rankings

R48 Men’s Pro

  1. San Angel (Juarez) 88
  2. Tucson Racquet Club 77
  3. NYAC 73.5
  4. LAAC 45.1
  5. Olympic Club (San Francisco) 18
  6. Burnett Courts (Springfield, MO) 2.6

WR48

  1. NYAC 43

Overall 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Club Rankings: Combining R48, WR48, SR48

  1. NYAC 116.5
  2. Tucson Racquet Club 112
  3. San Angel 93
  4. LAAC 69.1
  5. Mankato State 24
  6. Olympic Club 21
  7. Burnett Courts 2.6

*A team must have a minimum of two players to qualify for a R48, WR48, or SR48 team. The overall team record combined points of all R48, WR48, and SR48 players from a club

  • Aisling Reilly had advanced to the finals of her previous seven WR48 starts (2013-2016, 1-6 record in finals), with her six losses coming to Catriona Casey. Reilly’s finals streak ended after a nearly three-year hiatus from the WR48, as Reilly lost to Ni Churraoin in the San Francisco ’19 semifinals
  • Fergal Coughlan, Jr. (IRE) became the first unranked player to defeat three ranked R48 pros on the same day (Langmack, Cooney, Peixoto) on the same day at the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship
  • Catriona Casey (WR48), Aisling Reilly (WR48), Fiona Tully (WR48), and David Fink (SR48) are the only players to finish in the top three in all of their career starts on their respective tours
  • Catriona Casey (WR48) and David Fink (SR48) completed undefeated seasons, with neither #1 player dropping a game during the 2018/19 season
  • The only club with ranked players on the R48 Men’s Pro, WR48, and SR48 is the Tucson Racquet Club
  • The average age of the WR48 “Fab 4” (Casey, Ni Churraoin, Davis, Tully) is 27.25
  • The average height age of the WR48 “Fab 4” (Casey, Ni Churraoin, Davis, Tully) is 5’6”.25
  • Emmett Peixoto is the only member of the Elite 8 to have lost in the round of 16 three time this season (Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City)
  • San Francisco’s Olympic Club’s handball team went 0-5 in the qualifier and 0-1 in the main draw in the R48 8 San Francisco ’19, the worst record for any home club in the history of the Race 4 Eight
  • There were seven first-time qualifiers on the 2018/2019 R48 Men’s Pro (Fernandez, McGrath, Esser, Canales, Sr., Kerr, O’Connor, Coughlan, Jr). The seven first-time qualifiers were combined 0-7 in the R48 main draw, and counting playoffs, the seven were a combined 3-12
  • David Fink was only player on the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro to have lost in the round of 16, round of 8, semifinals, and finals
  • Daniel Cordova (Tucson ’19) was the only R48 8 champion to not drop a game en route to a title
  • Vic Perez was the only player on the 2018/19 R48 tour to complete the “Funchion Slam,” defeating both Peter and Patrick during the season
  • Killian Carroll and Sean Lenning were the only players on the 2018/19 R48 tour to defeat both Cordovas
  • 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. The Elite 8 were 42-6 against the qualifiers thus far during the 2018/19 R48 8 season (88%)
  • The nine events of the R48 8 season produced five different champions: Carroll (3), L. Cordova (2), Lenning (1), D. Cordova (2), Brady (1)
  • Killian Carroll (10) held the longest winning streak on the 2018/19 R48 8 tour: Carroll’s streak started with a win in Montana (4), followed by another win in San Francisco (4), before the Carroll streak ended in the semifinals of the 2019 NYAC R48LTE (McCarthy). Carroll now owns a 4 match winning streak going into the R48 IX season (Salt Lake City ’19 win)
  • There were two first-time R48 champions on the R48 8 season (Lucho, Danos)
  • Catriona Casey won her 18th WR48 title in 20 WR48 events and sixth consecutive WR48 Player’s Championship in Salt Lake City
  • Through the nine R48 8 Men’s Pro events, there were eight different semifinalists (L. Cordova, D. Cordova, Carroll, Lenning, Perez, Fink, McCarthy, Brady)…only the top six in the R48 rankings + Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy advanced to a R48 8 semifinal
  • The first two R48 8 events produced four different finalists: Atlanta: L. Cordova/D. Cordova, Tucson: Lenning/Carroll. The last time there were four different finalists in back to back events was New Orleans’16 (Brady/Carroll) and Houston ’16 (Lenning/Ortiz)
  • With his win in the 2019 SR48 Aces Player’s Championship, David Fink has now won five of his six career SR48 starts
  • Shorty Ruiz qualified for a record 13th straight R48 event at the R48 8 San Francisco ’19. Ruiz has qualified by the minimum margin three times in his 13-event streak, 25-23 twice and 15-13 in the tiebreaker once (McCrystal Tucson ’17, Streibig Vegas ’18, Beall 15-13 tiebreaker Portland ‘18), and by the maximum margin, 25-0, once (Svennungsen Salt Lake City ’18). Ruiz’s qualifier streak ended in Salt Lake City, as Ruiz lost to first-time qualifier Niall O’Connor (IRE)
  • Former R48 #1 Mando Ortiz has dropped from #3 at the start of the season to #9, partly due to skipping events and largely due to losing two tiebreakers by the minimum number of points (2) and the first game against Sean Lenning in Tucson ’18 by two points
  • Mexico had four wins on the R48 8 (Flying Cordovas), the U.S. had 1 win (Lenning), and Ireland had four wins (Carroll, Brady).
  • Club members won the first two R48 8 Men’s Pro events: L. Cordova (Recreation Atlanta), Lenning (Tucson Racquet Club)—from Joe Hagen
  • Since making three consecutive R48 finals in 2016/17, David Fink lost five consecutive semifinal matches before returning to the final for the first time in 23 months at the 2019 Tucson R48LTE Hall of Fame
  • After advancing to the finals of Atlanta ’17, the semifinals of Tucson ’17, and the finals of Montana ’18, Mando Ortiz has not finished better than fifth in the last 12 Race 4 Eight starts
  • With his victory at the Tucson Memorial ’18, Sean Lenning tied Killian Carroll for the R48 Men’s Pro #1 ranking, marking the first time since Salt Lake City ’17 that Carroll has not held the sole #1 ranking. Carroll reclaimed the #1 R48 ranking after Portland ‘18
  • 7 of the 8 players in the ATP Tennis top 8 are 30+; 4 players in the R48 Elite 8 are 30+. Roger Federer (37) is the oldest player in the ATP top 100, Marcos Chavez (45) is the oldest player on the R48 Elite 8
  • The average age of the R48 Elite 8 is 33; the average age of the ATP Tennis top 8 is 29.75. 25% of the current R48 8 are 41+ years old (Fink, Chavez)
  • The average age of the WR48 “Fab” 4 is 27.25, the average age of the WTA Tennis top 4 is 27.25
  • The average age of the “Fab 4” on the 40+ SR48 tour is 42.75; youngest: Price (40), oldest: Chavez (45)
  • Emmett Peixoto became the first player in R48 history to lose consecutive R48 round of 16 matches after holding match point (Ruiz, San Francisco ’19/Iglesias, Salt Lake City, ’19). The Rock is also the unhappiest player on any Race 4 Eight tour with the Fun Facts
  • Only one left-handed player (Fink) was ranked on the R48/WR48/SR48 tours entering the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship. The tours welcomed left-handed stars Niall O’Connor, Fergal Coughlan, Jr., Martina McMahon, and Victor Stevenson to the rankings after the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship, jumping from one ranked lefty to five
  • Vic Perez won the fifth place playoffs in consecutive events (Salt Lake City ’18, Atlanta ’18), boosting PVic’s ranking to a then career-high #7. Perez added another 5th place finish in Portland ’18 and a finals appearance in New Orleans, pushing PVic to a career-best #5 R48 ranking (currently #6)
  • Luis Cordova won three tiebreakers in four matches (Langmack, Fink, D. Cordova) en route to winning his first R48 title in Atlanta ’18 and came within four points of his second consecutive final at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, losing his first tiebreaker of the season to Sean Lenning, 15-11 in the Tucson ’18 semifinals
  • Ciana Ni Churraoin advanced to her second WR48 final (NYAC ’15) in her first WR48 start in 18 months following knee surgery at the Tucson Memorial ’18. CNC added her third finals appearance in four starts at the WR48 San Francisco ’19. *CNC lost all three finals to WR48 #1 Catriona Casey
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez have played in the last six SR48 finals, with Fink winning five and Chavez winning one
  • Tyler Hamel finished third in his first SR48 start in more than two years at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • George Garcia Jr. reached a career-high #3 SR48 ranking after finishing third at the 2018 Tucson Memorial. GGJ finished the 2018/19 SR48 season at #3
  • Jennifer Hinman (OR) and Leslie Amminson (CAN) earned WR48 rankings for the first time by finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • Ashley Moler finished fourth at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, boosting her WR48 ranking to a career-high #3. Moler now sits at #7 on the WR48
  • At 42 years old, Tracy Davis is the oldest player to be ranked in the top three (#3) on the R48 or WR48 tour
  • Leo Canales, Sr. (MEX) finished fourth in his first SR48 start since 2014, defeating George Garcia (#3) in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in the SR48 top 8 (#6)
  • Leo Canales Sr. is the only player to have appeared on ESPN3 and not won one point (15-0, 15-0 SR48 semifinal loss at the 2018 Tucson Memorial)
  • Of the 11 players currently ranked on the WR48, three are moms (Davis, Peixoto de Melo, Hinman). Davis is the highest ranked mom on the WR48 (#3)
  • Of the 34 ranked players on the R48, seven are dads. Lucho Cordova is the highest ranked dad (#4)

Inside the Numbers

  • Most points won in a tournament: Danos Cordova: Portland (156)
  • Killian Carroll held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s Pro: 10 consecutive match wins from Montana ’19 through NYAC ‘19
  • The only undefeated players on the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight tour were Catriona Casey (WR48, 9-0, three titles), and David Fink (SR48, 9-0, three titles)
  • Most wins this season: Danos Cordova (27)
  • In 15 Race 4 Eight events this season (combining R48, WR48, and SR48), there have been seven different winners (L. Cordova, Lenning, Fink, Casey, D. Cordova, Carroll, Brady)
  • Daniel Cordova and David Fink were the only players to have played in every 2018/19 R48 8 event (9)
  • Highest percentage of points won in a tournament: David Fink SR48 New Orleans (89%)
  • Lowest percentage of points won by any R48 Elite, WR48 Elite, or SR48 Elite: Emmett Peixoto (Salt Lake City: 34%)
  • Highest percent of points won in a tournament by a R48 Men’s Pro: Killian Carroll in Portland (71%) *Carroll finished second in this event
  • Most titles of any Elite Race 4 Eight star in history: Catriona Casey (18)
  • Oldest Race 4 Eight star: Leo Canales, Sr. (53)
  • Youngest Elite Race 4 Eight star: Ciana Ni Churraoin (22)
  • Most losses of any Elite Race 4 Eight star: Emmett Peixoto and Marcos Chavez (13)
  • Of the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Elite, Catriona Casey, Ciana Ni Churraoin, Sean Lenning, Lucho Cordova, David Fink, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez played overtime games this season
  • The three most winning players in Race 4 Eight history are Irish: Casey (18), Brady (15), Carroll (13)
  • Each member of the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro has scored between two and six points in single-game losses this season
  • Danos has won the most combined points on the 2018/19 season (1000)
  • Amongst the R48 Men’s Pro, Killian Carroll won the highest percent of points on the 2018/19 season (64%)
  • David Fink lost the most points on the 2018/19 season (707)
  • Among the R48 Men’s Pro, Emmett Peixoto had the lowest percentage of points won on the 2018/19 season (48%)

 

David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician