DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends

Posted on Apr 26 2019 - 9:01am by DV

Through the 2019 NYAC R48LTE

The 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 hosted its eighth event of the nine-event R48 8 season at the 2019 NYAC R48LTE, the R48 8’s six consecutive year in the Big Apple. The 2019 R48 NYAC featured the 56th Race 4 Eight event in the eight-year history of the tour since the first Race 4 Eight stop in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

The 2019 NYAC R48LTE featured the return of the indomitable Paul Brady, who was making his first R48 start in two years. Brady was sensational in the Big Apple, decimating a strong field en route to his fifth title at the NYAC and 15th R48 career title.

2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Fun Facts

Through eight events on the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight season, a number of interesting stats are starting to emerge. Check out the 2018/19 R48 8 Fun Facts below.

  • The Invited 8 are a combined 36-4 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 through three events on the R48 8 Men’s Pro. Emmett Peixoto is the only member of the Elite 8 to have lost in the round of 16 twice this season (Portland, San Francisco)
  • 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
  • The only club with ranked players on the R48 Men’s Pro, WR48, and SR48 is the Tucson Racquet Club
  • 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 have been five first-time qualifiers on the 2018/2019 R48 Men’s Pro (Fernandez, McGrath, Esser, Canales, Sr., Kerr). The five first-time qualifiers are a combined 0-5 in the R48 main draw, and counting playoffs, the five are a combined 2-10
  • David Fink is the 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) became the first R48 8 champion to not drop a game en route to a title. The other three R48 8 pro champions have been pushed to at least one tiebreaker in the event he won this season (Lucho: 3 tiebreakers in Atlanta, 1 tiebreaker in New Orleans, Lenning: 1 tiebreaker in Tucson, Danos: 1 tiebreaker in Portland, Carroll: 1 tiebreaker in Montana, Lucho: 1 tiebreaker in New Orleans)
  • 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 are 36-4 against the qualifiers thus far during the 2018/19 R48 8 season (90%)
  • The first eight events of the R48 8 season have produced five different champions: L. Cordova (2), Lenning (1), D. Cordova (2), Carroll (2), Brady (1)
  • Killian Carroll (10) has held the longest winning streaks on the 2018/19 R48 8 tour: Carroll at the 2019 Montana Red Death, Carroll’s streak started with a win in Montana, followed by another win in San Francisco before the Carroll streak ended in the semifinals of the 2019 NYAC R48LTE (McCarthy)
  • In the first eight 2018/19 R48 8 stops, only the top six in the R48 rankings + Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy have advanced to a R48 8 semifinal
  • There have been two first-time R48 champions on the R48 8 season (Lucho, Danos)
  • Catriona Casey won her 17th WR48 title in 19 WR48 events in Tucson ’18 and now holds the maximum number of WR48 ranking points (20)
  • Through eight R48 8 Men’s Pro events, there have been eight different semifinalists (L. Cordova, D. Cordova, Carroll, Lenning, Perez, Fink, McCarthy, Brady)
  • 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 SR48 New Orleans ‘19, David Fink has now won four of his five career SR48 starts. Fink has also finished third on the R48 Men’s pro bracket in all four of his SR48 wins
  • 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)
  • Former R48 #1 Mando Ortiz has dropped from #3 at the start of the season to #9, partly due to skipping two 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 has four wins on the R48 8 (Flying Cordovas),S. has 1 win (Lenning), and Ireland has three 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
  • Since welcoming his baby daughter Emilia to his family, Emmett Peixoto has finished between 13th and third in his 10 starts as a father
  • 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 10 Race 4 Eight events
  • 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
  • Danos Cordova has appeared in four of the last 10 R48 finals (two titles: Portland ’18, Tucson Hall of Fame ‘19)
  • 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 (44) is the oldest player on the R48 Elite 8
  • The average age of the R48 Elite 8 is 32.5; 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 29.5, 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 43.25; youngest: Fink (41), oldest: Hamel (46)
  • 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 five SR48 finals, with Fink winning four 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
  • 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 #6 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 (#7)
  • 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 (#2)
  • Of the 31 ranked players on the R48, seven are dads. Lucho Cordova is the highest ranked dad (#3)

Inside the Numbers

  • Most points won in a tournament this season: Danos Cordova: Portland (156)
  • Killian Carroll has held the longest winning streak thus far this season 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 are Paul Brady (R48, 4-0, one title), Catriona Casey (WR48, 6-0, two titles), and David Fink (SR48, 6-0, two titles)
  • Most wins this season: Danos Cordova (24)
  • In 12 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 are the only players to have played in every 2018/19 R48 8 event thus far
  • 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 (Atlanta) and Vic Perez (Tucson): 41%
  • 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 (17)
  • Oldest Elite 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 (11)
  • Of the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Elite, Catriona Casey,Ciana Ni Churraoin, Sean Lenning, Lucho Cordova, David Fink, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez have played overtime games this season
  • The three most winning players in Race 4 Eight history are Irish: Casey (17), Brady (15), Carroll (12)
  • 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 (885)
  • Amongst the R48 Men’s Pro, Killian Carroll has the highest percent of points won thus far on the 2018/19 season (64%)
  • David Fink has lost the most points thus far on the 2018/19 season (617)
  • Amongst the R48 Men’s Pro, Emmett Peixoto has the lowest percentage of points won thus far on the 2018/19 season (49%)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 56 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 56 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been 10 different champions and 16 different finalists. Of the 16 different finalists, 10 have been from the U.S., five 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

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 eight events on the R48 8, there has been one new finalist (Perez) and two new champions: Luis Cordova, Daniel Cordova

 

  1. Of the 31 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 20
  • Ireland: 5
  • Mexico: 5
  • Canada: 1

 

  1. Of the 20 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (8): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres, Cortez, McGrath
  • Arizona (3): Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (1): Iglesias
  • Texas (1): Bernhard
  • Oregon (1): Aa. Garner
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Missouri (2): Langmack, Esser
  • Minnesota (1): Stoffel

*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: Fink (54), Lenning (53), Emmett Peixoto (49)
  2. Most R48 Men’s Pro 5th place playoff titles:
  • Fink: 10
  • Peixoto: 8
  • Cordova/Perez: 6

 

  1. The 56 events held on the Race 4 Eight tour since 2011 have been held in 15 different states

Idaho (3)

California (10)

Arizona (7)

Georgia (3)

Utah (7)

Washington (2)

Texas (6)

Alaska (1)

Colorado (2)

New York (6)

Louisiana (3)

Oregon (2)

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. 26 of the last 33 Race 4 Eight events have appeared on ESPN3, starting with the 2014 Simple Green U.S. Open

 

  1. In 56 Men’s R48Pro events from 2011-present, 10 different players have won a Race title
  • Brady: 15
  • Carroll: 12
  • Moreno: 10
  • Lenning: 7
  • McCarthy: 3
  • Cordova: 2
  • Ortiz: 2
  • Shanks: 2
  • Cordova: 2
  • Garner: 1

 

  1. Top five winning percentages on the Men’s Pro Race 4 Eight Tour:
  • Paul Brady has won 15 of 19 R48 events he has entered: 79%
  • 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 53 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Charly Shanks has won 2 of 16 R48 events he has entered: 13%
  • Killian Carroll has won 12 of 25 R48 events he has entered: 48%

 

  1. In 56 official Men’s Pro R48 events, 1,710 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): 2 of 7 home court winners (L. Cordova: Recreation Atlanta, Lenning: Tucson Racquet Club)

 

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 2 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 2 home court winners

Combined R48, WR48, SR48 home court winning: 17 of 88 (19%)

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 21 SR48 events held since 2012, six players have won a SR48 title
  • Chavez: 10 (10-5 in finals)
  • Fink: 4 (4-1 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 1,710 combined players that have entered the 56 Men’s Pro R48 events since 2011, 758 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 42 events that have featured qualifier brackets, 944 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 42 official R48 events that featured a qualifier bracket, seven qualifiers out of 944 advanced to a final (.7%), with one of the seven winning the title. 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

 

  1. R48 Men’s R48 Pro Finals Records:
  • Brady: 15-0
  • Moreno: 10-6
  • Carroll: 12-4
  • Lenning: 7-12
  • McCarthy: 3-3
  • Ortiz: 2-7
  • Shanks: 2-4
  • Cordova: 2-1
  • Cordova 2-2
  • 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 (19)
  2. Paul Brady has never lost in a R48 final (15-0)

 

  1. The WR48 has held 19 events since the inception of the tour in 2013

WR48 Finals Records:

  • Casey: 17-2
  • Reilly 1-6
  • Gawley: 0-1
  • Ni Churraoin: 0-3
  • McMahon: 1-3
  • Peixoto de Melo: 0-1
  • Davis: 0-1
  • Koehler 0-1
  • Tuohey: 0-1

 

  1. There are currently 9 women ranked on the WR48 tour

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

Ireland (4): Casey, Ni Churraoin, Reilly, Tully

Canada (1): Amminson

 

  1. In 19 Women’s R48 starts, Catriona Casey owns a 58-2 match record (97%)
  2. In the 17 WR48 events Catriona Casey has won, Casey won 109 out of 113 games played (96%)

 

  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 (Luis leads 5-3)
  2. Of the 112 R48 finalists in 56 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)
  • 168 players have attempted to qualify thus far during the R48 8 season (32 have qualified)
  1. Sean Lenning has the most match wins in Race 4 Eight history (116) *match wins include R48 main draw and playoff matches
  2. The most attempts at qualifying without ever qualifying is 21: Michael Gaulton
  3. There have been four 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
  4. Of the 40 qualifiers on the 2018/19 R48 8 season thus far, four have advanced to the quarterfinals
  5. Highest ranked R48 Men’s pros by country:
  • Canada: Michael Gaulton (#31 overall)
  • Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)
  • Mexico: tie: Daniel Cordova/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 leads the WR48 with 17 titles in 19 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 (17-2 in 19 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-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
  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)

 

  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 (19)

 

  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. 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)

 

  1. The Cordova brothers have appeared in seven 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 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

 

  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 (12)

 

  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 (2017:21 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. 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 (56 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 19 R48 Men’s Pro starts, Paul Brady has a match record of 64-3 (96%)

 

  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 (26), followed by Abraham Montijo (24)
  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)
  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 17 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), four members of the current Elite 8 have a wife and family (Fink, L. Cordova, Peixoto, 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 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 #6, highest #3). Dr. Tyler Hamel is the highest ranked doctor in SR48 history (#4, current)
  25. Of the 10 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)
  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)
  34. Killian Carroll was the only player to advance to the semifinals or better of all seven 2017/18 R48 7 events
  35. 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%)
  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 (44 years, 7 month) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (Atlanta ’18)
  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
  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
  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
  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 are currently zero left-handed ranked WR48 pros, while one of the 31 ranked R48 pros (Fink) is left-handed
  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 (8). 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. is the only current USHA Hall of Fame member 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. Two members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are still in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Fink)
  83. 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)
  84. Luis Moreno and Luis Cordova are the only R48 pros to have finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 13th in a Race event
  85. 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)
  86. 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)
  87. Pete Svennungsen has the most mentions on the Fun Facts of any player to have never held a ranking
  88. Of the current R48 Elite 8, four have college degrees and two have a Master’s degree
  89. 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)
  2. Ryan Bowler was the highest ranked Canadian R48 pro in history (#26 in 2018). Michael Gaulton now carries the Maple Leaf (#31)
  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 21: 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 (6’9), 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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David Fink

WPH Senior Statistician