WPH Outdoor V Stop #5 Vegas Lte: Full Preview

Posted on May 17 2016 - 2:19pm by DV

1535520_10153401157483799_4166440856789243545_n 1The 2016 WPH Outdoor V heads to Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Hotel and Casino this weekend for the 2016 WPH Outdoor V Stop #5 Vegas Lte at the Stratosphere’s two-court 3-Wall handball complex. The weather will be unseasonably cool for late May in Las Vegas but the handball action will be sizzling, as the top men’s and women’s WPH Outdoor pros will battle for ranking points and yellow jerseys in the 2016 WPH Outdoor V Race 2 Vegas and the 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships in September.

1554440_847348845341555_4943059228116876354_n 1The 2016 WPH Outdoor V Vegas Lte Men’s A Singles features five of the top eight WPH Outdoor pros, as well as several former members of the WPH Outdoor Elite 8. WPH Outdoor Men’s #1 Juan Santos has won two of the last three stops on the WPH Outdoor V tour, including a dominating win at the most recent WPH Outdoor V Stop #4 Salt Lake City Aces. New York’s Timbo Gonzalez enters the Vegas Lte with a career-high #2 ranking on the WPH Outdoor career, coming off a singles and doubles slam in March’s Downey 1-Wall and a semifinal finish at the Salt Lake City Aces. Santos and Gonzalez will be joined in Las Vegas by fellow Elite 8 stars Kevin Gonzalez, Chava Cordova, and Pedro Carmona, as well as former WPH Outdoor Elite 8 members Shorty Ruiz, Sal Duenas, Lobo Valencia, Chris Tojin, and Gabino Velazquez. What a field!

11350525_10153402180033799_4796295602218059723_n 1The WPH Outdoor women pros kick off their 2016 WPH Outdoor season at the Vegas Lte, with WPH Outdoor Women’s #1 Tanisha Groomes aiming for her 13th WPH Outdoor singles title in her 15th career WPH Outdoor singles start. Groomes will have to contend with former WPH Outdoor women’s singles champion Ashley Moler and Ireland’s cross over star Ciana Ni Churraoin.

“I love to see the best players coming together to test themselves,” stated WPH Outdoor Director Tom Flores. “Both the men’s and women’s fields feature a lot of top players and whoever wins is going to have to be on their game. It’s going to be exciting!”

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David Fink

WPH Senior Writer