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2015 USHA National Masters Singles

2015masterssinglestico_in_anchorageANCHORAGE, Alaska --  No one was able to win two titles on Sunday.  Willaim Cervantes came up short in both but Ed Grossenbacher and John Stoffel each took one.  Chris Tico (taking one off the back wall) turned back Stoffel in the 45s but John edged Alaska's Jorge Mandevil for the 35s. Bill Vobach (50s), Mike Barna (55s) and Ron Sapp (70s), won their first national titles over the weekend.  Dave Steinberg earned the 60s title and Ed Campbell earned the 65s.  Tico also played an exhibition with local champ Alfredo Herrera who will face off against Cole Curtner for the under 35 title later.  Results for the 2015 USHA Masters Singles are HERE.

If you missed this chance to visit Alaska, the World Championships will be coming to Anchorage in 2018. There's plenty to do beyond the court, as you'll have the opportunity to take in Alaska's breathtaking beauty.  See the list of activities available between matches HERE.

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Study of Protective Eyewear for Handball
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The accompanying “Study of Protective Eyewear for Handball” was conducted last winter at Pacific University. Principal investigators were Benjamin Schmid and David Steinberg. Consultants were Karl Citek, MS, O.D., PhD, and Professor Fraser Horn, O.D., chairman of the Sports Vision Council of the American Optometric Association. Videographer was Jeff Kastner.
See the unabridged Study for Protective Eyewear for Handball report HERE.pdf

The purpose of the study in March was to test the efficacy of several common types of protective eyewear used for handball.

The laboratory at Pacific University’s School of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore., was the site for the study. The lab offered the basic testing apparatus, tools and equipment, and several professors of optometry provided expert opinion, oversight, comments and feedback to the experimental design and testing process.This study simulated how sample eyewear products react to being struck by a handball and observed effects on eye anatomy using data obtained from high-speed video and a force-measuring system.There are numerous variables to consider testing in a dynamic sport like handball. The investigators chose three to control: launch velocity, impact angle and ball type. Three “shots” are done for each variable while collecting data from the video and force-measurement equipment for each eyewear model.

To be effective, eyewear must be able to prevent direct ball contact with the globe, lessen and disperse the impact energy, remain intact and in place, fit comfortably and minimize view obstruction.

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WPH Aces Player’s Championship

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By David Fink, WPH Senior Writer
satweb_v1p3915 Finals Sunday brought an end to one of the most exciting seasons in the history of professional handball, as ESPN was on hand for the seventh consecutive Race stop to witness champions becoming legends.

To watch replays of the WPH Aces Player’s Championship, go to the Watch ESPN App http://espn.go.com/watchespn/

R48 Final

Sean Lenning advanced to his second R48 IV final of the season with a dazzling display of offensive handball, defeating JT Hingey, David Fink and Daniel Cordova en route to the final on his 30th birthday weekend. Mando Ortiz entered Salt Lake’s WPH Aces Player’s Championship with just a 6-8 record on the season and not having advanced past the quarterfinals in any of his five regular season R48 IV starts. Ortiz caught fire in Salt Lake City, defeating Luis Cordova, Emmett Peixoto and Luis Moreno to advance to his second R48 final.

Mando Ortiz started the final on fire, racing to a 6-0 lead, extending his early advantage with ace serves and bottom-board kill shots to take a one game, 15-3. Lenning changed the momentum in game two, relying on his incredible serve and quickness to fluster Ortiz and force a tiebreaker. Ortiz regained the momentum in game three, building a 6-2 lead and seemingly on his way to becoming the R48 IV Player’s Champion. A timeout by Lenning cooled off Ortiz, and Lenning added zip and hop to his serves and kills to reach match point at 14-8. Ortiz made three incredible retrieves in at 14-8 to force a side out, but Lenning earned his way back into the service box and finished the match on his second attempt, becoming the R48 IV Player’s Champion. “I’m just really happy and I’m really excited to win,” revealed Lenning. “Mando is playing amazing handball and it was great to come out on top.”


WR48 Final

Catriona Casey entered Sunday’s WR48 final in Salt Lake City seeking her seventh WR48 title in seven WR48 events, while Aisling Reilly appeared in her fourth WR48 final in search of her first title.

Reilly attacked Casey in game one of the final, handing Casey just her second lost game in her WR48 career, 15-2. Casey changed her tactics in game two, building an 8-1 lead by keeping Reilly in the backcourt and not giving Reilly any back wall opportunities. Reilly nearly caught Casey in game two, executing her offense from everyone on the court, but ultimately fell, 15-12. Casey built an early lead in game three by making incredible retrieves and precise pass shots. Casey would clinch her seventh WR48 title in seven starts and her second consecutive WR48 Player’s Championship, 3-15, 15-12, 15-9. “I had to really play my best against Aisling,” revealed Casey. “The tour is so exciting with so many great players participating in the events. I am really looking forward to next season.”

See the brackets on the r2sports tournament site HERE.

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Handball Hall of Fame Tournament & Women's Classic
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Jennifer Schmitt won the 2015 Women's Classic over Ashley Moler 21-18 and 21-7.
TUCSON -- At the end of a great evening at the Hall of Fame tournament banquet, Jim Reitmyer of Phoenix was honored with the USHA's Volunteer of the Year Award and Greg Stansbury won the annual Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award.
 
On Sunday, Jennifer Schmitt edged Ashley Moler in the first game of the final, scoring the final three points from an 18-18 deadlock.  Schmitt rolled to her third classic title in six years in the second game.  Shirley Chen beat Leslie Amminson for third.  Kena Byrd-Jackson earned the iron-woman award, defeating Terry Bowman for the B title and then advancing in the BCD Men's event.

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Sean Lenning slammed the Open events at this year's Hall of Fame Tournament.  
It was a strong showing for the Lenning family with Sean Lenning slamming in the Open events.  Dad Larry won the 60 doubles with Steve Hammrick and mom Kathy handled the tournament desk for much of the weekend.
   
 

 

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