2nd USHA National Three-Wall Masters Doubles & WPH Icebreaker Pro Doubles
Congrats to all of our National Champions:
35 Doubles: David Schiller/Abraham Montijo
60 Doubles: Robert Dyke/Gary Eisenbooth
70 Doubles: Robert Dyke/Gary Eisenbooth
75 Doubles: David Ackerman/Peter Anderson
TUCSON — It was another beautiful day at the Clark Park Three-Wall Courts on Sunday as players took to the concrete to compete for a national title.
The best match of the day was the 35 doubles finals between Abraham Montijo and David Schiller vs Braulio Ruiz and Ashley Ruiz. The Ruiz husband and wife duo came out on fire to win game one, never letting Montijo and Schiller find their groove. Game two Montijo and Schiller found their serve and used an abundance of aces to force a tiebreaker.
The Ruiz family regrouped to begin the tiebreaker and held a 10-3 lead before Montijo and Schiller made a furious run to tie the game at 10. The Ruiz family forced a sideout to get in the box but could not capitalize on their two serves. Montijo and Schiller got back in the box and ended the match, winning 11-10 and completing an epic comeback.
The 60 doubles final between Tom Martinez and Joe Berman vs Gary Eisenbooth and Robert Dyke was another thriller. Eisenbooth and Dyke jumped out to a fast start and easily claimed game one. Martinez and Berman deployed a serve and shoot strategy that won them game two. Eisenbooth and Dyke controlled the tiebreaker by playing more defense, and keeping their opponents deep in the back court, a strategy that won them their first title of the day.
Eisenbooth and Dyke weren’t done there, and were vying for their second title when they took on Ed Campbell and Tim Murray in the 70 plus final. A close first game filled with strong serves by both sides went to Eisenbooth and Dyke. They kept that momentum rolling in the second game, and defeated their opponents 21-5 to win their second final of the day.
Defending champs David Ackerman and Peter Anderson put the title on the line against Bob Bardwell and Terry Nett in the 75 doubles final. Ackerman and Anderson continued their dominance, never letting their opponents into the match, and winning 21-8, 21-10.
In the Pro Doubles Final, Luis and Daniel Cordova edged out a close game one against Braulio Ruiz and Sam Esser, and dominated play in game two to win their second consecutive pro doubles title 21-16, 21-12.
Thank you to the WPH, Scott Cleveland, Russ Whitten, Jim Verhaeghe, and all other volunteers for their efforts to help put on a great tournament.
You can view all the results from the tournament HERE
TUCSON — The sun was shining at the Clark Park Three-Wall Courts on Saturday and it was beautiful day for some outdoor handball.
The seeds have held true in all divisions as we prepare for the finals on Sunday.
The 35 final with pit Braulio Ruiz and his wife Ashely Ruiz against Abraham Montijo and David Schiller in what is sure to be an entertaining match.
The first time pairing of Tom Martinez and his partner Joe Berman will do battle in the 60’s final against Robert Dyke and Gary Eisenbooth, who have been playing tremendous handball together the last couple of years.
The 70’s final will include Dyke and Eisenbooth as well, as they will be aiming for two titles tomorrow, the second being against Ed Campbell and his partner Tim Murray. The two teams faced off in the finals last year with Dyke and Eisenbooth winning in a tiebraker.
Defending champs David Ackerman and Peter Anderson will be looking to win back to back years in the 75’s division when they take on Terry Nett and Bob Bardwell for the championship.
The Pro Doubles final will include brothers and top ranked pro’s, Luis and Daniel Cordova, against the current three-wall national champions Braulio Ruiz and Sam Esser
You can see all the results from the tournanent HERE
The 2nd USHA National Three-Wall Masters Doubles & WPH Icebreaker Pro Doubles will kick off Saturday morning at Clark Park in Tucson, AZ!
Tentative draws and start times are available HERE
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