2019 Missouri State University Combined Team Champions
MINNEAPOLIS -- The 67th USHA National Collegiate Handball Championships concluded with a flourish on Sunday at the University of Minnesota. With a mere five points separating Missouri State and Minnesota State, Mankato on Sat. night, the Combined Team Title could not be decided until the completion of Sunday's matches. After the dust settled, Missouri Sate secured their 14th Combined Team title...by two points! (See Team Scores Below).
Galen Riordan (University College Dublin) stormed back to win the Men's Open Singles in an exciting tiebreaker over Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State University, Mankato), 18-21, 21-8, 11-3. Three years ago, Riordan held match point against Stoffel in the quarterfinals, leading 20-14 only to watch his lead dissolve before falling 11-0 in the tiebreaker. That memory along with the first game setback lit a fire under Riordan, who started the second and third games by building big leads, forcing Stoffel to play catch-up.
Cianna Ni Churraoin controlled the action through two games in the final against Fiona Tully.
In Women's Open action, Ciana Ni Churraoin (Minnesota State University, Mankato) returned to the site of her last title and defeated defending collegiate champion Fiona Tully (Dublin City University), 21-5, 21-16. The final capped a triumphant return for Ni Churraoin after an injury kept her off the courts for the past two years. She capped off the event by slamming the Open division, winning the doubles title over Tully and Meadhbh Ni Dhalaig, 21-15, 12-21, 11-5.
In the Men's Open Doubles, Adam and David Walsh (Cork Institute of Technology) held off a rally from Kevin Diggins and Niall Joyce (Dublin City College) to dominate in the tiebreaker for their first doubles title, 21-19, 15-21, 11-2.
On Saturday night at the awards banquet, Open semifinalists and finalists were recognized with All-Tournament honors and top-finishing U.S. players were presented All-American Awards.
The USHA recognized the 2018 Coach of the Year David Steinberg. He was presented the award by his Pacific University players.
Arizona State University's Esteban Camacho and Missouri State's Christina Pecaut were awarded the 2019 John C. Sabo Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Camacho is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering while Pecaut is a junior Accounting major.
Also recognized were the first Collegiate "Spirit of Handball Awards," presented to four players (two men, two women) who best exhibit the Spirit of Handball during the event. They are nominated by their peers and coaches. The Spirit of Handball refers to the respect, fairness, self‐discipline and camaraderie required in our sport.
|USHA President LeaAnn Martin and USHA Board Member Ben Van Arsdale (far right) presents the Spirit of Handball Awards to Kena Byrd-Jackson (University of Arizona), Laura Blankenship (Missouri State), Logan Call (Texas A&M) and Jianneng Wu (Stony Brook University).
Martin presents Sabo Scholarships to Christina Pecaut and Esteban Camacho with USHA's Matt Krueger
Final Team Scores
Men's Singles (Final Bracket Results)
Women's Singles (Friday Matches/Results)
Men's Singles (First Matches)
Men's Singles (Thursday Matches/Results)
Women's Singles (First Matches)
Women's Singles (Thursday Matches/Results)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The 67th USHA National Collegiate Handball Championships continued late into Friday with doubles competition and first rounds of the elimination draws. Top players in the Open divisions thrilled fans and teammates through two rounds of play to determine Saturday's semifinal matches. Top seed Galen Riordan (University College Dublin) topped Kevin Diggins (Dublin City University) in two games 21-11, 21-9 while Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State, Mankato) stopped Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology), 21-10, 21-10.
The matches of the day belonged to the other Open quarterfinalists. Coleman McGrath (UC-Santa Barbara) shook off a first-game setback to deny Michael Gaulton (Minnesota State, Mankato), 19-21, 21-15, 11-8. David Walsh (Cork Institute of Technology) was cruising in the quarterfinals with a huge 21-3 win over Niall Joyce (Dublin City University). Joyce halted Walsh's momentum and turned the match into a brawling back-and-forth affair eventually pulling out a dramatic 21-19 win to for a deciding tiebreaker. Neither opponent could gain any sizable lead as they played to a tense 10-10 stalemate, until Walsh finally secured the winning point to advance 11-10.
Walsh plays Stoffel while Riordan faces McGrath to determine the Men's Open final.
In today's Women's Open action, defending champ Fiona Tully (Dublin City University) will tussle with teammate Meadhbh Ni Dhalaig in the first semifinal, while 2017 champ Ciana Ni Churraoin (Minnesota State, Mankato) will battle Sinead Meagher (Limerick Institute of Technology) for a spot in Sunday's final.
The Collegiates are an amazing spectacle, featuring teams from various universities and attracting a diverse crowd of players from all over the world, ranging from Open to Novice level. Viewing is free to the public.