FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The Simple Green 2015 US Open of Handball and 25th Naty Alvarado Classic featured the game’s best in a festival of handball in one=wall, three-wall and four-wall on Sunday. In a first, players were allowed to enter more than one pro event. The brackets were filled with star power but slams were hard to come by, even for Paul Brady. The only Open slam came in the Women’s one-wall with Sandy Ng taking two titles on Sunday.
After Brady (taking one off the back wall in the final), rallied to defeat Luis Moreno in the singles final, he ran into a buzz saw in Armando Ortiz in the doubles. Brady and Emmett Peixoto looked unbeatable en route to the final but that was before Ortiz caught fire and Vic Perez’ stellar right-side play proved too much for the singles stars.
Samzon Hernandez (setting to blast one outdoors), overcame fatigue to take the three-wall singles over Victor Duran.
Timbo Gonzalez beat Tywan Cook for the one-wall singles but also came up just short in the three-wall doubles with Braulio Ruiz in the final against Gilbert Rosales and Manuel Arreola.
The Festival featured great play in all versions and all age groups.