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R48 7 Elite 8 In-Depth Stats & Trends: Post Houston ‘18/Pre NYAC ‘18

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 3/23/18 The first five events of the 2017-2018 Race 4 Eight 7 season have been scintillating, as the top Race 4 Eight superstars have dazzled hundreds of fans in Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, and Houston, as well as hundreds of thousands of fans watching on ESPN3.

Two-time defending R48 Player’s Champion Killian Carroll has been the overwhelmingly dominant player on the R48 7 tour, winning the first three events in Atlanta, Tucson, and Montana, losing in the finals of the fourth in Las Vegas, and bouncing back to win Houston. Sean Lenning bounced back from a left shoulder injury to improve his ranking from #6 at the start of the season to #2 with three semifinal finishes in Atlanta, Tucson, and Montana, his first R48 win in 22 months Las Vegas, and his second finals appearance of the season in Houston.

With the R48 7 Stop #6 NYAC just around the corner, check out the scoring stats, percentage of points won, overall records of the R48 Elite 8 and R48 7 Fun Facts and Trends through the season’s midway point. 

R48 Elite 8 NYAC ’18 Player Stats and Records

[KILLIAN-CARROLL-4-300x169]Killian Carroll        

R48 Ranking: #1                                                                  

Atlanta: 122-55 (4-0)

Tucson: 129-61 (4-0)

Montana: 132-61 (4-0)

Las Vegas: 127-84 (3-1)

Houston: 120-30 (4-0)

Total points: 630-291 (68%)

R48 7 Record: 19-1

Highest R48 ranking: 1 (2017)

R48 Lifetime Record: 54-13

R48 Best Finishes: 8 Titles

[SEAN-LENNING-1-300x169]Sean Lenning

R48 Ranking: #2

Atlanta: 84-59 (2-1)

Tucson: 93-59 (2-1)

Montana: 90-103 (2-1)

Las Vegas: 132-88 (4-0)

Houston: 105-71

Total points: 504-380 (57%)

R48 7 Record: 13-4

Highest R48 ranking: 1 (2012)

R48 Lifetime Record: 92-52

R48 Best Finishes: 6 Titles

[MANDO6-300x169]Mando Ortiz

R48 Ranking: #3

Atlanta: 118-101 (3-1)

Tucson: 81-81 (2-1)

Montana: 142-126 (3-1)

Las Vegas: 77-97 (1-2)

Houston: 68-64

Total points: 486-469 (51%)

R48 7 Record: 10-7

Highest R48 ranking: 1 (2017)

R48 Lifetime Record: 64-38

R48 Best Finishes: 2 titles

[DAVID-FINK-48-300x169]David Fink

R48 Ranking: #3

Atlanta: 92-59 (2-1)

Tucson: 55-71 (1-2)

Montana: 97-66 (2-1)

Las Vegas: 83-63 (2-1)

Houston: 82-53 (2-1)

Total points: 409-312 (57%)

R48 7 Record: 9-6

Highest R48 ranking: 1 (2017)

R48 Lifetime Record: 76-52

R48 Best Finishes: 3 Finals

[LUIS-C-300x169]Luis Cordova

R48 Ranking: #5

Atlanta: 76-87 (2-2)

Tucson: 59-42 (1-1)

Montana: 70-87 (2-1)

Las Vegas: 101-89 (2-1)

Houston: 88-84

Total points: 394-389 (50%)

R48 7 Record: 9-7

Highest R48 ranking: 3 (2018)

R48 Lifetime Record: 52-51

R48 Best Finishes: 1 Final

[DANIEL-CORDOVA-2-300x169]Daniel Cordova

R48 Ranking: #6

Atlanta: 90-89 (2-1)

Tucson: 66-66 (1-1)

Montana: 51-71 (1-2)

Las Vegas: 97-77 (3-1)

Houston: 103-72 (3-1)

Total points: 407-375 (52%)

R48 7 Record: 10-6

Highest R48 ranking: 6 (2018)

R48 Lifetime Record: 41-41

R48 Best Finishes: 2 Semifinals

[MARCOS-CHAVEZ-1-300x169]Marcos Chavez

R48 Ranking: #9

Atlanta: 58-89 (1-2)

Tucson: n/a

Montana: 45-70 (1-2)

Las Vegas: 105-102 (2-2)

Houston: 67-61

Total points: 275-322 (46%)

R48 7 Record: 4-8

Highest R48 ranking: 7 (2018)

R48 Lifetime Record: 26-41

R48 Best Finishes: 2 Semifinals

[EMMETT-PEIXOTO-24-300x169]Emmett Peixoto

R48 Ranking: #9

Best Finish: 3rd (Houston)

Notable wins: Ortiz, D. Cordova

Combined score vs. opponents in R48 7 main draw and playoffs: 203-262 (44%)

Atlanta: 61-57

Tucson: 28-55

Montana: n/a

Las Vegas: 48-74

Houston: 66-76

R48 7 Record: 4-6

Highest R48 ranking: 2 (2014)

R48 Lifetime Record: 70-49

R48 Best Finishes: 2 Finals

Now that you know the records and stats of the R48 Elite 8 NYAC’18, check out the R48 7 Trends and Fun Facts of your favorite handball stars!

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R48 7 Fun Facts and Trends

  • Sean Lenning (Las Vegas ’18) and Killian Carroll (Montana ’18) have scored the most points (132) in a tournament this season
  • Killian Carroll shattered the record of five straight R48 finals appearances by Paul Brady from (2014-2015) by appearing in nine straight R48 finals and counting (winning seven), starting with the R48 6 New Orleans ’17 and continuing through the R48 7 Houston ‘18
  • Killian Carroll holds the best R48 career winning percentage of anyone currently in the R48 Elite 8: 81% (54-13). Paul Brady holds the best winning percentage of any player in the history of the R48 tour: 95% (59-3)
  • Since winning his round of 16 match at the R48 7 Las Vegas in February, R48 #3 Mando Ortiz has lost four of his last five matches, with losses to both Cordovas, Emmett Peixoto, and Vic Perez and has been outscored 76-119 in those four losses (39%)
  • After winning three straight semifinal matches from November ’16 through February of ’17, David Fink has lost four straight semifinal matches from April ’17 through March ‘18
  • After advancing to two semifinals in the final five stops of the 2016-2017 R48 6 season, Sean Lenning has advanced to the semifinals of all five 2017-2018 R48 7 events, including two finals and one win
  • At 43 years of age (now 44), Marcos Chavez has reached the most semifinals in one season in his Race career (three), and reached his career-best R48 ranking (#7)
  • Diarmaid Nash (Montana ’18) and Shorty Ruiz (Las Vegas ’18) have scored the most points (45) in a main draw loss this season
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta ’17) has been outscored by more combined points in one event (31) than any player in the Elite 8 this season (58-89)
  • Marcos Chavez defeated Emmett Peixoto in the most lopsided playoff match of the season at the R48 7 Las Vegas (25-2)
  • Killian Carroll owns the best match record on the R48 7 (19-1), the most titles (4), and the largest points differential in an event of any player this season (+90 points at Houston’18)
  • Combining R48 and SR48 matches, David Fink has played the most Race 4 Eight matches this season (21). Killian Carroll has played the most R48 matches (20)
  • Luis Moreno has won the most R48 matches (96), followed by Sean Lenning (92), David Fink (76), and Emmett Peixoto (70)
  • Daniel Cordova has finished 5th more than any player on the R48 7 (3: Tucson ‘17, Las Vegas ’18, Houston ‘18)
  • Luis “Lucho” Cordova authored the largest playoff comeback of the season, rallying from 18-24 in the 5th place playoff final in Montana to defeat Vic Perez 26-24
  • Emmett Peixoto advanced to his first R48 semifinal in 16 months (Minnesota ’16) at the R48 7 Houston, defeating two players in the R46 top 6 along the way (Ortiz, D. Cordova)
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez combined for the oldest combined age of any quarterfinal in R48 history at the Las Vegas Royal Flush ’18 (84 years)
  • Luis Moreno owns the fewest number of match wins of any player in the Elite 8 this season (2)
  • Sean Lenning and Killian Carroll are the only players to advance to the semifinals or better of all five R48 7 events this season. Carroll is the only player to advance to the final of every event this season
  • [killian-169x300]Only Killian Carroll (5), Sean Lenning (2), Mando Ortiz (1), Luis Cordova (1), and Marcos Chavez (1) have scored 100 points in a R48 7 event thus far this season
  • Marcos Chavez (4-8) and Emmett Peixoto (4-6) are the only players in the R48 7 NYAC ‘18 Elite 8 with losing records
  • Killian Carroll has won the most points on the R48 7 (630) and owns the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  • Only Killian Carroll (19), Sean Lenning (13), Mando Ortiz (10), Vic Perez (12), and Daniel Cordova (10) have double-digit match wins on the R48 7
  • Emmett Peixoto is the only player to reach a semifinal that was outscored by his opponents during the event (66-72 Houston ’18). Mando Ortiz reached a semifinal and tied his combined opponents during the event (81-81 Tucson ’17)
  • Marcos Chavez (43 years, 10 months) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (Las Vegas ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only player to score 15 points in all three games of a main draw R48 match and lose the match (R16 Montana ’18 vs. Chavez)
  • The most lopsided main draw matches of the R48 7 season was the first match of the R48 7 season (Fink defeated Pesch 15-0, 15-2) and the quarterfinals in Houston (Carroll def Ruiz 15-0, 15-2)
  • Shorty Ruiz (45-45 vs. Chavez Montana ‘18) and Killian Carroll (37-37 vs. Lenning Las Vegas ‘18) scored the same number of points as their respective opponents but lost the matches
  • Marcos Chavez (vs. Shorty Ruiz Montana ’18), Mando Ortiz (vs. Emmett Peixoto Atlanta ’18), Sean Lenning (vs. Diarmaid Nash Montana ’18), and Dave Munson (vs. Marcos Chavez Houston ’18) are the only players to face match point in a main draw match and come back to win during the R48 7 season
  • In R48 7 matches that have gone to a tiebreaker, the player who won game two has won 74% of the tiebreakers. Six of the six tiebreakers played in Montana ’18 were won by the player winning game two (courtesy of Nick Flores)
  • Mando Ortiz finished the 2016-2017 R48 6 by finishing 9th (Houston ’17), skipping the NYAC ’17, and finishing 7th (Salt Lake City ’17). Ortiz bounced back in the first three events of the 2017-2018 R48 7 season, finishing 2nd (Atlanta ’17), 3rd (Tucson ’17), and 2nd (Montana ’18)
  • Houston was the first stop of the season in which no quarterfinal, semifinal, or finals match went to a tiebreaker (there were two tiebreakers in the round of 16)
  • Only five different players have played in a R48 7 final through five R48 7 events: Carroll (5), Ortiz (2), Lenning (2), McCarthy (1)
  • There have been three first-time R48 qualifiers thus far in the R48 7 season (Langmack, Mattioni, Pat. Funchion)

[nick4-300x200]Nick Mattioni: qualified at the R48 7 Atlanta (13th) and Houston (13th): 0-3

Patrick Funchion: qualified at the R48 7 Las Vegas, finished 13th (0-2)

Max Langmack: qualified at the R48 7 Houston, finished 10th (2-2)

For more info on the upcoming R48 7 NYAC and all of the R48 rankings, trends, and history, click on the links below

NYAC ’18 press release and entry here

R48 7 Half Year Recap here

For a full preview of the Race 4 Eight 7 season, go here

WPH Power Rankings: here

DF’s R48 Fun Facts and Trends: here

Race 4 Eight History of Champions and Finalists: here

David Fink

WPH SR Statistician


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