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New Orleans, LA, WPH Press, 2/17/19-

Day 3: Sunday

R48LTE

R48 #4 Lucho Cordova was seeking his second R48 title of his R48 career in his third R48 final, while R48 #6 Vic Perez was appearing in his first final.

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Cordova entered the final with a dominating head-to-head advantage against Perez, having won all but one of their R48 meetings. Cordova started well in the first game of the final, hitting the ball crisply and taking an 8-4 lead. “I felt really comfortable in there and felt like I was really anticipating his shots,” stated Lucho.

[DSC07965-300x169]Perez called a timeout at 8-4 and promptly tied at the score at eight. Cordova took control after being tied, scoring seven of the final eight points of the first game by tracking down nearly all of Perez’s shots and executing kills when given the opportunity to take a one-game lead.

Cordova maintained control of the match in game two, breaking away from Perez after being tied at four. “I was able to defend his two-wall lob serve better than my brother last night so he wasn’t able to get any setups,” declared Lucho.

Cordova surged to the win to claim his second R48 title and second title of the season.

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“I felt really good in the court for the first time in awhile,” stated Lucho. “I don’t know what it is but I had been feeling really disoriented in the court, even in practice. I pride myself on my anticipation and I feel like it’s even better against Vic for some reason.

With the victory, Lucho leaped over Danos for the #3 spot on tour, while Perez climbed into the R48 top five for the first time.

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Jonathan Iglesias continued his great play, earning revenge on Marcos Chavez from his ninth place Montana finals loss to claim fifth. Sam Esser bounced back from a first round R48LTE loss to win a stacked ninth place bracket

5th Place Final: Iglesias def Chavez 25-14

9th Place Final: Esser def Palma 25-11

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1st: L. Cordova

2nd: Perez

3rd: D. Cordova/Fink

5th: Iglesias

6th: Chavez

7th: Canales, Jr./Garcia Jr.

9th: Esser

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SR48

SR48 #1 David Fink was aiming his fourth SR48 title in five SR48 starts, while his five-time SR48 finals adversary Marcos Chavez was in quest of his 11th SR48 title.

Fink put his disappointment from his tiebreaker loss to Lucho the previous night behind him, dominating the SR New Orleans final. Fink built huge leads in both games behind a well-placed serve to the left and steady and explosive play during the rallies.

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“Fink’s serve to the left is really tough to defend,” stated Danos. “It double-bounces the back wall and it’s hard to get a good defensive return.”

“Marcos was one point from advancing to the semifinals in the R48LTE yesterday so I knew he was playing great ball,” stated Fink. “I felt like I played as well as I could play today. I’m excited for Tucson in three weeks and the rest of the R48 and SR48 season.

Final: Fink def Chavez 15-3, 15-4

George Garcia toppled Pate Papathemetrios for third, while Mike Benkelman took fifth in the SR’s.

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SR48 New Orleans Finishes

1st: Fink

2nd: Chavez

3rd:  Garcia, Jr.

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th: Papathemetrios

5th: Benkelman

3rd Place Final: Garcia Jr. def Papathemetrios 25-17

5th Place Final: Benkleman def Arroyo 25-11

Former college football and basketball star Tex Bussey defeated rising star Jacob Garcia to win the A singles, Kyra “K3” Vidas teamed with Jair Cano to win the B doubles, and Leo Canales, Jr. won a special “King of the Court” pro doubles competition in which the four players played three games with three different partners.

[DSC07949-300x169]Thanks!

Huge thanks to WPH New Orleans tournament director Kyra “K3” Vidas, New Orleans handball ambassador Bob Caluda, the Ochsner Fitness Center for their outstanding hospitality, the WPH, the MO State handball team for making the 10-drive from Springfield, MO, and all of the R48, SR48, and amateur players for making the trip to New Orleans. What a tournament!

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The next R48LTE is right around the corner, as the R48LTE will be part of the USHA Master’s Singles/Women’s Classic/R48LTE mega event March 8-10 in Tucson, AZ. Enter the USHA mega event HERE

Follow all of the results from the 2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras HERE

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Become a WPH Patreon HERE

(Note:  WPH Will not be filming the New Orleans event due to internet upgrades and remodel during our handball weekend.  We will, however, try to film for upload at a later time.  If we are able to record some files, we will release them to Patreon members first)

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer

 

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New Orleans, LA, WPH Press, 2/16/19-

Day 2: Saturday

R48LTE

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Quarterfinals

Top-seeded Danos Cordova cruised to the semifinals with wins against Mike Benkelman and R48 #15 Leo Canales, as Danos was seeking his second R48 title in three starts.

Vic Perez and Marcos Chavez met for the fourth time this season for a spot in the upper bracket semifinal. Perez had won their first three encounters this season, but the newly minted R48 Elite 8’er Marcos Chavez was aiming to end Perez’s streak. 

[DSC07519-300x169]Chavez led 14-7 in game one and held off a late Perez six-point rally to take game one. Perez took control of game two, leading 14-9 and stood on the verge of forcing a third game. Chavez caught fire, scoring six straight to serve for the match at 15-14. Chavez had two back wall opportunities to end the match but Perez was able to stay alive, earning the side out and scoring three straight to force a third.

Little separated the LAAC teammates in the tiebreaker, as the pair was tied at 11. Perez survived, scoring the final four points of the match and becoming the 16th place to face match point in a R48 main draw match and win.

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David Fink avenged his loss from the 2018 Portland R48 against good buddy Jonathan Iglesias, overcoming the Vail superstar in two games to advance to the bottom bracket semifinals.

Lucho Cordova played solid ball in eliminating current 35-and-over and 40-and-over national champion George Garcia, Jr. to setup a clash with Fink in the bottom bracket semifinals.

Semifinals

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Danos Cordova took command against Vic Perez in game one of the upper bracket semis, surging to an 11-2 lead. Perez quickly tied the game at 11 and continued his stellar form, stealing game one by winning 13 of the final 14 points of the game. Cordova needed just seven minutes to force a third, overwhelming Perez and allowing just two points.

Perez changed his game in the third, hitting a two-wall lob serve and pushing Danos in the back court with power passes. Perez was flawless in the tiebreaker, never ceding control and advancing to his first R48 final. “Vic is the hottest player on the tour right now, he’s just so steady,” barked Chavez.

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Lucho Cordova started well against Fink in the bottom bracket semifinal, taking leads of 7-2 and 12-5. Fink rallied, cutting the deficit to 12-13 but could never catch the R48 #4, making two crucial errors and falling one-game behind.

Game two was all Fink, as the lefty found the bottom board consistently from shoulder height to force a third.

Fink led 5-1 in game three before Lucho turned the tide, scoring the final 14 points of the match with a dominating serve and shoot clinic to advance to his second R48 final of the season.

Elite Men’s Results:

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Quarterfinals

Cordova def Canales 15-9, 15-6

Perez def Chavez 13-15, 17-15, 15-11

Fink def Iglesias 15-7, 15-7

Cordova def Garcia, Jr. 15-2, 15-0

Semifinals

Perez def D. Cordova 15-12, 2-15, 15-5

Cordova def Fink 15-12, 5-15, 15-5

Final: Perez vs. L. Cordova (11 am CST)

Playoffs

Marcos Chavez defeated Leo Canales, Jr. for the second consecutive event and will face Jonathan Iglesias for 5th place on Sunday morning, while MO State’s Sam Esser will face CA’s Ricardo Palma for ninth.

SR48

SR48 #1 David Fink and SR48 #2 Marcos Chavez will play one another in the fifth consecutive SR48 final, as Fink overcame junior rival and good friend Pete Papathemetrios; meanwhile, Chavez nabbed CA rival George Garcia Jr.

Mike Benkelman defeated Atlanta’s Sergio Arroyo to win fifth in the Senior’s, while Papathemetrios and Garcia will play on Sunday morning for third.

Semifinals

Fink def Papathemetrios 15-1, 15-3

Chavez def Garcia, Jr. 15-13, 15-4

Final: Fink vs. Chavez (10 am CST)

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New Orleans tournament host Bob Caluda honored

The WPH and the R48 pros were proud to honor New Orleans handball ambassador and tournament host Bob Caluda with the WPH Appreciation Award, recognizing Bob’s outstanding commitment to growing the game and welcoming the world’s best players to New Orleans. “The WPH has been coming to New Orleans since 2009 and Bob always make us feel so welcome,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “Bob puts so much into hosting these great events and our organization and players are so grateful. Thank you Bob!”

Follow all of the results from the 2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras HERE

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

(Note:  WPH Will not be filming the New Orleans event due to internet upgrades and remodel during our handball weekend.  We will, however, try to film for upload at a later time.  If we are able to record some files, we will release them to Patreon members first)

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer


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New Orleans, LA, WPH Press, 2/15/19-

Day 1: Friday

The first ever R48LTE commenced on Friday in New Orleans, as well as the second SR48 stop on the 2018/19 SR tour. The R48 and SR48 pros kicked off the N’awlins stop by spending Friday afternoon on Bourbon Street, taking in the Crescent City culture and creole cuisine.

Friday’s on-court action saw R48 #5 David Fink advancing to the R48LTE quarterfinals in a two-game sweep against the LAAC’s Ricardo Palma, while R48 #8 and SR48 #2 Marcos Chavez advanced to the quarterfinals of the R48LTE and the semifinals of the SR48. R48 #6 Vic Perez also moved into the LTE quarterfinals with a Friday night win against Pete Papathemetrios.

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Papathemetrios bounced back in the SR48, overcoming St. Louis’ Mike Benkelman in a tiebreaker to earn his first career SR48 win and move into the N’awlins SR48 semifinals.

Ten of the R48’s top pros and the top three SR48 stars will be in action on Super Saturday in New Orleans. Watch the action live on the #TeamR48 page on Facebook HERE

Stay tuned to this thread throughout the weekend for updates!

Follow all of the results from the 2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras HERE

2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras press release HERE

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2018/19 Race 4 Eight Elite Stats HERE

R48LTE explained HERE

Lucho Cordova on the Rise HERE

The Flying Cordovas: From Juarez Bros to R48 Pros HERE

2018/19 Race 4 Eight Preview HERE

2017/18 R48 and WR48 Match Analytics HERE

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Handball Terminology + Instruction and R48 Rules HERE

Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios HERE

WPH Power Rankings HERE

DF’s R48 Fun Facts and Trends HERE

Race 4 Eight History of Champions and Finalists HERE

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WPH RACE 4 EIGHT: The World Players of Handball’s 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Powered by ESPN features R48 stops in Georgia, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, and California, all culminating with The Player’s Championship in Utah in May of 2019. Similar to NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and the FedEx PGA Playoffs, players earn points in the Race 4 Eight’s regular season stops to qualify for the season-ending Player’s Championship and bonus prizes.

For more information on the WPH Race 4 Eight, please contact World Players of Handball Executive Director David Vincent at dave.vincent@wphlive.tv or World Players of Handball Development Director David Fink at david.fink@wphlive.tv. For more information on the World Players of Handball, please visit wphlive.tv

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

(Note:  WPH Will not be filming the New Orleans event due to internet upgrades and remodel during our handball weekend.  We will, however, try to film for upload at a later time.  If we are able to record some files, we will release them to Patreon members first)

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer


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New Orleans, LA, WPH Press, 2/11/19- The 2019 R48LTE + SR48 8 New Orleans Mardi Gras marks the 53rd event in the history of the Race 4 Eight tour and first R48LTE event in Race 4 Eight history, with the tour spanning 16 states in the R48’s first eight seasons. The 2019 R48LTE + SR48 8 New Orleans Mardi Gras will feature four of the R48 Men’s Pro Elite 8, heading by the “Flying Cordovas,” as well as the top three SR48 stars David Fink, Marcos Chavez, and George Garcia, Jr.. The R48 and SR48 stars will be competing for critical R48 and SR48 ranking points at the 2018/19 season’s midway point.

Check out all of the important 2019 R48LTE + SR48 8 New Orleans Mardi Gras tournament information below.

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2019 R48LTE + SR48 Mardi Gras Info
  • Date: February 15-17, 2019
  • Site: Ochsner Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy. Harahan, LA 70123
  • Tournament director: WPH
  • Tournament sponsor: JR WPH
  • Pro Events: R48LTE + SR48
  • List of R48 New Orleans R48 Men’s pro champions: Brady (2016), Carroll (2017)
  • Defending Mardi Gras R48 champion: n/a
  • Number of ranked R48 pros entered: 9
  • Current or former R48 #1’s entered: 1 (Fink)
  • Number of SR48 pros entered: 3
  • Current or former SR48 #1’s entered: 2 (Fink, Chavez)

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For more info on the 2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras, including starting times and to follow the brackets go HERE

2019 R48LTE/SR48 New Orleans Mardi Gras press release HERE

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

2018/19 Race 4 Eight Elite Stats HERE

R48LTE explained HERE

Lucho Cordova on the Rise HERE

The Flying Cordovas: From Juarez Bros to R48 Pros HERE

2018/19 Race 4 Eight Preview HERE

2017/18 R48 and WR48 Match Analytics HERE

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Handball Terminology + Instruction and R48 Rules HERE

Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios HERE

WPH Power Rankings HERE

DF’s R48 Fun Facts and Trends HERE

Race 4 Eight History of Champions and Finalists HERE

WPH RACE 4 EIGHT: The World Players of Handball’s 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Powered by ESPN features R48 stops in Georgia, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, and California, all culminating with The Player’s Championship in Utah in May of 2019. Similar to NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and the FedEx PGA Playoffs, players earn points in the Race 4 Eight’s regular season stops to qualify for the season-ending Player’s Championship and bonus prizes.

For more information on the WPH Race 4 Eight, please contact World Players of Handball Executive Director David Vincent at dave.vincent@wphlive.tv or World Players of Handball Development Director David Fink at david.fink@wphlive.tv. For more information on the World Players of Handball, please visit wphlive.tv

Support the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players by becoming a WPH Patreon. Enjoy never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more. Become a WPH Patreon HERE

(Note:  WPH Will not be filming the New Orleans event due to internet upgrades and remodel during our handball weekend.  We will, however, try to film for upload at a later time.  If we are able to record some files, we will release them to Patreon members first)

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer


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