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Photos taken on 2018-02-09 at Las Vegas Athletic Club Central during R48 Pro Handball Tournament.

DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 7 NYAC

The 2017-2018 R48 7 staged its sixth event of the season at the New York Athletic Club in the middle of April, featuring the R48 and WR48 pros in action. Killian Carroll dominated the R48 Men’s field, winning his fifth title of the season without dropping a game, while WR48 #1 Catriona Casey clinched her second WR48 title of the season and 14th WR48 title overall against first-time WR48 finalist Suz Koehler.

R48 7 Fun Facts: Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, Houston, & NYAC

  • Catriona Casey became the first women’s player in the history of handball to defeat a current men’s pro in tournament play at the NYAC ‘8. Casey defeated then R48 #22 Loren Collado 25-19 in the 17th place playoffs
  • Sean Lenning (Las Vegas ’18) and Killian Carroll (Montana ’18) have scored the most points (132) in a tournament this season
  • Diarmaid Nash (Montana ’18) and Shorty Ruiz (Las Vegas ’18) have scored the most points (45) in a main draw loss this season
  • David Fink (#3) and Luis Cordova (#3) became the first players to face one another in the top three in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Houston ’18)
  • Sean Lenning (#4) and Luis Moreno (#6) became the first players in the top 8 to face one another in the round of 16 of a R48 event (Montana ’18)
  • 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 (23-1), the most titles (5), and the largest points differential in an event of any player this season (+90 points at Houston’18)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Killian Carroll is the only player to advance to the semifinals or better of all six R48 7 events this season
  • Only Killian Carroll (6), 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
  • Killian Carroll has won the most points on the R48 7 (750) and owns the highest percentage of points won on the R48 7 (68%)
  • Only Killian Carroll (23), Sean Lenning (13), Mando Ortiz (11), Vic Perez (14), Luis Cordova (11)and Daniel Cordova (13) have double-digit match wins on the R48 7
  • Mando Ortiz is the only player to reach a semifinal that did not outscore his combined opponents during the event (81-81 Tucson ’17)
  • Marcos Chavez (44 years, 1 month) is the oldest player to ever finish a R48 event in the top six (NYAC ’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 round of 16 match 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), Vic Perez (vs. Marcos Chavez NYAC ’18), and Mando Ortiz (vs. Peter Funchion NYAC ’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)
  • 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)

  • Sean Lenning won his first R48 title in 22 months (Player’s Championship ’16) and sixth R48 title overall at the R48 7 Las Vegas Royal Flush
  • Killian Carroll entered the R48 7 Royal Flush ’18 on 19-match R48 winning streak but lost 15-12 in the third game to Sean Lenning
  • Catriona Casey won her 14th WR48 title in the 16th WR48 event at the NYAC ‘18
  • Ashley Moler advanced to her first WR48 semifinal at the Royal Flush ’18, defeating Aoife McCarthy in the quarterfinals before losing to Catriona Casey in the semifinals
  • Shorty Ruiz is the first player in R48 history to lose by two points in the third game in back-to-back R48 round of 16 matches (Ortiz in Montana, Chavez in Las Vegas)
  • Dalton Beall snapped his streak of six consecutive playoff forfeits by receiving a forfeit in the round of 16 in Las Vegas (Moreno). Beall would finally play and lose his first playoff match after the streak to Stephen Cooney
  • Daniel Cordova, David Fink, and Mando Ortiz are the only players to have lost in the round of 16, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals on the R48 7 (Ortiz also lost in the finals in Montana ’18)
  • Shorty Ruiz is the only players to have qualified for all six R48 7 stops
  • Luis Moreno entered a qualifier for the first time in R48 history in Montana ‘18, defeating Pete Svennungsen 25-23
  • There have been 48 qualifiers on the R48 7 through the NYAC, only Robbie McCarthy has advanced to a R48 7 final from the qualifier
  • Jonathan Iglesias’ streak of five consecutive qualifier wins was ended at the R48 7 Memorial (Beall), while Abraham Montijo’s streak of five consecutive qualifier wins ended at five at the R48 7 Houston (Langmack)
  • Marcos Chavez (Atlanta), Peter Funchion (Tucson), Robbie McCarthy (Tucson), Diarmaid Nash (Montana), Emmett Peixoto (Las Vegas, Houston), Shorty Ruiz (Houston), and Dave Munson are the only qualifiers to have won a round of 16 match on the R48 7, Vic Perez (NYAC), and Patrick Funchion (NYAC) (11 of 48: 23%)
  • Three qualifiers advanced to the round of 8 in Houston (Peixoto, Ruiz, Munson)
  • Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after the R48 7 Tucson for the first time since November of 2012
  • Sean Lenning and Diarmaid Nash played the longest third game in R48 history (19-17)


Race 4 Eight Fun Facts and Trends: October 2016-present

[KILLIAN-CARROLL-12-300x168]Killian Carroll has won eight of his last ten R48 starts, accumulating a 38-2 record in those seven starts (95%)

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Fink, Moreno) in Salt Lake City ’17

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 are 36-10 (78%) through the first six events of the R48 7 (Atlanta, Tucson, Montana, Las Vegas, Houston, NYAC)

Catriona Casey outscored her three WR48 opponents 90-9 in Las Vegas, nearly breaking her personal tournament record of 90-7 in San Francisco ’15. Casey tied her record of 90-7 in winning the WR48 NYAC ‘18

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll, Fink)

Killian Carroll became just the third player to win back-to-back R48 Men’s Pro titles with wins at the R48 6 New Orleans and Houston (Brady, Moreno)

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 #1 to lose in the round of 16 in a Race stop at the 2017 Houston R48 6

Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll owned the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%). Flash is 23-1 on the R48 VII

Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

Vic Perez entered the Elite 8 for the first time following New Orleans, making him the longest-tenured R48 star to move into the R48 Elite 8 for the first time (6 years)

Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history in New Orleans from the time of the first ball struck (six minutes from the time of the first serve hit)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

Three members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are still in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Ortiz, Fink)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

[rb-300x300]Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#21 overall)

Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#6 overall)

United States: Sean Lenning (#2 overall)

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 47 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.


  1. In 47 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been eight different champions and 15 different finalists. Of the 15 different finalists, nine have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova

5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova


  1. The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There has been one new finalist thus far in the R48 VII (D. Cordova)


  1. In three Women’s Race 4 Eight starts in 2016, Catriona Casey outscored her nine opponents 342-95 (3.6:1), won all 18 games played, and won all three events. In four U.S. 4-Wall starts in 2016, including the three WR48 starts and the USHA 4-Wall Nationals, Casey outscored her 11 opponents 426-111 (3.8:1), won all 22 games played, and won all four events


  1. Catriona Casey became the last player to start a Race 4 Eight event and not lose. Casey’s seven-tournament WR48 undefeated streak was ended by two-time defending world champion Aisling Reilly in an 11-9 tiebreaker at the 2015 Simple Green U.S. Open

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