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DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends
The 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 hosted its ninth and final event of the nine-event R48 8 season at the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship, the R48’s eighth consecutive year in the Salt Lake City. The 2019 R48 Aces Player’s Championship featured the 57th Race 4 Eight event in the eight-year history of the tour, with the first Race 4 Eight stop held in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID.


The 2019 Aces Player’s Championship featured the conclusion of the R48 Men’s Pro, WR48, and SR48 seasons, with the #1 star on each tour grabbing the Player’s Championship belts.

2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Fun Facts

  • The Invited 8 were a combined 42-6 (88%) against the qualifiers in the round of 16 through three events on the R48 8 Men’s Pro
  • Head to head records of the 2018/19 R48 “Fab 4”

Killian led Lenning 2-1

Killian led Lucho 3-1

Killian led Danos 2-1

Lenning led Lucho 2-0

Danos led Lenning 3-1

Lucho tied with Danos 1-1

  • Country vs. Country head to head records on the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro

Ireland led the U.S. 27-17

Mexico led the U.S. 37-12

Ireland tied with Mexico 9-9

  • Ireland vs. U.S on the 2018/19 WR48

Ireland led 16-2

  • 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Club Rankings

R48 Men’s Pro

  1. San Angel (Juarez) 88
  2. Tucson Racquet Club 77
  3. NYAC 73.5
  4. LAAC 45.1
  5. Olympic Club (San Francisco) 18
  6. Burnett Courts (Springfield, MO) 2.6


  1. NYAC 43

Overall 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Club Rankings: Combining R48, WR48, SR48

  1. NYAC 116.5
  2. Tucson Racquet Club 112
  3. San Angel 93
  4. LAAC 69.1
  5. Mankato State 24
  6. Olympic Club 21
  7. Burnett Courts 2.6

*A team must have a minimum of two players to qualify for a R48, WR48, or SR48 team. The overall team record combined points of all R48, WR48, and SR48 players from a club

  • Aisling Reilly had advanced to the finals of her previous seven WR48 starts (2013-2016, 1-6 record in finals), with her six losses coming to Catriona Casey. Reilly’s finals streak ended after a nearly three-year hiatus from the WR48, as Reilly lost to Ni Churraoin in the San Francisco ’19 semifinals
  • Fergal Coughlan, Jr. (IRE) became the first unranked player to defeat three ranked R48 pros on the same day (Langmack, Cooney, Peixoto) on the same day at the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship
  • Catriona Casey (WR48), Aisling Reilly (WR48), Fiona Tully (WR48), and David Fink (SR48) are the only players to finish in the top three in all of their career starts on their respective tours
  • Catriona Casey (WR48) and David Fink (SR48) completed undefeated seasons, with neither #1 player dropping a game during the 2018/19 season
  • The only club with ranked players on the R48 Men’s Pro, WR48, and SR48 is the Tucson Racquet Club
  • The average age of the WR48 “Fab 4” (Casey, Ni Churraoin, Davis, Tully) is 27.25
  • The average height age of the WR48 “Fab 4” (Casey, Ni Churraoin, Davis, Tully) is 5’6”.25
  • Emmett Peixoto is the only member of the Elite 8 to have lost in the round of 16 three time this season (Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City)
  • San Francisco’s Olympic Club’s handball team went 0-5 in the qualifier and 0-1 in the main draw in the R48 8 San Francisco ’19, the worst record for any home club in the history of the Race 4 Eight
  • There were seven first-time qualifiers on the 2018/2019 R48 Men’s Pro (Fernandez, McGrath, Esser, Canales, Sr., Kerr, O’Connor, Coughlan, Jr). The seven first-time qualifiers were combined 0-7 in the R48 main draw, and counting playoffs, the seven were a combined 3-12
  • David Fink was only player on the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro to have lost in the round of 16, round of 8, semifinals, and finals
  • Daniel Cordova (Tucson ’19) was the only R48 8 champion to not drop a game en route to a title
  • Vic Perez was the only player on the 2018/19 R48 tour to complete the “Funchion Slam,” defeating both Peter and Patrick during the season
  • Killian Carroll and Sean Lenning were the only players on the 2018/19 R48 tour to defeat both Cordovas
  • The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven 2016/17 R48 6 events (79%). The Elite 8 were 44-10 (81%) through seven events of the 2017/18 R48 7. The Elite 8 were 42-6 against the qualifiers thus far during the 2018/19 R48 8 season (88%)
  • The nine events of the R48 8 season produced five different champions: Carroll (3), L. Cordova (2), Lenning (1), D. Cordova (2), Brady (1)
  • Killian Carroll (10) held the longest winning streak on the 2018/19 R48 8 tour: Carroll’s streak started with a win in Montana (4), followed by another win in San Francisco (4), before the Carroll streak ended in the semifinals of the 2019 NYAC R48LTE (McCarthy). Carroll now owns a 4 match winning streak going into the R48 IX season (Salt Lake City ’19 win)
  • There were two first-time R48 champions on the R48 8 season (Lucho, Danos)
  • Catriona Casey won her 18th WR48 title in 20 WR48 events and sixth consecutive WR48 Player’s Championship in Salt Lake City
  • Through the nine R48 8 Men’s Pro events, there were eight different semifinalists (L. Cordova, D. Cordova, Carroll, Lenning, Perez, Fink, McCarthy, Brady)…only the top six in the R48 rankings + Paul Brady and Robbie McCarthy advanced to a R48 8 semifinal
  • The first two R48 8 events produced four different finalists: Atlanta: L. Cordova/D. Cordova, Tucson: Lenning/Carroll. The last time there were four different finalists in back to back events was New Orleans’16 (Brady/Carroll) and Houston ’16 (Lenning/Ortiz)
  • With his win in the 2019 SR48 Aces Player’s Championship, David Fink has now won five of his six career SR48 starts
  • Shorty Ruiz qualified for a record 13th straight R48 event at the R48 8 San Francisco ’19. Ruiz has qualified by the minimum margin three times in his 13-event streak, 25-23 twice and 15-13 in the tiebreaker once (McCrystal Tucson ’17, Streibig Vegas ’18, Beall 15-13 tiebreaker Portland ‘18), and by the maximum margin, 25-0, once (Svennungsen Salt Lake City ’18). Ruiz’s qualifier streak ended in Salt Lake City, as Ruiz lost to first-time qualifier Niall O’Connor (IRE)
  • Former R48 #1 Mando Ortiz has dropped from #3 at the start of the season to #9, partly due to skipping events and largely due to losing two tiebreakers by the minimum number of points (2) and the first game against Sean Lenning in Tucson ’18 by two points
  • Mexico had four wins on the R48 8 (Flying Cordovas), the U.S. had 1 win (Lenning), and Ireland had four wins (Carroll, Brady).
  • Club members won the first two R48 8 Men’s Pro events: L. Cordova (Recreation Atlanta), Lenning (Tucson Racquet Club)—from Joe Hagen
  • Since making three consecutive R48 finals in 2016/17, David Fink lost five consecutive semifinal matches before returning to the final for the first time in 23 months at the 2019 Tucson R48LTE Hall of Fame
  • After advancing to the finals of Atlanta ’17, the semifinals of Tucson ’17, and the finals of Montana ’18, Mando Ortiz has not finished better than fifth in the last 12 Race 4 Eight starts
  • With his victory at the Tucson Memorial ’18, Sean Lenning tied Killian Carroll for the R48 Men’s Pro #1 ranking, marking the first time since Salt Lake City ’17 that Carroll has not held the sole #1 ranking. Carroll reclaimed the #1 R48 ranking after Portland ‘18
  • 7 of the 8 players in the ATP Tennis top 8 are 30+; 4 players in the R48 Elite 8 are 30+. Roger Federer (37) is the oldest player in the ATP top 100, Marcos Chavez (45) is the oldest player on the R48 Elite 8
  • The average age of the R48 Elite 8 is 33; the average age of the ATP Tennis top 8 is 29.75. 25% of the current R48 8 are 41+ years old (Fink, Chavez)
  • The average age of the WR48 “Fab” 4 is 27.25, the average age of the WTA Tennis top 4 is 27.25
  • The average age of the “Fab 4” on the 40+ SR48 tour is 42.75; youngest: Price (40), oldest: Chavez (45)
  • Emmett Peixoto became the first player in R48 history to lose consecutive R48 round of 16 matches after holding match point (Ruiz, San Francisco ’19/Iglesias, Salt Lake City, ’19). The Rock is also the unhappiest player on any Race 4 Eight tour with the Fun Facts
  • Only one left-handed player (Fink) was ranked on the R48/WR48/SR48 tours entering the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship. The tours welcomed left-handed stars Niall O’Connor, Fergal Coughlan, Jr., Martina McMahon, and Victor Stevenson to the rankings after the 2019 Aces Player’s Championship, jumping from one ranked lefty to five
  • Vic Perez won the fifth place playoffs in consecutive events (Salt Lake City ’18, Atlanta ’18), boosting PVic’s ranking to a then career-high #7. Perez added another 5th place finish in Portland ’18 and a finals appearance in New Orleans, pushing PVic to a career-best #5 R48 ranking (currently #6)
  • Luis Cordova won three tiebreakers in four matches (Langmack, Fink, D. Cordova) en route to winning his first R48 title in Atlanta ’18 and came within four points of his second consecutive final at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, losing his first tiebreaker of the season to Sean Lenning, 15-11 in the Tucson ’18 semifinals
  • Ciana Ni Churraoin advanced to her second WR48 final (NYAC ’15) in her first WR48 start in 18 months following knee surgery at the Tucson Memorial ’18. CNC added her third finals appearance in four starts at the WR48 San Francisco ’19. *CNC lost all three finals to WR48 #1 Catriona Casey
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez have played in the last six SR48 finals, with Fink winning five and Chavez winning one
  • Tyler Hamel finished third in his first SR48 start in more than two years at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • George Garcia Jr. reached a career-high #3 SR48 ranking after finishing third at the 2018 Tucson Memorial. GGJ finished the 2018/19 SR48 season at #3
  • Jennifer Hinman (OR) and Leslie Amminson (CAN) earned WR48 rankings for the first time by finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • Ashley Moler finished fourth at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, boosting her WR48 ranking to a career-high #3. Moler now sits at #7 on the WR48
  • At 42 years old, Tracy Davis is the oldest player to be ranked in the top three (#3) on the R48 or WR48 tour
  • Leo Canales, Sr. (MEX) finished fourth in his first SR48 start since 2014, defeating George Garcia (#3) in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in the SR48 top 8 (#6)
  • Leo Canales Sr. is the only player to have appeared on ESPN3 and not won one point (15-0, 15-0 SR48 semifinal loss at the 2018 Tucson Memorial)
  • Of the 11 players currently ranked on the WR48, three are moms (Davis, Peixoto de Melo, Hinman). Davis is the highest ranked mom on the WR48 (#3)
  • Of the 34 ranked players on the R48, seven are dads. Lucho Cordova is the highest ranked dad (#4)

Inside the Numbers

  • Most points won in a tournament: Danos Cordova: Portland (156)
  • Killian Carroll held the longest winning streak on the R48 Men’s Pro: 10 consecutive match wins from Montana ’19 through NYAC ‘19
  • The only undefeated players on the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight tour were Catriona Casey (WR48, 9-0, three titles), and David Fink (SR48, 9-0, three titles)
  • Most wins this season: Danos Cordova (27)
  • In 15 Race 4 Eight events this season (combining R48, WR48, and SR48), there have been seven different winners (L. Cordova, Lenning, Fink, Casey, D. Cordova, Carroll, Brady)
  • Daniel Cordova and David Fink were the only players to have played in every 2018/19 R48 8 event (9)
  • Highest percentage of points won in a tournament: David Fink SR48 New Orleans (89%)
  • Lowest percentage of points won by any R48 Elite, WR48 Elite, or SR48 Elite: Emmett Peixoto (Salt Lake City: 34%)
  • Highest percent of points won in a tournament by a R48 Men’s Pro: Killian Carroll in Portland (71%) *Carroll finished second in this event
  • Most titles of any Elite Race 4 Eight star in history: Catriona Casey (18)
  • Oldest Race 4 Eight star: Leo Canales, Sr. (53)
  • Youngest Elite Race 4 Eight star: Ciana Ni Churraoin (22)
  • Most losses of any Elite Race 4 Eight star: Emmett Peixoto and Marcos Chavez (13)
  • Of the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight Elite, Catriona Casey, Ciana Ni Churraoin, Sean Lenning, Lucho Cordova, David Fink, Marcos Chavez, and Vic Perez played overtime games this season
  • The three most winning players in Race 4 Eight history are Irish: Casey (18), Brady (15), Carroll (13)
  • Each member of the 2018/19 R48 Men’s Pro has scored between two and six points in single-game losses this season
  • Danos has won the most combined points on the 2018/19 season (1000)
  • Amongst the R48 Men’s Pro, Killian Carroll won the highest percent of points on the 2018/19 season (64%)
  • David Fink lost the most points on the 2018/19 season (707)
  • Amongst the R48 Men’s Pro, Emmett Peixoto had the lowest percentage of points won on the 2018/19 season (48%)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 57 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2019, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on WPH Patreon, race4eight.com or the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first eight+ years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

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