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DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the 2020 Race 4 Eight Mardi Gras/Pre R48LTE RFC 12 The 2019/20 Race 4 Eight IX hosted its fifth event of the Race 4 Eight IX season at the 2020R48LTE/WR48 Mardi Gras, the R48’s fourth stop in New Orleans. The 2020 R48/WR48 Mardi Gras featured the 62nd Race 4 Eight event in the nine-year history of the tour, with the first Race 4 Eight stop held in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID. 2019/20 R48 IX Fun Facts In 62 R48 Men’s Pro finals since 2011, 20 finals have gone to a tiebreaker (32%) In 23 SR48 finals since 2013, three finals have gone to a tiebreaker (13%) – all three involved Marcos Chavez (Chavez 2-1 in those tiebreakers) In 22 WR48 events since 2013, three finals have gone to a tiebreaker (14%) Combining R48, WR48, and SR48, the Race 4 Eight tour has hosted 107 events (not including R48 Pre Qualifiers) Catriona Casey (Koehler) and Megan McCann (Gregory) played side-by-side at the ’20 WR48 Mardi Gras and combined to beat their opponents 60-0, starting and finishing within 44 seconds of one another Lucho Cordova won his third R48LTE at the ’20 Mardi Gras, breaking his LTE record of two titles, winning his second consecutive Mardi Gras title and improving his career R48LTE record to 14-1 in four LTE starts Shorty Ruiz advanced to his first R48 semifinal at the ’20 R48LTE Mardi Gras, defeating Leo Canales, Jr. for the first time in the quarterfinals and moving into the top nine on the R48 Power Rankings for the first time The only men’s players ranked on the R48 and GAA are Martin Mulkerrins, Peter Funchion, Patrick Funchion, Fergal Coughlan, Jr., Niall O’Connor, and Sean Kerr David Walsh (IRE) held match point at the 2019 RFC R48 IX Direct Entry Pre Qualifier but was unable to convert (O’Connor) – Walsh earned his first R48 ranking at the ’20 R48LTE Mardi Gras, defeating Canada’s Ryan Bowler en route to a t7 finish After finishing 11th at the R48 IX Tucson Memorial and 6th at the R48 IX Red Death, Danos Cordova returned to the final two at the ’20 Mardi Gras, his second final of the R48 IX season (Atlanta, win) By advancing to the semifinal of the ’20 WR48 Mardi Gras, Fiona Tully has now finished third in all three of her career WR48 starts Ashley Moler scored 49 points in the ’20 WR48 Mardi Gras 5th place playoffs en route to a 6th place finish – her opponents (McCann, Davis) also combined to score 49 points Tracy Davis returned to the WR48 tour after skipping the 2019 WR48 Tucson Memorial with an impressive 5th place finish, defeating former WR48 finalist Suz Entzeroth and top 10 WR48 pro Ashley Moler in the 5th place playoffs at the ’20 WR48 Mardi Gras Patrick Funchion (IRE) earned the highest R48 finish of his career at the ’20 R48LTE Mardi Gras (6th) Marcos Chavez has won 10 of the 23 SR48 held since 2013 (43%) – Chavez has won more than 50% of the SR48 events he has entered David Fink has won 6 of 7 SR48 events he has entered (86%) Vic Perez lost in the round of 16 for the first time in 24 months at the ’19 R48 Memorial to eventual champion Martin Mulkerrins After advancing to the final of her first 7 WR48 starts, Aisling Reilly has lost in the semifinals of her last 2 WR48 starts (San Francisco ’19, Memorial ’19 – both semifinal losses to Ni Churraoin) R48 Elite 8 average finishes on the R48 IX season R48 #1 Carroll: 2.3 (3rd in Atlanta, 3rd in Tucson, 1st at the Red Death). R48 IX record: 8-2 R48 #2 Danos: 5 (1st in Atlanta, 11th in Tucson, 6th at the Red Death, 2nd at the R48LTE Mardi Gras). R48 IX record: 10-5 R48 #3 Lucho: 2.6 (2nd in Atlanta, 1st in Portland, 6th in Tucson, 3rd at the Red Death, 1st at the Mardi Gras). R48 IX record: 15-4 R48 #3 Lenning: 3.7 (7th in Atlanta, 2nd in Portland, 2nd in Tucson), R48 IX record: 7-3 R48 #5 Fink: 4.6 (7th in Atlanta, 3rd in Portland, 5th in Tucson, 5th at the Red Death, 3rd at the Mardi Gras). R48 IX record: 11-6 R48 #6 Perez: 5.25 (5th in Atlanta, 3rd in Portland, 10th in Tucson, 3rd at the Red Death). R48 IX record: 9-5 R48 #7 Mulkerrins: 4 (9th in Atlanta, 1st in Tucson, 2nd at the Red Death), R48 IX record: 10-2 R48 #7 Chavez: 8.3 (3rd in Atlanta, 13th in Tucson, 9th at the Red Death). R48 IX record: 5-4 Emmett Peixoto bounced back from consecutive 13th place finishes to end his R48 8 season with a 6th place finish at the R48 IX Atlanta and 7th place finish at the 2020 Red Death Race 4 Eight Pre Qualifier Fun Facts Tucson held the first R48 Pre Qualifier in September of 2017 There have been 17 Race 4 Eight Pre Qualifiers (15 R48, 2 WR48) held through December of 2019 248 players have competed in the 17 Race 4 Eight Pre Qualifiers (16 Pre Qualifier champions- 7%) The largest R48 Pre Qualifier field was in Austin in 2018 (22) The University of Texas (Austin) has hosted the most Pre Qualifiers (4) 8 of the 17 Pre Qualifier finals have gone to a tiebreaker of overtime (3 Pre Qualifier finals were one-game to 25 point finals) The oldest R48 Pre Qualifier champion was Leo Canales Sr. (53) In the two WR48 Pre Qualifiers, the winners were 42+ (Schmitt/Davis) Adam Bernhard has won the most R48 Pre Qualifiers (2) John Wayne Cortez (2018) and George Garcia, Jr. (2017) qualified for the first time via the R48 Pre Qualifier – both at the LAAC 10 of the 15 R48 Pre Qualifiers were “direct entry” events, meaning the winners bypassed the qualifier of the R48 event of his choice Leo Canales, Jr. (2019 Tucson R48 Pre Qualifier) is the only R48 Pre Qualifier winner to win his round of 16 match (2019 Tucson Memorial) Adam Bernhard became the only R48 Pre Qualifier champion to win three consecutive tiebreakers en route to the title (LAAC 2019) The RFC has hosted three R48 Pre Qualifiers – producing three different champions – none of those three were born in the U.S. – Cooney and O’Connor (Ireland), Bowler (Canada) Sean Lenning advanced to his 21st R48 final at the ’19 Memorial, one shy of Catriona Casey with 22 Race 4 Eight finals. Lenning has 7 R48 titles, Casey has 20 13 ranking points separates #5 and #10 on the R48 tour Lucho Cordova has the most wins thus far on the R48 IX tour (15) After going 8-0 in the round of 16 at the R48 IX e4 Atlanta, the R48 Elite 8 slumped to 4-4 in the round of 16 at the R48 IX Memorial, the most losses for the Elite 8 in R48 round of 16 history. The Elite 8 went 7-1 at the 2020 Red Death (Chavez lost to Ruiz) The WR48 #1 has advanced to the final of all 22 WR48 events, winning 20 (Casey) The top five ranked players on the WR48 are from Ireland (first time in history) Martin Mulkerrins became the first player in R48 history to lose three round of 16 matches in a row and win his next start at the ’19 Tucson Memorial Leo Canales, Jr. advanced to his first R48 quarterfinal and first R48 semifinal at the ’19 Tucson Memorial – Leo defeated R48 #7 Marcos Chavez in the round of 16 and R48 #14 Niall O’Connor in the quarterfinals David Fink and Marcos Chavez played one another for the seventh consecutive SR48 final at the ’19 Memorial – The ’19 Memorial was the first of the seven finals that went to a tiebreaker Catriona Casey and Ciana Ni Churraoin met for the fourth time in the last five WR48 finals at the ’20 Mardi Gras – Casey is 4-0 in those three matchups Before their seventh SR48 finals clash, David Fink and Marcos Chavez outscored their four combined opponents en route to the ’19 SR48 Memorial final by a combined score of 120-20 Emmett Peixoto dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 for the first time since February of 2018 after losing in the round of 16 for the third time in his last four R48 starts at the ’19 Memorial – Mulkerrins knocked Peixoto out of the R48 Elite 8 with his first R48 title at the ’19 Memorial – The last time Peixoto dropped out of the Elite 8 was in 2018, “The Rock” bounced back with consecutive semifinal appearances (Houston ’18, NYAC ’18) to regain his Elite 8 status Martin Mulkerrins became the second qualifier in R48 history to win the title at the ’19 Memorial (Brady) David Fink finished 5th at the ’20 Red Death, setting the record for most 5th place finishes in R48 history (12) Of the four 2019/20 R48 champions, Danos Cordova, Martin Mulkerrins, and Killian Carroll are the only three to not lose a game en route to the title – Lucho Cordova (2) dropped one game in his title run at the ’19 Portland Classic and at the ’20 Mardi Gras Ciana Ni Churraoin has advanced to five WR48 finals but has yet to win a title (0-4) Emmett Peixoto outscored his three ’19 Memorial 9th place opponents by a combined 75-28 (Cooney, Montijo, Perez) – Peixoto also ended a five-match losing streak against Perez in the ’19 Memorial 9th place final David Fink outscored his two fifth place opponents (Peixoto, D. Cordova) by a combined 50-16 en route to his second consecutive fifth place finish Longest current R48 winning streaks: Lucho: 4, Carroll: 4, Chavez: 3, Canales, Jr.: 2, Brady: 2 Longest current SR48 winning streak: Fink: 12 (4 events) Longest current WR48 winning streak: Casey: 24 (8 events) Lucho Cordova lost before the semifinals for the first time since the 2017/18 R48 7 at the ’19 Tucson Memorial (Mulkerrins) Catriona has won the most Race 4 Eight events (20), Brady has the second most Race 4 Eight wins (15). Casey has lost just two matches in her WR48 career (Reilly, McMahon), Brady has lost just four matches in his R48 career (Ortiz twice, Carroll, Lenning) Leo Canales, Jr. and Niall O’Connor became the second qualifiers to play one another in the quarterfinals of a R48 event (Aa. Garner vs. Selestow ’13 Houston) Danos Cordova swept his older brother Lucho in two games in the e4 Atlanta ’19 final. Following Lucho’s victory against Danos in the ’20 Mardi Gras final, Lucho leads the R48 head-to-head 6-4 Danos Cordova has never lost a game in a finals match he has won (Portland ’18, Tucson ’19, Atlanta ’19) and has outscored his three finals opponents (in his wins) by a combined 90-41 Marcos Chavez became the oldest R48 pro (45) by three years to reach a R48 semifinal in Atlanta ‘19 R48 #1 Killian Carroll lost in the semifinals in Atlanta ’19 for the second consecutive year. Carroll advanced to the final of all 7 seven R48 7 events but has lost in the semifinals in four R48 starts since the start of the 2018/19 R48 8 season Lucho Cordova defeated David Fink in a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals and Killian Carroll in two games in the semifinals in Atlanta ’19 in exactly the same scenario as Atlanta ’18 unfolded (both years in the upper bracket) Martin Mulkerrins finished ninth in his third consecutive R48 start at the R48 IX e4 Atlanta ’19. Mulkerrins has outscored his nine ninth place opponents by a ratio of 2.8:1 Only one of the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches (7 matches) featured a tiebreaker in Atlanta ’19 (L. Cordova def Fink) Marcos Chavez became the oldest player to ever win the ninth place playoffs at the 2020 R48 Red Death (45) Vic Perez won fifth in Atlanta ’19, giving Vic the third most fifth place finishes in R48 history (7) Daniel Cordova’s third R48 title at the R48 IX Atlanta places him tied for fifth all time (McCarthy) for most R48 Men’s Pro titles, behind Brady, Carroll, Moreno, and Lenning David Fink is the only R48 pro to have played in every R48LTE (5) With his win at the 2020 R48LTE Mardi Gras, Lucho Cordova has now won the most R48LTE events (3) R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present Through 62 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2020, 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. In 62 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been 11 different champions and 17 different finalists. Of the 17 different finalists, 10 have been from the U.S., six from Ireland, and one from Mexico 10 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova, Perez 5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll, Mulkerrins 1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova 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 was one new finalist on the R48 7 (D. Cordova). The R48 8 featured one new finalist (Perez) and two new champions: Luis Cordova, Daniel Cordova. The R48 IX has featured one new finalist (Mulkerrins) Of the 28 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, three countries are represented (birth countries) United States: 18 Ireland: 9 Mexico: 1 Race 4 Eight Player’s Cup Champions (ranked #1 at season’s end) R48 Men’s Pro 2012: Luis Moreno 2013: Charly Shanks 2014: Luis Moreno 2015: Paul Brady 2016: Paul Brady 2017: Killian Carroll 2018: Killian Carroll 2019: Killian Carroll WR48 2014: Catriona Casey 2015: Catriona Casey 2016: Catriona Casey 2017: Catriona Casey 2018: Catriona Casey 2019: Catriona Casey SR48 2013: John Bike, Jr. 2014: Marcos Chavez 2015: Marcos Chavez 2016: Marcos Chavez 2017: Marcos Chavez 2018: David Fink 2019: David Fink Of the 18 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented California (8): Peixoto, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres, Cortez, Hernandez, Lee Arizona (3): Fink, Montijo, Ruiz New York (1): Iglesias Texas (2): Bernhard, Canales, Jr. Oregon (1): Aa. Garner, Beall Washington (1): Lenning Tennessee (1): Mattioni *Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above were born in these U.S. states 23 years separates the youngest player on the R48 tour and the oldest Youngest ranked R48 pro: Sean Kerr (22) Oldest ranked R48 pro: Marcos Chavez (45) Most R48 events started: Fink (60), Lenning (57), Emmett Peixoto (54) Most R48 Men’s Pro 5th place playoff titles: Fink: 12 Peixoto: 8 Perez: 7 Danos Cordova has not dropped a game in the finals of his three R48 wins and outscored his three opponents by a combined score of 90-41 (Portland ’18, Tucson ’19, Atlanta ’19) The 62 events held on the Race 4 Eight tour since 2011 have been held in 15 different states Idaho (3) California (10) Arizona (8) Georgia (4) Utah (8) Washington (2) Texas (6) Alaska (1) Colorado (2) New York (6) Louisiana (4) Oregon (3) Minnesota (1) Montana (3) Nevada (1) Salt Lake City (UT) is the only city to have hosted the Race 4 Eight during each season Most third place finishes on the WR48: McMahon: 5 Davis/Gawley: 3 California has hosted the most Race 4 Eight events of any state (10) Fountain Valley (6) Fresno (1) LAAC (1)

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