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Day 3: Sunday

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 11/3/19-

The 2019 Memorial concluded on Sunday, as the R48, WR48, and SR48 crowned its champions. Pro/Am Doubles, R48, WR48, and SR48 playoffs, and amateur singles and doubles brackets also took center stage on Sunday. “The Memorial means so much to us and our handball community in Tucson,” stated Memorial tournament director Scott Cleveland. “This tournament is a success because everyone steps up to help. We look forward to this event all year and we are proud to host players from around the world and welcome them back each year.”

[048A9061-300x169]R48 Final: Lenning vs. Mulkerrins

Sean Lenning was aiming to repeat as Memorial champion in his record-breaking 21st R48 final, while Martin Mulkerrins became the eighth qualifier to advance to a R48 final. Lenning and Mulkerrins had split their four head-to-head encounters since their first matchup in 2013, with Lenning winning their R48 clashes and Mulkerrins winning their matches at the USHA Nationals.

Martin Mulkerrins entered his first final with a champion’s mindset, knowing he would need his best to win. “Look, Sean is one of the most talented players to ever play so I can’t worry about what he’s doing and just focus on myself and play the best game I can.”

Mulkerrins played patiently in the opening stages of game one, extending rallies and forcing Lenning to hit 10 or more shots in the majority of rallies. Mulkerrins opened up his game from there, taking a 10-3 lead with laser serves and kills. Lenning cut the deficit to 9-10 with a brilliant streak of aces and kills, but Mulkerrins slammed the door shut with five consecutive point and dominated game two from the outset to become the second qualifier (Brady) to win a R48 event.

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“We watched the tape of my matches in Atlanta and I made the corrections,” stated Mulkerrins. “I needed to serve better and take my chances and I was able to do that. I just delighted with the result.”

Final: Mulkerrins def Lenning 15-9, 15-6

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