USHA National One-Wall Championships – finals update.
Photo by Mike Grabowski - re-posted from USHA website.
BROOKLYN - Tyree Bastidas repeated in the men's Open singles, defeating his brother Jurell in two close games. Tracy Davis won her 10th one-wall singles title with two 21-15 decisions over big ball champ Danielle Daskalakis.
Eugene Lau pulled off a rare slam, taking the B and A singles on Sat. Richard Mascia won his first national title, taking the 50 singles while Milton Jones is back in the winner's circle in the 40s.
Doubles action saw the Brothers Bastidas reach Sunday's final over Robert Sostre and Pete Pellegirni to face Willie Polanco and Michael Schneider. Tracy Davis will have a chance to slam as will Tyree.
Braulio and Armando may have not won the singles open title on their own, but certainly they have the potential to do it in the future. When playing in the singles on the 3-wall courts, there is always the big possibility of running into better and more experienced players. But in the doubles division, Ruiz and Ortiz teamed up to surprise every team with their well-coordinated attacks, aggressive playing and powerful low serves.
It was interesting to see how team Ruiz/Ortiz advanced to the championship match dismantling every team on its way to its first open doubles title.
Congratulations to team Braulio Ruiz and Armando Ortiz.
The World Handball Committee is betting once again that the 1-wall handball versions that brought success to the previous world handball championships held in Ireland, bring more success stories on Canadian soil.
As we recalled, the Irish offered 1-wall small and big ball for the first time in the history of the world championships in 2012, which brought a record participation never seen before.
The Canadian Handball Committed wants to capitalize on this great idea and is also offering 1-wall small and big ball handball versions for the first time.
The junior players are the future of handball and as such they are all aiming to one day become elite players of the 1-wall community.
This is a big group of young players who are always registering to play in any 1-wall small ball handball tournament throughout the year. Some of them also play 1-wall big ball, but for the most, they are small ball players looking for competition and challenge.
Why do we have so many young players but not enough 1-wall junior tournaments?
Perhaps this is the main reason young 1-wall players migrate to other sports. They need to be constantly playing so that they don’t get burned out easily by playing the same events with the same players.
Don’t expect the USHA to come up with more handball tournaments. New Yorkers need to do their part to motivate junior players. The 1-wall handball Committee in NY should also encourage and sponsor more handball tournaments to keep players busy and challenged during the year.
For the second time since 2012, Tyree Bastidas and Sean Lenning faced each other in the championship match with Lenning beating Bastidas on both occasions.
It has always been said "the 3-wall game is a power game" and Lenning made use of his power to validate that statement.
Many people may be wondering by now; why Bastidas hasn’t been able to beat Lenning, and the answer rests on that statement.
Tyree is not a power player as some people may be inclined to believe. Bastidas’ game is finesse, smooth, smart playing and plenty of rallying around the walls and ceiling.
When Sean Lenning pounds that ball there is very little a player could do, besides taking cover.
At the conclusion of the championship match, Sean Lenning was asked by USHA Tournament Director, Vern Roberts; how did you manage to win the title? I played aggressive and stayed aggressive during the entire match. Lenning said.
Congratulations to Mr. Lenning for another national title.