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Handball Team Places Second at Nationals
Freshman Tyler Stoffel earned Minnesota State Mankato's highest-ever individual finish.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 3-18-2015
Mankato, Minn. --Fifty teams from the U.S., Ireland and Canada competed for a title at the U.S. Handball Association’s National Collegiate Handball Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., at North Carolina State University from Feb. 19-23.
The Minnesota State Mankato Men’s Handball Team placed second in Division I. Minnesota State Mankato finished ahead of perennial powers such as the University of Texas, the University of Illinois, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota.
Among Minnesota State Mankato's men's players, Tyler J. Stoffel, a freshman majoring in accounting, finished ninth in the Open Division and defeated Michael Hedigan of the University of Limerick by scores of 21-11 and 21-14. This was the highest individual finish ever by a Minnesota State Mankato player. Other men who scored for the Mavericks were senior Matt Job (13th), freshman Jordan Taylor (19th), senior Jerad Michels (25th), senior Cody Kutil (51st) and senior Kevin Pattain (57th).
The Maverick women finished seventh overall. They were led by Jessica Herion, who defeated Cheryl Chen of Stony Brook University by scores of 9-21, 21-20 and 11-10 to finish 13th overall. Shannon Strand was runner up in the Women’s A Division and finished 18th overall. Strand was defeated by Niamh Farrell of Dublin City University by scores of 11-21 and 5-21. Other women who scored points toward the team title were Missy Kohout (25th) and Vanessa Arndt (41st). The Mavericks finished fifth in the Combined Team Championship.