Maverick Combined Club Handball Team Finishes Second at National Tournament
The 2020 Minnesota State Mankato combined men's and women's club handball team:
Front row (left to right) – Justin Klein, Michael Gaulton, Jake Johnson, Tom Klapperich, Matt Bartholomew, Sam Ure, and Matt Johnson; Second row (left to right) – coach John Stoffel, Crystal Theobald, Paige Kennedy, Claire Hagstrom, Kendra Kaupa, Ciana Ni Churraoin, Molly Hlebichuk, Alexis Anderson; Back row (left to right) – Joelle Anderson, Andrew Christiansen, Maddie Kennedy, Andrew Unick, coach Mike Wells
Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato combined men’s and women’s handball teams finished as runner-up to Missouri State University at the 2020 United States Handball Association’s national collegiate handball tournament, held Feb. 19-23 at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Maverick women’s team finished runner-up in the nation to Missouri State University, while the men’s team finished fifth in the tournament.
- Ciana Ni Churraoin repeated as the women’s open champion and earned All-American honors for the second straight year.
- Junior Michael Gaulton achieved All-American for the third straight year.
- Senior Maddie Kennedy achieved All-American honors.
- Ciana Ni Churraoin and Maddie Kennedy teamed to finish runner-up in the women’s open doubles championship.
- Sophomore Andrew Unick won an individual national title in the men’s B2 division.
- Sophomore Andrew Christiansen won an individual national title in the men’s C1 division.
- Junior Paige Kennedy was runner-up in the women’s B1 division.
- Freshman Alexis Anderson and junior Molly Hlebichuk teamed to finish as runner-up in the women’s B division.
Competition brackets are available on the United States Handball Association’s website.
For more information, contact Minnesota State Mankato handball coach Mike Wells by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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