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Club Handball Team Finishes 2nd at National Tournament

Men's team finished third overall and women's team finished second in A Division and fourth overall.

2016-04-11
Minnesota State University, Mankato Club Handball Team News Release, 3-15-2016

The Minnesota State University, Mankato handball team finished second in the country at the United States Handball Association’s (USHA) 2016 National Collegiate Handball Tournament. The tournament was held Feb. 24-28 on the University of Minnesota campus. Fifty schools from the United States, Ireland, and Canada sent players to compete for individual and team titles in men’s, women’s, and combined team championships.

Lake Forest College (Ill.) recorded their eighth consecutive combined team championship. The Mavericks finished second to Lake Forest College this year and in 2014 in the combined men's and women's competition. This year the Mavericks finished ahead of perennial powerhouses such as Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Illinois, Missouri State, and University of Minnesota.

The Maverick men finished third behind the University of Limerick and Lake Forest College.

Sophomore Tyler Stoffel became the first All-American ever for the Mavericks. Players can achieve All-American status by making the semifinal round in singles or the finals in doubles in the Open Division. Stoffel overcame 10 straight match points in the second game of the quarterfinals against Galen Riordan of Ireland and then went on to win the tiebreaker 11-0 to achieve All-American honors. Stoffel lost to Peter Funchion of Ireland 21-8, 21-14 in the championship finals. Stoffel has had quite a year, winning the USHA’s 19-and-under junior national title and finishing third in the 19-and-under World Championship in Calgary, Alberta.

Other Maverick men scoring points for the Mavericks were sophomore Jordan Taylor (13th), senior Jerad Michels (25th), sophomore Ricky Ness (25th), junior Tyler Fipps (37th), and sophomore Hugo Cervantes (37th).

Sophomore Adrian Anderson was the most improved player from last year’s team. He finished 105th in 2015, but advanced to 41st this year.

Jordan Taylor won one of the two sportsmanship awards given to a player that is nominated at the tournament for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship during the event.

Seth Troyer finished runner-up in the Men’s C1 Division losing to Alex Sadegholvad of Stony Brook University.

The Maverick women were runner-up in the A Division and finished fourth overall.

The Maverick women were led by senior Jessica Herion, who improved to 11th in the country, the highest finish ever by a Maverick woman. The rest of the Mavericks scoring points for the women’s team were Leah Grisim (41st), Nikki Theobald (51st), Laurie Hiebert (53rd), Stasha Zetah (57th), and Courtney Johnson (66th).

Courtney Johnson finished runner-up in the women’s B2 Division, losing to Catalina Rodriguez from the University of Texas.

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