The first day of play at the 2016 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships featured Small Ball 3WallBall singles and doubles, with Race 4 Eight and WPH Outdoor stars in action.
The Small Ball 3WallBall singles semifinals featured David Fink facing the Olympic Club’s Erik Torres and 2011 Small Ball 3WallBall champion Shorty Ruiz facing Tucson’s Abraham Montijo. Fink raced to a 14-6 first game lead in the upper bracket semifinal, only to watch Torres score nine straight points to serve for the game at 15-14. Fink reversed the momentum, scoring three consecutive points to escape with the first game. Torres continued his stellar play in game two, building an 8-5 lead. Fink rallied, scoring nine consecutive points to arrive at 14-8, and ultimately closed out the match 17-15, 15-10.
Ruiz took control of the bottom bracket semifinal, leading 12-5 in game one and cruising with an array of high angled pinch shots and bottom board rollouts. Montijo charged back, scoring six consecutive points to cut the deficit to one. An easy Montijo fly kill error at 11-12 shifted the momentum back to Ruiz, who scored 18 of the final 19 points of the match to book his spot in the final.
Fink def Torres 17-15, 15-10
Ruiz def Montijo 15-11, 15-1
Final (Friday): Fink vs. Ruiz
Doubles Semifinals (Friday)
Torres/Montijo vs Humphreys/Humphreys
Morales/Fink vs. Lee/Calle
Friday will feature the Men’s Small Ball 3WallBall singles and doubles finals, as well as the start of the 1WallBall and 3WallBall Big Ball events.
Stay tuned to wphlive.tv for updates throughout the week!
To follow the draws and results from the 2016 WPH 3WallBall Outdoor World Handball Championships