The Pacific University Handball Team continued to further its legacy of producing top-notch competitors and champions following a successful showing at the third annual Portland Classic Handball Tournament held Oct. 19-21 at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) in Portland, OR.
Pacific student athletes performed well against opponents from all around the state and often found themselves battling it out in the championship match. Individually the Boxers added three first place championships, four second place finishes, and one third place finish to their extensive resume.
Juniors Gavin Calhoun and Ethan Doan captured a third place finish in the Men’s B Doubles Division after a win by default. Calhoun and Doan continued to play diligently in their singles divisions and with Calhoun securing the 1st place championship in the Men’s B Singles Division and Doan winning the Men’s B Singles consolation bracket. Calhoun came from behind in the second game of the championship to claim his victory of 21-20.
On the women’s side, sophomore Abby Evan and senior Hannah Ramsey battled each other for the Women’s White Ace consolation bracket championship. Ramsey fought hard and claimed the win during the tiebreaker, thus receiving first place in the consolation bracket, leaving Evan with second place. Junior Tessa DeBartolo also faced a series of battles this tournament as she made the finals in the Women’s White Ace Singles Division, Women’s Red Ace Singles Division, and in the Open/A Mixed Doubles Division. While DeBartolo made a valiant effort and played through a few long-winded games and tiebreakers, in the end she was awarded 2nd place in each of the three aforementioned divisions.
Other Boxer Handball Team members who competed include Ray Byerly, Kiana Coffin, Zane French, Julie Huestis, Melinda Rudnick, and Kouichi Keith Saito.
For more information and to stay up to date on all things Boxer Handball, visit the Pacific University Handball Team Facebook page or go online to goboxers.com.
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