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Pacific handball wins more hardware

Boxers bring home three championships from national event

Pacific’s handball program added to its illustrious history at the 64th annual USHA Collegiate National Championships in Minneapolis last month, as the Boxers captured two team championships and an individual doubles title.

Both the Pacific women’s team and the combined team finished first in the A class division. Five Boxers competed in individual finals, with sophomore Angel Marquez and senior Ben Schmid successfully defending their doubles championship in the A class division.

Schmid finished his career as the most decorated individual in Pacific handball’s nearly 40-year history, having won either a team title or an individual title in each of his four years, including three national team championships. Marquez now has three national championships after just two years.

Kylie Martin advanced to the women’s A class final and finished second overall, as did Julia Naumes and Teresa Wright in the doubles competition.

“There were 33 colleges and universities participating in the competition, including several Division I powerhouses, fielding nearly 250 players,” first-year coach David Steinberg said. “The University of Texas and Texas A&M together brought 38 players; the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State entered 25. The tournament also featured teams from the University of Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri State and the University of West Florida.”