Handball Team On Top of Their Game

Club returns victorious from Collegiate Nationals

By Alana Edgin
On March 10, 2016

   Local champions since 2012, ASU’s Handball Club has already began a hard hitting season. The club returned victorious from the Collegiate Nationals at the University of Minnesota on Feb. 29 with two members in first place. This club has only 15 members but that doesn’t stop them from being at the top of their game every season.
   Handball is a unique sport, according to Handball Club Treasurer Kara Edwards. The purpose is to win by serving or returning the ball until the opponent can’t keep up. Four wall handball can be played with as few as two and as many as four players.“My favorite part about handball is traveling to compete and meeting new people from other universities that enjoy the sport just as much as me,” Edwards said. “Now whenever we travel, I get excited becauseknow I will be playing a sport I love and I get to hang out with the friends from other universities.”
   This tournament had over 40 universities and nearly 350 players in nine levels of competition brackets.  “They played awesome this past week at the collegiate nationals which were held at the University of Minnesota on February 24 to 28,” Scottie Moler, recent graduate, coach and former president, said.“They had a couple of semi-finalists, and two players won a national championship in their respective brackets.”
Club President Angela Snow won first place in the Women’s A2 bracket and Vice President Nathan Swiger placed first in the Men’s B3 Bracket. “Anytime we compete in the national collegiate tournament, it’s a good mixture of intensity and having a good time with other competitors,” Snow said. “There are people from all over the nation and a group that travels from Ireland to compete, so the competition is tough and meeting all of the new people is exciting.”
    Members get to compete in different tournaments in and out of Texas. Some of the universities and places the club plays at are the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri State University, Dallas and Houston.“Overall, it was a great tournament and everyone on the team placed higher than their original ranking,” Edwards said. “The collegiate nationals are the best tournament for beginning players to participate in due to the wide variety of skill levels that attend the event.”
    Since the club had two members break through nationals, they are preparing to play at three different tournaments: the Southwest Regional, the Women’s Classic and the Aggieland Classic.Many of the club’s members had never played handball before joining and the club welcomes anyone wanting to join. They accept all skill levels and work together to improve and compete. Those who are interested can contact the president at asnow1@angelo.edu, vice president at nswiger@angelo.edu or the club’s advisor, Dr. Warren Simpson, at warren.simpson@angelo.edu.


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