Maverick Handball Teams Finish 3rd at Nationals

Women's team placed third, men's team fourth.

March 01, 2018 | Sports

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato men's and women's handball teams finished in third place combined at the 2018 United States Handball Association's national collegiatiate handball tournament, held Feb. 21-25 at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

The Maverick women's team finished third overall, just 13 points out of second place.

The Maverick men's team finished fourth overall.

Individual notes:

  • Freshman Michael Gaulton made it to the semifinals of the Open division (3rd overall). He was an All-American and All-Tournament player.
  • Carina Aguilar finished 13th in the country, the second-highest finish for a Maverick women's player.
  • Jordan Taylor from the men's team finished 13th in the country.
  • Austin Biddle won the men's A1 championship.
  • Erin Kost won the women's B1 championship.
  • Nikki Theobald was runner-up in the women's A1 bracket.
  • Joelle Anderson and Maddie Kennedy were runners-up in the women's A doubles.
  • Courtney Sill received one of the Sportsmanship Awards at the banquet Saturday. She received at least 8 separate nominations.
  • The top 6 men and top 6 women score for the Mavericks in the team competition. The Maverick women that scored were:
    • Carina Aguilar (13th)
    • Nikki Theobald (18th)
    • Courtney Sill (21st)
    • Maddie Kennedy (21st)
    • Crystal Theobald (25th)
    • Joelle Anderson (37th)
  • The Maverick men that scored were:
    • Michael Gaulton (3rd)
    • Jordan Taylor (13th)
    • Austin Biddle (17th)
    • Clay Edwards (57th)
    • D’Ante Ross (57th)
    • Same Ure (72nd)

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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