ASU Handball Team Claims 3 National Titles


MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Angelo State University Handball Club emerged triumphant from the 71st U.S. Handball Association (USHA) National Collegiate Championships at the University of Minnesota, clinching three national titles and several additional medals.

The ASU women's team secured first place in the Women's A Division, accumulating 2,060 points to clinch the national championship ahead of runner-up Utah State University with 1,392 points. Simultaneously, the ASU men's team clinched fourth place in the Men's A Division. Their combined total of 3,816 points propelled the ASU Handball Club to the overall A Division national championship.

Individual competition witnessed further success for ASU, as the doubles team of Israel Lopez Jr. and Austin Colwell clinched the national title in the Men's B Doubles Division. Colwell also earned the Silver Medal in the Men's B Singles Division, with teammate Cade Whitley securing the Silver Medal in the Men's C4 Singles Division.

On the women's team, Taigan Rivers earned the Silver Medal in the Women's B Singles Division, while Kinzi Jo Leon secured the Silver Medal in the Women's C Singles Division. Twin sisters Kelly and Kimberly Salisbury clinched the Silver Medal in the Women's C Doubles Division.

Dr. Veronica Snow, faculty sponsor of the ASU Handball Club, expressed immense pride in the team's achievements, stating, "The coaches and I are so proud of how well our student-athletes competed and how well they represented Angelo State." She extended gratitude to various sponsors and supporters whose contributions facilitated the success of the ASU Handball Club.

Angelo State University Handball Team

Angelo State University Handball Team

(Credit: Angelo State University)

More than 220 student-athletes from 33 universities participated in the national tournament. Representing the ASU Handball Club were players from diverse backgrounds and academic majors:

ASU Women's Team

  • Chloe Davidson, San Angelo (Teacher Education)
  • Joan Enabiofo, Tomball (Commercial Aviation)
  • Joanna Pauline Gato, Big Spring (Nursing)
  • Kinzi Jo Leon, San Angelo (Animal Science)
  • Ananya Limaye, Big Spring (Biology)
  • Taigan Rivers, San Angelo (Exercise Science)
  • Kelly Salisbury, San Angelo (Teacher Education)
  • Kimberly Salisbury, San Angelo (Agricultural Science and Leadership)
  • Libby Welker, San Antonio (Kinesiology)

ASU Men's Team

  • Austin Colwell, San Angelo (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Adrian Frias, Kerrville (Accounting)
  • Will Jost, San Angelo (Health Science Professions)
  • Israel Lopez Jr., San Angelo (Kinesiology)
  • Jacob Mitchell, San Antonio (Commercial Aviation)
  • Mason Patterson, Big Spring (Biology)
  • Solomon Polk, San Angelo (Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration)
  • Luis Segovia, Del Rio (Biology)
  • Jonathan White, Atco, N.J. (Exercise Science)
  • Cade Whitley, Tioga (Border and Homeland Security)
  • Dylan Whitley, Tioga (Intelligence and Analysis)

Coaching the ASU Handball Club are retired faculty member Dr. Warren Simpson and graduate students Aoife Holden and Diarmuid Mulkerrins.

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