Angelo State Handball Club Wins Texas A&M Tournament


COLLEGE STATION, TX — The Angelo State University Handball Club won the inaugural Doug Randolph Cup at the recent Spring 2024 Aggieland Classic at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Doug Randolph Cup competition featured a round-robin format with the ASU team facing off in head-to-head matchups against teams from the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri State University.

Each head-to-head contest consisted of one women's singles match, one men's singles match, one women's doubles match and two men's doubles matches - with each match consisting of two games to 15 points. As such, 30 points were available in each match, with a total of 150 points available in each head-to-head contest. The team with the highest points total after its three head-to-head contests was declared the Doug Randolph Cup champion.

In its three contests, the ASU Handball Club outscored UT, 150-43, outscored Texas A&M, 111-97, and outscored MSU, 139-78, for a total of 400 points to finish at the top of the standings. The final standings were:

  • 1st Place: Angelo State - 400 points
  • 2nd Place: Texas A&M - 381 points
  • 3rd Place: Missouri State - 287 points
  • 4th Place: Texas - 188 points
ASU Handball Club members with Doug Randolph (center) hoisting the Doug Randolph Cup

ASU Handball Club members with Doug Randolph (center) hoisting the Doug Randolph Cup

(Credit: Angelo State University)

Individually for ASU:

  • Aoife Holden went 3-0 in women's singles (90 points)
  • Taigan Rivers & Kinzi Jo Leon went 2-1 in women's doubles (83 points)
  • Austin Colwell & Israel Lopez Jr. went 2-1 in men's doubles (76 points)
  • Jonathan White & Dylan Whitley went 1-2 in men's doubles (62 points)
  • Diarmuid Mulkerrins went 3-0 in men's singles (89 points)

Holden and Mulkerrins, both natives of Ireland, are graduate students in the coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration program. Rivers (San Angelo) and White (Atco, N.J.) are exercise science majors, Leon (San Angelo) is an animal science major, Colwell (San Angelo) is a mechanical engineering major, Lopez (San Angelo) is a kinesiology major, and Whitley (Tioga) is an intelligence and analysis major. All of them were also part of the ASU Handball Club's national championship team in February.

The new tournament is named in honor Doug Randolph, an avid handball player and founder of the Lubbock-based Randolph Foundation for Higher Education Inc. In December 2020, the Randolph Foundation awarded ASU a $1 million grant to endow the Dr. Warren Simpson Excellence Fund for Handball that supports the ASU Department of Kinesiology and the ASU Handball Club. Simpson is a retired faculty member who founded the ASU Handball Club and still coaches the team, along with Holden and Mulkerrins.

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