Teqball returns to Los Angeles for the USA Teqball Tour, live on ESPN
Teqball returned once more to LA, as the City of Angels hosted another instalment of the USA Teqball Tour from 14-16 October at the Anaheim Convention Center, with action from all three doubles categories broadcast live on ESPN.
The competition, which was hosted by former Mexican women’s national football team player Jennifer Muñoz, followed on from the hugely successful USA Teqball Tour event in LA this August, as well as the very popular USA Teqball Tour stops in San Diego, Santa Monica and Miami earlier this year.
The women’s doubles category was won by the Brazilian team of Vania Moraes da Cruz and Ester Viana Mendes, who defeated Zsannett Janicsek and Lea Vasas 2-1 (12-6, 11-12, 13-11) in the final. The bronze medal match was an all-American affair, with August’s champions Carolyn Greco and Margaret Osmundson comfortably defeating Nancy Avesyan and Kimberly Baker 2-0 (12-3, 12-6).
In the men’s doubles, world numbers 3 and 4 men’s doubles players Csaba Banyik and Balazs Kats, respectively, won a clash of the titans against world numbers 1 and 2 Nikola Mitro and Bogdan Marojevic, respectively, 2-0 (12-11, 12-11), meaning the Hungarians took home gold in back-to-back USA Teqball Tour events after their success in the summer. Adam Bako and Adam Blazsovics took home bronze, completing a star-studded podium.
The mixed doubles competition was won by Lea Vasas and Adam Bako, who upgraded on their silver and bronze medals in women’s and men’s doubles, respectively, to take home gold. Csaba Banyik and Zsannett Janicsek defeated Amelie Julian and Hugo Rabeux 2-0 (12-5, 12-11) in the bronze medal match.
California is quickly becoming a hotbed for teqball, with events continuing to take place on the West Coast in line with the sport’s growth across the United States. With athlete participation and spectator numbers both continuing to increase, it’s an exciting future for teqball in America!