At UNC, women’s handball team gains momentum

At UNC, women’s handball team gains momentum

  Handball has become more popular at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the country, but many people are still unfamiliar with the sport.  Handball is essentially “indoor soccer mixed with water polo,” according to Chandler Musson, captain and president of the UNC women’s handball team. The sport has been popular at UNC since the men’s team was

 

Handball has become more popular at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the country, but many people are still unfamiliar with the sport. 

Handball is essentially “indoor soccer mixed with water polo,” according to Chandler Musson, captain and president of the UNC women’s handball team.

The sport has been popular at UNC since the men’s team was established in 1989. The women’s team was created in 2002.

UNC has nearly 50 club sports teams, and women’s handball is quickly gaining momentum.

In late April, the team hosted the 2017 College National Championships, where two team members were named All-Americans. Kaih Freeman-Hicks was the highest scorer, and Musson was named goalkeeper of the year.

As one of the only women’s handball teams in the nation, the UNC team has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. Maria Vallone is a left wing for the U.S. handball team who trains with the UNC team. She said the program has revived her love for the sport.

“I enjoy training with the UNC team and continuing to learn the sport together,” Vallone said. “They always keep me smiling and they push me to improve fundamentals.”

The UNC women’s handball team is labeled as an instructional but competitive team. That means that while there are no tryouts and everyone is welcome to join, they have several tournaments each semester.

“It’s a great group of people and the coaches are awesome,” Musson said. “I got burnt out in ‘we must win sports,’ but we only compete a couple times a semester so it’s more laid back, and you don’t feel like you’re walking on eggshells at practice. It’s its own unique little enclave.”

The team is always accepting new players, and anyone who is interested in joining can contact Musson at mus75615@live.unc.edu.

 

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