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University of California at San Diego Hosts 2018 West Regional Championships

This weekend on the campus of University of California at San Diego table tennis players and schools from all over California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and even Canada (via British Columbia) will partake in the 2018 West Regional Championships!  Don’t miss out on all of the fun; the event is being live streamed here (linked below).

Pictured above are UC San Diego's women's team poised to pull off some big wins!

College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line; qualifying teams will be the top three men’s/coed teams, the top 2 women's teams, the top 8 men's singles, and the top 4 women’s singles. The iSET 2018 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is NCTTA’s premier event and is the Super Bowl and World Cup of Collegiate Table Tennis rolled into one!

The West Region, encompassing a number of US States and a Canadian Province, contains some very strong contenders in all categories. Ryan Hsu, NCTTA West Regional Director, says about the strongest schools, “Two very strong contenders from Northern California (UC Davis and UC Berkeley) have a bunch of very high level players.  Berkeley and Davis finished 1st and 2nd respectively in NCTTA Northern California Division.” 

Hsu continues, “I think the rest of the region is also fairly strong but in terms of team ratings both Northern California schools are above 11k which none of the other schools comes close to.”

Northern California is no stranger to high quality table tennis with several stand alone table tennis facilities cropping up in the past couple of years. US National team has that area to thank as well, for producing stars like Ariel Hsing (former Princeton standout) and Lily Zhang (current UC Berkeley standout).

Look for the incredible Men’s/Coed and Women’s Team table tennis rivalry between UC Davis and Berkeley. Both schools feature very strong student athletes in each event. UC Davis features a brother and sister team of Kunal and Aditi Chodri as well. That dynamic should play into something very interesting if they are asked to play doubles!  Coach Danny Yip of UC Davis may have some tricks up his sleeve, so tune in to see how it ends up!

Men’s and Women’s singles feature incredible athletes including the aforementioned Kunal ChodriTeddy Tran (both  former USA Junior team members) and Lily Zhang, 2016 US Olympic team player and also a favorite to lead her team in both Women’s teams as well as Women’s Singles. In addition to Zhang another player to watch is Zhang's teammate, Berkeley Rookie sensation Angela Guan, who featured an off the table defense style.

NCTTA West Regionals kicks off Saturday morning pacific time. Here is the schedule and livestream:

2018 NCTTA West Regional Championship - Coed Teams, Women's Singles (Day 1)
Saturday, February 24 - 10:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/3oc2X2C07TU

2018 NCTTA West Regional Championship - Women's Teams, Men's Singles (Day 2)
Sunday, February 25 - 10:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GFQoQlzt840

Texas Wesleyan Gears Up to Host South Regionals

By Andy Kanengiser
NCTAA Media Chair

Perennial national champ Texas Wesleyan University will soon gear up to host the NCTTA’s South Regional table tennis tournament.

The February 24-25 event on the TWU Rams home turf is booked at the Sid Richardson Center on the Fort Worth campus. Teams coming to the Lone Star State event include: Mississippi College, the University of Florida, the University of Texas, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, University of South Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State University and rookies to the scene Florida Atlantic University.

Texas Wesleyan dominated the action at the Texas divisional tournament on February 10. There were automatic bids going to the South Regionals for the Texas Wesleyan coed team, and women’s squad.

The mighty Rams coed team went a perfect 7-0, while the talented Lady Rams team recorded a solid 3-0 mark.

The Texas Wesleyan Rams had the top four finishers in both women’s singles and men’s singles. For the Lady Rams, Wenting Zha finished No. 1, followed by Yue Wu, Edina Haracic of Bosnia Herzogovina, and freshman Vivaleta Manastyrskaya of Belarus. Jinxin Wang took the men’s singles title, followed by Jishan Liang of China, Bruno Ventura Dos Anjos of Brazil and Jason Plog of Germany.

With a diverse lineup featuring incredible skills, the TWU table tennis roster of 39 players consists of standouts from around the globe. Texas Wesleyan has won 13 national coed team titles over the years. Jasna Rather serves as the university’s table tennis program director. Doru Gheorghe serves as the women’s coach.

The University of Texas Longhorns team from Austin finished second at the divisional tournament in Fort Worth to punch its ticket to the South Regionals.

Mississippi College won the Dixie Division tournament in the Fall with wins over Mississippi State and the University of Alabama. MC proved too much to handle for the visiting MSU Bulldogs on the Clinton campus Feb. 10. The Alabama squad was unable to make the trip to MC on Saturday.

Sparking the MC Choctaws triumph Saturday were such players as assistant coach Tomotaka “Tomo’’ Yoshitomi of Japan, and Xiang “Ali’’ He of China. Both qualified for singles. Players including Weiheng Liu, Tong Zhang, QingWei Sun, Caleb Shipman and Jeremy Gore round out the squad.

MC was selected to the South Regionals as one of the wild card teams along with schools like Florida State and UT-Dallas.

A Dixie Division powerhouse for a decade, Mississippi College upset Texas Wesleyan to narrowly win the 2015 NCTTA national championship in Eau Clare, Wisconsin. MC’s coed team finished in second place at the national championships in 2016 and 4th place last season.

The NCTTA South Regionals and other regional tournaments will be the next big thing for college players in the USA and Canada. The season closes with the iSET 2018 College Table Tennis Championships in Round Rock, Texas April 20-22 with the event near Austin to attract more than 250 college table tennis stars.

Check out the live streams here:

2018 NCTTA South Regional Championship - Teams (Day 1)
Saturday, February 24 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Central time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/XQtmlhFUsz8

2018 NCTTA South Regional Championship - Singles (Day 2)
Sunday, February 25 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LLXh15GT1gA

(Pictured above are the UT Arlington doubles squad)

Lindenwood University to Host NCTTA 2018 Midwest Regionals

This weekend the NCTTA 2018 Midwest Regionals will be hosted by and held at Lindenwood University, from where it will be live-streamed. 12 schools and more than 60 College Table Tennis student athletes from Midwestern states (such as Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.) will pour into the Lindenwood University campus to battle for the chance at school glory.  

College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line; qualifying teams will be the top three men’s/coed teams, the top 2 women's teams, the top 8 men's singles, and the top 4 women’s singles. The iSET 2018 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is NCTTA’s premier event and will be played in Round Rock, Texas this year in April.

The Midwest Region features scholarship school and current host, Lindenwood University. Lindenwood remains a perennial powerhouse in the Midwest, but other schools are looking to make the hosts work to defend their glory.  Northwestern, led by long-time Coach Ned Leuchtner, has a really deep team this year. Look for Northwestern who also qualified in the Women’s team to challenge the top schools. Also, always a favorite, is the University of Minnesota led by John Tranter and Kris Sabas. “The U,” as it is affectionately called, is led by 2 female players. NCTTA is unique in that the Men’s team can be coed as is clearly exemplified with “the U” (University of Minnesota).

Turning to men’s singles and women’s singles, we see a competitive draw on both sides with top men’s singles seeds 1 through 6 from Lindenwood. Brazilian international and Rookie phenom Massao Kohatsu looks to take the title for Lindenwood.  On the women’s side, sister of #1 men’s seed, Kohatsu Martina, is also a favorite as is Yixin Zhang, an ex-champ from Wisconsin, now calling University of Minnesota her new school. Zhang helped the then UW Madison team from 2016 claim 2nd place in the competition.

NCTTA Midwest Regional Championship starts on Saturday with Team play and finishes on Sunday with Singles.

2018 NCTTA Midwest Regional Championship - Teams (Day 1)
Saturday, February 24 - 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM Central time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/dAjqdbX1O1A

2018 NCTTA Midwest Regional Championship - Singles (Day 2)
Sunday, February 25 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bxc5q4LWw_k

 

College Table Tennis Singles "is a thing" --SIGN UP TODAY

NCTTA being a team based league and organization, sometimes singles gets forgotten about, but it shouldn't! NCTTA has singles competitions that take place in EVERY ONE of its divisions! For the tournament schedule, click here
 
Joe Wells, VP of NCTTA says all of the time, "Have a shot at the Post Season through NCTTA Singles, why wouldn't you!"
 
Lots of people think that they can qualify to the NCTTA Post Season only as a team, but there are other ways!
NCTTA has been offering singles since 2011 and every division in College Table Tennis has its own singles tournament.
 
Top singles players from both men and women are able to qualify into the post season with others qualifying through their individual rating via wildcard.
 
Collegiate singles has developed into a very strong event over the past couple of years. Division singles play has no limit for how many can sign up to play.
 
Go here (http://www.nctta.org/singles/) to sign up today!
 
See what you can win for playing singles: Emil Santos of Texas Wesleyan with his big winnings pictured here.

Volunteer at the NCTTA Champs

Sending out a help wanted ad for the NCTTA Champs in rhymes: brought to you by Mike Reff of the NCTTA Media Committee

Check it out!

In the third week of April, centered in Round Rock,
Volunteers will help out around the clock.
Calling one, calling all to participate,
In the NCTTA Champs, it will be great.
There are many areas to volunteer,
So let’s jump right in to describe them clear.
TV production has several aspects,
From operating cameras, to scorekeeping graphics,
You’ll help out in set up and breakdown of equipment,
A valuable asset you’ll be using time well-spent.
Umpires help in officiating rules,
Ensuring fair play amongst all competing schools.
Score keepers are needed to keep track of score,
It helps the players know how many points to be sure.
Registration people help check in and gate control,
They’re of immense assistance with the traffic flow.
Media, photography, commentating too,
The list goes on we need all of you!
So if this help wanted ad makes you think
That you want to volunteer, then click on this link!
http://www.nctta.org/content/volunteer-signup-form

NCTTA REGISTRATION IS OPEN--get signed up!

Summer is over and the new 2017-18 season has started for a plethora of NCTTA schools with others joining the new Fall semester in the coming weeks.

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USA College Table Tennis team takes on the world!

This week, follow the USA College Table Tennis team as they take on stars from all over the world!

http://www.usateam.org/table-tennis-roster?fref=gc

The team is made up of Collegiates from various Universities like Texas Wesleyan University, Pillar College and UC Berkeley to name a few. Support our Collegiates by cheering them on to victory!

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