By the numbers—2018 iSET College Table Tennis Championships
50, 78, 39, 24, 15, 14, 31, 32
Prime numbers, numbers to the next lottery picks? Yes that is all plausible, but actually these numbers represent different areas within the 2018 iSET College Table Tennis Championships.
78 Men’s Singles
39 Women’s Singles
24 Men’s/Coed Teams
15 Women’s Teams
14 Women’s Doubles
31 Men’s Doubles
32 Nations represented
Let the last number truly sink in. 32 Nations represented from around the world. Welcome to the United Nations type of sport where diversity is first and “being just one of many” isn’t really an option!
We have Kiwi’s from New Zealand on the Duke University team, we have a myriad of folks from our brother from the north (Canada) with the University of British Columbia and Ottawa teams and we have number of players from Brazil, India, China and of course the United States.
PHD in Linguistics, NCTTA Alum and former University of Connecticut standout Vanessa Petroj says, “as a linguist and a table tennis player, going to NCTTA tournaments was fantastic! If I hadn't already chosen a topic for my dissertation, I would have written one on the origins and different ways of chole-ing! Every tournament is a blend of cultures, languages, and different people, but crucially - we all respect and understand each other through our universal TT language!"
This “blend of cultures” is evident in the 2018 iSET College Table Tennis Championships. Just to name some multi-cultural teams to watch out for: Texas Wesleyan featuring players from (China, Norway, Spain and more) or Lindenwood University featuring players from (Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Nepal and the Czech Republic). There are many others too, so our advice is to come check it out!
The 2018 iSET College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Round Rock CVB and is one of the premier table tennis tournaments in North America featuring 6 events: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Men’s/Coed Teams, Women’s Teams. The event is sponsored by iSET, Double Happiness, Gerflor, Double Fish and USA Table Tennis
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the iSET College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 20th and continues through Sunday April 22nd.
The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) is a non-profit organization established exclusively for promoting the sport of table tennis at the college level. As the national governing body for college table tennis in the United States and Canada, NCTTA organizes intercollegiate competition throughout North America. www.nctta.org
About USA Table Tennis
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States, serving 9,000+ members and nearly 300 clubs. USATT sanctions 200+ events a year including the US Open and US Nationals. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). www.usatt.org