This weekend at the TopSpin Table Tennis club in San Jose, California hosts the NCTTA 2017 West Regional Championships. Schools will come to Northern California from all over the state, Oregon, Washington, the Rocky Mt States and even Canada via British Columbia! Don’t miss out on all of the fun and the event is being live streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsLyggT2LK0
College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line with the top three men’s/coed teams qualify; top 2 women teams along with the top 8 men singles and top 4 women’s singles. The TMS 2017 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 (Ohlone and UC Berkeley) have a bunch of very high level players. Southern California schools are a little weaker than before, with USC (Ping Pong Posse) having lost its very strong players, but I believe UCLA may still be able to cause some upsets.”
Hsu continues, “We have 2 teams from the Northwest division this time, University of British Columbia and also University of Washington. I don't think a non-Californian school has ever come close to winning at regionals, but I hope expect these schools to put a good fight.”
University of British Columbia could be considered the underdogs of the tournament and look to shake things up in terms of the “typical” standings within the region.
Look for the incredible Men’s/Coed and Women’s Team table tennis rivalry between Ohlone College and Berkeley. Both schools feature very strong student athletes in each event. They play in the same division during the regular season and traded beating each other by small margins in each of the tournaments. Regionals may be that special tie breaker.
Men’s and Women’s singles feature incredible athletes including Teddy Tran former USA Junior team member and a favorite to win the Men’s singles and Lily Zhang, 2016 US Olympic team player and also a favorite to lead her team in Women’s teams but also a favorite in Women’s Singles.
NCTTA West Regionals kicks off Saturday morning pacific time. Here is the schedule: https://sites.google.com/nctta.org/2017west/tournament-schedule?authuser=0
Pictured here is Ohlone College with special photo bomb from friendly rival UC Berkeley