Breaking top 10 in Collegiate Nationals
Our team came into the NCTTA ISET Nationals as the 17th seed with mostly young second and first year student athletes, but nonetheless ready to play. UCSD started in a very tough round robin group against UC Berkeley (seed 5), U.T. Austin (seed 13), and UIC (seed 20). However, with a clutch win in the doubles with the help of our freshman Jay Ong, UCSD was able to upset UC Berkeley and make it out of the group stage.
In the next round, UCSD faced their rival team from Socal, UCLA. Although the team fought hard, we ended up losing 2-3 and were sent to the consolation rounds. Facing Brown University, we were able to defeat them 4-0 and secure 9th place as the Nationals. Overall, the team played outstanding and was able to break top 10 for the first time in UCSD Table Tennis history.
Although this is the last collegiate tournament for this school year, we will definitely keep training so that we can crash into top 5 next year!