February 27th Table Tennis Article
UC San Diego was invited to Western Regionals Tournament in Silicon Valley Table Tennis Club in Milpitas, California. The Co-ed Varsity team attended the tournament and 5 players: Khoi Nguyen, Ryan Chen, Gregory Yip, Jerry Cheng, and Andrew Shehata. UC San Diego was drawn into a tough group featuring Ohlone College, UCLA, and UC Davis. In the match against the top team in the group Ohlone College, the Tritons’ top player Khoi Nguyen almost pulled a huge upset over Ohlone’s Weida guan but lost a close match 3-2. Ohlone won the 3 other matches and finished with a 4-0 score against UC San Diego. In the next match after 4 close matches, the Tritons lost to UCLA 3-1. The team couldn’t make it to the semi-final stage of the tournament, but ended with a strong performance with a 3-1 win against UC Davis. The team now awaits an invitation to Nationals as a wild card entrant.
UC San Diego Table Tennis
UC San Diego Table Tennis team participated in the Southern California Divisionals held in California State Northridge on November 7th. The team was able to send 4 different teams to the competition including Co-ed Varsity, Women’s Varsity, JV1, and JV2. Co-ed Varsity hung on to receive 3rd place finish with a 5-2 record. It won its first 3 matches comfortably before coming short against the top 2 schools in the division USC and UCLA. The toughest match was against the home team, CSUN, deciding the 3rd place winner. The team pulled through with a great 3-1 victory after strong performances from Gregory Yip and Jinhui Yan. Older team members Khoi Nguyen and Nelson also had notable victories, as well as new members Ryan Yau, Jerry Cheng, and Ryan Chen.
Women’s Varsity finished the tournament with a 4th place finish with great performances from team captain Claire Chen, and team members Kailin Zhang, Dafne Sanchez, Tian Zeng, and Joyce Sun.
JV1 ranked 3rd third in their tournament behind USC and UCLA after losing two close matches 2-3 and breezing through the rest of the competition with comfortable victories. Team members Thomson Hui and Zihao Zhao had notable performances, and new members Hanson Qin and Travis Welburn had strong debuts.
JV2 was the team of the day after winning 1st place in their tournament with a fantastic 5-1 record. The team had hard-fought victories against USC and UCLA winning both matches 3-1. The team also had a great comeback victory against Cal Poly Pomona after being down 2-0. Henry Mao led the comeback with a nail-biting 3-2 win against his opponent before playing doubles and sealing the comeback for UCSD with a 3-2 win. The team was led by strong performances from Joseph Guarnes and Alexander Chen.
Overall, UC San Diego Table Tennis team had a tournament to remember and a great time during the competition. The team resumed practice following the tournament with great aspirations to improve and produce even better results in future tournaments. The team’s next tournament will be the Spring Southern California Divisionals in early February 2016.
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