The first divisional tournament for UCSD's Table Tennis Club was a huge success. We sent five teams of varying levels, including a Varsity, Junior Varsity 1 thru 3, and a Women's Varsity team. All five of these teams won all of their matches in their respective divisions.
Our Women's Varsity team picked up several freshmen this year who proved to shine in their matches against Santa Monica College, California State University of North ridge, and University of California, Los Angeles, only losing a single match to UCLA but still winning the overall team match. Our JV2 team also only lost a single match, but ended victorious in all team matches. In addition, our JV1 and JV3 teams won all of their team matches 4-0 without a single loss.
In the Varsity team, new freshmen Brandon Koh and Brendon Lee played against University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California (USC). Both freshmen played very close matches against UCI and USC. Brandon was able to use his unique technique and equipment to pressure his opponent, while Brendan showed strong fundamentals in his match against UCI.
Out of all these victories, one of the highlights of the day was beating USC 3-2. Last year, USC beat UCSD 3-2, but this time Anthony Chu and Xuanfeng Li were able to pull ahead in the final doubles match. The time and effort spent into practicing doubles showed its worth as the duo won three straight games against USC's doubles team.
Overall, the team was able to do a great job at this tournament. UCSD Table Tennis will continue to train in preparation for Divisionals 2 next quarter. We hope to continue our winning record!