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Eau Claire, Wisconsin the land of opportunities

Hundreds of collegiate table tennis players, coaches and fans converging on Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the 2015 national championships will find plenty of things to do in the host city.

 

City leaders are hoping the visitors will enjoy three exciting days of table tennis action, but also take advantage of the many things going on in Eau Claire.

 

Shopping along historic Water Street, eating fish at local restaurants, and taking in the Eau Claire Figure Skating Ice Show at the Hobbs Ice Center are just a few of the items on the to-do list for guests coming to the April 10-12 table tennis tournament.

 

The 2015 TMS Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is the main attraction for visitors from dozens of colleges stretching from California to Mississippi and up north to Canada.

 

But the games also bring nice economic benefits to Eau Claire, so city leaders hope the visitors spend lots of money during their stay.

  

"We estimate that this event will generate $83,700 in economic impact for our community,'' says Michael Strubel, director of sales & events with Visit Eau Claire.

 

That's not pocket change. There are more than 300 table tennis people coming, so staying a few nights in the city's hotels is music to the ears of Eau Claire leaders.

 

What is Eau Claire known for?

 

"We are the horseradish capital of the world, producing more horseradish here than anywhere - thanks to Huntsinger Farms and Silver Spring Foods,'' Strubel says. "We are home to one of the longest active youth ski jumping clubs in the nation.''

 

The list goes on. Try out the Friday fish frys at various locations in the city, a longtime Wisconsin tradition.Shop at Revival Records, a super-cool record store with a big selection and local music.

 

The Eau Claire downtown is just a ten-minute walk from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a 10,000-student university. On the 333-acre campus along Garfield Avenue, the Wisconsin-Eau Claire sports teams, whether softball, wrestling or football, are known as the BlueGolds.

 

Anybody hungry? The Nucleus Cafe consistently serves the best breakfast in town (and great coffee) while Mona Lisa's is well- known for its fine Italian dining. Historic Water Street is just down the hill from the tournament venue.

 

Eau Claire is located about 90 miles from St. Paul, Minnesota. That's really not too far from the Mall of America in Minneapolis. It is the biggest shopping mall in the USA.

 

But spending money and having fun in Eau Claire would make people like Michael Strubel pretty happy. He can't wait. "This is a big deal for Eau Claire,'' he says. "We're welcoming this event with open arms!''

 

The 2014 TMS Collegiate Table Tennis championships was held in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

 

It was a success, but National Collegiate Table Tennis Association leaders and sponsors are hoping for even better things from the three-day tournament in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

 

"We are delighted to take our biggest tournament of the year to the Dairy State,'' says NCTTA President Willy Leparulo. "We appreciate the warm reception we're getting so far from the good folks in Eau Claire.''

 

The 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Visit Eau Claire 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 TMS International, Double Fish, Joola and PepPod.

Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the TMS College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 10th and continues through Sunday April 12th at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

About NCTTA

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

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Pushing the Way to Victory at the College Table Tennis Championships

Defensive Choppers at the College Table Tennis Championships should provide an interesting perspective and matches.
 
Sam Lu of the University of Michigan and Kevin Ball of Colorado State don’t know each other and have never played, but those that have played both of them can attest to a very DIFFERENT playing style then most of the general playing field. Lu and Ball are defensive choppers which essentially means they will stay in a defensive posture returning repeated attacks to generally tire or frustrate an opponent.
 
Kevin Ball is excited to make it to a National tournament for once, “I expect this event will be really exciting and much more intense than local tournaments. I am really looking forward to meeting people from this awesome sport. It is so hard to find people my own age that play table tennis competitively.”
 
The 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships has 232 athletes participating and their age group is exactly the demographic Ball seeks, so it should be a great time for him as he will be playing in the Men’s Singles event.
 
In addition, other players may need to keep a keen eye out for Ball as he shares with us a couple of his trade secrets, “I like to find other player's weaknesses and exploit them. I'm a defensive player so watch out for some killer chops and surprise attacks!”
 
Generally in table tennis tournaments, the majority of players are not defenders so one may think it is a bit lonely for this type of play, but actually it can be an advantage. Lu explains, “it's pretty cool to be unique, more people will want to practice with you. Unfortunately a side effect is that I can't watch someone play, see their playstyle, and know exactly how to play against them, since their game will be so different when they play against me.”
 
Lu is a member of the University of Michigan Table Tennis team that could end up in the Top 5 of the competition, “We are going to do good, I daresay top five. We got a new player, Ethan Jin, and I've been practicing hard on my forehand, which was very weak last year.”
 
Whether one is on a team or playing in the singles event, it will certainly be some interesting matches when Ball or Lu are on the table!
 
The 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Visit Eau Claire 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 TMS International, Double Fish, Joola and PepPod.
 
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the TMS College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 10th and continues through Sunday April 12th at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
 
About NCTTA
 
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

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Washington University of St. Louis Looks to Make Impact at First NCTTA Championships

Washington University women’s team amped to show what they are worth
 
Written by: Willy Leparulo
 
WUSTL as they are called by their short name, are ready to come to the 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships; and just because they are a new school and team to the championships doesn’t mean they are at all timid!
 
Coach and fellow Men’s Singles player, Jasper Maniates-Selvin in the competition, states, “We expect to be challenged! We are a very young team looking to keep improving, so traveling to Nationals and being around some of the best college players in the country is an excellent way for us to keep learning about what we need to do to be competitive.”
 
Maniates-Selvin took over the club three years ago and he was determined to make it a competitive team. Just as luck would have it in his senior year, he has made it to the big game along with his equally determined and passionate women’s team. “We're new to the national-level competition scene, and we improve quickly. We have some of St. Louis' best players come to practice with us, so we'll keep getting better as time goes on”.
 
The WUSTL Women’s team are all first year students, but interestingly enough they all come from Table Tennis backgrounds in other areas (Peru, Iran, etc.). Check out WUSTL at their website: http://tabletennis.wustl.edu/
 
At NCTTA, we love to see teams like this be created, and stay together, and compete at the highest level!
 
Join us at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships!
 
The 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Visit Eau Claire 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 TMS International, Double Fish, Joola and PepPod.
 
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the TMS College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 10th and continues through Sunday April 12th at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
 
About NCTTA
 
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
 

New Folks to College Table Tennis Seek To Make An Impression

Players from all over represent Schools from at the College Table Tennis Championships

by Willy Leparulo

CSU Northridge, Southern Polytechnic State University and University of Rochester all share something in common with one another.

Geographic location, size or academic disciplines are not the connection in this case surprisingly. Their love for college table tennis is what binds them together in this instance. 

These schools represent this year’s group of rookies of this year’s College Table Tennis Championships.  These athletes come to the Championships as singles players to represent themselves and their schools even if the rest of their school teams aren’t able to attend.

In college table tennis, the events are split up between singles and team events, and these players have come despite their respective school teams not being invited. This shows remarkable determination and passion!

One such singles player is Yingzhao Chen out of California State University at Northridge. This is his first nationals representing CSU Northridge and he tells us about his chances: “This is my first time playing a nationals at NCTTA, I’m playing well and my play style is unique.” He is an all out attacking penhold player and looks to make some noise and surprise people in the competition.

The University of Rochester is a little known entity in the college table tennis world, but Vitraag Mehta is ready to show his determination.

Mehta is in his second year at the University of Rochester and only just realized that there was a competitive component in college table tennis in the United States. 

“Other schools must watch out for me because I believe that I have what it takes to cause some major turn arounds in the Nationals. I believe I have the grit, zeal and determination to win and with an overwhelming experience of about 10 years in India (under the training of Mr. Pradeep Gupta), who knows, I maybe capable of working my experience as a charm!”

The College Table Tennis Championships every year has a handful of players that surprise everyone. One thing is for sure: Mehta is going to “represent” as he states, “Oh yes! I'm #loudnproud to represent my University at such a high pedestal. Indeed, I'm absolutely stoked to ready, get set and go @ Eau Claire!”

In the southern United States, Tong Wei from Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta is aiming to give a strong showing as she did in the South Regionals, finishing #2 in singles.

With or without a team, the passion for college table tennis is alive and well.

Join us at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire!

The 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Visit Eau Claire 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 TMS International, Double Fish, Joola and PepPod.

Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the TMS College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 10th and continues through Sunday April 12th at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

About NCTTA

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

March 2015 Newsletter

The March 2015 Newsletter is now available

In this issue:

  • Information on the Championships
  • NCTTA Photo Contest presented by PepPod
  • NCTTA World Wide: Spreading #TTLove to Ghana
  • Texas Wesleyan is on a Mission - 12th in a Row
  • Tight Competition as Predicted in Mid Atlantic Regionals
  • 2016 Championship Decision - Looming
  • Southern California Coed Team Breezes in West Regionals
  • Princeton Shows its Power at NCTTA Northeast Regionals
  • McMaster Wins Coed Team Championships at Great Lakes Regionals

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015 Board Minutes

West Region of NCTTA Converges for Regional Champs

This weekend at the Silicon Valley Table Tennis club, schools from the Northwest, California and Rocky Mountain area all travel to northern California for the 2015 West Regional Championships sponsored by Double Fish, Joola and TMS.

According to Ryan Hsu, NCTTA West Regional Director, "I believe UC Berkeley is the expected winner on paper, boasting 2 national champions in their lineup and top 4 players all over 2200." Berkeley is always competitive, placing 4th in Men's/Coed teams and 2nd in Women's teams at the 2014 TMS College Table Tennis Championships.

The Ping Pong Posse, also known as the University of Southern California team, is also strong and should be very competitive. Five schools out of the Southern California division were invited to this competition via wildcard placement, showing the high level of play in that area.

Oregon State and the University of Colorado - Boulder are probably driving the longest distances, 9 hours and 18 hours respectively. Colorado is sponsored by NCTTA Championships sponsor PepPod, and is a brand new school to NCTTA looking to surprise some people!

Keep up with NCTTA social media this weekend to get the latest updates:

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  • PongUniverse
  • Public and Private Schools Come Together at NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships

    Where else can you get students from all kinds of academic institutions under one roof, not comparing resumes and accolades about their respective schools?

    College table tennis is all about footwork, forehands and passion. This weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the likes of Harvard, Princeton, Boston University and others will take part in the 2015 Northeast Regional Championships sponsored by Joola, TMS and Double Fish.

    Jay Lu, Northeast Region Director shares his impressions of this weekend's athletes. "Northeast has a star-studded cast of players including former Olympians, National Champions, and a Paralympic National Champion. There are newcomers with Tahl Leibovitz joining Michael Landers at NYU, and Erica Wu joins Ariel Hsing and Shirley Fu at Princeton, making this perhaps the strongest women's lineup in the league."

    Princeton's women's team is looking to repeat and is even stronger with the addition of Erica Wu who happens to be featured with Ariel Hsing in the Topspin movie!

    Events in Men's and Women's Singles, and Men's/Coed and Women's Team competition are on the agenda, but even more is the potential for a berth to the 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Women's Singles competitors will include Princeton's Ariel Hsing, last year's College Table Tennis Women's Singles champion!

    The men's singles field isn't too shabby either, with 8 out of the 24 qualifiers rated over 2000 including the top two seeds, NYU teammates Michael Landers and veteran Tahl Leibovitz. Leibovitz played back in 2009 as an undergrad at Queens College, and returns to collegiate competition with NYU. Leibovitz won national collegiate doubles titles in 2008 and 2009, so look for him to make some waves!

    In men's/coed team competition, NYU, Princeton and Harvard look to be the front runners; but look out for the dark horses Brandeis, Brown and SUNY Stonybrook who will look to catch the top guns by surprise.

    Keep up with NCTTA social media this weekend to get the latest updates:

    Mid Atlantic Regional Championships

    This weekend at the Triangle Table Tennis club in North Carolina, the NCTTA brings yet another high caliber event in the 2015 NCTTA Mid Atlantic Regional Championships sponsored by TMS, Double Fish and Joola.

    The Mid Atlantic Region will bring in schools from five different states, as far north as Pennsylvania and south to South Carolina.

    Seemant Teotia, NCTTA Mid Atlantic Region Director tells us about the tournament. "I don't see one school that is going to run away with the title. It seems from first to last the schools are all very competitive with each other." Basically it's anyone's tournament!

    One school to watch out for is the University of Maryland - College Park. Teotia says, "UMD missed out on last year's Regionals and had the best team in the region." This time however they are back and ready to go! Led by former junior phenom Charlie Sun, the Terrapins are out to fight this year!

    All the fun starts and ends in one day, February 28th. Seemant Teotia and Spencer Ip are at the helm running the event. Come on out to the Triangle Table Tennis club and check out the competition!

    Keep up with NCTTA social media this weekend to get the latest updates:

    February 2015 Newsletter

    The February 2015 Newsletter is now available

    In this issue:

    • End of February is Regional Championships Month for College Table Tennis
    • Joola Joins Sponsorship Team at 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships
    • Getting the Most Out of Volunteering - A Conversation with Adam Bobrow
    • Knights Come out on Top
    • Snowstorm Impacts Pennsylvania Table Tennis Tournament
    • Greenville College Grows Table Tennis Team
    • Texas Wesleyan Sweeps Texas Division
    • Oregon State Wins Northwest Table Tennis Coed Team Championship
    • Mississippi College Repeats as Dixie Division Winner
    • Liberty University Joins NCTTA Family

     

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