By Michael Reff
When Anna LaRocco Masi met Anna Du
Their life journeys became intertwined,
It started as a table tennis introduction anew,
And later blossomed into more interests aligned.
LaRocco Masi started playing in church on Sundays,
Du played recreationally since she was five,
2014 was their initial pong craze,
And with shared namesakes a friendship sparked alive.
Their GWU club is full of diversity and inclusion,
They are the co-captains and copresidents of the team,
They foster a sense of community and in doing this,
Have left a legacy for future players’ dreams.
The women’s team advanced from 2nd place in regionals,
Into the nationals through a 3 way tie,
It’s the Annas’ last years at GWU so it’s reasonable,
To say they were proud of making it so high.
So what will do after they graduate?
The Annas have their plans all set.
First Peace Corps and then there’s more,
They’ll help volunteer at NCTTA events.
The 2018 iSET College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Round Rock CVB 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 iSET, Double Happiness, Gerflor, Double Fish and USA Table Tennis
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the iSET College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 20th and continues through Sunday April 22nd.
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