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Division competition heats up and the madness is here a month early! February is jam-packed with 17 division meets, all with Championship implications. Find out who's in and who's out. Plus we've got all the details on the upcoming Killerspin College Team Challenge and the first ever NCTTA video contest.
Division HighlightsTexas Division
Spring League competition in full swing
Texas Wesleyan secured its trip to nationals by winning the men's and women's divisions, as their No. 1 team rankings would suggest. Meanwhile, the second place slot was hotly contested between traditional rivals, 11th-ranked Texas and 7th-ranked Texas A&M. Some of the most intense and exciting division play in recent memory, featured Krish Poddar (A&M) edging past Huanyuan Chen (Texas) in 4 very close games and Taylor Hou (Texas) coming from behind in 4 games to defeat Dylan Kwan (A&M).
This set up the 5th and deciding match of the contest: the Texas A&M doubles pairing of Krish Poddar and Srivatsan Ramnath (A&M) squaring off against Texas' Huanyuan Chen and Scott Young. All competition stopped to watch as the match grew more intense. After losing the first game 8-11, A&M stormed back to take the second and third games 11-9 and 11-8. Would the Longhorns give up? Not so fast. Enlivened by the screams of their teammates, Texas fought back to capture the 4th game at 12-10. In the final game, A&M finally overcame UT Austin in a nail-biting 11-9 victory. You can bet both teams are hoping for wildcard spots in this year's Championships.
Talk about parity. After Fall and Spring competition, the Northwest Division worked itself into a three-way tie between Washington, Oregon State, and Portland State; but Washington held the edge in the tie-breaker with Oregon State ending up second. Competition was stiff throughout the day. Oregon State's young star Thomas Nguyen led Washington to an essential victory over Penn State by defeating its standout player, Renjith Retnamma. Other exciting matches included an impressive game five win for Oregon State's Frank Liu over Washington's Yeqin Zeng.
The Midwest Division was narrowly won by No. 10 Illinois over its main competition No. 13 Wisconson-Madison and No. 15 Lindenwood. Illinois won the deciding doubles match in an exciting bout against Wisconsin to clinch the division title. Meanwhile Lindenwood responded to its 0-5 loss to Illinois earlier in the season by forging a new team of five scholarship athletes from around the world for Spring competition. They were able to edge Wisconsin with another exciting deciding doubles match and secure a trip to the National Championships in Rochester, MN, as the second qualifier in this 8-team division.
YouTube Video ContestThe submission deadline for first-ever NCTTA YouTube Video Contest is fast approaching, with less than a month left to put your video together. That's right, it's time to dust off the cameras and show off your directing skills. The winning school/club receives a $400 gift certificate. More prizes to be announced, depending on participation. So, how does this work?
Time to get creative ...
- Capture quality video footage at your NCTTA regional tournament or other college table tennis event/activity.
- Edit your raw video footage into a short, 1 to 5 minute video.
- Post your video on YouTube for the world to see, and enter the contest by notifying treasurer@..., by Sunday, March 22.
Once all the entries are in, an NCTTA-appointed panel will review each video. The school with the best entry will be announced at the 2009 NCTTA National Championships, featured on the NCTTA website (and in this newsletter), and will be awarded the $400 gift certificate. Judges will take into account the overall quality of your movie, as well as its promotional value for NCTTA, participating schools, and NCTTA sponsors. Email Francois Charvet with any questions you have.
Killerspin’s College Team Challenge
At the Arnold Classic Sports Festival -- Columbus, OH -- March 8, 2009
For the sixth consecutive year, Killerspin will be awarding a new table to the college team that wins the Arnold College Team Table Tennis Challenge in Columbus, OH on March 8, 2009. Ohio State has taken top honors the previous two years; who will step up to challenge the Buckeyes this year? The Challenge is part of the Arnold Classic Sports Festival, which is the largest annual sports festival, with more than 17,000 athletes and 180,000 spectators.
What: Arnold/Killerspin College Team Table Tennis ChallengeIf you want to volunteer for this event please email Ed Hogshead. You can earn discounted entry for the tournament by volunteering.
When: March 8, 2009
Where: Columbus, Ohio (Columbus Convention Center)
Registration: Online at www.killerspin.com, deadline is February 25, 2009.
Format: Each college team has up to five members with three playing in each round (A, B, & C and X, Y, & Z) Each member plays two matches per round for a team total of four singles matches and one doubles match per round. All matches are played in this format: A vs. X; B vs. Y; AC vs. XZ; B vs. Z; C vs. Y. Three match victories wins the round.
Prizes: The winning team receives a Killerspin table for their College as well as medals. Second place receives Killerspin equipment and medals.
Eligibility: Team members must be students (full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) at the college. Sign up in advance. Colleges must be members of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA).
Sponsor CornerKillerspin is the exclusive NCTTA League and Championship Equipment sponsor through 2011. Member schools just need to fill out the Killerspin Premium Membership Program Application to receive phenomenal discounts. Browse all your favorite Killerspin equipment in the online Killerspin store.
Support our League sponsor, Killerspin!
Also, special thanks to NEWGY Industries, for its continued and valued sponsorship. Newgy will be sponsoring our 2009 Championships this year in Rochester, Minnesota. Newgy offers a great way to fundraise for your club and help out our sponsor as well by signing up and participating in their Newgy Robo Pong Affiliate Program.
Newgy Offering Fundraising Opportunities
Another way to earn funds for your club
Newgy is a NCTTA Championship sponsor and is offering a great (and easy) new way to fundraise. It's called the Newgy Affiliate Program and basically how it works is it turns your club's website into your very own Newgy Robo-Pong Online Shop. Then you earn commisions for every robot sold through your site. You'd almost have to be crazy not to sign up. Check out all the details here.
2009 Championships QualificationA complete list of participants in the 2009 College Table Tennis Championships is still a couple of weeks away, but a number of teams have already qualified by winning their division, including:
Teams qualified so far
Coed Teams (24 Total Spots Available) Women's Teams (16 Total Spots Available) NCTTA Newsletter - February 2009
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