This weekend at the University of Iowa, is the NCTTA 2017 Midwest Regionals. 12 schools and more than 60 College Table Tennis Student Athletes from Midwest states like (Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.) will pour into the University of Iowa campus to battle for the chance at school glory. It will be live streamed too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pZ4Y6AsF-U
College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line with the top three men’s/coed teams qualify; top 2 women teams along with the top 8 men singles and top 4 women’s singles. The TMS 2017 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is NCTTA’s premier event and is the Super Bowl and World Cup of Collegiate Table Tennis rolled into one!
The Midwest Region features scholarship school and last year’s winner, Lindenwood University. Lindenwood remains a perennial powerhouse in the Midwest, but don’t count out some of the other schools who are looking to make some noise in this tournament! University of Minnesota is always strong and comes in as winners of the Minnesota division with some new players and new passion. Coach Kris Sabas, former Minnesota player expects “the U”, as it is sometimes called, to surprise many!
University of Wisconsin-Madison is another favorite, led by Colombian International and former Lindenwood player, Maria Castillo! UW are winners of the Upper Midwest division by narrowly defeating Northwestern University.
Turning to men’s singles and women’s singles, we see a competitive draw on both sides with top men’s singles seed from University of Minnesota, Pu Li looking to bring home the title. On the women’s side, new faces combined with veterans make for a very interesting draw. Look for University of Illinois’ new woman player Yuikiu Wat to make a splash as the top seed of the tournament in this her first Collegiate Table Tennis season!
NCTTA Midwest Regionals starts on Saturday with Team play and finishes on Sunday with Singles. Click here for more information: https://sites.google.com/a/nctta.org/2017-midwest-regional-tournament/home
Pictured here is the University of Minnesota team at least year's Regionals with coach Kris Sabas (on left)
This weekend at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville, North Carolina the NCTTA 2017 Mid Atlantic Regionals will take place. The NCTTA Mid-Atlantic Region includes schools and college table tennis athletes from the geographic area including the Carolinas, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania. Around 50 student athletes will be participating in this event for titles in men’s and women’s singles and men’s/coed and women’s Team titles. Top winners getting to qualify to the coveted NCTTA Championships! It will be live streamed too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZaI8U2QUwo
College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line with the top three men’s/coed teams qualify; top 2 women teams along with the top 8 men singles and top 4 women’s singles. The TMS 2017 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is NCTTA’s premier event.
The Mid-Atlantic Region features a new school in the mix, Pillar College (from the Pennsylvania Division) from New Jersey though qualified as a wildcard team by dominated the competition in the spring semester. They brought in some new blood, including Lily Yip as a coach/player and US Olympian Tim Wang and New Zealand standout, Matt Heathington. One may ask why is a New Jersey school playing in the Pennsylvania division? Vice President of NCTTA, Joe Wells states about the wildcard team, “We didn’t have enough schools to create a New Jersey division so we moved all of our New Jersey schools to nearby Pennsylvania and it worked out well this year.”
Pillar College players may be the rookies of the tournament, but veteran schools like Duke will be quick to add that they want a chance to shine in the light as well. Duke is coming in with one of the strongest lineups featuring its own New Zealand international in Roger Rao like Pillar College’s Matt Heathington. The Blue Devils also have a homegrown talent in Charlie Berman hailing from the North Carolina area and are ready to rumble!
Men’s and Women’s singles should be interesting. Lily Yip the player coach from Pillar College looks to have the title on paper as does Kaden Xu in Men’s singles. You can never predict sport though. Check out the Regionals on our live stream or for more information go here.
Pictured here are athletes from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania which will also be in attendance!
This weekend in Akron, Ohio at the University of Akron, the NCTTA will host the 2017 Great Lakes Regional Championships. The NCTTA Great Lakes region is an interesting region in that it includes a vast geographical boundary including both the United States and Canada. NCTTA has had a long storied history with its Canadian brothers and sisters from its earliest participation in NCTTA in the 1990’s.
The Canadian schools don’t have their own College Table Tennis Association so we (NCTTA) invite them to take part in our association (NCTTA). The union has been working for over twenty years. The addition of the Great Lakes Regional brought in some interesting logistics as it brings once every other year Americans into Canada and Canadians into the United States. This year it is the USA’s turn to host this competitive event.
Great Lakes Regional Director, Keith Lam says, “The host city for Great Lakes have been on a rotation between Toronto and Akron - to balance out the travel between USA/CAN players. This year it will be at Akron.”
This weekend will feature 12 men’s/coed teams and almost a full capacity women’s teams (which is a record) and a plethora of eager men and women student athletes for the singles events. These American and Canadian student athletes will be partaking for titles in men’s/women’s singles and men’s/coed and women’s teams.
College Table Tennis National Championship qualification is on the line for every event. Watch for Lester Lee, from the University of Michigan as a favorite to lead his team but also for the men’s singles event. Lam tells us about the men’s/coed team competition, “I am expecting good matches between old rivalries McGill, Toronto, Michigan. Binghamton and Ottawa are new to Regional this year (they did not participate last year) and both boost competitive rosters that should prove to be a challenge for the big three. “
One school, however, that hasn’t been talked about too much is Cornell University and they come in with the highest team rating and with a secret weapon to tote. Tune in to see how they and others do as we love to see great competitors rise to the occasion!
Check out the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohEBkJoO3Go
Pictured here: Trophies from a past Great Lakes Regional Championships (Good that Table Tennis is an indoor sport!)
After last year's successful run of the NCTTA Commentator Challenge, we decided to host it again and add to our developing pool of NCTTA commentators.
Several talented enthusiasts took up the challenge this year as well and after a close race, our winner of the 2017 Commentator Challenge is Haris Krijestorac!
The runner-ups are: Ronald Yu and Matt Shen.
Thank you to everyone that participated.
This weekend at Texas Wesleyan, the New York Yankees of college table tennis, will play host to the NCTTA South Regional Championships. Twelve of the best schools in the South (Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Georgia) will descend upon the Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth campus to battle for the chance at school glory. It will be live streamed too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVhx7C6c-zM
School glory isn’t the only outcome sought by these men and women paddlers; National Championship qualification is on the line with the Top three men’s/coed teams qualify; Top 2 women teams along with the top 8 men singles and top 4 women’s singles. The TMS 2017 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships is NCTTA’s premier event and is the Super Bowl and World Cup of Collegiate Table Tennis rolled into one! The NCTTA South Regionals is paramount to continuing in the College Table Tennis post season.
The South Region features Texas Wesleyan winner of the championships 12 out of the last 13 years. They have a total of 60 championships since 2002. IN the past years, however schools have caught up and one such school is a small liberal studies school in Clinton, Mississippi, called Mississippi College. Mississippi College is the only school to date to have ever beaten the College Table Tennis Giants. Coach and former Mississippi College player, Cheng Li states, “We will try our best.” Mississippi College is a 5,130 student school in Clinton, Mississippi and is America’s 2nd oldest Baptist College, 191 years old!
In 2015, Mississippi College was at their best beating Texas Wesleyan setting up an internal regional rivalry for years to come and this year is no different. Look for Texas Wesleyan and Mississippi College to always be favorites, but there are a couple of dark horses looking to heat things up: University of Houston from the South Texas division for one and the University of Florida from the Northern Florida division could create a stir!
Men’s singles and women’s singles are going to feature some of the best College Table Tennis players. Texas Wesleyan alone features twelve singles players in the competition! Last year’s South Regional Champion and National Championship singles winner Yi Chi Zhang (Men’s Singles) is back looking to defend. Click here to see who is looking to make Zhang’s run for the Regional Title a bit more difficult!
NCTTA South Regional kicks off at 2:00pm Central Time on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am Central Time.
Pictured here is Team Captain and leader from UT Austin, Felix Chan who will be in action at Texas Wesleyan with his UT Austin team!
NCTTA Post Season Kicks Off With Regional Championships
The College Table Tennis regular season starts October 1st and ends February 12th but the “2nd season” as some like to call it will soon start as early as February 25th and as late as March 5th! This is the NCTTA College Table Tennis post season that culminates Regional Championships followed by the epic National Championships.
Regional Championships feature the best of Division Men’s and Women’s singles and the best of Coed and Women’s teams. The fierce battle begins with who gets to go (direct division winners and wildcards) and then of course on the table play.
Regional Championships are a keystone to getting to the National Championships. Remember these Regionals will be live streamed and some will even have commentary!
Here are the listings of NCTTA Regional tournaments.
By Andy Kanengiser
NCTTA Media Chairman
Call it a case of “Back to the Future.’’ North America’s finest collegiate table tennis players will return to Round Rock, Texas for the 2018 championship games.
NCTTA leaders selected the Round Rock Texas Sports Center over several other competitive bidders around the nation to host next year’s huge tournament.
It was really hard to turn down Round Rock that bills itself as the Sports Capital of Texas, NCTTA leaders say. The city is home base for the Round Rock Express, the AAA affiliate of MLB’s Texas Rangers. Round Rock Donuts (are they yellow or orange?) has been an institution for food lovers in the city since 1926.
But more importantly, leaders of the vibrant city near Austin went the extra mile to welcome the TMS national collegiate table tennis championships in 2016.
Opened in January 2014, the amazing $14.9 million sports facility does a terrific job hosting basketball, volleyball, wresting, fencing, table tennis and much more.
It features 82,800 square feet of space indoors, boasts seating for 1,400 spectators and a total capacity for more than 3,000 guests. The venue has 500 parking spaces, attractive locker rooms, space for concessions stands, nice lighting and other amenities too many to mention.
NCTTA President Willy Leparulo raves about how the Lone Star State city rolled out the red carpet for the 2016 tournament. The three-day event drew about 300 collegiate players from schools across the USA and Canada. Coaches, fans and volunteers showed up, too.
“We are excited to be going back to Texas,’’ Leparulo said. “The NCTTA in its short history has hosted championships in Texas four other years. So, it’s great to come back to a familiar place.’’
The tournament will be a relatively short drive for perennial collegiate table tennis national champion Texas Wesleyan University of Fort Worth.
The Round Rock bid was considered along with a half-dozen others from states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California.
“We are so blessed as an organization to have so many wonderful cities interested in college table tennis,’’ Leparulo added.
NCTTA leaders considered a long list of factors, including the availability of hotels, transportation, the quality of the venue, costs, banquet facilities, flooring, lighting, and volunteer staffing.
Home to more than 109,000 Texans, Round Rock is known as a haven for shoppers with its Round Rock Premium Outlets. Its Rock’ N River Water Park is first-class. The music scene in nearby Austin is alive and well for visitors.
Nancy Yawn, director of Round Rock’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, is delighted to receive the news from the NCTTA’s leadership team.
“We look forward to having all the event participants, spectators and volunteers come and play, support and work the tournament here in the heart of Texas,’’ Yawn said. “We hope you enjoy everything about your trip to Round Rock in March 2018.’’
The Texas city is loaded with plenty of restaurants to cater to just about everybody’s taste buds.
The impressive sports facility has room for six high school basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, and obviously plenty of room for the college table tennis tournament. It’s worth it to visit the popular venue at 2400 Chisholm Trail. The site remains a short walk to hotels for players, coaches and volunteers.
In the weeks ahead, college table tennis players will try to punch their tickets to the 2017 NCTTA championships April 7-9. The site at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the same place the tournament was held in 2015.
In recent years, the national championships were booked in Rockford, Illinois in 2013 and Monroeville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2014.
NCTTA is looking for the best of the best in everything, including its commentators. Last year the organization held its first search for commentators and it worked out well.
Joe Wells, Veteran commentator at the NCTTA Champs, says “We got a lot of interest and were able to invite a number of people to our championships that became key parts to the event’s success.” This contest is a chance to attend the NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships as a Commentator for the live stream! (one must be able to work all days)
NCTTA has used in the past, Han Xiao (former UMD player and USATT board member), Joe Wells (Vice President of NCTTA), and Adam Bobrow (Current ITTF Commentator), but the Championship committee wants the NCTTA membership and alumni and fans to have a chance at being a part of our event.
Winner or winners have a shot to come out to the 2017 NCTTA Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Read all about it here: http://nctta.org/doc/2017-NCTTA-Commentator-Challenge-Rules-and-Regulations.pdf
Pictured here are last year’s winners.
Interested in playing in NCTTA and not yet a member of NCTTA get going here:
All of these links are found here
NCTTA Singles is gearing up and it is another way to make it into the post season, sign up below!
NCTTA Spring/Winter 2017 tournament schedule: http://nctta.org/schedule
NCTTA Online Registration link (for schools not yet registered in NCTTA): http://www.danserver.com/nctta/MemberApp.asp
NCTTA Online Registration for Division Singles: http://www.nctta.org/singles/
NCTTA Spring 2017 Eligibility form (for all schools): http://nctta.org/doc/Spring%202017%20ELIGIBILITY.pdf
NCTTA Rules and Regulations are here
Get registered today!