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


    Rockford and NCTTA Meet Again - 2015 Midwest Regional Championships

    Rockford, Illinois and the sport of table tennis seem to go hand in hand, and this weekend is no exception as the Rockford Convention and Visitor's Bureau worked with the Rockford Boys and Girls Club to bring in one of NCTTA's marquee events, the 2015 Midwest Regional Championships sponsored by Double Fish, Joola and TMS.

    NCTTA Midwest Region Director, Kevin Li tells us about the partnership and history. "We worked with the Rockford CVB in 2013 with our National Championships plus one of our biggest supporters and competition manager is Ed Hogshead who is from the area. NCTTA and Ed have been working together for over a decade so coming to Rockford was a natural fit!"

    With the help of Nick Polvalitis from the Rockford CVB and Chip Stoner from the Rockford Boys and Girls Club, the NCTTA is once again in a familiar place.

    Speaking of familiarity are some of the schools participating in this weekend's event, particularly Lindenwood University. Lindenwood is one of two table tennis scholarship schools in the United States and are the tournament favorites, looking to repeat as regional winners.

    There is stiff competition however, from the likes of the University of Minnesota, Wichita State and the University of Illinois just to name a few.

    About 70 players from 10 colleges and universities will be in Rockford this weekend competing in Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's/Coed Team and Women's Team competition. With regard to college sports, it should be noted that the diversity of competition in table tennis sets it apart. The athletes at the 2015 Midwest Regionals are representing not only their academic institutions in the Midwest, but also different countries ranging from the United States and Canada to as far as Brazil, Egypt and Nigeria.

    It should be a very competitive weekend!

    Canadian and US Collegiate Table Tennis Teams Meet

    The University of Akron is the location of the 2015 NCTTA Great Lakes Regional Championships sponsored by Joola, Double Fish and TMS. The Great Lakes Region consists of six divisions located in the Great Lakes area: Ohio East, Ohio West, Upstate New York, Greater Toronto, Canada East and Michigan. The top teams from these six divisions will descend upon the University of Akron to battle it out on Saturday, February 21st to earn regional titles as well as berths to the TMS 2015 College Table Tennis Championships.

    Up to 12 Men's/Coed teams, 8 Women's teams, 24 Men's Singles players and 16 Women's Singles players will be in competition, where passion and persistence are the key words of the day.

    Chris Wang, NCTTA's League Director and Canadian says about the region, "Great Lakes is so deep every year and this year is no different. The Canadian and USA mix of collegiate table tennis is always a pleasure to see unfold."

    This region features schools from two countries, since two of the divisions are located in Canada. The Canadian universities add an interesting aspect to the Championships, making it an international event; many players from the Canadian schools must procure visas to cross the border!

    McMaster University out of the Greater Toronto division look to be the favorites, with players representing the Canadian National team; they were featured in their own article in January.

    Never count out the Americans as on the US side, Cornell, Michigan, Ohio State, and upstarts Case Western Reserve look to mix things up!


    NCTTA Regional Tournaments

    As we wrap up the 2014-15 NCTTA divisional tournaments, it's time to get excited about our regional tournaments!
    Regional tournaments require an invite to participate so make sure you keep a close eye on your email.
    Promotion code is available for those travelling on United Airlines.

    Great Lakes - Feb 21, 2015 (University of Akron) - Tournament director: Keith Lam & Chris Wang
    South - Feb 21-22, 2015 (Texas Wesleyan University) - Tournament director: Willy Leparulo
    Midwest - Feb 21-22, 2015 (Rockford, Illinois Boys and Girls Club) - Tournament director: Kevin Li
    Mid-Atlantic - Feb 28, 2015 (Triangle Table Tennis Center) - Tournament director: Seemant Teotia
    West - Feb 28 - March 1, 2015 (Silicon Valley Table Tennis Club) - Tournament director: Ryan Hsu
    Northeast - March 1, 2015 (Fashion Institute of Technology) - Tournament director: Jay Lu

    Even if you are not invited to participate, feel free to attend the event as a spectator and extend the NCTTA tradition - #loudandproud!

    If you have any used blades and/or rubbers that you will no longer use for your competitive play, listen up!
    NCTTA is organizing a used equipment drive to help underprivileged table tennis enthusiasts at Backhanders Table Tennis Club in Agona Kwanyako, Ghana.
    Please show your compassion and sport spirit by helping us spread the word and bringing used equipment to any of the six Regional Tournaments. Thank you!

    JOOLA Joins Sponsorship Team at 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships

    By Andy Kanengiser
    NCTTA Media Committee Chairman

    A prominent global producer of table tennis equipment, JOOLA has joined the top-notch team of sponsors at the 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships.

    The announcement came in late January with JOOLA to provide 35 tables for the national championships April 10-12 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The games will attract about 300 of the best collegiate table tennis players in North America.

    Signing JOOLA as the official table sponsor for the three days of thrilling NCTTA competition is a huge plus for the 2015 championships. “We are very happy to welcome JOOLA for the NCTTA finals and programme,” says Anders Thunström, managing director of TMS International.

    “JOOLA was the first ever company to provide the Show Court table (Sydney Olympics) and JOOLA’s table quality is undeniable,” adds Thunström . His company, the marketing partner of the International Table Tennis Federation, works closely with the NCTTA to promote its brand and the collegiate championship games.

    JOOLA’s tables are very popular in Europe, but the U.S. market is becoming “more and more important for us,” says Michael Bachtler, CEO of JOOLA Table Tennis Germany. “After having a sponsorship agreement with the USTTA, it was logical to enter into a partnership with the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association as well.”

    The company’s origins date back to the 1950s and JOOLA has been led by Bachtler for nearly 40 years. Today, it is the official table and apparel sponsor of the USATT. Reports on its website show JOOLA can manufacture 30 new tables every hour.

    JOOLA’s table quality, its strong connections to major table tennis events on the world stage, and its recognized brand name are some of the things that impress Willy Leparulo, the NCTTA president.

    “We are excited to be partnering with JOOLA on efforts to promote college table tennis at the highest levels,” Leparulo says. “JOOLA has been a company we’ve greatly admired for years. We are delighted to be able to finally work together.”

    Richard Lee, head of JOOLA USA, is impressed with the growth of collegiate table tennis. “Collegiate table tennis is growing strongly in the USA and we are excited about the new agreement which makes us the official table supplier of NCTTA.”

    The NCTTA oversees college table tennis tournaments involving hundreds of players from more than 150 colleges across the USA and Canada.

    JOOLA USA already has informal ties with NCTTA in its staff, Lee says. “JOOLA USA has several employees that are NCTTA graduates. It gives us great pleasure to give something back and help the NCTTA grow.”

    About JOOLA
    JOOLA is proud to be the official apparel sponsor of the US National Team and the official table sponsor for the US Open and US National Championships. Partnering with USA Table Tennis (USATT), the national governing body for table tennis, North American Table Tennis (NATT), and now, the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA), JOOLA has grown its fan base to become the most visible brand in US table tennis.

    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.


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