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)