Texas Wesleyan University showed its diversity in winning both the Men’s and Women’s Doubles Championships today in Eau Claire. Texas Wesleyan is known for its Table Tennis prowess in teams, but don’t count them out in Doubles! Today's Men's and Women's Doubles event shows just why.
Traditionally, doubles isn’t a much practiced event in that one can’t qualify for them through division or regional play, but that doesn’t stop Texas Wesleyan.
Yue Wu and Wang Chen hadn’t played competitive doubles in college action prior to these championships, but their experience in other competitions certainly shows through as an advantage. They defeated Shirley Fu and Erica Wu from Princeton who are a formidable lefty righty combo. One game was fairly interesting featured 5 net balls in a row from Princeton! Texas Wesleyan persevered in that game still at 11-6! NCTTA Vice President Joseph Wells stated, “It was pretty unfortunate to see so many nets but it is part of the game and Texas Wesleyan didn’t let it distract them from their goal.” The Rams took the women’s doubles title.
In Men’s Doubles, Jishan Liang and Feng Zhe continued to show their dominance by defeating the Mississippi College duo of Yichi Zhang and Qingwei Sun easily. Zhe has international experience in doubles and is always a force to be reckoned with. Both teams featured a righty lefty combination but in the end it was Texas Wesleyan's duo that came out on top.
Texas Wesleyan University shows how versatile they are in competing and completing the doubles competition. We look forward to seeing the rest of the competition.
The 2017 TMS College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Eau Claire 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 TMS International, Gerflor, Double Fish
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the TMS College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 7th and continues through Sunday April 9th.
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
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