1/27 U2200/U1500 at Milpitas Sports Center

Courtesy to Dan Lin, more photos are available at http://www.milpitas-tabletennis.com/USATT_League/01272007.

USATT Team League was in full swing today. Nine teams played eight team ties in two divisions at Milpitas Sports Center.

Reno Aces(U2200) and Reno Royals(U1500) came all the way from Nevada to play with their U2200 and U1500 peers. Although they lost all their team ties, their fighting spirits were impeccable. Mert Caglar, the iron man, played 7 singles matches in 4 hours and won 5 of them. Some of the Aces team members drove back to Reno the same day - that's almost 500 miles round trip in one day! Guess what? They will have the second field trip in April again! Talking about die-hard players! However, according to Team Captain Carlos Ortegon, "I had to beg, bribe, coerce, and even threaten our players to make the trip." The Royals will stay one more day for two more team ties at Cupertino YMCA.

U2200


  • Reno Aces lost to iGoLogic - Inspiration 2-3
    • Billy Fu lost to Michael Liu 1:3 (-8,-7,9,-7)
    • Mert Caglar beat Mark Johnson 3:2 (8,-11,-8,7,9)
    • Michael Low/Billy Fu lost to Dan Lin/Mark Johnson 0:3 (-4,-8,-3)
    • Mert Caglar beat Dan Lin 3:1 (-19,4,10,9)
    • Michael Low lost to Michael Liu 0:3 (-1,4,4)

  • Reno Aces lost to Palo Alto Team 3 0-3
    • Mert Caglar lost to Ariel Hsing 0:3 (-14,-7,-9)
    • Billy Fu lost to Christian Morsing 1:3 (6,-8,-8,-10)
    • Carlos Ortegon/Billy Fu lost to Michael Hsing/Ariel Hsing 2:3 (-6,-14,8,9,-3)

  • Reno Aces lost to Cupertino Y - Primo 2-3
    • Mert Caglar beat Dave Chu 3:1 (10,-6,6,9)
    • Billy Fu lost to Mark Kent 0:3 (-8,-5,-3)
    • Michael Low/Billy Fu lost to Fernando Chang/Mark Kent 0:3 (-2,-4,-4)
    • Mert Caglar beat Fernando Chang 3:2 (-9,-4,11,6,6)
    • Michael Low lost to Dave Chu 0:3 (-8,-5,-6)

  • Reno Aces lost to MSC - the Incredibles 1-4
    • Billy Fu lost to Jim Chai 0:3 (-6,-7,-7)
    • Mert Caglar lost to Nelson Yu 1:3 (-9,-4,7,-8)
    • Carlos Ortegon/Billy Fu lost to Henry Sit/Nelson Yu 0:3 (-8,-3,-4)
    • Mert Caglar beat Henry Sit 3:1 (8,-5,5,2)
    • Carlos Ortegon lost to Jim Chai 0:3 (-5,-6,-7)

  • MSC - the Incredibles beat Cupertino Y - Primo 5-0
    • Joey Hu beat Dave Chu 3:0 (7,5,7)
    • Wilson Tsao beat Fernando Chang 3:0 (7,6,7)
    • Wilson Tsao/Ming Zhang beat Wei Chen/Fernando Chang 3:0 (3,4,6)
    • Joey Hu beat Wei Chen 3:1 (9,6,-5,7)
    • Ming Zhang beat Dave Chu 3:0 (6,4,-7,6)

    U1500



  • Reno Royals lost to ICC TT Team 2 1-4
    • Howard Lambert lost to Indriyanto Hariyono 2:3 (-5,11,-10,7,-7)

    • Billie Paulson lost to Venkata Tangirala 0:3 (-7,-5,-4)

    • Howard Lambert/Carl Barlow lost to Indriyanto Hariyono/Venkat Simhadri 2:3 (11,-8,8,-7,-7)

    • Billie Paulson beat Venkat Simhadri 3:0 (8,7,9)

    • Carl Barlow lost to Venkata Tangirala 0:3 (-9,-6,-11)


  • Reno Royals lost to CNetwork 1-4

    • Carl Barlow lost to Ron Wallace 1:3 (-5,-7,8,-6)

    • Billie Paulson beat Larry Lee 3:2 (-7,-9,9,7,5)

    • Howard Lambert/Billie Paulson lost to Sam Kim/Ron Wallace 2:3 (-4,-4,6,7,-10)

    • Carl Barlow lost to Sam Kim 1:3 (-8,-10,5,-6)

    • Loward Lambert lost to Larry Lee 0:3 (-7,-9,-10)

  • Reno Royals lost to Palo Alto Team 5 2-3
    • Billie Paulson lost to Tri Mai 1:3 (-3,-7,11,-5)

    • Carl Barlow lost to Valentin Gefter 1:3 (-2,-1,9,-8)

    • Howard Lambert/Carl Barlow lost to Steven Li/Tri Mai 0:3 (-9,-9,0)

    • Billie Paulson beat Steven Li 3:2 (-9,6,-5,9,8)

    • Howard Lambert beat Valentin Gefter 3:1 (6,5,-4,4)



1/23/2007 U1900 iGoLogic Innovation vs MSC Team A

by Mark Johnson


(from left to right: Peter Tsang, Michael Liu, Mark Johnson, Gary Fang, Hyung Min Kim, Radu Licea, Danny Lui, Raymond Yip)

Milpitas Sports Center (MSC) hosted the very first U1900 division USATT Team League match this past Tuesday 1/23/07 as IGoLogic Innovation met MSCTT Team A. Both these teams are based out of MSC so there would be no home court advantage for either team.

IGoLogic Innovation fielded a lineup that was familiar with the Olympic format used for this tie since it consisted of three of the members of the infamous Four Musketeers that took second place in the second division at the US Open Teams event held in Reno last year (second only to the USA Junior Girls team) --- Gary Fang, Michael Liu, and Mark Johnson. MSCTT Team A would meet this challenge with a lineup of Raymond Yip, Radu Licea, and Hyung Min Kim.

Gary Fang faced Raymond Yip in the first singles match. Both these two enjoyed success in 4-star NATT tournaments held recently in Berkeley with Gary winning the U1850 event at the 2006 Western Open in February and Raymond reaching the U1850 final at the 2006 Berkeley Open in September. Gary seemed to have the match in his control after winning the first game 11-4 but Raymond responded with an 11-8 victory of his own in the next game signalling his intent to put up a fight. However, Gary started to return more serves with the long pips on his reverse penholder backhand at this point and this gave Raymond fits. Gary used this strategy to take the third game comfortably 11-5 and was able to hold on to win the fourth 12-10 to win the opening match of the tie 3-1.

The next singles match had Michael Liu meeting Radu Licea. Both of these players also have had success in recent USATT sanctioned tournaments. But Michael won the U1850 event at both the 2006 San Diego Open and the 2006 Golden State Open in Concord in May while Radu won the U1100 and U1300 events at the 2006 Golden State Open (and 17 of his 18 matches!). However Radu has been receiving coaching throughout the year and has been improving steadily as not only his USATT tournament results but his play in the MSC singles league would attest so a competitive match was expected despite the ratings difference in their championships. Michael won the first game narrowly 12-10 and the second game comfortably at 10-4 with his consistent forehand and backhand topspinning. However, as the match wore on Radu was able to control more of the rallies by blocking the topspins until he could get a loose ball to kill. This allowed Radu to win the next two games 11-7 and 11-8 and send the match to a fifth game. This match would probably go in favor of the player that could get the best start in this deciding game. There was no question about which player this was as Radu rattled off the first 10 points (!) before eventually winning it 11-1 and the match 3-2. The tie was now all even at 1-1 as it went to what would now be a critical doubles match.

Mark Johnson paired with Michael Liu for IGoLogic Innovation while Hyung Min Kim paired with Radu Licea for MSCTT Team A. The IGoLogic Innovation pair had at least some experience together having played doubles at least once at the US Open Teams competition in Reno while this was the first time the MSCTT Team A pair had ever played doubles together in competition. Despite this, MSCTT Team A took the first game 11-7 by returning serve better and excellent close to the table blocking. However, the key game of this match was the second as IGoLogic Innovation won it in a nail-biter 12-10. So the match was even at 1-1 where instead it could have easily been 2-0 for MSCTT Team A. IGoLogic Innovation took control of the match from that point and won the final two games 11-7 and 11-8 to win the match 3-1 and give it a 2-1 lead in the tie.

IGoLogic Innovation had a chance to clinch a victory in the tie in the next singles match as Gary Fang faced Hyung Min Kim. However Hyung Min Kim seemed determined to send the tie to a deciding fifth match as he got off to a great start by winning the first two games for MSCTT Team A by scores of 11-5 and 13-11. However Gary was not discouraged by the close loss in the second game. In fact, it appeared to motivate him as he responded by winning the third game 11-0 (!). Despite his best efforts Hyung Min Kim could not reverse the momentum in the next two games as Gary won them 11-7 and 11-5 to win this match 3-2 and assure IGoLogic Innovation of victory in the tie with its 3-1 lead and only the final --- and now anti-climatic --- singles match to come.

Mark Johnson faced Raymond Yip in this match. Mark Johnson was fresh from his 2nd place finish in the U1800 event at the USATT Nationals this past December so this would be a match between the runner-up of a 4-star U1850 event (Raymond) and the runner-up of a 5-star U1800 event (Mark). These two had never faced each other in competition previously. This situation generally favors Mark since his service can take some getting used to by his opponents. This was indeed the case in the first game as Mark took it comfortably 11-6. However, Raymond seem to have adapted as he led 6-2 in the second game --- only to see Mark rattle off the next eight points (!) to lead 10-6 --- before he recovered to win the next four points (!) to send this back-and-forth game to deuce. But Mark was able to recover from his miss of a smash that had sent the game into deuce in the first place by winning the next two points to win the game 12-10 and lead in the match 2-0. But Raymond fought back to win the next game 13-11 and force this match into a fourth game. This game was all even at 5-5 --- attesting to what had now become a hard fought battle --- before Mark was able to pull away for an 11-7 victory and thus win the final match 3-1.

iGoLogic Innovation beat MSCTT Team A 4:1
  • Gary Fang beat Raymond Yip 3:1 (4,-8,5,10)
  • Michael Liu lost to Radu Licea 2:3 (-10,-4,7,8,1)
  • Michael Liu/Mark Johnson beat Radu Licea/Hyung Min Kim 3:1 (-7,10,7,8)
  • Gary Fang beat Hyung Min Kim 3:2 (-5,-11,0,7,5)
  • Mark Johnson beat Raymond Yip 3:1 (6,10,-11,7)

Open Division Season Opening - 1/21/2007

By Bruce H. Liu

(from left to right, Spencer Chase, Terry Tam, Wei Hao Chen, Lily Zhang, Whitney Ping, and Ariel Hsing)

San Francisco CRS vs Palo Alto Team 2

This is the season opening for the Open division - 3 young gentlemen from San Francisco vs 3 young ladies from Palo Alto. All six players are in their teens and twenties. Who would you pick? It is tough and the result shows. The team tie started at 7:30PM sharp.

Whitney won both her singles convincingly without dropping a game. The rest of the matches were fiercely contested. When Lily, the number 2 US Cadet team member, won her first game against Wei Hao, spectator murmured that they might see a big upset. However, Wei Hao's creative reverse backhand and explosiveness proved too much for Lily.

Lily and Ariel's doubles also created lots of excitement for the night. The "older" player in the pair is just over 11. Their relentless attack troubled Wei Hao and Spencer throughout the match but the "senior" pair prevailed at the end.

After first 4 matches, it was dead even at 2:2. It was the number 1 cadet girl in the USA Ariel against the veteran player Terry to play the decisive match. There was nothing similar in their playing style other than they both played shakehand, . One is close-to-the-table-machine-gun fast and the other played steady away from the table. The rallies were audience-pleasing. Ariel kept smashing and Terry kept sending them back. In the beginning, Terry couldn't find his touch to handle Ariel's all-out attack and quickly lost the first game. Terry recouped in the second game. He kept the ball very deep to force some errors from Ariel to even the match at 1:1. At this point, they were both warm and pumped. Both played brilliantly in the 3rd game. It could have gone either way - 14:12, Ariel. Terry was not ready to give up just yet and mounted a comeback in the fourth game to tie the match at 2:2.

It was 9:30PM on Sunday and the club would close in 30 minutes. Everyone was tired. However, like an Energizer bunny, Ariel jumped right in in the fifth game to take a commanding 5:1 then 8:3 lead. Everybody thought it was over but Terry. He played one point at a time to close the game to 6:8 then 7:9. It was Ariel's serve - a short underspin serve. Terry dropped it back. Ariel pushed it deep and the ball hit the edge - 10:7, match point Ariel! Ariel then made a routine smash to win the game, the match, and the tie.

The history has been written that the first ever USATT Team League Open Division team tie has been won at 9:45PM, 1/21/2007 at Palo Alto, California.

Palo Alto Team 2 beat San Francisco CRS 3:2
  • Whitney Ping beat Terry Tam 3:0 (5,6,9)
  • Lily Zhang lost to Wei Hao Chen 1:3 (9,-8,-2,-8)
  • Lily Zhang/Ariel Hsing lost to Wei Hao Chen/Spencer Chase 2:3 (-8,9,-8,11,-7)
  • Whitney Ping beat Spencer Chase 3:0 (9,7,5)
  • Ariel Hsing beat Terry Tam 3:2 (4,-6,12,-9,7)

1/20/2007 U2200 Palo Alto Team 3 vs Cupertino Y - Primo at Palo Alto


(from left to right, Cupertino Y - Primo in red and Palo Alto Team 3 in green, Mark Kent, David Chu, Fernando Chang, Wei Chen, Wim Coekaerts, Steven Reiling, Henry Kwong, and Michael Hsing)

This is the second U2200 team tie of the season. Cupertino did not encounter too much resistance. However, they'd better watch out next time since Palo Alto's top three players were not available for the team tie.

Cupertino Y - Primo beat Palo Alto Team 3 5:0

  • Wei Chen beat Steve Reiling 3-1 (1,6,-5,3)
  • Fernando Chang beat Michael Hsing 3-0 (6,6,5)
  • Dave Chu/Fernando Chang beat Michael Hsing/Wim Coekaerts 3-0 (7,7,8)
  • Wei Chen beat Wim Coekaerts 3-1 (9,5,-16,3)
  • Dave Chu beat Steve Reiling 3-0 (10,8,4)

MSC - the Incredibles vs iGologic Inspiration

I know you are anxious to know the result.:-) The writeup will have to wait.

Thanks to Dan Lin, photos are available at:
http://www.milpitas-tabletennis.com/USATT_League/01162007/.



From left to right, Nelson Yu, Michael Sung, Henry Sit, Rajul Sheth, Seyed Jafarinejad, Wen Huang, and Brian Kim




MSC - the Incredibles beat iGoLogic Inspiration 4:1

  • Henry Sit lost to Wen Huang 1:3 9,14,-5,8
  • Michael Sung beat Seyed Jafarinejad 3:0 3,9,9
  • Nelson Yu/Henry Sit beat Wen Huang/Brian Kim 3:1 3,-8,6,5
  • Nelson Yu beat Seyed Jafarinejad 3:0 9,6,4
  • Michael Sung beat Brian Kim 3:0 9,9,7

Revised Team List

  • Teams registered: (team caption or contact person in parenthesis)
    • Open division
      1. MSC - the Impossibles (Bruce H. Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com)
      2. Palo Alto TTC Team 1 (Khoa Nguyen, khoanguyen@yahoo.com)
      3. Palo Alto TTC Team 2 (Stefan Feth, Stefanfeth@aol.com)
      4. San Francisco CRS (Lewis Loyi Wei, gearycrs@hotmail.com)
      5. Lincoln Square TT (Kingston Gee, lincolnsquarett@yahoo.com)
    • U2200
      1. Cupertino Y Primo (Fernando Chang, fttchang@yahoo.com)
      2. iGoLogic Inspiration - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      3. MSC - the Incredibles (Bruce H. Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com)
      4. Palo Alto TTC Team 3 (Henry Kwong, hykwong@stanford.edu)
      5. Reno Aces (Carlos Ortegon, cortegon@charter.net)
    • U1900
      1. Classic Hardbats (Robert Palgon, robertpalgon@hotmail.com)
      2. Cupertino Y Exige (Homa Wang, homaneag@yahoo.com)
      3. ICC TT Team 3 (Praful Bhaidasna, praful_bhaidasna@yahoo.com)
      4. iGoLogic Innovation - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      5. MSCTT Team A - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      6. Palo Alto TTC Team 4 (Bonnie Sun, bsun@contexengineering.com)
      7. Team Concord (Michael Boot, mboot45@yahoo.com.sg)
    • U1500
      1. CNetwork - an MSC team (Moses Wang, d41515@yahoo.com)
      2. Cupertino Y Defenders (Mario D'ortenzio, mariodort@yahoo.com)
      3. ICC TT Team 2 (Venkat Raman Tangirala, tangiralav@gmail.com)
      4. Palo Alto Team 5 (Valentin Gefter, vgefter@sbcglobal.net)
      5. San Francisco Chinatown TTC (Lewis Loyi Wei, gearycrs@hotmail.com)
      6. Reno Royals (Carlos Ortegon, cortegon@charter.net)
    • U1000
      1. Lincoln Square TT Juniors (Kingston Gee, lincolnsquarett@yahoo.com)
      2. ICC TT Team (Rajul Sheth, rraajul@yahoo.com)

1/6/2007 Meeting Summary

  • Attentees:
    • Stefan Feth - Palo Alto club
    • Khoa Nguyen - Palo Alto club
    • Ken Nguyen - Palo Alto club
    • Kingston Gee - Lincoln Square TT (Oakland)
    • Lewis Wei - San Francisco club
    • Rajul Sheth - India Community Center (Milpitas)
    • Michael Boot - Concord Club
    • Robert Palgon - Classic Hardbat (Mountain View)
    • Mario D'ortenzio - Cupertino YMCA
    • Fernando Chang - Cupertino YMCA
    • Bruce H. Liu - Milpitas Sports Center (MSC)
  • Teams registered: (team caption or contact person in parenthesis)
    • Open division
      1. Milpitas Sports Center (Bruce H. Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com)
      2. Palo Alto TTC Team 1 (Khoa Nguyen, khoanguyen@yahoo.com)
      3. Palo Alto TTC Team 2 (Stefan Feth, Stefanfeth@aol.com)
      4. San Francisco CRS (Lewis Loyi Wei, gearycrs@hotmail.com)
      5. Lincoln Square TT (Kingston Gee, lincolnsquarett@yahoo.com)
    • U2200
      1. Cupertino Y Primo (Fernando Chang, fttchang@yahoo.com)
      2. iGoLogic Inspiration - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      3. Milpitas Sports Center 2200 (Bruce H. Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com)
      4. Palo Alto TTC Team 3 (Henry Kwong, hykwong@stanford.edu)
      5. Reno Aces (Carlos Ortegon, cortegon@charter.net)
    • U1900
      1. Classic Hardbats (Robert Palgon, robertpalgon@hotmail.com)
      2. Cupertino Y Exige (Homa Wang, homaneag@yahoo.com)
      3. ICC TT Team 3 (Praful Bhaidasna, praful_bhaidasna@yahoo.com)
      4. iGoLogic Innovation - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      5. MSCTT Team A - an MSC team (Barry Or, orbarry@yahoo.com)
      6. Palo Alto TTC Team 4 (Bonnie Sun, bsun@contexengineering.com)
      7. Reno Royals (Carlos Ortegon, cortegon@charter.net)
      8. Concord TTC (Michael Boot, mboot45@yahoo.com.sg)
    • U1500
      1. CNetwork - an MSC team (Moses Wang, d41515@yahoo.com)
      2. Cupertino Y Defenders (Mario D'ortenzio, mariodort@yahoo.com)
      3. ICC TT Team 2 (Venkat Raman Tangirala, tangiralav@gmail.com)
      4. Palo Alto Team 5 (Valentin Gefter, vgefter@sbcglobal.net)
      5. San Francisco Chinatown TTC (Lewis Loyi Wei, gearycrs@hotmail.com)
    • U1000
      1. Lincoln Square TT Juniors (Kingston Gee, lincolnsquarett@yahoo.com)
      2. ICC TT Team (Rajul Sheth, rraajul@yahoo.com)
      3. Possible team from MSC - not confirmed yet (Bruce H. Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com)
  • Each division has a division coordinator and the primary function for the division coordinator is scheduling. Each division coordinator will work with team captains in the division to have the schedule. The deadline 1/13/2007. The division coordinators are:
    • Open division - Stefan Feth
    • U2200 division - Bruce Liu
    • U1900 division - Michael Boot
    • U1500 division - Mario D'ortenzio
    • U1000 division - Rajul Sheth
  • 8 teams are in U1900 division. It will have 56 team ties which may be too many to manage. One possible solution is to divide U1900 into two sub-divisions. (4 teams each) That will reduce the number of team ties to 24 in the preliminary home/away series. Then, top two teams from each sub-division will have a RR. (6 team ties) 3rd and 4th finishers can have a RR as well. (6 teams ties) The total number of team ties will be 36 this way. Each team will play 9 team ties.
  • Uniform - Rajul Sheth is kindly to donate up to $1000 for uniforms. Stefan will use his part of his Joola equipment contribution to make up the deficit if needed. Each team captain should submit number of shirts needed as well as the size by 1/13/2007. One player per shirt, please. We all do this on good faith. We can use the money on other items more useful. If you need more shirts, Stefan and Rajul will figure out how much per shirt and available colors for us by 1/13/07, preferably earlier. Each team may also have their own uniform if they wish. Remember that uniform is required for the League.
  • Team roster - team captains please submit your roster to Bruce Liu, bay_tt@yahoo.com, by 1/13/2007.
  • League Balls - Rajul will generously provide each team 6 Nittaku Premium balls for the season. If you need more, it is also available from Bruce H. Liu. ($18 a dozen, no boxes though)
  • All-star games - at the end of the season, top 5 players in each division along with one player nominated by the respective division coordinator will form two teams to play an exhibition. The schedule and location will be determined later.
  • Everyone should try their best to promote the League. We will need people to write it up and submit to local media. Any creative way is welcome.
  • Rating - USATT League rating will be used. If a player does not have a USATT League rating, his/her USATT Rating will be used as the initial rating. After that, two ratings are independent, one will not affect the other. For players don't have any rating, they can play at Milpitas Spors Center to get one. Email bay_tt@yahoo.com for details.

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