U3900 2/26 Incredibles V vs. ICC

(Omkar Raje, Matthew Tran, Aarsh Shah, Ken Lin, Claire Yeh, Michael Wong)

Writeup by Lou Montes

On Tuesday February 26th, an U3900 division contest at the Milpitas Sports Center was held featuring The Incredibles V hosting The ICC Juniors.

The first singles match pitted Ken Lin of The Incredibles V against Omkar Raje of The ICC Juniors. This match was a duel that had Omkar's powerful topspin game stymied by the strong service and diverse table game of Ken. The Incredibles V led 1-0.

The second single match had Michael Wong of The Incredibles V against Aarsh Shah of The ICC Juniors. Aarsh began strong with an assortment of topspin serves followed by excellent third ball attacks that gave Michael fits. Michael was able to get in a few reverse penholder backhand and forehand loop winners, but his timing was a tad off and thus his inconsistency allowed Aarsh to prevail. The contest was now all square at 1-1.

The third match was the doubles featuring Michael and Claire Yeh of the The Incredibles V against Aarsh and Matthew Tran of The ICC Juniors. Michael appeared very comfortable as he settled in with strong forehand loops and reverse penholder backhand drives for winners. Claire contributed with a strong service game and great setups for Michael off the returns from her long pips. The Incredibles V were up once again, now 2-1.

The fourth game was a thriller for the ICC faithful on hand as Matthew overcame Ken's strong spinny serves with an all out attack game for an impressive 3-0 win. The contest was once again even, this time at 2-2.

The ICC fans were in frenzy at the opening of the fifth and deciding match, which pitted Claire against Omkar. This was a match of Claire's long pips game in its top form against a determined junior that had a "no quit" mentality. The first two games went to Claire so The Incredibles V were now just a game away from winning this contest.

Game three of this match was a thrilling contrast of styles between Omkar's strong and determined offensive game and Claire's long pips game that featured beautiful defensive drops complimented with the occasional unreturnable forehand smash. As the match had wore on Omkar began increasingly to pick up on Claire's long pips play and gave her a tremendous challenge, but in the end had to relent to her confident defense and warrior mentality. So the decisive match went to Claire 3-0 in yet another impressive performance by her that put The Incredibles 5 over the top 3-2, thus preserving their undefeated record and their place at the top of the U3900 division standings.

MSC Incredibles V over ICC 3900 3-2

  • Ken over Omkar 3:1 (12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5)
  • Michael lost to Aarsh 0:3 (9-11, 8-11, 11-5)
  • Claire/Michael over Aarsh/Mathew 3:1 (11-8, 11-4, 8-11,11-8)
  • Ken lost to Mathew 0:3 (6-11,5-11,6-11)
  • Claire over Omkar 3:0 (11-8,11-3, 17-15)

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