U4800 3/30/08 Cupertino Defenders vs. SFCTTC

(Jerry Li, Kevin Lin, Paul Pan, Anatoliy Rudenko , Kien Chuc, Gordon Yuan)

Cupertino Y-Defenders lost to SFCTTC 2-3

  • Anatoliy lost to Paul 1:3 (14-12, 8-11, 6-11, 4-11)
  • Gordon over Kevin 3:0 (11-2, 11-6, 11-7)
  • Anatoliy/Kien lost to Kevin/Jerry 1:3 (9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11)
  • Gordon over Jerry 3:2 (11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Kien lost to Paul 0:3 (4-11, 5-11, 8-11)

U4800 03/30/08 Concord Crushers vs ICC

(Adrian Lungu, Kim Mnuskin, Wesley Boot, Arjun Desai, Aashay Patel, Erica Tran)

Concord Crushers lost to ICC 2-3

  • Wesley lost to Aashay 0:3 (12-14, 9-11, 10-12)
  • Adrian over Erica 3:1 (11-4, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9)
  • Wesley/Kim lost to Erica/Arjun 2:3 (11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 10-12)
  • Adrian lost to Arjun 2:3 (12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-13)
  • Kim over Aashay 3:2 (11-9, 11-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8)

U4800 03/30/08 Concord Crushers vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 4

(Gary Ding, Jason Huang, Cheng Qu, Dan Liu, Tim Leung, Yuri Kretov, Alex Varady)

Concord Crushers lost Tri-Valley 2-3

  • David lost to Dan 0:3 (default)
  • Alex over Cheng 3:2 (12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7)
  • Tim/Alex lost to Cheng/Gary 1:3 (11-6, 3-11, 5-11, 5-11)
  • David lost to Gary 0:3 (default)
  • Tim over Dan 3:1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8)

U3900 3/30/08 Palo Alto 5 vs. ICC

(Joe Wu, Nathanial Chu, Kanak Jha, Aarsh Shah, Matthew Tran, Omkar Raje)

Palo Alto Team 5 lost to ICC 2-3

  • Joe lost to Aarsh 0:3 (3-11, 11-13, 5-11)
  • Nathanial over Matthew 3:1 (6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 16-14)
  • Kanak/Joe over Omkar/Matthew 3:1 (11-3, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7)
  • Nathaniel lost to Omkar 3:2 (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11, 7-11)
  • Kanak lost to Aarsh 1:3 (4-11, 11-5, 11-13, 6-11)

U5700 3/30/08 Palo Alto 2 vs. Incredibles II

(Gabriel Reder, Steven Li, Alam Sha, Bruce Liu, James Nguyen, Johnny Wang)
Palo Alto Team 2 lost to MSC - the Incredibles II 2-3

  • Gabriel over Bruce 3:2 (7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Steven lost to James 0:3 (3-11, 3-11, 5-11)
  • Alam/Steven lost to Johnny/Bruce 0:3 (9-11, 5-11, 5-11)
  • Gabriel over Johnny 3:2 (5-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9)
  • Alam lost to James 0:3 (6-11, 4-11, 7-11)

U5700 03/29/08 Sunnyvale-Team2008 vs Palo Alto 3

(Mike Chen, Brian Chen, Natalie Sun, Lisa Li, Richard Li, Hunter Zhang)

Sunnyvale-Team2008 over Palo Alto Team 3 5-0

  • Lisa over Mike 3:1 (11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-2)
  • Hunter over Natalie 3:0 ( default* )
  • Richard/Hunter over Mike/Brian 3:2 (6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 18-16, 11-6)
  • Lisa over Brian 3:1 (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6)
  • Richard over Natalie 3:0 ( dafault* )
* Natalie defaulted her matches due to injury. (counted as losses but will not affect the League rating)

U6600 3/29/08 Palo Alto 1 vs. iGoLogic Inspiration

(Voltaire Benedicto, Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing, Tommy Nguyen, Patrick Wu, Barry Or)

Palo Alto Team 1 over iGoLogic Inspiration 4-1

  • Ariel lost to Tommy 1:3 (11-13,11-7,9-11,9-11)
  • Voltaire over Patick 3:1 (11-3, 11-13,11-7, 11-6)
  • Ariel/ Lily over Barry/Tommy 3:0 (11-8, 11-7,11-9)
  • Voltaire over Barry 3:1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5)
  • Lily over Patrick 3:0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-4)

U6600 3/29/08 Cupertino Y-Primo vs. Topspin

(Mark Kent, Fernando Chang, Wei Chen, Dave Chu, Kevin Au, Kenny Tien, Douglas Tien)

Cupertino Y-Primo lost to Topspin 2-3

  • Wei over Kevin 3:1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9)
  • Fernando over Kenny 3:0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-9)
  • Mark/Wei lost to Douglas/Kenny 2:3 (11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 6-11)
  • Fernando lost to Douglas 2:3 (11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7, 9-11)
  • Mark lost to Kevin 0:3 (11-6, 11-6, 11-13)

U5700 3/26/08 ICC Team 1 vs. Electromax

(Nancy Lee, Sammy Chu, Aaron Wong, Mao Lin Zhao, Nash Darukhanawala, Ankur Patel, Dangsheng Liang)

ICC Team 1 lost to Electromax 1-4

  • Ankur lost to Mao Lin 0:3 (9-11, 4-11, 11-13)
  • Nash lost to Nancy 1:3 (7-11, 1-11, 11-4, 2-11)
  • Ankur/Dangsheng lost to Nancy/Aaron 0:3 (7-11, 4-11, 4-11)
  • Nash over Aaron 3:0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-7)
  • Dangsheng lost to Mao Lin 1:3 (8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 3-11)

Mercury News 3/26 Headline News

(photo taken by Moses Wang on March 16 at India Community Center)
(Steve Westly, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner)
(Drawing courtesy of San Jose Mercury News)

Look who's on the 3/26 Mercury News Headline! (both printed and on-line version)

Four Silicon Valley tech moguls could be candidates for governor
By Mike Zapler

They are ultra-ambitious, Silicon Valley success stories, all pondering the next chapter of their careers.

What better to do than run for California governor?

Arnold Schwarzenegger has more than two years before he's termed out. But it's never too early to speculate in politics.

The names of four tech moguls come up frequently: Carly Fiorina, Steve Poizner, Meg Whitman and Steve Westly.

None of the four has declared as a candidate, but at this point Poizner and Westly seem the most likely to run.

"The reality is we have a lot of talent in the valley," said Jim Hawley, a senior vice president for TechNet, a political network of tech chief executives. "It's been used to grow companies, and now it may be used to grow the state."

U6600 3/25/08 Incredibles I vs. iGoLogic

(Barry Or, Dennis Ong, Brian Kim, Henry Sit, Michael Sung, Wilson Tsao, Jim Chai)

MSC - the Incredibles I over iGoLogic Inspiration 5-0

  • Henry over Brian 3:1 (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9)
  • Michael over Dennis 3:1 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10)
  • Henry/Wilson over Barry/Dennis 3:2 (8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9)
  • Michael over Barry 3:0 (11-3, 13-11, 11-6)
  • Wilson over Brian 3:2 (8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8)

2008 Western Open Results

(Photo courtesy of Gerry Chua Photography)

Complete results are at http://www.joolausa.com.

Open Division:

  • 1st Steven Siliang Wang
  • 2nd Hailong Shen
  • Semi-finalist Jim Cheng Yi Du
  • Quarter-finalists JiaQi Zheng/Ariel Hsing
U22 Women: (Ariel and Lily's combined age is just a bit over 22!)
  • 1st Ariel Hsing
  • 2nd Lily Zhang

U3900 3/19/08 LSTT Juniors vs. Palo Alto 5

(Kenny Wong, David Zeng, Carey Lee, Vuong Mai, Nathaniel Chu, Mark Lockenmeyer)

Lincoln Square TT Juniors over Palo Alto Team 5 4-1

  • Kenny lost Vuong 2:3 (11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 13-15)
  • David over Nathaniel 3:0 (11-8, 11-3, 15-13)
  • Carey/Kenny over Mark/Vuong 3:0 (11-7, 20-18, 11-7)
  • David over Mark 3:0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-6)
  • Carey over Nathaniel 3:1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9)

U4800 3/16/08 Concord vs. Defenders

(Ed Baxter, Yau-Man Chan, Dan Bruno, Rajul Sheth, Jeff Hou, Anatoliy Rudenko, Mario D'Ortenzio)

Concord over Cupertino Y - the Defenders 3-2

  • Dan over Anatoliy 3:0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-3)
  • Ed lost to Mario 0:3 (8-11, 8-11, 7-11)
  • Yau-Man/Ed lost to Jeff/Anatoliy 0:3 (4-11, 2-11, 8-11)
  • Dan over Jeff 3:1 (11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7)
  • Yau-Man over Mario 3:1 (11-2, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7)

U6600 3/18/08 iGoLogic Inspiration vs SF CRS

(Spencer Chase, Terry Tam, Sally Su, Barry Or, Patrick Wu, Gary Fang, Dennis Ong)

Wow, no more undefeated teams in the U6600 division! Following the stunning loss of the highly favored TopSpin on 3/15 to Tri-Valley Rocks 1, the 5-0 San Francisco CRS lost to the relentless iGoLogic Inspiration on 3/18!

The contest started with Dennis from iGoLogic versus Spencer from SFCRS. The rusty Dennis fought hard but even the good ole' Dennis couldn't pull a rabbit out of his hat when he hardly played in the last couple of years.

The key of the night was the doubles. (What else is new?) Using the first singles match and the first two games in the doubles as warmup, Dennis finally found some of his famous touch. Along with Gary's punch block and forehand counter hitting, they came back from 0:2 to stun SFCRS! The bunch of iGoLogic hooligans went wild while the SFCRS kept quiet in disbelief. They were shaken but still confident they would win. After all, Terry and Spencer would play the last two singles.

"A hero is born every minute." That is probably too much of an exaggeration and cheapens the heroes. But tonight, a hero was indeed born. It was the enthusiastic Pat. Pat played like there was no tomorrow. He showed no sympathy that Terry just removed his wisdom tooth earlier - he intended to devour his opponent! A Pat with eyes of a tiger disarmed the toothless Terry. Pat won 3:0. That rocked the barn. People cheered louder than the Elite division event on Sunday. Pat high fived his way to the men's room immediately. Some spectators noticed sparks in Pat's eyes. Maybe just dust in his eyes.

Yeah, inspirational was the word!

iGoLogic Inspiration over San Francisco CRS 3-2

  • Dennis lost to Spencer 0:3 (8-11,1-11,4-11)
  • Patrick over Sally 3:0 (11-8,13-11,11-6)
  • Dennis/Gary over Sally/Terry 3:2 (9-11,9-11,11-8,11-9,11-8)
  • Patrick over Terry 3:0 (11-3,11-4,11-6)
  • Gary lost to Spencer 1:3 (10-12,11-8,8-11,11-13)

U6600 3/15/08 Topspin vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 1

(Truong Tu, Kenny Tien, Han Nguyen, Kock Loe, Lang Deng, Paul Lee)

Topspin lost Tri-Valley Rocks1 2:3

  • Han lost to Lang 0:3 (10-12, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Truong over Kock 3:1 (10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7)
  • Kenny/Han lost to Paul/Lang 2:3 (11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 13-11, 5-11)
  • Truong over Paul 3:1 (11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6)
  • Kenny lost to Kock 2:3 (11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 8-11, 5-11)

U3900 03/17/08 ICC vs. Incredibles V

(Aarsh Shah, Matthew Tran, Shivi Singla, Lou Montes, Michael Wong, Claire Yeh)

ICC lost to MSC - the Incredibles 1-4

  • Aarsh lost to Claire 1:3 ( 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11 )
  • Matthew lost to Michael 1:3 ( 11-4, 6-11, 3-11, 3-11 )
  • Matthew/Shivi lost to Lou/Michael 1:3 ( 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 8-11 )
  • Aarsh over Lou 3:0 ( 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 )
  • Shivi lost to Claire 1:3 ( 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 8-11 )

U5700 3/16/08 Palo Alto Team 3 vs. Palo Alto Team 2

(Ali Shafai, Wim Coekaerts, Natalie Sun, Gabriel Reder, Alam Sha, Roshan Naik)

Palo Alto Team 3 lost to Palo Alto Team 2 2-3

  • Ali over Roshan 3-2 (6-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9)
  • Natalie lost to Gabriel 1-3 (5-11, 11-7, 9-11, 14-16)
  • Wim and Natalia lost to Gabriel and Alam 0-3 (5-11, 8-11, 12-14)
  • Wim lost to Roshan 2-3 (11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 10-12)
  • Ali over Alam 3-2 (10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10)

U5700 3/16/2008 LCBC vs. Electromax

(Sukardi Tamin, Chiping Zhou, Leland Chen, Wilten Wu, Eddie Go, Johanes Sudarma, Lu Yu, Maolin Zhao, Aaron Wong, Nancy Lee)

LCBC lost to Electromax Team 1-4

  • Johanes lost to Maolin 0:3 (5-11,8-11,4-11)
  • Wilten lost to Nancy 0:3 (2-11,10-12,8-11)
  • Wilten/Sukardi over Maolin/Aaron 3:2 (11-9,15-13,3-11,10-12, 12-10)
  • Johanes lost to Aaron 1:3 (7-11,11-9,4-11,1-11)
  • Sukardi lost to Nancy 0:3 (4-11,0-11,2-11)

U3900 Palo Alto 5 vs. Incredibles V

(Joe Wu, Vuong Mai, Kanak Jha, Ken Lin, Rico Zhou, Claire Yeh)

Palo Alto Team 5 lost to MSC - the Incredibles V 0-5

  • Kanak lost to Ken 1:3 (11-7, 15-17, 6-11, 9-11)
  • Vuong lost to Claire 0:3 (5-11, 11-13, 9-11)
  • Vuong/Joe lost to Claire/Rico 0:3 (7-11, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Kanak lost to Rico 1:3 (7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 8-11)
  • Joe lost to Ken 1:3 (11-9, 7-11, 1-11, 4-11)

U5700 3/15/08 Tri-Valley Rock3 vs. Sunnyvale 2008

(Wei Chen, Dan Liu, Yiang Han, Richard Li, Winston Chen, Alex Zhang)

Tri-Valley Rock 3 over Sunnyvale-Team2008 3-2

  • Yiang over Winston 3:2 (11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7)
  • Wei over Alex 3:1 (8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10)
  • Dan/Wei lost to Richard/Alex 0:3 (8-11, 4-11, 5-11)
  • Yiang over Richard 3:2 (8-11, 11-0, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7)
  • Dan lost to Winston 0:3 (4-11, 7-11, 8-11)

Elite Division Inauguration


You are cordially invited to attend the BATTF Newgy League Elite Division Inauguration.

  • When: Sunday, 3/16/2008 Noon
  • Where: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
Music, video, food, drink, free admission! Here is the detail info:
http://www.battf.com/Results/2008_results/Elite.htm

U5700 03/14/08 Tri-Valley Rock3 vs. iGoLogic Innovation

(Danny Hui, Barry Or, Cheong Tse, Vincent Tai, Cheng Qu, Yiang Han, ZiHui Wang)

Tri-Valley Rock 3 lost to iGoLogic Innovation 1-4

  • Yiang lost to Vincent 2:3 (6-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-4, 2-11)
  • Cheng lost to Cheong 0:3 (9-11, 4-11, 8-11)
  • Cheng/ZiHui lost to Vincent/Danny 1:3 (7-11, 11-7, 3-11, 9-11)
  • Yiang over Danny 3:0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-9)
  • ZiHui lost to Cheong 0:3 (5-11, 4-11, 4-11)

U3900 3/14/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 5 vs. Lincoln Square Juniors

(Kevin Wong, Carey Lee, David Zeng, Albert Pinto, Frank Huang, Brett Jackson)

Tri-Valley Rocks 5 lost to Lincoln Square Junior 1-4

  • Brett over Kevin 3:0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Albert lost to David 2-3 (6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11)
  • Frank/Albert lost to Carey/Kevin 3:0 (4-11, 8-11, 7-11)
  • Brett lost to Carey 3:1 (11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 9-11)
  • Frank lost to David 1:3 (8-11, 8-11, 8-11)

U6600 03/14/08 SFCRS vs. Cupertino Y - Primo

(Fernando Chang, Wei Chen, Mark Kent, Peter Chen, Spencer Chase, Wayne Kuang, Lewis Wei)

SFCRS over Cupertino Y - Primo 5-0

  • Peter over Mark 3:1 (11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4)
  • Spencer over Fernando 3:2 (13-15, 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8)
  • Wayne/Spencer over Wei/Mark 3:0 (13-11, 11-9, 11-5)
  • Peter over Wei 3:1 (11-2, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3)
  • Wayne over Fernando 3:2 (11-5, 15-17, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7)

U5700 3/12/08 ICC vs. LCBC

(Ankur Patel, Nash Darukhanawala, Dangsheng Liang, Leland Chen, Lu Yu, Chiping Zhou)

ICC Team 1 lost to LCBC 2-3

  • Ankur lost to Leland 1:3 (11-3, 4-11, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Nash over Lu 3:2 (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7)
  • Nash/Liang lost to Leland/Chiping 1:3 (12-10, 11-13, 15-17, 7-11)
  • Ankur lost to Chiping 2:3 (9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-13)
  • Liang over Lu Yu 3:1 (11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 13-11)

U3900 03/12/08 ICC vs. Palo Alto 5

(Aarsh Shah, Matthew Tran, Pranav Mohan, Vyong Mai, Kanak Jha, Nathaniel Chu)

ICC over Palo Alto 5 4-1

  • Aarsh over Vyong 3:0 ( 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 )
  • Matthew over Kanak 3:1 ( 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3 )
  • Matthew/Pranav over Kanak/Nathaniel 3:1 ( 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 )
  • Aarsh over Nathaniel 3:2 ( 10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3 )
  • Pranav lost to Vyong 0:3 ( 10-12, 5-11, 8-11 )

U5700 3/9/08 YMCA Exige vs Tri-Valley Rocks 2

(Robert Wei, Channing Chan, Peter Chung, Chew Wong, Xiaohan Huang, Umesh Kukreja, Homa Wong)

Cupertino Y Exige lost to Tri-Valley Rocks 2 2-3

  • Xiaohan over Robert 3:2 (4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9)
  • Umesh over Peter 3:1 (13-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3)
  • Xiaohan/Chew lost to Robert/Channing 1:3 (10-12, 4-11, 11-9, 8-11)
  • Umesh lost to Channing 0:3 (8-11, 7-11, 10-12)
  • Chew lost to Peter 2:3 (7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 5-11)

U6600 3/11/08 Inspiration vs. Incredibles I

(Michael Sung, Wilson Tsao, Jim Chai, Dennis Ong, Tommy Nguyen, Gary Fang, Barry Or)

iGoLogic Inspiration lost to MSC - the Incredibles I 0-5

  • Tommy lost to Michael 1:3 (11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 6-11)
  • Gary lost to Jim 0:3 (8-11, 10-12, 8-11)
  • Tommy/Dennis lost to Jim/Wilson 1:3 (11-13, 11-5, 7-11, 3-11)
  • Gary lost to Wilson 0:3 (8-11, 7-11, 8-11)
  • Dennis lost to Michael 1:3 (11-4, 7-11, 5-11, 9-11)

U6600 3/9/08 Topspin vs. Palo Alto 1

(Nan Li, Lily Zhang, Tomas Fuentes-Afflick, Kevin Au, Truong Tu, Douglas Tien)

Topspin over Palo Alto 1 3-2

  • Kevin lost to Tomas 2:3 (11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 4-11)
  • Truong over Nan 3:1 (11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5)
  • Douglas/Kevin over Lily/Tomas 3:1 (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Douglas lost to Nan 0:3 (5-11, 7-11, 3-11)
  • Truong over Lily 3:1 (11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4)

U5700 3/9/08 Palo Alto 3 vs. Incredibles III

(Qingmin Liu, Patrick Wu, Wen Huang, Dan Lin, Ali Shafai, Brian Chen, Natalie Sun)

Palo Alto Team 3 lost to MSC the Incredibles III 1-4

  • Ali lost to Wen Huang 0:3 (10-12, 8-11, 9-11)
  • Brian lost to Patrick 0:3 (5-11, 4-11, 6-11)
  • Ali/Natalie lost to Wen/Q 2:3 (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 3-11)
  • Brian over Q 3:0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-9)
  • Natalie lost to Patrick 1:3 (11-9, 2-11, 6-11, 8-11)

U3900 3/8/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 5 vs Incredibles V

(Michael Wong, Claire Yeh, Ken Lin, YanYan Ma, Diane Jiang, Brett Jackson)

Writeup by Brett Jackson

YanYan prevailed in a nail biter over Ken in 5 games. Each game was a fierce contest of pushes until Ken opened and either won or lost it with a might forehand loop.

Brett lost to Claire in a back and forth seesaw battle of the pips. Brett had Claire 10-8 in the fifth but Claire pulled it out in a show of remarkable composure.

YanYan and Diane were a mighty team and took care of Claire and Michael in four games combining spiny pushes (YanYan) with devastating loops (Diane). What a combination!

Mark played well and got off some powerful loops, but Brett was able to block enough of them to prevail in three.

Diane, playing like a 2000 level player, got one game over ken, but then Ken made some adjustments to prevent Diane from getting off her invincible loop and coasted to a three games to one victory.

Tri-Valley Rocks 5 Over MSC Incredibles 3-2

  • Yanyan over Ken 3:2 (8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9)).
  • Brett lost to Claire 2-3 (11-3, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 10-12)
  • Yanyan/Diane over Claire/Michael 3:1 (11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5)
  • Brett over Michael 3:0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-6)
  • Diane lost to Ken 1:3 (11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 5-11)

U6600 3/8/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 1 vs. iGoLogic Inspiration

(Wayne Lo, Patrick Wu, Barry Or, Johnny Huang, Kock Loe, Channing Chan)

Tri-Valley Rocks 1 over iGoLogic Inspiration 4-1

  • Johnny over Wayne 3:1 (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6)
  • Kock over Barry 3:1 (11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5)
  • Johnny/Channing over Barry/Patrick 3:0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-6)
  • Kock over Patrick 3:2 (11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Channing lost to Wayne 0:3 (6-11, 3-11, 3-11)

Moving forward, one trial at a time

By Whitney Ping (Originally published on 2/27/2008 in the Oregonian. Photo courtesy of Gerry Chua)

I won my first match of the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials last month, let out a yell and stuck a fist in the air. I walked back to my corner where my father, who is my coach, sat and I gave him a high-five.

I let my racket loose from my hand, having clenched it so hard for those six games -- a 4-2 victory in a best-of-seven match -- that the calluses I've had on my right palm for the last 12 years actually grew larger. And, despite being in good physical condition, I slumped down in a chair and was shaking.

Maybe the slight shakes were due to a stream of adrenaline, but that first match was hard -- not simply from the physical exertion, but also from the tired feeling that comes from the mental and emotional tax that each Olympic hopeful is required to give.
Every match at the Olympic trials was like that. There was no opponent against whom I could afford to put forth only a percentage of what I had to give, because losses are where the dream ends. And the dream continues by placing in the top four in the nation and advancing, one step closer, to Beijing 2008.

So, needless to say, the pressure is tremendous and perhaps more so in sports such as mine, which make their orbit around our Olympic sun once every four years. It is a blessing in the sense that athletes in a similar position value the spirit of the Olympic Games, as it does not make many orbits during our athletic careers.

And it's fun to see people get excited for sports that don't get the typical seasonal attention. The trials were played before a sold-out crowd at Drexel University in Philadelphia; the majority of the spectators never had been exposed to the elite-level version of table tennis.

It is a sport that is so fast that the ball is now 40 millimeters in diameter -- because it was too quick and hard for audiences to follow at 38 millimeters -- so skillful that my teammates and I can now list hand-eye coordination on our resumes, so intense that I'd dare you to measure the decibels of a yelp of excitement after a point won against the revving of a motorcycle.

But the virtue of the four-year turn of the Games can also be its downside; athletes practice long and hard for an opportunity that presents itself rarely. From one Olympic year to the next, it is not unusual for many of us amateur athletes to have spent tens of thousands of dollars on travel and training expenses, not to mention the hours and the lost opportunity of doing illustrious "other" things, whatever they may be.

My 21st birthday was spent in the gym, and I haven't been home on Thanksgiving for the last five years. It is the life of an athlete, and although it might look glorious on the occasions when we can thrust our fists in the air, those victories certainly come at an expense.

Perhaps the greatest cost, and yet the most inevitable, is that we are vulnerable to losing. Sometimes it is due to a bad day, a better opponent, crummy luck. Whatever the reason, it hurts -- especially when you really care.

I faced that brink during the Olympic trials. After winning my first match, I lost the next two. Looking back, it's funny how many emotions a three-day weekend of table tennis can bring, pretty much every one imaginable and at the extremes. I was upset about the back-to-back losses but not scared.

I brushed off anyone who tried to console me, saying that it wasn't the time to talk. I still had matches to play and knew that nothing was over. That's part of the beauty of why we play, to determine the unpredictable.

I would have loved to go undefeated at those trials, and I did try to do so, but at the end of the day, an A-plus wasn't needed in this pass/no pass class. The U.S. qualifications determined the team sent to face Canada for the North American Olympic trials in April. For now, I'm happy to report that I passed.

It is exactly what I wanted and needed: for the dream to go on.

U3900 3/8/08 Incredibles V vs. Lincoln Square TT Juniors

(Carey Lee, David Zeng, Kenny Wong, Kevin Wong, Tetsuro Hirouji, Lou Montes, Ken Lin, Wilson Ta)

MSC - the Incredibles lost to Lincoln Square TT Juniors 1-4

  • Wilson lost to David 1:3 (2-11, 11,7, 5-11, 11-13)
  • Lou lost to Carey 0:3 (11-13, 7-11, 3-11)
  • Lou/Tetsuro lost to Kenny/Carey 2:3 (14-12, 5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13)
  • Wilson over Kenny 3:2 (7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6)
  • Tetsuro lost to David 0:3 (2-11, 8-11, 7-11)

U4800 Tri-Valley Rocks 4 vs. Palo Alto 4

(Yujie Li, Jason Huang, Dan Liu, Alam Shah, Steve Reiling, Arun Jha)

Tri-Valley lost to Palo Alto Team 4 2-3

  • Dan lost to Steve 1:3 (6-11,10-12,11-7,6-11)
  • Jason lost to Alam 1:3 (12-10,6-11,5-11, 10-12)
  • Jason/Yujie over Alam/Arun 3:0 (11-7,11-8,11-6)
  • Dan over Arun 3:1 (13-11,11-3,5-11,11-7)
  • Yujie lost to Steve 2:3 (11-5,11-5,8-11,10-12,1-11)

U5700 3/8/08 Electromax vs. iGoLogic Innovation

(Mark Johnson, Barry Or, Peter Tsang, Vicent Tai, Danny Hui, Gary Fang, Maolin Zhao, Sheng Luo, Nancy Lee, Sammy Chu, Aaron Wong)

Electromax Inc. over iGoLogic Innovation 3-2

  • Sheng over Vincent 3:1 (11-9, 4-11,11-3,11-7)
  • Nancy over Gary 3:0 (11-9, 11-, 13-11)
  • Sammy/Sheng lost to Vincent/Danny 2:3 (5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 13-15)
  • Nancy over Danny 3:0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-4)
  • Sammy lost Gary 2:3 (2-11, 11-6, 6-11, 12-14)

U5700 3/7/08 Tri-Valley Rock3 vs. Tri-Valley Rock2

(Peter Chung, Channing Chan, Johnny Wong, Ping Wang, Wei Chen, ZiHui Wang)

Tri-Valley Rock 3 Over Tri-Valley Rock 2 3-2

  • Ping lost to Channing 0:3 (7-11, 10-12, 7-11)
  • Wei lost to Peter 1:3 (11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 10-12)
  • ZiHui/Wei over Johnny/Channing 3:1 (11-7, 15-17, 11-9, 11-4)
  • Ping over Johnny 3:0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-7)
  • ZiHui over Peter 3:0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-8)

U6600 3/7/08 SFCRS vs. Incredibles I

(Peter Chen, Spencer Chase, Terry Tam, Ming Zhang, Nelson Yu, James Chai)

SFCRS over MSC Incredible I 3-2

  • Spencer over Nelson 3:2 (11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Terry lost to James 0:3 (9-11, 5-11, 7-11)
  • Terry/Peter over James/Ming 3:1 (11:5, 11:5, 12:14, 13:11)
  • Spencer lost to Ming 0:3 (10-12, 3-11, 11-13)
  • Peter over Nelson 3:0 (11:7, 12:10, 11:3)

U4800 3/5/08 ICC vs. Tri-Valley 4

ICC over Tri-Valley Rock 4 3-2

  • Erica Tran over Yujie Li 3:0 (14-12,11-8,12-10)
  • Aashay Patel over Dan Lin 0:3 (11-9,15-13,11-6)
  • Erica Tran /Parth Upadhyay lost to Jason Huang /Yujie Li 0:3 (9-11,6-11,8-11)
  • Aashay Patel over Jason Huang 3:0 (13-11,11-9,11-8)
  • Parth Upadhyay lost to Dan Lin 0:3 (6-11,9-11,6-11)

U3900 3/4 Lincoln Square Juniors vs. ICC

(Kenny Wong, Carey Lee, Kevin Wong, Aarsh Shah, Pranav Mohan, Krish Avvari)

Writeup by Kingston Gee

In what was probably the youngest (in terms of total years) match ever in the history of the BATTF, the ICC U3900 team traveled to play the Lincoln Square TT Juniors on March 4. Coach Pranay Shah of the ICC team set his lineup of Aarsh Shah, Pranav Mohan, and Krish Avvari. The Lincoln Square team countered with a lineup of Kevin Wong, Carey Lee, and Kenny Wong.

Aarsh and Kevin started off the contest with a very tight match. Aarsh started out ahead and kept his lead for a close 11-9 win in the first game. Kevin missed too many big shots in the second game and Aarsh won comfortably 11-4. In the third game Kevin steadied, and many good points were played. Kevin was able to deuce the third game, but Aarsh pulled away to win it 12-10. 1-0 ICC.

Pranav then took on Carey in the second match. Carey raced out to a 6-0 lead and won the first game comfortably. Pranav was having lots of problems with Carey's serves. Pranav got his looping game going in the second game while Carey lost his aggressiveness as Pranav wins the second game 11-6. Thereafter Carey played steadier and stayed on top of Pranav to win the match in four games. The team score is now all even at 1-1.

The doubles featured the lefty/righty combination of Krish and Pranav versus the Wong brothers - Kenny and Kevin. The first game was a feeling out process. The Wong brothers led 10-8, but Krish and Pranav pull out the first game with some good serve returns 13-11. The Wong brothers grew more comfortable and played better the next two games and won each fairly easily. They were on the verge of winning the match when Krish and Pranav recovered to overcome a lead in the fourth game to force a fifth game. The spectators were now into this match, cheering the good points. In the fifth game, Kenny and Kevin nursed a two-point lead - 7-5, 8-6, 9-7 - then won two loose points at the end to close out the match 11-7. The team score is now 2-1 in favor of Lincoln.

Next up was Krish versus Carey. Both players are barely taller than the table itself! The players were already familiar with each other as they had played before in tournaments. Carey at this point had too much experience for Krish and won a close match. Krish gave Carey a big scare in the second game though, barely dropping it 11-9. Carey wins in three games. The team score is now 3-1 in favor of Lincoln and thus Lincoln has clinched the tie.

In the final match, Aarsh played Kenny. Aarsh plays a beautiful countering and looping game, but he is having trouble with Kenny's service and Kenny's flip serve returns. The longer the points go, the more they favor Aarsh. In the fifth game, Kenny missed too many openings and its score was very lopsided as a result. Match to Aarsh 11-3 in the fifth. Lincoln Square wins the team match 3-2.

Lincoln Square Juniors 3-2

  • Kevin lost to Aarsh 0:3 (9-11, 4-11, 10-12)
  • Carey over Pranav 3:1 (11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5)
  • Kenny/Kevin over Krish/Pranav 3:2 (11-13, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7)
  • Carey over Krish 3:0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-7)
  • Kenny lost to Aarsh 2:3 (10-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 3-11)

U5700 3/4 Incredibles II vs. iGoLogic Innovation

(Michael Liu, Peter Tsang, Barry Or, Gary Fang, Mark Johnson, Danny Hui, Cheong Tse, Radu Licea, Bo Ding, Bruce Liu, Johnny Wang, Stan Sun)

Writeup by Johnny Wang

Well, my first match wasn't really that exciting to write home about. I wasn't nervous at all because I have played Cheung many times and know his style quite well. I think I was just overly anxious and he had a plan on how to play me and it worked. In fact, he looked like he was playing at the level that slightly above what he used to play. Match gone to Cheung 3-0.

The doubles match was exciting, although we lost in 5. Bruce and I had practiced last Saturday and I was not in-sync at all during practice. But I think last night wasn't bad at all in terms of cooperation. The major hurdle for me would be to learn to serve better in doubles! Anyway, we won the first 2 games quite convincingly, but they came back strong and able to turn the momentum around. We had our chances and could/should have put the match away, but to their credit they kept hanging around and we made some crucial mistakes on serve returns and rallies that eventually cost us the match. We tie at 9-9 in the fifth but lost 9-11 eventually.

Bo played brilliantly against Danny and Gary. Against Gary, Bo came back from 0-2 to tie up the match at 2-2. Gary was quite nervous gone into the 5th game where he uncharacteristically missed many serves. I think Gary just dodged a bullet when he eventually prevailed at the end.

The match between Bruce and Cheung was a non-factor since we already lost the tie at 1-3. But there were some exciting exchanges. As I mentioned above, Cheung was just too determined and played well (even though he injured his hip in the middle of the match). Match gone to Cheung 3-0.

I want to thank Bruce, Bo and Stanly for practicing doubles with me. I think last Saturday practice session was great. Still there are many things to learn one doubles and it proved that it is critical in a team contest.

I promise I will be more prepared for our next contest. Go Incredibles II!

MSC - the Incredible II lost to iGoLogic Innovation 1-4

  • Bo over Danny 3:0 (11-8, 11-2, 13-11)
  • Johnny los to Cheong 0:3 (2-11, 4-11, 1-11)
  • Johnny/Bruce lost to Gary/Danny 2:3 (11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 9-11)
  • Bo lost to Gary 2:3 (6-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11)
  • Bruce lost to Cheong 0:3 (5-11, 8-11, 5-11)

U6600 3/3/08 Topspin vs. Palo Alto 1

(Douglas Tien, Truong Tu, Kevin Au, Whitney Ping, Voltaire Benedicto, Henry Kwong)

Topspin over Palo Alto 1 4-1

  • Kevin over Whitney 3:2 (11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6)
  • Truong over Henry 3:0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-4)
  • Douglas/Truong over Voltaire/Henry 3:1 (11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6)
  • Kevin over Voltaire 3:0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-9)
  • Douglas lost to Whitney 1:3 (11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 8-11)

BATTF Players in 3/1 Sac Tournament

(The Open event winner Steven Wang. Photo courtesy of Gerry Chua)
(Back row: Q, Sammy/Isabel/Nathaniel/Anthony Chu, front row: Mark Johnson, Claire Yeh, Barry Or, Jerome Poon, Nelson Yu, Ken Lin)
  • Open
    • Winner Steven Wang
    • Runner-up Khoa Nguyen
    • Semi-finalists JiaQi Zheng, Hailong Shen
    • Quarter-finalist: James Xi Guo
  • Women's Open - Winner Jia Qi Zheng, Runner-up Whitney Ping
  • U-2250 - Winner Tommy Nguyen, runner-up Nelson Yu
  • U-2100 - Runner-up Tommy Nguyen
  • U-1950 - Runner-up Barry Or, semi-finalist Mark Johnson
  • U-1800 - Runner-up Sammy Chu
  • U-1500 - Winner Jerome Poon
  • U-3900 Doubles - Winner Barry Or/Mark Johnson, semi-finalist Qingmin Liu/Sammy Chu
  • U-3300 Doubles - Winner Qingman Liu/Jerome Poon, runner-up Mark Johnson/Claire Yeh
  • U2900 Doubles - Quarter-finalist Ken Lin/Jerome Poon
  • U-2200 Doubles - Runner-up Sammy Chu/Isabel Chu

U3900 03/01/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 5 vs. Palo Alto 5

(Vyong Mai, Kanak Jha, Mark Lockenmeyer, Frank Huang, Albert Pinto, Brett Jackson)

Tri-Valley Rocks 5 Over Palo Alto Team 5 4:1

  • Albert over Vyong 3:2 (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6).
  • Brett over Kanak 3:0 (11-4, 13-11, 11-7)
  • Albert/Frank over Vyong/Mark 3:2 (5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5)
  • Brett over Mark 3:0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6)
  • Frank lost to Kanak 0:3 (9-11, 4-11, 5-11)

BATTF One-Month Anniversary

  • From 2/2/08 to 3/1/08
  • 48 team contests
  • 240 matches
  • Stayed tuned for the 3/16 Elite Division event at ICC

U6600 3/1/08 Cupertino Y-Primo vs. Trivalley Rocks I

(Channing Chan, Kock Loe, Lang Deng, David Chu, Wei Chen, Fernando Chang)

Cupertino Y-Primo lost to Trivalley Rocks I 1-4

  • Wei lost to Lang 0:3 (5-11, 7-11, 6-11)
  • Fernando lost to Kock 1:3 (9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12)
  • David/Fernando lost to Channing/Lang 1:3 (10-12, 1-11, 11-6, 9-11)
  • Wei over Channing 3:0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8)
  • David lost to Kock 0:3 (6-11, 9-11, 5-11)

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