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)

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