U5700 4/30/08 ICC vs. Incredibles II

(Prahlad Prasanth, Nash Daraukhanawala, Ankur Patel, Bo Ding, James Nguyen, Aaron Hui, Bruce Liu)

India Community Center lost to MSC - the Incredibles II (0-5)

  • Nash lost to Bo 2:3 (6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 5-11)
  • Ankur lost to James 2:3 (11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11)
  • Prahlad/Ankur lost to Bruce/James 0:3 (2-11, 1-11, 8-11)
  • Nash lost to Bruce 1:3 (4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11)
  • Prahlad lost to Bo 1:3 (11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 9-11)

U5700 4/27/08 Palo Alto 2 vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 3

(Wei Chen, Qu Cheng, Yiang Han, Gabriel Reder, Alam Sha, Steven Li)

Palo Alto Team 2 Lost to Tri-Valley Rocks 3 0-5

  • Gabriel lost to Cheng Qu 0:3 (7-11, 10-12, 8-11)
  • Steven lost to Wei Chen 2:3 (13-11, 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 7-11)
  • Steven/Alam lost to Wei/Yiang 0:3 (10-12, 8-11, 10-12)
  • Gabriel lost to Yiang 1:3 (11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 7-11)
  • Alam lost to Cheng 2:3 (11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 8-11, 5-11)

U5700 4/27/08 Electromax vs. Cupertino Y-Exige

(Nancy Lee, Aaron Wong, Dell Chen, Sammy Chu, MaoLin Zhao, Xiao Han, George Zhao, Jiayuan Fang)


(video courtesy of George Zhao)

Electromax over Cupertino Y - Exige 4-1.

  • Maolin over Xiao 3:0 (11-2, 11-5,11-5)
  • Dell over Jiayuan 3:0: (11-5, 11-9, 15-13)
  • Sammy/Dell lost to George/Jiayuan 2:3 (9-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 9-11)
  • Maolin over George 3:1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4)
  • Sammy over Xiao 3:2 (7-11,11-3, 11-13, 11-4, 13-11)

U5700 4/27/08 Palo Alto 3 vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 3

(Wim Coekaerts, Mike Chen, Brian Chen, Cheng Qu, Yiang Han, Wei Chen)

Palo Alto Team 3 over Tri-Valley Rock 3 3-2

  • Mike over Wei 3:1 (11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Wim over Yiang 3:2 (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11 -4)
  • Brian/Wim over Cheng/Wei 3:1 (5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9)
  • Mike lost to Cheng 1:3 (8-11, 11-61, 6-11, 5-11)
  • Brian lost to Yiang 1:3 (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11)

U5700 4/26/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 3 vs. LCBC

(Chiping Zhou, Leland Chen, Lu Yu, Cheng Qu, Wei Chen, Ping Wang)

Tri-Valley Rocks 3 over LCBC 3-2

  • Wei over Leland 3:1 (11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10)
  • Ping lost to Chiping 2:3 (11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 9-11)
  • Cheng/Wei lost to Lu/Leland 1:3 (11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 6-11)
  • Ping over Lu 3:1 (8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8)
  • Cheng over Chiping 3:2 (7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5)

U6600 4/25/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 1 vs. SFCRS

(Wayne Kuang, Terry Tam, Peter Chen, Johnny Huang, Channing Chan, Paul Lee)

Tri-Valley Rocks 1 lost to San Francisco CRS 0-5

  • Paul lost to Peter 2:3 (9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11)
  • Channing lost to Wayne 1:3 (8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11)
  • Johnny/Channing lost to Terry/Peter 1:3 (11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Paul lost to Terry 2:3 (11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 7-11)
  • Johnny lost to Wayne 0:3 (6-11, 6-11, 6-11)

U6600 4/26/08 Primo vs. Incredibles I

(Mark Kent, David Chu, Wei Chen, Michael Sung, Jim Chai, Nelson Yu)

Cupertino Y - Primo lost to MSC - the Incredibles I 0-5

  • Wei lost to Jim 0:3 (5-11, 7-11, 5-11)
  • David lost to Michael 1:3 (11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 9-11)
  • Mark/Wei lost to Nelson/Jim 0:3 (7-11, 9-11, 8-11)
  • David lost to Nelson 1:3 (5-11, 7-11, 15-13, 2-11)
  • Mark lost to Michael 0:3 (9-11, 9-11, 7-11)

U5700 4/26/08 Exige vs. Innovation

(Peter Tsang, Danny Hui, Barry Or, Mark Johnson, Jerry Wang, Hao Shi, Jiayuan Fang)

Cupertino Y - Exige lost to iGoLogic - Innovation 1-4

  • Jerry lost to Barry 0:3 (6-11, 5-11, 5-11)
  • Hao Shi lost to Mark 1:3 (9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 9-11)
  • Hao/Jayuan lost to Danny/Mark 1:3 (4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11)
  • Jerry lost to Danny 1:3 (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 6-11)
  • Jiayuan over Barry 3:1 (11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9)

U4800 4/21/08 Stanford vs. Incredibles IV

(Jerome Poon, Chao Zhang, Benny Wu, Raghotham Murthy, Matthew Mao)

Stanford over MSC - the Incredibles IV 3-2

  • Raghotham lost to Chao 2:3 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11)
  • Benny over Jerome 3:0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-9)
  • Benny/Matt walkover
  • Raghotham walkover
  • Matt lost to Jerome 1:3 (8-11, 12-14, 11-6, 6-11)
*Incredibles IV only had two players for the contests.

How do the Sharks stay loose?

(photo and article courtesy of San Jose Mercury News)

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TRYING TO BE LOOSE, 'ENJOY THE MOMENT'
By Ann Killion
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Launched: 04/22/2008 01:35:27 AM PDT

The Sharks disappointed in Game 6 on Sunday. And if you were looking for angst and despondence in the wake of that loss, the Sharks disappointed again Monday afternoon.

They were loose. They were at ease. And they were ferociously engaged in playing pingpong on a table set up in the middle of their locker room.

"Hey, who put the metaphor in here?" one bystander wondered

In this epic series with Calgary, the Sharks have been up and down. The emotion and momentum have swung wildly to and fro. The action on the ice has been back and forth. The Sharks have been alternatively aggressive or back on their heels. They've been great and they've been lousy. And their fans have been sky high or lower than low.

So, yes, pingpong was an apt metaphor.

Tonight, this series delivers sport's ultimate moment: Game 7. An event that has never taken place in San Jose. The ultimate thriller. Do or die.

"Enjoy the moment," Coach Ron Wilson advised.

We'll find out tonight if the Sharks can enjoy it. If they can seize their sport's ultimate moment. Because while it's true that this is do-or-die for both teams, it's a little more do-or-die for the Sharks.

All the pressure tonight is on the Sharks. They're the higher seed. They're playing at home. They're the team that fancies itself Stanley Cup-worthy. They're the team that already whiffed - badly - on a chance to close out the series. They're the team that is haunted by past playoff failures.

They're the team that probably would undergo radical changes if bounced in the first round.
But, at least on Monday, they seemed to have the right perspective.

"It's really exciting," Joe Thornton said. "If you're a hockey player, you love being a part of Game 7. It'll be fun to be part of history."

We'll see how Thornton - one of few Sharks with Game 7 experience, having played in Boston's 2004 loss to Montreal - inserts himself into history. If he comes up big, or if his impact is hard to measure. Because this playoff series will be not only a referendum on the Sharks' heart but also a judgment on their best player's legacy.

Thornton has scored one goal in this series. In his playoff career, he has scored 10 goals in 63 games. It's an unflattering record, and the Canadian media have been quick to point out that Thornton hasn't exactly put his team on his back during this series. In the Calgary paper on Monday, he was called the Perry Como of hockey and the Sharks were likened to "Charlie, the StarKist tuna."

Before Game 5, Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter told me the series would be decided by two things: the goaltenders and the superstars. The battle between Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff has been more or less a push. But the matchup between Thornton and Jarome Iginla has not been nearly so even. Iginla has three goals and five assists (to bring his playoff record to 24 goals in 47 games) and has been the best player on the ice, while facing the same kind of intense focus and defensive pressure that Thornton combats every shift.

Thornton's laid-back attitude, so calming during the regular season, is viewed as far too mellow during the playoffs. Tonight's game will require something more.

"All you can ask of yourself is play well, play with passion, play with emotion," Thornton said.
Wilson didn't want to put any extra emphasis on his star player. "Everybody's important, not one more than the other," Wilson said. "I'm not going to assess any individuals. We're going to win this as a team."

Wilson did address Milan Michalek, whose inability to get off a shot on a three-on-one rush in Game 6 was the very illustration of the old cliche about gripping the stick too tight.

"Right now, the only guy who can help himself is Milan," Wilson said. "He's got to find something simple, accomplish it and rebuild his confidence. Relax. Do something simple. The quicker you do it in a game, the quicker you find yourself settling right in.

"And don't dread the game," Wilson added. "Enjoy it."

The Sharks appeared to be enjoying themselves Monday. Team president Greg Jamison and Nabokov took on G.M. Doug Wilson and adviser Mike Ricci in a vicious pingpong match. Nabokov, diving for a shot, fell to the floor and yelped in pain, clutching his leg.

Then he looked around at his audience and smiled. Just kidding.

Yes, the Sharks were loose Monday. But there's no joking around tonight - it will be the most pressure-packed setting sports can offer.

U5700 4/20/08 Exige vs. Sunnyvale Team 2008

(Hunter Zhang, Winston Chen, Lisa Li, Umesh Kukreja, Homa Wong, Jiayuan Fang)

Cupertino - Y Exige lost to Sunnyvale 0-5

  • Jiayuan lost to Winston 1:3 (6-11, 10-12, 14-12, 9-11)
  • Umesh lost to Hunter 0:3 (7-11, 8-11, 6-11)
  • Umesh/Homa lost to Winston/Lisa 1:3 (6-11, 11-7, 3-1, 8-11)
  • Jiayuan lost to Lisa 0:3 (7-11, 7-11, 6-11)
  • Homa lost to Hunter 0:3 (10-12, 12-14, 8-11)

U3900 4/20/08 Palo Alto 5 vs. Lincoln TT Juniors

(Kevin Wong, Carey Lee, David Zeng, Kenny Wong, Nathaniel Chu, Kanak Jha, Joe Wu)

Palo Alto Team 5 lost to Lincoln TT Juniors 1-4

  • Nathaniel Chu lost to Kenny Wong 1:3 ( 12:10, 5:11, 8:11, 5:11)
  • Joe Wu lost to David Zeng 1:3 ( 7:11, 11:9, 4:11, 10:12)
  • Joe Wu/Kanak Jha over Kenny Wong/Carey Lee 3:1 ( 11:5, 2:11, 11:6, 11:0)
  • Nathaniel Chu lost to Carey Lee 0:3 ( 5:11, 3:11, 1:11)
  • Kanak Jha lost to David Zeng 2:3 ( 2:11, 5:11, 12:10, 11:8, 7:11)

U6600 4/19/08 Rocks 1 vs. Incredibles I

(Kock Loe, Channing Chan, Johnny Huang, Bruce Liu and Incredible kid, Ming Zhang, Joey Hu, Wilson Tsao)

Tri-Valley Rocks 1 lost to MSC - the Incredibles I (2-3)

  • Johnny lost to Ming 0:3 (8-11, 11-13, 6-11)
  • Kock lost to Joey 2:3 (7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11)
  • Channing/Johnny over Wilson/Ming 3:2 (4-11, 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9)
  • Kock over Wilson 3:2 (9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9)
  • Channing lost to Joey 0:3 (3-11, 5-11, 5-11)

U5700 4/19/08 Palo Alto 3 vs. iGoLogic Innovation

(Michael Liu, Barry Or, Mark Johnson, Gary Fang, Mike Chen, Brian Chen, Wim Coekaerts)

Palo Alto Team 3 over iGoLogic Innovation 3-2

  • Wim lost to Gary 0:3 ( (12-10, 11-7, 11-5)
  • Mike over Mark 3:1 (11-9, 10-12 ,14-12, 13-11)
  • Brian/Wim over Michael/Mark 3:1 (11-9, 11-8, 6-11 , 12-10)
  • Mike over Michael 3:1 (8-11 ,11-9, 11-3, 11-7)
  • Brian lost to Gary 1:3 (9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 8-11)

U4800 4/19/08 Cupertino Defenders vs. Palo Alto 4

(Gordon Yuan, Anatoliy Rudenko, You-Chien Koe, Arun Jha , Prachi Jha, Yuta Haguro)

Cupertino Y-Defenders over Palo Alto Team 4 (4-1)

  • You-Chien over Arun 3:1 (12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5)
  • Anatoliy lost to Yuta 1:3 (5-11, 10-12, 13-11, 6-11 )
  • You-Chien/Gordon over Yuta/Prachi 3:2 (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6)
  • Anatoliy over Prachi 3:1 (12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10)
  • Gordon over Arun 3:2 (4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7)

U4800 4/19/08 SFCTTC vs. Concord

( Do Tran, Phillip Hudson, Daniel Bruno, Kevin Lin, Jerry Li, Paul Pan)

SFCTTC over Concord 4-1

  • Kevin over Daniel 3:1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9)
  • Paul over Phillip 3:0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-4)
  • Kevin/Jerry over Phillip/Do 3:0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-9)
  • Paul over Do 3:0 (11-6,11-8,11-8)
  • Jerry lost to Daniel 1:3 (13-11, 8-11, 8-11, 8-11)

Elite Division Action on 4/18/2008

(JiaQi Zheng, Hailong Shen, Steven Siliang Wang, Sean Lee, Khoa Nguyen, Ariel Hsing)

(Photos are courtesy of Long C. Nguyen)

By BATTF staff writer

Not a particularly big crowd. However, these spectators are truly the table tennis backbone. Their willingness to beat the Bay Area Friday night traffic after work for the second BATTF Elite event at Stanford proved their enthusiasm to the sport.

What a nice venue at Stanford! The staffs at Burnham Pavilion were extremely nice and helpful. The setup was a snap. They totally trust us to operate the million-dollar PA system. Even supplied the national anthem CD! Thanks to Whitney Ping who made all the arrangement for BATTF.

There was a lineup change. Whitney hurt her ankle a few days ago and had to withdraw from the competition. Ariel Hsing came to the rescue to fill the spot. Spectators were not disappointed. They warmly welcomed Ariel with the biggest applause of the night.

Bruce Liu started the night with a "brief" introduction to the players. Each player was welcomed with a bouquet sponsored by Flowerspot Florist. Perhaps allergic to the flower, Bruce announced to start the contest without introducing Steven Wang! After correcting the mistake, the contest officially got going.

The first match was between Steven Wang and Hailong Shen. It was a re-match from the Western Open final in Berkeley where Steven won the cliffhanging match. Hailong determined to get it back. Steven of course wouldn't let him do that and took the early 5:2 lead in the first game. However, Hailong kept attacking relentlessly. Their counter-looping points wowed the audience repeatedly. Hailong's never-give-up-never-surrender attitude paid off. He came back to win the game in deuce and eventually the match! Hailong's fighting spirits impressed everyone in Burnham.

It turned out that the introduction of Steven Wang was not the only thing Bruce left out. He forgot to play the national anthem before the contest! Obviously embarrassed, he was brave enough to admit it after the first match and got the unanimous approval from the crowd to correct the mistake – this could have been a record that the national anthem was sung after the first match!

Khoa apparently had troubles with JiaQi's flat-hitting game throughout the match – not much spin to work with! The playing style was totally different from the first match. JiaQi's speed and accuracy prevailed in the second match.

Now that the contest was tied at one apiece, the doubles became critical. Both teams sent their player who just won their singles to play the doubles - Hailong teamed with Ariel and JiaQi teamed with Sean. It was Ariel and Sean's debut in the BATTF Elite division and they proved they belonged to the division. JiaQi and Sean won but not without major efforts.

Khoa seemed to be in a slump when Sean won the first two games. Sean apparently trained hard lately. His attack dictated the pace most of the time. The third game was heatedly contested. Khoa still did not seem to be in the zone. He missed quite a few his trademark step-around forehands. However, he managed somehow to win the third game.

Sean had a few match points in the fourth game but Khoa just wouldn't go away! His experience finally made him win game 4 in deuce. Sean was dumbfounded in disbelief. Khoa got the momentum now and cruised in the fifth game. Sean was not discouraged. He vowed to do better next time. Well, Sean is only 17 and Khoa perhaps has played the sport for over 34 years!

Now it was the much-anticipated final match between Ariel and Steven. Ariel's quickness did give Steven some trouble initially but Steven quickly adjusted. After all, he is #13 in US Men!

What a night!

Contex Engineering lost to Flowerspot Florist 2-3

  • Hailong over Steven 3:1 (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6)
  • Khoa lost to JiaQi 0:3 (6-11, 8-11, 7-11)
  • Ariel/Hailong lost to Sean/JiaQi 0:3 (9-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Khoa over Sean 3:2 (7-11, 11-13, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5)
  • Ariel lost to Steven 0:3 (8-11, 5-11, 6-11)

U3900 4/16/08 ICC vs. Lincoln TT Juniors

(Madhusudan Varadan, Shivansh Singla, Steve Westly, David Zeng, Carey Lee, Kevin Wong)

India Community Center lost to Lincoln TT Juniors 2-3

  • Madhusudan over Kevin 3:0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-3)
  • Steve lost to David 0:3 (3-11, 7-11, 10-12)
  • Madhusudan/Shivansh over Kevin/Carey 3:1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 13-11)
  • Steve lost to Carey 1:3 (14-12, 5-11, 7-11, 6-11)
  • Shivansh lost to David 1:3 (8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11)

U5700 4/16/08 ICC vs. Palo Alto 3

(James Do, Dangsheng Liang, Nash Darukhanawala, Wim Coekerts, Ali Shafai, Mike Chen)

India Community Center over Palo Alto Team 3 (3-2)

  • Nash over Wim 3:2 (11-13, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9)
  • James lost to Mike 2:3 (11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 5-11)
  • James/Dangsheng over Ali/Mike 3:2 (6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 4-11, 13-11)
  • Nash over Ali 3:2 (8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12)
  • Dangsheng lost to Wim 1:3 (7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11)

U4800 4/13/08 PATTC vs. Incredibles IV

(Jerome Poon, Wilson Ta, Chao Zhang, Justin So, Alam Sha, Yuta Haguro)

Palo Alto Team 4 over Incredibles IV 4-1
  • Justin lost to Chao 0:3 (6-11, 8-11, 4-11)
  • Yuta over Jerome 3:2 (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7)
  • Alam/Yuta over Jerome/Wilson 3:1 (14-12, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7)
  • Justin over Wilson 3:1 (11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6)
  • Alam over Chao 3:1 (7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4)

U5700 4/13/08 Electromax vs. Sunnyvale

(Hunter Zhang, Richard Li, Lisa Li, Nancy Lee, Dell Chen, Sammy Chu, Aaron Wong)

Electromax over Sunnyvale Team 2008 3-2

  • Nancy Lee over Lisa Li 3:0 (11-6,11-6,11-6)
  • Sammy Chu lost to Richard Li 0:3 (8-11,4-11,8-11)
  • Dell Chen/Sammy Chu over Hunter Zhang/Richard Li 3:1 (11-9,6-11,11-9,11-9)
  • Nancy Lee over Hunter Zhang 3:0 (11-6,11-6,11-7)
  • Dell Chen lost to Lisa Li 1:3 (7-11,6-11,12-10,5-11)

U5700 4/12/08 Exige vs. LCBC

(Leland Chen, Wilten Wu, Lu Yu, Xiaohan Huang, Howard Shi, George Zhao)

(Video courtesy of George Zhao)

Cupertino Y - Exige lost to LCBC 2-3

  • Howard lost to Lu 1:3 (11:13, 6:11, 11:8, 6:11)
  • George lost to Leland 1:3 (9:11, 9:11, 11:6, 9:11)
  • Xiaohan/George lost to Wilten/Leland 2:3 (11:8, 7:11, 11:8, 6:11, 7:11)
  • Howard over Wilten 3:2 (13:15, 11:13, 11:8, 11:5, 11:6)
  • Xiaohan over Lu 3:1 (11:9, 11:9, 7:11, 11:8)

U6600 04/12/08 Palo Alto TTC 1 vs. Rocks 1

(Henry Kwong, Voltaire Benedicto, Ariel Hsing, Mike Lee, Lang Deng, Paul Lee)

Palo Alto TTC Team 1 over Tri-Valley Rocks 1 5-0

  • Ariel over Mike 3:1 (11-7,11-7,10-12,11-9)
  • Voltaire over Lang 3:1 (11-8,9-11,11-8,11-9)
  • Voltaire/Henry over Lang/Paul 3:2 (11-7,11-6,7-11,8-11,12-10)
  • Ariel over Paul 3:2 (11-8,13-11,10-12,8-11,12-10)
  • Henry over Mike 3:1 (13-11,7-11,11-7,11-8)

U4800 4/12/08 Rocks 4 vs. SFCTTC

(Kevin Lin, Kakit Lee, Joseph Macasocol, Cheng Qu, Dan Liu, Gary Ding, Jason Huang)

Tri-Valley Rocks 4 Over SFCTTC 4-1

  • Dan over Kakit 3:0 (11-7,11-6,11-6)
  • Gary lost to Kevin 0:3 (7-11,5-11,5-11)
  • Cheng/Gary over Kevin/Joseph 3:1 (11-9,11-6,6-11,11-7)
  • Dan over Joseph 3:0 (11-6,11-8,11-4)
  • Cheng over Kakit 3:2 (12-14,8-11,11-8,11-6,11-4)

U6600 4/12/08 TopSpin vs. Incredibles I

(Douglas Tien, Kevin Au, Truong Tu, Nelson Yu, Shing-Li Sung, Jim Chai)

The TopSpin over MSC - the Incredibles I 3-2

  • Kevin over Shing-Li 3:0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-7)
  • Truong over Nelson 3:0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-9)
  • Douglas/Truong over Shing-Li/Jim 3:2 (8-11, 17-15, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Kevin lost to Jim 1:3 (9-11, 11-7, 12-14, 18-20)
  • Douglas lost to Nelson 0:3 (7-11, 7-11, 5-11)

U6600 04/11/08 SFCRC vs iGologic Inspiration

(Gary Fang, Trieu-Tien H Nguyen, Barry Or, Brian Kim, Wayne Kuang, Terry Tam, Peter Chen)

SFCRC over iGologic Inspiration 4-1

  • Wayne over Brian 3:0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-5)
  • Peter over Trieu-Tien H 3:2 (14-12, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7)
  • Peter/Terry over Brian/Gary 3:0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-8)
  • Wayne over Gary 3:1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8)
  • Terry lost to Trieu-Tien H 0:3 (6-11, 9-11, 8-11)

U6600 4/10/08 TopSpin vs. Inspiration

( Barry Or, Wayne Lo, Dennis Ong, Trieu-Tien Nguyen, Patrick Wu, Han Nguyen, Kenny Tien, Kevin Au)

Top Spin lost to iGologic 2-3

  • Kevin Au over Trieu-Tien Nguyen 3:1 (14-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3)
  • Han Nguyen lost to Patrick Wu 1:3 (4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14)
  • Han/Kenny lost to Patrick/Dennis (10-12, 11-2, 6-11, 6-11)
  • Kevin Au over Dennis Ong (6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4)
  • Kenny Tien lost to Trieu-Tien Nguyen (6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 4-11)

U4800 04/06/08 Concrod vs. Stanford

Concord over Stanford 4-1
  • Dan Bruno over Amir Amirkhany 3:0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Do Tran over Ran Abramitzky 3:1 (4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9)
  • Phil Hudson/Do over Ran/Shimon Kolkowitz 3:0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-7)
  • Phil lost to Amir 2:3 (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 6-11)
  • Dan over Shimon (11-6, 11-5, 11-7)

A Record!


(Ariel and Lily's rating charts courtesy of USATT website)

(Hitting with Chen Longcan on 2/4/2004 when Ariel was 8!)

When was last time a 12-year-old girl breaking 2300 in the United States? At least here is one now - Ariel Hsing is 2371 after the Western Open at Berkeley!

Ariel's US Junior teammate, Lily Zhang, 6-month younger, also reached 2249 in the same tournament.

Ariel is #14 in the top 100 US Women and Lily is #27 now!

Be scared, be very scared to the rest of the U6600 teams! Well, look at the bright side, maybe they won't be eligible to play U6600 next season.:-)

Congratulations to both of them. It is a tremendous accomplishment.

U5700 4/8/08 Incredibles II vs. Electromax

(Nancy Lee, Sammy Chu, Aaron Wong, Maolin Zhao, Bo Ding, James Nguyen, Stan Sun)

by Stanley Sun

Lots of MSCTT players showed up to cheer and support for the Incredibles II.

If you look at Nancy's league result before the contest, she had been undefeated! She had won 9 straight singles matches! However, Bo was decisive to change that and beat the unbeatable Nancy 3:1! Incredibles II had a great start 1-0.

James lost to Electromax's top seed Maolin. Maolin's heavy chop gave troubled James who himself also chopped heavily and Maolin's forehand smashes proved too much for James.
Bo and Stan won their doubles over Nancy and Aaron. Looking at the rating, it should have been a breeze, right? Big mistake! It turned out to be a very close match. Bo and Stan actually trailed 1:2 before they came back.

James always fights heard. He won this critical match and played his guts out on every point. He was down 7:9 in the fifth but he refused to concede and didn't allow his opponent to gain any point after that.

Stan's last match over Maolin 3:0 was under no pressure. However, every match is important if it comes to a potential tie situation. Keeping that in mind, Stan played extra hard and suddenly got his service game back. Incredibles incredibly finished 4:1 over Electromax.

The biggest beneficiary for Incredibles II's win might have been the iGoLogic since iGoLogic lost to Electromax and beat the Incredibles II previously. The second place is now open for grabs!

The Incredibles II over Electromax 4-1
  • Bo over Nancy 3:1 (11-9,11-6,5-11,11-9)
  • James lost to Maolin 0:3 (5-11,8-11,3-11)
  • Bo/Stan over Nancy/Aaron 3:2 (11-13,15-13,6-11,11-7,11-6)
  • James over Aaron 3:2 (3-11,11-7,7-11,11-3,11-9)
  • Stan over Maolin 3:0 (11-9,11-8,11-7)

U3900 04/07/2008 ICC vs Tri-Valley Rocks 5

Tri-Valley Rocks 5 (back): Frank Huang, Albert Pinto, Brett Jackson
ICC (front): Pranav Mohan, Matthew Tran, Omkar Raje

ICC lost to Tri-Valley Rocks 5 (2-3)

  • Pranav lost to Brett 2:3 (11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 14-16, 11-13)
  • Omkar over Albert :1 (5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10)
  • Matthew/Pranav lost to Brett/Frank 2:3 (11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 3-11, 10-12)
  • Omkar over Frank 3:0 (11-7, 11-0, 11-8)
  • Matthew lost to Albert 0:3 (6-11, 8-11, 6-11)

U4800 4/5/08 SFTTC vs. Incredibles IV

(Jerome Poon, Wilson Ta, Chao Zhang, Jerry Li, Kevin Lin, Paul Pan)

SFCTTC over MSC-the Incredibles IV (3-2)

  • Paul lost to Chao 1:3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-6, 8-11)
  • Jerry over Wilson 3-2 (8-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7)
  • Jerry/Kevin over Wilson/Jerome 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5)
  • Paul over Jerome 3:0 (11-9, 11-2, 11-5)
  • Kevin lost to Chao 1:3 (11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 10-12)

U6600 4/06/08 Cupertino Y-Primo vs. Palo Alto 1

(Fernando Chang, Mark Kent, Dave Chu, Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing, Tomas Fuentes-Afflick, Henry Kwong)

Cupertino Y-Primo lost to Palo Alto Team 1 (2-3)

  • Fernando over Lily 3:0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-5)
  • Dave lost to Ariel 0:3 (7-11, 8-11, 7-11)
  • Mark/Fernando over Tomas/Lily 3:0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9)
  • Dave lost to Tomas 0:3 (7-11, 6-11, 9-11)
  • Mark lost to Ariel 1:3 (10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 2-11)

U5700 4/6/08 Exige vs. Incredibles II

(Radu Licea, Bruce Liu, Aaron Hui, Jerry Wang, Umesh Kukreja)
(video courtesy of George Zhao)

Writeup by George Zhao

The first game between Jerry and Radu was a good fight. Jerry was up 2:0, Radu evened it to 2:2. In the fifth game, Jerry was more aggressive, leading early 5:1, then extended the leading to 8:2, and eventually won the game. However, if this were a real tournament match, Jerry probably would already lose, because his serve was called about a dozen times. Even our team members thought Bruce who was acting as referee, was very nice and more than fair to Jerry. [Editor: no point was deducted from the illegal serves]

The second game, Bruce didn't even need to use his forehand attack much, he only did that a handful times and easily won over George 3:0.

The double was critical for both teams, Cupertino Exige gave Milpitas Incredible team a surprise by winning game 1, but they quickly regrouped and won the next two games, in game 4, Incredible was 2 points ahead most of the time, and clearly relaxed a little at the end. This turned out to be a fatal mistake, Cupertino went back won the fourth game and then won the very close fifth game with a lucky edge ball at 9-8 to reach the match point.

Now, the match was at a point probably not expected by the Incredibles, Aaron although won the first game, was not as excited as he used to play. The game 2 was very close till the end, Jerry was lucky not only won the game, but he had two edge balls and one netball and all of them happened after 9:9. That is obviously home court advantage. Probably thinking too much about that close lose in game 2, Aaron lost game 3. Jerry kept the momentum to have a 6:2 ahead in game 4, Aaron caught up to 6:6. A time out called by George stopped Aaron's momentum, George told Jerry that Aaron is a very emotional player, if you let him won game 4; it is going to be very difficult for game 5. Jerry played more aggressively and won game four.

Game 5 with Radu dominated in the first two games, quickly had a 2-0 leading and reached 10:4 match point in game 3. Umesh suddenly woke up and tie the game at 10:10 (wow, what a come back), however, Umesh fell a little short with 11-13 lose.

After the match, George challenged Bruce for a rematch, got swept 3:0 again, and immediately challenged another rematch, got swept, and challenged Bruce again, got hammered again. Since Bruce said, only the last game counts, knowing that to win a match is impossible, George challenged Bruce (yeah, again) for one game, thought Bruce at least would be tired by now, however, Bruce was too much for George. He won again. So George didn't win a single game from Bruce after 13 tries. Of cause, George refused to count these re-match and re-re-rematch games into the team records.

Cupertino - Y Exige over MSC - the Incredibles II 3-2

  • Jerry over Radu 3:2 ( 13:11, 11:8, 12:14, 5:11, 11:4)
  • George lost to Bruce 0:3 ( 6:11, 9:11, 8:11)
  • Umesh/George over Aaron/Bruce 3:2 ( 11:6, 9:11, 9:11, 11:9, 11:9)
  • Jerry over Aaron 3:1 ( 7:11, 12:10, 11:8, 11:6)
  • Umesh lost to Radu 0:3 ( 7:11, 6:11, 11:13)

U5700 4/5/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 2 vs Incredibles III

(Wen Huang, Dan Lin, Patrick Wu, Q Liu, Peter Chung, Channing Chan, Robert Wei)

Tri-Valley Rocks 2 lost to Incredibles III 2-3

  • Channing lost to Patrick 1:3 (11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 5-11)
  • Robert lost to Wen 0:3 (8-11, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Peter/Channing over Wen/Q 3:2 (11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8)
  • Robert over Q 3:0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-9)
  • Peter lost to Patrick 1:3 (5-11, 11-5, 3-11, 8-11)

U4800 4/02/08 Stanford vs. Concord Crushers

(Raghotham Murthy, Tomohiro Nomura, Matthew Mao, Adrian Lungu, Alex Varady, Kim Mnuskin)

Stanford over Concord Crushers 3-2

  • Raghotham over Alex 3:0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-7)
  • Matt lost to Kim 1:3 (3-11, 11-7, 3-11, 7-11)
  • Tomohiro/Matt lost to Adrian/Kim 2:3 (11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 5-11)
  • Raghotham over Adrian 3:0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8)
  • Tomohiro over Alex 3:2 (13-11, 11-7, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8)

U4800 3/30/08 ICC vs. Palo Alto Team 4

(Prachi Jha, Steve Reiling, Chien Hung Chen, Aarsh Vyas, Parth Upadhyay, Arjun Desai)

India Community Center lost to Palo Alto Team 4 (1-4)

  • Arjun lost to Steve 1:3 (7-11,9-11,11-9,8-11)
  • Aarsh lost to Prachi 1:3 (6-11,5-11,12-10,3-11)
  • Aarsh/Parth to Prachi/Chien Hung 0:3 (8-11,5-11,10-12)
  • Chien Hung lost to Arjun 2:3 (9-11,11-6,10-12,11-8,11-13)
  • Parth lost to Steve 1:3 (11-8,7-11,8-11,12-14)

U5700 4/1/08 Incredibles III vs. ICC

(Qingmin Liu, Andrew Chung, Patrick Wu, Dan Lin, Gene Huang, Ankur Patel, Prahlad Preshanth, Nash Darukhanawala)

MSC Incredibles III over ICC 4-1

  • Andrew lost to Ankur 2:3 (10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Patrick over Nash 3:1 (11-4, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9)
  • Andrew/Dan over Ankur/Prehlad 3:1 (11-5, 5-11, 13-11. 11-6)
  • Dan over Nash 3:0 (11-6, 11-8, 13-11)
  • Patrick over Preshanth 3:0 (11-9, 11-5, 12-10)

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