U4800 05/27/08 SFCTTC vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 4

(Kevin Lin, Jerry Li, Paul Pan, Cheng Qu, Jason Huang, Dan Liu)

This is the first playoff contest between the top two teams in the U4800 division. With the win of SFCTTC, the second playoff will be needed. Rocks 4 will have the home court advantage.

SFCTTC over Tri-Valley Rocks 4-1

  • Paul over Dan 3:1 (11-4,11-9,10-12,11-7)
  • Kevin over Jason 3:1 (11-6,11-6,8-11, 11-8)
  • Kevin/Jerry over Jason/Cheng 3:1 (8-11,11-8,11-5,11-8)
  • Paul over Cheng 3:2 (13-11,5-11,11-7, 8-11, 11-8)
  • Jerry lost to Dan 0:3 (4-11,9-11,6-11)

U5700 05/27/08 iGoLogic Innovation vs. The Incredibles III

(Joey Lin, Wen Huang, Andrew Wong, Patrick Wu, Gene Huang, Dan Lin, Andrew Chung, Danny Hui, Barry Or, Gary Fang)

iGoLogic Innovation over The Incredibles III 3-2
Barry over Gene 3:2 (9-11,11-9,9-11,12-10,11-8)
Gary lost to Andrew 2:3 (13-11,11-9,8-11,5-11,14-16)
Barry/Danny over Andrew/Joey 3:2 (11-7,8-11,8-11,11-5,11-9)
Gary over Joey 3:2 (12-10,9-11,7-11,11-9,11-9)
Danny lost to Gene 0:3 (8-11,4-11,10-12)

U4800 5/21/08 Stanford vs. ICC

(Erica Tran, Aashay Patel, Aarsh Vyas, Benny Wu, Shimon Kolkowitz, Tomohiro Nomura)

Stanford over ICC 3-2

  • Tomohiro lost to Erica 1-3 (11-5, 3-11, 11-13, 8-11)
  • Benny over Aashay 3-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12)
  • Benny/Shimon over Erica/Aarsh 3-0 (12-10, 11-3, 11-9)
  • Tomohiro over Aarsh 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-6)
  • Shimon lost to Aashay 1-3 (10-12, 14-12, 7-11, 8-11)

U5700 5/20/08 ICC vs. iGoLogic Innovation

(Ankur Patel, Prashanth Prahlad, Nash Darukhanawala, Gary Fang, Cheong Tse, Mark Johnson, Barry Or, Danny Hui)

ICC lost to iGoLogic Innovation 0-5

  • Ankur lost to Cheong 0:3 (3-11, 6-11, 12-14)
  • Nash lost to Gary 0:3 (8-11, 8-11, 5-11)
  • Prashanth/Ankur lost to Danny/Gary 0:3 (8-11, 9-11, 2-11)
  • Nash lost to Danny 2:3 (7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11)
  • Prashanth lost to Cheong 0:3 (2-11, 2-11, 2-11)

U5700 5/18/08 Palo Alto 2 vs. Exige

(Jerry Wang, Xiaohan Huang, Homa Wong, Yufeng Li, Steven Li, Alam Sha)

Palo Alto Team 2 lost to Cupertino Y - Exige 2-3

  • Alam lost to Jerry 0:3 (8-11,9-11,12-14)
  • Steven over Xiaohan 3:1 (13-11,5-11,13-11,11-9)
  • Steven/Yufeng lost to Xiaohan/Homa 1:3 (11-7,11-13,9-11,8-11)
  • Alam lost to Homa 1:3 (11-9,7-11,12-14,9-11)
  • Yufeng over Jerry 3:1 (12-10,11-5,11-13,11-9)

U5700 5/17/08 Palo Alto 2 vs Rocks 2

(Gabriel Reder, Steven Li, Alam Sha, Robert Wei, Peter Chung, Channing Chan)

Palo Alto Team 2 lost to Tri-Valley Rocks 2 1-4

  • Steven lost to Channing 0:3 (9-11,5-11,10-12)
  • Alam over Peter 3:1 (11-6,7-11,11-5,11-5)
  • Alam/Gabriel lost to Robert/Peter 2:3 (11-9,12-14,11-3,3-11,12-14)
  • Steven lost to Robert 2:3 (11-9,6-11,4-11,11-9,11-13)
  • Gabriel lost to Channing 2:3 (11-6,7-11,12-10,9-11,5-11)

U6600 5/17/08 Topspin vs. SFCRS

(Douglas Tien, Kevin Au, Truong Tu, Douglas, Spencer Chase, Terry Tam, Peter Chen)

Top Spin over San Francisco CRS 4-1

  • Truong over Spencer 3:0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-7)
  • Kevin over Terry 3:2 (11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9)
  • Kevin/Douglas over Peter/Spencer 3:0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-7)
  • Truong over Peter 3:0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-4)
  • Douglas lost to Terry 0:3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11)

U4800 05/18/2008 ConcordCrushers vs. SFCTTC

(Paul Pan, Kevin Lin, Jerry Li, Yuri Kretov, Wesley Boot, Alex Varady)

Concord Crushers over SFCTTC 3:2

  • Wesley lost to Paul 0:3 (6-11, 2-11, 1-11)
  • Alex over Kevin 3:2 (8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10)
  • Wesley/Yuri lost to Jerry/Kevin 0:3 (9-11, 9-11,8-11)
  • Alex over Jerry 3:2 (6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9)
  • Yuri over Paul 3:1 (11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5)

U6600 05/18/08 Palo Alto TTC Team 1 vs. SFCRS

(Henry Kwong, Voltaire Benedicto, Ariel Hsing, Sally Su, Terry Tam, Spencer Chase)
Palo Alto TTC Team 1 over San Francisco CRS 3-2

  • Voltaire over Spencer 3:1 (7-11,11-7,11-6,11-2)
  • Ariel over Sally 3:1 (11-4,9-11,11-8,14-12)
  • Voltaire/Henry lost to Terry/Spencer 1:3 (5-11,19-17,12-14,9-11)
  • Ariel over Terry 3:0 (13-11,11-7,13-11)
  • Henry lost to Sally 0:3 (10-12,4-11,8-11)

U5700 5/17/08 Palo Alto 3 vs. LCBC

(Natalie Sun, Ali Shafai, Brian Chen, Wilten Wu, Leland Chen, Chiping Zhou )

Palo Alto 3 over LCBC 5-0

  • Ali over Leland 3:0 (11-6,11-7,11-7)
  • Natalie over Chiping 3:1 (7-11,11-5,11-3,11-7)
  • Ali/Brian over Leland/Wilten 3:0 (11-8,12-10,11-9)
  • Natalie over Wilten 3:1 (7-11, 11-8,11-7,11-8)
  • Brian over Chiping 3:0 (11-5,11-9,11-9)

U5700 05/17/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 3 vs. ICC

(Dangsheng Liang, Nash Darukhanawala, Ankur Patel, Yiang Han, Cheng Qu, Wei Chen)

Tri-Valley Rocks 3 over ICC 3-2

  • Wei over Nash 3:1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9)
  • Yiang lost to Ankur 1:3 (10-12, 10-12, 11-8, 9:11)
  • Yiang/Cheng over Nash/Deng 3:0 (11-8 11-8, 11-8)
  • Wei over Deng 3:2 (7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6)
  • Cheng lost to Ankur 0:3 (10-12, 9-11, 9-11)

U6600 5/17/08 Cupertino Y-Primo vs. Inspiration

(Wei Chen, Mark Kent, Dave Chu, Tommy Nguyen, Wayne Lo, Barry Or)

Cupertino Y-Primo lost to iGoLogic Inspiration 2-3

  • Wei lost to Tommy 1:3 (11-5, 2-11, 8-11, 9-11)
  • Dave lost to Wayne 0:3 (7-11, 9-11, 4-11)
  • Mark/Dave over Barry/Wayne 3:2 (11-8, 11-5, 12-14, 8-11, 11-8)
  • Wei lost to Barry 2:3 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 10-12)
  • Mark over Tommy 3:0 (11-8, 11-8, 12-10)

U6600 5/16/08 Rocks 1 vs Palo Alto 1

(Johnny Huang, Paul Lee, Lang Deng, Henry Kwong, Tomas Fuentes-Afflick, Bernie Ang)

Tri-Valley Rocks 1 over Palo Alto TTC Team 1 (3-2)

  • Lang over Tomas 3:0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-9)
  • Paul over Henry 3:0 (11-9, 11-6, 13-11)
  • Johnny/Lang over Bernie/Henry 3:0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Paul lost to Bernie 1:3 (7-11, 11-6, 1-11, default)
  • Johnny lost to Tomas 1:3 (6-11, 12-10, 6-11, 7-11)

U6600 5/16/08 SFCRS vs. TopSpin

(Douglas Tien, Kevin Au, Troung Tu, Peter Chen, Spencer Chase, Wayne Kuang)

SFCRS lost to Top Spin 2-3

  • Peter lost to Troung 1:3 (2-11, 11-8, 6-11, 4-11)
  • Spencer lost to Kevin 1:3 (11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Wayne/Peter over Douglas/Troung 3:0 (11-9, 11-4, 12-10)
  • Spencer over Douglas 3:0 (11-8, 11-8, 13-11)
  • Wayne lost to Kevin 0:3 (5-11, 7-11, 6-11)

U5700 5/16/08 Rocks 2 vs. Incredibles II

(James Nguyen, Bruce Liu, Bo Ding, Peter Chung, Thomas Tang, Robert Wei)

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

  • Robert lost to Bo 0:3 (7-11, 1-11, 8-11)
  • Thomas over James 3:0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-7)
  • Peter/Robert over Bruce/James 3:2 (9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8)
  • Thomas lost to Bruce 2:3 (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 8-11)
  • Peter lost to Bo 0:3 (5-11, 5-11, 7-11)

U4800 5/14/08 ICC vs. Defenders

PHOTO: (You-Chien Koe, Bin Wan, Jeff Hou, Parth Upadhyah, Aashay Patel, Arjun Desai)

ICC over Cupertino Defenders 3:2

  • Parth lost to You-Chien 1:3 (6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Aashay over Bin 3:0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-4)
  • Parth/Arjun over Bin/Jeff 3:2 (12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10)
  • Aashay lost to Jeff 1:3 (9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11)
  • Arjun over You-Chien 3:0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-3)

U5700 5/13/08 Incredibles II vs. III

(Patrick Wu, Andrew Wong, Andrew Chung, Wen Huang, Gene Huang, Dan Lin, Chao Zhang, Q, Bo Ding, Aaron Hui, Bruce Liu, James Nguyen)

Only three players from each team played and twelve of them showed up! That's the spirit!

Incredibles II lost to Incredibles III 2-3

  • James lost to Dan 0:3 (4-11, 2-11, 7-11)
  • Bo over Wen 3:2 (11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9)
  • Bruce/James lost to Q/Wen 0:3 (4-11, 8-11, 6-11)
  • Bo over Q 3:1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8)
  • Bruce lost to Dan 1:3 (6-11, 11-13, 14-12, 19-21)

U6600 5/10/08 Topspin vs. Tri-Valley Rocks 1

(Paul Lee, Lang Deng, Johnny Huang, Kenny Tien, Truong Tu, Douglas Tien)

Topspin over Tri-Valley Rocks 1 (3-2)

  • Kenny over Paul 3:2 (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7)
  • Truong over Johnny 3:1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8)
  • Kenny/Douglas lost to Paul/Lang 0:3 (6-11, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Douglas lost to Johnny 1:3 (3-11, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11)
  • Truong over Lang 3:2 (11-3, 12-10, 6-11, 10-12, 12-10)

U4800 5/11/08 PATTC vs. SFCTTC

(Prachi Jha, Steve Reiling, Yuta Haguro, Kevin Lin, Simon Cai, Paul Pan)

Palo Alto Team 4 lost to SFCTTC

  • Steve lost to Paul 1:3 (9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11)
  • Yuta lost to Kevin 0:3 (6-11, 12-14, 8-11)
  • Prachi/Yuta won Simon/Kevin 3:2 (9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 11-6)
  • Steve lost to Simon 0:3 (5-11, 4-11, 9-11)
  • Prachi lost to Paul 0:3 (14-16, 0-11, 7-11)

U4800 5/11/08 Concord vs. Concord Crushers

(Ed Baxter, Adrian Lungu, Yuri Kretov, Phil Hudson, David Kant, Do Tran)

Concord over Concord Crushers 3-2

  • Phil over Yuri 3:0 (11-8, 11-7, 14-12)
  • Ed lost to David 0:3 (2-11, 5-11, 7-11)
  • Do/Ed lost to Adrian/Yuri 0:3 (5-11, 6-11, 5-11)
  • Phil over Adrian 3:0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-7)
  • Do over David 3:0 (11-9, 15-13, 11-9)

U5700 5/11/2008 LCBC vs SunnyVale-Team 2008


(Sukardi Tamin, Chiping Zhou, Leland Chen, Johanes Sudarma, Hunter Zhang, Winston Chen, Alex Zhang)

LCBC lost to SunnyVale-Team 2008 (1-4)

  • Johanes lost to Winston 1:3 (5:11, 2:11, 11:6, 2:11)
  • Chiping over Hunter 3:2 (11:9, 9:11, 9:11, 12:10, 11:7)
  • Leland/Chiping lost to Alex/Hunter 1:3 (11:7, 8:11, 3:11, 8:11)
  • Johanes lost to Alex 0:3 (9:11, 3:11, 6:11)
  • Leland lost to Winston 0:3 (8:11, 3:11, 3:11)

U5700 5/10/08 Tri-Valley Rocks 2 vs. Palo Alto 3

(Natalie Sun, Mike Chen, Brian Chen, Channing Chan, Peter Chung, Robert Wei)

By Peter Chung

By observing the results, the first two matches and the last match was a walk in the park with a little stumble on a pebble for the winner. It was pretty much a one way domination by the stronger player through serves and rallies, but Robert in the second single’s match was starting to get use to Natalie's game and gaining momentum as the match went on. Unfortunately it was too little too late where Natalie held on to win at 3-0. The real fight was on the doubles and the third single’s match. Both games were very exciting and tense.

In the doubles match up, all players from both teams were warmed up and ready to play. From the start, both teams were very focus and serious about the game. Channing had some great serves which gave Tri-Valley an early lead but at the same time Peter was having trouble returning Brian’s serve so the game was tied up leading to deuce. Finally after many tries Peter began to get Brian’s serve with a little advice from his partner. The Rocks pull away with 15-13 win. The second game was no different from the first where both teams were battling point for point with some great shots and counters. Peter is beginning to get into the game and his shots were starting to go in. Natalie’s backhand was as deadly as it can get because spins had no affect on her pips. Again this game goes to deuce and Palo Alto takes it at 19-17. Although Tri-Valley lost that game, they were not disturbed nor shaken up by it. They came out in game three even more focused and aggressive. Peter had no trouble returning Brian’s serve this game. They quickly got to a 5-1 lead and never looked back ever since and won the game. After much contested first two games, Palo Alto didn’t understand why they lost so easily in game three. Their facial expressions and body language showed weakness and fear. Riding from the win from game three, Tri-Valley again took a very big lead 6-2. Palo Alto felt their end coming soon, but at that time Palo Alto calls a critical time out. After the time out, Palo Alto inches their way up from the game. Tri-Valley was beginning to relax and made errors were the opponent capitalized on and fought their way back to deuce and wins. Bravo for Palo Alto, they did not give up and fought hard! This is what sport is all about where nothing is a done deal until you have won. The will to fight is also very important. Finally, it’s the fifth game. The two teams erased everything that had happen earlier and started from ground zero again, except the winner of this game will take the glory. Tri-Valley builds a mini-lead at 4-2, but Palo Alto comes back and ties at 4-4 then leads 6-4. No….this can not be!!! The tables have turned and it was looking good for Palo Alto. At 6-4 after loosing 4 straight points Tri-Valley calls time out. Tri-Valley had to stop their opponent’s momentum and regroup. From then on, every time Tri-Valley evens the score Palo Alto would pull two away. This continued till finally Tri-Valley evens it at 8-8 and leads 10-8, then finally winning at 11-8. It was a great game. Even though Palo Alto lost to Tri-Valley, I believe both team enjoyed the game very much in all aspect.

As for the third single’s match Brian’s forehand was too much and too consistent for Robert to handle, but at the same time Robert’s serve was too spinney for Brian. So the first game went to deuce where Brian edges out with a 12-10 win. In the second game Brian’s forehand continued to pose a big threat to Robert. Brian quickly built a 9-5 lead but Robert was not giving up. His serves continued to pressure Brian and when an opportunity came Robert was able to finish the point. Robert’s will to fight and spirit was not going to allow him to loose this game. Robert caught up to 9-9 and wins it at 11-9. In the third game, Brian was even more aggressive and his loops were just too good. He made Robert dash left and right dictating every shot. He wins easily at 11-4. The fourth game it was Roberts turn to quickly build a lead and maintained that lead until 8-4 where Brian comes back and ties at 8 all. Tri-Valley calls time out to stop Brian’s momentum. The time out proved to be a very wise indeed where it stopped Brian’s steak just enough for Robert to pull away with an 11-9 win. Whoosh….too close. In the final game, Robert’s confidence was high and quickly built a 5-1 lead. Palo Alto calls time out. Brian had to recoup, slow down, and gather himself together. Unfortunately it didn’t work. Robert walks away with the win and match.

Tri-Valley Rocks 2 over Palo Alto Team 3 (3-2)

  • Channing over Mike 3:0 (11-6, 11-3, 13-11)
  • Robert lost to Natalie 0:3 (3-11, 9-11, 16-18)
  • Peter/Channing over Natalie/Brian 3:2 (15-13, 17-19, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8)
  • Robert over Brian 3:2 (10-12, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5)
  • Peter lost to Mike 0:3 (1-11, 9-11, 4-11)

U4800 5/11/08 Defenders vs Tri-Valley Rocks 4

(Gary Ding, Jason Huang, Dan Lui, Mario D'Ortenzio , Kien Chuc, Jeff Hou)

Cupertino Y-Defenders lost to Tri-Valley Rocks 4 (2-3)

  • Kien lost to Dan 1:3 (4-11, 12-10, 5-11, 4-11)
  • Mario over Jason 3:1 (8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 14-12)
  • Kien/Jeff over Jason/Gary 3:2 (10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8)
  • Mario lost to Gary 1:3 (7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 10-12)
  • Jeff lost to Dan 0:3 (2-11, 6-11, 6-11)

U5700 5/10/08 Tri-Valley Rock 3 vs. Exige

(Ping Wang, Yiang Han, Cheng Qu, Howard Shi, George Zhao, Jerry Wang)

Tri-Valley Rock 3 over Cupertino Y – Exige (3-2)

  • Ping lost to Howard 1:3 (11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Cheng over Jerry 3:0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7)
  • Ping/Yiang over Howard/George 3:2 (10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12)
  • Cheng lost to George 2:3 (11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 8-11)
  • Yiang over Jerry 3:0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-8)

U6600 05/10/08 Palo Alto Team 1 vs. Cupertino Primo

(Henry Kwong, Lily Zhang, Tomas Fuentes-Afflick, Mark Kent, Wei Chen, Fernando Chang, David Chu)

Palo Alto TTC Team 1 lost to Cupertino YMCA - Primo 2-3

  • Tomas lost to Wei 0:3 (6-11,9-11,6-11)
  • Lily lost to Fernando 1:3 (9-11,1-11,11-4,7-11)
  • Tomas/Henry lost to David/Fernando 1:3 (8-11,9-11,12-10,8-11)
  • Lily over David 3:0 (13-11,11-6,11-6)
  • Henry over Wei 3:1 (6-11,11-4,11-4,11-9)

U4800 5/7/08 Stanford vs. Defenders

(Shimon Kolkowitz, Ran Abramitzky, Amir Amirkhany, Anatoliy Rudenko, Bin Wang, Gordon Yuan )

Stanford lost to Cupertino - Y Defenders 1-4

  • Amir lost to Gordon 0:3 (5-11, 4-11, 6-11)
  • Ran lost to Bin 1:3 (8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 6-11)
  • Shimon/Ran lost to Anatoliy/Bin 1:3 (6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 10-12)
  • Amir over Anatoliy 3:1 (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3)
  • Shimon lost to Gordon 0:3 (5-11, 6-11, 7-11)

U4800 05/09/2008 ICC vs. Concord

(Aashay Patel, Erica Tran, Aarsh Vyas, Ed Baxter, Dan Bruno, Dennis Lui)

ICC over Concord 3-2

  • Erica over Ed 3:0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-6)
  • Aashay lost to Dan 1:3 (6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11)
  • Erica/Aarsh over Ed/Dennis 3:0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-5)
  • Aashay over Dennis 3:0 (11-3, 11-8, 13-11)
  • Aarsh lost to Dan 3:1 (6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 4-11)

U5700 5/7/08 ICC vs. Sunnyval Team 2008

front row: Prahlad Prashanth, Richard Li
back row: Winston Chen, Nash Darukhanawala, Ankur Patel, Hunter Zhang

ICC lost to Sunnyvale Team 2008 (2-3)

  • Ankur lost to Richard 0:3 (10-12, 16-18, 6-11)
  • Nash over Hunter 3:1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 13-11)
  • Prahlad/Ankur lost to Winston/Richard 0:3 (11-13, 9-11, 8-11)
  • Nash over Winston 3:1 (11-8, 11-7, 12-14, 14-12)
  • Prahlad lost to Hunter 2:3 (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11)

The May 4th Third Elite Division Event

(Ariel Hsing, JiaQi Zheng, James Guo, Hailong Shen, Sean Lee, Truong Tu)
(Most photos courtesy of Moses Wang)

by BATTF staff writer

The third BATTF Newgy League Elite event took place at the Cupertino YMCA. The club provided a great venue for the event. The founder of the club Ron Ohlfs even went as far as setting up a PA system just for the event! The volunteers from the club also made the event as smooth as it could have been.

The contest was between Contex Engineering and Flowerspot Florist. The lineup was:
  • Context Engineering
    • Hailong Shen (#17 in the US Men)
    • Sean Lee (#93 in the US Men)
    • Truong Tu (#90 in the US Men)
  • Flowerspot Florist
    • James Guo (#46 in the US Men)
    • Ariel Hsing (#11 in the US Women)
    • JiaQi Zheng (#7 in the US Women)
USA Women's team member Nan Li was scheduled to play but pulled out due to an ankle injury. Truong Tu kindly stepped up on very short notice.

Hailong Shen faced James Guo in the opening match. On paper, Hailong appeared to be the favorite. James, however, did not believe it. Although Hailong took the heavily contested first game, James fought back to take the match 3-1. Their counter-looping pleased the crowed very much. James out-looped Hailong with his quick footwork. The supposed disadvantage of the penhold grip did not seem to exist. Kudos to James.

The second match was between Sean and Ariel whose combined age is under 30 while combined rating is over 4700. (4727 to be exact as of 5/4/2008) Both juniors have been training hard. The fight was serious. Sean was nervous in the beginning and lost the first game quickly. The second game was the best game of the match. Only young guns could play in such a quick pace. Sean had a 5-point lead at 8:3 but Ariel did not give up and tied the game at 8 all! However, Sean couldn't let the game slip away and won the crucial game at deuce despite a good effort by Ariel. Ariel apparently seemed disappointed and lost the third game quickly. Just as people thought the match was over, Ariel recouped to win game 4 at 11-5! It was Sean's turn to respond. He prevailed in the final game and won the match.

A spectator, a penholder himself, commented before the doubles that the shakehands pair would beat the penhold pair. JiaQi and James proved him wrong. The spectator was convinced to stay with the penhold grip.

Hailong faced JiaQi in the fourth match. Although Jiaqi is also a penholder, she uses short pips on her forehand and her reverse backhand much more frequently. Jiaqi's quick flat hit apparently made Hailong's topspin game less effective. Perhaps he hadn't recovered from James' unmerciful pounding in the first match?

Truong Tu is a college student from Vietnam. He is famous in the Bay Area for his spinny serves and powerful backhand. He won the U2200 event at the US Open last year and the U2500 event at the Western Open. He was among the top-12 juniors in Vietnam in 2001.

Ariel played Truong before. Actually they were teammates last season. The match was heatedly fought. Ariel decided not to lose two 5-gamers in one day and won in five!

The YMCA venue was not particularly big. The spectators got to watch the match very close to the court. That gave crowds an intimate experience. They could really feel the spin and speed of the sport.

The most encouraging part of the event was that there were many unfamiliar faces in the crowd. There were also quite a few juniors. They appeared pleased to view a level of competition that they don't often get a chance to see. And, of course, they also enjoyed the free prizes provided by Newgy, Paddle Palace, Stefan, and Double Fish.

Context Engineering lost to Flowerspot Florist 1 -4
  • Hailong lost to James 1:3 (11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 7-11)
  • Sean over Ariel 3:2 (5-11, 12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4)
  • Troung/Sean lost to JiaQi/James 1:3 (6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11)
  • Hailong lost to JiaQi 0:3 (3-11, 6-11, 3-11)
  • Truong lost to Ariel 2:3 (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11)

U4800 5/4/08 Concord vs. Palo Alto 4

Palo Alto 4 over Concord (4-1)

  • Justin So over Dan Bruno 3:1 (11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-2)
  • Alan Shen over Ed Baxter 3:0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-4)
  • Alan/Chien Jung over Do Tran/Ed 3:0 (11-6,11-2, 11-9)
  • Justin lost to Do 0:3 (6-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Chien over Dan 3:0 (11-7,11-6,11-7)

U5700 5/3/08 Palo Alto Team 2 vs. LCBC

(Roshan Naik, Steven Li, Alam Sha, Lu Yu, Leland Chen, Chiping Zhou)

Palo Alto lost to LCBC 2-3

  • Roshen lost to Leland 2:3 (7-11,11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 12-14)
  • Steven over Chiping 3:1 (11-6 ,11-8, 9-11, 11-4)
  • Alam/Steven lost to Lu/Leland 1:3 (2-11, 11-8, 10-12, 5-11)
  • Roshen over Lu 3:2 (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 14-16, 11-4)
  • Alam lost to Chiping 3:0 (7-11, 7-11, 6-11)

U5700 05/04/08 Palo Alto 3 vs. Electromax

(Natalie Sun, Ali Shafai, Wim Coekaerts, Aaron Wong, MaoLin Zhao, Nancy Lee)

Palo Alto Team 3 Lost to Electromax (1-4)

  • Natalie lost to MaoLin 0:3 (7-11, 9-11, 9-11)
  • Wim lost to Nancy 2:3 (8-11, 11-7,11-9,7-11,7-11)
  • Ali/Wim lost to Aaron/Nancy 2:3 (15-13,10-12,11-4,4-11,7-11)
  • Natalie over Aaron 3:2 (11-8,7-11,9-11,11-5,11-9)
  • Ali lost to MaoLin 1:3 (11-8,13-15,7-11,9-11)

U5700 5/3/2008 Sunnyvale 2008 vs. Incredible III

(Alex Zhang, Winston Chen, Richard Li, Lisa Li, Wen Huang, Qinming Liu, Patrick Wu, Dan Lin)

Sunnyvale team 2008 lost to Milpitas Incredible III (2-3)

  • Lisa Over Patrick 3:0 (11-9, 11-1, 11-5)
  • Winston Lost to Wen 1:3 (11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 8-11)
  • Winston/Alex lost to Wen/Q 2:3 (12-10, 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 4-11)
  • Lisa over Q 3:0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-4)
  • Alex lost to Patrick 0:3 (3-11, 8-11, 5-11)

U3900 5/3/08 Palo Alto 5 vs Tri Valley Rocks 5

( Brett Jackson, Albert Pinto, Frank Huang, Nathaniel Chu, Joe Wu and Mark Lockenmeyer)

Palo Alto 5 over Tri-Valley Rocks 5 (3-2)

  • Joe over Brett 3:0 ( 12-10, 11-6, 11-7)
  • Mark lost to Albert 0:3 ( 4-11, 11-13, 2-11)
  • Joe/Nathaniel over Brett/Frank 3:1 (8-11,11-7,12-10,12-10)
  • Mark over Frank 3:1 ( 12-14, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10)
  • Nathaniel lost to Albert 0:3 ( 10-12, 8-11, 7-11)

U6600 5/2/08 SFCRS vs. Palo Alto 1

(Peter Chen, Spencer Chase, Terry Tam, Lily Zhang, Voltaire Benedicto, Henry Kwong)

SFCRS over Palo Alto Team 1 4-1

  • Spencer over Lily 3:1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6)
  • Peter over Voltaire 3:1 (11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6)
  • Terry/Spencer over Henry/Voltaire 3:1 (9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5)
  • Peter lost to Henry 2:3 (11-7,11-9,10-12, 7-11, 8-11)
  • Terry over Lily 3:1 (11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 14-12)

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U3900 4/30/08 Lincoln TT Juniors vs. Incredibles V

(Kevin Wong, David Zeng, Carey Lee, Ken Lin, Claire Yeh, Michael Wong)

By Kingston Gee

On Wednesday night, April 30 the MSC Incredibles V Team made the trip up to Oakland Chinatown to face the Lincoln Square TT Juniors in a match that would decide who would win the U3900 Division.

The Juniors were in first place with a 6-1 record and The Incredibles were in second place with a 5-2 record. The Incredibles played a line up consisting of Michael Wong, Claire Yeh and Ken Lin. The Juniors countered with Kevin Wong, David Zeng and Carey Lee.

The first match was Michael v Kevin. Michael was too steady at the beginning. Kevin rallied in the third game and caught up at deuce, but ended up losing 13-11 in the 3rd. 1-0 MSC.

Next up was Claire v David. Claire had not lost a single match yet in league play, and David had only lost once. David was too steady with his topspin play vs Claire's long pip variation and reverse backhand attack in the first 2 games. Claire was able to get some good attacks and weird blocks and took the third game 13-11. Inspired by the home crowd, David played patiently and was able
to win the match 11-6 in the 4th. The tie score is now 1-1.

Next up was the pivotal doubles. The Incredibles and the Juniors both had a 5-2 record in doubles during the season. Carey/Kevin played Claire/Ken in the doubles. There were not many long rallies as Kevin could not adjust to Claire's long pips variation. The Incredibles got out to a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, with Carey playing vs Claire's pips the Juniors played basically mistake free and won comfortably 11-5. In the fifth, the Incredibles were the ones playing mistake free and Ken landed many big balls. The Incredibles won the doubles 11-4 in the 5th, and lead in the tie 2-1.

The fourth match pitted Ken vs David. David came out on fire and played very well, running away 11-3 in the first. Ken steadied, and landed more of his huge loops, but still lost the 2nd at 11-9. In the third, Ken raced out to a 6-0 lead, only to watch David take the lead at 9-8. David finished with a tomahawk serve and won at 11-9 - an remarkable come back. The tie is now deadlocked at 2-2.

Michael and Carey played the 5th and deciding match. Both players were having trouble with spinny serves. With Carey up 2-0 Michael made a spirited rally at the end to deuce it. But Carey landed good forehands in some longer rallies, and won 12-10 in the 3rd. Congratulations to the U3900 Division winners - the Lincoln Square TT Juniors Team consisting of Carey Lee, David Zeng and the Wong Brothers Kenny and Kevin. It was a great season.

Lincoln Square TT Juniors over MSC - the Incredibles V (3-2)

  • Kevin lost to Michael 0:3 (7-11,3-11, 11-13)
  • David over Claire 3:1 (11-5, 11-7,11-13, 11-6)
  • Carey/Kevin lost to Claire/Ken 2:3 (11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 4-11)
  • David over Ken 3:0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-9)
  • Carey over Michael 3:0 (11-3, 11-8, 12-10)

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