Another snowy day seemed to scare away most, but 15 of the faithful enjoyed some heated competition. We also welcomed a new player, Sairam Gopal from Cranberry. We also welcomed back an old friend to competition, Almir Lihic.
Quick reminder to all: our March Money Madness Tourney will be held March 14 for all; on March 28 we will hold another tourney for players Under 1200 rating and for Novices. Come out, win some money, and support Western Pa Table Tennis!
Prelim RR: Alex Meleshenko dominated his group, defeating Shuhei 2-0 to complete the sweep. Scott H then pulled off the surprise of the day, defeating Jerry Schaub 2-0 in two nail-biters, then splitting with Logan H to win the group.
Group A – What a dogfight, full of surprises! In the end, Jerry Schaub nipped Alex M and Mark K 2-1 to grab the G2 trophy. But before that, some shockers. Scott H upsets Alex 2-1, Shuhei smacks through Jerry 2-1, and Alex M wins the first 17 points in his opener match against Mark K (ouch!) in a 3-0 rout. Aside from a 3-0 loss to Shuhei, Scott H made his mark, showing his steady improvement.
Group B – Logan Herman blocked down Onur T 3-0 and Shine Zhou 2-1 to capture a nice G2. Onur spun through Shine 2-1 to capture second. Almir had a nice 3-0 win over Akbar, and even managed to take a game off the powerful Shine.
Group C – David Herman used fine blocks and counter drives to defeat all of his opponents, finishing 7-2 for a G2 trophy. Mark W nipped Sairam Gopal 2-1 to grab second.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Scott Heintzelman, for his big wins against top competition. Big Kudos to Logan and David H.
WEEK SCHEDULE: Thursday at CCHS 3-7, Saturday league 11:30-4, Sunday Open Play and Coaching Clinic 1:30-4:30.
BELMONT TOURNEY RESULTS: Congrats to Shine Zhou for grabbing second place in Division A; Logan Herman and David Herman for finishing champion and runner-up in division C. Congrats also to Russ Crawford and Mike Marks for some nice wins in division A of the tourney.