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POTTC Results for March 12, 2016

POTTC Results for March 12, 2016

Hi Pongers,

Decent competition for our last day at Eastminster. For now it looks like we will be open Friday evening 5-9 and Sunday 9-1 at Central Catholic HS. We would appreciate your input for preferred time for our clinic. We could probably use Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. Let’s review the action!

REMINDER: Clinic tomorrow from 8:30-12 at CCHS. Call to reserve your spot.

PRELIM RR: Logan Herman edged Scott in 2 games to sweep his group; Imrul lobbed down runnerup David and split with Rick to grab his title; and Shuhei blitzed his group 6-0. Chris Bond made an appearance and split with Kyeng Park to share second.

FINAL RR:

Group A – Familiar plot with a new beginning and surprise ending. Mark drops opening game to Logan’s great backhand, recovers to win 2-1. Jerry leads Imrul 2-0, 9-4 in third, but Imrul rallies to win third in deuce on a shocking edge point. Shuhei edges Scott 2-1, and all are tied at 2-1. But Jerry and Mark begin their roll, Jerry sweeping Scott and Logan, and Mark sweeping Scott and Shuhei (lucky edge in deuce). Meanwhile, Imrul continues his rise, stealing a game off Mark, then edging Shuhei, Logan, and Scott 2-1 each with some long intense rallies. He has become the true fan favorite! His performance resulted in a fine 3rd place finish, and the table was set for yet another title showdown between Mark and Jerry. In the first game, Jerry rushes out to a 7-1 lead, but Mark fights back to 7-8. Jerry seals the win with patented backhand placement. Mark comes out smoking in game 2, hits some great winners and places ball well to win big. Third game follows game 2 script, Mark runs out to A 7-3 lead, but Jerry begins to fight, ruined by a few lucky points for winner Mark. Mark has CCHS fogie crown for this week.

Group B – Surprises abound! Rick counters down Bond 3-0, and David blocks down Emeka easy 3-0. Emeka recovers to edge Kyeng 2-1; David blocks and backhands past Chris 2-1; Rick edges Kyeng and smokes Emeka. Key match boiled down to David/Rick, with David pulling off the 3-0 surprise, resulting in a nice 10-2 G2 trophy.

Group C – Alexey opens with a strong 3-0 win over Ben; and Vivek sweeps Mark B. Alexey edges Mark B 2-1, but then comes the big shock. Dan Fortier used a big RPB and forehand smash to shock Alexey 2-1. Ben masters Mark, and Vivek sweeps Dan and Ben to set up title match with Alexey. Vivek uses a nice variety of spins to pull off the sweep and the impressive 12-0 G2.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DAVID HERMAN! Kudos to Vivek, Mark, and Imrul.

WEEK SCHEDULE: Tuesday carpool to South Park; Thursday training at CCHS 4-6; Friday open play CCHS 5-9 (tentative); Sunday league 9-1 CCHS.

Mark Krotec

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