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FIT Hosts Friendly Fall Divisional Warm-Up

By Kenneth Lim

NCTTA Media Relations Committee

 

Traditional college table tennis rivalries were sidelined earlier this month in NYC as four schools took part in a friendly round robin at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Organized by the FIT and New York University table tennis teams, the event also featured squads from Baruch College and NYU Poly.

 

While not every team in the division was present, the tournament served up a great opportunity for both new and returning players to gain valuable competitive experience, just in time for the upcoming Fall divisional tournament in November.

 

"College table tennis should be a great and continuing festival rather than two concentrated tournaments," said FIT coach Wayne Chin.  "Having these friendly competitions fulfills the goals of promoting community, camaraderie, athleticism, and dedication to our beloved sport."

 

Teams were also able to give their new players a chance to impress.  FIT freshman Yi-Fan Ma and NYU freshman Guangyue Liu, both 18, were particularly dominant.  Ma won all but one of her matches, and Liu emerged from the tournament undefeated.

 

"This year FIT is lucky to have Yi-Fan join us," Chin said.

 

Ma, originally from Suzhou, received coaching during her elementary school years, but stopped training to focus on her studies.  Come November, the fashion marketing and management major will be playing her first competitive match in six years.

 

With the success of this week's tournament, a pre-season friendly might just become a permanent fixture in the NYC Division calendar.  But the next step is to get more schools, and perhaps other divisions involved.

 

"We got to meet new people, and play with people who have different styles," said 20-year-old NYU senior Saajan Patel.  "But more participants in the future would be a big help."

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