Results of $3000+  South Carolina State

Table Tennis Championships 2015

Hosted by  Hanahan Table Tennis Training Center (HTTTC)                               http://ttHanahan.com

When :-   Saturday 26th  & Sunday 27th  September 2015           Where :-   City of Hanahan Gym ,   1255 Yeamans Hall Road, Hanahan. SC -29410

Saturday Events

Event

Start Time

Event Description

Results

Event Format

 

10 AM

Single Game 41 point

Handicap singles

1. Wei Chen                              2. Xiaofeng Yang                                3. Peter Dilling

Double Elimination

 

11.30 AM

College or school Students (or Age 30 & under)  Doubles

1. Mitchell Hayes & Alex Summer

 2. Dustin Fleming & Ben Fleming

       3. Akhil Prathipati & Vineel Prathipati

Round Robin

 

11 AM

Age 45 & Over Doubles

1.  Ted Kinghorn & Peter Dilling

 2. Glen Goodrick & Alan Ballows

 3. Dave Neuman & Sam Bradford

Round Robin

 

12.30 PM

Family / Corporate / colleges / schools teams Doubles

1. Evan Mules & Alex Summer

2. Charles Bily & Joshua Bily

3. Ronny Hill & Sam Bradford

Double Elimination

 

1.30 PM

Ladies Championship Singles

1. Angela Springs (South Carolina State Ladies Champion)

2. Wei Ma        

3. Libby Prim

Round Robin

 

1.45 PM

Age 60 & Over Doubles 

1. Ronny Hill & Peter Dilling

       2. Charles Bily & Lenzie Crosby

          3. Dave England & Sam Bradford

Round Robin

2.30 PM

Championship Doubles

1. Wei Chen & Xiaofeng Yang

    2. Ted Kinghorn & Peter Dilling

  3. Ronny Hill & Mitchell Hayes

Double Elimination

3.30 PM

Age Over 30 Doubles

1.  Ted Kinghorn & Wei Chen

           2.  Xiaofeg Yang  & Hirona Matsuda

               3.  Jonathan Martin & Michael Jordan

Round Robin

5 PM

Mixed Doubles (Male / female)

         1. Angela Springs & Peter Dilling

2.  Xiaofeng Yang & Wei Ma

             3. Hirona Matsuda  & Ted Kinghorn

Round Robin

Sunday Events

Event

Start Time

Event Description

Results

Event Format

10 AM

Schools (or Age 18 & Under  Singles)

1.  Kevin Onifade

2.  Vineel Prathipati

3.  Akhil Prathipati

Round Robin

10:15 AM

Age 70 & over Singles

1.  David England

2.  Peter Dilling

3.  Charles Bily

Round Robin

10:45 AM

Age 60 & Over Singles

1.  Jeff  Thomas

2.  Peter Dilling

3.  David England

Round Robin

11.15 AM

Colleges & Schools

 (or Age 30 & Under Singles)

1.  Andy Pham

2.  Kevin Onifade

3.  Dustin Fleming

Double Elimination

11.30 AM

Age 45 & Over Singles

1.   Kazu Murakami

2.  Jeff Thomas

3.  Mike Stovell

Double Elimination

12:15 PM

Age Over 30 Singles

1.  Kazu Murakami

2.  Lee Barbour

3.  Ned Richards

Double Elimination

1.30 PM

Championship Singles

Elite Division

1. Kazu Murakami (South Carolina State Singles Champion)

2.  Rick Sullivan

3.  Lee Barbour

2 Stage Round Robin

1.30 PM

Championship Singles

Advanced Division

1. Ted Kinghorn

2.  Peter Dilling

3.Ronny Hill 

2 Stage Round Robin

1.30 PM

Championship Singles

Consolation Division

1.  Kevin Onifade

2.  Gordon Perry

3.  Pradeep Kolla

2 Stage Round Robin

 

 

 

Prize Distribution

 

Day

Event Name

Prize Money

Other Prizes

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Saturday

41 Point Handicap Singles

$55

$35

$25

Saturday

School or age Under 18 Doubles / team

$40

$30

$20 

 

Saturday

Age 45 & Over Doubles / team

$80

$60

$40

 

Saturday

College or Age 30 & Under Doubles / team

$50

$30

$20

 

Saturday

Family  / Corporate Doubles / team

$80

$60

$30

 

Saturday

Ladies Championship Singles

$100

$60

$40

Boathouse Restaurant  $50 Coupon

Saturday

Age 60 & Over  Doubles / team

$80

$50

$30

 

Saturday

Championship Doubles

$70

$50

$30

 

Saturday

Age Over 30  Doubles / team

$80

$60

$30

 

Saturday

Mixed Doubles / team

$80

$50

$30

 

Sunday

School or age Under 18  Singles

$65

$50

$35

Sunday

Age 70 & Over Singles

$50

$35

 

Sunday

Age 60 & Over Singles

$70

$45

$35

 

Sunday

College  or 30 & Under Singles

$70

$45

$30

Sunday

Age 45 & Over Singles

$65

$50

$35

 

Sunday

Age Over 30 Singles

$65

$45

$35

 

Sunday

Championship- Elite Division Singles

$250

$150

$80

Boathouse Restaurant  $50 Coupon

Sunday

Championship-Advanced Division Singles

$60

$40

$30

Sunday

Championship-Consolation Division Singles

$30

$25

$20

Total (Cash Prizes Only)

$1,440

$970

$595

Grand Total (Cash Only)

$3,005

 

 

     I will be uploading pictures & (USATT league) ratings  later on.

 

   Despite  legitimate health issues and other unforeseen family issues preventing some eagerly interested players from showing up, we had a tournament probably slightly better than last year due to more and more out of town players showing up for this state championships. We also had lot more layers on Saturday (51)  than Sunday (32)  indicating the popularity of doubles (and as it turned out) the handicap event. Despite being the first event we had lot of players entered and as more players start to understand how handicap events work more players actually wanted to jump in but we could not accommodate them. Star of the day ( more on why later) Lakshmi Prathipati started off  the event with a big bang knocking out a much improved combination defender David Neuman playing even (with no handicap) thus also dissing my Ian Worz made custom combination offense-defense  blade that David now uses. Lakshmi then also proceeded to take the state senior Olympics champion Gordon Perry to 45-45 before losing.  Wei Chen then proceeded to beat everyone using a piece of crap racket with a dead rubber (more on this also later) , beating his buddy Xiofeng Yang in the finals. Wei Chen also partnered with Xiofeng to win the Championship doubles and partnered with Ted Kinghorn to win the Over 30 doubles.  Wei Chen’s only loss would come what I thought was one of the most spectacular match of the day , the Mixed doubles match where Peter Dilling & Angela Spring would prevail deuce in the 5th after coming back from 1-5 in the 5th.  Peter & Wei traded some dazzling winners on almost every point despite some spectacular defensive play from both their partners.  As stated earlier Wei uses a piece of crap racket with a dead smooth rubber that looks like anti-spin rubber but he generates more top spin & speed on his loops & even serves at a very high level. Many speculated how good he would be with a live rubber.

         Newcomer Alex Summer of Biblio Labs partnered with HTTTC’a Mitchell Hayes to win the Under-30 doubles beating brothers Dustin & Ben Fleming (who let us just say were not exactly seeing eye to eye LOL)  in the deciding match.  Alex Summer also partnered with Bibliolabs workmate Evan Mules (Lee Barbour is now coaching at Bibliolabs)  to win the corporate / family doubles beating 10 jokes a minute Charles & his son Joshua Bily from Hilton Head. Both teams had an impressive 5-1 record but Evan/Alex won on head-to-head tie-breaker.

       Newcomer Kevin Onifade (no relation to …..we asked him)  from Aiken prevailed in the Under 18 event going unbeaten dethroning last year’  champion Vineel Prathipati .  Vineel would however makeup for this on Day 2. More on this later.

     British combination defender Angela Springs prevailed over the attacking penholder (now looper) Wei Ma to become the South Carolina State Champion.  The true stars of this tournament were probably Lakshmi Prathipati & Angela Springs  who kept pulling upsets or winning while learning how to run the event quickly all day Saturday & almost independently running the event on Sunday as well as saving me from a few mistakes as well.   When people ask me why I am not participating in the tournament and I answer that I cannot focus on my matches & multi-task , it was amazing to see them both multi-task between playing (winning or pulling upsets & near upsets) and running events as well.

     Another British combination defender David “England”  (not to be confused with HTTTcs own combination defender David (Neuman) ) of Rock Hill (from my former Charlotte club where it took like 4 years of harassing by me to persuade David to switch to long pips & he had never looked back…….yet Ted Kinghorn unfairly calls me the pip-pimp though I have kept out pips from Under 30 events as well supporting frictionless pips ban ) won the Over 70 singles against some stiff competition from players like Peter Dilling , Charles Bily & Alan Ballow.

Jeff Thomas of Hilton Head overcame David England & Peter Dilling however to win the Over 60 Singles with his spinny loops.

I should thank Aiken TT Club for bringing  many juniors in addition to them playing. All of them walked away winning some prizes as Andy Pham won the College (Under 30 event) beating his Aiken college-mate Kevin Onifade and literally making the favored Mitchell Hayes sick ?!

Vineel Prathipatii’s parents Lakshmi & Anand were contemplating whether to leave taking Vineel to a birthday party or have him play in Championship round-robin (As Anand fel Vineel may have no chance against the tough field)  as Vineel himself felt he was not playing too well.  But Vineel made the right decision choosing to stay and play which became a nightmare for Peter Dilling (Vineel  smoked him 3-0)  & Gordon Perry (Vineel also beat him)  & Vineel advanced to the top elite group despite losing to a much improved Michael Jordan (via better games won-loss record in a 3 way tie with Peter)  in the second stage of robin robin (also beating a much improved Kevin Spaeth , who after getting warmed up  put on a  2 winged penhold looping exhibition against eventual runner-up Rick Sullivan, despite losing 3-0). 

Kazu Murakami won the Over 45 event overcoming a tough field with Jeff Thomas of Hilton Head coming second & 3rd place finisher Mike Stovell of Aiken  who actually took out his Aiken clubmate Rick Sullivan . Kazu also beat Lee Barbour to win the Over 30 Singles.

Rick Sullivan of Aiken finished second in Championship singles beating Lee Barbour who finished 3rd. Neither could beat Kazu Murakami on this day as Kazu became the SC state Champion 2 years in a row with last year’s runer up but higher rated Joe Drolet unable to seek a possible revenge this year  due to injury.  Injuries and some illnesses and other unforeseen issues prevented some players from coming though they were planning on coming.   Despite that we had a good turnout and a smooth tournament due to help from too many of our players and others ( names too many to mention & I won’t mostly because I am afraid of leaving someone) That said with now more players statewide coming from across the state we look forward to a bigger tournament with an even bigger prize-money for 2016 (though SC state championships already offers more prizes than any other state championships, despite SC being a small table-tennis market). And I also hope all the participants from 2014 who missed 2015 will also return in 2016……you know who you are)