(Pengpeng Wang from Florida State University featured above)
Women’s college table tennis was born in 2005 with the first ever NCTTA Women’s College Table Tennis Championships. In 2005 the winner was Virginia Tech beating Texas Wesleyan that year. Since 2005, Texas Wesleyan has won the women’s team championship 8 times, (including winners of the last 3) and are favored once again as the top seed.
UC Berkeley women’s team is always on their toes however. Recently led by Lily Zhang and now by returner extraordinaire (chopper) Angela Guan, the Bears look to challenge the Texas Wesleyan women’s team for the title. Duke and UCLA also round out the top 4 with outside chances.
Something else amazing is happening in the women’s team play in that more women’s only teams are making the venture out to the NCTTA Championships. Out of 16 women’s teams, 5 are without their men’s teams at the Championships. Five may not seem like a big number, but in Women’s college table tennis, it is the start of a new trend, with Arizona State, University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University, George Washington and UMass Amherst making the trek to North Carolina. #leadership
Florida State University club president and number one women’s team player, Pengpeng Wang explains, “One thing that makes this sport exciting is that women can compete with men. As a club leader, I’m glad to see any of our teams go to Nationals.. Even if without men’s team going with us, our girls will still take their role to represent themselves and FSU table tennis.”
Pengpeng Wang is graduating this year with her PHD in Statistics. She also completed the NCTTA Coaching Certificate last July and served as FSU Table Tennis’ first ever woman club president and is attending her first NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships!
We hope the wave of strong women’s college table tennis continues!
The 2019 iSET College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and Sports & Properties Inc. and Greensboro CVB and is one of the premier table tennis tournaments in North America featuring 6 events: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Men’s/Coed Teams, Women’s Teams. The event is sponsored by iSET, Double Happiness, SPI, Greensboro CVB, Double Fish and USA Table Tennis
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the iSET College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 12th and continues through Sunday April 14th.
The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) is a non-profit organization established exclusively for promoting the sport of table tennis at the college level. As the national governing body for college table tennis in the United States and Canada, NCTTA organizes intercollegiate competition throughout North America. www.nctta.org
About USA Table Tennis
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States, serving 9,000+ members and nearly 300 clubs. USATT sanctions 200+ events a year including the US Open and US Nationals. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). www.usatt.org