March 9-10, 2018 | 2-Star USATT Tournament

DOUBLES--Action in this year's tournament began at 6:30 pm Friday night with the non-sanctioned doubles. Nine teams participated and were divided into two groups. In the four-team group, Del Vecchio and Wilkins survived a scare in their first match, coming back from two games down to beat the father-son team of David and John Patten. They then beat Qamar and Antoun in the showdown between the two undefeated teams in the group. Both teams moved on to the cross-over semifinals.

In the five-team group, Coach Peter (Phong Nguyen) and Charlie Le won all their matches 3-0. The only extended match in the group was the Beamont and Guillotte victory over Alfaro and Shannon, which went 12-10 in the 5th game. That narrow margin determined second-place in the group.

In the cross-over semifinals, Peter and Charlie Le defeated Qamar and Antoun in three straight 11-7 games. Del Vecchio and Wilkins took two 11-9 games from Beamont and Guillotte before ensuring their trip to the finals with an 11-6 final game victory.

Peter and Charlie Le won the doubles championship trophy and $40 with a straight-game victory over Martin Del Vecchio over Chad Wilkins.

Community Singles--In the Community tournament there were six participants. Dustin Brennan, who made the semifinals in last year's Community tournament won this year's first place trophy with a victory over Mei Li, the second-place finisher. Their face-off began with a 14-12 win by Dustin in the first game. Two more close games followed before Dustin prevailed, taking home $20 and the winner's trophy.


For this edition of our spring tournament we had to set up all twelve of our tables, just enough for the sixty entrants who filled the draw to capacity. Three entrants dropped out on Saturday: the flu, a bad knee, and an early flight were to blame. The top twelve rated players received byes in the morning so there were 9 four-player groups and three three-player groups. On the basis of their wins and losses, the morning competitors were placed in Group A, B, C, or D for the afternoon round robins, which began--after most of the 25 pizzas were consumed--at 1 pm.

The Group D final was a showdown between two NOTTC players. Diego Larguia scored a four-game victory over Gene Gekker to win $50.

In Group C two Baton Rouge Club players faced off in the final as John Cheng bested Robert Guillotte in three, to pocket $50.

In Group B Tyler Hayes defeated Mark Morris from Houston of FSU in a five-game struggle. Tyler won $100 for his efforts and Mark won $50.

There were twenty-four competitors in the Championship group, the twelve who received byes plus the twelve group winners from the morning round robins. The top two players in each six-player group advanced to the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal winners were: Qingwei Sun (Miss. Coll.) over NOTTC's John Beaumont (11-6, 11-7, 11-8). Phong "Peter" Nguyen (NOTTV) over Miss. Coll.'s Tomotaka Yoshitomi (9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5). Adeyinka Hammed (Nigeria) over Ghana Shyam Sharma "Harry" Aryal (Miss. Coll.) 11-5,11-6, 11-7). Xiang He (Miss. Coll.) over Qingwei Sun (Miss. Coll.) by default.

In Semifinal matchups: Adeyinka Hammed needed five lengthy games to take down Xiang He (11-9, 11-9, 9-11,8-11, 14-12).

In the other semifinal Phong Nguyen defeated Qing Wei Sun in three close games (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).

The NOTTC Spring Open Championship Final

Adeyinka Hammed of the Nigerian National Team defeated Phong Nguyen, formerly of the Vietnam National Team, 11-9, 11-4, 11-1.

Adeyinka won $300 for winning the tournament and Phong won $150. Third-place and $100 was won by Xiang He, while $75 went to his teammate Qing Wei Sun.

Trophies were won by all four semifinalists in the Championship group as well as the first and second place finishers in the B,C, and D singles, the doubles and the Community tournament.

A video of the final and one of the semifinal matches is posted below. If more videos become available, they will be posted to the Nola Table Tennis Youtube channel.

There are many people to thank when an event like this is completed. First on the list is Angela Nakahara who was excellent in all things: registration, acquiring stuff, making stuff, thinking of stuff, and settling my nerves from time to time; Martin Del Vecchio for offering his experience, high tech skills, and level head; Referee Richard Martin, the table tennis equivalent of Jocko Conlin and Don Rickles; John Todd, who leveled the tables as well as they could be leveled; Diego Larguia, the artist who created the tournament's sign; and all the other NOTTC members (and others) who pushed, pulled, folded up, rolled up, clamped down and carried until everything was set up, then taken down and put back (I hope) in its proper place. If I have forgotten anyone, shoot me: but please wait until I have sent in all the scores and membership information to the USATT. Or someone might shoot you.

Semifinal Match

Final Match