MC Table Tennis Team Earns 5th Place at Nationals
April 14, 2010
Mississippi College's table tennis team wrapped up their third season on a high note with a 5th place finish in the national tournament in Wisconsin.
During the three-day tournament near Milwaukee, MC defeated schools like the University of Southern California, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Baruch College (N.Y.) and Wisconsin.
MC narrowly lost in the quarterfinals to the University of Ottawa of Canada. The annual National Collegiate Table Tennis Association games ended Sunday.
Led by Captain Ken Qiu and standout Yuliang "Bill" Cai, who was undefeated in Wisconsin, MC finished a notch below No. 4 Princeton and one better than No. 6 California.
The Texas Wesleyan University Rams finished No. 1 again in the co-ed team event. They are the seven-time defending national champions. The school from Fort Worth has won 42 of 59 titles in NCTTA nationals the past nine years.
MC entered the tournament with a No. 5 national ranking.
"We won the games we were supposed to win," Qiu said.
All six MC players in the nationals are students in the School of Business. All are natives of China, where ping pong is considered the national sport.
Others putting in solid showings for the Choctaws in Wisconsin were Renping Ge, Zhicheng "Johnson" Liang, Lishun Lu, and Ou Lan. MC's team turned in strong performances in the national championships the past two years in Minnesota.
"The Choctaws showed again they belong among the elite table tennis squads in the U.S. and Canada," said team sponsor Andy Kanengiser, the university news coordinator. "The MC team figures to be even stronger next year."
About 150 colleges in the United States and Canada field table tennis teams. Some 40 schools sent 250 players to the championships in Waukesha, Wis.