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Mississippi College Defends Dixie Division Table Tennis Crown Feb. 13

January 25, 2010

Ranked fourth in the nation, the Mississippi College Table Tennis team defends its Dixie Division crown at a Feb. 13 tournament at the Baptist Healthplex.

The fitness center on the MC campus will attract teams that Saturday from Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Alabama-Huntsville and West Florida. The event at the Healthplex runs from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

If MC prevails again at the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association's regional tournament, the Choctaws advance to the collegiate championships April 9-11 near Milwaukee. "We expect to play hard and make our third consecutive trip to the Nationals," said Andy Kanengiser, the MC Table Tennis Team sponsor and the university's news coordinator. "But we respect our opponents."

Released this week, the NCTTA's mid-season rankings show perennial champ Texas Wesleyan remains No. 1 followed by No. 2 Princeton and third-place Lindenwood University of Missouri. Virginia Tech sits a notch below MC in fifth-place. Florida State is sixth followed by Columbia University of New York in the seventh spot.

About 150 colleges in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico field table tennis teams competing in NCTTA tournaments. The University of Puerto Rico, California-Berkeley and the University of Toronto round out the top ten.

Players from China and Venezuela are the stars of the MC team led by Captain Ken Qiu. Newcomers like Bill Cai and Zhicheng "Johnson" Liang, both natives of China, added strength to the MC roster this year.

Not far from the team's practices at Alumni Gym, the Baptist Healthplex is home to a new table tennis club.

The club is aimed at Baptist Healthplex members, young and old, who enjoy playing ping pong for fun and exercise. The club's first meeting is Friday Jan. 22 at 5 until 7 p.m. Meetings are planned every Friday. For more information, contact Kanengiser at kanengis@mc.edu or 601.918.4443.