2013 Lindenwood April Open

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Lindenwood University hosted their second event in as many weeks on the campus just west of St. Louis, MO. Usually events are in the competition arena but due to a rescheduled volleyball match, table tennis was moved to the student activities gym. Main difference was the floor, wood in the arena vs. rubberized flooring and to me it seemed better than playing in the arena.

Six players from the Newgy Table Tennis Training Center in Gallatin, Tennessee made the trip and so did six players from the Memphis area, so Tennessee was well represented among the 100+ players who attended from 10 different states. A very strong turnout considering that 100+ players were just here March 23 & 24.

Sameh Awadalla once again had a solid tourney, winning the Open Division finals over Lindenwood University’s’ Fernando Yamazato three straight. In the Open Division of the Giant Round Robin, Sameh led 2 games to 1 but could not get the last needed game from Mississippi Colleges’ top seeded Cheng Li. It was some of the best table tennis you could see in the U.S.

Other results: Coach Roger Dickson battled his way into the Over 40 finals, falling to Memphis attacking chopper Liede Handoko in three. Yevgeniy Puzreyev lost only two matches but came in 3rd in the Giant Round Robin “A” division. David Girdner chopped, blocked and hit his way to 3rd in division “D”, while John Edd Walker completed division “E” in 5th. Harrison Ngo came in 4th via a 3 way tie for 3rd in Division “F” after defeating the top two seeds.

Roger Dickson

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