Ariel Hsing seeking collegiate gold
Photo By: Thorsten Gohl
Undoubtedly one of the players to attract the attention at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when in the third round of the Womenís Singles event she extended the champion elect, Chinaís Li Xiaoxia to six games, was Ariel Hsing of the United States.
Currently attending Pronceton University, she is the leading name on duty at the forthcoming 2014 TMS College Table Tennis National Championships.
The tournament, which has attracted over 250 entries from the leading college table tennis players from throughout the United States of America, starts on Friday 4th April and concludes on Sunday 6th April.
Hosted by Visit Monroeville in co-ordination with the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association, the home for the three day event is the American city of Monroeville in Pennsylvania.
The competition comprises six events; a Coed Team event (teams comprising both male and female players), a Womenís Team competition plus Menís Singles, Womenís Singles, Menís Doubles and Womenís Doubles events.
A total of 24 outfits have entered the Coed event, for the Womenís Team competition it is 15 in number; whilst the Menís Singles sees 73 players and the Womenís Singles 38 competitors.
There are 20 pairs in the Menís Doubles event, ten pairs in the counterpart Womenís Doubles competition.
Teams and players qualified through 26 divisional regular season leagues, followed by six regional qualifying tournaments
In total over 1300 individual players comprising 167 Coed Teams and 43 Women's Teams took part in the qualifying stages.
A tension packed three days awaits with, in addition to Ariel Hsing, there are other names with international experience in action.
The Dominican Republicís Emil Santos, currently at the Texas Wesleyan University, appears in the Menís events as does Michael Landers, now an established member of the American Team. He is currently at New York University.
Top seed in the Menís Singles event is Li Cheng from Mississippi University, a status he also holds in the Menís Doubles competition with colleague Zhang Yichi.
Understandably, the no.1 seed in both the Womenís Singles and Womenís Doubles events is Ariel Hsing, in the latter partnering Shirley Fu.
Meanwhile, in the Coed Team event the Texas Wesleyan University (Emil Santos, Zhang Yahao, Bai Zhedi, Razvan Cretu, Robert Torres, Claudia Ileizumi, Caroline Kajihara, Matthew Mayfield) heads the list with California (Ellen Hwang, Jasmine Nguyen, Silvan Guo, Tammy Gu) being the top seeds in the Womenís Team competition.
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