Results of Arkansas State Championships, Saturday, February 16, 2013

The 2013 Arkansas State Championships in table tennis were held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 int the Donaghey Student Center (DSC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).

The tournament, named the "Arkansas Closed", is an annual table tennis tournament held in Little Rock that decides the state champions in a number of events.  It is designated as a "closed" tournament due to the requirement that eligible players must reside in Arkansas; the tournament is not open to non-residents.  Classified with a "1-star" (out of 5 stars) tournament rating by USA Table Tennis (USATT) based on the amount of prize money, this year's Arkansas Closed offered a variety of events for players all ages and skill levels.

This year's tournament was originally scheduled to take place at the LRTTC's practice facility, the community center of the Islamic Center of Little Rock, the first time the event would have taken place outside of UALR in a number of years.  Due to scheduling conflicts however, the event was moved back to UALR's DSC.

The top players in the state competed against each other for various titles, including the state champion in the Open division singles which is open to all players.  Other events include doubles, mixed doubles, junior boys and girls, women's singles, and rated events based on official player ratings maintained by the USA Table Tennis (USATT), the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States.

Below is a message from tournament director Eugene Atha:

"Here are the results for all the events from the Closed Championships. It was the smoothest run & most on time tournament we have had in a long time – in fact I can’t remember a better one but since I’ve been doing this since 1989, my memory might be failing me!! Good job to everyone – hope you had fun (even if you lost points).

As usual, thanks go out to everyone who helped with the setup & takedown of the tournament – without the work of these folks tournaments don’t happen. If I forget anyone it is not intentional – so much goes on at the end of the day it is very easy for me to miss someone helping out. So be sure to thank – for setup – Allen/Glen/Paul/Scott/Jeff/Jim/Charlie; for takedown – Glen/Jeff/Scott/Shelby/Konnie/John/Angela/Viful/Mohan/Salman/Amresh. If you helped & aren’t listed – my apologies & your work is very much appreciated."

Official results:

Arkansas State Champions 2013 Held February 16, 2013 at University of Arkansas at Little Rock
EVENT 1ST PLACE   2ND PLACE  
OPEN SINGLES RUSS HAMILTON BENTONVILLE SCOTT BARONE CABOT
A SINGLES PARIMAL NILANGEKAR LITTLE ROCK TIC SEEDTIBOOD JACKSONVILLE
B SINGLES SHELBY BARONE CABOT DE XING XIE LITTLE ROCK
C SINGLES MOHAN REDDY LITTLE ROCK LOUIS MORROW HEBER SPRINGS
U2300 SCOTT BARONE CABOT PARIMAL NILANGEKAR LITTLE ROCK
U1800 PAUL HADFIELD SHERWOOD SALMAN SYED LITTLE ROCK
U1200 MONTADAR AL-MUHANA LITTLE ROCK LOUIS MORROW HEBER SPRINGS
U900 CONLEY HILLEGAS AUSTIN JUSTIN HINMAN CABOT
JUNIOR BOYS SHELBY BARONE CABOT CONLEY HILLEGAS AUSTIN
JUNIOR GIRLS SANA MHAPSEKAR LITTLE ROCK STUTI MHAPSEKAR LITTLE ROCK
WOMENS RANYA KASSEES SHERWOOD JOYCE HARTMANN CLINTON
OPEN DOUBLES SCOTT BARONE CABOT RUSS HAMILTON BENTONVILLE
  JOHN FALCO BENTON MOHAMMAD ISHAQ BENTONVILLE
CLASS A DOUBLES AARON GLAZIER LITTLE ROCK VIFUL MHAPSEKAR LITTLE ROCK
  JOSHUA KWEKEL BRYANT PARIMAL NILANGEKAR LITTLE ROCK
MIXED DOUBLES RUSS HAMILTON BENTONVILLE PAUL HADFIELD SHERWOOD
  YI-MEI HAMILTON BENTONVILLE HANAA MADANI SHERWOOD

Round Robin Tournament, Saturday, Feb 9, 2013

Today the LRTTC hosts a round robin tournament. Entry fee is $5. Volunteer setup starts at 8am. Matches start at 8:30.   Tournament ends at noon.

Photos from Tournament, Saturday, February 9, 2013:

List of entries:

Player Name, USATT Rating

  • Scott, 2043.  Paid.
  • Rajeeb, 1500. Paid. 
  • Amresh, 1689. Paid
  • John, 1598. Paid 
  • Charlie, 1347.  Paid. 
  • Montadar, 1045. Paid. 
  • Jeff, 845.  Paid.
  • Mike Lauro, 1813, Paid. 
  • Viful, 1762. Paid. 
  • Kedar, 1606. Paid. 
  • Qiang, 1450. Paid. 
  • Shelby, 1124.  Paid.
  • Mohan, 954. Paid. 
  • Manju, 1482.  Paid.
  • Siva, 1607.  Paid.
  • Salman, 1511.  Did not play.
  • Pramod, 1108. Paid.

16 total entries.  $80 Paid.  Winner gets $40.

Results

Round Robin

Group A

  1. Scott
  2. Rajeeb
  3. Amresh
  4. John
  5. Charlie
  6. Montadar
  7. Jeff
  8. Siva
  • Group A first place:  Scott
  • Group A second place:  Siva
  • Both Scott and Siva advanced to single elimination round

Group B

  1. Mike
  2. Viful
  3. Kedar
  4. Qiang
  5. Shelby
  6. Mohan
  7. Manju
  8. Pramod
  • Group A first place: Shelby
  • Group A second place: Mike
  • Both Shelby and Mike advanced to single elimination round

Single Elimination Round

Quarters

Shelby v. Jeff.  Winner:  Shelby

Viful v. Montdar.  Winner:  Montadar

Mike v. Scott.  Winner:  Scott

Kedar v. Siva.  Winner:  Siva

Semis

Shelby v. Montadar.  Winner:  Montadar

Scott v. Siva.  Winner:  Scott

Finals

Scott v. Montadar.  Winner: Scott

Congratulations to Scott on his win, and to everyone who helped make this a lot of fun.

Recap of this week:

Satruday, Feb 2:  Unavailable

Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 5 & 7:  Unavailable

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings could not deter Mike and Viful from playing table tennis tonight.  After some basic drills and warm up, we played practice matches until 8:00pm.

Prior to our practice, we set up and tested an old SITCO Robot.  It worked, except the oscillator needs some adjustment.

Photos from Tuesday, January 29, 2013:

The green drilling machine!

The green drilling machine!

After 25 years, it is surprising that both player and robot still work.

After 25 years, it is surprising that both player and robot still work.