That's right ladies and gentlemen ping pong has taken root on the campus of Holy Cross. The popularity of the sport has sparked the first ever Ping Pong Club. The club started off with a bang as 30 contestants competed in a tournament this past Tuesday.
In the end, it was Tyler Alge facing off against Gabriel Ribeiro in an exciting championship match. After each player split the first 4 games, Alge finally prevailed after the 5th and deciding game went to deuce. Coming in 3rd place was Patrick Huyge, Andrew Johnston took 4th.
In order to compete in the NCTTA Midwest Regional tournament in Missouri next month, arrangements are being made to join the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. Holy Cross is also planning to send a team to the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH in March. First prize for the top collegiate team is a new Killerspin table.
Boosting the Saints chances at this competition is current U-22 National Champion, and Holy Cross freshman Joey Cochran. The past two years the table has gone to the Ohio State University Ping Pong team. The Saints will look to upend their current streak in what would surely go down as a David vs. Goliath match up.