USOC Athletes of the Month
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U.S. Junior Table Tennis Team
Lily Zhang (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Ariel Hsing (Fremont, Calif.) took home two golds in junior teams and junior doubles at the Double Fish 2011 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open an event on the ITTF Junior Circuit in North Vancouver, B.C. In the Davis Cup-format team event, the duo overcame strong teams from Canada and Puerto Rico (which had upset No. 2 seed Chinese Taipei) to win top honors. In both the semis and finals, the Americans did not yield a singles match, winning both exchanges. In the junior doubles finals, the pair won 3-2 over Sweden, coming back from 1-2 and taking the last game, 16-14.
Daryl Sterling, Jr., Table Tennis
The first week of August, Paralympic Hopeful Daryl Sterling, Jr. (San Diego, Calif.) teamed up with Masoud Mojtahed of Canada to win silver in the men’s class 6-7 team at the Copa Costa Rica Tournament in Hjeredia. Three weeks later at the Brazil Open in Rio de Janeiro with more than 15 countries participating, Sterling won his first international gold in singles with his win in class 7, beating Lucas Gouveia of Brazil. Sterling again formed a mixed team, but this time with Juan Carlos Sepulvuda of Chile to earn silver against the host Brazil in the class 6-7 team event.
Lily Zhang, Table Tennis
Lily Zhang (Palo Alto, Calif.) dominated the Double Fish 2011 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open, an event on the ITTF Junior Circuit in North Vancouver, B.C. Zhang won gold in cadet singles, junior doubles and the junior team event, and bronze in junior singles. In cadet singles play, Zhang did not drop an individual game. Playing up one age category in the junior doubles, she took gold with her partner, Ariel Hsing (Fremont, Calif.) The pair also teamed to win the junior team event without dropping a match. In singles, Zhang is now currently ranked No. 2 in the world in the Cadet (U-15) Division.