In the depths of the sub-basement of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology tables and nets were set and ready to go. With the aid of Lily Yip and in conjunction with LYTTC's FIT Open, the Tai Shan Chinese Community Team Event took place all in the name of Ping Pong Diplomacy.
A mob of spectators swamped the courts with phones, video cameras and photography equipment as New York State Senator Martin J. Holden and Chinese Consular General Zhang Qi Yue took to the table with their specially designed USA and China flag paddles in a friendly doubles performance.
A number of educational and administrative institutes took part in the event, including the hosts F.I.T who had a team present. Some teams were taking matters very seriously and had employed the help of some US stars. One team hosted one of the top US Junior players Jack Wang along with his training partner Zhao Zi Rui and New York Chinese player Wang Yutian.
Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Science employed the help of US Junior Team member Allen Wang, former US Women's Team member Judy Hugh and LYTTC's Jin Yuxiang while the United Nations were the powerhouse with LYTTC's Kaden Xu and Ruichao (Alex) Chen teamed with former US Team member Adam Hugh and 2013 US National Finalist Cory Eider.
The draw saw the United Nations play an intense showdown with US Lin Investment and Immigration. Adam Hugh led out with a 2-1 win over Zhao Zi Rui. The many time US National Team member certainly knew how to raise his game to take out his Chinese opponent, playing solid countering close to the table and a stable consistent attack. Kaden Xu followed with a 2-1 win against Jack Wang and the doubles spelled the end with Kaden Xu and Ruichao Chen teaming up for the win.
The final was a clash with Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Science where Jin Yuxiang fell to Alex Chen and USATT High Performance Director Cory Eider. Cory picked up the double win after his initial victory over Allen Wang.
So it was an ultimate victory for the United Nations Table Tennis Club which swept away gold with pure dominance with the aid of LYTTC and UN representative Kenny Wang.
It was a superb event with lots of members of the Chinese community getting involved, special thanks to Lily Yip for her continued investment in Ping Pong Diplomacy and the growth of table tennis in the New Jersey and New York state areas!