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Brown University Sweeps Lower New England Division

By Andy Kanengiser, NCTTA Media Chair | Jan. 13, 2017, 5:36 p.m. (ET)


Brown University Sweeps Lower New England Division

Founded in 1764, Brown University remains one of America's premier research institutions with a hefty endowment standing at $3.3 billion.

The Ivy League School in Providence, Rhode Island is very strong in every field - from engineering to public health to liberal arts. Brown enrolls 6,000 undergraduates and 2,000 grad students. It's tough to get in. The acceptance rate for Brown students hovers around 9 percent.

The same reputation for excellence in the classroom extends to Brown's fabulous table tennis team. Brown recently scored a big triumph in the NCTTA's Lower New England Division tournament.

Division director Nancy Zhou, a former Brown standout player herself, reports the Brown went undefeated with a 5-0 mark and finished No. 1. The Ivy Leaguers dropped just one game to Brandeis that came in 2nd.

Noteworthy newcomers included Brown's Julian Woo, who was rated a solid 2414 after playing in the divisionals.

A newcomer to the Lower New England Division, the Worchester Polytechnic Institute team from Worchester, Massachusetts put up a good fight and claimed third place at the tournament. Sporting red shirts, the six-man WPI squad played their hearts out. (pictured below)

The event was breaking new ground for Nancy Zhou, too. She successfully ran the Lower New England tournament for the first time as divisional co-director. "It went super well!,'' she said later.

One of the top matches of the day saw Brown's Julian Woo battle top-notch table tennis player Joshua Schuback of Tufts University.

When the games were all said and done, Schuback left the building with a rating of 2318.
No very long ago, Nancy Zhou was a star student-athlete competing for the Brown table tennis team at a pretty high level.

At the 2015 NCTTA National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Nancy entered the tournament seeded No. 22 among the top women collegiate players in the USA and Canada. At the time, Ariel Hsing of Princeton ranked No. 1 and Lily Zhang of the University of California was rated No. 2.

Will the Brown team's success story stretch into 2017? Stay tuned as the squad returns to play in the NCTTA's spring divisional tournament in the new year.