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Spin and Smash Provides Perfect Home for US Hopes Talents on the Road to LA 2028

By Matt Hetherington | Feb. 17, 2020, 12:06 p.m. (ET)

The Spin and Smash Table Tennis Club in Columbus, Ohio provided the perfect housing for the second leg of the 2020 USA Hopes Tour. With US Olympian Amy Feng on duty to deliver words of wisdom to the budding young talents from across the country, it was a great start for the young players.

Coach and owner Dave Fullen hosted proceedings, with the expert assistance of Samson Dubina on-site, along with Sameh Boshra. The kids were in good hands for their 2 days of training camps ahead of the qualification tournament. 

A total of 18 young players went head to head in the tournament to earn their place at the US National Hopes Week and Challenge. 

In the boy's singles it was Deniz Guney who took the top honors in an intense final over LYTTC teammate Jacob Lee. Guney had narrowly missed out on potentially qualifying on home ground last week in New Jersey, but took every advantage in Ohio to push for the goal. 

Alex Luo finished in third, one spot ahead of his seeding, but the biggest shake up came from Chester Taylor. Rated only 1074, and seeded 9th in the event, he stormed the field to finish 4th and earn his qualification spot. 

Amber Liu succeeded in winning the girls singles over Carmen Yu, while the family duo of Fiona and Kenzie Dubina took 3rd and 4th respectively.

Congratulations to the qualified players and a big thank you to Dave and Spin & Smash Table Tennis and Ping Pong Center for their hospitality and hard work!

Find all the match results here on Omnipong.