Carson Valley Table Tennis club returns with trophy
The Nevada Table Tennis Club “Bragging Rights Trophy” has been returned to the Carson Valley Table Tennis Club.
After a hard-fought tournament Saturday in Reno, Carson Valley eked out an 81-75 margin over the Reno/Sparks club.
The final score marked a turnaround from earlier in the day, when Reno/Sparks had taken what seemed to be a commanding 39-27 lead after three of seven events.
Jim Richter’s victory in the U1600 singles event, plus a victory in the top tier doubles event by Bohdan Kinash and Kyle Robidoux, helped Carson Valley come from behind to take the trophy from Reno/Sparks.
Richter also won the U1400 singles event earlier in the day, then came back later to combine with Steve Noble to secure a critical victory in their doubles event final against the Reno-Sparks team of Anthony Chen and Phong Dao.
Richter and Noble were undefeated going into the championship round of their double elimination bracket, but were taken to a final match.
Noble and Richter claimed the first two games to take an early lead. Chen and Dao won the third game and had a 10-7 lead in the fourth — needing just one more point to win the game and tie the match.
The Carson Valley duo fought hard to win the next three points to bring the game to deuce. Chen served a fast and low cop and Richter returned a low off-speed drop, however, Dao’s return was smashed into the net. Then, at add-in, Noble served an off-speed shot to the center line … Chen returned a hard top spin deep into the court … Richter returned a hard top spin to Dao, who countered with a fast forehand smash … Noble returned a hard backhand top spin cross-court to Chen, who was unable to return the ball for the deciding point.
Richter won three events during the day, starting with the U1400 singles event, when he defeated Chen in the finals.
Kinash and Robidoux upset the higher ranked Reno/Sparks team of Robert Gilley and Joe Badrena in the open doubles final.
Cody Tindel won the U800 singles category for Carson Valley.
The top tier open singles was won by Robert Gilley of Reno/Sparks, while Carson Valley’s Kinash took second. Robidoux captured second-place behind Richter in the U1600 event.
Reno/Sparks took the club trophy home in March, snapping a streak of four straight Carson Valley victories dating to December 2011. The next “Bragging Rights” tournament will be held in the spring of 2014.