The Texas Wesleyan table tennis team won its ninth consecutive Coed Team National Championship at the 2012 Collegiate Table Tennis National Championship April 13-15 in Plano, Texas.
The Rams played in the singles competition on Saturday, and four men reached the quarter finals. Jose Barbosa, sophomore player, is one of the players who reached the semifinals.
Barbosa said his team stayed focused on every match.
“Overall we did very well, and we were very focused and prepared,” Barbosa said.
The women’s bracket was played by Sara Hazinski, sophomore singles player. She made it to the quarterfinals.
After the singles matches were done, the Rams and Lady Rams picked back up on Sunday for the team play.
The Rams played all the way through the team play, not losing a single match until they played Mississippi College. The Rams finished the day up 3-1 in team play.
Barbosa said he was really proud of his teammates.
“We only lost one match during the team event out of 21 matches,” Barbosa said.
The Lady Rams competed against the University of Texas and prevailed, but lost in the semifinals to the University of Toronto, finishing 3-1.
Oliviu Vasilca, senior player, said the team performed great in Plano.
“The team did great by winning the ninth consecutive title in the co-ed team event, and also by showing spirit and unity in diversity,” Vasilca said.
Vasilca said that as a team, they were able to continue the winning tradition.
“The Texas Wesleyan table tennis team has a winning tradition and spirit that helped carry the team at the tournament,” Vasilca said. “The cohesiveness and unity of the team provided the support among the players to work as individuals toward the common goal of yet another National Champion for the university.”
Barbosa also said the coaches played a big role in their efforts this past weekend.
“Besides a great team, we have two great coaches, and they know how to motivate us individually and as a team,” Barbosa said. “They are always aware of our needs during the tournament, and I think it makes a difference.”
The Rams and Lady Rams will compete April 18-22 in the North American Olympic Trials.
Emma Fradette