The LOPTTA Team A, composed of Rodel Valle, John Paul Gubaton, and John Michael Castro successfully defended their title in the 2018 Lopue’s National Open Invitational Table Tennis Championship held Sunday at the Lopue’s San Sebastian Annex Building in Bacolod City.
LOPTTA beat rival HUACHING, 3-2, in the finals to keep the crown while Team Cebu and Tatand share the second runner-up honors.
In the women’s category, the Philippine Table Tennis Federation (PFFF) team prevailed over LOPTTA, 3-2, in a nail-biting championship match.
The two evenly matched teams battled through a tightly contested championship showdown with the outcome decided in the final game.
Fighting a good fight for LOPTTA were Coach Marell Lagunday, Rose Jean Fadol, Micah Tanate, and Ann Gella Borbon. Team Cebu and Tatand once against share the second runner-up honors.
In the Veterans (60Up) category, Robert Arteche was unbeatable as he dominated his opponents from the start up to the finals. He won over Peter Lim in the championship round, while Msgr. Nicasio Melicor and Steven Rong settled for the second runner-up award.
Meanwhile, in the Men’s Executive event, the eagerness of Rudolfo Palermo (Coach Bong) paid off as swept all his opponents. He won over Philip Uy in the finals, while Jay Canalin and Aries Vicente share the spotlight as second runner-up.
The 2018 Lopue’s National Open Invitational Table Tennis Championship was organized by Lopue's Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) headed by its President Leonito "Diotay" Lopue.
The event is a grand celebration of Lopue’s special day and a thanksgiving for over a decade of blessings to LOPTTA.
The equipment used during the tournament were world class Joola 5000 tables with the Green Paddle donating the Joola Prime balls.
Philip Uy of Green Paddle commented that the younger generations compose of college and high school students are making big waves in table tennis.
LOPTTA’s men’s team member Gubaton (college) and Castro (senior high) won their respective matches to help their team defend the title. Both players are students of University of St. La Salle.
The formidable PTTF women’s team that won the championship in their category, has two high school members who were instrumental in their final win against LOPTTA.
“This is a good sign that table tennis has gone down to the grassroots level as they have beaten several top ranked players in the country.” Lopue said.*
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