San Jose is a fi­nal­ist for table ten­nis worlds

Third-ranked Stan­ford men up­end top-ranked Cal in Big Splash

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - Staff and wire re­port

San Jose is one of three fi­nal­ists to play host to the 2020World Team Table Ten­nis cham­pi­onships. Also in the run­ning for the sport’s big­gest event out­side of the Sum­mer Olympics are Eka­ter­in­burg, Rus­sia, and Bu­san, South Korea, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Table Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion.

The fed­er­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will re­duce the field on Feb. 15 with the win­ner an­nounced in May.

The South Bay has pro­duced some of the United States’ best com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing 2012 and ‘16 Olympians Ariel Hs­ing, Lily Zhang, Kanak Jha and Ji­aqi Zheng.

“We are thrilled that the ITTF chose San Jose as a fi­nal­ist,” said Anne Cribbs, chair­woman of USA Table Ten­nis. “This event has never come to the U.S. Sil­i­con Val­ley — given the num­ber of table ten­nis Olympians — is a per­fect place.”

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BIG SPLASH WIN FOR STAN­FORD » Third-ranked Stan­ford used a huge third quar­ter to surge ahead of top-ranked Cal, and the host Car­di­nal men held off the Bears for the 11-10 Big Splash vic­tory. The win, Stan­ford’s 11th straight, se­cured the Car­di­nal (17- 3, 2-1 MPSF) a share of the Moun­tain Pa­cific Sports Fed­er­a­tion reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle with Cal (18-2, 2-1) and a shot at the top-seed in next week­end’s MPSF Cham­pi­onships back at Avery Aquatic Cen­ter.

The win also brought the Steve Heas­ton Tro­phy, awarded to the win­ner of the Big Splash in honor of the leg­endary Cal coach, back to The Farm af­ter three years in Berke­ley.

Down, 6-5, at the half, Stan­ford scored six of the next eight goals to surge ahead of Cal. Se­nior Con­nor Sta­ple­ton tied it up less than 30 sec­onds into the sec­ond half. Cody Smith de­liv­ered a feed to Marco Stanchi, and the ju­nior scored to give Stan­ford the 7- 6 ad­van­tage. Af­ter Cal re­sponded, Stan­ford fresh­man Ben Hal­lock added to his team-lead­ing goal tally with his 53rd goal of the sea­son to put Stan­ford up for good.

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