San Jose is a finalist for table tennis worlds
Third-ranked Stanford men upend top-ranked Cal in Big Splash
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.”
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.