Purdue Table Tennis Club ping-pongs closer to a national title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University could soon boast a national title – in ping pong.

The Purdue Table Tennis Club recently placed first in the NCTTA Fall Divisional Tournament, strengthening the team’s chances of competing in the regional and national competitions.

The Purdue Table Tennis club existed for a number of years before the COVID-19 pandemic put all its activity to a halt. Since then, slowly but surely over the years, the number of players and members has been steadily growing.

All members of the community are welcome to join the club; however, tryouts are required to be a part of the competitive team.

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“Anyone in the community can play,” Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor for the Purdue Table Tennis Club said. “It’s five dollars (to play), so they can just come and play with the club. They advantage is they get some coaching with experts…or they just have fun…But it’s open to anybody in the community.”

Members of the Table Tennis Club said any fees help pay for reserving the rooms required to play ping-pong.

“Our competitive team is solely based on skill,” Kerway Tsai, club president and junior in electrical engineering, said. “It’s $5 if you just want to come to that session. But if you pay $20, you can come to any session you want throughout the semester.”

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