M.I.T. Wins Ping Pong Tourney; Crimson Teams Fail To Place
While three spectators watched M.I.T. play some very good table tennis Saturday at the New England Intercollegiate Ping Pong Championships at Northeastern, four Crimson teams failed to reach the preliminary round. Although it entered only two teams. M.I.T. took both the first place and runner-up trophies.
The four two-man Harvard teams were loose and confident when they arrived at N.U.'s Docksen Hall. They helped put up tables and watched in admiration as a jock from N. U. strutted around the gym, toying with an imaginary paddle.
Players began to practice. and then Chui Lim-Ming and Charlie Chan. who made up one of the M.I.T. teams. arrived. They talked to the coordinator of the meet. professor Richard Lang of Northeastern, then dropped their gear on the bleachers and began to practice.
One of the M.I.T. teams was not exceptional, but Ming and Chan were. Holding their paddles like most Oriental players do. Ming and Chan vollied for nearly three minutes without missing the table. "God, they're good." said Udi Gupta, a contender for the West Bengal Jr. table tennis title.
Chan-and Ming easily disposed of Harvard's best team-which consists of Charlie Thomas and Paul Roth-in the first round. needing only three sets to do it. "After the competition, they told us that they have been National champions for the past three years. We didn't have a chance," Thomas said.
Jaime and Fernando Gonzales came the closest to advancing from the preliminary round but finally lost to a good tandem-from N.U.
After finishing off Thomas and Roth. Ming and Chan rapped with the other competitors about the heavies on the table tennis tour. Once in a while they got up to win a match and when it was over they walked away with the trophy-a ping pong player perched on top of a base. The player looked more like a soldier than a nice guy playing a nice game.