Earlier this month, we hosted our 2018 Butterfly Labor Day 2 Person Teams Tournament. Players travelled from Boston College, West Virginia and from all over the state of North Carolina. These players participated in some highly competitive matches and had lots of fun while doing so. The various events that were hosted included the U2500, U3000, U3500 and U4000.
For the U2500 Teams event, there were some very tough battles. The number 3 seeded team Majid Mohadjer (1106) and Lisa Davidson (1023) fought their best with the number 1 seeded team Chingyao Cho (1149) and Raphael Orenstein (1278). In the end, Chingyao and Raphael proved to be too strong an opponent. On the other hand, the number 2 seeded team Yanyu Xie (1394) and Tianyi Zhou (956) came from Charlotte with lots of passion and energy. They were unstoppable as they did not lose a single match. Wow! They brought the fire for sure and will be tough to challenge in future events! Congratulations Yanyu and Tianyi!
The U3000 Teams event kicked off on Saturday September 1st as the battle of the locals here in the great state of North Carolina. This event was anything other than predictable. Sue Nolte (1599) and Ahmond Reid (1336) were the top seeds coming into this event but dropped all the way to 5th place when it was all said and done. The other teams proved to be too strong for the top seed. The number 2 seeded team Cliff Lin (1155) and Xiaofeng Zhu (1778) and the number 3 seeded team Changbo Lu (1612) and Jeff Milford (1212) claimed 2nd and 3rd Place as predicted. However, all eyes were on the number 5 seeded team Frank Chao (902) and Sen Nie (1752) as they swept through the other teams with urgency and desperation. It definitely was their day as they went undefeated. Their record was 5-0 which earned them 1st Place on the podium. What a finish! Congratulations Frank and Sen for the great win and making the day memorable!
The U3500 Teams event had several groups and they all fought hard to try to gain the 1st Prize. Bryan Zeng (1075) and Moustapha Nasser (1922), as the second lowest rated team of the event, were among the teams that fought well and were able to advance to the second round without a loss. Unfortunately, they were not able to secure the 1st place. On the other hand, their tenacity and resilience made an impact which locked them in to 3rd Place and a stance on the podium. Focusing your attention now on the big prize; who would come out the victor!? Bella Xu (1766) and Jinpeng Xiao (1633) challenged Changbo Lu (1612) and Shiguang Lu (1721) for the final match of the event and the right to claim the 1st Prize. The Lu’s gave their best effort and just could not lose. The family duo were unstoppable in the finals and secured 1st Place! Congratulations to Shiguang and Chad Lu!
The U4000 Teams Event was the biggest of our 2018 Butterfly Labor Day 2 Person Teams Tournament. We had several teams come to compete and give it their best shot to try and make it to the top! Let’s first highlight some players who had an unbelievable day. Ryan Robinson (1623) upset Jim McQueen (1839) and beat two players with rating’s over 1900 (Jerred Miklowcic and Wayne Carney). Zhanhao Liao (1659) dished out two upsets against Jim Mcqueen (1839) and Elias Gomez (1808). Zhanhao also lost two close matches with one them being deuce in the 5th to Martin Vazquez (2077) and another one at 11-8 in the 5th to Ray Mack (2095). Thanks guys for making our day memorable! As the U4000 Teams event unfolded, a few teams fought their best to make it to the second round. The lowest seeded team Ryan Robinson (1623) and Anthony Gianquitti (1550) came with a vengeance, fought hard and advanced to the next round, but were unable to go any further as the other teams were just too strong. Another low seeded team, Zhanhao Liao (1659) and William So (2085) came with determination to go all the way. William So (2085) as one of the highest rated players did as expected and dominated all matches he played. Zhanhao and William made it all the way to the finals and put on a show for us while doing so. Cameron Smith (1974) and Brendon Mrzlak (1979) brought the whole city of Charlotte with them in their blood. They handed loss after loss to their competitors. Cameron and Brendon found themselves in the finals to challenge Zhanhao and William for the gold! All eyes were glued on the last match of the day as it was the fifth match which would decide it all. The teams delivered blow after blow to one another and kept it even in the singles matches. The doubles game brought much excitement as Cameron and Brendon were down 0-2, but they clawed their way out of the pit and won 3-2 in dramatic fashion. In the end, Cameron secured their team victory in the final match of the team tie. Team Charlotte fought and battled through many ups and downs all the way to the gold which earned them 1st Place. Congratulations to Cameron and Brendon!