Luis Crescitelli was a Difficult Opponent to Beat in the Equal Challenge Tournament!

Equal Challenge | Luis Crescitelli and Ken Okey

Luis Crescitelli and Ken Okey


Playing a match in the Equal Challenge Tournament is not just an ordinary match, but will be a real challenging match!  In all these months organizing this tournament, there is a notable increase in the number of participants.  The Equal Challenge Tournament helps you increase your mental game and requires the best of you in every match.

With the participation of different players and styles, the Newport Beach Table Tennis Club is well known to host the largest table tennis tournament in the area.  If you live around Irvine, Costa Mesa, or Laguna Beach, come and try it.  After all, what do you have to lose?  In exchange for playing, you are going to make new friends and have lots of fun playing your ping pong matches!

That was the case for our new visitors Chris Clarizio and TJ Waggoner, two recreational table tennis players who advanced with confidence to the quarterfinals.

“This system makes a lot of sense.  We had a great time playing this tournament and it is very fair”, said TJ.

On table #1, Chris Clarizio and Ken Dewhirst played many crucial points in each of their sets.  It was a very tight match (11-8, 12-10, 11-13, 13-15, 14-12), with a final score of 3 -2 in favor of Chris, allowing him to advance to the quarterfinals where Luis Crescitelli was waiting for him.

Tony Su lost a match in the first round with Ken Okey, but table tennis life always gives you new opportunities to challenge.  These two played again and this time, Tony played better.  However, it was not enough to break Ken’s defense.

On table #2 our last champion Kuei Chen try his best to advance to semifinals, but he lost with Luis Crescitelli.

Equal Challenge Table Tennis Tournament - Newport Beach

The Equal Challenge Champion this Wednesday was our Argentinian friend Luis Crescitelli, playing the final against Ken Okey with indescribable rallies between loops, smashes, heavy chops, and amazing smash returns, all of this mixed with pips.

The Argentinian table tennis player Luis Crescitelli admitted that playing against Ken Okey is hard.

“A final is always difficult and if you play with a opponent who knows your game very well, it is even harder.  I play table tennis with Ken during the week and we always challenge each other”, said Luis.

Congratulation Luis!  You are eligible for our Equal Challenge Progressive Jackpot this week!

We want to say thanks to everyone who came, played and umpired table tennis matches, making for a better tournament.

If you are umpiring a match you can learn a lot and not just with the score.  The next time you umpire try to read what tactic a player is using against his opponent to win points.  You can always learn from all players, so take advantage of this opportunity!

See you the following Wednesday for more table tennis!