The Lopue’s Table Tennis Association paddlers made their mark in the September 5-8 Junior National Team Selection Best-of-the-Best Challenge with four of its members earning a slot in the Junior National Team after ruling respective events at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Up against top players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, LOPTTA stalwarts John Paul Gubaton and John Michael Castro dominated the competition in the boys’ category, while Emy Rose Dael and Rose Jean Fadol had a 1-2 finish in the girls’ division.
Gubaton took the No. 1 spot in his event with a clean sweep of all his matches, while Castro managed to hold on to the No. 5 slot in the tightly-contested boys’ event. The team was coached by LOPTTA mainstays Marell Lagunday, Rev. Ian Alvarez and Weng Alvarez with club president Leonita “Diotay” Lopue throwing his full support to the team.
Joining the LOPTTA players in the National Juniors Team are Walden Shayne Ledesma-DLSU, Ryan Rodney Jacolo-Nashspinner, Jann Mari Nayre-DONIC, Jamaica Sy-FCTTA, Celine Ching-FCTTA and Thelly Ann Marie-ANTTAS.
The team will represent the country in the October tournament in Laos as part of their international exposure.*NAB
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