Mar 30, 2010

Pingpong players pound the paddle: Liberty’s little known intramural sport

by Peter Sawyer

Liberty offers a variety of intramural sports in which students can participate. Most students choose to participate in sports like soccer or basketball, but each semester eight to 10 students participate in intramural pingpong, according to Associate Director for Intramural Sports Steve Chamberlin.

“We’ve offered (pingpong) for the past few years,” Chamberlin said, “We offer five tournaments a semester.”

The tournaments are played on the pingpong tables in the Tilley Student Center.

“We have three tables and we have double elimination,” pingpong player Kanghyun Jung said.

Pingpong is not as popular as some of the other intramural sports offered at Liberty because it appeals to a less competitive crowd.

“It’s more recreation oriented,” Jung said, “We can decide the rule — best out of five or seven — so it’s not very professional.”

Pingpong is in full swing this semester. The third tournament of the current season was held last Friday.

Contact Peter Sawyer at
psawyer@liberty.edu.


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