Collegiate billiards and table tennis championships at IU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Dozens of collegiate billiards and
table tennis players from across the country will be at
Indiana University this weekend, when the Bloomington
campus hosts the Association of College Unions
International's first combined Collegiate 9-Ball and
Table Tennis Championships.
The Back Alley in the Indiana Memorial Union will host
the Association of College Unions International's
Collegiate 9-Ball championships this weekend.
The Indiana Memorial Union will host the 9-Ball
championship games in the Back Alley, while the table
tennis competition will take place at University Gym.
Competition begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 29, and wraps up
with an awards banquet at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 1.
"It's an honor to be able to host the national
championships for collegiate billiards and table tennis,
and we welcome these athletes to the university," IU
assistant coordinator of games John Bower said. "These
events can be a great way to learn more about the sport, or
to watch a talented player performing at the top of their
To prepare to host the championships, the IMU purchased new
billiard balls and re-covered its 10 pool tables with a
high-grade Simonis 860 fabric -- in tournament blue, as
opposed to its usual green felt. Table tennis players will
compete with equipment on loan from the New Albany-based
Southern Indiana Table Tennis Association and IU's
Student Recreational Sports Center.
More than 80 of the best college players who represent more
than 50 colleges and universities -- ranging from
University of Hawaii to the New Jersey Institute of
Technology -- will battle for the national title in a
three-day competition. The players qualified at one of a
dozen regional competitions to attend the event.
"These tournaments are a great display of student
learning and community building," said Marsha
Herman-Betzen, executive director of the Bloomington-based
ACUI. "Both of these are at our core as an
organization, and we are proud to continue this tradition
as the sport grows and thrilled to host here in our home
Two IU students will participate in the billiards
championship: Hee Suk "Brian" Myung, president of
IU's Billiards Club and the Region 9 9-Ball Champion,
and Chad Roahrig; while two others will participate in the
table tennis championship: Aron Frank, a member of IU's
Table Tennis Club and the Region 9 Table Tennis Champion,
and Chun Kit Wong.
Competition games are open to the public and free of
charge. However, there is limited public space at the IMU
for the billiards games. For additional information, visit
Several entities worked with the university to host the
championships, including the Bloomington Convention and
Visitors Bureau, IU Athletics, the IU Billiards Club and
the IU Table Tennis Club.