After an impeccable performance during the UAAP table tennis wars in the recently concluded season, the Taft-based paddlers took their talents to a beer pong challenge held at Timeout in the University Mall along Taft Avenue.
A first-time event in the said venue, the Paddlers showed their mettle in an impressive victory which left them unscathed against the more experienced beer pong players who regularly frequent the bar. Their victims acknowledged the talents of the paddlers, who thought of playing the game with a twist.
Accepting the challenge at hand without any hesitation, the Paddlers showed no signs of rustiness in their game as they finished their stint with an immaculate record. Despite playing to a disadvantage with their gears and paddles on deck, they surprised everyone with the way they handled the game.
The Paddlers were bannered by a squad composed of seniors Ted Yu, Kim Medina and Iris Matubis with youngsters Donna Gammilla and Ian Lariba rounding up the squad. In their first game, the rookie Gamilla started strong by pulling down three cups early and the team never looked back. Yu and Medina’s tandem finished off their counterparts as they knocked down four cups via a backhand quick hit.
The event lasted for about an hour and a half as the Green and Lady Paddlers received successive invites for even more matches. The team played a total of five games—all of which were victories. The third game was the closest call as the Taft-based squad started flat but eventually ended up edging their rivals by two cups.
Much to the surprise of their opponents, the Green and White athletes confirmed that playing in these types of games using their paddles was one of their secrets to success during their UAAP run last season.
“Beer pong helps the team by improving the precision and power of the hit because it helps us project the ball better. Constant practice in playing beer pong using our paddles helps us direct the ball in whatever spot we want in the table,” says senior Ted Yu.