Indiana University South Bend hosts national table tennis tournament
South Bend, Ind -- The 54th St. Joseph Valley Region National Table Tennis Tournament was hosted by Indiana University South Bend on Saturday.
There were 150 players in this year's tournament.
Saturday, spectators saw a South Bend player and coach come out on top.
Coach Daniel Seemiller is a 5-time U.S. Men's Singles champion and 2004 Men's Table Tennis Olympic coach.
“I've struggled but the kids have done very well and they played a lot of matches. Some of them have played up to 20 matches already this weekend so that's how you get better,” says Seemiller.
The tournament helps players and clubs attract donations and sponsors that goes towards paying for the South Bend Table Tennis Club to travel to other tournaments.
South Bend table tennis player Dion Payne-Miller says he's won many championships but has bigger goals.
“The goal is the Olympics and I have the right tools and people around me to do that so we'll see how that goes and hopefully someday I'll come back and coach,” says Payne-Miller.
South Bend local, Martin Stoner, placed second in one of the events.
The SBTTC says they plan to build on the success of this weekend’s event and to travel to other tournaments.