Rod Backus wins Chappypong tourney

Action shot from Chappy Pong with Juri Luncar, left playing Rod Backus, tourney champion playing in semi-final match. — Photo courtesy of Bob O'Rourke

Rod Backus of Vineyard Haven took championship honors in a hard-fought final match against Alina Wen of Edgartown at the all-Island Chappypong table tennis tourney Saturday.

Alina came back from a two-match deficit to outscore Rod 3-2 in a semifinal and force a second final match. Rod won games 11-8, 14-12, and 11-6 to finish 3-0 and take the first-place Elite Division title.

Both finalists are members of the Martha’s Vineyard Table Tennis Club.

In the novice division,10-year-old August Michels defeated Phil Lieberman 11-6, 11-2, 11-8 to win the title. The contest was held at the Chappaquiddick Community Center.