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Perfect Lun Means SCC Title Fun For Badminton
Only a few weeks after the women's basketball team captured the state championship, the Pasadena City College women's badminton team clinched the 2009 South Coast Conference championship Wednesday behind a 12-9 victory over East Los Angeles College. The match was played at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
In winning the title, No. 1 player and freshman Priscilla Lun kept her perfect record alive in both singles and doubles. Lun scored singles wins over ELAC's No. 1 Zilany Don, 21-4, 21-9, and beat No. 2 Carol Xie, 21-4, 21-5. In No. 1 doubles, she teamed with Cindy Fu to outlast Don-Xie, 21-19, 21-12, and the pair also defeated the Huskies' Thu Phan-Sandra Ouyang, 21-8, 21-13.
Lun is 10-0 in singles play this year, and improved to 12-0 in doubles.
The Lancers stretched their winning streak to six matches (6-1 SCC/overall record) and picked up PCC's first conference title since the women's basketball team shared the 2006-2007 crown. It was also the college's first outright conference title by any program since the 2003 women's swimming team.
Pasadena has won at least a share of six of the 10 badminton conference titles since the sport was sanctioned by the CCCAA in 2000. It was the Lancers' first title since sharing the 2005 championship with El Camino College.
Second-year head coach Bill Sanchez pointed to his best player Lun as a big reason why the Lancers were able to celebrate the title with one conference match still remaining.
"Priscilla is the class of the conference this season," Sanchez said. "She's the top singles player and has teamed with Cindy Fu to become the conference's best doubles squad. You need depth to win a title, and we got that with Amy Li and Jean Ma in the lower singles ladder. They scored four big wins v. East LA."
Ma picked up wins over Cindy Zheng, 21-16, 11-21, 23-21, and Jenny Chi, 21-16, 21-6. At No. 5 singles, Li outlasted Zheng, 10-21, 21-18, 21-11, and shuttled past Chi, 21-11, 21-15. Also picking up points for the Lancers were Jessica Chan in a No. 3 singles win over Phan, 21-17, 21-16, and No. 4 Hong Quash over Phan in a marathon match, 21-16, 19-21, 24-22.
PCC qualifies for the April 29 Southern California Regional Championship match to be played against the Orange Empire Conference's first-place team. The match will be hosted by Pasadena.
[Photo--The Lancers' doubles pair of Cindy Fu (middle left) and Priscilla Lun (right) totaled half of the team's points as Pasadena City College clinched the South Coast Conference title with a 12-9 win over visiting East Los Angeles College Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/01/09