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Badminton Stretches Win Streak To 4 Matches, Lead SCC
Pasadena City College women's badminton head coach Bill Sanchez likes what he is seeing from his defending South Coast Conference champion Lancers. The 2010 squad could very well be in on its way to the program's second straight title following a 19-2 rout over East Los Angeles College Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers are 4-1 in the SCC and are on a 4-match win streak. In the 4-team conference, PCC has soundly beaten its three opponents, including downing El Camino, 20-1, March 12, and blanking ECC Compton Center, 21-0, March 10. PCC's only loss was due to having only three players eligible for the team's first match, an 11-10 loss to El Camino.
Pasadena improved to 2-0 v. ELAC with Iris Xu topping the team's singles ladder. Xu scored wins over Ruth Wei, 21-13, 21-11, and Lisa Vittayarukskul, 21-11, 21-10. PCC's Nos. 3-through-6 players all recorded two wins behind No. 3 Anna Tom, No. 4 Jessica Chan, No. 5 Hong Quach, and No. 6 Anne Mosching. The team's No. 2 player Jessica Nguyen-Le split her matches in singles, including an exciting 21-11, 17-21, 21-19 win over Vittayarukskul.
The Lancers swept the five doubles matches with Xu and Amber Turner teaming in the No. 1 pair and Nguyen and Tom at No. 2. Nguyen-Tom came back to beat ELAC's No. 1 Wei-Vittayarukskul, 16-21, 21-19, 21-17. The No. 3 duo of Mosching and Thoa Huynh won its lone doubles match.
Sanchez singled out Tom, a freshman from Alhambra High, for her performance as she was playing without her regular doubles partner Jewy Liang, who missed because she had to take an exam for an academic class.
"Everyone played well, but Tom did a great job adjusting to playing with Nguyen-Le, someone she had never even practiced together with in doubles," Sanchez said. "Mosching has been a strength in the lower ladder for us."
Sanchez feels he may have the best player in the region in Xu, a freshman from China, who is 10-0 in singles play after five matches. Mosching, a first-year college player from Switzerland, is 9-0 in her singles matches.
PCC goes for five straight wins when it travels to ECC Compton Center to face the Tartars in a 2 p.m. conference match.
[Photo--Top singles player Iris Xu in action during PCC's 19-2 win over East Los Angeles at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/18/10