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Conference Race Is All PCC Badminton
21-0. 21-0. 21-0. Those scores don't just speak domination, they speak complete competitive control over opponents. The fact that the Pasadena City College women's badminton team turned the trick in a one week span against all three of their South Coast Conference foes shows just how much the Lancers have taken a stranglehold on first place.
The Lancers completed the trifecta Friday in a 21-0 rout over host East Los Angeles, extending PCC's winning streak to seven matches and upping the team's record to 7-1. Pasadena is 3-0 v. the Huskies this season, improving in each match after winning by scores of 17-4 and 19-2 in the previous meetings.
PCC's No. 1 singles player Iris Xu and No. 6 Anne Mosching continued their undefeated play this season with a pair of match wins. The other four Lancers, No. 2 Jewy Liang, No. 3 Jessica Nguyen-Le, No. 4 Anna Tom, and No. 5 Thoa Huynh, also recorded two wins each.
Lancers Head Coach Bill Sanchez was pleased with the consistent play of his singles players, but was impressed by another player in doubles.
"Player of the day was without question freshman Amber Turner," Sanchez said. "Teaming up with Iris Xu in doubles, Amber was the most focused I have ever seen her and she played a near perfect match with both spectacular offensive and defensive shot making. It was her best tactical match of the season."
Xu-Turner scored wins over ELAC's top two doubles pairings. They beat Ruth Wei-Lisa Vittayarukskul, 21-14, 21-14, and Maria Delgado-Christina Flores, 21-10, 21-9. Turner (pictured) is from Pasadena High. Liang-Tom also won a pair of doubles for PCC, and the No. 3 duo of Nguyen-Le and Jessica Chan also won its lone match.
Tom was the only Lancer to lose even a single set as she needed three to defeat ELAC's No. 3 Summer Jiang, 21-17, 16-21, 21-12.
"We put together the perfect match, not by the score, but the way won," Sanchez said. "We're playing focused badminton. The ladies simply refuse to lose."
PCC also blanked El Camino (Mar. 24) and El Camino College-Compton Center (Mar. 19) prior to the ELAC contest.
PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium is once again the home for the 2010 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship Tournament to be held May 13-15.
Release Date: 03/26/10