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Badminton Extends Win Streak To 9 Matches
On April Fool's Day, Pasadena City College women's badminton coach Bill Sanchez promised he wasn't playing a joke when he sent out a skeleton crew minus his top two singles players against El Camino College Compton Center. The host Lancers didn't miss a beat as Amber Turner, Thoa Huynh, Anne Mosching and Nancy Ta went 8-0 in singles matches and 4-0 in doubles play to post a 16-5 victory.
Sanchez knew his team was playing on consecutive days at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium and had to jockey his roster to work around the student-athletes class loads nearing the Easter weekend. On Friday, Sanchez sent out the usual suspects, including No. 1 player Iris Xu, as PCC posted a 21-0 whitewash over El Camino College (Torrance campus).
Xu dominated in singles wins over Siu Siu, 21-7, 21-3, and Mai Tran, 21-7, 21-3. Turner continued her impressive play, moving into the No. 3 slot a day after playing the top spot v. ECC Compton. Turner beat Angie Hoang, 21-15, 21-15, and Tanille Barnes, 21-9, 21-9. In doubles Xu-Turner blew past Siu and Maryam Ilkhani, 21-4, 21-4, and Hoang-Tran, 21-9, 21-3.
The Lancers (9-1 overall) are on their way to their second consecutive South Coast Conference title while stretching their winning streak to nine matches.
Both Xu and Mosching are undefeated this season in singles play. Mosching recorded a 21-6, 21-4 win over Ilkhani. In No. 2 singles, Jessica Nguyen-Le beat Siu, 21-4, 21-16, and posted a 21-5, 21-0 triumph over Tran. PCC's No. 4 Huynh had to go extra points to beat Hoang, 23-21, 21-11, and downed Barnes, 21-8, 21-14. Melody Gunardi rounded out the wins with 21-16, 21-9 win over Ilkahni in No. 6 singles. In doubles, Mosching-Nguyen-Le won both their matches.
In the Compton win, Sanchez singled out the play of sophomore Ta (pictured), who played No. 5 singles, as she won 21-9, 21-9 over Regina Slaughter and 21-10, 21-15 over Alexis Pacheco. She then teamed with Turner to register 21-7, 21-14 and 21-7, 21-7 victories in No. 2 doubles.
"Every match, we seem to have a different player step up and play some of their best badminton ever," Sanchez said. "That's how you develop a great team. Ta was outstanding in the Compton match. We have a deep squad and we've proven that our lower ladder players completely complement the upper side. We're preparing our team for the playoffs, which means we're going to have competitive practices to see who will crack our top 6 ladder. The best part of our team is we're having tremendous fun and the players are enjoying our success."
PCC next hosts ECC Compton again on Friday, April 9 in a 2 p.m. match. The Lancers have two matches left in conference play, but have added a few non-conference opponents to prepare for postseason play.
Release Date: 04/03/10