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PCC Badminton Hosts SoCal Regional Title Match v. SDCC Wednesday, May 5
The Pasadena City College women's badminton team is looking for its first Southern California Regional championship when it hosts San Diego City College Wednesday, May 5 in the SoCal team title match. Singles competition begins at 3 p.m. at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The regional title contest is always a matchup of the champions from the South Coast Conference (PCC) and Orange Empire Conference (San Diego). The Knights bring an 8-0 overall/conference record into the match.
The Lancers improved to 12-1 overall and extended their winning streak to 12 matches this season in defeating De Anza, 12-9, in a non-conference match held April 30 at PCC.
Against De Anza, a team from the Northern California region, PCC met up with its most competitive opponent of the season. Playing without their No. 1 player Iris Xu (from China), the Lancers put Jewy Liang in the No. 1 slot and she suffered a pair of marathon defeats, 12-21, 21-18, 22-20, to Praadnya Shah and 12-21, 21-19, 21-19 against De Anza No. 2 Olga Leykova. In each case, Liang won the first game before getting tripped up.
The 3-hour overall contest came down to a No. 2 doubles match between the Lancers' combo of JK Nguyen-Le and Jessica Chan against Diem Pham and Christy Hamilton. PCC led 10-9 in points going into the match and secured the team triumph with Nguyen-Le-Chan rallying from a 1-0 game deficit to win 17-21, 21-10, 21-17.
PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez felt the key to the match was PCC's lower ladder as No. 4 singles player Amber Turner and No. 6 player Anne Mosching (pictured) each delivered a pair of match wins. Turner went the distance to beat Pham, 19-21, 21-18, 21-18, and Carol Liu, 21-16, 11-21, 21-17, while Mosching downed Hamilton, 21-18, 21-12, and outlasted Shannon Chang, 21-16, 18-21, 21-3.
Nguyen-Le and Anna Tom also recorded one singles victory each, and the doubles squads of Liang-Tom and Mosching-Turner each captured a match victory.
Sanchez understands the historic significance of the upcoming SoCal title match.
"We've never gotten into the state team final, so if we can pull this off, it would be extra special because we are hosting the state championships," Sanchez said. "It's nice to have home court advantage. The De Anza match was a great tune-up for us."
PCC is 0-4 in SoCal title matches, losing in 2000, 2001, 2004 and last year, 19-2, against eventual state champion Irvine Valley College.
PCC will be the host of the 2010 CCCAA Championships May 13-15.
Release Date: 05/04/10