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PCC Hosts CCCAA State Badminton Championship Tournament May 13-15

PCC Hosts CCCAA State Badminton Championship Tournament May 13-15 image

Not only will Pasadena City College host the 2010 CCCAA Women's Badminton Championship Tournament May 13-15, but the Lancers cover new territory for their program by being a participant in their first-ever state title match.

PCC became the first South Coast Conference team ever to advance to the state final as the Southern California champions will face North champion City College of San Francisco Thursday. The championship match begins at 3 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

The Lancers (13-1 overall) are led by SCC undefeated singles champion Iris Xu (freshman from China, pictured) and the conference doubles champion duo of Xu and JK Nguyen-Le. CCSF (8-0) is making its third appearance in the state final, including a 16-5 loss to Irvine Valley last year. The Rams also played in the 2006 final, a 17-4 defeat v. San Diego City College that took place at PCC.

Incredibly a member of that '06 team is back for San Francisco in No. 1 player Maggie Choy, who made it all the way to the state individual finals match before losing to a future U.S. Olympian in Irvine Valley's Eva Lee. The Rams other big singles player is Wendy Zhu, a member of the 2009 state finalist team.

San Francisco continues the experience edge over PCC by returning from last season three players who were responsible for all five of the Rams' team championship points. Singles players Rufina Wu and Jody Chan each had two singles wins in last year's final while another sophomore Janice Wong was on the team's lone No. 3 doubles win. CCSF is directed by Co-Head Coaches Fred Glosser and Coni Staff.

While CCSF has more overall experience, PCC brings in a dynamic No. 2 doubles team in Jewy Liang and Anna Tom, a duo that won the heroic and decisive match that clinched PCC's 12-9, SoCal title win over San Diego May 5. Pasadena's bottom ladder includes solid players in Amber Turner and Anne Mosching. 

"We have home court advantage and San Francisco has a veteran squad," PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez said. "The matchups are great for both teams. It should make for an even type match. Our last two wins came down to the final doubles match, so every individual match will be huge. Now, it's all about getting to 11 points before our opponent."

The CCCAA Championships continue Friday and Saturday with the individual singles and doubles tournament. In singles, PCC has three players among the top eight seeds in Xu, Nguyen-Le and Liang. Tom also qualified for the tourney. In doubles, Xu-Nguyen-Le and Liang-Tom are in the upper seedings. Also competing for the Lancers will be the pairing of Hong Quach and Jessica Chan as well as Mosching with Thao Huynh.

Sanchez has rebuilt the Lancers into a powerhouse with a 34-6 record in his three seasons in charge, including back-to-back conference titles.

Release Date: 05/12/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu