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Women's Badminton Continues To Dominate SCC, 4-0
In the last three South Coast Conference matches, Pasadena City College women's badminton head coach Bill Sanchez created a B squad with the impressive depth of his 2011 team. That B squad wiped out El Camino College-Compton Center, 21-0, on Mar. 4.
Sanchez then inserted just one of his "Big 3" back into the lineup at El Camino College (Torrance) in a 20-1 triumph on Mar. 9. On Friday, the Big 3 of Priscilla Lun, Iris Xu, and JK Nguyen-Le returned to their usual respective Nos. 1, 2 and 3 ladder positions. The result was bad news for East Los Angeles in the Lancers' 20-1 rout at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The defending SoCal champion Lancers are 4-0 to lead the conference.
"Doesn't seem to matter if we play the regular starters or our B team," Sanchez said. "Our team is playing at a high level right now. The big factor for us is that we create some of healthy competition by having players battle to make it into our lower ladder. You never can have a set lineup late in the season. Injuries and even academic class time can prevent some of our players from playing in certain matches. The key is to see if we can peak at playoff time."
In the ELAC victory, Lun cruised to singles wins over Huskies' No. 1 Ruth Wei, 21-0, 21-1, and No. 2 Lisa Vittayarukskul, 21-5, 21-4. Xu beat the same pair, 21-5, 21-5, over Wei, and 21-7, 21-6 over Vittayarukskul. Nguyen-Le had a tougher time in her matches as she defeated No. 3 Khahn Dinh, 21-16, 23-21, and No. 4. Leanna Xu, 22-20, 20-8. The doubles pairs of Lun and Jewy Liang and Xu-Nguyen-Le each won two matches. In No. 5 singles, Pasadena's Ellen Yu won an exciting match over Dina Su, 21-18, 22-20.
During the El Camino victory, Lun, Yu, Clara Chang, Amy Ly, and Nina Sangalang all recorded two singles wins. The Warriors No. 5 player Karen Hung provided the stiffest competition in winning her team's only point over Lena Tsai, 21-23, 21-19, 21-16, and losing to PCC's No. 6 Sangalang, 21-6, 12-21, 21-10.
Against Compton, Sophomore Thoa Huynh (pictured) got to play Pasadena No. 1 singles and didn't disappoint in winning 21-8, 21-7 over Katya Marques and 21-4, 21-0 over Emily Aguilar. Ly also scored two wins as did Chang, and Sangalang. Gina Ngo and Tsai had one win each. In doubles, Huynh-Tsai were tested by Compton's Marques and Stephanie Ramos, but prevailed, 21-11, 18-21, 21-8. Huynh-Tsai and Yu-Chang finished with a pair of doubles triumphs each.
Release Date: 03/12/11