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Badminton Stays Undefeated, Clinches SCC Crown

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With 75 percent of the South Coast Conference season completed, the Pasadena City College women's badminton team mathematically clinched its third consecutive SCC team title. The Lancers are undefeated at 9-0 after trouncing host East Los Angeles, 19-2, March 30 and defeating a skeleton El Camino College-Compton Center squad, 21-0, Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez liked the intensity his team displayed against second-place East LA.

"The Huskies really improved from the last few times we faced them," he said. "Our competitiveness seemed to come through in a few of the closer matches. To win all four matches that went three sets is the type of badminton we will need to perform like in the playoffs. Anytime you go three sets, it's a 50-50 chance which way it will go."

In the ELAC match, PCC's No. 5 player Ellen Xu fell behind against Diana Su, but rallied to win, 20-22, 21-15, 21-15. Against No. 6 Huskie Diana Kwok, Xu went the distance again, 21-10, 14-21, 21-13 for the win. Lancer No. 6 player Clara Chang also trailed Su before winning 19-21, 21-17, 21-9. In No. 3 doubles, Chang and Thoa Huynh escaped with an exciting finish over Su-Kwok, 21-15, 18-21, 22-20.

At the top of the ladder, PCC's Priscilla Lun gave up just 19 total points in straight set wins over ELAC's best players Ruth Wei and Lisa Vittayarukskul. Lancer No. 2 Iris Xu had a far tougher time in beating Wei, 22-20, 21-7, and Vittayarukskul, 21-14, 21-17. In doubles, Xu and JK Nguyen Le recorded two match victories as did the team of Lun and Ellen Xu. Nguyen-Le also had two singles wins.

Against Compton, the Lancers might have thought it was an April Fool's prank, but indeed the Tartars brought just three players to their match. It resulted in only eight total matches being played with the other nine matches resulting in automatic forfeits to PCC. The Lancers' trio of Amy Ly, Nina Sangalang, and Gina Ngo each recorded a pair of singles victories in two sets each.

In doubles, Chang and Huynh won their match while Ngo-Sangalang went three sets to beat Gladys Sales and Katya Marques, 21-19, 11-21, 21-14.

PCC next plays at El Camino College (Torrance) Wednesday, April 6 in a 3 p.m. road match.

[Photo--PCC's doubles team of Thoa Huynh (back) and Clara Chang (front) were in action during the Lancers' home win over ECC Compton Center Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/02/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu