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Badminton Doubles Up On El Camino

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Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks once said of his enjoyment of playing sports, "It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!"  The Pasadena City College women's badminton team did just that Wednesday in playing back-to-back, South Coast Conference matches at El Camino College.

The Lancers were playing a regularly scheduled match and making up a postponement of an originally slated Feb. 25 tilt with the host Warriors. The now three-time, SCC champion Lancers extended their undefeated season at 11-0 with an 18-3 win in the first match and a 12-5 victory in the second match.

The second match was played until a squad had reached the required 11 team points by mutual agreement of the two head coaches.

PCC brought just five available players to the doubleheader, but the team's talent prevailed in both triumphs over the six-player, El Camino group.

In the opening match, PCC swept all eight singles and four doubles matchups, forfeiting the remaining three duals for ECC's points. At No. 1 singles, Lancer team captain JK Nguyen-Le downed Kumiko Noguchi, 21-6, 21-6, and Tanille Barnes, 21-8, 21-9. Nguyen-Le teamed with Amy Ly in No. 2 doubles for wins of 21-14, 21-13 over Noguchi-Barnes and 21-5, 21-10 over Yukino Noro and Karen Hung.

Clara Chang posted two singles wins and teamed with Thoa Huynh in No. 1 doubles for victories of 21-13, 21-14, over Noguchi-Barnes and 21-5, 21-2, over Noro-Hung. Huynh, Ly, and Nina Sangalang each had a pair of straight set singles match wins.

In the second match, El Camino improved its play against the Lancers. The sophomore Ly (pictured) needed three sets to beat Noguchi in No. 1 singles, 21-8, 16-21, 21-8. She teamed with Chang to beat Noguchi-Noro in doubles, 21-14, 21-13. Huynh, Nguyen-Le, and Chang again picked up a pair of singles wins each while Nguyen-Le and Sangalang whipped Barnes and Qian Cai, 21-18, 21-5.

Sangalang was the hard-luck loser in singles matches against Noro, 15-21, 21-19, 21-19, and Cai, 21-9, 14-21, 21-10.

The two overall matches were played in a combined two hours, 35 minutes.

"Due to class exams, we were one short the regulation six in traveling to El Camino," said PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez. "Turns out that the five we brought were really able to get in some quality play time. Playing four singles matches each shows stamina. Ly and Chang played seven matches each (three doubles). That's a long day. The big thing is we didn't show fatigue and we controlled the two matches."

PCC will try to close out an undefeated conference season Friday, April 8 in a 2 p.m. match against East Los Angeles College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Release Date: 04/07/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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