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North Trip: Badminton Edged By DeAnza, Soundly Beats CCSF

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The Pasadena City College women's badminton team saw its 12-match win streak ended by host De Anza College, 11-10, but bounced back with a 15-6 victory at City College of San Francisco in a pair of non-conference matches against San Francisco opponents held April 22-23

The three-time, South Coast Conference champion Lancers went three hours and 10 minutes in a tight, yet exciting loss against De Anza. PCC (13-1 overall) played the Dons following the long drive up the coast, and it was a difference.

"We didn't play very well that match," said PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez. "We came off the bus a little groggy, and the players didn't have the type of spark they have shown. What is interesting is that we thought San Francisco would be the harder match, and instead we powered through that one the next day."

Against De Anza, sophomore Jewy Liang and freshman Clara Chang were the only two Lancers to win two singles matches. With De Anza leading 9-8 going into the final two doubles matches, PCC's JK Nguyen-Le and Thoa Huynh won their No. 2 matchup, 21-9, 21-16. However, De Anza put the Lancers in the team loss column for the first time since last year's state title match v. San Francisco as the PCC No. 1 pair of Ellen Yu and Liang fell to De Anza's duo of Praadnya Shah and Olga Lukova, 21-14, 21-19.

Against CCSF, in a rematch of the Rams' 11-10 win over the Lancers in the 2010 CCCAA Finals, Pasadena exacted some revenge with the 15-point triumph. Nguyen-Le, Liang, and Yu all posted two singles wins while Nguyen-Le-Huynh and Yu-Liang went a combined 4-0 in doubles matches.

In doubles, Nguyen-Le-Huynh went the distance twice in rallying from 1-0 deficits, beating Yupar Khin and Mei Wong, 19-21, 21-14, 21-18, and defeating Dery Rosaliny and Christine Soriano, 19-21, 21-8, 21-8. Yu-Liang also were stretched to three sets v. Rosaliny-Soriano, winning 21-18, 12-21, 21-18.

"Jewy played her best badminton of the season here in San Francisco," Sanchez said. "I think the big thing for us was to play a couple of strong teams in order to prepare us for what will be a difficult Southern California final."

The Lancers likely will play at Irvine Valley College, leading the Orange Empire Conference standings, in the region final Wednesday, May 4. PCC won its first-ever regional championship last year v. San Diego City College.

LUN, NGUYEN-LE CHAMPIONS AT SAN DIEGO MESA TOURNAMENT

At the 5-team, San Diego Mesa Tournament played April 15, it was a Lancers sweep in the finals of both the individual and doubles competition. Priscilla Lun won the tourney singles title, defeating teammate Nguyen-Le in the finals, 21-9, 21-7.

Lun and Nguyen-Le teamed up to capture the SDM doubles championship.

[Photo--Jewy Liang in action during a 15-6 win over host CCSF, image courtesy of Chris de la Torre.]

Release Date: 04/25/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu