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PCC Badminton Dominates South Coast Individual Championships

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Undefeated as a team in league play in winning the South Coast Conference title for the third straight season, the Pasadena City College women's badminton team figured to have its way at the SCC Individual Championships held Friday, May 6 at the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club.

That's exactly how things went for the Lancers, who have overcome their heartbreaking loss to Irvine Valley in the Southern California team championship final May 4. 

PCC's day ended with accolades going to SCC Singles champion Jewy Liang, SCC Doubles champion won by the Lancer duo of JK Nguyen-Le and Amy Ly, SCC Player of the Year awarded to sophomore team captain Nguyen-Le (pictured), and once again SCC Coach of the Year honors bestowed upon Pasadena head coach Bill Sanchez.

Liang defeated teammate Nguyen-Le in the individual finals, 21-17.

"Jewy played flawlessly throughout the tournament," Sanchez said. "JK teamed up with Amy for the first time in doubles this year, and they didn't let the lack of experience together affect them at all."

Nguyen-Le was the "right choice" for overall conference player of the year, according to Sanchez, who also had talented players like Iris Xu (injured) and Priscilla Lun (prior commitment did not allow her to participate at SCC championships) on the roster.

"JK is by far the most versatile, competitive, and disciplined player in the conference. No one is even close to her dedication and desire to perform. She played her heart out all year, and was a major reason we won the SoCal title last year and stayed undefeated during the conference season this year."

Qualifying in singles from the Lancers for this week's CCCAA State Individual Championships at City College of San Francisco May 13-14 are top seed Liang, No. 2 Nguyen-Le, No. 4 Ellen Yu, No. 6 Ly, No. 7 Thoa Huynh, and No. 8 Clara Chang. In doubles, Nguyen-Le-Ly are No. 1, followed by Liang-Yu at No. 2, and Huynh-Chang at No. 5.

Release Date: 05/09/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu