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Badminton's Jewy Liang Wins 2nd Straight CCCAA Consolation Singles Crown
Sophomore Jewy Liang was never a designated No. 1 singles player in her time at Pasadena City College, but she made her mark twice in two years at the CCCAA State Individual Championships. Liang captured her second straight consolation bracket singles crown, accomplishing the feat Saturday at City College of San Francisco.
Liang defeated East Los Angeles College's Lisa Vittayarukskul in the consolation finals, 21-4, 21-15. In the semifinals, she battled back from a set down to beat CCSF's Chloe Chung, 19-21, 21-13, 21-17.
Liang played her two seasons in the shadow of more heralded players such as Iris Xu, Priscilla Lun, and JK Nguyen-Le. However, Liang was perhaps the team's most clutch player. It was her winning point to clinch a three-set doubles match win (with teammate Anna Tom) that allowed the Lancers to capture the 2010 Southern California championship. This season, Liang stepped up by winning the South Coast Conference championship singles crown.
"Jewy deserves her place in badminton history here," said PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez. "She worked hard, and improved from her freshman season. We built our team to try to win the state team championship. We didn't focus on the individuals. Jewy was the one player who thrives well in a tournament format."
On the team's 13-2 season and third straight conference team title, he said, "We've come a long way in the past few years. We came about as close to winning two state titles as you can get, but a point here, and a point there knocked us out in last year's state final and this year's SoCal final (both 11-10 losses). The injury to Xu was the biggest factor that hurt us this year. Overall, we've become a program that will and can compete every season for the big prize."
Sanchez's teams are 47-9 in dual competition during his four seasons at PCC.
Release Date: 05/16/11