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Badminton Runs SCC Win Streak To 25 Matches

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The Pasadena City College badminton team ran its South Coast Conference winning streak to 25 matches by blanking host El Camino College-Compton Center, 21-0, Friday.

The Lancers, champions of the SCC in each of the last three seasons, haven't lost a conference match since the first match of the 2010 season. That contest, an 11-10 loss at El Camino (Torrance campus) more than two years ago, was one in which PCC won every match played that day. Because the team had only three players available due to pre-season eligibility paperwork issues, it won six singles and two doubles, and then forfeited the other matches that gave ECC the winning margin.

If you take away that bizarre defeat, you have to go back to a 2009 season-opening loss to East Los Angeles (15-6) for the last time PCC lost a full-squad conference match.

Against Compton, PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez added two new players to the singles ladder in Linda Li and Channa Kim plus a new doubles player in Kim Huffman. No. 1 player Angie Ortiz, No. 2 Grace Espinoza, No. 3 Gabby Anjani, No. 4 Alyssa Bolt, Li, and Kim all swept their two singles matches while No. 1 doubles Boyt-Anjani and No. 2 Ortiz-Li swept their pair of matches. Huffman (Glendale High) played with Espinoza at No. 3 doubles and that duo swept Compton's Andrea Reyes-Nicole Mathews, 21-6, 21-8.

Ortiz only gave 17 points combined in sweeping both Compton No. 1 Emely Aguilar (21-5, 21-7) and No. 2 Ariana Ordiano (21-3, 21-2). To the Tartars' credit, the team was able to fill all six ladder spots after a few seasons of having trouble fielding a complete ladder for matches.

"Judging by the scores of the sets, you can tell that our squad stayed focused against Compton," said PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez. "Sometimes you can underestimate your opponent, and that can lead to inconsistent or erratic play. We've seen two of our three SCC opponents, so we're feeling pretty good about ourselves. The win streak is a by-product of strong team-first attitude over the last few years."

On Wednesday, Mar. 21, the Lancers will travel to face El Camino College (Torrance) in a 3 p.m. SCC tilt.

[Photo--PCC freshman Grace Espinoza (Azusa High) makes a shot in a recent match, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/18/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu