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San Diego City Ends Perfect Season For PCC Badminton

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The all-freshmen Pasadena City College badminton team won just one of five matches that went the extra third set, setting the tone for San Diego City College's 16-5 victory over the Lancers in the Southern California Championship final held Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

PCC saw its perfect season come to an end at 13-1 and ace player Angie Ortiz's 44-match undefeated streak snapped. Ortiz, who was still responsible for three of PCC's points, fell against SDCC's No. 1 player LanAnh Nguyen, 17-21, 21-15, 21-17. With that match still in play, the Knights had already clinched the SoCal title in the final round of singles.

Ortiz and doubles partner Cynthia Gutierrez swept San Diego's No. 2 team of Loise Zosa-Cynthia Wong, 21-15, 21-12, early in the first round of doubles that gave the South Coast Conference champion Lancers a brief 4-4 tie with the undefeated, Orange Empire Conference champion Knights.

San Diego (9-0) led 7-4 going into the second round of singles, then won the top three tier matchups in encounters that all went three sets. Besides Ortiz's rare defeat, Gutierrez dropped her No. 2 matchup v. Tammy Vu, 12-21, 21-8, 21-17. In No. 3 singles, Grace Espinoza battled to a third set before losing to Zosa, 21-11, 19-21, 21-9. Before the round was done, PCC's fate was sealed, down 11-5. All three of the Knights' top three players are sophomores.

PCC's other singles points came from No. 4 Kiwi Liang, a 21-17, 21-11 triumph over Wong, and No. 5 Gaby Anjani, who swept SDCC's No. 6 Vicky Lor, 21-18, 21-15.

"The final team score was not indicative of the way we played," said PCC Head Coach Bill Sanchez. "We had so many close matches, but San Diego's experience became a big factor. We went down fighting, especially Grace, who battled in every one of her matches. Angie and Cynthia matched up well against San Diego's top two players, but were not used to having to go three sets. It was a great team season and a key learning experience for our players to bring into next year."

The Lancers, who have won each of the last four conference titles, expect to return most of the starting ladder in 2013.

San Diego will host City College of San Francisco for the CCCAA State title on Thursday, May 10. PCC's individual players continue play with the SCC Individual Tournament on May 4 at Manhattan Beach Badminton Club and at the CCCAA State Individual Championships May 11-12 at San Diego City College.

Southern California Championship Box Score

San Diego City College 16, Pasadena City College 5

Records: SD City 9-0; Pasadena City 13-1

 Pasadena players listed first; singles match wins worth 1 point, doubles match wins worth 2 points except for No. 3 doubles at 1 point

SINGLES—Angie Ortiz (P1) lost to LanAnh Nguyen, 17-21, 21-15, 21-17; def. Tammy Vu, 12-21, 21-15, 21-15; Cynthia Gutierrez (P2) lost to Nguyen, 18-21, 21-12, 21-15; lost to Vu, 12-21, 21-8, 21-17; Grace Espinoza (P3) lost to Loise Zosa, 21-11, 19-21, 21-9; lost to Cynthia Wong, 21-17, 21-18; Kiwi Liang (P4) lost to Zosa, 21-9, 21-7; def. Wong, 21-17, 21-11; Gaby Anjani (P5) lost to Lena Van, 21-12, 21-14; def. Vicky Lor, 21-18, 21-15; Alyssa Bolt (P6) lost to Van, 21-14, 21-12; lost to Lor, 21-16, 21-19

DOUBLES—Ortiz-Gutierrez (P1) lost to Nguyen-Vu,  22-20, 20-11; def. Zosa-Wong, 21-15, 21-12; Espinoza-Liang (P2) lost to Nguyen-Vu, 21-6, 21-17; lost to Zosa-Wong, 21-19, 21-16; Boyt-Anjani (P3) lost to Van-Lor, 21-19, 21-15.

Game Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

[Photo--Angie Ortiz goes after a shot during PCC's 16-5 loss Wednesday in the SoCal title match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 05/03/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu