Badminton's Lower Ladder Improves In Compton Win
The Pasadena City College women's badminton maybe looking to the future with freshmen Serena Yan, Sophia Njomin, and Grace Park. The international trio were looking strong Wednesday during th Lancers' 20-1, South Coast Conference victory over visiting El Camino College-Compton Center.
Yan, from China, swept her singles from the No. 4 ladder spot, beating Compton's Marlene Monzon, 23-21, 21-12, and dwoning Michelle Naranjo, 21-15, 21-15. In the No. 5 singles, Njomin, from Indonesia, went the distance to defeat Trina Armstrong, 21-16, 19-21, 21-18, and beat Aileen Gonzalez, 21-18, 21-14.
Park, playing at No. 6 and from South Korea, overcame a loss to Armstrong, 22-24, 25-15, 21-10, to win over Gonzalez, 21-16, 21-15. In No. 3 doubles, Yan-Njomin teamed to beat Armstrong-Gonzalez, 21-16, 21-16.
Lancer No. 1 player Angie Ortiz, No. 2 Alice Liew, and No. 3 Alyssa Boyt all handily swept their Tartars' opponents in two matches each. Ortiz teamed with Alejandra Palacios in No. 1 doubles to win two matches and Liew-Boyt played as No. 2 doubles and picked up a pair of wins.
PCC (8-4 overall, 8-2 in conference) is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Compton Friday, April 26 to close out the dual conference portion of the schedule. The Lancers will likely tie for the SCC title, their fifth straight championship.
[Photo--Lancer Serena Yan gets ready to defend a shot during Wednesday's win over Compton at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]