News: North Trip Is Reminder That Badminton Has Way To Go
To get his Pasadena City College women's badminton team "battle-tested," head coach Bill Sanchez took his Lancers to Northern California this past weekend. The results were disappointing with a pair of dual match losses, and an indicator to Sanchez that PCC will have to practice hard to improve.
"The trip didn't go as planned especially after we had done so well in individuals at the Grossmont Tournament," Sanchez said. "The doubles teams need to learn how to play with each other. The singles are going to have to step it up if we want to be competing for the state title in May. We have a lot of work to do, and if that's what we took away from this trip, then it was worth the travel."
PCC lost to De Anza, 17-4, after a long shuttle bus ride on Friday, then were blown out by City College of San Francisco, 20-1, on Saturday. In that match, PCC's returning state singles champion Angie Ortiz won the team's lone point in a 23-21, 19-21, 21-19 win over Rams' No. 2 player Donna Tran. Ortiz lost in a rematch of the 2012 CCCAA state singles final to CCSF's No. 1 Evonne Zhang, 21-15, 19-21, 21-17.
It was the first time in Sanchez's six-year tenure as head coach of the program the Lancers lost two straight matches and the first time since 2007 that it occurred to a PCC team.
Pasadena (0-2 overall) begins defense of its four consecutive South Coast Conference titles on Wednesday, March 13 when it goes on the road to face El Camino College. The Lancers put a 35-match conference winning streak on the line going back to 2010. The Warriors were the last team to defeat PCC in conference, 11-10, on March 3 of that year. The match is also remembered for the fact the Lancers had only three players, won all eight of the eligible matches played, and still lost the team match because it had to forfeit the rest of the unplayed matches.
The program's last legitimate team loss in SCC play occurred on Feb. 27, 2009 in the conference opener that season against East Los Angeles College, 15-6. Sanchez's teams are 51-5 (.911 win percentage) in conference play since the coach took over the program in 2008.
Against De Anza, Ortiz downed the Dons' No. 1 player Katherine Ja, 21-13, 21-19, but was beaten by No. 2 Pinky Li, 21-18, 21-17. Lancers' No. 5 player and sophomore Alyssa Boyt (pictured) scored a 21-15, 21-14 triumph over De Anza No. 6 Nancy Huynh while No. 6 Lancer freshman Alejandra Palacios rallied to beat Huynh, 11-21, 21-15, 22-20. In No. 3 doubles, Boyt and Palacios downed Huynh and Phoebe Wong, 21-13, 21-14, for PCC's other team point.
The No. 1 Lancers' doubles team of Ortiz and freshman Alice Liew went the distance in losing both of its matches. They fell v. No. 1 Ja and her sister Christina Ja, 21-13, 9-21, 21-16, and were beaten by the No. 2 unit of Li and Jessica Dinh, 15-21, 25-23, 22-20. The Ortiz-Liew combo also suffered a 3-set loss at San Francisco, 14-21, 21-18, 21-11 v. the Rams' No. 2 squad of Queen Pabellan and Nancy Mei.
Release Date: 03/11/2013