News: Liew Emerges To Help Badminton Over ELAC
The Pasadena City College women's badminton team reached its 40th consecutive conference victory on Wednesday by defeating East Los Angeles College, 16-5, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers are showing no signs of slowing down, continuing to find improvement each match.
PCC (5-2, 5-0) is sitting comfortably atop the South Coast Conference while increasing its margin of victory against its top rival ELAC (3-2 overall and in the SCC) by three points from their first encounter (13-8 PCC win). Some of this is thanks to emerging standout freshman Alice Liew.
As Pasadena’s No. 2 player, she struggled in her first match of the event which was against the Huskies’ No. 1 player, Cherry Lai. Liew battled back after losing the opening set, and was able to hold off Lai, winning the match 20-22, 21-15, 21-19. Liew (pictured) then easily defeated East Los Angeles’ No. 2 player Shirley Su, 21-5, 21-12.
Liew later teamed up with fellow freshman Shaghig Avedisian to make Pasadena’s No. 2 pair and collected a win over Su and Suki Kwan, the Huskies’ No. 2 pair, 21-19, 21-8.
“This was her best overall match of the season,” head coach Bill Sanchez said. “She played incredibly well. We’re going to need Alice to step up, especially by the time we reach the postseason.”
“I’ve been playing for 10 years and even trained for the Olympics at one point,” said Liew, who was a top prep player at Mark Keppel High. “But a minor knee injury kept me sidelined, which is why I’ve been rusty the past few weeks. It feels really good to be getting my rhythm back.”
Grace Espinoza, as Pasadena’s No. 3 player, collected four wins of her own after having to retire from a singles match last week due to injury. The now healthy sophomore Espinoza defeated Yuki Tai, 21-11, 21-8, and Suki Kwan, 21-17, 21-9, who were the Huskies’ No. 3 and No. 4 players, respectively. She and No. 1 Lancer Angie Ortiz defeated Su-Kwan, 21-10, 21-15 and Lai-Tai, 21-9, 21-15, in their doubles matches. The defending CCCAA state champion Ortiz received one of her first true battles of the season as Lai pushed her to three sets before Ortiz prevailed, 18-21, 21-13, 21-18.
Lancer No. 6 freshman Alejandra Palacios struggled against ELAC’s No. 5 Chuyan Lao and lost in three sets, 21-14, 16-21, 21-17, but later swept past Huskies No. 6 player Siquiong Pei, 21-9, 21-14. Avedisian, Lancer No. 4, and PCC No. 5 Alyssa Boyt each split their singles matches as well. In No. 3 doubles, Boyt-Palacios won over Lao and Rose Cheung, 21-16, 21-15.
PCC will try to keep its SCC streak alive when it travels to El Camino College-Compton Center to take on the Tartars on Friday at 2 p.m.
Release by Sara Medina, PCC sports information assistant
Release Date: 03/28/2013