News: PCC Badminton Clinches Tie For 5th Straight SCC Crown
After having its streak of 41 conference victories snapped by East Los Angeles College on April 10, the Pasadena City College women’s badminton team was looking to not only avenge the loss but also clinch the South Coast Conference title outright when it faced the Huskies again in Monterey Park on Friday. But ELAC had different plans as it kept it close throughout the entire event and eventually edged the Lancers again in a heartbreaker, 11-10.
“We battled pretty well,” said PCC head coach Bill Sanchez. “But we’ll regroup and crank it back up again.”
The Lancers (7-4, 7-2) and ELAC (9-2 overall and in the SCC) figure to share the title as both teams are expected to win the remainder of the season’s matches, giving them both 10-2 conference records. Despite the second straight loss to East LA, PCC will pick up its fifth straight conference championship.
After the first round of singles matches, the Huskies and the Lancers were tied up 3-3 and after the first round of doubles matches, it was still close with the Lancers leading 9-7 and coming closer to a victory. Unfortunately, PCC couldn’t hold on as they lost one out of the two final doubles matches needed to clinch the match.
“We were so close. We just needed one more point,” said PCC No. 1 player Angie Ortiz. “We’re always prepared but it stung a little more because they snapped our streak last time and today they beat us by just one point. It’s frustrating but we’re going to continue to focus and play hard in the remainder of our games.”
Ortiz defeated ELAC’s No. 1 Cherry Lai and No. 2 Shirley Su, 21-15, 21-11, and 21-9, 21-6, respectively, while PCC No. 2 Alice Liew split her matches. Liew lost to Lai, 21-15, 21-10, but downed Su, 21-14, 21-7.
As the Lancers’ No. 1 pair, Ortiz-Liew handled Lai and Yuki Tai (21-11, 21-17) as well as Su and Suki Kwan (21-11, 21-6).
PCC sophomore and No. 3 player Alyssa Boyt lost a tough one against No. 4 Kwan after winning the first set, 12-21-19, 21-19.
Meanwhile, freshman No. 4 Shaghig Avedisian continued to show improvement by defeating Tai and Kwan by identical scores of 21-5, 21-11.
The Lancers will face El Camino College-Compton-Center on Wednesday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. They will have to make up two more matches against the Tartars at dates and times to be determined. Compton is in last place in the SCC.
Release written by Sara Medina, sports information assistant
Release Date: 04/19/2013