News: ELAC Proves It's Still A Thorn In Badminton's Side
After getting off to a good start with two commanding wins to open South Coast Conference play, Pasadena City College’s women’s badminton team traveled to Monterey Park on Wednesday to take on its old foe, East Los Angeles College. The balance of power appears to be shifting ELAC’s way as the Lancers lost to the Huskies for the third straight time going back to last season, 14-7.
PCC was riding high in 2013 when on April 10 ELAC snapped PCC’s impressive 41-game conference winning streak at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Then nine days later, the Lancers lost to the Huskies again, this time in a close 11-10 heart-breaker that allowed ELAC a share of the SCC title with PCC.
At East LA (now 3-0), the Lancers (2-1) showed plenty of promise with a youthful lineup where five of the top six ladder players were freshmen. Seven of the game’s 21 matches played were stretched to a third set.
One of the more exciting matches of the day was the final one. The Huskies had already clinched the victory, but the doubles match between No. 1 PCC pair Carmina Ortiz-Chloe Ding and No. 1 ELAC pair Khanh Dinh-Florencia Wong showed that neither team was letting up. Ortiz and Ding lost the first set by a close 21-19 score, then recovered nicely with a 21-12 win. In the third set, which saw Ortiz diving for the birdie left and right, the Lancers pulled off the 21-18 victory to take the marathon match.
Freshman Preline Bonifacio, Pasadena’s No. 3 player, recorded the day’s first win by defeating ELAC’s No. 4 player sophomore Chumeng Cheng, 21-6, 21-13. Sophomore No. 4 Alejandra Palacios recorded the sixth win for the Lancers, also defeating Cheng 21-6, 24-22.
Freshmen twins Yingwen and Yinghong Lin played well, each winning a singles match against freshman No. 6 Hanyu Hou. Yingwen (No. 5 for PCC) defeated Hou 21-11, 21-11 while Yinghong (No. 6) rallied from a set down to beat Hou, 17-21, 21-8, 21-15.As the No. 3 pair, the Lin twins also won their only doubles match of the day, beating No. 3 pair Cheng-Hou 21-10, 21-16.
"Right now, East LA has an edge on us, but there was some very encouraging signs in this match," said PCC head coach Bill Sanchez. "We have three more matches against the Huskies. If we work hard in practice, show improvement, we can catch them. It's going to be a battle for conference this year."
PCC hopes to bounce back when it hosts El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, March 21 in Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium at 2 p.m.
release written by Sara Medina, sports information assistant
[Photo--PCC's Yingwen Lin (hitting) and her twin Yinghong Lin in action during a recent doubles match, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/20/2014