By Rudolfo Trujillo
East Los Angeles College decisively won on Friday in a make-up game against El Camino College.
The Huskies shut El Camino out during the individual matches, with El Camino’s Kumiko Noguchi providing the only serious challenge.
At some points, the Huskies even seemed bored, not giving their all to a team that they were obviously superior to.
“They need more practice…most of them are new players,” said ELAC Assistant Coach Lena Zeng.
Things began to change as the doubles matches started.
The doubles match that featured ELAC’s Lisa Vittayarukskul and Khan Dinh against El Camino’s double team featuring Noguchi was a challege for ELAC.
Dinh was having trouble at some points keeping up with Noguchi, who was all over the court with her shots, but in the end had plenty of energy left to win the match.
Diana Kwok showed good hustle in the last match of the afternoon.
Some players seemed not to put as much effort against the players that have limited abilities. “They should be taking every game seriously,” said former team captain Maria Delgado.
“I know you can become relaxed [when playing against less competitive teams], but you have to get yourself used to playing hard because if you’re always used to taking it easy, then when you have to play [at a higher level], you won’t be able to adjust,” said Delgado.
“Some girls slack off, but they shouldn’t because this all goes towards individual playoffs,” said Delgado. “The better your score gets, the higher you’re ranked and the more likely you are to go to the state championship.”
When asked about the most improved player, Zeng and Delgado agree that Amy Ng is the choice.
Delgado said that Amy is always up for playing whoever she is paired against, even if she knows she may lose the match.
Ng feels that she has improved a lot considering she never played for a team in high school.
Badminton will have a re-match against El Camino today at 3 p.m. at El Camino and will travel to Compton College on Friday and play at 2 p.m.
The Huskies are now 4-2.
Photo by Oliver Blanco